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BCPS' Jenkins interviewed for national website on teaching

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By The Staff

    District Technology Integration Specialist Susan Jenkins has comments on Converge Magazine’s website concerning teaching and technology. She was interviewed by Tanya Roscorla after following her along with several other Education Technology professionals on Twitter.

    Roscorla asked permission to interview Jenkins upon learning she was a BCPS TIS.

    “It was an honor to have been contacted by the writer of the article and to have been included in a national publication,” Jenkins said. “I am excited to be able to talk with other educational technology professionals about what we are doing here in the district and represent us on a national level.”

    The text of the interview is available below or by logging onto the website www.convergemag.com and clicking on How to Teach with Tech Tools.

    “Students are turned on 24 hours a day, whether they’re surfing the web, watching TV or playing the Nintendo Wii,” Jenkins said. “They need to be engaged in order to learn. Engaging students often means using technology to teach if it can meet a learning goal.”

    Jenkins writes that she and her TIS colleagues Keith Barnes and Christie Grant-Turbeville do not want to put technology out there, “just because it’s a cool thing to have. We want a purpose for it.”

    She helps teachers find that purpose by providing monthly in-service training along with meeting with them on an appointment basis. While she does show them how new tools work, she also gives them ideas about how they can use them to help students learn.

    “As we’re training them to use the tool, we try to train them with the integration side mixed in,” she said.

    According to its website profile, Converge magazine has documented education technology advancements with its award-winning editorial for over a decade. Through interviews and events with government and education officials, the Emagazine staff has gained a deeper understanding for the vital role that a truly effective education plays in shaping the future fortunes of individuals, regions, nations, and the world as a whole.

    The district’s technology integration specialists provide on-site and on-demand assistance for fellow teachers to create different forms of learning and teaching with the help of technologies. They seek to improve student learning by showing teachers the thoughtful applications and best practices of technology tools such as wireless mobile handheld devices, Smart Notebook (wireless mobile device with Smart Notebook software), Promethean (wireless mobile device with Promethean ActivStudio software), E-instruction/clickers (classroom performance system where students can instantaneously respond to interactive questions while the teacher gets immediate feedback), Acti Votes/Expressions (Promethean classroom student response systems that interact directly with the ActivBoard or Slate), Promethean Activ Boards, flip video cameras, document cameras and mounted projectors.

    Jenkins works with the following schools - Brooks, Mt. Washington, Old Mill, Overdale, Pleasant Grove and Roby Elementary Schools and Eastside Middle School.

    Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.