Seth takes his digital learning space to infinity and beyond
When you walk into the Library at Free Horizon Montessori you can tell creativity and collaboration are happening. Seth Adcock, a first year Digital Teacher Librarian, has been working hard to create a collaborative space where students can engage with technology and be innovative. Seth has worked hard this year to turn the library space into a 21st century learning hub. He wants students to feel comfortable taking risks and sharing ideas. Daily, Seth has students in the Library Media Center doing STEM projects, using digital tools and learning about technology.
Seth starts his day as tech support for his school. He works with staff and students to ensure their technology is working then opens his library for book checkout. After checkout, though, is when Seth begins to incorporate his numerous ideas for students. From mystery history day and lessons about ancient technology to students creating podcasts and their own music, Seth covers it all.
Currently, the middle schoolers alternate between a STEM Open Lab elective and a Digital Design pathway. During the Open Lab elective, students can determine their interests and pursue various paths. With individualized creativity at the helm for each class, students create music and podcasts in Soundtrap, make Stop Motion videos, create their own stories and series using Book Creator, and engage in robotics and game design to name a few projects.
The upper elementary students are working on their “pursuits.” At the start of the year students list 3 areas of interest that they want to learn more about. The students then have class time to dig further into one of their pursuits. Seth has them take this beyond just research and dig into why they want to learn about the topic.
Taking his passion to space
Seth's passion for teaching, technology and most importantly his students shines through in all of his work. His school and Jeffco are lucky to have him as part of #TeamJeffco.
Entering our third year of TechforEd, the Ed Tech team wanted to create opportunities for our 5th grade students to learn the digital tools through an asynchronous course. Students start by joining a Google Classroom for the following tools: Adobe Spark, WeVideo, Book Creator, or Soundtrap. These four tools all allow for the 4 C's: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication. The students have an opportunity to grow their own knowledge and choose how they want to show their understanding of the digital tools through their creations.
Using the Tools
Each of the Google Classroom course begin with learning around using the tools designed specifically for 5th grade students. Then the students complete the course by submitting their own creation to the Ed Tech Team. So far we've seen videos, books in Book Creator, music made with Soundtrap, flyers, and web pages.
Our 5th-grade student ambassadors are learning more than just technical skills with the Digital Tools Student Course. They are now taking on a leadership role in our school and sharing what they have learned with their younger peers. ~Jessica Jones, Media Specialist, Kendallvue Elementary
Lucy, a 5th grader, created this story using Book Creator. She was able to import pictures, use existing backgrounds, and write a story about a gorilla told from the gorilla's perspective. Before she created the book, Lucy worked through the course to learn the different elements of Book Creator so that she could utilize the different multimedia tools available.
Beckett at Wilmot created this flyer using Adobe Spark. He chose to pick a relevant topic to show his creativity and was an innovative designer as he worked through the process of learning a new tool. As more and more students complete the course, the more students have the knowledge of the tool and can then help their classmates and teachers too!
Learning & Creating Independently
"This type of independent, self-driven learning helps differentiate for kids what they are interested in and has them very motivated to learn new technology!" ~Lisa Polacsek, Digital Teacher Librarian, Vanderhoof Elementary
5th grade students all across the district can now learn the functionality of several of the district purchased digital tools. This allows them to have more voice and choice with showing their learning! For more information contact the Ed Tech Team.
“The way a team works as a whole determines success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” - Babe Ruth
We all know Babe Ruth is talking about the great American sport of baseball in this quote, but the same could easily be said about Jeffco Public Schools. Our district is filled with so many key players: thoughtful teachers, amazing administrators and second-to-none staff members; however, unless we are all working #BetterTogether, then we aren’t meeting our potential worth.
When it comes to solving district-level technology problems, it truly takes a diverse team of players to make sure we are meeting the needs of our superstars: our students. Some of Ed Tech's closest team players in this work are our colleagues in IT. Every day Ed Tech and IT partner together to ensure that students are at the center of every technology-based decision.
Simply put, “Learning happens better when we work together.” - Tracy Dorland.
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