Teacher Profile: Michael Smith-Foot

Michael Smith-Foot teaches 8th grade language arts and social studies at Indian Creek Middle School. Mr. Smith-Foot is excited for next school year, when he plans to build flashcards on StudyBlue for each unit and including media in the decks.

What are some of your goals for your students this year?
Everyone passes the STATE test in Reading and Language Arts, with 50% exceeding standards. In two years using StudyBlue only three students have not met the standards out of 220!

How did you learn about StudyBlue?
A friend.

How do you use StudyBlue with your students? Why do they love it?
They use it as a study guide at home for the STATE test and for unit tests. For independent study time, the students can get on their phones or iPods and quiz each other using the different sets of cards. They love StudyBlue because they can access it from their phones, Facebook, and their iPods. They really get to use their technology.

What types of devices are permitted in your classroom? What other tools do you utilize with your class(es)?
Computers, their phones, and my ActivBoard, and iPods.

What are some challenges you face to integrating technology in your classroom and school?
We only have two computers for every 30 kids. Having the students use their phones and my ActivBoard helps.

What will you and your students do with all the paper flashcards you no longer need?
They make great airplanes!

Thanks to Mr. Smith-Foot for using StudyBlue and taking the time to share your thoughts with us! If you are an educator interested in sharing how you use StudyBlue and other technology tools in your classroom or school, reach out to our Education Community Manager by emailing zach (at) studyblue (dot) com.

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