Technology Integration

Brigitte McCawley, Technology Integration Specialist

Brigitte McCawley is the Technology Integration Specialist for Alexander City Schools. Her experience includes self-contained as well as subject-specific classroom instruction, 21st Century media center, makerspace design and management, and curriculum design for project-based learning and Design Thinking both locally and for the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX). She continues to serve as a professional development designer and facilitator on the local and state levels supporting teachers in the areas of growth mindset and authentic engagement through standards-aligned, cross-curricular technology integration. 

 

Brigitte holds the following credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Mobile 

  • Master of Education K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Technology from Grand Canyon University

  • Certified: Designing With Google

  • Nearpod Certified Educator

  • Screencastify Certification

  • Common Sense Educator Certification

  • Member: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

  • Member: Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology (ALET)

  • Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education (ACTE) Region 9 Director

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Brigitte believes that improved learning outcomes do not stem from the technological tools themselves but from the opportunities provided by those tools when learning is moved from passive to active, generalized to personalized, and imagined to self-discovered. Her greatest passion is in serving and helping others discover the excitement and value in lifelong learning. 

Technology Integration in Alexander City Schools

Technology integration is an integral component within Alexander City Schools, and it serves as a catalyst for opportunity by providing equity in accessibility and prompting the deeper engagement necessary to improve learning outcomes. Technology-integrated learning experiences that are intentionally aligned to Alabama standards increase exposure and accessibility to the people, places, and things that students might not otherwise be exposed to. 
Through continuous improvement efforts by faculty and staff, our students will be given the opportunity to develop and refine 21st Century skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) through activities, such as 

  • authentic, real-world communication and collaboration through interactive video and open-ended questions that enable students to engage in the use of academic language and conversation within whole-group, small-group and individual activities;
  • digital content, such as interactive mind maps, graphic organizers, and productivity apps that include live research, highlighting, annotating, and commenting features;
  • live, interactive learning experiences with and from their peers as well as experts in various career fields and subject areas outside of the classroom and in various parts of the world; and 
  • collaborative projects that promote the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as the empathy and soft skills needed in working with others.
     
Alexander City Schools takes seriously the fact that we are not preparing students for a 21st Century world, as they are already in that world. We collectively understand that we are called to equip them to efficiently navigate their existing world and innovate their future.
 
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