It is time to feature all of the great things that are happening at Schroeder Middle School with our PSLD 1:1 initiative. Arne Duncan, the US Secretary of Education has said, "I applaud districts that are expanding technology. It's so important. However, it's important to note that technology isn't about replacing teachers. It's about pairing technology with great educators to meet the needs of all kids."
Today, I had the good fortune to observe our 6th grade music teacher, Amy Rogers, as she flipped instruction in her classroom. She used screencast-o-matic (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/) to record detailed videos for her students to log into the school server. Recording and automating this process allowed her to be free for curricular questions related to the assignments her students were given and she was able to move around the classroom and answer student questions as needed. Furthermore, she used a playlist within YouTube and her GAFE account to organize these videos for student use.
Now that her students know where to go to find her videos, Ms. Rogers has flipped her instruction and allowed her teaching to continue beyond her classroom. As I observed her classroom, I saw students going to Ms. Roger’s YouTube Channel, find the videos they needed to watch and then continue with the task at hand. Certainly, Ms. Rogers is also demonstrating Marzano design elements under Domain 1 as she incorporates screencast-o-matic into her classroom routine. She is impacting student achievement by establishing and maintaining consistent and reviewable classroom procedures. By posting the procedure for logging onto the school server, Ms. Rogers is providing a method for reviewing and revisiting this task as often as any student needs that information. She is also providing resources and guidance at the click of a button.
In the video below, you can see how Ms. Rogers is displaying what the students will see when they go to her playlist within YouTube.
Hats off to Amy Rogers!!