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From the iPad of Marie Parker...
Now that I have observed my small number of 11th and 12th graders functioning with their IPads, I am not nearly as apprehensive about leaving my comfort zone and entering the electronic teaching world with my 10th graders next year. Teaching with technology will become just as individualized for teachers at HHS, as it has proven to be in the past, just with a different set of tools. I can almost
chuckle about the major technological advances as I think back to my first year of teaching at W. A. Berry High School with green chalk boards, chalk holders and overhead projectors, just to name a few dinosaurs of the past. Wow ! We have come a long way from those days.
Recently, four of the chemistry teachers including myself along with Mrs. Aust, Mrs. Kelley and Mr. Walding, joined forces with two teachers from Vestavia High. This meeting brought much more to light than anticipated. So much learning and sharing took place. The Vestavia ladies showed us that it is possible to project student IPad work without the use of the adapters we were given this year.
Anytime one less step is deleted in making the technology useful, the more willing teachers will be to want to learn how to work with the technology.
Also, it will be very important for teachers to take small steps in using and individualizing the technology for their classrooms. Patience is a MUST! We need to be patient with one another, whether we are teachers, students or administrators. Hoover's motto in the past has been "Learning for Life". That is just what we are doing at HHS, especially in the CHEMISTRY world.
Marie S. Parker
Hoover High School
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