Don't Miss Jennifer Jonson's and Kim Myers' Winning Video: Kindergarteners Learning through Schoology

By Dylan Rodgers · Apr 17, 2013 · Guest Blogger, Contest

Our first featured presentation of the Power User Video Contest winners comes to us from Jennifer Jonson and Kim Myers of Allendale Elementary School in the Jefferson County School District, CO. Their video is a fantastic look at Schoology in a kindergarten setting. Using the platform for a little over a year now, Jennifer and Kim had this to say when asked if they had any advice about incorporating technology in the classroom:

  1. Start small, have a clear objective, and have an adventurer's spirit. You don't have to have all the answers or be a techie pro to successfully integrate technology. But you do need to have a clear purpose for the student outcomes you are hoping for so the technology does not become the focus but rather a way to arrive at the outcomes you've identified.
  2. Identify technology tools that not only streamline your workflow and that of students, but also contribute meaningfully to augmenting and transforming traditional classroom tasks through improved collaboration and feedback, task redefinition, the integration of multiple literacies, and the ability for students to express their creativity and arrive at deeper levels of understanding.
  3. Be persistent, tenacious, and willing to ask for help. Things don't always go according to plan right out of the gate, so finding online communities, resources, and/or colleagues can be great assets as you reflect on ways to deal with any unexpected bumps or roadblocks that appear along the way.

 

 

Thank you Jennifer and Kim!

More Power User Winning Videos

Jennifer Symington: Empowering International Collaboration

Christine Crow: Four Teachers on Using Schoology for Virtual Learning

Justin Staub: Meaningful Collaboration in a 1:1 Environment

Cassandra Knutson: Flipping the Classroom with Schoology

Thuc Phan and Jason Hyatt: Transforming the Traditional Classroom

Lucas Langworthy: Creating Order for Serious Collaboration

Evan Barnett: Sharing Joy through a Community-Based Virtual Classroom

 

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Christopher Mailliard (Chris)
Way to go Jen and Kim!!!
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Carl Shuptrine
3 excellent suggestions about technology integration.
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Sheila Martin
How awesome! Glad you decided to jump right in. It is clear that this is a great tool for you to inform your instruction! I love what you said about taking away a barriers so that students can get their thinking into print--letters already formed on keyboard. I look forward learning more about what you are doing in your classroom. Take care
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Christine DeMeyer
WOW! Way to go Jen and Kim. You inspire us all!!
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Travis Macy
Congrats, Jennifer and Kim! This is awesome.
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Daniel Connell
congrats on the new class room tech
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Stephanie Narcy
Thank you for posting this video--congratulations!
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Erin Mayer
Congratulation Jen and Kim!!
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Constance Ranker
Thank you for sharing. Outstanding, Inspiring.
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Amy Cox
Thanks for sharing your classroom!
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Mr. Natalino
Wow! It's so cute to see them working through their responses on a computer. I would have never imagined this working at such a young age. You definitely need to get in front of your Board of Ed with this video and make sure they know what you are accomplishing in your classroom. Awesome job!
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Christiane Emery
Seeing your students so engaged and using technology was inspiring It makes sense that the students can quickly recognize the letters on a keyboard and write what they are thinking. Having their writing shared with others on the smartboard has to be exciting for young writers.

Chris ,Cooke School, Monticello NY