Heather utilizes technology in all facets of her teaching. The success of her information literacy program relies on collaboration with all classrooms and grade levels. She commonly will ask teachers what they want the students to learn and will work with the teachers to devise a plan to best accomplish their goals. It is important to Heather to not use technology for technology sake, but rather apply appropriate tools to support the teachers' curricular initiatives.
Heather recently participated in a "Bring Your Own Device" Pilot through the CNYRIC's Model Schools Program
in an effort to expose teachers and staff to a variety of technology integration tools. During the month-long pilot, students and teachers had the opportunity to leverage ten Chromebooks, ten iPads,and ten Google Nexus 7 Tablets to support student learning. Heather can foresee a time when such devices might be items on a school supply list. She has found that different technologies provide more options for students. Whether tablet, notebook, desktop, or videocamera, each one has its place. Allowing students to bring their own devices to school has the potential to personalize learning for each student. Heather observed that the students needed very little introduction to utilize the devices to be productive and successful. She noted that each device provided quick access as opposed to waiting up to 5 minutes for traditional desktop and laptop computers to boot and for students to log-in to the network. Students could utilize their time more efficiently and behavior challenges were lessened. Heather's Library Learning Commons webpage
proved to be an important hub for students to access a variety of resources regardless of the device they used.