What’s your first and last name?
- Lois A. Cox
What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?
- Adjunct Faculty, St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN
How are you involved in education?
- My last job was Technology Integration Specialist, Business Teacher, and Director of Online Learning for La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools, La Crescent, Minnesota. We moved here last summer to be closer to our daughter who teaches at Moore High School. I was involved in teaching professional development for the district as well as directing a consortium of 5 schools to provide online supplemental education to students. I am currently looking for a place to use my experience and education.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
- The ideal classroom is collaborative. Students should be able to collaborate with each other, the teacher, and global experts to create their own learning network. There are many ways to achieve this but one of my favorite is through the Google Applications for Education platform. Teachers facilitate discussions and peer collaboration to guide learning to a higher level. Students are encouraged to construct their own learning experience through classroom experiences combined with at-home collaborative activities.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?
- Last spring I completed the research for my Ph.D. at La Crescent where we implemented a 1:1 Chromebook initiative in a 3/4 multiage classroom as well as the 9th grade. They have expanded the program to include 10th grade and the entire 4th grade classroom. Teachers are using both the email system through Google and the Google Classroom as well as many other Google applications and scripts to enhance collaboration among their students. The program showed the value of collaboration both teacher and student initiated. My session would be about the program and the results of the research.
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