This photo is the result of the entire class searching for letters found in nature. Each group was responsible for one letter. When the letters were put together, we found Beauty in nature. This was also an exercise in learning to see things in a new way. Our group was responsible for the letter A. We found many A's in nature. The one in the photograph is the shadow of a bicycle rack on the cement sidewalk.
Educational Tensions Photo Project
The assignment for this project was to think of some concept in education which creates tension among people, either students and staff, staff and staff, or administration and staff. I chose the concept of a closed mind and an open mind. I then took a photo of myself representing each of those. The final step was to edit the two photos together into one photo using Pixlr.
Just Shoot Me
This was the first assignment given on the first day of the summer cohort of 2012. This was a "get to know you" assignment in which the task was to show something about your personality in the photo and then use Picasa as a way to share your photo. In the summer, one of my favorite things to do is to tend to my flower beds and garden. Therefore, I chose to be photographed next to some of the lush greenery outside of Erickson Hall.
These photos, or "iImages," were edited using Pixlr to show three different aspects of the big idea for my DreamIT proposal. The big idea of my project is improving reading fluency. These photos represent my first attempts at any kind of photo editing.
WebQuest on Constitution Day
This WebQuest was created for second graders to focus on Constitution Day. Click on the image to view the WebQuest.
Final Reflection Paper
As the MAET summer program came to a close, we were to write a final reflection paper. This piece contains my thoughts about what I have learned, what I will be able to take back to my classroom, and how the MAET experience has affected me and my professional goals. Click on the picture to read my reflection essay.
This was a group project in which we researched educational software that used behaviorist concepts. We were charged with finding software which showed shaping, fading and reinforcement schedules. Our method of interacting with the class was to have them play the Dance Mat Typing game and then discuss the relevant behaviorist elements of the game. For the presentation of the information, we created a Google Presentation. Click on the image to view the presentation.
Group Introduction Screencast
This presentation and recording was made on the first day of class as a way to introduce our group members to the rest of the class. For many of us, this was our first exposure to Google Presentations and/or Screencast.com. Click on the image to view the screencast.
For this group project, we were to create a poster which sent a message, even a "tongue in cheek" message. The idea was to find an inspirational photo and add a surprising caption. The members of our group were all teachers in the midst of a very unsettled time in the profession. We enjoyed poking some fun at our stressful, yet enormously satisfying and challenging profession! Click on the poster to see a larger version.
Backward Design Plan for DreamIT Proposal
Graphic courtesy of sjsu.edu
This document, created in Microsoft Word, depicts my very first thoughts about my DreamIT proposal topic. At this time, I was thinking big and was focusing on the "big idea" of fluency as it relates to both reading and math facts. As I became more involved in the project, I realized that the topic was perhaps too big. This helped make the decision to focus only on reading fluency in my project. Click on the image to view my Backward Design Template.
Web 2.0 Wiki Jigsaw Activity
Graphic courtesy of digitalsandbox.weebly.com
Our group used pbwiki to create this informational resource on some Web 2.0 organizational tools and how they can be used and/or repurposed for classroom use. Click on the image to view the wiki.