Intel® Teach Master Teacher
Cottonwood Middle School
Language Arts Resource Specialist
"Through my Intel unit my enthusiasm for teaching has been reborn. In this day and age with all the state testing and other things weighing heavy on educators I had lost my focus on how to make learning fun. Through the creation of my Intel unit I have been able to bring that fun back into my classroom with the highest level of instruction possible for my students."
|Angie Hillman has been teaching for 15 years. She received her Master's degree from Iowa State University in TESL-Applied Linguistics in 1999. For the past 6 years she has taught language arts resource students at Cottonwood Middle School. Prior to that she taught on the Navajo Indian Reservation, two schools in Iowa, and kindergarten through doctoral students from all over the world through her private Global Sunshine ESL Consulting business. Her school district just received a large 21st Century Technology grant in which she is one of 15 teachers that will be participating in the grant. In Fall 2009, she became an Intel Master Teacher and will be training the other teachers involved in the grant to help them develop project based learning units that incorporate technology standards. In her district she stays very involved as a SEI state certified trainer, member of the district's Curriulum Task Force, is the resource department chair at her campus, on the school scheduling committee, and is the Language Arts Professional Learning Community Facilitator for grades 6-8. Her passion is helping at-risk youth through Holocaust studies which is a central learning tool in her classroom. Along with her students, she coordinates and puts on the community Holocaust Days of Remembrance event annually to instill leadership skills and an awareness of tolerance among her students and the community. In her free time, Angie enjoys spending time with her son hiking and camping and works on various community service projects often with her church youth group that she is the leader of.|
|The Strength of the Human Spirit|
For several years I taught bits and pieces of the Holocaust in my high school literature classes. However, it was not until I began teaching my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade learning disabled students these lessons in history through my project based learning unit that I created at an Intel class that my life and theirs began to change. Through my Intel unit my enthusiasm for teaching has been reborn. In this day and age with all the state testing and other things weighing heavy on educators I had lost my focus on how to make learning fun. Through the creation of my Intel unit I have been able to bring that fun back into my classroom with the highest level of instruction possible for my students.
At times my students have struggled to enjoy school and to feel like a real part of the school itself. My Intel unit entitled “The Strength of the Human Spirit” has made it possible for them to attend amazing Holocaust survivor events, travel to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, do service work in the community, be featured in the newspaper, and become leaders among their peers as Holocaust educators themselves. My students and I hosted a two-day ‘Days of Remembrance’ event last year. During our day and evening activities over 750 students and community members attended.
|Read Angie's Winning Submission|
|Download Angie's Unit Plan|
Intel® Teach Master Teacher
Kimberly Area School District
Technology Integration Specialist
“Many times when teachers say they're using technology in the classroom, they are! However--most of the technology being used is done by the teacher--i.e. showing a powerpoint or using the projector in the classroom to show a video. It is challenging to overcome this mindset and focus our thinking on how we have our students use technology and what learning about technology, media use, and information literacy we are aiming for in our instruction.”
|This is my 21st year in education, and my second year as the Technology Integration Specialist for the Kimberly Area School District. Prior to this position, I taught for five years at Kimberly High School and before that I taught in seven other schools around Wisconsin. I am very excited to help teachers integrate technology into their curriculum and to meet the needs of 21st century learners!|
|Technology Integration Bootcamp|
What does technology integration really mean?
In October of 2009 I became a Master Instructor in Intel's Teach Essentials. I trained eleven teachers who were pre-selected to participate in my class. These weren't just any ordinary teachers mind you--these educators really embraced technology and used it often. The first day of training went well. We spent a good amount of time looking at the ISTE standards, resources, and the awesome sample projects provided by Intel. I could see that the wheels were turning!
The second day of training went just as well. Teachers were exploring new technologies and they were motivated to continue. However, I became concerned when it appeared that their focus seemed to shift from student use of technology to teacher use. By the end of day two, I knew that I needed to address this before training continued.
That night we used our class wiki to discuss what technology integration really meant. I was frank and honest and opened up the page for discussion. Many of them thanked me for "turning on their light bulb". We discussed the comments and overcoming mindsets before the third day of training. They were grateful and are now eager to share what they learned with the rest of the district before the end of the school year.
|Read Beth's Winning Submission|
Intel® Teach Master Teacher
South Macon Elementary
“When I learned about the Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Master Teacher class last summer, I felt these were the kind of 21st Century skills I wanted to teach my students. The Visual Ranking Tool makes the process of ranking items and comparing lists easy. My students are able to discuss and negotiate their reasoning with their team partner and can move items to any position in a list with a click and drag. The computer becomes a tool to enhance thinking, reasoning and collaboration for my kindergarten class. Using the Visual Ranking Tool helps me teach “21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and creativity” to my kindergarteners.”
|I graduated from Western Carolina University in 1989 with a BSed, certified K-6. I have 26 years classroom experience having worked as an assistant before beginning to teach. I have taught 5th, 4th 1st and Title One, but have found my love in kindergarten for the past 12 years. I was National Board Certified in 2000 and recently achieved renewal, which will allow me to continue my certification through 2020. I feel my greatest strength is in the area of literacy. I enjoy seeing children learn to read text from a page and begin to put their thoughts down on paper for others to read. That's exciting!|
|Teaching 21st Century Skills in Kindergarten|
Research shows that using interactive technology engages students and deepens understanding. Realizing this, I have strived to learn ways to incorporate technology and its vast benefits into my teaching. The computer has a way of instantly engaging five and six year olds.
