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PowerUp initiative empowering teacher to use new tools

2013 October 15
by HISD Communications

Students in Sarah Campbell's 7th-grade writing class use Edmodo as a portal to conducting their lessons at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy.

Teachers from 11 high schools are attending Saturday training sessions to learn how to use web based tools with their students who soon will be receiving laptops as part of the district’s PowerUp initiative.  After each training, teachers are asked to create mock lesson plans using the new resources. Some, including English teacher Sarah Campbell from the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, are already incorporating the new tools into current classroom instruction.

“That very Saturday, I started using a program called turnitin.com with my students to submit final drafts of their personal narrative essays. The on-line platform removes the red pen shame that students often associate with teacher feedback.  Now students can isolate an area of concern, improve it, and get immediate responses for their revisions.  Of all the steps of the writing process, nothing can cripple a young author more than the experience of re-writing.  With turnitin.com, teachers finally can provide a risk-free environment for creating, modifying, evaluating, and upgrading expressions of student ingenuity. It’s been a wonderful experience for me and my students”

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