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Representing Washington High School, from left, were Katie Venneman,

Courtney O'Connor and Maudie Nelson.

Technology Presentation Video

 

WHS Geometry Concepts Class

To showcase the School District of Washington’s iBelieve initiative, each month the district will invite an educator to share with the Board of Education an exciting digital activity taking place in their classroom.

 

The focus will be not only on the technology being used, but how learning is enhanced within the classroom.

 

For the Oct. 22 meeting at the District Office, the Board of Education heard from Washington High School teachers Courtney O’Connor, Maudie Nelson and Katie Venneman on how technology is assisting the learning process in the Geometry Concepts classroom.

 

The technology that Katie, Maudie and I presented on is our use of Schoology with our geometry concepts class,” O’Connor said. “We chose to make this shift because we felt that our geometry concepts students weren't quite getting it and really weren't retaining the material as well as we would like. We decided to try our new approach with our unit about parallel and perpendicular line relationships.”

 

O’Connor, Maupin and Venneman made videos of each lesson and online worksheets in Schoology. 

 

“The students worked at their own pace,” O’Connor said. “First, they watched a video and took notes over the material. After they completed their notes and showed the notes to us, we opened up the assignment for them to complete.

 

“They had to earn a 70 percent or better on the assignment before we would allow them to watch another video. If they did not earn an adequate score, we gave them some one-on-one instruction and then gave them a different assignment, similar to the one they did poorly on, to complete.”

 

The concept worked in a positive and encouraging manner.

 

“It worked very well. The students in ‘concepts’ classes  tend to struggle in math. The process allowed them to focus and Schoology allowed us to track their progress,” O’Connor said. “Katie, Maudie and I are still trying to figure out if we will continue this process or not. The students are testing over the material now, so we will know soon if it worked.”

Photos From the WHS Presentation

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