When a Glenbard South High School Spanish teacher came to National Louis University alum Stephanie Wallace for help in making a video, Wallace came up with an unexpected solution: have the students make their own mini-videos, speaking in Spanish, instead.
Wallace, who was profiled in the Daily Herald Oct. 13, works as an instructional technology specialist at the school, and her goal is to use technology as a tool to help students learn, rather than just learn technology for its own sake.
Often, that means brainstorming to find the most creative way to help the classroom teacher teach the lesson, as in the example with the Spanish-language mini-videos.
Wallace has noticed technology frees up some children to experiment more with painting, for example.
“Painting can be frustrating for some students. … (With) graphic design, they felt more comfortable making mistakes and editing, whereas with a painting or a drawing, once that mark is down, they feel it’s very difficult to change it and they’re sometimes afraid to make the mark … because it is more permanent,” she is quoted as saying in the Daily Herald.
View the article on the Daily Herald website.