Teachers staying in touch digitally

KHS math teacher records lesson
By: Todd Martin
From the moment Killeen ISD extended spring break, creative teachers found ways to stay remotely connected to students.
Killeen High School math teacher Arniece Gee regularly uses untraditional means to teach. She has a stage in her classroom and has used movement to help make abstract concepts more accessible.
Now, she is recording lesson from her iPad and uploading to Schoology to give her students a feel of a familiar classroom setting. “It has my voice and handwriting,” the teacher said through email.
“My students loved when I recorded my lessons during the normal year,” she said. “It allows them to go at their own pace, rewind, pause and replay at a later date. It will definitely be beneficial during this time at home with online learning.”
Brookhaven Elementary fourth-grade teacher Regina Beard has also maintained contact with students during the closure. She communicates through Class Dojo and places lessons on a platform called Seesaw.
“Seesaw is allowing me to see my students work and listen to their explanations,” she said via email. “I am able to comment on what they are working on and guide them through any misunderstandings.”
She also posts activities on Schoology. “My students are posting details about books they have read during our time out of school,” she said. Students can make videos of themselves reading books they can share with classmates.
Skipcha Elementary first-grade teacher Lisa Stewart has maintained connection through Remind and has sent links to YouTube videos of book reading they would have done in class and provided corresponding activities.
She is even keeping up with special days. “Tuesday, all of the work was St. Patrick’s Day themed,” Stewart pointed out. “Wednesday focused on tiger research and today’s work was themed around the first day of spring.”
“I’ve had great response from parents saying that their students are enjoying the activities I’ve been sending.”
Reeces Creek librarian Dina D’Amore was excited to receive word from a fourth-grader working to learn Adobe Spark to create graphics.
“It is something that has warmed my heart,” the librarian said through email. “She has been creating posts and sharing her work since this weekend, showing me what she is doing.”
“I am proud of my campus, our district and all my fellow teachers,” said Beard. “We are doing everything we can to make sure our students’ education is continued during this time of uncertainty.”