Showcase

Introduction
Welcome to my showcase page where I have displayed my graduate work from the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program at Michigan State University. This program challenged me to critically think about content instruction in connection to technology integration. The works that I have chosen to display how I have grown as an educator in the three categories of Creativity, Research, and Technology. These three areas have been at the forefront of most of the courses I have taken in the MAET program. It is important to me that the changes that I make in my teaching are founded on sound research. Conducting field research and learning how to analyze educational research articles has helped me think about integrating technology in an effective and creative way.

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Creativity

Presidential Patterns

I created this visual to help students recognize patterns in history. The visual shows patterns in the first sixteen presidents of the United States. The number four is used because it is known to stand for stability, order, and completion of justice. These are all things that we want synonymous with the us presidency. This assignment shows how patterns can help remember key facts and apply it in a visual way.

Makey Makey

I made a Makey Makey keyboard to go along with vowel intensive lesson. The lesson was used to help my kindergarten students learn how to identify the vowel sound in CVC words. The students would touch the Makey Makey keyboard to make the correct vowel sound go off. This assignment created so much buzz in my classroom. My students wanted to find other ways to use Makey Makey and I wanted to use it as a way for them to stay engaged in their phonics exercises.

Sparking Innovation

This video was created in a collaboration project to understand the wicked problem of innovation in education. We created this video to show survey results and to find possible solutions in promoting innovation in education. This assignment showed me how collaboration can be used to identify a wicked problem and work to finding creative solutions.


Research

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Literacy Learner Analysis

I used the book Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, Fifth Edition to learn about differentiating instruction and making accommodations for learners in my 7th/8th English class. I did a learner analysis to outline the learners literacy background and what accommodations were made to assist the student in making gains in their informational text comprehension. This project demonstrates how I am able to use best practices and differentiate lessons to meet the needs of individual students.

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Measuring Motivation

I conducted a meta-analysis of studies to understand what factors lead to a students engagement and academic achievement. The majority of research articles used in the meta-analysis focused on goal orientation theory, which outlines goals as either being performance oriented or mastery oriented. This assignment shows my abilities to conduct a meta-analysis on research articles and use formulas to find correlation or causations in data.


Technology

21st Century Lesson Plan

I created a lesson for my kindergarten students to use a new online resource called Peekapak to go along with PBL (Project Based Learning) that my school was doing are starting across all grade levels. Our driving question was: How can we make this the best school possible? Students used Peekapak to engage in activities that helped them understand respect, empathy, and becoming participating citizens.

Teaching Online

I created a hybrid course to support students in working on a collaborative Social Studies Project Based Learning (PBL) Unit. The course was used to engage students in learning about historical figures while making connections to our community.

Effective PD

I used Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model to create a professional development session for my colleagues. The session is organized around incorporating storytelling into the classroom. The Common Core State Standards put a priority on a student’s speaking and listening abilities from kindergarten through 12th grade. Storytelling enhances a students verbal communication and listening skills. This project shows my ability to create effective professional development and to show how technology can be used in an active role at various levels.

Image Attributions:
Literacy Learner Analysis: Picture provided by Pexels
Measuring Motivations: Picture provided by Pexels
Peekapak: https://www.linkedin.com/company/peekapak
SAMR: https://www.schoology.com/blog/samr-model-practical-guide-edtech-integration