A Catalyst for Change: Top 10 Reasons for Implementing Vizzle Next Gen
Change is hard. People often resist it. To make change successful it requires time, work, and ample energy. Adjusting to change or learning something new, especially when you’ve already got a lot on your plate, can feel daunting and overwhelming.
Take, for example, the special education teachers and coordinators of Mesquite, Texas. We spoke with two of their outstanding teachers and one coordinator who work with students with special needs. These two teachers work in different grades and both embraced the change before knowing it was the best for their students. The first change they undertook was switching from one basic online current events platform to Vizzle, a whole new platform with a powerful creation tool. This switch was soon followed by the transition from Vizzle Classic (the original version) to the newer version, Vizzle NextGen, within the last year. The reason for this second change was simple. Texas standards (TEKS) are integrated into Vizzle allowing teachers and coordinators easier and more seamless access to standards-based instruction and data milestones towards student’s ARD goals.
Moving away from a comfortable platform was hard. Learning a new platform was especially hard, but when you embrace change the outcomes are often wonderful. Once Matt and Tiffany (teachers) and Jill (coordinator) navigated their initial apprehension about trying something new with a population of students who also count a great deal on managed expectations, they haven’t looked back.
These interviews provided invaluable insight, revealing not only the sheer amount of work and responsibility implicit in the roles of teachers and coordinators, but also making abundantly clear the enormous collective desire educators share to positively impact the lives of their students. Classroom resources, in the best cases, should enable teachers to do what they do best: teach and transform ~ this is Vizzle.
Here’s a look at our top ten reasons a change to Vizzle NextGen could do you good if you’re a special education teacher or coordinator in Texas.