How Edtech Is Being Used In California

edudemic teacher profile

A few months ago (and more recently), we asked for your help: we wanted real-life teachers to share what was happening in their classrooms technology-wise. And share you did! We heard from so many of you, and we’re going to be sharing your classrooms with our fabulous readers starting…today! I don’t know about you guys, but I find it so insightful to see what other folks are out there doing. Sometimes they mention a tool they use or an application for a particular device that I hadn’t thought of, and I wish I had been able to think of that particular thing so much earlier! This is why collaboration is so awesome, and important.

Today, we’re hearing from Dale Borgeson, who teaches third grade at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Temecula, CA. Thanks for sharing your classroom with us, Dale!

And don’t forget, if you’d like to share your classroom with us, please do! We’d love to hear from you!

Your Name

Dale Borgeson (Follow Dale on Twitter, or check out his classroom website)

What Do You Teach?

(grade/age, subject(s), level, public/private)

Third Grade, Public School, Temecula, CA

How Long Have You Been Teaching?

30+ years

How Does EdTech Play A Role In Your Classroom?

One of the most exciting ways I use technology in my classroom is having the students create projects that are unique and still represent that they are learning the necessary content. I have just two student computers in my classroom and these are quite old. Most of the creative work by students has to be done at home. I am fortunate to have the support of the students’ parents.

I have used the website TenMarks now for over a year. This exceptional website allows my students to practice common core math standards at home and to receive immediate help via the website through hints and videos. I can easily follow their progress online and then remediate at school when necessary.

Are There Ways You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful? Counterproductive?

Since I teach third grade using technology in school is usually a new activity for my students. They are always excited to anything that I share with them. This motivates me to continue searching for the new and best ideas. Technology allows me to bring variety to my instruction. Part of the lesson can be direct instruction, another part using white boards, and woven in can be an online practice or video lesson. This keeps the lessons active and interesting for the students.

What Is Your Favorite Piece Of Classroom Technology?

1. Slide Shows (with audio) I use BrainShark and Audioboo for projects where I want to record my students spoken words. We have created a weekly newscast where the students choose their reporting job, write the script, and then record the show. We embed this on our classroom website for all to enjoy. I also use audio recording for the students to reflect on completed work such as writing and art. Last year I had a real sweetheart of a young girl that was identified as limited English. She agreed to teach our class Spanish lessons once a week. Together we would select a topic to teach, images to share, and then finally record her teaching the other students those words in Spanish. You should have seen her blossom as the star of her own show.
2. I also love to enhance my lessons with high quality short video lessons, like LearnZillion produces. These can also be used in a flipped classroom.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom?

1. Individual netbooks (Chromebooks)
2. Interactive whiteboard

What Hurdles Do You Face In Terms of Making Changes in Your Classroom?

Money, my district has had very little money for technology up to this school year.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?

I love the fact that what happens is up to me. I am responsible for the environment and learning that occurs in my classroom. It pushes me to give my best and to continue to seek excellence within myself and with my students. I know that what I do has a lasting impact on their lives. I have taught long enough to know that what I do today makes a difference decades down the road.

Imagine Your Ideal Classroom – Tell Us About It

I like to think that I am trying to create the ideal classroom. Why wouldn’t I? I want a classroom where everyone feels safe, emotionally and intellectually. This means that the students can take risks and be supported by all. I want my classroom to be one where the students know they are expected to give their best and be responsible for their learning. In the end, we are always there for each other and everyone is accepted for their individuality. ———————–

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