Educational Technology ePortfolio

Part One: A Bit About Me

A Look At my Life

My name is Alexander N. Woods. I am a Secondary Education student majoring in English from Benton, Louisian. I have always been fascinated with teaching others and have always been good with technology so I aim to do as much as I can with both of these things. Throughout my life, I was always taught that everyone can learn but that everyone learns differently. I aim to truly put this to the test as I aspire to teach high school kids in new ways by using many different methods of technological intergration into my classroom.

My Educational Philosophy

We as educators are a cornerstone in communities and we play the role of teacher. As a teacher, we are called to educate our students, and sometimes parents, in the ways of learning no matter the subject and to assist in the transference of knowledge. In the classroom, teachers are there to guide students in their path to learning new things and in their path into adulthood. A teacher of mine once told me that “To learn new things, we must challenge ourselves and go out of our comfort zones to achieve grandeur.” She was what inspired me to become the English teacher that I strive to be today.

As a perennial educator, I believe in teaching students the hard facts and to give them the knowledge that will allow them to succeed in their studies no matter what they decide to do. I plan to teach my students the way I was taught in high school and middle school: With every fact that is a part of English and with every resource at my disposal to help them learn. In my mind, there is no such thing as a perfect student and no such thing as a perfect way to teach a child.In light of this, I believe that students learn best when every option is given to them such as technology, new age thinking, and other tools that help the students. Emotionally, the students need a teacher who is able to talk to them if they have issues or a teacher who will take the time out of their day to give them any additional assistance with coursework.

In all honesty, I believe that every student can learn as long as the teacher is willing to adapt to the learning style of the student. This makes a teacher evaluate every student to ascertain the method in which to properly teach the students in their care. As for being an effective teacher, all teacher must be easily adaptable to the situation, must be able to teach the students in multiple ways to ensure that they learn in every way possible, and an effective teacher must be able to continue learning themselves to ensure they keep up with new ways to teach their students. My overall goal as a teacher is to ensure that my students learn how to be successful and productive members of society by teaching them the necessary things they need to go further in life.

My Educational Tech Philosophy

As educators, it is our responsibility to guide students through the use of technology to better train them and to better acclimate them to a world that is becoming more and more technologically developed than it has been before. Technology increases the ability of a student to learn and develop in ways that outmatch the traditional classroom because technology can enable a student to be more hands on with their activities and more involved in the class. Professionally, technology has been becoming more and more involved with businesses and ensuring that all of the people are on the same page and are able to work effectively side by side with a machine and be able to use the machine to help increase business methods of production.

In my opinion, technology needs to be inside of a classroom. Tech provides the ability for students to learn in different ways and to learn in a way that can benefit them if conventional teaching methods are not working with them. This enables students to be able to learn in more unique ways and to branch out to possibly assist other students who may be struggling and the teacher is not immediately able to assist them when they need it. Technology also allows the teacher to be in constant control of assignments, tests, problems, and solutions whenever they are present and necessary. I plan to use technology to impact students by getting them more involved with myself and with each other. I want my students to know that teamwork is a good thing and that technology can facilitate good teamwork within a safe and easy to control environment anywhere they need it. I plan to ensure that all content is monitored and kept safe for my students and that my students also know the internet safety standards and guidelines that will be put in place when using the technology that will keep them from either being taken advantage of or using the technology for purposes other than for educational means that I have set for them.

PART TWO

ISTE Standards

Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning

This artifact models collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments and it promotes student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. It shows how students can create a game that works successfully and it can also show that they have the understanding to know how to manipulate digital tools.

Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

This artifact provides students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching. It allows students to basically take a test online and a teacher can immediately interact with it and identify what needs to be done and what needs to be graded and examined.

Model Digital Age Work and Learning

This artifact communicates relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats. This artifact uses Youtube to show information pertaining to a class in a new and interesting way.

Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

This artifact promotes and models digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. It shows how students should act while online with peers and what digital citizenship is and having the digital etiquette to deal with whatever is thrown at them in a digital environment.

Engage In Proffesional Growth and Leadership

Thsi artifact evaluates and reflects on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning. Being a Google Educater helps teachers by keeping them up to date with current technological advancements and this can help students learn how to use these new tech advancements to further their own learning and skills.

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