Pharos-Tribune

Local News

April 25, 2013

Dream Team: Logan resident returns to classroom video project

Maconaquah teacher at intersection of tech, Common Core.

LOGANSPORT — Look for the intersection of tech-assisted teaching and more demanding education standards — that’s where you’ll find Cory Howard.

Howard, a Logansport resident and teacher at Maconaquah Middle School, was one of 200 teachers across the country chosen for this year’s LearnZillion “Dream Team.” The teachers will spend part of their summer making video lessons for LearnZillion, a company that distributes videos aligned to new Common Core educational standards.

Howard has taught middle-school math at Maconaquah for the last five years, he said, and before that taught math at Lincoln Middle School in Logansport.

He and the rest were chosen from more than 3,000 applicants this year based on their understanding of the Common Core standards being phased in across the country and their ability to create high-quality video lessons easily understood by students, according to a press release from LearnZillion.

The idea, Howard explained, is to help teachers or their students find ready-made ways to explain concepts either to complement what they’re doing in the classroom, or to supplement it for students who need extra review or want to work ahead.

“I’ll use them for like review-type lessons, maybe compare and contrast — you’re getting a different presentation to review or reteach,” Howard explained.

Students appreciate seeing examples different from what’s in the book, he said — plus they like “the ability to replay it, go back, pause it,” he added. “It kind of animates an example, instructions that you might see in a textbook. Now you’re seeing it, you’re hearing it.”

He’s referred to videos to grow as a teacher, too — for example, he said, to find how he might teach a concept he’s struggling to convey.

“To me that’s pretty huge,” he explained, “because you get to those certain levels and you might be the only eighth-grade math teacher in your building,” struggling to find other teachers to bounce ideas off of related to teaching specific content.

As part of the Dream Team, Howard will head to San Francisco in May for TeachFest, an intensive conference where teachers will work with Common Core experts, content specialists and fellow teachers to better understand the standards and how best to teach them.

Howard is one of about 30 teachers who’ll be returning to the Dream Team, he said. He first got interested in the project last year because it complemented what he was already working toward in the classroom — integrating laptops and aligning content with the Common Core.

“Since everybody is going to the Common Core standards, it really forced my hand to start learning more about this new set of standards that’s been phased in at the lower level,” he said.

Indiana adopted the Common Core standards in 2010 and began phasing them in beginning with kindergarten in the fall of 2011. The new standards should be fully implemented in kindergarten, first and second grades this coming school year, according to a timeline on the Indiana Department of Education website.

Officially, the Common Core will be fully implemented in all grades beginning with the fall of 2014, but many schools are transitioning grades three through 12 this coming fall in order to be ready.

Howard’s videos focused on seventh grade math concepts outlined in the Common Core, like dividing by zero or rewriting multiplication and division problems using the commutative property.

But while Howard had been researching the Common Core, it was his first experience making videos. What LearnZillion sought were 3- to 5-minute videos that combined a teaching presentation with audio explanations.

“It’s pretty challenging at times,” Howard said of the process. A video script and the visual plan for it go through vetting from a content expert, then the video goes to LearnZillion administration for a quality review.

Since he’s a returning teacher this year, Howard will help mentor other teachers new to the Dream Team.

“The ultimate goal is to keep continuing, growing a national community of teachers,” said Howard.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Cass Co. jobless rate falls again Cass County unemployment fell once again to 5.6 percent, state workforce data indicates, mirroring state trends of a growing workforce and what one economist suggests is growth in full-time jobs. State unemployment data released this week indicates t

    August 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: Aug. 22 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 22, 2014

  • 5-year-old boy's bathtub death under investigation MONTICELLO (AP) — State police say an investigation is underway into the death of a 5-year-old northern Indiana boy who reportedly was found not breathing in a bathtub. Sgt. Kim Riley says Ian Davidson died Thursday at an Indianapolis hospital, where

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT082114 WWII Ship 2.jpg Return voyage: Logansport veteran to crew WWII ship A Logansport man and U.S. Navy veteran is getting a chance to sail on a military vessel again.Starting at the end of this month, Rex Mitchell Ashby will spend about three weeks working in the engine room of LST-325, the last fully operational World W

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • AP for free? Yes — for low incomes The U.S. Department of Education awarded $28.4 million dollars Aug. 12 to schools across the nation for Advanced Placement test costs for low-income students.Indiana received just under $500,000 from the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program. That amou

    August 22, 2014

  • Round Barn Festival canceled ROCHESTER — A 44-year-long festival will end its run in downtown Rochester indefinitely, according to the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Diane Spore and the chamber of commerce’s board of directors met Wednesday to discuss and

    August 22, 2014

  • Twelve Mile farming contractor files counter-suit TWELVE MILE — A local farming contractor has filed a counter-suit against a farming company that accused him of defrauding them of millions of dollars over the course of several crop seasons.A lawyer for Chad Rudicel, the Twelve Mile contractor named

    August 22, 2014

  • Police Blotter: Aug. 21, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 21, 2014

  • Firefighters investigate smoke downtown Firefighters investigate smoke smell downtown

    Firefighters with the Logansport Fire Department responded to a call of a smell of smoke in a downtown office building.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT082114 Opera House Now.jpg Dreaming the old dreams over DELPHI — “To dream the old dreams over is a luxury divine.”That line from the late local poet James Whitcomb Riley was mentioned several times Wednesday at a celebration in Delphi. Those who quoted the line said it was a fitting description for one o

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Does Indiana need a statewide water management plan and an administrator to implement it?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
eEdition