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October 2018 - Kourtney Squires

Kourtney Squires
What Do You Teach?
AP and Pre-AP Biology
Where Do you Teach?
Robert E. Lee High School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
3 years

How Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
In my classroom, we use technology for everything - formative assessment, projects, communication between teacher and between other students, exams; you name it, we probably use it with technology.
Students using technology
How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

It's a great way to keep students engaged. They grew up with this technology and sometimes they know how to use it better than I do. I love when they come to class and show me apps that they have found that help them in class.
What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
Stop Motion! I love doing projects in class to show cellular processes or movement for biology. It's interactive and helps them explore how all parts of life work together beyond just looking at a picture.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
I would absolutely love to have a classroom set of laptops - there are so many lab programs and data collection software that would show lab results in real time. Especially when it comes to the molecular part of biology where they could use the different programs available to manipulate DNA code (big nerd moment, but it's awesome). It's real world applicable and would show students how the technology and programming is used in real labs.
What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I love watching the students grow and develop their science knowledge. At the beginning of the year they think biology is really hard; and by the end of the year, they are so surprised at how much they remember and know.
Students using technology

Nominated by:
Allison Higdon, College and Career Counselor - Robert E. Lee High School "Kourtney is a leader in technology on our campus. Despite this being her first year with us, she has already lead trainings and helped her team find new ways to do daily tasks. Kourtney uses technology daily and is doing awesome. "