The difficulty has been finding age appropriate resources for my kindergarteners other than games for my single classroom computer.
When I learned about the Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Master Teacher class last summer, I felt these were the kind of 21st Century skills I wanted to teach my students. Building a unit of study, Pioneering Communities, helped my young students learn about how needs and wants were met by early settlers in our local area. I teach this unit in the spring to allow the children to exercise their newly acquired skills of reading and writing in a meaningful way.
Using the Visual Ranking Tool helps me teach 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and creativity to my kindergarten.
|Read Cathy's Winning Submission|
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Intel® Teach Participant
“The tools I learned from the Essentials Course and have since applied in my daily teaching have made me a more effective teacher. Project based learning is an excellent way to differentiate instruction. Wikis, blogs, and Web 2.0 tools are excellent classroom resources and bring classroom teaching into the 21st century.”
I was born on July 22nd, 1976, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. My family moved to La Paz, Bolivia when I was eight months old and we lived there until my parents decided to move to Austin in 1995. Getting to the US was the biggest adventure ever. Bolivia’s imports are by far greater than its exports, so hiring a cargo airplane was very simple and inexpensive.
We left La Paz in the same airplane with nine horses, all our furniture, the dog, and the whole family. The trip itself was an adventure that I will never forget. I graduated from Saint Edwards University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. In January, 2000 I went back to get my MBA in Management Information Systems. My son, Sebastian, was born in June the same year I went back to school. I graduated just in time to see the technology industry go down, making it very difficult to find a job in that area, so I continued to work in sales.
After a few months working on holidays, weekends, and some late nights I realized how much of my son’s life I was missing and decided to further explore the possibility of becoming a teacher. This had been an idea I had since I was in high school. I always loved children and enjoyed teaching. I was a tutor while going to college and had been a mentor to younger kids in middle and high school.
This is my seventh year teaching bilingual students. It is very easy for me to relate to my kids and their families because like them, my family and I came to the US and had to get used to a completely different country. I had to learn a different language and left all that I knew and was used to. I love working with students that are going through some of the same experiences I had fifteen years ago.
|Inspiring Classroom Experiences|
My name is Claudia Bedoya, and I am a teacher at J.J. Pickle Elementary in Austin, Texas. During 2007-2008 I was lucky to be in the right place at the right moment to be able to participate in the Intel Teach Essentials Course. This course immediately appealed to me because I have always been interested in technology but had not been able to figure out how to use it in my classroom.
I was born and raised in Bolivia. My family moved to Austin, Texas when I was 18 years old. Adjusting to our new home was not easy, not only was it a different place, but also a completely different culture with a different language. This experience is always present in my mind and affects my everyday teaching in the elementary school since all my students are English Language Learners, just like me.
|Read Claudia's Inspiring Classroom Experiences|
Intel® Teach Master Teacher
“Intel Teach resources have validated project-based learning and our efforts to make students responsible and safe digital citizens. Our staff development has focused on how to integrate the web 2.0 tools into our lesson plans and improve student learning.”
Deborah Icard is currently Technology Facilitator at Cloverleaf Elementary, a K-5 school in Statesville, NC. This is a new direction in her career and she has been invigorated by fresh learning. She has always enjoyed working with students on projects, but after taking the Intel Essentials Course and attending technology conferences and workshops, she has been actively using web 2.0 tools to infuse technology into the curriculum. She is a huge proponent of collaboration and online safety.
Deborah received a B.A. degree in English Literature from Furman University and a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of South Carolina. She began her career as a 6th grade science teacher. A former media specialist, Deborah holds National Board Certification in Library Media and is an Intel Master Teacher. Her interests include writing, photography, and cooking.
|Intel Changed the Way We Teach|
The Intel Teach Essentials Course provided just-in-time skills to two faculties that had to come together to learn 21st century skills very quickly to start a new school year. This essay describes their feelings of awkwardness at being faced with what seemed like an overwhelming task. Through the rigors and guidance of the Intel Instructor and a Tech Facilitator from the County Office, the teachers began to work together to find solutions to their common problems of getting to know each other, function as a team, and have the confidence to deliver solid instruction to 900+ students. They all look back on the experience now and credit Intel with not only starting them on their successful journey, but helping them believe in themselves.
|Read Deborah's Winning Submission|