Los Lunas teacher recognized for use of technology in the classroom

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Staci March, a technology-savvy Century High School teacher, has been named a “STAR Discovery Educator” by Discovery Education for her innovative use of technology.

She was also honored for her efforts to leverage digital media to enhance learning for her students.

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Staci March, IEP facilitator and teacher at Century High School, was recognized by Discovery Education for her use of technology and digital media to enhance learning for her students. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.

“Discovery Education and the DEN (Discovery Education Network) are proud to honor the hard work and dedication of Staci,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and instructional implementation for Discovery Education. “It is the work of passionate and committed educators like her who are engaging students through the use of digital media and technology that is making a difference across the country.”

March teaches students with learning disabilities who are below grade level in reading and math. Her approach utilizes several learning styles, including visual, auditory, hands-on, musical, spatial and linguistic. Videos, Smart-Boards, iPads, educational computer games, and other digital media are used to deliver lesson plans to make learning fun and engaging.

“If one of my students has a question about biology, then I can go to Discovery Education and look up, say, how cancer affects cells, and they’ll have videos about how that happens ― what it looks like when a cancer cell attacks a healthy cell,” March said.

She also uses DEN programs for professional development and shares with other teachers what is available and what they can do with the Discovery Education site, she said.

“For social studies, a teacher might need a lesson on slavery. Well, they might understand slavery better if they could see a video on how slaves were treated,” March said. “Also, we take an assessment on Discovery Education, and so I help them interpret the scores from that assessment for their reading, and how to drive their instruction.”

As a STAR Discovery Educator, March will have free access to many Discovery Education programs she wants and can share them with other educators across her district, the county and state.


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