Meet Erica Braverman, digtal storyteller in language arts
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How are you involved in education?
I’m a 6th grade Language Arts & Social Studies teacher in Lindenwold, NJ. I also have my Masters in Library and Information Science and hope to eventually move into the media center! I try to incorporate technology as much as possible in my classroom – giving tests using Google docs, doing digital storytelling projects, and giving back to the community at the same time (my students post pictures of their lunch on ShareURmeal.com which donates a dollar to fight hunger for every picture posted.)
What’s your ideal classroom or school like?
My classroom right now is pretty great, lots of technology and space for my students to be creative in *most* aspects. If I were to improve upon it, my ideal classroom would be a collaborative space that operates more like a think-tank than your average school. Students would get to choose projects/assignments that they are interested, and the medium in which it’s completed. There would be a lot of resources available – technologically speaking and teachers would be there as guides to assist students through the learning process. Students would be highly motivated (this is my ideal, right?) to learn independently and would each be on a different path with the same learning goals incorporated in their own projects. Classes would not be determined by ability/age/skills, but rather interest and talents which can be developed and fluid between multiple classes.
Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?
nope, I’m a newbie.
If you were to lead a session at EdCamp, what would it be about?
Digital storytelling – incorporating photography and videos into language arts.
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