Morgan Estep ED 202 ePortfolio, Fall 2016

Part One: About Me

My Educational Philosophy

According to William C. Bagley, Essentialism is “hoping that when students leave school, they will possess not only basic skills and an extensive body of knowledge, but also disciplined, practical minds, capable of applying schoolhouse lessons in the real world.” It is my personal opinion that every student has the ability to learn, and as a teacher, it is my obligation to equip them to do so. When I begin teaching, I want to ensure that my students are learning the material, and not just memorizing it. An effective way to do this would be through various classroom assessments. As far as instructional strategies go, I am intrigued by the use of modeling, class discussion, games, and positive reinforcement. As a teacher, I want to use these four strategies as much as possible. Meeting the needs of all of my students is a task I am not yet ready to accomplish. I don’t believe that I can honestly say I know how to do that yet. However, I hope to learn effective strategies for doing so in my future classes. To plan for student learning, is to have effective lesson planning. Because I aim to teach elementary students, mainly first through third grade, I would like to teach from an integrated curriculum that is culturally diverse. I would most likely email parents a month before school begins, and have them ask my future students what themes they would enjoy. I would also find ways to teach about different cultures through themes, maybe have school weeks devoted to different countries or continents. Much like classical Essentialism, I believe that the goal of education is to teach students the fundamental knowledge they need to be successful in the real world. On the other hand, I also want to teach my students to be content with who they are. In order to accomplish such an undertaking, I will make sure to teach all the content with excellence and do my best to ensure that each student receives the help they need to truly learn the material. I will also strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance in my classroom, because I want each student to feel free to be themselves when they enter my class. As I previously stated, one of the ways I will accommodate for the diversity in my classroom is through different cultural themes. Another way to do this is to keep an open mind, and look beyond differences to see the student as they are. Schools today are different than when I was a student. There is much more technology usage now, the curriculum and assessment standards have changed, and classrooms are more diverse in design. I personally enjoy a more traditional classroom setting, but there are ways to implement the new while keeping traditional aspects. When implementing new aspects or ideas into my classroom, I would first learn all that I can about it, and then talk to other educators who have already implemented it into their classrooms. With their experience and advice, I can learn how best to implement those new ideas into a classroom of my own. To prepare students for an ever-changing world, I will encourage them to think for themselves, be problem solvers instead of problem starters, to maintain their personalities, and to evaluate new ideas logically. To accommodate for elements of diversity, I would like to meet with students’ parents to generate a plan for evening the odds against our students. My second grade teacher once told me that no one ever really stops learning, and that she tries to learn something new each day. In order to continuously grow and sharpen my skills as a teacher, I will first seek out a mentor. After that, I will have other teachers observe my lessons, and give me corrective feedback. As of right now, I am unsure of my long-term teaching goals. If I had to set one, though, it would be to make it through my education courses without failing a class, and to have a teaching job already lined up when I graduate. I might substitute during my junior year as well. Continuing education is important, because how can we as teachers expect our students to have an open mind and learn new things if we don’t do it ourselves? That is why it is so important. It keeps us from complacency, reawakens our natural curiosity, and rekindles our passion for learning.

My Educational Technology Philosophy

  • As educators, I believe we are responsible to grow in our knowledge continuously. I believe it is our responsibility to be on the forefront of new educational technology. By doing so, we can have a better outlook and ideas on how to improve student learning.
  • Technology is a crucial factor in a classroom. It allows for innovative and creative work and collaboration among the students. Technology can be used to further the educational experience of everyday learning by giving students and teachers different mediums and platforms to work in.
  • As a teacher, I plan to use technology to impact student learning and achievement through using practical tools that allow the students to operate in whatever way is most accommodating to them, within reason. It is easier for some students to type than it is for them to write. I will also use platforms that allow the class to be continuously giving feedback when using Chromebooks. Basically, I want to keep the learning environment new and exciting, but also allow my students to work in whatever way seems the most natural to them.
  • In order to ensure safety and digital citizenship and my students, I would like to use the common sense digital citizenship curriculum. It is a free curriculum available to download, and it has a map of what should be taught in what grades across the board.

Part Two: ISTE Standards

Facilitate and Inspire Learning and Creativity

Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.

My team's Makey Makey projest

In my educational technology class this semester, I was placed into a small group of other college students, and we were asked to create a controller for an online game with a set of Makey Makeys. We were walked through the process of how to create the online game, shown how to operate the Makey Makey, and then we were left to our own devices with a room filled with supplies. Through this activity, we modeled parts of the first ISTE standard:

  • Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
  • Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
  • Promotes student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
  • Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face to face and virtual environments

Through this project, I learned a great deal about the creative and planning process behind projects. We encountered minor setbacks as a team that we had to work out together, and in the end, we discussed how we could do things differently in the future to produce a more successful and efficient outcome.

Design and Develop Digital age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the standards.

  • Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
  • Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress
  • Customized and personalized learning activities to address students diverse learning styles, learning strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources
  • Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

In making my lesson plan, I did my best to incorporate these standards. Looking back on our class, and even my time spent observing, I believe that I could greatly improve the use of technology into my lesson. The lesson plan I created focused more on activity pages, and used almost no technology except for an assessment and early finisher activities.

Model Digital age Work and Learning

Teachers exhibit knowledge and skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

  • Demonstrate fluency and technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
  • Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
  • Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats
  • Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning

For the iMovie content trailer, we were asked to pick a content area or lesson subject and make a movie trailer to get our students excited or interested in the new, upcoming topic. Unfortunately, I was absent on the night that students grouped together and filmed their trailers, so I missed out on the opportunity to brainstorm and collaborate with my classmates. I did, however, create the video personally, and I really enjoyed making it. In the future, this is absolutely something I will use in my classroom.

Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities and evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.

  • Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use a digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources
  • Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources
  • Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
  • Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

The Digital Literacy Newsletter was one of the more challenging projects we had to take on this semester, but it was well worth it because this is s resource I will add to and modify over time and email it to the students' parents. I picked out three of the Louisiana standards for digital literacy and safety, then I explained what they are, how I will apply them in my classroom, and I also added a helpful video for the students to watch. I learned how to make a cohesive newsletter, and discovered a wonderful resource for future reference.

Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibits leadership in their schools and professional communities by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

  • Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning
  • Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology and fusion, participating in shared decision-making on community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others
  • Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources and support of student learning
  • Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community
  • I will complete the certification tomorrow, and I hope to display my badge here as well.

To me, this is one of the most important things I worked towards this semester. By completing the Google Certification Training, I furthered my knowledge in a multitude of areas. By working through this program, I have gained so many tools to use not only in my future classroom, but in my everyday life.

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