A Digital Learning Specialist in Houston, Texas, Rachelle Wooten supports the effective integration of technology into learning environments. Her passion for helping educators reach and teach each student is evident in her own love of learning; Wooten is an Edmodo Certified Trainer, an Authorized Google Education Trainer, a Nearpod Pionear, an Adobe Education Leader, a Common Sense Education Graphite Certified Educator, and the author of iBook, Mission ‘Pod’sible: A Teacher’s Guide to Podcasting.
Wooten will be on the 21st Century Thought Leaders: Defining Today’s Learner panel from 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST at this year’s EdmodoCon, to discuss how technology changes how the world communicates. In education, it gives teachers a way to collaborate, students choice and a voice, parents the option to offer support, and admins tools to build professional learning communities. Tune in to watch Wooten and three other experts examine how technology also redefines and improves the learning process for everyone involved.
What inspired you to apply to speak at EdmodoCon?
I am captivated with the idea of and impact of informal learning. I initially collaborated with some Edmodo ambassadors to lead a panel on Do-It-Yourself Professional Development for SXSWedu. I still believed in this idea and remained curious on the topic. Since Edmodo was one of the primary tools used for many educators for inquiry and informal learning, I felt it would be a great topic for Edmodocon!
How did you feel when you found out you were selected?
I was so excited when I found out I was selected as a speaker that I contacted my friend Anna Davila, who now lives in Australia, because she was a 2013 Edmodocon speaker!
What’s the one thing you hope people take away from your EdmodoCon presentation?
That there are many different ways to go about learning in this modern era, and all they have to do is determine the goal and follow the path (it never stops) to keep learning and growing.
Why did you become an educator?
To make a difference. It may sound trite but the concept of making a difference is powerful to me. When we make a difference, we are making a significant impact on the lives of the people we touch and the community we serve.
What do you like most about being an educator?
Seeing change and growth happen right before my eyes. Anyone who’s ever been a gardener has experienced the joy of seeing a plant transform from a seed to a beautiful plant. I experience that when I get to see the “light bulb” moments in students’ eyes and when I see a teacher using what he has learned in one of my sessions.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another educator?
To be true to my teaching style and not compare myself to others.
What have your students taught you?
To never give up on them. Keep inspiring them, sharing with them, relating with them, and teaching them even when they are resistant or apathetic.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
Check in with my own children about their days at school.
- Food: Chicken fettuccine alfredo
- Movie: Draft Day
- TV Show(s): Shark Tank
- Music: Gospel
- Book: The Bible
- Superpower: Enthusiasm
- Quote: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Three things I could never live without:
- Family and Friends