Jori Geanconteri

Schaumburg, IL

Jori Geanconteri
Helen Keller Junior HIgh
Schaumburg, IL
How do you use Actively Learn in your classroom?

In-class reading and independent reading

What problems were you experiencing in your classroom or school prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

I was doing shared reading with the Ladybug all of the time, which gets redundant. 

What solutions did you try to address problems in your school/classroom prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

I used Kami to display my annotations digitally. 

How has Actively Learn helped improve your students’ learning and/or your teaching? 

I am able to input my annotations beforehand with the standards attached. This frees up some time for me so that I may have more in depth discussion with the students, versus highlighting and writing the entire time. This also keeps them actively involved with the digital world. I can then check their comprehension on the spot with questions and quick writes. 

How do you use Actively Learn with your students? What type of content do you assign? 

I do switch back and forth from paper copies of the assigned text to the digital version so that the students can see multiple ways to work with the reading. I assign stories from our curriculum which I am able to upload via a PDF that is saved on my teams Google Drive folder. 

What advice would you have for teachers who are new to Actively Learn? 

Practice a story with a single class first until you get comfortable. This way any errors that you encounter won't carry over into other class periods, which can lead to a big headache. I would recommend assigning a non-classroom text first so that the students can also get comfortable navigating the program before a big reading assignment.