Birchwood Classroom is Google Friendly

“We are looking to create an interactive, hands-on learning experience.” -Birchwood 5th grade teacher Ms. Jaclyn Patino.
“We are looking to create an interactive, hands-on learning experience.” -Birchwood 5th grade teacher Ms. Jaclyn Patino.
“With this type of program, we can give them feedback as to how they’re doing and where to improve, wherever they are.” -Birchwood 5th grade teacher Mr. Ian Denson.
“With this type of program, we can give them feedback as to how they’re doing and where to improve, wherever they are.” -Birchwood 5th grade teacher Mr. Ian Denson.

“Since our students live in the digital age where computer devices are readily accessible, we wanted to establish a classroom environment that allowed students to utilize technology as a means to take ownership of their education,” said Ms. Patino, who dual teaches a 5th grade class with Mr. Denson. “We are looking to create an interactive, hands-on learning experience.  Introducing Google Classroom is one way to utilize 21st Century technology for our students to create their own projects, work on class assignments and respond to a class discussion. There are even links to help study for upcoming exams.”

One of the sites the 5th graders were using is called Quizlet, a free study tool linked to Google Classroom that enables students to create flashcards, games, or quizzes to help them study. Quizlet also provides audio features where students can listen to proper pronunciation of words or phrases. Both Ms. Patino and Mr. Denson helicopter the room giving individualized and small group help and, when a student finishes an assignment with a high-enough score, they get to challenge their teachers to a game. “We’re able to monitor everything our students are doing on this site, both here and away from the school setting,” said Mr. Denson. “We see when they’re logged on, for how long, and what assignments they have completed. We can give them feedback as to how they’re doing and where to improve.”

The upside to using Google Classroom is that any type of learner, from grade-school to grad-school, can utilize programs like Quizlet as a way to collaborate and help each other in school. At Birchwood, Ms. Patino and Mr. Denson hope to continue to inspire their students to use technology to enhance their learning.

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