This month ITS: MS would like to shine the spotlight on our January 2017 Educator Spotlight - Tim Fredenburg, English Language Arts Teacher at Phoenix High School
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The ITS: Model Schools department at CiTi recently named Tim Fredenburg, a John C. Birdlebough High School English Language Arts teacher, as its Educator Spotlight for the month of January.
Fredenburg was nominated for the honor because of his swift shift from a traditional classroom to a flipped-learning environment. He has shifted towards a more project-focused approach after he recently received classroom laptops.
Fredenburg has made great effort to expand the digital footprint in his classroom; much of which has been accomplished via Google Classroom. There, Fredenburg created a digital classroom for each section he teaches: two 11th-grade Regents English classes, one 11th-grade Regents class, an 11th-grade co-taught special education English class and a ninth-grade Regents English class. Google Classroom has aided in keeping both Fredenburg and his students organized, and it has seamlessly integrated with the Google application suite. This process has increased student engagement and provided both feedback and graded assessments to students.
In Fredenburg’s classroom, students have also made their own websites and video presentations. He created video tutorials using Camtasia and video quizzes using ed-puzzle before he posted links on the classroom stream. He has worked with several technological applications, such as Kahoot to make practice study guides and other classroom resources.
For his students with IEPs, he has posted links to audiobooks using the Google audio player for every book students have read in class. Fredenburg also enabled the speech-to-text function on link-it assessments, which eliminated the need for students with IEPs to go to the testing center to have their tests read to them.
Past Educator Spotlights:
January 2017: Tim Fredenburg, English Language Arts Teacher at Phoenix High School
December 2016: Edward Darrh, Social Studies Teacher at Central Square Middle School
November 2016: Barb LeBeau, Middle School Social Studies Teacher at Pulaski Academy
October 2016: Nick Little, Fourth-Grade teacher at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, Oswego City School District
September 2016: Mary Paye, Kindergarten teacher at Phoenix Elementary School
June 2016: Kate Clark, CiTi Exceptional Education TASC/CTE Resource Teacher
May 2016 Bonnie Morris, District Staff Trainer and Mathematics Teacher at Pulaski and Central School
April 2016: Lynne Harper, Grade 5 Humanities Teacher at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School
March 2016: Jacques Monica, Director of Technology at Central Square School District
February 2016: Carol Burch, Science Teacher at Hannibal High School
January 2016: John Dalgety, Helen Abbott, Jim Cassella and Jeff Martin, the Social Studies Team at Phoenix Middle School
December 2015: Gina Duggleby, Living Environment Teacher at Central Square High School
November 2015: Molly Clark, Librarian at Riley Elementary in Oswego City School District
October 2015: Joelle Hendry, Second Grade Teacher at Phoenix Elementary School
September 2015: Megan Cernaro, Mona Goble, Jessica Piscitelli, and Lynn Rathbun, Mexico Academy and Central School Teachers