BHS Technology Integration News - October Update

I want to share two innovative ways teachers at Barrington High School are leveraging technology in their classrooms to redefine what is possible. If you are doing something, please share it with me and perhaps it will make it into the next edition!

Kendra Klein had a problem in her Spanish classes. She couldn’t find enough class time to hear students speaking Spanish, and to provide them with feedback on their pronunciation. Her solution? Students created either a video or a screencast explaining a concept on their Chromebook while the device recorded their voices along with video of whatever was on their screen. They shared the projects with Kendra as well as the rest of the class. She and her students watched the videos/screencasts in small groups during class and were able to provide warm/cool feedback. Students received feedback on their presentations from their peers and their teacher. They were also able to watch/hear multiple versions of the same lesson, having a secondary impact of reinforcing the concept for each student.


For this iteration of the assignment, the focus was on introducing and explaining a grammar concept, so students spoke in English. In future assignments, Kendra plans to have students speak in Spanish to provide pronunciation feedback for the students, as well as listening practice for the class. What a powerful way to solve a problem and redefine what is possible through the clever use of technology! How will you use technology to redefine what you do in your classroom?


Tech used: Snagit, a free Chrome extension that students (and teachers) can install on their devices. It allows you to easily create a screencast and save it to your Google Drive.

Google docs. One Google Doc was created and shared with each class. Students pasted a link to their screencast into the Doc so the rest of the class could view them.

Barbara Hughes and her band students are collaborating with a composer (a current BHS student, no less) on an original piece through Google Classroom! The composer posts the sheet music in Classroom so students can download the most recent version. Students either view the music on their Chromebooks or print the latest copy for use in class. Students are able to provide feedback to the composer through Classroom which he uses to inform changes. In the photo on the right, students are playing the piece. Most are reading music directly from the Chromebook, while others are using printed copies. One of the difficulties students are encountering is that more frequent "page turns" are needed when reading from their devices. Published sheet music is purposefully printed to allow the page to be turned during a rest. Students are adapting and learning to make it work, but may require a change in the process in order to account for this difficulty in the future. 


Tech used: Google Classroom

SAMR Model

I believe both of these are examples of “Redefinition” according to the SAMR model. They fundamentally changed what was previously possible in a classroom, enabling students to take more ownership of their work, express their creativity and demonstrate 21st century skills.

Learn more about the SAMR model by watching the 2 minute video below.