This month ITS: MS would like to shine the spotlight on our Congratulations to our June 2017 Educator Spotlight - Andrea Backus, Kindergarten teacher at Palermo Elementary in Mexico Academy and Central Schools.
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The ITS: Model Schools department at CiTi recently named Andrea Backus, a kindergarten teacher at Palermo Elementary School, as its Educator Spotlight for the month of June.
Backus was nominated for the honor for her use of instructional technology with all of her kindergarteners. A big project students worked on, in groups, centered on animal research, in which the classmates used iPads and desktop computers to look up six pieces of information about each animal: diet, habitat, predator/prey, what it looks like, how it takes care of its young, and two fun facts. Broken up into groups of three or four, students researched animals they would see on a Rosamond Gifford Zoo field trip. Working with IT also assisted students in improving on their team-building and social skills, as they effectively learned how to communicate with one another on projects.
A component of the project was accessing the database PebbleGo before students created animal posters as visual aids.
Backus said iPads and computers are also incorporated into centers each day. The kindergarteners independently read stories and answer mini quizzes about what they’ve read. The use of iPads also have helped students self-check their work. When students listened to a fictional story, they had to cut and paste pictures from the story in order to retell it. A QR code was used to make sure their sequencing was correct.
Sight word applications and additional programming also was used throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
Backus plans to continue her use of instructional technology into the 2017-2018 school year.
Past Educator Spotlights:
June 2017: Andrea Backus, Kindergarten teacher at Palermo Elementary in Mexico Academy and Central Schools
May 2017: Michelle Majerus, fourth-grade teacher at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski
April 2017: Krista Alsworth, Chris Weisenburger and Wendy VanDerveer, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School Teachers
March 2017: John DeGone, Technology and Photography Teacher at Sandy Creek Central Schools
February 2017: Tammy Cummings, Library Media Specialist at CiTi
January 2017: Tim Fredenburg, English Language Arts Teacher at Phoenix High School
December 2016: Edward Darrh, Social Studies Teacher at Central Square Middle School
November 2016: Barb LeBeau, Middle School Social Studies Teacher at Pulaski Academy
October 2016: Nick Little, Fourth-Grade teacher at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, Oswego City School District
September 2016: Mary Paye, Kindergarten teacher at Phoenix Elementary School
June 2016: Kate Clark, CiTi Exceptional Education TASC/CTE Resource Teacher
May 2016: Bonnie Morris, District Staff Trainer and Mathematics Teacher at Pulaski and Central School
April 2016: Lynne Harper, Grade 5 Humanities Teacher at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School
March 2016: Jacques Monica, Director of Technology at Central Square School District
February 2016: Carol Burch, Science Teacher at Hannibal High School
January 2016: John Dalgety, Helen Abbott, Jim Cassella and Jeff Martin, the Social Studies Team at Phoenix Middle School
December 2015: Gina Duggleby, Living Environment Teacher at Central Square High School
November 2015: Molly Clark, Librarian at Riley Elementary in Oswego City School District
October 2015: Joelle Hendry, Second Grade Teacher at Phoenix Elementary School
September 2015: Megan Cernaro, Mona Goble, Jessica Piscitelli, and Lynn Rathbun, Mexico Academy and Central School Teachers