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January 2021 - Nicole Bright


Name
Nicole Bright
What Do You Teach?
6th Grade Math

Where Do you Teach?

Highlands Junior School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
16 years

Students using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
I have always enjoyed adding technology to my classroom instruction. In the past, I used it mostly for presenting lessons and gathering data. Junior High Math teachers did not have a lot of access to student devices, so we were limited to whole class activities or sharing a class cart a few days out of the year. Now that every student has access to a device, I am excited to be creating lessons that are totally interactive. This year, we are creating all our lessons in Google Slides. The students get a chance to practice math skills, build models, play games individually and in groups. We have had a lot of fun making Connect Four games, Bingo Games, Sorry Games, Trouble Games, coloring pages, drawing pictures, and many more fun activities that practice our math topics. It has been quite refreshing to hear so many kids say that Math is their favorite class.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

Technology has helped me gather data on daily topics. We use the data to adjust instruction and target weaknesses in students and instruction. Also, Technology has allowed me to make Math FUN! By creating interactive lessons, I can keep my students engaged. Also, it allows my team and me to create and present lessons that can be used over and over. Each year, we evaluate the success of each lesson and add to or edit it to improve our students’ success.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
I believe I would have to say my favorite piece of classroom technology would be my Promethean because it can be used in so many ways. I like that I can present the lessons to my class and switch between different instructional tools. I like that the class can see the lesson clear and in color compared to using a black and white projector. Since getting the Promethean, we started developing full lessons that we can share, reuse and improve yearly. That wasn’t possible back in the days of chalk boards.
 
What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
My technology wish list includes an Apple TV & Pencil. The iPads are great and I would love to be able to use it as my main tool. I like using the Promethean slate to move around the room to teach. I would like to be able to use my iPad more in the same way. Also, I have heard a lot of usefulness for Rocket book. I would like to try one of those out as well.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I love the Ah Ha! Moments. I love to see the light bulb turn on for the kids when they finally catch on to a concept. I love when a kid that thinks they are bad in math realizes math isn’t so bad. I love the kids. I love getting to know them and building relationships that last for years.

Students using technology
Nominated by:
Regina Rogers, Educational Technology Specialist - Junior Schools
"Ms. Bright is a true teacher at heart! She is always trying to find ways to engage her students to help them learn. With our 1:1 iPad program, she has found ways to use Google Slides interactively, by making games to teach and reinforce math skills. Some of the games she has made are Connect 4, Sorry, and a matching memory game. Students can't help but learn when having fun! Thanks Ms. Bright!!"




Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
2020-2021
December 2020 - Pamela Aaron, Highlands Elementary
November 2020 - Haley Tompkins, Goose Creek Memorial High

October 2020 - Kristie Fudge, Horace Mann Junior

2019-2020
March 2020 - Miriam Augustin, Bowie Elementary
February 2020 - Rachel Jarreau, IMPACT Early College High
January 2020 - Waneta Hebert, Gentry Junior
December 2019 - Susan Hillin, Austin Elementary
November 2019 - Daniella Mondragon, Stuart Career Tech High
October 2019 - Arin Vara, Cedar Bayou Junior
September 2019 - Elaina Kloecker, Travis Elementary


2018-2019
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


2017-2018
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

2016-2017
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


2015-2016

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

2014-2015   

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


2013-2014
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
  2012-2013
May 2013 - Deborah Gardner, Lamar Elementary
April 2013 - Angela McDaniel, Highlands Junior
March 2013 - Stephanie Cottle, Sterling High