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Tech User of the Month: Kerry Peck of Pima College Adult Basic Education for College and Career 

Kerry Peck, an ELAA teacher for Pima CC, was nominated for her early adoption and use of the Teacher Verification Model (TVM) – Arizona’s newest (and least restrictive) way to report proxy hours. Of her experience with the Teacher Verification Model, Kerry says:

“I started using the TVM soon after its launch in November 2019 as a way to motivate my ELAA students to do meaningful work outside of the classroom. The TVM gives me the freedom to create projects that allow students to extend what we are learning in class to assignments that encourage them to produce quality work using technology.

So far, the most successful lessons I have created through the TVM are individual student presentations.  Following some guidelines I provide them with, students create an original presentation to share with their classmates.  Here are two prompts I have used with my ELAA 70 students – a transition class to GED, college, or career:

  • Write an essay that shares one aspect of your life—something personal that tells us more about who you are.  (Some ideas:  My career pathway; My favorite hobby; My work in my country; Why I came to the U.S.; My sister; My Grandmother, etc.) 
  • What is something that you have invested in (time, money, energy) that is worthwhile?  (Some examples:  My car, my education, etc.)

In order to give students credit hours for their work outside of class, they must submit three “products”:  a rough draft essay (1-hr), a final draft essay (1-hr), and a slide presentation (1-hr).  They are encouraged to come to the Learning Lab hours for help if they are not sure how to create these documents or upload them to our college’s learning platform—and several of them do!  I am so happy to see that this assignment gives them the incentive to figure out how to accomplish all the tasks so that they can successfully present their stories to their classmates.

While many students have expressed how nervous they get during their presentations, they recognize the importance of being able to speak English coherently in front of others and the need for more practice in a “low-stakes” setting.”

 

Ginny Seltenright, Director at the El Rio Learning Center where Kerry teaches, nominated Kerry and was able to observe a few of the student presentations, saying, “…they were incredible and informative! This assignment allowed students to share a story about themselves with the class. It gave them practice in writing an essay, putting together a slideshow, and allowed them to learn how to use technology.”

By the end of the assignment, students had used a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs to write their essay, a slideshow application like Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides to create their presentation, and a Learning Management System (LMS) to submit their assignments online. This is a model use of the Teacher Verification Model, where a teacher creates an assignment that is meaningful to students, addresses the content standards, connects to the face-to-face learning, and integrates digital literacy.

Thankfully, Ginny reported that Kerry is working with others on implementing the TVM and sharing what she has done. I am certain that under Kerry’s wing, we can expect that Pima College Adult Basic Education for College and Career will have some additional standout stories!

Are you or someone you know implementing technology into instruction in an innovative way?

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