Kim Dynia recently accepted a new role as instructional technology coordinator at Chesapeake Academy. She also teaches social studies.
Dynia is brimming with constructive applications to share with her colleagues after a summer filled with professional development, reported head of school Julianne Keesee.
“In Chesapeake Academy’s differentiated academic program, technology plays a vital supporting role in developing variety, authenticity and complexity of effective classroom learning experiences across the curriculum,” said Keesee. “With technologies morphing at lightning speed, keeping pace with the dizzying array of classroom applications is a continual challenge.
“This year we are delighted to provide the support of an instructional technology coordinator who can help teachers access opportunities for independent, authentic, critical thinking experiences in and out of the classroom. Kim Dynia is a creative, inspired teacher who will help her colleagues find, adapt and use applications that support their needs,” said Keesee.
Dynia, a digital native, brings a host of skills to the position and added to this impressive resume this summer as she completed training on adobe products, QR Codes and the use of gaming theory in classrooms.
“The Adobe training focused on effective faculty training in the area of technology, with an emphasis on adobe products. I’ve gotten some good ideas of how we might better be able to do book blogs, reflection journals, as well as ideas for how to create custom professional content for the classroom,” said Dynia.
“QR codes offer another tool in designing differentiated instruction as they can provide links to teacher curated curricular extensions or extra practice/challenges on assignments, students can use them as exit tickets to support independent learning, or teachers can use them to create student resource banks,” she said. “While gamification is not new at Chesapeake Academy, we certainly have not exhausted the potential it holds to motivate students and I will be sharing some key insights into the advantages of this classroom design in the coming year.”