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Virtual Stations: Ideas for Running Stations Asynchronously

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Ernest Gonzales  
Station work is a great way to bring a blended model to your classroom. But what does that look like virtually or asynchronously? Explore what it might look like and learn about a couple of tools and strategies for creating a digital station-learning experience.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Install Flipgrid on your tablet / mobile device
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn more about stations and blended learning by participating in a digital station rotation. Afterwards, participants will see how these stations were created and learn ideas for implementing them in their classroom. They will leave knowing how to replicate this idea with the digital tools they are familiar with.


Intros (5 min)
Station time (15 minutes) - during this time, participants will rotate through digital stations to learn more about stations and blended learning
Breakdown (15 minutes) - during this time, facilitator will introduce how digital stations were created and provide ideas for apps to use
Practice (15 minutes) - during this time, participants will design 1 station experience for their students.

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Ernest Gonzales, San Antonio ISD

Ernest Gonzales, a 2019 Apple Distinguished Educator, is an edtech and design coordinator for San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) and a former technology and STEM teacher. As a kid, Gonzales developed a passion for creativity by constantly drawing and playing guitar. For Gonzales, access to a computer led to an interest in all things digital, from old-school PC games, to viewing source code to learning HTML and even digital music production. With a strong interest in math, Gonzales planned to study engineering in college, but ended up switching his major to fine arts, with a concentration in digital arts and photography. This led to a position as a graphic designer, and then a role as a tech apps teacher on the east side of SAISD. To share his love of graphic design, animation and web design, Gonzales spent 13 years teaching, including a few as a middle school STEM teacher, before being hired as an edtech design coordinator for the district. In his current role, Gonzales supports SAISD in its digital transition by creating and providing professional development for over 100 schools, planning districtwide programs and implementing a variety of edtech initiatives. As a creator and advocate, one of Gonzales' guiding principles is empowering student voice and creativity in learning.

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