An existing video tool was the golden ticket for this district’s pandemic plan

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and that means educators around the world are still finding inventive and innovative ways to support and teach students in classrooms, in hybrid education and in virtual environments.

The eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, sponsored by Trox, recognizes the determined and dedicated efforts of educators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Never before have educators been challenged and tested as they are, from March 2020 until today, and never before has their resilience been so apparent. Administrators, technology leaders, teachers and educators in all roles persevered in teaching each of their students during a global pandemic.

Here, ESchool News highlights Tippecanoe School Corporation, one of its K-12 Hero Awards finalists. Read on to find out how this school corporation continues to learn in the midst of a global pandemic.

Candidate: Tippecanoe School Society

Nominated by: Screencastify

What makes this candidate a hero?

We spoke to Sarah Margeson of Tippecanoe School Corporation about her past, present and future use of Screencastify. Its technological approach with a priority on video learning has positioned Tippecanoe for success before and during the pandemic.

Sarah has been the Connected Learning Coordinator at Tippecanoe for almost six years. In her role, she is responsible for professional development across the district and for introducing new innovative technologies and best practices with teachers.

Prior to her current role, however, Sarah taught mathematics for six years. It was then that she learned how valuable simple creative tools like Screencastify can be to educators.

With this experience, Sarah continues to favor tools with simple but powerful features that allow creators to focus on their creations. And in her current role, she continues to look to Screencastify to provide teachers with video creation tools that can be used for in-person or blended learning models.

Tippecanoe School Corporation has used Screencastify as an in-person learning tool for several years. So when schools around the world started closing in March 2020, the district was able to ensure that students would miss nothing and that teachers would be able to create successful learning outcomes.

“We had been planting the seeds with Screencastify for a few years,” Sarah said. “And then when it all happened in March, we already had the golden ticket we needed. We said to our teachers, ‘You don’t need to learn anything new, because we already have what you need.’ “

During her time as a math teacher, Sarah used the flipped classroom model, using video as part of her homework. This experience allowed him to understand how teachers and students of Tippecanoe could specifically use and benefit from the creation of videos. And with Screencastify Record and Edit, students and teachers alike had the ability to easily create professional-looking videos, both before March 2020 and early on during the pandemic.

However, Tippecanoe School Corporation has 19 schools, approximately 13,500 students and 1,600 staff, so any tool used at the district level should be simple to implement for a large number of users and also simple to use for students of all ages and teachers of all. skill levels.

“I didn’t want it to be just our fifth graders who could use it, I want it to be everyone.” And I want the teacher and student experience to work well together or be the same, ”she said.

His district will continue to use the tools as he returns to in-person learning and focuses on innovation with new ways to use video for in-person learning, including:

  • Provide students with a platform to demonstrate their learning
  • Create courses for students who might need extended absences
  • Provide videos for additional lesson reviews
  • Creation of video newsletters to send to the families of the students
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