Showing posts from November, 2018

Teacher Spotlight - Jumping in With Two Feet at Bethel Hanberry Elementary School

Mrs. Corbett is new to Richland Two this year and of the 21 years she has been in education, this is her first year in a 1:1 classroom. In a little over 3 months, she has successfully embraced 1:1 and Blended Learning. She integrates traditional face to face instruction with online learning in her 5th-grade classroom. She originally heard about " playlists " while attending the New to Two training in July and it intrigued her. Now if you are not familiar with playlists, it is a "checklist" or "Hyperdoc" of work/activities that allow students to have some control over their learning, whether it is over the pace or path of their learning. She does what every good teacher does and tweaks these playlists as she goes, going as far as to get feedback from her students to make those minor improvements. She started blending units for Social Studies and because she had such great success she quickly transitioned her science instruction to blended in jus

Coding is for Everyone

Every year there is a greater emphasis on engaging our students in learning and experiencing coding. You may be thinking what exactly is coding? Coding is a language written to tell the computer what to do. As one becomes more comfortable with the coding process they develop the skills and dynamics of creating video games, computer apps, and software. The students who sit in your classroom today will need to know and understand the language and process in order to be successful for their future success. So now what?     You can start by participating in a week that is devoted to  Hour of Code , December 3-9 . It is normally more comfortable for teachers to work with content they are familiar with so they can assist students as they are learning. It's like the idea of always trying to be 1 step ahead of the game. However, with coding, it does not need to be that way. You could learn the material prior to teaching if that works best for you. OR, use this as an opportunity to l

2019 SC Midlands Summit Call for Proposals are NOW OPEN!

Are you interested in presenting a one-hour session? Now is the time to submit your proposal!   The SC Midlands Summit is a two-day conference focusing on the integration of technology into our schools with a focus on using Google Apps for Education, learning environments, innovation, transformation, 21st century skills and mobile devices for student learning. Over 150 unique sessions will be offered! BECOME A SPEAKER at the 2019 SC Midlands Summit, June 12-13, 2019, at the Richland Two Institute Of Innovation (R2i2), Columbia, SC! INFORMATION: APPLICATION: =============================== ****DON’T DELAY! Deadline for submissions are FEBRUARY 28, 2019**** ===============================

Teacher spotlight, Hayley Elliott

It is time for another technology integration teacher spotlight!  If you missed our last spotlight, please head over to the post and read about Ridge View High School’s math teacher, Alesha Love.  Today, however, we’ll be moving down a few grade levels and share a spotlight use of technology from Hayley Elliott, 5th grade teacher at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary. Teacher: Hayley Elliott School: Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School Showcase of technology integration use: Students in the ACE (Academy for Civic Engagement) Magnet Program complete a “Where in the World” activity each Wednesday.  In this activity students read articles about current events and answer 3 questions plus ask a question of their own regarding the article to stretch their thinking.  In the past, Ms. Elliott had been using email as a method to distribute the articles to her students.  Students would read the articles to her and then email her back with their responses.  This process felt inefficient for Ms.