Tim Tatko is a fourth grade teacher at Orchard Hollow and is always excited to find new ways to incorporate technology into his classroom. Recently, Tim had a new mobile cart with a TV added to his redesigned classroom. He wanted to figure out the best way to take advantage of this new technology. He has quickly found uses for this TV by allowing kids to project their Chromebooks up to share what they are working on. He has found this extremely useful when kids are editing their writing by quickly gaining feedback from him or other students in the class.
Tim also has discovered some great uses for his teacher iPad in the classroom. Tim uses his iPad to be able to move around the classroom and project using AirServer which he has loaded on his MacBook. He can quickly take a picture of a student's work, project and have the student walk the class through how they solved a math problem. Tim has been using apps like
to highlight key ideas as the students explain. He said it is so powerful to watch the kids take control of the iPad and demonstrate their learning for the other students. Tim says that the iPad has greatly helped with classroom management.
This past week, Tim also volunteered to share his knowledge of
with other staff members during a staff meeting. Tim finds that B
has become so much more than just good instructional videos. He finds that the program has allowed him to quickly assess students' understanding on a topic. Students also have the ability to watch, pause and re-watch the videos if necessary. He finds this very helpful for students who may be struggling to understand a concept. Tim is excited to find more ways to take advantage of the technology and help engage his students while in his class!