This week we’re highlighting Pam Inabinett, an Instructional Technology Specialist at Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina.
Pam has been using Discovery Education for ten years. “I love the position I am in to share DE with my faculty & district and all the great resources of DE. Since I have been an ITS at my school, my teachers really use the resources and not just as a place to pull videos.”
How do you start your day?
I start my day at 7:00 in front of my school doing bus duty. I monitor the buses and students are they are coming in every day. This is the highlight of my day to see so many of our sweet students and getting hugs and greetings from them.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I knew that was what God had called me to be. My mom owned a daycare and I used to love to be the “teacher”. I also grew up dancing and my mom couldn’t afford the lessons, so my sisters and me helped teach younger students to help pay for our lessons. I went to college right out of high school, but took some detours and didn’t finish student teaching until I was 29 years old. I have done different jobs and I think that makes me appreciate teaching all the more. It isn’t an easy job, but it is certainly rewarding.
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
I love helping teach teachers how to use Quiz Builder & Assignment Builder and go paperless. I love helping teacher realize all the capabilities of Board Builder and how they can use it in all subjects.
I have a technology club and we use DE for research. My students used Board Builder to create a board about a person they admired most in history.
I think Board Builder is a major draw with DE for teachers who have only used it for videos. Once I start showing teachers everything in DE, they start having their own ‘Aha’ moments.
When I was still in the classroom, I used to host a Monday Meeting. My school was a Leader in Me school. I would show a video and we would discuss the different habits characters in the video used and how we could do the same. Using that time and the 7 Habits really helped change the climate in my classroom.
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
I would tell a hesitant teacher to start small, don’t get overwhelmed. Take one idea and run with it. Once you conquer that hurdle, take on something else. Build your box of tricks until you can’t imagine teaching without digital media!
What advice do you have for first year teachers?
Breathe. This year will go by fast and it will be hard. It isn’t getting any easier. Lean on your teammates and reach out when you are in need.
What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
What other organizations/groups are you a part of?
On the LC for South Carolina
Working on Google Certification
What is your most memorable experience with the DEN?
My most memorable experience with the DEN would be arriving in the Burlington, VT airport and meeting up with fellow DEN Stars for DENSI2013. I will never forget how welcoming everyone was and so willing to help anyone in need. There are no strangers with the DEN! I went into that week thinking, “I’ll probably learn and make some connections.” Did I ever underestimate that week…it was one of the best weeks of my professional career. I loved every second of my time and was thrilled to get accepted into DENSI2014!
I love reading, running or working out, spending time with my family,and volunteering at my church, Newspring.
What is your favorite kind of donut?
Sugar-Raised from Krispy Kreme (nothing beats KK!!!)
How can others connect with you?
Pamela Weathersby Inabinett & @pNabbie