Here are the documents created for my Technology in Education class!
OneDrive Folder for EDU6542 Assignments:
Microsoft Word Assignments and Reflections:
Reflection on Word:
“Getting to Know You!” Activity Reflection: (Week 1)
This particular activity was a Word assignment that was fun and enjoyable, as it allowed me to experiment with various tools in Word to express my creativity alongside an informational presentation. As the first assignment in Word for the class, it furthermore allowed me to explore what skills I still possessed in regards to using Microsoft Word. I was reminded of some of the WordArt options that I had forgotten. It was a great introduction activity to this particular class in regards to activation of personal prior knowledge.
Lesson Plan Contrasting Traditional Lesson with Technology Infused Lesson Activity Reflection: (Week 2)
During this activity, I learned a couple of new things that were useful in regards to formatting beyond the new content considered. The assignment, itself, aided me in understanding the difference in lesson planning with versus without implementation of technology. It also aided in my understanding of the variances in practicality, benefits, and disadvantages of implementing technology into the classroom environment. Furthermore, the necessity of explicit planning when creating a lesson utilizing technology came to my attention as vital for the most opportunistic utilization of technology within a lesson.
Software Review Sheet Reflection: (Week 3)
The purpose of this assignment was to push me to research and gain a genuine understanding of the available software and technological content beneficial to support classroom instruction. It achieved its purpose – this assignment encouraged me to broaden my horizons in regards to available software. In my research, I found many different types of software that I could implement in my classroom. I learned about various uses and possible benefits of implementing such software.
Newsletter Reflection: (Week 4)
In regards to using Microsoft Word, I have much previous experience. However, during this activity, I learned a couple of new things that were useful in regards to formatting, as well as in regards to attention to detail. I have used many variances in font, size, Word Art, and inserting pictures; however, with such explicit specifications for this assignment, I found a few new formatting options that I was previously unaware of or did not ever apply and was forced to implement, such as utilizing super/subscript. Furthermore, attention paid to such explicit instruction is vital—if I were creating a newsletter for parents going home via students, the attention paid to detail is vital, as it very possibly is the first impression that they will receive of you as a person and professional about to be a hallmark in their child’s education and development.
Test Reflection: (Week 4)
This particular activity was an assignment that was more challenging than initially expected. The requirements for formatting introduced me to new options that I had yet to encounter or utilize. Creating a test in Word via a table format was a new method of test creation/formatting to me. However, this would be a useful method for specific test-types.
Mail merge Reflection: (Week 4)
This particular feature of Word is one that I have never utilized or of which I was aware. I learned of and how to use an entire new entity of Word features—mailings. This could prove very useful in the future in creating documents both professionally and personally. Furthermore, through this assignment I learned that even the smallest misstep in sequence (or missing one small instruction/button) can digress all progress made if directions are not followed explicitly.
Exploring Technology Tools Project Reflection: (Week 6)
In completing this assignment, I uncovered various technology tools that I had yet to encounter or utilize, along with others with which I was previously/currently familiar. The assignment furthermore pushed me to look for personal application in my own classroom environment. Again, I uncovered different types of software that I could implement and thought forward to possible applications. I learned about various uses and possible benefits of implementing such software.
Word Processing Project Reflection: (Week 7)
During this activity, I learned a couple of new things that were useful in regards to formatting, as well as in regards to attention to detail. I have used many variances in font, size, Word Art, and inserting pictures and columns. However, with such explicit specifications for this assignment, I found a few new formatting options that I was previously unaware of or did not ever apply and was forced to implement. My skills with the formatting of columns were tested and developed through this particular activity. Attention to detail is key – this assignment, once again, reinforced this vital concept.
SmartArt Project Reflection: (Week 7)
I have not had much prior experience with SmartArt in Word. This assignment, among others in this class, has taught me the various uses and designs of SmartArt. The use to create a graphic lesson via SmartArt is one that I will utilize in future material creation. Furthermore, utilizing Word SmartArt in test creation was a new idea to me and is one that I will utilize in the future.
Paint Project Reflection: (Week 7)
I used Paint as a child while bored at work with my father; however, it has been many years since my dwindling in the Paint realm. As of late, I have not had much applicable experience with the Paint software application, especially not in the light of use for educational purposes. This assignment, among others in this class, has taught me the various uses and designs of Paint and the applicability of this software as an educational resource.
TIP Lesson Plan Project Reflection: (Week 8)
The Technology Implementation Plan (TIP) is one of which I was not previously aware. Through the completion of this project, I was introduced to specific necessities that are required to consider when integrating technology into the classroom, such as teaching specific lessons about technology via use of technology by teacher and students. Through this project and related research/readings, I obtained new insight into various issues, uses, benefits, and possible disadvantages of implementing such software in an education environment.
Blog Link & Reflection: (Week 8)
This assignment was one that was completely new to me. Due to prior negative experience with posting things online (Moodle discussion, FaceBook, etc.), I first created and saved the blog post content in Microsoft Word to ensure no loss of material created via internet issues. Creating a blog was a new experience for me – yet one that I thoroughly enjoyed. A requirement being comments, I sent my blog link to peer professionals, as well as friends and family. This opened the door for me to share my work in a brief and effective manner – I will definitely continue blogging on interesting, relevant, and useful topics as I come across them.
