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Introduction

In Summer 2009, I relocated to upstate New York and decided to pursue a full-time master's degree program at The College of Saint Rose (CSR) while I waited for my reciprocal teaching license. I graduated with an MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction with certification in Instructional Technology in August 2010. I greatly enjoyed my graduate experience at CSR specifically because of the small teacher-student ratios. The smaller and more intimate classes enabled me to really connect with my professors and explore my professional interests in instructional design, assessment, and teacher technology integration.

Curriculum & Instruction

The three most important lessons I have learned from my C/I graduate courses are backward design/universal design, student-involved assessment, and teacher empowerment. Backward design has taught me how to be a more reflective teacher by shifting my attention from the idea of teaching to the idea of learning. Student-involved assessment has shown me how to transform students from passive learners into active learners by providing them with proper guidance, sound assessment techniques, and multiple opportunities for leadership in the classroom. My experiences with research seminars have taught me how to look at my teaching environment with new eyes, and how to develop my voice as a professional educator.

My first C/I artifact is my action research project on teacher technology integration. Below I have embedded a Prezi vodcast, the videos I used for my Prezi research seminar presentation, and the handout I distributed to my colleagues. (Additional advice on technology use from other teachers can be found in my Wallwisher collection.) My blog post, "7 Ways to Integrate Technology In The Classroom", was derived from this work and focused mainly on the Recommendations section where I shared specific strategies for teachers. A copy of my action research project, "Examining the Paradox of Low Level Technology Use in Technology Rich Schools", can be found here.

Action Research Project

CL Research Seminar Handout - Teacher Tech Integration
Prezi Vodcast:


YouTube Videos Used in Prezi:
Vision of 21st Century Digital Learners
Vision of 21st Century Digital Teachers

Click here for a full screen version of the Prezi Vodcast.

My second C/I artifact is a multicultural literacy project that focused on children with learning disabilities. I created a year-long literacy project that uses popular young-adult books to teach awareness, understanding and empathy towards students with high-incidence disabilities, specifically learning disabilities, in the classroom. The project was based on Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and The Olympians" five-book series, which is a story about a young modern-day boy struggling with dyslexia and ADHD who learns about his not-so-normal family. The unit incorporated NYS English-Language-Arts standards, elements of art, and interdisciplinary activities.

Multicultural Literacy Project



Instructional Technology

For my graduate elective track, I pursued a 12-credit program that led to certification in Instructional Technology (IT). In August 2010, I was Saint Rose's first online TED course graduate to complete the certificate program! Paired with my interest in technology tools, mydrive to connect with other teachers and seek mentors led me to build my own personal learning network (PLN) of educators, technology specialists, and like-minded professionals. My IT courses provided a solid foundation of history and teaching approaches for the materials I came across through my PLN; they helped me better understand the ever-changing role of technology in the classroom. Most of my artifacts from my IT classes can be found in my technology wiki: EdTech Survival Guide. .

Appendix

List of Graduate Courses Taken

RELEVANT COURSEWORK IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION:
  • Multicultural Education: Multicultural perspectives essays and literacy picture-book project.
  • Curriculum and Design: Historical curriculum trends research on inquiry instruction and constructivism.
  • Informal Student Based Assessment: Assessment analyses on lesson plans and units.
  • Advanced Instructional Design Pre-K-12: Concept-based and backward-designed lesson plans.
  • Education Research: Research proposal on effect of online social networking on standardized tests.
  • Research Seminar: Action research project on paradox of low teacher technology use in technology-rich schools.

RELEVANT COURSEWORK IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY:
  • Foundations of Educational Technology: Examination of evolution of technology and its application to education with focus on ethics, etiquette, digital divide and equity among students with special-needs and limited English proficiency.
  • Laboratory Methods for Educational Technology: Analysis of learning environments to optimize instructional models for students with diverse backgrounds in computer laboratory settings.
  • Project-based Learning in Technology: Research on collaborative learning, reflective teaching and problem/project-based learning with available technology in the classroom.
  • Hardware, Operating and Networking Systems for Teachers: Digital knowledge-base on major microcomputer hardware, operation systems, and telecommunications in educational settings.