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March 2019 - Adriana Martindale

Adriana Martindale
What Do You Teach?
Media Specialist
Where Do you Teach?
Carver Elementary
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
12 years

Student using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
I saw so many positive changes in my classroom from everyone, students, parents, and myself once educational technology became a part of our classroom. As a media specialist, one of my roles and goals is to work with teachers to help them see the benefits of integrating technology with what they are implementing in their curriculum.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

Educational Technology is an amazing supplemental aid. The student that may not have been interested in the assignment originally may be interested and complete once they see that they are able to use technology when creating. The student that my be too shy to orally explain his/her report, could be a different and outspoken student when they see that their report can take on a whole different aspect because of using technology. Parents that may not be able to attend teacher conferences or visit the school may still be able to communicate with teachers and view their child's work and track progress because of the type of communication that teachers can now do because of having technology. I have been able to also work with my campus art teacher at creating a digital art portfolio that students can will be able to use to display their work and their progress on their art pieces. Educational Technology is a great way for media specialists to collaborate with all of the other teachers in the campus. Our role also involves making sure that we teach and reinforce 21st century skills to students, skills such as distinguishing between information from "fake news" to being good digital citizens.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
This one is hard. I love my coding robots, such a Sphero Sprk+ & Bolt and I also enjoy the iPads. Spheros can't work with out iPads, but also, the iPad enable me to work with different grade levels and differentiate the tasks within the grade levels.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
My wishlist for EVERY classroom teacher would be iPads with the following apps installed, PicEdu, DoInk GreenScreen, ChatterPix, Seesaw, and Popplet Lite. Also for them to have coding Robots (Spheros or similar for younger students).

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I love watching the excitement in faces when they get to learn something new and when they are successful at something new.

Students using technologyNominated by:
Heidi Morgan, Elementary Technology Integration Specialist "In the classroom Mrs. Martindale used the iPads to push her students to higher levels of listening and speaking skills for TELPAS. In her new position in the library she set aside a day from her regular schedule for Tech Thursdays, so she can share the technology with more teachers and students. In both places, she strives for high levels of student engagement. Mrs. Martindale seeks out new ways to integrate technology into her library lessons and is working with the STEAM Club after school with Sphero and other bots. Additionally, Adriana had the highest number of students pass the TELPAS test last year due to the amount of technology she used in the classroom with her 2nd graders, 13 of the 16 Ashbel Smith students who passed were her students."

Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
February 2019 - Kelly Mills, Goose Creek Memorial High
January 2019 - Stephanie Stover, Harlem Elementary
December 2018 - Leslie Cogdell, Horace Mann Junior
November 2018 - Shelia Circello, Clark Elementary
October 2018 - Kourtney Squires, Lee High
September 2018 - Karen Trujillo, Austin Elementary

May 2018 - Grita Cherry, San Jacinto Elementary
April 2018 - Elizabeth Thomas, Baytown Junior
March 2018 - Ciara Marks, Bowie Elementary
February 2018 - Andrea Bechtel, Lee High
January 2018 - Melissa Madden-Truncale, Clark Elementary
December 2017 - Jonathan Richards, Lee High

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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