DEN Community Member of the Week: Ann Crilley

Ann is a K-5 School Based Technology Facilitator in Rowan-Salisbury Schools, North Carolina. Ann has been using Discovery Education resources for a number of years. She shared “When I taught High School Math, I used DE to connect math to the real world for my students. They could see the real-life uses of it and how it relates to them and their future lives. Now, working in an elementary school, there is always a resource for the topic you are teaching. You can connect students to real life experiences, another way of explaining a topic or just a different perspective to something! Best resource our teachers have!”

What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?

We love incorporating DE into our research lessons. We will put videos and informational text onto a Board and assign to the students so they have good resources to take notes and prepare for a final research product. No matter the topic, you can always find a video or audio file to help students better understand the information!

What advice do you have for first-year teachers?B2fpr5vIIAEtG8l
Build relationships with students! It is the best way to connect with them and learn with them. The more you know about students, the more engaged they are when you give them assignments personalized to their interests.

What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
TWITTER! It’s my life line to all new topics, articles, resources and fun information! I love catching up on blog posts from Twitter and seeing the great things going on in Education as well as connecting with other people!

What is your most memorable experience with the DEN?
At ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I lurked in the back of a Digital Storytelling Playground watching some lady share about her pizza box green screen. I was mesmerized and quickly texted other people from my school to come downstairs to see this. We returned back to North Carolina and stormed pizza stores for boxes and Starbucks for straws. And, with a little paint, we were well on our way! We presented pizza box green screens with the disclaimer that we saw it at ISTE 2014 but have no idea who the lady was so we couldn’t give her credit. I googled, searched, stalked to try to figure out who it was and never could. Turn the clock forward to DENapalooza 2015 and VOILA! There, in her own flesh and blood was the “Green Screen Pizza Box Lady” (we now know she’s the famous Conni Mulligan!) and my media Coordinator and I, Renee Cunningham, ran up to her, in total fan-girl mode, introduced ourselves, confessed to taking her idea and running with it and sharing it everywhere. Our teachers are now LOVING pizza box green screens and it’s spreading fast throughout our district!

CDMw9wvWAAAfWFgWhen you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
When I’m not working … you can most likely find me on a pool deck either as a swim official, swim coach or a swim fan!

What is your favorite kind of donut?
just a regular, glazed, plain donut! (simple!)

How can others connect with you?
@agcrilley

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