StrivU Teacher Feature: Craig Badura, Aurora
Meet Craig Badura, a technology guru and good friend to us here. Craig has a passion for technology, and we love the enthusiasm and creativity that he brings to the table when teaching others about the newest and best technology in education.
What is your official position at Aurora?
“I am the K-12 Technology Integrations Specialist, though I consider myself another dedicated teacher on a pretty amazing #aurorahuskies team.”
What are some of your favorite things being a teacher?
For Craig, education isn’t just about teaching kids the 4 Core Subjects, it’s about the people and getting to know the students.
“Building the relationships with students and staff members! It’s fun to see the students grow up as well. I’m lucky in the fact that I get to play at all three buildings in our district, so it’s been fun getting to know some of the students really well and witness them growing up over the last seven years that I have been here. I also enjoy the challenge of pushing students and teachers outside of their comfort zones, it’s a rewarding experience seeing a student/teacher that was hesitant to try something new in regards to technology have success.”
What is one short story you can share about technology/using Class Intercom that has positively impacted your classroom?
Craig enjoys telling the story about how technology has really given students the opportunity to find a niche they might not have found otherwise and giving students a chance to really take ownership of their content.
“Last year when the football team traveled out to Scottsbluff comes to mind. We had a student manning the Class Intercom account during football games and she was doing a fantastic job. She had continually proven herself in the ability to create engaging content for our district Twitter account. We decided to make her a moderator for the game out to Scottsbluff, so anything she posted would update right away instead of waiting for a teacher to approve it. It was fun seeing the tweets at the football team traveled out west on their journey. And it was all done by a sophomore student.”
What is one important thing your position has taught you personally?
Craig understands that technology knowledge exists on a spectrum, and enjoys the opportunity to educate people wherever they may be at.
“Patience. On any given day I work with a lot of teachers and students. I need to be patient enough to meet each individual where they are in their technology journey. I could work with some really high level “techies” that don’t need a lot of direct instruction, but on the other hand, I may work with a teacher/student that becomes easily frustrated with technology. It’s my job to make them feel completely comfortable when learning, creating or teaching with new technology.”
What’re some of your favorite things to do outside of the classroom?
If the weather is nice enough, you are going to find me on the golf course either coaching or playing. I love introducing the game of golf to kids. It’s a game that they can play the rest of their lives. I love to workout, read and take our dachshund, Bunker, for long walks with my wife, and you might also find me camping when the weather is nice. ”