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Barber MS's intern, Callie Brown, recently used one of the district's Swivls to record herself presenting a lesson and interacting with students. Jenna McClung, one of Barber's coaches, assisted Ms. Brown in using the Swivl.
A Swivl is a robotic mount for an ipad, camera, or smartphone that comes with a remote control marker.It is designed to track and, with the video capture abilities of the other device, record videos of a moving person. It was designed to capture presentations and instruction to use for self-reflection, peer feedback, and coaching.
District teachers, coaches, and administration are encouraged to check out one of the four district Swivls to use. Just submit a helpdesk request or contact your campus technology integration specialist. For more information, visit https://www.swivl.com/ .
Kranz JH students in Blanca Huertas' classes have been using Google Classroom and differentiated lessons based on their language proficiencies. In addition, they have been receiving and completing various writing assignments using Nearpod, Duolingo, Quill, and NoRedInk while working in groups.
Nearpod is a student engagement platform that utilizes interactive lessons which can contain quizzes, polls, videos, images, drawing-boards, web content, and so on. DISD purchased this platform for students, and it is available across the district.
Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning platforms and the most utilized free education app with more than 300 million users. It is designed to feel like a game and is scientifically proven to be effective.
Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for middle, junior high, and high school students.
NoRedInk is used for teaching writing conventions and skills which include grammar, usage, mechanics and style.
Technology, when integrated into the curriculum effectively, revolutionizes the learning process in powerful ways! Congratulations to Ms. Huertas and her students!
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