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Educational Technology
My philosophy on educational technology in the classroom begins with the word collaboration. Students must learn how to collaborate with others to achieve learning outcomes desired by their instructor. According to Forbes.com, the top skills employers are looking for in their future employees in order of importance are:"Ability to work in a team and the ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside of an organization." This leads me to believe as an educator that teachers must prepare students for their future careers by working with each other, and not focused on what type of technology students are learning. Technology will always improve and grow, but if we are not improving our students' communication ability they will be limited in what they can do with the technology. In order to achieve this communication gap in the classroom, school districts need to improve the communication gap in their professional developments. Many school districts have fantastic learning strategies happening at different age and content levels on their campus; however, most professional development days are spent listening to an outside speaker on researched based strategies. These strategies are important, but the ability to learn from other colleagues in the district provide validity in professional development as well. How many times in a learning environment (classroom or professional development) does a student or educator get to speak with different types of learners or teachers to achieve a certain outcome? According to Bringing Down the Wall, " Collaboration-focused features include classroom clusters, common spaces, and furniture that facilitates group work support learning models that emphasize mobility, flexibility and collaboration" (Rath, Feb. 2013). In order for teachers to use this in their day to day instruction, they should be given the opportunity to learn in the same environment during Professional Development Days. My vision for future educational technology includes the Nodes chairs from Steelcase, which would allow my students to learn in more of a CollaborationSpace no matter the technology these used. I believe this would truly prepare them to be more Career and College Ready.

Social Learning: Example of Nodes Chairs

Dynamic Media Vision:Power of Collaboration

Needs Assessment:
Survey of Needs Assessment






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Related Research:

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From: __http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/10/11/the-10-skills-employers-most-want-in-20-something-employees/#67e89a29752d__

Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance:
1. Ability to work in a team
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others



And from: __http://www.aacu.org/leap/students/employers-top-ten__

Top Ten Things Employers Look for in New College Graduates

While you may think that choosing the "right" major is key to getting a good job, your long-term professional success will depend far more on acquiring the right skills for a rapidly changing workplace.
  1. The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different from yourself
  2. An understanding of science and technology and how these subjects are used in real-world settings
  3. The ability to write and speak well
  4. The ability to think clearly about complex problems
  5. The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions
  6. An understanding of global context in which work is now done
  7. The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems
  8. The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings
  9. The ability to understand numbers and statistics
  10. A strong sense of ethics and integrity

Online Professional Development:
Monthly Tech Tips Updated Playlist for Staff




Top 5 Teacher Resources:



1. Cybraryman - Great resource for all teachers, students and parents involved in education.

2. In2tech - Website from a local technology coordinator who does a great job providing useful resources for his district

3. Cool Tools 4 Schools: A great collection of Web 2.0 tools used by teachers

4. GooRu - Great resources for teachers sharing ideas, lessons and integration

5. Curriculum Help - Common core lessons and units for teachers to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills.


Concept Mapping and Study Aides

1. Coggle - Build a clear and easy concept map online and share it out

2. instaGrok - Research any topic to create and individualize your own concept map

3. bubble.us - Create and save simple concept maps online by using keyboard short cuts to create new boxes or bubbles Great for lower level

4. Lucid Chart - Popular but more advanced concept mapping tool - Also has a built in Google Add- on to integrate into a Google Doc


Review Games:

1. Kahoot - Make a competitive review game that your students will love

2. Jeopardy Labs - Build an online Jeopardy game students will love

3 Ed Puzzle - Turn any video into an interactive review by adding questions to any video online. Great Resource for any subject

4. Quizlet - Turn vocabulary learning into a game or pre test

Image Editing:

1. FotoFlexer - Online site where you can edit photos and create special effects with those photos including popular Color Splash

2. Inkscape - Ability to Draw and Create freely online great for art projects or multi-media.

3. Gimp - Poorman's PhotoShop - doesn't have all the bells and whistles but is very similar.

4. Krita - is a free sketching and painting program

3D image Creation:

1. Sketchup - Download and create realistic 3D images

2. Blender - Multi purpose online and open source software with a lot of potential

3. Tinkercad - Easy to use model creation online to be used for design


Math Help :

1. Math Tv - One of the most helpful tools for students learning higher level math. Video instruction from different teachers.

2. Khan Academy - One of the best leaders in the educational community. Provides many helpful tools and resources to improve learning.

3. Edugain - Great Math Website for teachers to build units around their instruction

4. Math Help - Covers middle school, high school and more with their self-testing and video help on any math topic.

Language Arts Help:

1. No Red Ink : A Good assessment tool for practicing your English skills.

2. Newsela - Great for reading and practicing informational text - change Lexile for reading levels

3. TweenTribune - Similar to NEWSELA but can go down to lower level

4. Epic - Can find a library of books online or even with iPad

Science Help:

1. Sponge Lab - Build an interactive study guide for many different subjects including science

2. Watercyle - Interactive website for the Water Cycle

3. Biology in Motion - Interactive explanation of Biology

4. Science News - Science news for kids and current topics on Science

Presentation Tools:

1. Realtimeboard - Integrates with your Google Drive to create a blend between powerpoint and Prezi presentation Tool that is limitless. I love Realtimeboard.com

2. Powtoon - Interactive presentation tool that can be used to build an engaging presentation

3. Mix book - Not really for presentations but an out of the box thinker can use screen recording software to create an interactive Video

4. Voice Thread - A great communication software that allows users to upload media and comment on the media being used. Collarboration

Audio Coaching


Part 1 and Part 2 Interview with Educator of the Year Jenni Grose

2.g). Coach teachers in the effective use of technology tools and resources to assess student learning and technology literacy






Student Learning Outcomes Aligned with Common Core

2.a). Coach teachers in the effective use/integration of activities and student learning outcome aligned with Ohio (or other state if applicable) students content standards and NETS student technology standards



Differentiation and learner-centered strategies podcast

2.e). Coach teachers in the appropriate use of differentiation


2.b). Coach teachers in the effective use of research-based, learner-centered strategies addressing the diversity of all students



Google Earth / Podcast


2.c). Coach teachers in the effective use of digital tools and resources to engage students in authentic learning experiences

2.d) Coach teachers in the effective use of digital tools and resources to support and enhance students’ higher order thinking skills




Instructional Design Podcast

2.f). Coach teachers in the effective use of research-based best practices in instructional design



Assistive Technology: