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May 2022 - Patricia Kerr

Patricia Kerr
What Do You Teach?
AP Spanish Language & Culture

Where Do you Teach?

Lee High School

How Long Have You Been Teaching?
15 years

Teacher using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
I employ educational technology to extend and augment concepts of language and culture as they relate to the AP Spanish Language and Culture, and Spanish II curriculum. I also leverage technology to help cement the basic building blocks and concepts of the Spanish language. Students enjoy the faster pace of lessons when technology enters the picture, and they are offered an enhanced experience that helps expose them to new countries and cultures, which helps them accept and embrace the larger world around them.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

Technology in the classroom allows me to more easily expose students to the many Spanish speaking countries and cultures that exist throughout the world. Students are accustomed to a point-and-click universe, which makes it challenging for traditional classroom educational methods to compete. By embracing educational technology, the lessons in my classroom are more captivating and students are more engaged and accepting of new concepts. Finally, technology greatly assists with automating key aspects of learning such as knowledge evaluation and score collection.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
My updated Promethean board provides incredible versatility and power that has never been available teaching experience, and it allows multiple students to participate simultaneously in interactive language learning activities. iPads are extremely helpful because of the uniform operating system and app versions they are able to deliver. Among the many applications I employ, Flipgrid is invaluable for language practice since it facilitates easy speech capture and playback for students, along with rapid feedback from the instructor or peers. Meanwhile, Google Forms makes quizzes and tests far more palatable for mobile-focused students, while facilitating simplified capture of student scores for quick feedback and correction.
What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
A classroom set of iPads would be wonderful since student preparedness is always a challenge, and not all students have a district-provided device. I would like to employ Apple Pencils with students because I believe certain writing and drawing activities we engage in would become easier and more impactful for students. Additionally, Apple Pencils would allow students to illustrate in greater detail and with multiple colors, while storing copies of their work electronically would provide for easier submission and instructor feedback.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching students bask in the glory of a Eureka moment, when something clicks in their brain and suddenly a new concept becomes clear. I have had many such moments with all types of students in my career, and it simply never gets old. In language learning, the delight of hearing students discover their new ability to employ language and everyday phrases in a native manner is indescribable.
Nominated by:Students using technology
Clemencia Vigil, Teacher at Lee High School
"Every single day Mrs. Kerr strives to integrate technology into her lesson plans like Kahoot, Quizlet, Padlet, and Wordwall. Her goal is to make it fun and to make her students prepare for their AP Spanish Language Exam."

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