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December 2017 - Jonathan Richards

Jonathan Richards
What Do You Teach?
Spanish 2 and Intro to Engineering
Where Do you Teach?
Robert E. Lee High School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
12 years

How Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
Technology is a big part of my classroom. I use my laptop and Promethean board on a daily basis to teach new information as well as review old information. While my students have their iPad's we complete all kinds of activities from simple bell work to complicated projects involving video editing and eBook creation. I also use Google Classroom as my main classroom management system. Google Classroom makes assigning, turning in, grading and communicating super easy plus it automatically saves all of your assignments in Google Drive.
Students use technology
How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

I find that the use of Google Classroom combined with various apps and projects makes classroom management much easier. When the students recognize that there is an expectation of work with their iPad's there is less distracting behavior. The iPad's also help with research and creating presentations when there are not enough computer labs.
What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
Google Classroom is far and away my favorite technology piece this year and last year. I love that all assignments that get turned in are saved automatically and I can return to them whenever I want. I love the ease of use and added communication with students. I love the ability to add quick response questions like Exit ticket type questions in the Classroom itself and check for understanding. Another fun thing that can be done with Classroom that is good prep for college is creating a Discussion board type of dialogue for the students to read/reply/respond to an article or question and then have monitored discussions online. This is a safe environment to teach online discussion etiquette.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
A new 3D printer for my classroom is the next thing on my wishlist. My engineering students will be learning how to create 3D objects on Inventor (an autocad program) and the ability to actually print their creations will be amazing!
What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I love watching the "light bulb" turn on as we go through different concepts in class. Oftentimes the "light bulb" comes on through using different types of activities that address the same concept. Then you have the satisfaction of knowing that students truly learned the idea/concept when the next time something new is introduced you see them go and start using that technique on their own. That is a truly satisfying experience.
Students use technology

Nominated by:
Lori Roberts, Educational Technology Specialist - High Schools "Jonathan Richards is the epitome of an Ed Tech Star. His students are constantly applying and showcasing their subject knowledge through a variety of technology tasks. In addition, Mr. Richards helps his fellow staff members learn and integrate new tools through one-on-one assistance and through lunch & learns with the entire staff. Mr. Richards also was the driving force behind the Lee High School app for students to navigate their ways around the sometimes confusing hallways of Robert E Lee. Mr. Richards is also a three time Apple Teacher, earning badges for the iPad, Mac, and Coding."

Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month

November 2017 - Charlise Cunningham, Austin Elementary
October 2017 - Jackie Scales, Goose Creek Memorial High
September 2017 - Michelle Stangle, Highlands Elementary

May 2017 - Kristen Davenport, Cedar Bayou Junior
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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