In this episode we interview Allison Thompson, director of technology at St. Gerard Catholic School in Lansing, Michigan. She talks about balancing instruction with technical support, the Triple E Framework from Liz Kolb, building foundational tech skills, and embracing creative freedom in the classroom.
Our question of the episode is: What strategies do you use to insure technology is used to collaborate and not isolate?
00:52 Question of the Episode
05:24 Collaborative Whiteboarding Software
07:20 Allison Thompson Interview
07:56 Transition to Tech Director
10:05 Balancing Instruction with IT Support
11:57 Technology Planning Committee
13:34 Purposeful Integration of Technology
13:53 The Triple E Framework (Liz Kolb) https://www.tripleeframework.com
14:50 Engagement vs. Educational Growth
16:35 New Michigan Standards based on ISTE Standards
17:10 ‘Thompson Island’ Persuasive Research Project
19:50 Modeling and Building Foundational Skills
21:00 Learning to Troubleshoot
21:40 Embracing Creative Freedom in the Classroom
22:20 Community Engagement and Social Media Sharing
23:15 Evaluating Tech Integration
23:50 Crossfit & Burpees
24:25 Words of Wisdom
25:35 Contact Information @AllisonTEDU
26:10 A Critique of Engagement as a Primary Goal
31:54 Next Episode – Jim Thomas, IHS French Teacher
Maria interviews Rogers Middle School 4th grade teacher Maureen Elliott, a new teacher to the district who is embracing the purposeful integration of technology, risk-taking, and modeling strategies for successful technology adoption in the classroom.
Last episode’s question of the day: In what ways can we encourage higher-level learning outside the classroom?
This week’s question of the day: In what ways can we utilize technology to instill a love of learning our students?