A new trend is emerging in the Teach For America corps, one that capitalizes on our energy, our willingness to learn, and our drive to do whatever it takes to help our students succeed: the adoption of technology tools in daily instruction. As Teach For America’s Director of Educational Technology, I talk with corps members daily, and their stories of technology use and its outcomes are remarkable. I want to share these stories, because one teacher’s work could benefit corps members nationwide.
I think it’s time we all connect.
Stephanie Linka (Baltimore ’12) encouraged 20 other teachers to adopt Kaymbu—an i-Pad-based teacher documentation system that captures student development through pictures and video and ultimately strengthens the relationship between home and school—and get free iPads after signing up for Imagine K12’s beta-testers program, which allows teachers to give valuable feedback to EdTech startups. It’s one of her top two favorite tools, along with Edmodo, which she considers to be the “gateway drug” of EdTech products. “This tool has allowed learning and engagement to go beyond our four walls and to students’ homes, to the point where parents have come to me emotional about having seen their child read for the first time on a Kaymbu video,” Linka said.