CEP 810: Teaching for Understanding with Technology
Instructors: Carolyn McCarthy, Dr. Sandra Plair
Michigan State University
CEP 810 is the first of the three certificate courses. It is designed to help educators understand the different types of technology and social media tools that can be adapted and utilized in a classroom setting.
In this class, the main tool used for assignments is a blog. As a student of CEP 810, I setup my blog through blogger.com to keep a record of my thoughts, projects, and reflections. This is an ideal format to document completed work in because it remains online so I can return to it and others may view the content long after the class has ended.
Social media tools as well as understanding different technologies such as RSS feeds, the vast suite of tools developed by Google, and visual presentation tools (including Prezi) were a major learning component throughout this course. Additionally, as students, we were assigned to work with other students in the class and comment on their work as well as create a presentation. My group chose to teach our audience about podcasts and podcasting using Prezi as our tool. I enjoyed learning more about Prezi and podcasting while working on this project. It amazed me how five people located in five five distinct places throughout the world could collaborate on one project and create an informative and interesting presentation. How remarkable.
Here is a link to my blog, puppethands.blogspot.com, that I used to document much of my work in CEP 810, 811, and 812.
I also completed a Personal Technology Plan within Prezi that communicates my vision statement for technology in education, how I currently employ technology in my work in education, and my plan for enhancing and increasing my use of technology in education.
Here is also a link to my group project of Podcasting in an Elementary Setting.
CEP 811: Adapting Innovating Technologies in Education
Instructor: Nancy Ayers
Michigan State University
For the second certification course, we began to narrow our focus into exploring specific technologies. We read and evaluated lesson plans within MERLOT before developing our own lesson plan and submitting it to this website. Here is a pdf file of my Goal-Direction Instructional Design Plan of The Vicarious Travelers. I have also highlighted areas which draw on the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, or UDL, which ensures that all learners have equal opportunities to access information within a teaching module or lesson plan.
We also learned about and assessed WebQuests to provide more comprehensive knowledge of what constitutes a quality website that is geared toward learning and not just playing. Follow this link to read my pdf WebQuest evaluation on “Basic Math: Multiplication Adventures.”
Creating a comprehensive website using a platform of our choice helped us to compose meaningful content for a specific audience. For this assignment, I designed a classroom website using Weebly and provided links to reading content and a math presentation on shapes. This link will direct you to my homepage and other information about the school where I am employed.
My math presentation was my final assignment within this class. It is a stand-alone instructional resource or StAIR. It is a PowerPoint presentation designed to reinforce mathematical ideas and content regarding shapes complete with definitions of one-, two- and three-dimensional shapes and formulas for calculating area and volume. While many of the ideas may extend beyond the third grade level, I still consider it a valid resource to introduce students to these concepts for further exploration. This link will allow you to view my StAIR project on shapes and geometry.
In addition to these assessment pieces, the personal reflections I completed throughout this course are documented within my blog.
CEP 812: Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice
Instructor: Tammy Maginity
Michigan State University
For the third, and final, course in the certificate program courses, CEP 812 directed my focus toward three distinct projects: a “Wicked Problem Project,” a group project designed to explain a piece of technology and how it could be used in a classroom, and the articulation of my Professional Learning Plans.
For my Wicked Problem Project, I chose to tackle the problem of students not being able to make the connection between measurements and distance. For example, a student may understand how many feet are in a mile, but if the student is asked to define the same distance through a real-world example, s/he may not have the knowledge to accurately convey the distance of a mile. In order to teach students how to understand and interpret this problem, I enlisted my nieces and nephew and introduced them to geocaching. Using a handheld device, they were able to estimate a distance and ultimately locate a hidden cache. My Wicked Problem Project is embedded below and also available for viewing on YouTube.
Additionally, I also worked with four other students to explain a piece of technology. We chose to demonstrate the purpose of a “wiki.” We collaborated on a script and created a PowerPoint presentation to convey our understanding of what a wiki is and how it could be used in a classroom setting. The above links show the components of our project and the video below will play our final collaborative product.
As a final culmination of the work completed not only in this class, but throughout the three certificate courses, I created my Professional Learning Plans. This was a chance for me to reflect on the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of CEP 810 and to evaluate whether I met these goals, if they changed, or if I added new ones. It was a way for me to truly evaluate how I developed both personally and professionally throughout these three courses. I created my Professional Learning Plans with Prezi. Click on the link or image to view my project.
Finally, reflections on my coursework are posted within my blog.