TxDLA thinks its members are pretty amazing, and is proud of the innovative programs that they manage. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, one of those members is Gerard Tafallo, Digital Resource Specialist for Alief ISD, who has been in education for over 22 years beginning as an 8th grade U.S. History teacher.
As the Digital Resource Specialist, Gerard develops, supports, and promotes the district's video portal and district video studio, video conferencing, desktop conferencing, and also works with emerging technology. He works with departments, videoing best practices, student and teacher highlights, and professional development opportunities.
“I really enjoy integrating technology into the curriculum. It creates an engaging learning environment for students,” notes Gerard.
One of the key projects that Gerard and his team implemented in the district is Read Around the Planet. Read Around the Planet is a celebration of reading using video conferencing. Designed to promote reading and opportunities for classroom video conferencing collaboration, Read Around the Planet extends learning from the classroom to around the globe. Read Around the Planet provides an opportunity for teachers and students around the globe to cross traditional classroom boundaries and celebrate literacy and reading. Alief ISD connects its schools with schools around the globe (from Houston to South Carolina all the way to Germany!) using video conferencing.
Alief ISD received the 2015 TxDLA Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation by a K-12 Organization for the Read Around the Planet program.
Gerard joined TxDLA two years ago as a way to network with other colleagues and explains, “TxDLA has provided great professional learning opportunities and resources to me.”
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