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May 2017 -Kristen Davenport

Kristen Davenport
What Do You Teach?
8th grade ELA
Where Do you Teach?
Cedar Bayou Junior School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
7 years

How Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
In my classroom, technology is the vehicle in which knowledge is presented and assessed. Whether it be a new concept or reteaching, technology is the preferred channel of disseminating and assessing information.
Students use the iPads for instruction
How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

It allows our students to learn in a way that they are most comfortable with. It also provides for greater differentiation between students and encourages creativity within the classroom. For me, gone are the days of lugging home piles and piles of papers. I can access student work from anywhere, even my mobile device. My classroom management has also improved because the students are so focused on what they are doing.
What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
I absolutely adore our iPads. The things that these students are able to do with them is astounding. To them, it makes learning fun. To me, it makes teaching more manageable. I wouldn’t want to go back to teaching without the Google Suite. It allows for collaboration while still having boundaries.
What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
I want a subscription to NewsELA PRO. They currently offer a trial that I signed up for, and it is simply fantastic! It allows my students to annotate online, take quizzes (graded automatically) and complete short answer questions (graded by me). It also tracks their Lexile levels. All of this feedback is also available to the student, so they are able to track their own learning.
What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I worked in the corporate world for six years prior to receiving my alternative certification to teach in Texas. I felt very micro-managed at all times. I like the autonomy that my administrators allow me to have over my classroom. Provided that learning is happening, I am able to run my classroom as I choose to. I also feel like what I'm doing is making more of a difference that my previous job - when you see a kid understand something for the first time, there is nothing quite like it.
Students use the iPads for instruction

Nominated by:
Jennifer Stephens, Technology Integration Specialist - Junior Schools "Ms. Davenport consistently looks for new and innovative ways to engage and encourage her students with the use of technology. She uses Google Classroom daily to collaborate with her students and reinforce the importance of student accountability. Her most recent project involves Google Maps and Earth. Her plan is to have students map out a route that will coincide with the novel they are reading. What I love most about Kristen is her perseverance. When faced with a problem, she will work at finding a solution. She steps out of the generic teacher's toolbox and tries new things; not for the sake of the tools but for the sake of the students."

Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month

April 2017 - Kim Hillis, San Jacinto Elementary
March 2017 - Brian Walenta, Lee High School
February 2017 - Lacey Choate, Highlands Elementary
January 2017 - Mallory Lindon, Baytown Junior
December 2016 - Sarah Albright, Travis Elementary
November 2016 - Emily Patrick, Impact Early College High
October 2016 - Kristine Rebstock, Victoria Walker Elementary

September 2016 - Alyssa Hamaker, Horace Mann Junior


May 2016 - Allison Higdon, Lee High
April 2016 - Licette Garcia-Alvarez, San Jacinto Elementary
March 2016 - Austin Lindsey, Highlands Junior
February 2016 - Amanda Rayburn, Lamar Elementary
January 2016 - Jody Roberts, Gentry Junior
December 2015 - Laraina Hunt, Baytown Junior
November 2015 - KaLeah Hicks, Sterling High
October 2015 - Darlene Malco, Goose Creek Memorial High
September 2015 - Luke Goodin, Gentry Junior
May 2015 - Michael Jimenez, Sterling High
April 2015 - Kiabeth Lopez, Walker Elementary
March 2015 - Victoria Burton, Lee High
February 2015 - Erin Stripling, Bowie Elementary
January 2015 - Janie Rodriguez, Crockett Elementary
December 2014 - Courtney Mann, Peter E Hyland Center
November 2014 - Corina Garcia, San Jacinto Elementary
October 2014 - Kristy Olin, Lee High
September 2014 - Michella Joseph Jones, Highlands Junior

May 2014 - Dorinda Huron, Harlem Elementary
April 2014 - Margaret Ehlig, San Jacinto Elementary
March 2014 - Elizabeth Harris, Goose Creek Memorial High
February 2014 - Erin Stokes, Ashbel Smith Elementary
January 2014 - Diedra Williams, Lamar Elementary
December 2013 - Amanda Dean, Crockett Elementary
November 2013 - Diana Truesdale, Highlands Elementary
October 2013 - Aaron Berklund, Austin Elementary
September 2013 - Toni Rosenbaum, Gentry Junior
May 2013 - Deborah Gardner, Lamar Elementary
April 2013 - Angela McDaniel, Highlands Junior
March 2013 - Stephanie Cottle, Sterling High

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