David Livingstone Elementary, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Written by Rebecca Robins
Job: Resource Teacher working with students from grade 1 – 7. My caseload includes support the learning for ESL students, students with a variety of learning challenges including learning disabilities, those on the Autism Spectrum and gifted students. In addition to this full time job, I have been the conference coordinator for 3 provincial conferences on Using SMART Boards to support teaching and learning. I was recently published in the book Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory Research and Practice. My chapter, the only Canadian voice in the book, describes the SMART Board journey of Livingstone.
School: David Livingstone Elementary, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Livingstone is a District Technology Inquiry school which means that the staff is interested in using technology such as, SMART Boards, video, digital cameras, blogs, document cameras and the SMART Response system to support our teaching and our students learning. It is very important to the staff that our school is well rounded and we are also know for 3-4 day field trips in the intermediate grades, hands-on learning and our arts program.
Livingstone was originally part of a pilot project in Vancouver to try Discovery Education. These videos became an integral part of our lessons and the teachers advocated for a school license.
In addition to pullout, small group teaching, Rebecca team teaches at a couple of grade levels. She is a part of the grade 6/7 team that co-plans and teaches the language arts skills through sophisticated topics. For example, we have taught the First World War, Second World War, 6 major world religions, Industrial Revolution, civil rights (a historical perspective), slavery, modern day child labour and the Middle Ages over the past 4 years. As Rebecca works with students who struggle with English language or have a learning challenge, she finds video is key to helping her students understand the content. Discovery is a primary source for historical video clips that bring story and content to life.
Rebecca has completed a classroom based action research, within our SMART Board Inquiry group, that detailed the criteria the team uses for creating digital units. Videos are a part of the information section. In 2010 – 2011, she will be participating in a self directed professional development inquiry with the grade 6/7 team to further look at how video can support our students.
Free Time: I enjoy eating delicious food, reading and building new digital units.