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January 2016 - Jody Roberts

Jody Roberts
What Do You Teach?
8th grade US History
Where Do you Teach?
Gentry Junior School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
9 years

How Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
Technology is used daily in my classroom. Students enjoy the variety of technology based activities that are integrated into each lesson. Student using technology
How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

I find that the laptops are the most helpful. The laptops not only are a great organizational tool for students to keep up with their work, but also helps to keep them engaged and provides an outlet for individual creativity. It has drastically reduced the amount of time spent grading assignments and provides students with instant feedback.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
Clickers are probably my favorite piece of classroom technology. Students like to see instantly how they did and they seem to really enjoy texting in answers for open ended questions. Picking a favorite is very difficult however, because we use the Promethean Board daily as well as the laptops.
What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
GCCISD has done a fantastic job of providing students and teachers with a variety of technological devices. I can’t think of anything else I would want for my classroom.
What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
Student using technology
The best part of my job is watching students learn and progress throughout the school year. Getting to know each of them and their personal talents always amazes me.

Nominated by:
Luke Goodin, Gentry Junior School Teacher
"Mrs. Roberts uses Google Drive and laptops in her classroom on a daily basis, to help her students stay engaged and on task. She collaborates frequently and tirelessly with team members to create new and interesting assignments for the students to complete using the technology that she has available to her. Her commitment to using technology to improve student learning is setting an outstanding example to others."