Media Creation

The original media content I created is called R1: Bonus Diamante Poem Instructions. It’s for my 7th-grade language arts class. We are starting a poetry unit last week. Therefore, I decided to revamp the beginning of a unit I have taught five times since I started teaching 7th grade in the Anchorage School District. Now

Emerging Tools

How can web 2.0 tools, specifically those new to the market fit into K-12/post-secondary education? Are they beneficial? What are the potential downfalls? What are the pros and cons of implementing the tool or tool genre that you selected? Are there promising practices or exemplary programs that provide examples? The amount of emerging technology tools

Article Review 5

A big decision takes place Thursday, October 18, in the Anchorage School District when a new English Language Arts 6-8 curriculum will be selected by a committee of ELA teachers. I am on this committee. Two of the three top choices are SpringBoard, a pre-Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum designed by CollegeBoard, and My Perspectives, which

Web Presence

When I read the article 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years, I think about all the revisions I’ve made to my own resume and all the versions I have stored on my computer. Just last year I updated it and thought to myself, ‘Why do I have to

Article Review 4

Middle school teachers in the Anchorage School District are adjusting to big changes this school year after its team planning time was taken away. The team planning time, also known as team time, is an extra planning time for core teachers to collaborate by discussing items such as curriculum, student concerns, field trips, fund raisers,

Article Review 3

Please put your phone away. Stop playing that video game. Focus on your work. Why are you choosing to play a game instead of doing your classwork? These are all statements I have said at one point in my teaching career. But what if I’ve had it all wrong? What if my students are playing

Article 2 Review

The article “Comparing Online and Blended learner’s self-regulated learning strategies and academic performance” by Jaclyn Broadbent that appeared in the January 2017 edition of The Internet and Higher Education drew my attention immediately with the first line in the introduction: “The transition from primary and secondary to tertiary education is typically characterized by a reduction in structured

Professional Learning Environment

My professional learning environment consists of four categories: collect, reflect, connect and share. I made this PLE visual with Microsoft PowerPoint and an app on my iPad Pro called Explain Everything. If you are an educator with access to an Apple TV in your classroom, I suggest getting an iPad Pro and download two apps:

Article Review 1

The article “Designing Online Instruction for Success: Future Oriented Motivation and Self-Regulation” that appeared in the Electronic Journal of e-Learning draws attention to the high rate of student drop-out and withdrawal from courses and programs. In particular, the authors refer to the question of whether perceptions of student motivation, self-regulation and future time perspective can article reflection

The article Why “A Domain of One’s Own’ Matters (For the Future of Knowledge) summarizes what Web 2.0 is all about: “A system that was – ideally at least – openly available and accessible to everyone, designed for the purpose of sharing information and collaborating on knowledge-building endeavors.” Web 2.0 is the what the internet