Is technology part of your teaching strategy? Are you just dipping your toe in the water, or diving in head first and pioneering change at your school? We’ll hear from our guest, Harry DiFrancesco about his experience with technology in the classroom.
Harry Difrancesco graduated from Cornell in 2012 and is in the 2nd year of his Teach For America program. He teaches 9-11th grade Social Studies and Foreign Language at the High Tech Early College in Denver, Colorado.
Watch the interview to see how a fellow teacher is using technology to Augment his classroom.
Noteworthy moments you should pay attention to:
6:43 – We hear about the future role of the teacher in education.
10:35 – Harry brings up a slightly different model of running a school, where both administrators and teachers play the role of educators. The goal of this seems to be to flatten some of the vertical structure that has been built into schools over time.
14:09 – Don’t you worry! The future is not a student drone, receiving content from a machine. Engagement, interaction and more are only augmented by technology in the classroom and teachers play a key role in this model.
Mentions of Technology
– Chrome Books – 1-to-1 in the case of Harry’s school
– Apex Learning for foreign languages
– Poll Everywhere – Great way to do mini quizzes, to do Do Nows, etc. Easy to use, kids love it, valuable data can come of it.