Introducing our first Teacher Of The Month:
School: Rock Valley Community Schools (Iowa, USA)
Role: Technology Integrationist
In this role, Rachel works with the entire school, preschool through 12th grade. Her favorite part of this job is that she gets to work with so many kids on a daily basis, bringing a great amount of variety to her daily responsibilities. She could be working on handwriting techniques on the iPad with younger students in the morning, and then lead an online physics simulation for high schoolers in the afternoon. She likes that she gets to keep track of all the new tools in technology and share this information with faculty and staff.
Rachel and Socrative: Rachel originally heard about Socrative when browsing FreeTech4Teachers, a blog that she reads frequently and has contributed to. She first tried Socrative at her previous job as a 6th grade teacher. She saw that Socrative offered a great opportunity for using what kids know to gauge understanding throughout the day or week with quick polls or quizzes, and to push their knowledge a bit further through Space Race. Rachel especially likes to use Socrative with pre-readers to show pictures and see what sounds they understand. She is also a firm believer in using exit tickets to check students’ understanding of a particular topic learned that day.
Rachel’s Students Are Big Fans Too!
“Socrative is easy to run and everyone can use it. We used it for our test, and I appreciate the immediate feedback.” – Rock Valley Freshman
“It’s a lot quicker to find out how I did. It’s easier for me to use and more fun than a paper! It is also quicker for teachers to grade.” – Rock Valley Freshman