Four educators were recognized by the Glen Rose ISD board of trustees last week for being among the ranks of leaders of 21st Century learning. Each month the board recognizes one educator from each of the school district's four campuses for using technology tools to increase student awareness of curriculum and the world around them while paving the way for success in an increasingly technological world.
Kindergarten teacher Kassi Foegelle was recognized for a holiday lesson that encouraged students to think beyond geographical and cultural boundaries. Students recorded a video explaining their holiday customs, which Foegelle sent to another class in Australia. On the video, students quizzed students "down under" about their traditions - Do they also hang stockings? Decorate Christmas trees? Is it cold in Australia at Christmas?
Gifted and Talented teacher Donna Fowler was recognized for encouraging her students to get hands on as they explore the world. Students who are pulled from mainstream classes to take part in more challenging course work created a video project, which demonstrated how GT classes encourage them to think outside the box.
Junior high art teacher Barry Payne was saluted for taking a two-fold approach when utilizing technology in his classrooms.
Payne is teaching students to use technology to create works of art and encourages them to share their work outside the classroom by using the same tools to publish art using social media platforms..
Finally, Vicki Dunn, who has a background in radio and television production is leading career tech students in a video production class. Those students create authentic productions of sporting events at Tiger Arena and use skills learned in the class to produce television commercials for local businesses.
Dunn not only encourages students to take their creativity to the limits, at least a few students have decided to pursue advanced technical degrees.