Kristen L. Hulshouser Ed 202 EPORTFOLIO, fALL 2016

Louisiana state university-shreveport Elementary Education


My name is Kristen Hulshouser and I graduated from Caddo Magnet Highschool. I also got my Associates from Bossier Parish Community College and now working towards my Bachelor's Degree. I hope to one day obtain a Masters Degree as well. I have taught children since I was 16 years old and have come to the conclusion that it is something I would love to do for years to come.

Educational Philosophy

Personal Educational Philosophy

  • Educators play a grander role in their communities by the way they interact in a child's life. A teacher can't just be a teacher they have to also be a role model.
  • The role of a teacher in the classroom is to educate their students. Not only teach them educational knowledge but also social skills and life skills.
  • When I become a teacher I plan to impact student learning by creating in classroom activities that interest my students. I feel that my students will achieve and learn more if they are being interactive and having fun while learning.
  • I believe students learn best through activities in the classroom rather than a lecture. When a teacher creates games to learndifferent subjects the students will learn without even realizing they are.
  • I plan to meet the emotional needs of students by trying my best to connect with them on an emotional level. I want to understand each student.
  • I believe that as long as a student applies themselves and tries then it is possible for them to learn.
  • There are many qualities of an "effective" teacher. The qualities are: Organization and Clarity (ex:prepared for class, explains clearly, and makes difficult subjects easy to understand), has a thorough command on the field, this means that they enforce rules and continue to enforce the same rules throughout the year. Also, encourages individuals thoughts from students, is energetic, and is perceived as fair.
  • My overall goal as a teacher is for students to come out of my class feeling like they have a better knowledge on subjects and also feel prepared for the next grade level.

Educational Technology Philosophy

  • The responsibilities that educators have regarding technology and professional growth is to make sure they know the correct technology to use. A teacher's professional growth relies on how they can grow their classroom into an environment that betters their students. If a teacher can pick out a technology that works well with students then the teacher will do a better job making sure her students learn.
  • In my opinion, technology has a huge place in the classroom. If you walk into a classroom that uses a lot of technology chances are the performance of those students are far greater. Children these days know a whole lot about technology so when teachers incorporate it throughout their classroom the students become way more interested than if a teacher were to not have no technology at all.
  • My plan to impact student learning and achievement is to make sure I learn how my students work best. Impacting student learning relies a lot on the teacher. As soon as the teacher understands the classes learning style she will be able to incorporate that into her lesson and that is how I will see achievement in my classroom.
  • I will take a few steps to make sure my students can safely navigate through technology. One step I would take is at the beginning of the year I would go over all the safety steps to students. After, students will have to take a quiz on these steps and before they fully understand these steps they will not be allowed on any technology. Also, I will monitor all student progress on all technology in my classroom and I would make it clear that any misbehavior results in loss of technology.

My Key Artifacts

Key Artifact 1

Facilitate and Inspire Learning and Creativity

Makey Makey project

Our Makey Makey Project

This activity aligns to the ISTE standards for students. The project shows creativity and innovation. During the project we apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

I plan to facilitate and inspire student learning by doing group projects such as using a Makey-Makey. When doing this project I have learned how to work successfully in a group and I also learned how to create not only a game but also a game controller. This projects promotes student learning because the kids will get creative on what they want to make and then put their mind to it to make it.

My Key Artifacts

Key Artifact 2

Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Lesson Plan

Below is a copy of my lesson plan

Through the duration of my ED TECH class I have learned to create a lesson plan. We first told to create the lesson plan to the best of our ability and as the weeks went on we learned different things for each section of the lesson plan. For the assessment part I learned that there all many things to do in assessing students. My goal as a future teacher will be to put in place fun assessments that make the kids want to learn and excited to learn.

My Key Artifacts

Key Artifact 3

Model Digital Age Work and Learning

Digital Literacy Newsletter

Please click on the link below to access my Digital Literacy Newsletter that I have created.

This project is number 5 in the ISTE standards for students. This standard is Digital Citizenship and one of its sub-standards are to advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

This newsletter aligns with the 2016 ISTE Standards for students. "Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical." With technology in the world today our kids have to know internet safety. Classroom are integrated all types of technology and teachers need to know how to correctly educate our students on what is right and what is wrong in the digital world.

My Key Artifacts

My Key Artifact 4

Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Learning

Break Out EDU

I would say that is project also aligns with the 5th standard in the ISTE standards for students. Another sub-standard is exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.

The idea of Breakout Edu is that in engages all students in the classroom. Break out edu is type of game that requires the use of everybody in the classroom helping out and figuring things out. This game offers many subjects that could towards any subject in any classroom. Students learn to collaborate ideas and stay productive through the whole activity because it is a fun game. At the end of the game, if completed successfully, then the teacher knows that the subject of the game is clearly understood by the students. My goal as a teacher is to incorporate the Break Out EDU in lessons throughout the year. Check out the Break Out EDU website.

My Key Artifacts

Key Artifact 5

Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Google Level 1 Certification

Kristen Hulshouser-Google Level 1 Certification

The process of getting certified as a Google Educator is a very educating one. At the beginning of this semester I worked solely with Microsoft. Once I learned a few Google things such as Google Docs I knew I wanted to learn more. I use Google Docs in everything I do now and getting educated about what else Google does was a learning experience. This certification is only good for 24 months and when my certification is up I will retest and re-certify. This will look great on my future resume and my goal is to soon get certified in the Level 2 certification. Knowing more about Google and what it has to offer will only better me and my future students in the classroom.


My Ed Tech class has taught me many things that I will use in my future classroom. From making newsletters as a way to teach students to games all over the web, I now have more confidence going into my future Education classes. When asked for assessments in the future I won't think of that word as something hard to do for my kids or my class. The assessment part of a lesson will be the fun way to engage my classroom.

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