EdTech Educator Spotlight: Christina Minick
Christina and I met at a Google Training Workshop and she blew my mind with all that she did with her firsties. She also shared her story of burnout and how a classroom visit from her son made her realize that she really did have control over the culture, creativity, and 'techiness' of her classroom and career. Here is what she shared with me about how she integrates technology into her classroom. Enjoy!
I am a first grade teacher at Ryan Park Elementary.
How techie is your school:
1:1 Chromebooks My school is also moving away from promethean boards to large flat screen TV monitors.
Apps or EdTech Tools Used:
The apps featured are Google Slides, Seesaw, Google Classroom, Screencastify, and Wevideo. Many times we mix up the apps and often app smash.
Most of my content shared are standard activities we do everyday during our daily five. My firsties are started day on one learning care of our Chromebooks and digital citizenship. They are 6 and 7 years old and 5 years ago I would have told you Chromebooks were way too hard for littles! Well I am the first to admit I was wrong! They love using tech and even more love to have a voice.
I had hit a point in my career where I was bored! The realization hit me, if I don't like what I'm doing why would kids, so I started diving into new ways to do the old stuff. These are just a few ideas and hopefully these ideas will spark ideas of your own. My students come up with even cooler ideas and I try to implement their ideas into our daily five as well.
Here are some different ways Christina integrates tech into her first grade classroom (don't forget to click the links to get your own copies of her templates):
Students took a selfie with their buddies and then searched for images of things that they have in common. This was done collaboratively, as other buddies created slides on the same Google Slide deck.
Directions made on Screencastify , embedded in slides, and shared through classroom.
Book Retell During Daily 5
Students stood in front of the class green screen and retold a book they were reading with the background becoming the setting of their book!
Virtual Learning Slide
This is an example of a slide from Virtual Learning (used on snow days) that was created with Paige Hodge and then shared with other first grade teachers across the District. She is using a Master Slide to keep students from moving the lines, headings, and directions around. They can only move the words. So awesome!
Student Chapter Book Reflection
Christina has students in her class who can read chapter books. Therefore, she uses Google Classroom to push out this reflection template to have those students reflect/retell each chapter to check on comprehension. Click THIS LINK to get your own copy of this template for you to share with your students for reflection.
Check out this student's Google Slides publishing skills! After researching big cats, this kiddo showed their edtech skills by creating a slide show in G Suite! Click HERE for a copy of this to use as a template for your kids. Thanks, Christina!