Posted in 5.1 Theoretical Foundations, AECT Standard 5 (Research), Uncategorized

My Book Review


For my book review, I chose Digital Tools for Teaching by Steve Johnson. Click on the link to read my book review.

Posted in 5.3 Assessing/Evaluating, AECT Standard 5 (Research)

School Evaluation Summary

I am familiar with using rubrics to evaluate students’ work as it is a great tool to show students what they need to do to complete their project.  I was unfamiliar with using the Maturity Model Benchmark.  However, it did not take me long to understand the criteria for each of the categories.  Early on in my evaluation process I contacted the Technology Chief Officer to get a better understanding of our school district’s technology plan.  After our conversation, I began working on the rubric, and I felt that I could successfully “grade” our district’s technology use.  As a teacher, even the Digital Integration Lead, I didn’t know what all went into the planning and funding of technology.  I wasn’t too surprised to see that my school would be ranked between Emergent and Islands in Behavior because the technology use isn’t integrated.  I feel that as some of the programs are made available, such as student email and OneDrive, we are moving forward to Integrated.

My school has four computer labs, two for keyboarding classes, six laptop carts (36 laptops each), and a class set (36) of iPads for teachers to use.  Even with the available technology, it seems that there isn’t enough to go around for the staff to use it when it fits in their schedule.  There is training available, however, there are teachers that don’t take advantage of the training.  For this reason my school is ranked between Emergent and Resources/Infrastructure.  The district has provided high speed Internet and sufficient WiFi capabilities for the teachers and students to access regularly.  The district is updating their Technology Plan that expired two years ago.  Even though it has expired, the Technology team is working on finding new technology in the classroom, such as the Promethean boards.

As I went through this process, it gave me a better understanding of our challenges that we have with technology use.  I feel that I can take what I’ve learned back to my administrator to discuss our plan to move forward at the school level.  I’ve discussed finding grants to help build our laptop resources next semester after I take my grant writing class.

Click here to view the results from the Maturity Model Benchmark survey.

Click here to see a detailed analysis of the School Evaluation Summary.

Posted in 5.1 Theoretical Foundations, AECT Standard 5 (Research)

One-to-One Computing: An Annotated Bibliography

For this assignment I was introduced to Zotero, an online file system that helped me keep track of the articles I reviewed for my bibliography.  I found it to be a quite useful tool because it help my articles for me to read at a later time.  I didn’t have to worry about saving them on the computer or losing them in my bookmarks.

This is the first time I’ve had to use APA for any research project.  I found Purdue OWL to be quite useful as I worked on my citations.  I also used it to become more familiar with an annotated bibliography.

As for the subject matter, one-to-one computing, I found it to be interesting.  I use laptops in social studies and I always wondered if there was enough research to show positive outcomes for the use of the laptops.  I found five articles that show laptops do benefit students’ learning.

Click on the link.