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December 2019 - Susan Hillin

Susan Hillin
What Do You Teach?
1st Grade Self Contained - GT

Where Do you Teach?

Stephen F. Austin Elementary School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
24 years

Students using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
We use technology daily in my classroom. I am fortunate to have an iPad cart housed in my room. Part of our daily routines include a Technology Choice Board to create work. Students may choose apps to extend their learning. The apps push students to explore and use their creativity. We also use SeeSaw, an online digital portfolio and learning tool, to create and showcase their work with their parents.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

Technology has allowed for me as a teacher to work with students at different places in their learning process. Students can research, write, read, draw, and explain using their words. They are able to share a product with their parents that includes their voice. How powerful! They are 21st century learners. I try to provide opportunities in their learning to help them create and shine! BONUS - They want to use technology to learn!

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
I enjoy having access to iPads. On most days we start a lesson one way and the students take it in a whole other direction with the iPads. I never know what's around the corner in learning when I allow them to take charge. There have been a few "never again" moments, but most of the times I am overjoyed! I am learning constantly from them. Our classroom favorite apps include - Seesaw, Doodle Buddy, Pic Edu, Popplet, Draw and Tell, Tynker, Do Ink, Book Creator, and Prodigy. I am looking forward to diving deeper in our technology use during our GT animal research project. We will add to our knowledge by using various Google Apps and Scratch Jr.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
I am looking forward to having my own classroom set of iPads and Apple TV. I would love to have a classroom set of headphones with microphones attached to make recording their voices easier.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I love that I have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child!

Students using technology
Nominated by:
Amber Truncale, Austin Elementary School "Ms. Hillin uses several IPAD apps including Dojo, Remind, SeeSaw, Digital Journals. She has taught the kids how to make and edit short movies and how to make and edit digital Art. She is also introducing coding in her class. She keeps in daily/weekly contact with parents via remind by sending updates and pictures."

Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
November 2019 - Daniella Mondragon, Stuart Career Tech High
October 2019 - Arin Vara, Cedar Bayou Junior
September 2019 - Elaina Kloecker, Travis Elementary

May 2019 - Kristy Tucker, Austin Elementary
April 2019 - Gina Ham, Sterling High
March 2019 - Adriana Martindale, Carver Elementary
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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