Teachers and Schools
Jody Bean, Gardiner MS
Amy Chandler, Encino Park ES
Natalie Davis, Bulverde Creek ES
David Dulberger, Emma K. Doub ES
Jean Ann Johnson, Tuscany Heights ES
Emily Lunsford, Tuscany Heights ES
Stefanie Schropp, Concordia Lutheran
Tiffany Zinnecker, Bulverde Creek ES
Encouraging students to collaborate beyond the walls of their classroom, build critical thinking and communication skills, embrace creativity, build character and develop into exceptional citizens and leaders.
SMART Learning Suite
This cross-country project impacted over 160 students and 8 Educators in Texas, Maryland and Oregon. It allowed four same-grade Gifted Classes to collaborate, a 5th grade class from Texas to work with a 6th grade class from Oregon, and a 2nd and 5th grade class from the same school to work together
With the movie release of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, Jean Ann Johnson, a librarian from Tuscany Heights had a vision for a Kindness Campaign called #KindessRipplesOn. As part of her vision, she wanted her students to have the opportunity to collaborate with students outside of school, and their home state of Texas. So Jean Ann connected with SMART Exemplary Educator, Jody Bean, for a cross country collaboration — from Texas to Oregon. However, Jean Ann’s vision of Kindness Rippling On turned into a wave, as other teachers from across North America wanted to join in her Kindness Campaign.
The 8 educators participating in this project decided that collaborative SMART workspaces were the perfect software solution to allow their students to be grouped across grade levels, states and time zones – empower their students to take charge of their collaborative journey. They also chose it as their students needed to use the Four C’s (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) to be successful in their group assignments. They then selected SMART lab™ to help their students participate in shared learning activities, as they would need to encourage students from different schools to test their understanding as well.
“I have noticed that I have gotten many more ideas and perspectives because different people think in other perspectives than you.”
-5th Grade Student, Encino Park Elementary School
“One Book, Many Stories”, as this Kindness Project became known, truly did cover many tales:
The educators participating in Jean Ann’s collaborative Kindness Campaign found their students to be empowered to collaborate to create meaningful change in their own schools, as they had to facilitate their own group work and discussions online. To quote a few of the educators participating in this project: