March 20th, 2009 by Nicole Battista

Use of technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning, personal/professional productivity, and communication, including the ability to:

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;

In most of my education classes, we talked about the use of technology. We debated the benefits and drawbacks. By participating and listening in these discussions, I became more aware of the ways to use technology for good in my classroom, but I also saw how it can take away from learning if not used correctly.

b. Successfully complete and reflect upon collaborative online learning experiences;

Albion College uses an online program called Moodle. Most of my professors have required the use of Moodle in classes to read syllabi, access assignments, ask questions, and post discussions. This allowed me to use technology for learning and see how it can be beneficial to learners.

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;

In my Showcase Unit Plan, I created a webquest that students used in the computer lab to learn more about food. Students took quizzes, listened to native speakers, and answered questions.

Please see Artifact #17 which is the webquest worksheet that students completed in class.

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

By using Native Speakers voices through online sources, students were able to hear and repeat vocabulary while seeing a visual aid on the overhead projector. This website was very helpful in making things interactive and exciting. Students got to see technology used in an educational setting that was also fun!

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

All of my worksheets were enhanced by the use of online graphics. This allowed students to relate information visually. Students also were required to make vocabulary flashcards. One side had the word printed; the other side had a picture that students got from the internet. Students also completed a bibliography on where they got their sources!

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

Using the website that corresponds to the textbook ( students completed review work before chapter tests. The program allows me to see which questions students are not getting correct. I then can go over this information before the test.

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

I am constantly checking my Spanish online and looking up differences in dialect. Technology helps me communicate with other educators and stay informed on Professional Development Opportunities. It also allows me to job search most effectively!

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