Throughout July, the Edmodo blog will feature EdmodoCon 2016 speakers. For our fourth installment, meet Secondary Science Strategist Alejandra Guzman, who uses Edmodo to strengthen her students understanding of data analysis. Alejandra used polls and quizzes to reteach and provide remediation stations to students and created “Data Driven Instruction”. Be sure to register for EdmodoCon to catch Alejandra’s presentation.
Briefly tell us about yourself. What’s your role and where do you work?
I have been in education for 8 years. I started off as a middle and high school science teacher in Florida. I then moved to Stafford, Houston, and Brownsville in Texas teaching Biology, Anatomy, and Aquatic Science. I have now found my home in Los Fresnos, Texas where I am the secondary science strategist for LFCISD. I work with middle and high school science teachers and students. I create teacher professional development sessions, create district science assessments, assist with tutorials and pull-outs and lead data/curriculum meetings with teachers and administrators.
How did you find Edmodo, and what inspired you to apply to be an EdmodoCon speaker?
Four years ago another one of my educator friends recommended Edmodo. Since then, I have been hooked and take Edmodo to every school and district I have been a part of. I have tried to share the Edmodo love. This year when presenting in the Edmodo booth, the Edmodo representatives suggested that I apply; so I did and Voila!
Our back to school campaign will revolve thematically around explorers. What kind of explorers do you think your presentation will resonate with most and why?
The mountain climber- I believe this session will resonate most with educators that already have a solid grasp on their content and their classroom, but want to ensure their classroom is more student-centered where the teacher is no longer the center of attention, but rather a facilitator to help guide student learning. This session will be for the risk taking educators with a growth mindset that are not worried about making mistakes or failing, but rather are willing to grow with their students as they open the doors by giving their students the key to becoming accountable for their own learning.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for teachers and administrators who are just getting started with edtech or blended learning tools?
Edtech can truly transform education for the better. It ensures that classrooms are student-centered and it can make a teacher’s life much easier! Give it a shot. Your students will always surprise you and exceed your expectations if you give them the opportunity to do so.
What’s the one thing you hope your audience takes away from your EdmodoCon presentation?
Empowering our students to be independent leaders and allowing them to take the driver’s seat in their own educational journey.