Professional Knowledge and Skills
design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-rich learning
within a supportive community of practice
EDET 709- Application of Learning Principles, Spring 2018 with Dr.
Learning Principles course provided me with new insights on how to
instruction for a variety of learning outcomes. Three Learning theories
discussed in detail: Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Constructionism. Dr.
taught the course under the Constructionist model. Students constructed
for themselves using Project-Based Learning in collaborative teams.
partner and I were tasked with creating a collaborative wiki that
our understanding of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Ultimately, I was
able to relay my discovery of PBL to my colleagues in a district-wide
professional development day.
If you read my About
Me page, you'll remember that I took a long break between college and
raise my children, become a foster and adoptive parent. Entering the
for so long a time after my earning my degree was a huge readjustment.
becoming a teacher, it took me years to stop feeling like a novice. As
more teaching experience, I developed more confidence in the choices I
manage my class. I was also proud of the efficiency of the tools I used
classroom to facilitate instruction.
In my second year of teaching, I
volunteered to co-lead a Tech Fest session on Content Curation with my
specialist friend. Two years after that, I led my own session on using
Microsoft One Note to organize, present, share resources with students
colleagues. Another two years later, I presented sessions for teachers
to use Schoology, the district's Learning Management System. I had
teaching about tools that I discovered and was adept as using; However,
not yet have much background in pedagogical strategies and
design. Since EDET 709 provided me with a deeper understanding of the
types of learning outcomes and different methods of teaching, I knew it
time for me to present my pedagogical findings to my colleagues.
Every fall, my
school district hosts a back-to-school professional development
train teachers in new insights and strategies. I volunteered to present
Project-Based learning at the Empowering Educators conference. It was a
delightful experience. I was able to pull together a multimedia
explain this dynamic teaching method. I incorporated artifacts that I
during this course to help present Learning Theory to my audience.
Based on the
feedback at the end of the presentation, I was thrilled to hear them
back to me what they understood PBL to mean.
I chose the presentation as an
artifact because it meant so much to me to be seen as an equal, or
a teacher leader, among such an amazing group of educators. The
Technology Masters program focuses not just on technology; As part of
School of Education, it provides valuable insights in learning,
instruction design. This program filled in some of the gaps I feel that
I had in
my educational background.