Miss Allie Torrans ED 202 Portfolio, Fall 2016

Part One: About Me

Hey there! I am an upcoming educator going to school for my undergraduate degree at LSU Shreveport.

Section One: My Personal Educational Philosophy

  • Educators play a super vital role in society as we are in charge of shaping and developing young minds. Being in charge of a generation's education, teachers are essential to the development of communities.
  • In the classroom, educators are the leaders, and their job is to communicate knowledge to the students through various outlets of learning. In order to engage students at their highest potential, lessons must be varied and cater to all learning styles. Essentially, a teacher is role model and should express value in higher learning.
  • I plan to impact student learning and achievement by incorporating various styles of educating and adjusting those styles accordingly. To make my classroom environment more appealing for students, I plan on utilizing technology at any given chance. Most importantly, I want the classroom to feel unique when students walk into my room.
  • Each student is different, therefore the best way for them to learn varies from child to child. So, I want to adapt to the different learning styles in which my students seem to excel. Something as simple as an unconventional classroom arrangement can work wonders for someone who has a hard time sitting still in a traditional room. Every lesson will pertain to each learning style, so each student has a fair chance to grasp the information.
  • To me, the emotional needs of my students is the most nerve racking aspect. However, to do my best, I plan on paying attention to each student individually in my classroom. I want to learn about their likes and dislikes, so I can develop a relationship with he or she. Everybody is going through something, whether it be at school or home, and I want my students to know I am always available to talk.
  • Most certainly, I believe all student have the capability to learn. With that being said, I want my classes to recognize the potential each one them has, whether it be by simply giving positive feedback or a reward. Whatever the case, every child and adolescent deserves a fair chance at an education, and teachers are here to show them their possibilities.
  • The main quality of an "effective teacher" is a great amount of engagement with the class. The better I know my students, the better chance I have of leaving an impression on them. If I use various teaching techniques instead of a standard plan, the students will be engaged and more likely to remember the material. It is crucial to appeal to every kind of learner in order to make an impact.
  • Like I just stated, my most important goal as a teacher is to leave an impact on each student that walks through the door of my classroom. I want each and every one of them to leave with a better outlook on education and even life in general. Teachers are the developers of young minds, and my goal is to leave my imprint in every one of my students' lives.

Section Two: My Educational Technology Philosophy

  • Even though today's students are technologically knowledgeable in most cases, teachers still have a responsibility to educate students on proper usage. In addition to that, teachers have the communication resources available to make every classroom the best it could possibly be. By simply collaborating with other educators locally or around the world, a classroom can improve tremendously. It is similar to an experiment in that teachers are trying out different tactics and seeing which ones work, and then they can share it online where other educators can gain ideas!
  • As our world grows digitally, I believe technology is becoming more and more necessary in the classroom. The amount of resources out there is incredible, and so far students seem to be curious about the knowledge available. Because technology makes learning more entertaining, it is easier to keep a classroom engaged as opposed to opening up a textbook and beginning the day. I believe one day education will be ruled by the digital world, and that is not something we should dread.
  • With technology, there are various factors that impact student learning and achievement. The fact a teacher can now show a video on Youtube depicting a quote from any work is a tremendous step in the right direction for education. Besides videos, there are so many other options to incorporate in a classroom nowadays. Not only does technology make lesson planning interesting, but it also eases the tension caused by assessment. Apps such as Google Forms and Google Classroom make it so much easier to keep up with students work and progress. Therefore, it is harder for the teacher to fall behind on paperwork. Technology has already affected education for the better, and it continues to do so.
  • Internet safety is something I plan to emphasize to my students. By implementing the Louisiana Digital Literacy goals, I will be able to educate my students of the safest and best way to navigate the world wide web and technology. In my classroom, I plan to have a list of rules for using computers and the Internet as a plan of safety for the student.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Part Two

Facilitate and Inspire Learning and Creativity

Creativity is essential in a classroom, and technology has helped enhance the possibilities for students. By allowing young minds to explore different gaming resources, such as Scratch, educators are influencing a generation of programmers. After experimenting with the program, I am more confident in my programming knowledge. Technology offers so much to students and teachers to explore different subjects and interests. It really is the best way to inspire all sorts of minds.

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important." -Bill Gates

Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessment

Throughout this course, I have learned about numerous ways to engage a classroom with technology, whether it be a lesson or assessment. Before this semester, I was not aware of the amazing applications Google has for educators! Not only did Google Docs allow me to open and edit LSUS' lesson plan template, but it saved all of my updated input as I went through the class. Also, Google opened up a new world of assessment for me through Google Forms, which is easy to navigate and a quick form of assessment. This age of technology advances has really helped classrooms develop into more interactive, engaging learning environments.

"We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher's hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world." -David Warlick

Model Digital Age and Learning

Let's be real... utilizing technology in some sort of fashion is inevitable in schools today and educators need to take advantage of their easy to reach resources. In order for me to increase my students' knowledge about digital tools, I must understand the foundation of technology myself. After practicing with iMovie, I now have a better grasp on intriguing activities for my class.

"Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period." -April Chamberlain

Promote and Model Digital Citizenship & Learning

As teachers, we are responsible for informing our students about the opportunities technology offers, but we should also educate young minds about the possible risks of using the Internet. The Louisiana Digital Literacy goals assist teachers in how to portray the rules and regulations of using technology in the classroom. With children growing up in a digital world, it is more likely they have experience with phones, computers, and other equipment; however, it is our job to lead them in the right direction.

"Teachers need to stop saying, 'Hand it in,' and start saying 'Publish it.'" -Alan November

Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Before this course, I was completely ignorant of the useful tools Google has to offer to anyone, but especially educators. After experimenting and practicing with Google apps, I can now create a more interactive classroom setting. The variety they offer assists teachers by providing new interaction tools between the teacher and student/parent and even teacher to teacher. First, I am able to collaborate and attain new ideas from other people in my field by using Gmail, Hangouts, and shareable Docs. In addition, I can add to my own knowledge about how to make lessons more engaging for students by examining what has worked for others and what has failed. All in all, I gained a wide variety of knowledge after completing the Google Educator Certification course.

Conclusion

I have learned more than I could have even expected from my Education 202 class. On the first day, I was semi-shocked and nervous. However, when looking back, I really appreciate every single introduction to a new tool and the interactive activities we all participated in together. I am very thankful for all the knowledge introduced to me throughout this course.

Credits:

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