Tips and Tools for Blended Learning
August 9, 1:00-1:40pm
Melanie Martino, Grade 5 Teacher, Johnston Public Schools
Deb Ramm, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Johnston Public Schools
@deb_ramm | Website
Our tips and tools session will support and elevate the teaching and learning in Rhode Island classrooms through a more personalized approach to instruction. Share, learn, and connect with Lighthouse Classroom teachers utilizing the blended approach to engage their students.
Melanie Martino is a grade 5 teacher at Brown Avenue Elementary School. She has been teaching in the town of Johnston, RI for the past 16 years. She is an active member of the Schoolwide Data Leadership Team, Professional Learning Community, and Brown Avenue School Improvement Team.
Melanie is a JPS Lighthouse Classroom Teacher, developing a blended learning environment for her students. She and her students are thrilled to be participating in the Lighthouse Classroom initiative. Her goal is to implement a more personalized blended learning experience for her students.
Debra Turchetti-Ramm has been a fourth grade teacher for the Johnston Public School (JPS) System in RI since 1997. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who has done a significant amount of professional development in the areas of science, math, and technology. She is President of the RI Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (RIASCD) and also serves as their communications coordinator.
A recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science, Deb has created a STREAM program for her fourth grade students, has presented at RI Science Teachers Association, and attended several summer institutes including Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, American Geoscience Institute, and the Honeywell Space Academy.
In 2015, she was selected as a PBS Lead Digital Innovator. She had been both a participant and trainer for Rhode Island Teachers and Technology Initiative since 1998, and has been working to transform her classroom into a blended learning environment using her class website as a launchpad, as well as laptops and iPads with her students daily.
Deb has also presented digital storytelling workshops highlighting the work of her students (often with her students) at various local forums, including the Learning First Alliance, RI Department of Education’s Innovation Powered by Technology, and the Highlander’s Blended Learning Conferences.
Debra is a founding member of EdUnderground, a hands-on technology integration and blended learning laboratory for teachers, and was a Fuse RI Fellow, working to collaborate with the state’s districts to assess readiness, analyze data, and help disseminate best blended learning practices based on each district’s specific needs.