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Author Profiles: Amy Ryan

Posted by Amy Ryan - LearnBop Author

Feb 4, 2015 9:15:00 AM

Here at LearnBop we have a team of amazing educators with diverse backgrounds who have come on board to author content for our interactive Bops. To help you get to know them better, we're starting a series of Author Profiles. Today's is the first installment, written by Amy Ryan, a valued member of our author team.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher or a principal like my dad. My plans changed in college when I decided to major in Business Administration. I’ll never forget the day just before Thanksgiving break when I struggled through a grueling Corporate Finance class, only to return to the dorm to see my best friend wearing a turkey hat she had made from construction paper. My extreme jealousy was my first clue that I should have followed my heart and become a teacher.  

After working in sales and marketing for several years, I returned to school to earn my certification in Elementary Education. I later went on to earn my Master of Education degree. I taught grades 4, 5, and 6 for ten years before resigning my teaching position in the spring of 2013 to work in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Teaching & Learning, About Us & Our Community, Author Profiles

It’s Not Easy Being Techie: Five Challenges to Implementing EdTech in the Classroom

Posted by Chris Brida

Jan 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Imagine this scenario: 
You come back from this great EdTech conference brimming with ideas, and you have access to computers at your school and you are going to fundamentally change the way your students learn and then…

they don’t buy in. Introducing technology into the classroom is a disruptive process for a reason. It is bound to change the way your students learn, but the reality is that students love routine. When you break that routine, it’s important that you can concretely back up why you are doing it. If you don’t go slow with the introduction and just toss it in there, they won’t see the point.

But before we continue, let me introduce myself. First off, if you’ve taken any time out of your busy day to read this—thank you. I’m Chris, a third-year algebra teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School in Baltimore. I’m an alternative certification teacher, meaning instead of a four year degree in teaching (mine’s in business administration), I went through an intense 6-week training program, and then was placed on a residency teaching certification for two years. Now I’m officially a certified teacher in the state of Maryland and am currently working towards my administration degree at the University of Indiana (online, go figure).

I’m here because of you—like you, I’m a teacher that works hard to meet the needs of my students. I put in more hours than there are in the day only to often feel discouraged. I’m also a big fan of educational technology. Hopefully you meet one of those three categories, and hopefully it’s not the middle one. My affinity for technology may have to do with my age (I was born in the 80s…the late 80s. Okay, 1989), but I think that many of our students are already so adept at using technology, why not bring it into the classroom?

I’m a big fan of all things technology, especially when it comes to math because I think there are so many functions that technology can perform for my students that I cannot (rewind, self-paced learning, etc). In the past, my students have taken control of it, but it’s still challenging. It’s always challenging trying something new, so that’s what I’m going to talk about in this blog: the challenges of EdTech (I’ll offer solutions in May or so when I figure it out too!).

So, like I was sayingyou come back from this great EdTech conference inspired to change your approach, but then your students don’t buy in…

 …and you have no idea what to do next.

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Teaching & Learning, About Us & Our Community

Happy Holidays!

Posted by LearnBop .

Dec 22, 2014 10:20:28 PM

Last week, our team met at LearnBop HQ here in NYC for an end-of-year strategy workshop. Employees flew in from far-flung locales like Ohio, Missouri, and Guatemala.

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Topics: About Us & Our Community

How One Missouri Teacher Uses Technology to Improve Math Instruction

Posted by Cindy Bryant

Oct 8, 2014 11:34:18 AM

Although it’s been several years since I’ve had my own classroom, I often think about teaching and what it means to be a successful teacher. Successful teaching is most often defined as the ability to motivate students to learn and successfully acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to function as educated citizens. Which by the way, is very similar to the purpose and intent of the Common Core State Standards in providing a set of expectations that include the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, no matter where a student lives.                               

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Differentiating Instruction, About Us & Our Community

Girls Who Code and the Importance of STEM

Posted by Laura Willson

Jul 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that the fastest growing jobs in the world are those that require deep educational qualifications and specific skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  I was first introduced to STEM and its importance from my guidance counselor who told me and the other girls in my class about the New York City program Girls Who Code (GWC) at the end of my sophomore year of high school.  I had no idea what Computer Science was but I wanted to challenge myself and try something new; I wanted exposure to a new world.

After applying and being accepted to GWC, I attended the eight week summer immersion program where I learned how to code in various languages, such as JavaScript, Python, C, CSS, JQuery, and HTML. I also met many professionals, learned how to communicate with them, and went on various field trips, some of which included Google, Twitter, and Palantir.

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