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February 2021 - Dr. Lindsey Antonini

Dr. Lindsey Antonini
What Do You Teach?
Senior College Prep English Course (CPEC)

Where Do you Teach?

Lee High School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
1 year

Students using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
Educational technology is a cornerstone in our course. CPEC is centered around preparing students for college, career, and military readiness. To succeed in these pathways, students must be able to interface with various software, hardware, and web-based applications that are used in the workforce today. So, familiarizing them with these tools, and teaching students how to become more efficient via technology is my main concern. Using technology in the classroom also allows for easy differentiation pathways. If a student feels more confident working with their classmates on Padlet as opposed to in-person, for instance, they can alter their own mode and method of interaction to suit their personal learning styles. We are all well aware that technology can cause issues sometimes, but even negative experiences can lead to positive outcomes. Troubleshooting and finding work-arounds when the technological systems become uncooperative teaches students how to use creativity and unconventional thinking to overcome obstacles. My Seniors are innovative, independent, and willing to take risks. Our classroom’s interactions with technology improve and promote my students’ leadership qualities, and I am proud of how far they have come.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

In my classroom, I am passionate about giving my students real-world experiences, and I try to lead by example by adhering to a paperless workload. Much of the world is moving to an online, paperless model, so our methods give students a glimpse into their future interactions with academic and career-based tasks. Since Lee is an Apple Distinguished campus, I feel very lucky to be teaching at an institution with such a high level of technological inclusion.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
My favorite piece of classroom technology has to be Google Classroom and the Google App suite. The integration between the classroom, assignments, grades, and forms means that I can use a number of different data-gathering and data-reporting tools which communicate seamlessly with one another. Google Classroom is still under development, with changes coming each month, and I’m so excited to see new features in the future.
What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
The standalone Google Jamboard is number one on my list. It would be so nice for students to collaborate together, both in person and at home on the same Jam, Doc, or Slide.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
The thing I love most about teaching is working on improving the synergistic aspects of my seniors’ experiences in their final years. Graduating hundreds of students, who all have different needs and goals, takes a lot of cooperation from educators all over campus. Each level comes together like an orchestra to ensure that our Ganders have the best experience possible. I feel very proud to be a part of that process.
Nominated by:
Lauren Mercer, Technology Integration Specialist - High Schools
"Dr. Lindsey Antonini is always learning new things to engage her ELA students. So far in this school year, aside from Google Apps for Education (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Classroom), Lindsey has integrated Notability for annotating, Quizlet for review, Kahoot, PearDeck, Clips, Libby, and TED App for Educational videos. She has her students using Wix and Weebly to build websites. She also incorporates using Google Scholar for research papers. I can't wait to see what Dr. Antonini tries next in her classroom! "