Meet the Pivot Interactives Chemistry Teacher Fellows 2018 Cohort
When we began developing our new chemistry content, we knew we’d need a team of experienced and innovative chemistry teachers to help test and refine new ideas and methods. We identified and recruited a cohort of outstanding teachers and convened the Pivot Interactives Chemistry Teacher Fellows. Here’s our 2018-19 cohort, a team of standout teachers who are helping shape the use of interactive video for chemistry instruction.
Marta Stoekel-Rogers teaches a conceptual level chemistry course at Tartan High School in Oakdale MN. Marta uses Pivot Interactives for her physics teaching, so she understands the potential of interactive video, and is in a great position to help adopt the idea to chemistry. We know that Pivot Interactives is engaging for all levels of science students, Marta’s work with on-level students is very useful in fine tuning our activities for this student group. Marta is an expert on active and hands-on learning. Her insights on using Pivot Interactives for chemistry and physics have helped develop new features and activities that will benefit all our users.
Tanya Katovich teaches Honors Chemistry at Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates IL. In addition, Tanya is a nationally-recognized expert on teaching chemistry using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Tanya’s vision for the power of Pivot Interactives as a tool to teach NGSS has resulted in a series of activities that enable teachers and students to explore and discover connections and patterns in nature.
Ben Meacham teaches chemistry at Prior Lake High School in Savage, MN. We recruited Ben because of his expertise in authentic assessment and his students’ use of scientific reasoning in class discourse. Ben has been working on Pivot Interactives as a method for authentic assessment, and also in combining particle-level instruction in Pivot Interactives activities.
Lynn Swanson teaches AP Chemistry at Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater MN. Lynn is a master at using technology to help students understand chemistry. Her knowledge of chemistry and pedagogy make her an ideal contributor to help maximize the effectiveness of Pivot Interactives as a learning tool for advanced high school chemistry. Lynn has been particularly helpful in fine-tuning the level of scaffolding in our activities to find the sweet spot where students must think on their own, but have the tools and knowledge available to do so.