Elementary Institute Technology

By Matt Frymire

Elementary InstituteThis year’s Northside ISD Elementary Institute offered new and returning teachers alike a chance to catch up on the latest educational pedagogy and technologies.


Along with the Institute’s long form sessions, teachers were able to walk through the classrooms of Brandeis High School and learn how to better integrate best practices, including technology, in the classroom from presenting teachers and Elementary Academic Technology Coaches, who lent a hand as well.


“It’s a showcase of different ideas,” said Michelle Fikac, Academic Technology Coach. “It’s a way for teachers to pick up different techniques and learn about things they might hadn’t have heard about yet.”


Teachers learned about iPad apps, digital graphic organizers allowing for collaboration, Google Classroom and Drawing, and fun ways to incorporate formative assessments using tech tools.


“It’s like there’s a little something for everyone,” said Kristen Wonder, teacher at Lieck Elementary. “It’s good that teachers can visit a bunch of different classrooms and end up finding an assortment of things to bring to their own.”


Different technology platforms for all sorts of different educational needs were on display at Elementary Institute, and teachers were given the ability to download resources from presenters to bring these specific lessons to their students.


“Technology can be a very useful instructional tool,” said Jennifer Howard, teacher at Helotes Elementary. “And it’s nice that we have all these different ideas in one place and can all work together to help each other help our students.”

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