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Standard 7.E

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

“Implement curriculum plans that include effective technology-enhanced methods and strategies to maximize student learning.”


Technology is a great resource to teachers who need additional ways to convey meaning. For most of today’s students, who have had technology available to them most of their lives and who play video games and watch TV as a main source of entertainment, technology is a communication method that they understand and appreciate.


During my student teaching, I used our projector quite often to display supplemental materials on the front board. For our Inherit the Wind unit, I used the projector and a Word document to display the role assignments for each scene, so that students could jump right in when it was their turn to read. Also, during the Inherit the Wind unit, I implemented some social learning about issues relating to discrimination and acceptance of others. After the 2008 Presidential election, I showed students a video clip of Senator John McCain’s concession speech, in order to encourage students to respond gracefully to the election outcome. (Many of my students were raised in families that believed in white supremacy, and so when Barack Obama was elected, there were, unfortunately, several racist remarks made at school the following day.) In an intensive social learning lesson, I used the projector to show students a clip from PBS Frontline’s special on A Class Divided, an experiment in discrimination done in the 1970s by Jane Elliott, a 3rd grade teacher in Iowa.


Without technology, it would be difficult to convey certain information to today’s generation of students. In the future, I would love to learn more about emerging technologies and ways to incorporate them into lessons and units.



 video clip of Sen. John McCain’s concession speech

          PBS Frontline link to A Class Divided

Standard 7.D

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

“Plan, design, and evaluate effective technology-enhanced learning environments and experiences aligned with Michigan’s Content Standards and GLCE and Michigan Educational Technology Standards for each student.”


During my teaching, I have observed that there is a wide range of technology expertise among students. As a teacher in today’s society, it is important to me to provide all of my students with the tools they will need to succeed after high school. This includes the ability to function in a highly technology-reliant society.


When I taught 7th graders during my Maymester experience, we did online research to find information on 2008 Olympic athletes and their countries. Before starting the research, I provided students a research guide with spaces to fill in the answers as they found them, along with several web sites to use as starting points in their research. This gave students who had limited experience with the Internet a platform from which to start their project.


During our persuasive paper unit while I was student teaching, I projected examples and “how-to” tips on the front board as students were working on typing their papers. This was a quick reference for students who needed help navigating the program that we were using. Because of the set-up of these classes, I was also able to help students one-on-one.



          Maymester research packet

Standard 7

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Technology Operations and Concepts

“Use of technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning, personal/professional productivity, and communication.”


a. Understand the equity, ethical, legal, social, physical, and psychological issues surrounding the use of technology in K-12 schools and apply those principles in practice


During the research project that we worked on during Maymester, I provided several starting points online to look for information, so that students had help in finding reliable, safe sites for their research.


When students during Maymester and student teaching had homework that required home access to a computer or the Internet, I accommodated for students who did not have access to a computer/Internet at home.



b. Successfully complete and reflect upon collaborative online learning experiences


During my Student Teaching Seminar, I posted materials for the Inherit the Wind unit on a Moodle courseweb.



c. Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to create an online learning experience, and demonstrate continued growth in knowledge of technology operations, resource evaluation for quality, objectivity, and reliability and concepts including strategies for teaching and learning in an online environment


During my Student Teaching Seminar, I used a Moodle courseweb and created digital portfolios.


During most of my Albion courses, I used Moodle coursewebs as a student.


When I student taught, we used Criterion, an online service through ETS that helps students to revise papers.


During student teaching, we used Power School, which allows parents and students to see current grades as soon as they are updated on the gradebook.



d. Plan, design, and evaluate effective technology-enhanced learning environments and experiences aligned with Michigan’s Content Standards and GLCE and Michigan Educational Technology Standards for each student*


For Maymester, I developed and implemented a unit plan that utilized online research.


During student teaching, we used word processing tools and Criterion in the development process for persuasive papers.


While I was student teaching, I used projections from the computer to enhance lessons, provide visuals for students, and watch videos related to current events.



e. Implement curriculum plans that include effective technology-enhanced methods and strategies to maximize student learning*


During student teaching, I projected supplemental materials on the board.


During student teaching and Maymester, we used Word, Criterion, and online research for lessons.



f. Apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies


Our archetype quiz during the Ender’s Game unit when I was student teaching was graded via Scantron.


During student teaching, we used word processing and Criterion during the persuasive paper unit (final assessment for The Giver and Ender’s Game).



g. Use technology to engage in ongoing professional development, practice, productivity, communication, and life-long learning


As a learner, I use as a source for current events.


During my student teaching, my mentor teacher and I used e-mail to share independent research, supplemental materials, and discuss possible modifications to lesson plans.


After graduation, I plan to take a web design class.