Remote Learning Showcase
Featured Educator: Kristen Roane
Engagement spikes in remote kindergarten class
"Kristen is a very creative teacher. She did not let remote learning stop her from continuing her fund and engaging activities with the students."
- Patty Lee, Lower School Director at Trinity Lutheran School
Joppa, Md. — As school closures halted face-to-face learning in the traditional sense, one Maryland teacher did not let COVID-19 damper the excitement in her classroom. The highly engaging virtual classroom of kindergarten teacher Kristen Roane, who is the July 2020 Remote Learning Showcase Recipient sponsored by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology, continued on modeling science experiments, hosting synchronous learning sessions, and interacting daily with her children to meet their needs.
Roane's effort was unparalleled as one of her student's parents nominated her for the monthly showcase because of her relentless effort to keep instructional normal in a not so normal time.
"From day one of the school closure, [Roane] was providing quality learning content for us to complete at home. She used Seesaw to deliver video lessons each day, and has really embraced the uncertainty of online teaching by taking the initiative to teach herself new skills, create and find fresh teaching content, and make the experience as smooth as possible for kids and parents," the parent wrote about Roane.
As parents continued to play a larger role in remote learning, Roane hosted weekly Zoom meetings with students and parents to give them regular updates on content and more importantly check in on their well being. Roane indicated she wanted to ensure her kiddos were as doing as well as possible with these daunting times. To show her passion one step further, Roane visited the homes of all her students -- while practicing appropriate social distancing guidelines -- to check-in and handout small gifts to each student; she was ready to meet each student's needs during the closure.
"Kristen is a very creative teacher. She did not let remote learning stop her from continuing her fun and engaging activities with the students," Patty Lee, Lower School Director at Trinity Lutheran School, shared how Roane continually engaged students even being so far away. "...she always had the students engaged in fun, hands on activities."
About Digital Learning Showcase
MSET is taking the opportunity to highlight best practices in classroom teaching, leading, and learning with educational technology from around the state of Maryland. The goal is to spotlight innovations of members and nonmembers throughout different public and private school settings. Each month teachers, school leaders, and community members are asked to nominate individuals who support innovation and educational technology in a school setting.
MSET is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting the improvement of the teaching-learning process through effective technology integration into all curricular areas as well as fostering and promoting excellence technology in education. MSET is an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a leading international network for technology professionals