Interactive technological tool allows students to work at their own pace
Allison Gottselig is a STAR.
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Allison Gottselig explains tornadoes to her Grade 5/6 class on Wednesday. Discovery Education named the first-year teacher at St. Mary School a STAR Discovery Educator on Monday, along with two other Holy Trinity Catholic School Division teachers.
The first-year Grade 5/6 teacher at St. Mary School was one of three Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD) teachers to be named a STAR Discovery Educator by Discovery Education on Monday.
Gottselig, along with École St. Margaret School’s Clayton Boyer and St. Michael School’s Kelvin Turberfield, were recognized for their commitment to harnessing digital learning to inspire students’ curiosity and prepare them for future careers.
“I think it is a really great resource and I wanted to take advantage of the fact the division has provided us with it, and go as far as I can to help out the students in my class,” Gottselig told the Times-Herald Wednesday.
The HTCSD has been working with Maryland-based Discovery Education for about three years already.
Celeste York, director of education for HTCSD, said they are trying to make sure technology is a learning tool for students that is “controlled through the inquiry of learning, rather than a passive receptor of what’s out there.”
The resources from Discovery Education allow teachers like Gottselig to use technology as an interactive learning tool for students.
“It's just interactive science,” Gottselig said, describing Discovery Education. “I think it's sometimes hard to be able to do certain experiments. Sometimes schools don't have enough equipment to do them, (but) this is all online and virtual.
“You're able to manipulate experiments and see them in a different way if you don't have those materials available at your school.”
As a STAR Discovery Educator, Gottselig shares resources and innovative teaching methods with fellow educators across the division, province and world to improve student engagement and achievement.
Before receiving her STAR accreditation, she had to first fill out a survey and host two events with three or more people centred around technology.
One of the events she hosted involved showing teachers of younger students at her school ways to incorporate Discovery Education into their teaching.
“It’s harder to get those little ones on the computers,” she said.
More importantly, Gottselig noted Discovery Education attracts kids’ attention because they are able to work at their own pace.
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