Mekel has even gotten her other grade level teachers on board with using Flip with students who are working towards completing a 50 book challenge! Weekly, Mekel and her team meet to plan and find opportunities to blend in STEAM. All of the teachers share in the workload and are on board with the technology integrations because they know it increases student engagement and motivation to do the hard work of learning. Mekel acknowledged that the organized, collaborative planning with her team makes the job easier and provides a more equitable learning experience for all of the students across her grade level.
When I asked about what tech platforms her students preferred, she reinforced what we already know - they like the gaming platforms like Kahoot, Gimkit, and Blooket - and Mekel stressed that she and other teachers use these platforms to reinforce what has been taught. Google Classroom is really the “hub” for everything they do, but she mentioned the other tools that are commonly used to promote literacy are PearDeck (in Google Slides), Jamboard, and Kami which reduces the amount of paper copies that need to be generated. She mentioned how the pandemic and the forced use of technology prompted her to use tools like ScreenCastify which she admits she may otherwise never have used. Mekel now uses a Flipped Classroom model to teach math with the ScreenCastify videos that she made, which is essentially like she has cloned herself. She said, “It does save me time in the long run!”
Like most teachers, the best part of teaching for Mekel are those light bulb moments when they really get it. At the end of our conversation, I asked Mekel if I could share the one-pager that she provided the day I visited her classroom with the Riverside County Digital Learning team so here it is: Mekel Bromley’s EdTech Integrations in her 4th Grade Classroom!
If you’d like to get in touch with Mekel to learn more about how she makes the blended learning magic happen in her classroom, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org