Innovation in Education: Meet Kevin Rodriguez
February is digital learning month in Loveland, so we are introducing you to dynamic teachers who know how to put technology to work to enhance education for students
Kevin Rodriguez has worked in the Loveland City School District 16 years; he currently teaches fourth grade math at Loveland Elementary School (LES).
When Rodriguez wasn’t busy in the classroom or working as a math coach, he took the time to develop a website that has become a resource for many teachers and students in the district; it is full of learning activities that align with the core math series, Investigations.
“Students do the website games and they have fun,” said Rodriguez. “They don’t even realize they are learning and reinforcing what they are doing in class.”
In addition to his website creation, Rodriguez has taken advantage of a program this year that allows for students to use a secure login and access and complete classroom lessons on a special website, dreambox.com; they can do this while at school or at home. And, he encourages all of his students to use sumdog.com, a free math-focused website that creates math competitions between Rodriguez’s Loveland students and students from all over the country.
“Using these types of technology in the classroom allows me, as a teacher, to better individualize instruction for the student,” said Rodriguez. “We have our core instruction, but for the students who have already reached a certain level, I can use the technology to push them further, while at the same time, for students who are struggling to grasp the concepts, I can use the technology to reinforce the lessons being taught.
“During our computer instruction time, I’m also freed up to meet in small groups with students to work on targeted math skills tailored just for that student. This provides for more one-on-one interaction with all of my students.”
Want to check out the website Rodriguez developed? bit.ly/lovelandmath