Cherilyn Crumpton ED 202 ePortfolio, Spring 2017

About Me


Being a teacher puts a great deal of responsibility in your hands. We will have students who are more than willing to learn what we have to offer and there will be those students who could care less. It is important that I remember that all students can learn. In high school, it seemed impossible for me to pass Chemistry, but my teacher ensured that I understood what was going on before I was tested on the material. Taking these extra minutes out of my day, which my teacher took with me, can impact those that aren’t so eager to learn or feel incapable. Especially because students tend to doze off in a history class, I need to make sure my students are always interested in the subject matter and wanting to learn something new in there everyday. All students develop at different rates and it is important to consider the diverse learning styles and different levels of the students. As a teacher, I want to make a difference, not only in their academic lives, but when they look back on high school they’ll think, “wow, she really cared about us.” Even though I just graduated from school, it is already different from what it was when I was in school. The ways teachers teach are continuously changing. Teachers are given new technology, new curriculum and new ways to present the material every year. When I was in elementary and even middle school, my teachers used overhead projectors; by the time I was a sophomore in high school, the teachers called those “dinosaurs.” The advancing technology in today’s classrooms and the ever-changing atmospheres of today’s schools are important to our students and future students. My senior year of high school for AP European History, I had Mr. Lary. Mr. Lary is a phenomenal teacher; when I observed his class for ED 201 he told me that his teaching styles differ based on the students he has in the class, and I think that’s why so many people love his class; it was him that helped me commit to teaching. John Dewey said, “learning is essentially active rather than passive,” which is why I will always be a student. In the classroom, teaching goes two ways, from me to them and them to me. To be an effective teacher, I must always be open to student and colleague criticism and changing what I do based on these criticisms. When I begin teaching, I want my students to tell me what’s working for them and what they feel I should change because student feedback is important in their success and your effectiveness. As a new teacher, I will always be open to learning the ropes from the veteran teachers. These vets have a lot to offer the new teachers; what they found effective or ineffective, how to approach certain situations and/or certain colleagues or superiors. Being a student for the rest of my life is how I will grow in my future career as an educator.


Today’s teachers have to become more technologically savvy to keep up with their students, offline and online. As educators, it is our responsibility to teach students how to use technology appropriately and safely in and out of the classroom. We must teach them about plagiarism and copyright, their digital footprint and using computer softwares, like Microsoft or Google sites to their best advantage. To me, these are the most important aspects of educational technology when it comes to our students. Plagiarism and copyright laws are important to teach them in grade school because they need to know to when and how to cite their sources. All my teachers in high school and professors in college say “when in doubt, cite it” and I think this should be enforced at a young age. Their digital footprint is important to teach them about because they need to know that whatever they do online will follow them into their adult life and careers. How to use computer softwares is also important because our students will need to know how to use these through school and into their careers as well. Technology belongs in the classroom to help students broaden their horizon for learning curriculum, and to expand their knowledge beyond the textbooks. Teachers use technology to enhance their lessons and essentially bring the textbook to life. That’s what I want to do in my classroom with the technology I’m given; even if I’m given the simple, dark age classroom technology, I can to use it to help my students learn to adapt and succeed with what they are given. In my history classroom, I want to use technology as a way to make history a more fun subject to learn. Many students shrug off history because it is not considered a “common core” class, but I feel with the right manipulatives and the proper use of technology, students would be more apt to sit in a history class. Because I want to teach middle schoolers, I feel it is imperative that I teach them how to safely navigate the Internet. From using it for personal reasons to research purposes and school, it is my job to make sure they use the Internet properly. I plan to use the curriculum that is given online at to help guide me in teaching my students the importance of online safety and usage. I will connect with the school or school board’s IT department to keep them focused while at school and by teaching them about their digital footprint, I hope that that will change the way they use the Internet in their free time.

ISTE Standards Alignment

Standard 1: Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
MAKEY MAKEY at Elm Grove

At the beginning of this course, I definitely felt that I was behind in this standard. I felt that because I wanted to teach history, I had to have the more traditional classroom. To me, this standard means exactly what it says; teachers need to inspire their students and promote their creativity, and where I always felt that way, I was unsure of how to promote this through technology in my classroom. After doing this Makey Makey project, I was able to see what options are out there for my classroom. By using, I was able to use my creativity to not only create the game online, but with the makey makey, I could bring that game to life. I hope to carry this into my history classroom and show students how they can bring history to life through this hardware for a better understanding of the content.

Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

At the beginning of the semester, when Mr. Kiper even mentioned the words "lesson plan" I shuddered, if that explains where I was in terms of this standard. To me, this standard is a step in a new direction for some teachers and it means that classrooms are looking forward to a more technologically advanced future. When I first submitted this lesson plan, I put at the top of the page, highlighted, in bold "I have no idea what I'm doing!!" However, I feel that this lesson plan shows my development in this standard from January. In it, I include my flipped lesson video to help reinforce the lesson and the objective of the standard taught. Through the semester, my fear of lesson plans has diminished and I feel that I can conquer the next one with flying colors.

Standard 3: Model digital age work and learning

When this standard was presented to me, I had some idea of what it meant; show your students what kind of work you expect from them in their online coursework and assignments. However, if you would have told me I would know how to use Prezi by the end of the semester, I would not have believed you, but look at where I am today. I can see myself using Prezi in the future as a way to keep my students more involved and interested in the content of the lesson that day. Like I stated, in January, Prezi was a whole new world for me; granted, putting this assignment together took some time, I was able to learn the ins and outs of the tool and create this artifact.

Standard 4: Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

This is the standard I felt the most confident in at the beginning of this course. Since starting college and taking different education classes and psychology classes, I have become more interested in this standard and what I can do as an educator to help the problems surrounding this standard. To me, this standard means simply to teach children how to be responsible as well as courteous internet users. However, through this Digital Literacy newsletter, I am more confident of my competence in this area of teaching. As a teacher, I hope to teach my students about the negative as well as the positive impacts of their digital footprint and that they are able to see their own growth in the area.

Standard 5: Engage in professional growth and leadership

This class has given an immense amount of knowledge in my ability to grow professionally. To me, this standard is here to ensure that teachers are always learning and furthering their education for the students. At the beginning of the semester, I was so excited to be able to obtain this certification and grow in my education. After taking this course and finishing my certification test, I can show my future principals that I am willing to further my education and grow for the education of my students.


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