This month ITS: MS would like to shine the spotlight on our April 2017 Educator Spotlights - Krista Alsworth, Chris Weisenburger and Wendy VanDerveer, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School Teachers.
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The ITS: Model Schools department at CiTi recently named Krista Alsworth, Chris Weisenburger and Wendy VanDerveer, all of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School, as its Educator Spotlights for the month of April!
The group is credited with launching a video newscast with a student team responsible for delivering morning announcements each day at the school. Their efforts have proven to be a powerful and rewarding hands-on experience for all students involved. Shortly after a building-wide book study with Stephen Covey’s book, The Leader in Me, teachers discussed the importance of empowering students with 21st century leadership and life skills.
Krista, Chris and Wendy first had to learn how to use all technology and related applications before involving students in the project. Students use iPads with Touchcast, a green screen software to record videos, digital video cameras to record interviews, Window’s MovieMaker to upload images, add text, record voices and edit segments, for announcements and Photostory3 to produce multimedia introductions. Each morning an mp4 is emailed to all classrooms to teachers can play morning announcements. No student has just one job; they work in all areas of production.
This use of technology, under the supervision of the three staff members, has also empowered two sixth-grade students to take leadership roles in the project.
Excited for their students’ progress and passion about the newscast, Krista, Chris and Wendy said they are thrilled the project will be featured on WSYR’s Cool Schools segment. The whole group also was invited to be live guests in the studio on the day it airs, and then tour the news studio.
Aside from all of the technology education students have received, the newscast has also helped participants develop and improve on soft skills such as collaboration, time management and trouble-shooting. Because of the success of teachers and students working together, the group plans to expand the newscast to include regular features, such as public service announcements about health and safety issues, tech tips and community highlights.
Past Educator Spotlights:
April 2017: Krista Alsworth, Chris Weisenburger and Wendy VanDerveer, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School Teachers
March 2017: John DeGone, Technology and Photography Teacher at Sandy Creek Central Schools
February 2017: Tammy Cummings, Library Media Specialist at CiTi
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