Honorary Tech Ninja
Name: Holly Grubbs
District: Mesquite ISD
School: Rutherford Elementary
Job Title: Principal
Years in Education: 13
Why do you make an excellent "Tech Ninja"?
Holly Grubbs is currently an elementary principal. She has been involved with Instructional Technology to support teaching and learning. Currently, she has an award winning google site for her campus for flipped staff development.
She is known for pushing the boundaries of the digital classroom by implementing a 1:1 iPad elementary campus. With her leadership skills, she has been able to transform a campus by creating a vision and setting goals and expectations for her teachers and students. Through her knowledge and motivation, her campus has successfully implemented 1:1 iPads in all levels.
What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools or apps, and why?
Popplet - We love Popplet because it allows students to show their thinking through the writing process.
AudioBoo - We love AudioBoo because we record our tests and it will generate a QR code for students to scan and hear the audio version of their test.
Google Drive - We use google drive for many reasons on campus from quick forms for staff information to the google sites for flipped staff meetings. Google forms allows us to save time for our staff!
Why is technology important in education?
Teachers become facilitators of individual instruction.
Technology keeps teachers relevant. If you aren't making a conscious effort to get better, you're becoming less relevant because those around you are moving rapidly ahead.
Students are able to help teachers take risks. Teachers need to know it's good to take a risk & accept help from students ... just requires planning.
Teachers guide students to create and produce over relying on an app to gain knowledge. When teachers stop asking is there an app for that & start asking for an app that students can create & produce with, they get it.
Teachers create producers of knowledge through higher level questioning. If a student can answer the question on Google without research then it's not a higher level question. We need to teach students to think. It's not about what is in the teacher's head, it's about going beyond the classroom walls.
Teachers guide students to go beyond 1:1 focus on a more 1:world global approach.
Technology makes learning culturally relevant for students; it's the world they live in.
Curriculum provides teachers with the what and when. Technology is a tools that provides teachers with the how, as well as the ability to transform learning from gaining knowledge to creating knowledge.
Students will be able to work in multiple modalities that will motivate them to practice new concepts and enhance their ability to share their thinking and learning.
Teachers seeing authentic engagement from their students which creates a refueling for passion. At the elementary level, we need to help students develop that passion of wanting to learn and not having to learn for the test.
iPads transform learning rather than adding on to the curriculum.
Flipping the classroom creates an opportunity for students to engage in learning from home: Khan Academy, upload Edmodo videos, etc.
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