Here are the badges that have been earned during our 2016-2017 Pilot Program. (Updated April 2017)
They are organized by school level and then are alphabetized by app, tool or topic covered. The introductory links will take you to their reflection document, and the links within the descriptions will take you to the specific site or app described.
Google Images – First grade teacher Alyssa Patterson used Google Images to project examples of 2D images instead of using blocks. She felt the use of images and her Promethean Board kept the students engaged and helped retention. She earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for her work.
Projector/Promethean Board – Kindergarten teacher Nichole Wise used the ActivInspire software with her Promethean Board to create interactive sight word flipcharts complete with a dance and repetition practice. She also collaborated with other teachers in the district and shared the work she did. She earned
Projector/Promethean Board – First grade teacher Alyssa Patterson used her Promethean Board to start her day with a “morning message” which she says dramatically improved the students’ ability to remember which daily activities will be happening and how to prepare for them. She earned a Level 1 Architect Badge for her work.
Instrument Safari – Music teacher Amber Stevens used an interactive website called Instrument Safari to individualize student exposure to different instruments complete
with audio samples. The response from her students was overwhelmingly positive! She earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for her work.
IXL and Chromebooks – Sarah Brokering had her 5th grade students teach 1st graders in their building how to use Chromebooks specifically to complete exercises in IXL. She earned a Level 2 Tactician Badge for her work.
Middle School & High School
Big Ideas Math – Theresa Loehr used BigIdeasMath.com to differentiate the way she teaches math. Her students completed assignments on their own and had videos and activities as references (and of course, she was available). She and her students liked the immediate feedback and personal nature of the site. She earned a Level 2 Architect Badge for her work.
Chromebooks – Social Studies teacher Theresa Loehr used Chromebooks to differentiate a closing project for her unit on the Revolutionary War. Students were able to choose their project type and choose what kind of technology they would use to complete the task. Research was a primary part of the project and the Chromebooks were essential for that part. She earned a Level 1 Tactician Badge for her work.
Google Classroom – Social Studies teacher Theresa Loehr used Google Classroom to streamline the process of her students creating a Teen Bill of Rights digitally and then turning them in through the app. She earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for her work.
Google Forms – English teacher Jenna Pettus used Google Forms to create a grade check which goes home to parents. The form includes the question “What can you do to improve for next week?” which forces students to reflect on their progress and create a plan for improvement. She earned a Level 2 Reflector Badge for her work.
Google Forms – English teacher Becky Amen used Google Forms to streamline her Senior Favorite voting process for her yearbook. She was able to send the form to all of the seniors via email and Forms automatically tabulated the results. She earned a Developer Badge for her work.
Google Forms – Math teacher Curtis James used Google Forms to help automate and streamline his grading of daily math homework and practice. Being able to grade the responses on one spreadsheet helps give him the ability to see the big picture and find out what his students are struggling with at a glance. He earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for his work.
Google Maps and Non-fiction Resources – Reading teacher Sarah Lazarz used Google Maps to create an interactive map of the locations of the major events in Call of the Wild and non-fiction resources like the UNESCO/Library of Congress online resources, the NPS website, and the University of Washington Digital Collections to build background knowledge in her students. She earned a Level 2 Instructor Badge for her work.
Google Slides – English teacher Becky Amen used Google Slides to have students create a poster about WWII-era celebrities who participated in the military. She earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for her work.
Google Sheets and Google Forms – Social Studies teacher Theresa Loehr used Google Forms to create a grade-check for students to fill out. That information then goes to study hall teachers to help students who are struggling in certain areas. The then used Google Sheets to keep track of discipline among multiple teachers in order to collect data from teachers without requiring face time or setting aside time for meetings. She earned a Level 3 Architect Badge for her work (AWESOME!).
Google Sites and Google Classroom – English teacher Jenna Pettus and Social Studies teacher Theresa Loehr use their own Google Sites to keep parents up-to-date on assignments and activities, and they use Google Classroom to organize student work. They both earned Level 1 Architect Badges for their work.
Google Slides and Google Docs – English teacher Jenna Pettus had her students write a creative story surrounding the digestive process. Their assignment was to create a book for their story. They were given the option to use any kind of tech or non-tech that they felt best suited their skills. She earned a Level 1 Tactician Badge for this work.
Hyperdocs – Reading teacher Sarah Lazarz created a hyperdoc that allowed students to review other people’s bucket lists (not just those of their peers) and give feedback. She earned a Level 3 Instructor Badge for her work (AWESOME!).
NoRedInk.com – English teacher Jenna Pettus used the website NoRedInk.com to assign grammar practice to her students. She finds the website a great way to differentiate learning and allow students to choose their own approach to grammar. She earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for her work. She also assigned a quiz on the website which graded it for her and automatically grouped the students into ability-level groups which didn’t require her to spend time grading and instead allowed her to use time more efficiently helping students. She earned a Level 1 Reflector Badge for that part of the project.
Padlet – English teacher Becky Amen used Padlet to allow her students to upload and view each other’s WWII posters. She liked the ease of access and the ability for them to be preserved digitally. She earned a Level 2 Instructor Badge for her work.
Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet – English teacher Becky Amen learned to use a Wacom tablet to easily cut out backgrounds in Photoshop for her work putting together the high school yearbook. She earned a Developer Badge for her work.
Quizizz – Middle school teacher Theresa Loehr used Quizizz to review before a novel test. She said she loves the ease with which the game is played and the kids love the immediate feedback. She earned a Developer Badge for her work.
Research with Non-traditional Sources – High school teacher Becky Amen allowed her students to use non-traditional research sources like podcasts, videos, and documentaries as sources for a research project and taught them how to cite these sources correctly. She earned a Level 1 Instructor Badge for her work.
Screencastify – Middle school teacher Kim Gremaud used Screencastify to allow her students to