Teachers use technology to learn ways to personalize teaching

Teachers use technology to learn new ways to personalize teaching

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Teachers test out teaching programs on one of the new iPads. Teachers test out teaching programs on one of the new iPads.
"There have been so many different things that my eyes have been open to already, just different ways that I can teach them and it's very exciting," said South Doyle High School teacher Julianne Bowman. "There have been so many different things that my eyes have been open to already, just different ways that I can teach them and it's very exciting," said South Doyle High School teacher Julianne Bowman.
"Through the use of technology and apps and the creativity products that are out there, we are allowing our students to have more voice and choice over what they do, the pace they do in the classroom," said Principal Tim Berry. "Through the use of technology and apps and the creativity products that are out there, we are allowing our students to have more voice and choice over what they do, the pace they do in the classroom," said Principal Tim Berry.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of Knox County teachers spent Thursday training to put technology to use in new ways in the classroom.

The goal is to give every teacher and student a high-tech device connecting classrooms and giving kids options for how they learn.

Eleven Knox County Schools have been selected to implement this new technology initiative.

Julianne Bowman is a teacher at South Doyle High School. She, along with hundreds of Knox County Schools teachers, is in training learning new methods to use technology in the classroom.

"There have been so many different things that my eyes have been open to already, just different ways that I can teach them and it's very exciting," said Bowman.

South Doyle is one of 11 Knox County Schools participating in the School Technology Challenge.

Principal Tim Berry says every student and teacher will be assigned a technology device to use in the classroom and at home.

"Through the use of technology and apps and the creativity products that are out there, we are allowing our students to have more voice and choice over what they do, the pace they do in the classroom," said Berry.

Many people are used to seeing a teacher at the front of a classroom writing notes on a dry erase board, but Knox County Schools is changing that by using technology and providing students with personalized learning devices.

"We start with just a broad question then on their own they can come up with ways to solve the problem. For some students it may be googling it, for some students it may be watching a video, for some students it may be a podcast," said Bowman.

For example, instead of taking an exam, the students will create a PowerPoint presentation.

The technology will be used to connect different classrooms and outside resources on projects.

Teachers will monitor multiple projects and help demonstrate different learning options using technology.

"Education is not a career for the timid, so from day one I've been excited because I see so many possibilities," said Bowman.

The 11 schools taking part in this initiative were chosen from a pool of 28 that applied.

Six elementary schools were chosen: Halls, Corryton, Mooreland Heights, Norwood and Sterchi and Bonny Kate. On the middle school level, Holston, West Valley and Vine Middle Schools were picked. Also named winners were Bearden and South-Doyle High Schools.

Dr. Jim McIntyre is still deciding which technology devices to assign to the students and teachers. The new technology will be used this upcoming school year.

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