What do you teach?
5th grade Science
Where do you teach?
How long have you been teaching?
This is my 17th year!
How does educational technology play a role in your classroom?
How do you find technology in the classroom helpful?
There are many reasons why I find technology in the classroom helpful, but most importantly, I was able to provide instruction to each of my classes while I was away on my honeymoon for four days through a program called ScreenCastify. Each of the four days, I provided my students with a Google Slides or Powerpoint presentation of The Human Body (our current objective). My students had "Cloze read" notes that they were to complete while listening to my presentations. So even though I was not present in the classroom during my absence, I was still with them via technology - they could see my face and hear my voice and without the help of ScreenCastify, this would not have been possible!
What is your favorite piece of classroom technology? Why?
My favorite piece of technology is my iPad. I can control Nearpod slides from anywhere in the room because the app allows me to log in as the teacher and click through slides as I walk around to monitor student engagement. My document camera is my second favorite because it allows me to project whatever I need to show the students on the SmartBoard.
What is on your technology wish list for your classroom? Why?
Subscriptions to science platforms
What do you love most about teaching?
There are so many things that I love about teaching that it is hard to name just one, but most importantly, I enjoy seeing my students grow - not only academically, but as an individual as well. I do my best to let my students know how important they are and how much they are loved. Our children are our future and I feel it is imperative as teachers we prepare them for their future as best we can.
Cheryl Helms - Principal, Tyrrell Elementary School "Mrs. Hill uses the Nearpod platform to assist in her instruction of the 5th grade Science curriculum. This is an instructional tool used almost daily in Mrs. Hills’ lesson and provides the students with a relevant and real world experience for the different Science objectives and standards. While away on her honeymoon, Mrs. Hill planned four days of lessons that were prerecorded by using screencastify. Even in St. Lucia, she was able to teach her curriculum daily through the use of technology. "