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LTT Spring Working Portfolio

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Lara Balkovec

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LTT Spring Working Portfolio Learning Statement #1 & 2 1. I am modeling and facilitating effective use of current and emerging tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

2. ISTE-> I am engaging my students in exploring real world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. Learning aspects:
-I am learning to research educational websites with engaging games and video tutorials which has helped me learn many new ideas which has aided me in my inquiry
-I am learning that I can inspire my students to critically think (caring about their communities and future)
-I continue to learn about the Math Playground website
-I am learning that technology is wonderful when it works
-I am learning to find ways around the printer not working and to adapt when we do not having enough computers
-I am continuing to learn how to do new things on the computer allowing myself to utilize new educational resources Capacities:
Engage in a critical cycle of action-reflection to understand and develop your practice.
Use, evaluate and integrate existing and emerging technologies into your practice.
Draw on educational theories, research and philosophies to inform your use of technologies to support teaching and learning.

Future wonderings:
The students would much rather work on the computers to gather evidence then go to the library and research it out of books. Is this hampering their ability in any way? I am learning more and more each day that education has changed astronomically since I was in grade six. Am I going to be able to keep up with all the technological changes? Evidence:
-personal viewing of the students working collaboratively to help their communities
-Journal entry:
“Today I started researching for a project I want the students to do in groups on the computer. It is on different energy sources and the students have to look up all the pros and cons of the energy sources and then decide which source of energy would be the best to provide electricity to their community. This is an issue we have been discussing as the world is trying to find greener ways to provide energy to earth. Together the students are going to make a poster about their chosen energy source, type up their written component, and look up pictures on the computer. I spent time looking up websites they could go to and videos they could watch explaining the different energy sources. Although this was time consuming for me, I am getting excited to do this project with them and I am learning new tools I can use online.” (January 25).
-understanding new found knowledge of educational websites and videos that I can continue to use
-Article quote:
“Research indicates that in order to achieve meaningful technology integration, learning must be designed from a constructivist approach that encourages students to learn in a social context and help them develop an ability to readily create new knowledge, solve new problems and employ creativity and critical thinking (Griest 1996; Hoffman 1997; Mergendollar 1997; Richards 1998).
-the ability to understand, use, and teach the students about energy sources uses the computer and projector Learning Statement # 3 and # 4

# 3. I am learning to adapt and create learning experiences that include students’ use of technology tools to engage them and help them collect information to aid in their understanding of learning outcomes. This has also allowed me to learn how to develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities, thus making them active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own growth.

# 4. ISTE-> I am learning how to model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments. Learning aspects:
-I am learning about how I still know I am technologically challenged but I am trying out new programs to learn more and researching websites
-I learned a new program Kidspiration-> electrical circuits, conductors insulators
-I have been learning about Math Playground and have used some of the video tutorials on fractions using the projector
-I am learning about virtual labs
-I am learning to adapt technology to meet students with special needs Evidence:
-my own knowledge of Kidspiration and the 2 virtual labs the students completed (sound, light, heat and insulators/conductors)
Articles->
Dexter et al. (2008) “…indicates the effectiveness of technology integration into education is largely dependent upon its ability to engage students into learning”.
-my own achievement in researching and learning new programs -> Math Playground and using the computer in general (even my typing has improved)
-improvement in student involvement (special needs) and understanding Capacities:Engage in a critical cycle of action-reflection to understand and develop your practice.Use, evaluate and integrate existing and emerging technologies into your practice.Draw on educational theories, research and philosophies to inform your use of technologies to support teaching and learning. Capacities:
1. Engage in a critical cycle of action-reflection to understand and develop your practice.
2. Use, evaluate and integrate existing and emerging technologies into your practice.
3. Draw on educational theories, research and philosophies to inform your use of technologies to support teaching and learning.

Future wonderings:
Is technology going to get to be too much? I am already seeing its impact socially but will it take away the need for students to actually learn and write when the computer can find the do it for them. Will they just need to know how to read? As educators, can we teach them to use the technologies as a tool to help them, but still enforce the importance of the human brain and it’s capacity to learn without technology? Learning Statement # 5 (ISTE)
I am facilitating and inspiring student learning and creativity by promoting and supporting innovative thinking and inventiveness. Learning Aspects:
-Extreme Environments: revamped all new project on a Mountaineering Expedition from Science Probe 6 and my own research.
-I am learning to adjust and be flexible
- I am inquiring into my plans after taking notes of comments I hear while circulating the room and learning and adapting from them
-I have found many innovative ways myself and from the students on ways to support their learning of multiplication/division facts
-Learning needs to be fun and rewarding-inquiry and reflection has helped me to make changes which has increased student engagement
-an improvement in 41 out of 49 students marks in multiplication drills
-I am learning about the teaching process and trying better myself by listening to the students and their needs and noting these down on a daily basis
-prezi Evidence
-personal observation of student collaboration, involvement, practice, helpfulness
-parental praise for student achievement, allowing myself to recognize my own achievement
-my personal reflections and note taking from which I have learned to adjust my expectations and goals
- “…and a student came up to me today and said he did not understand what the assignment was about. I had watched this student and knew they were not paying attention during the lesson. I was really short with this student and got upset at the fact that they were not listening. But, later on as I thought about it, maybe I did not deliver the lesson in a friendly, innovative way to make a student WANT to listen. How can I try to do that?”( April)
- “Today at parent teacher interviews a parent thanked me for working on math drills with the students. They have found that their child asks them to play the games at home to help them learn. I am so excited by this and the way the students are engaged in their studying. This is exactly what I had hoped for :o)” (April) Capacities:
Engage in a critical cycle of action-reflection to understand and develop your practice.
Use, evaluate and integrate existing and emerging technologies into your practice.
Draw on educational theories, research and philosophies to inform your use of technologies to support teaching and learning.

Future Wonderings:
I continually wonder about what the technologies will look like in another 5, 10, 20 years. I want to be a lifelong learner and the possibilities are endless but where do you find the time? In my own teaching practice I wonder how I can find a balance between learning and teaching the new emerging technologies and also be able to instill some of the old manners and respect that was expected 20 years ago. Articles:

-Doing Research: The Power of Doing Action Through Inquiry Chapter 1 by David Hobson

-What factors facilitate teacher skill, teacher morale, and perceived student learning in technology-using classrooms? by Amy L. Baylor and Donn Ritchie

-Digital storytelling: a meaningful technology-integratedapproach for engaged student learning by Alan Sadik

-Learning, Technology, Education Reform in the Knowledge or “We’re Wired, Webbed, and Windowed, Now What?” by Bernie Trilling and Paul Hood, WestEd. Thanks for listening! :o) Lara
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