StoryBoard Project Reflection: (Week 8)
The StoryBoard project was yet another assignment that gave me insight to uses through a new lens of possibilities – another new approach to utilizing SmartArt/Charts. Utilizing this particular tool in Word was extremely helpful in planning. I am a predominantly visual individual; having the ability to see the progression of content was exponentially beneficial to me, personally. Furthermore, this project also showed me possible issues, uses, benefits, and disadvantages of implementing such software in the classroom for student use.
Microsoft Excel Assignments and Reflections:
Reflection on Excel:
M & M Reflection: (Week 5)
Due to prior professional experience as an office worker, I have also had much prior experience in utilizing Excel. However, this particular assignment taught past utilizing formulas and formatting cells. I learned how to create and edit a visual pie graph via Excel. This made the display of data easier to adjust when necessary versus creating a pie graph in Word due to cell formulas and varied data input options.
Grade book Reflection: (Week 5)
Creating a gradebook in Excel was not a concept I had not considered prior to this assignment. Having prior knowledge of formulas and how to utilize these formulas in Excel creation aided greatly in completion of creating a gradebook in Excel. If our district did not already have a purchased software program/online gradebook, this would be a method I would utilize for grade keeping. It offers the benefits of averaging and labeling number grades as letter grades based on the formulas entered into the spreadsheet by the teacher/creator.
Spreadsheet Project Reflection: (Week 7)
Creating a gradebook in Excel was not a concept I had not considered prior to assignments in this class. This particular project compounded on previous assignments and knowledge obtained. Compiling making charts in Excel and utilizing the formatting/formula options in Excel to create a digital gradebook, this assignment revisited and refined those skills. Furthermore, more explicit directions for the chart creation aided in further development of my abilities to use and knowledge of more options in Excel.
Microsoft PowerPoint Projects/Reflections:
Reflection on PowerPoint:
PowerPoint Lesson Project Reflection: (Week 5)
In regards to using Microsoft PowerPoint, I have much previous experience in educational use, both as a student and teacher. However, this particular assignment forced me to explore and utilize more formatting options. I was made to utilize specific formatting options, allowing me to find a few new tools that I was previously unaware of or did not ever apply.
PowerPoint Personal Presentation Project Reflection: (Week 7)
I thoroughly enjoyed this particular assignment. It prescribed certain expectations; however, it allowed much room for personal creativity. I had never considered making a PowerPoint presentation as a personal presentation or resume/profile. This project opened my mind to the many other possibilities existing for uses of PowerPoint.
Reflection on Other Projects:
Podcast Project Reflection: (Week 9)
In regards to creating podcasts, I had zero prior experience. However, in regards to my existing experience in creating videos of my original music and/or performances for upload to YouTube, I have had much experience, making this an easier assignment than I expected. The rigor of the assignment still existed in terms of researching a topic, preparing a concise strict to specifications, and videoing this podcast assignment within the suggested time length. I learned that, even though I may be comfortable in front of a live crowd, speaking into a camera about an academic topic for any period of time is something for which I need to develop more skill.
Movie Lesson Reflection: (Week 10)
In regards to creating movies with sound, title, picture, embedded video/GIF, and transition layovers, I had zero prior experience. Throughout the completion of this assignment, I learned many new things and had a few epiphanies in regards to the networking of multimedia production. My horizons were greatly broadened via completion of this project. I feel as if creation of movie lessons are a feasible and fun addition to my skill set for use of creating varied materials for input of information in the classroom.
Survey Reflection: (Week 12)
In regards to creating surveys with interactive data via a website, I had zero prior experience. Throughout the completion of this assignment, I learned many new things. I learned how to create a survey via the online resource SurveyMonkey. I was forced to think about audience, purpose, and feasibility of survey questions/answer choices. This is something I could implement in the future for student polling uses.
Wiki Reflection: (Week 12)
In regards to creating or even participating in a wiki, I had no prior experience to go on; I barely even had an understanding of how wikis worked and how they are purposed. Throughout the completion of this assignment, I learned what they were, how they worked, and how to create one. It was challenging to get started, but easy once designed and created. I could see using a wiki in the future with peer teachers in organization and planning.
Storybird Reflection: (Week 12)
In regards to creating a short story, I have much prior experience as I was an English Writing major in college. However, I had never created an electronic storybook via online software. This was a fun experience – I love creative projects! I had never heard of Storybird before; however, it was a super cool experience. This is one resource that I plan to use in the future for student projects.
WebQuest Reflection: (Week 12)
In regards to creating a WebQuest, I had no prior experience. I was unaware that this format of an assignment existed in such specifications. I found it to be a feasible and applicable format for assigning online-based projects. Making both the version in Word with hyperlinks to specific parts of the assignment and in PowerPoint, I prefer the PowerPoint method for my particular class environment; however, in an online class environment, the use of the Word format of the WebQuest could be more successful.
E-Portfolio/Website Reflection: (Final Project)
In regards to creating an e-portfolio or web design, I had absolutely zero prior experience. I was unaware that creating a website could be so feasible. However extensive the amount of time invested in this project required, it was a learning experience and has provided a professional platform for me to collaborate with other educators, as well as share publicly various resources that I may come across to fellow educators while also providing a platform for others to contribute information, resources, and ideas. Collaboration is KEY! This project allowed me to make an easily accessible and usable platform to promote this purpose.