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Standard 7: Technology

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

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 time at Albion, I have used an online learning environment in a number of ways. In the Pedagogy of Math and Science, my group had to create a scientific experiment. We presented our findings to the class, to show our results, we used an online plant growth simulation. This simulation modeled plant growth over a long period of time in a variety of climates. The use of the internet helped us to take our experiment further than the confines of our classroom would allow. We were able to show our classmates an elongated study as well as give them a visual model of what happened. This would not have been possible without the aid of the internet.

During my student teaching, I also created an online learning experience aimed toward parent and student shared growth. The Moodle site was set up to explore beyond the bounds of the classroom. It provided parents with interactive websites that appealed to both the students and the parents. There were also worksheets included on the website for the parents and students to complete together. This website also had a built in chat area in which parents and students can discuss with one another what patriotism means to them. They also were given the freedom to start their own discussion topics.

The Moodle website also included links to resources we used in class. One of our discussion topics during the Patriotism Unit was the Statue of Liberty. Many of the students were familiar with the Statue of Liberty; however, they had never seen her live or in person. In order to make the Statue of Liberty real to the students, I showed them a live webcast of the Statue of Liberty. This is an experience that these students would never have otherwise had and it really brought this historical monument to life. The statue became real and tangible to these students.

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

Throughout my time at Albion College, I have used technology in a number of ways from teaching students how to research using technology, to furthering my own professional development. A large portion of my time student teaching was spent doing action research based on the book Action Research.” During this process, I continued my own professional development by researching on online databases such as ERIC and Psyc INFO. From this background research, I was able to conduct my own action research and present my findings in a PowerPoint presentation.

Each week, I was able to use technology to not only create assignments, but to write a letter home to parents informing them of things such as conferences, spelling tests, etc. Each week during our Working With Words section of our day, we take the time out to practice handwriting of the new words. This sheet is created using the D’nealian script in Microsoft Word. The worksheets created for the political symbols lesson were also created using a combination of internet and Microsoft sources. The book,You’re a Grand Old Flag” is one that I created using modern technology.

In order to communicate with parents more directly, I have worked to help establish an online curriculum resource for parents through Albion Public Schools. On this website, parents will find links to a quarterly calendar showing the students curriculum outline. This website also presents parents with links to websites such as United Streaming through Discovery. I was actively involved in creating and activating these links for parental use.

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