Monday, May 2, 2011


I knew that I wanted to be an educator my sophomore year of high school. I went with my high school class to an inner-city day care and worked with some kids on their school work and played with them at recess. At the end of the day, the little girls hugged me so tightly and said "You are my bestest friend". I knew after that day that I needed to work with kids and felt very much called to do so. As I have continued my education at Kansas State University, I have chosen to concentrate in English as a Second Language. I have never felt so at home or motivated to work on my future as I have in Block A. I am certain that education is what I want to do with my life. I am, however struggling with certain areas of my career choice. I am worried that number one, my content expertise in math and science is not strong enough to be a sufficient teacher. I also am worried that I will want to care a little too much about students, and therefore not have all of my attention and focus on the curriculum. 

In three to five years, I see myself in Kansas City, Kansas. Teaching second graders and coaching Bishop Miege volleyball. In order to do so, I need to continue to work hard in my blocks, gain more hours of experience in the classroom. I also need to work on my lesson planning and implementation. 
In a new software implementation, I would make sure to practice and read as much about it as possible. I can also view tutorials online and make sure that I have mastered the software enough to help my fellow colleagues out in their learning of the software. 
The more that I learn Response to Intervention and Assistance technology, I think that technology in the classroom is necessary. iPads have several programs for autistic children all over the spectrum. These programs can allow students with mental and physical disabilities to participate in the general education classroom and associate school with an accepting and warm environment.

By pointing out how much this technology can help students in the classroom is how I would allow my fellow faculty members to implement it in their classrooms.

In my classroom, I plan on implementing Animoto, Glogster, and blogs. This will allow for students of all ages to use a creative outlet and find ways to make assignments and lessons more fun in the classroom. This can also be a great way for students to work collaboratively and creatively in the classroom.

My Wow Moment

My 'wow' moment was implementing an animoto video in to my micro teaching lesson.

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My class and teachers were extremely complimentary of my implementation of technology within my lesson. It was at that moment that I realized how much I enjoyed teaching in general, and also how I was actually capable of using technology in the classroom. I was never very "good" at using the most up to date technological programs and with the help of animoto, I was able to do so. I am so thankful for these resources that I will continue to use throughout my teaching career.

Podcast Favorite

I really really enjoyed the Tech Chicks podcasts. They always had fun things to discuss and great resources to share. I also really enjoyed how they moved their podcasts around to different places around their Texas town. They would have podcasts at restaurants (Chick-fil-a) or be fitting an hour of technology talk in during their daughter's karate practice or gymnastics meet. This made me realize that these two women truly enjoyed what they do in sharing out resources. They took time out of their busy mom lives to focus on technology in education and vice versa. I liked how the tech chicks also made their resources relevant to teachers and students alike. They always came up with fun activities and lessons for teachers to use. I really enjoyed listening to the Tech Chicks podcasts!

Semester Favorites

When I think about my semester favorites, two specific things come to mind. Glogster and animoto. These two resources were extremely helpful in making creative and fun projects. Before educational technology class, I was very unsure about my abilities as a technology educator and student. In today's times, technology is changing so much and so rapidly that I felt very overwhelmed to start out this whole course. With animoto and Glogster, two of the resources which came in at the beginning and at the end of the semester. I found these two resources not only extremely easy to use, but also a wonderful creative outlet for pre-service educators like myself, but also for young students in my future classrooms. I used an animoto video (see below) in my micro-teaching lesson to incorporate the importance of adjectives in a third grade language-arts lesson. This was such a great spark plug for my student's brains to get going, rather than having written objectives up on the board. This was also a great way for myself as a teacher to get my creative juices flowing and allow for some time for me to get my thoughts together. The Glogster seemed very intimidating to me at first when I learned how much we needed to put on it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was very easy to use, and would also be easy for young students, even first or second graders to use this resource as a creative way to do a research based project. This could also be a great template for teachers to start a lesson by sharing pictures, videos, and resources for students to explore. This seems so much more exciting for students rather than opening a book and reading content objectives from a chapter book. 

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