Justin Grillo – NCCE Technology Teacher of the Year
Our NCCE Technology Teacher of the year is described as having a profound influence on the use of technology by both students and teachers at his school. Here are just a few examples:
- His students are thrilled because they have grown up in a world of technology and their 3rd grade experience makes school a natural extension of their interests and abilities.
- He uses Flip video to record student discussions as they conduct science experiments.
- For writing class, he projects a piece of writing and moves around the room with his wireless mouse to show suggested edits with the class.
- His students use Photopoint monitoring software to record change over time of a specific outdoor place.
- Class student achievement data is kept on graphs.
- One of his parents called him a “genius” because of the way he uses technology to teach, motivate, inspire, inform, and engage his students.
- Another parent wrote, “Unfortunately, my son had to serve an in-school suspension. He connected my son with a laptop via Skype so he could see and hear what was happening in the classroom and not miss classroom instruction.”
- A colleague said that he is not a good teacher, but a great teacher because of how he uses technology in his teaching and student learning.
According to his principal, Cathi Nelson, what Justin Grillo of the Waterville School District does with technology to help his students learn and share their learning is nothing short of a “miracle”. Justin uses technology if it can help with instruction, learning, or assisting students to share their learning with others with a focus on making the learning more relevant and meaningful.