Kris Ilgavizis

Candidate for Technology Facilitator

Objective

To use my strong ability to connect with educators to provide support in the area of technology, innovation and project development to enhance student engagement and achievement on a district level.


I've always been told that the secret to happiness in life is to do something that you feel passionately about. Technology, Innovation, the Project Building Process...these are all things that I feel deeply about on the professional level. I want to be a part of the evolution of schools into the 21st century.


For years, most approaches to education have been steeped in tradition that dates back to the early 1900's. A classroom from 1950 looked the same as one from the 70s which in turn is reflected in the setting of most classrooms today, in the year 2015.


We are loosing students to this highly sophisticated technological age in which we live. Most newborns are interacting with technology before they can form words or even walk. There needs to be an innovative approach in educating these minds and I want to be a part of this change.

Prezi

I'd like to share more about who I am as an educator and as an individual. This link will take you to a presentation done with the software, Prezi. Powerpoint might be one of the most commonly used presentation applications out there but sometimes when one wants to make a solid impression something new needs to be attempted.

Edmodo

This year I have been utilizing the web 2.0 tool, Edmodo as a method of facilitating student discourse. I'd like to invite you to see first-hand what can be accomplished by utilizing free software available to most, if not all accessibility platforms.

Use this group code and have access to what's currently happening in one of my classes.

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Realtimeboard

For the past year, I have been experimenting with cloud computing application called, RealtimeBoard. The application can best be described as a visual project management tool used to develop, collaborate and share. Below is a video tour of a board I created last year for an embedded assessment.

Twitter

I've also tried to engage students using the social media tool, Twitter. The idea of creating customizable databases with original hashtags is intriguing. I can create a hashtag for our latest embedded assessment and then see what resources could be collected through collaboration.

Survey Monkey

Click on the link below to see a sample of how this software can be used in the classroom as a pre-assessment to a major summative work.

Each category of the rubric for this assessment was singled out so that students would be able to focus on one skill at a time. They then had to rank their comfort level with each skill. The results of this survey were then posted for students to analyze and identify what specific areas the class needs to spend more time with. These results are posted in the photo gallery directly underneath the link.

Office 365

An exciting benefit from the association Tacoma Public Schools shares with Microsoft is the access both students and teachers have to Office 365. It's exciting to think of the potential this partnership can have on the success of this district. I've already started to experiment with what can be done collaboratively between peers and students.

The link below is a small project I've started with a few of my tech savy students. I want to see what we can do with this application before I fully adopt use of it in my classroom.

Podcasting

I have used various sound recording programs from the simple Sound Recorder on our teacher laptops to more complex application such as Garage Band to create small audio files that function as a form of differentiated learning for students. Please see the three below audio files as an example of what can be done with a basic form of podcasting.

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Harrison Bergeron by mrilgavizis

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The Pedestrian by mrilgavizis

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The Open Window by mrilgavizis

Letters of Recommendation

Thankfully, I am surrounded by such hard-working, kind people. Please listen to what they have to say about me. What follows is a letter of recommendation from 4 very different people: An owner of a gym, a parent and both of my supervising administrators.