2015 TIES Exceptional Teachers

BHM Teachers Chad Anderson and Cassie Knutson
Wednesday Dec 23, 15
BHM Teachers Chad Anderson and Cassie Knutson Receive Awards

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BHM Teachers Chad Anderson and Cassie Knutson were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2015 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on December 15, 2015. The award recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning with technology. The following provides more information about the exciting ways the two teachers are using technology in the classroom.

Chad Anderson--Buffalo Community Middle School Health Teacher
Chad Anderson is in his second year at Buffalo Community Middle School (BCMS). Anderson moved the health curriculum to Google Classroom. He has implemented the technology seamlessly as students are constantly using the resources available to them.  Since his arrival, there has been great collaboration between the physical education and health departments. Anderson believes that technology can greatly enhance the learning experience for his students.  His continual self-reflection and drive to be the best educator possible makes Anderson a perfect representative of this outstanding award.

Cassie Knutson--Montrose Elementary 1st Grade Teacher
Cassie Knutson effectively integrates technology to support academic learning, communicate with families, provide enrichment, and promote #theMESway, the school's hashtag promoting the positive learning experiences that Montrose Elementary provides for students.  Her masters work with integrating the Seesaw app as a learning tool in her classroom has been incredible.  Students utilize task cards with QR codes that can be scanned to allow them to listen to the task using Vocaroo, which supports struggling readers in first grade.  Students then utilize Seesaw to narrate and depict their understanding of math equations, word families, sentence structure and much more.  As the teacher, she is then able to give verbal feedback to students within their accounts and students are able to access this feedback on their devices.  These student recordings showing student thinking are also accessed by parents who are able to view learning that is taking place and are also able to give their child feedback and praise for their efforts. The work Knutson has done with Seesaw, Vocaroo, QR Codes, Twitter, Kodable, Scratch Jr for digital storytelling, and SMART technology has definitely enhance the learning environment for the Montrose Elementary first grade students.