Neva Moga is this week’s Community Member of the Week! Neva is an Instructional Technology Supervisor for Milwaukee Public Schools in Wisconsin. She has been using Discovery Education for over 7 years, she first got started when she was an Instructional Technology Leader. She shared “ I have coached teachers in using Discovery Education with students and provided training to hundreds of teachers and administrators over the years. I’ve seen teachers get excited about sharing what they find in Discovery Education with their students. The teachers know the resources will help their students understand the content better. Seeing firsthand the student engagement when using Discovery Education content has deepened my passion for sharing the power of digital media and inspiring other educators to use it.”
Keep reading to find out her favorite ways to use Discovery Education and learn a little about her life outside of school.
How do you start your day?
I subscribe to a number of e-news websites and blogs, so I often start my day with reading a few headlines and articles of interest while drinking my coffee.
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
I like using games and explorations to introduce a concept to students. This serves as a hook to initially capture their attention and focus on the topic. For example the Math Dojo game is quite fun and engaging for elementary students.
How are you involved in education aside from your role as educator?
I serve as an adjunct professor for a graduate level course on using technology with the writing process. Individual teachers and administrators seek me out for support as they try new strategies. I also serve on the education committee and work with the youth ministry at my church.
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
My advice is to try at least one digital teaching strategy and keep an eye on the engagement of your students. Continue using that strategy a few times until you and your students are comfortable with it, before introducing a new one. It’s okay to start small and build a repertoire of digital teaching strategies over time. Seeing the excitement of my students when doing something new with technology was the catalyst for me to pursue even more ways to use digital media in my classes.
What advice do you have for first year teachers?
Be open to taking risks and trying new strategies. Teaching should be collaborative, so feel free to reach out to other teachers for assistance.
What other organizations/groups are you a part of?
I’m part of a couple Google Plus groups focused on instructional technology and personalized learning. I also network with professional developers and peer coaches.
When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
When I’m not working, I can usually be found at the gym or outside doing something active like walking, running, or playing softball. Some might say I am more likely to be at the mall shopping more than working out at the gym, which very well could be true. I also love spending time with my family, including two pre-teen girls who have busy schedules with dance and gymnastics.
What are your favorite sites to visit that aren’t related to education?
I often visit recipe sites like allrecipes.com, kraftrecipes.com, and cooks.com for new dishes to try.
What is your favorite kind of donut?
Blueberry cake donut
How can others connect with you?
Connect with Neva and share your favorite ways to use digital media in the classroom!