Teacher Ellen Harpham, MA ’01, and others on her team encouraged Konrad to experiment. Hilliard is a one-to-one district, with each student assigned an iPad. “So, our opportunities with at-home learning were pretty endless,” Konrad said.
She created screencasts, digital recordings of her computer screen that incorporated video snapshots of her explaining math concepts. She used a virtual manipulative tool to demonstrate telling time and counting money.
“I have a clock tool where I can click on my mouse and move the big hand or the little hands, or there was a coin manipulative where I could drag and drop the different coins,” she said.
The results are impressive. Her lessons were given not just for Harpham’s class, but all the school’s first graders. She continued helping through May, even after her placement had ended.
Konrad is the type of student that cooperating teachers hope for, Harpham said. In the months before schools closed, Konrad helped students — 6- and 7-year-olds — learn to screenshot their work and upload it to Google Drive.
“This was a huge benefit once we began online teaching,” Harpham said. “Having this prior knowledge made things easier for the students and their parents.”
“We were all so lucky,” she said. “She taught me a lot. I would have to call her and be like, ‘Okay, how do I embed this thing?’ She was really tech savvy which really benefitted us all.”
Seeking solutions and being willing to learn on the fly propelled Konrad. “In a time where everyone’s just trying to stay afloat,” she said, “I was able to keep learning. I think that made all the difference.”
Konrad began her new job, teaching third grade at Stevenson Elementary School in Grandview, Ohio, in August.