Episode 79: Apps for Classroom Innovation with Dr. Donald White
“Getting them (the students) outside of the four walls of the classroom is what I am passionate about.”
Dr. Donald White is the Science Content Specialist and STEM program manager for Coweta County School System in Georgia. He has been in this position for 8 years and prior to this position he was a classroom teacher who taught AP Chemistry, general chemistry, physics and astronomy for 10 years. Additionally-
· He serves as the board chairperson for the Coweta STEM Institute a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire students and teachers in all things STEM.
· He serves on the Georgia Science Teachers Association Board
· Past President of the Georgia Science Supervisors Association
· He is married to Dr. Amanda White a teacher-librarian at an elementary school
· And he has a daughter, Emily who is 10
“The ideal classroom is the real world.”
Donald and I talk about where his love for technology came from and then let that part of our conversation lead us to talking about specific apps that teachers can use to create an engaging, innovative learning environment.
Check out the Apps that Donald talks about:
Apps for Innovation
App gives you “spark cards” to help kickstart your creativity
Connects with Evernote to allow you to track your ideas. Can give you a creative nudge when you’re stuck
Helps you create, refine, and finish. Resource app.
Group work made easier
Track group members progress
Share Ideas and Collaborate
Write, collect, present on every device, anywhere
Annotate, sketch, share ideas visually
Note taking app, add lists, photos, and audio
Draw pictures, flow charts, etc. to help convey your ideas
Allows you to collaborate with anyone anywhere from almost any device
Easy way to collaborate. Backpack version available for schools
Capzles- Create digital content timelines
Weebly- Create free websites
WeVideo (Chrome App available) - online video editor, allows for collaboration on video creation
“My love for technology came from the ability of that technology (gaming) to engage us.”
Donald was fun to talk with and he has some incredible information for you. Have fun checking out his list of Apps! Enjoy putting them to use in your classrooms.
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