Tech Teacher of the Month

November Feature: Dr. Manjit Sran

September/October Feature – Terri Weiss

Question One: What subjects and grade level do you teach?

Honors Calculus, Calculus, and Fundamentals 12

 Question Two: What is your favorite iPad APP to use in your subject area and why?

Educreations to create videos.  When students are absent it helps reinforce material that they missed.  Also, students can work at their own pace.

Question Three:  How has the way that you run your classroom changed in the past three years since we have moved to a one to one iPad initiative?

I use technology much more: I use my WIKI also the iPads individualize access and address the one on one needs of the students. 

Question Four: What is your favorite project/assignment that your have done with your students on the iPads and what app or apps did they utilize when creating the project?

In my fundamentals class my students did a project where they had to set the heights of different towers with cubes and recognize patterns.  I saw when they made the Keynote project that it encouraged a higher level of thinking.

Question Five: Describe the use of iTunes University in you classroom.

In my honors calculus class and in my pre-calculas class I use iTunes U to upload videos and assignments which leads to a paperless environment.

 

 

 

Question One: What subjects and grade level do you teach?

I teach Personal Finance & Economics. It is a course that is required by the state for graduation that students can take at any grade level.

 Question Two: What is your favorite iPad APP to use in your subject area and why?

I think this changes depending on the lesson. Sometimes, it is about the APP like when teaching budgeting and using the Spending APP. Other times it is about the convenience of sharing documents and resources with students via my wiki page instead of making photocopies. And still other times it is the way that having access to the Internet and the abundance of resources there that can create another dimension to an assignment that previously was not possible.

Question Three:  How has the way that you run your classroom changed in the past three years since we have moved to a one to one iPad initiative?

I am in my second year teaching at MTHS and previously taught in an online classroom at the college level. I cannot image teaching without the ability to use technology each day and in fact, I have a hard time remembering what it was like before 1:1 access to technology for students.

Question Four: What is your favorite project/assignment that your have done with your students on the iPads and what app or apps did they utilize when creating the project?

I have many projects that I enjoy using the iPad as a tool in learning but I guess one of my favorites would be when students create their own budget. In that assignment, they must research realistic income through salary guides found online. Then they must determine realistic costs for rent, utilities and living expenses through a variety of online sources that must be sited.  Finally, using the APP Spending, students create a monthly budget. It’s using technology in a way that they will really use it post-graduation.

Question Five: Describe the use of iTunes University in you classroom.

I have used iTunes U as a way to organize and share materials with my students including lecture notes, study guides, assignments and even to guide the daily lesson  by posting the learning goal and anticipatory set [Do Now] there.