Technology is a key to unlocking an abundance of learning resources for use in the classroom of the future. Teachers in Floyd County Schools are making the commitment to master the use of technology as 38 have been selected to participate in two exciting new technology educational programs for next school year. Floyd County Instructional Technology Educators (FITE Club) and a Google Certification cohort were made available for teachers to apply for participation and the first group of participants has been selected.
FITE Club will focus on the integration of Google Classroom, Google Drive, and Kahoot into the teacher's classroom. Kahoot is a game based learning platform that allows teachers to design fun activities that stimulate learning in any subject. In meetings with students across the school system in January and February, students from all schools reported loving the use of Kahoot in the classroom.
"FITE Club members will complete online learning units during their year of participation that will be directly applicable to their classroom," stated Ryan White, instructional technologist for Floyd County Schools. "In FITE Club, we will utilize the inch wide, mile deep approach to sharing information about technology instruction." Those selected to participate in FITE Club will also attend GAETC, the Southeast’s largest educational technology conference.
The Google Certification cohort will organize and prepare educators for the Google Certification Exams. Cohort teachers will be able to collaborate with each other and actively participate in Google for Education Training Center. The Google for Education Training Center provides resources and materials for teachers that are purposefully aligned with education. Google then offers exams to educators that prove proficiency within the Google system of operations. The exams are divided into two tiers: Level 1 and Level 2. White commented, "In a reverse to traditional education, Google actually supports the idea of educators taking the exams together since collaboration is a vital asset in the 21st-century workforce."
"Floyd County Schools would like to congratulate the first group accepted into FITE Club and the Google Certification cohort," White said. "We had many outstanding applications which made it a competitive and difficult process to select the final group." He added, "Hopefully, each of these educators are as excited as we are about this engaging and transformative opportunity that can revolutionize classrooms for teachers and students."
Educators selected for FITE Club were:
Christina Alexander, Johnson Elementary; Kim Baker, Pepperell Middle; Jennifer Bennett, Alto Park Elementary; Julie Cook, Pepperell Elementary; Mandy-Shea Eason, Model High; Keena Edwards, Model Elementary; Kayla Evans, Model Middle; Bob Farmer, Pepperell High; Rebecca Henderson, Model Middle; Melissa Martin, Coosa Middle; Beth Parker, Garden Lakes Elementary; Pam Payton, Model Elementary; Josh Petty, Armuchee Elementary; Jennifer Phillips, Armuchee Elementary; Eric Plants, Armuchee High; Jason Purser, Pepperell High; Bridget Quigley, Glenwood Primary; Tracy Schroeder, Armuchee Elementary and Jason Smith, Pepperell Primary.
Educators selected for Google Certification Cohort were:
Gina Braden, Model High; Amanda Buckenham, Pepperell Elementary; Elizabeth Chambers, Pepperell Primary; Michele Clay, Pepperell Elementary; April Cummings, Glenwood Primary; Ann Marie House, Armuchee Elementary; Heather McCain, Pepperell Primary; Suzette Mitchell, Coosa Middle; Stephanie Montgomery, county office; David Mowery, Pepperell High; Iva Palmer, Pepperell Middle; Brittany Phinazee, Pepperell Middle; Billy Reynolds, College and Career Academy; Jill Shepherd, Glenwood Primary; Jacob Sheridan, Pepperell High; Stacy Thompson, Pepperell Elementary; Sue Turnquist, Model Elementary; Jonathan Wallin, Pepperell High; and Sherri Whorton, Pepperell High.