During my time completing MSU’s Masters of Arts in Educational Technology I completed a lot of great work. Here is some of what I consider my best work. If you are interested in more about this program visit my Annotated Transcript.
To better organize this showcase I thought about the most important theme’s throughout my work, and this is how I organized this work below.
Learning – One of the key purposes of education is to assist student’s learning, and since it is this important as educators we must pay particular attention to it. This includes issues ranging from the theory of learning, how to enhance learning, and different types of learning.
Assessment – Assessment is one aspect of education that is highly contentious and debated amongst educators, students, parents, and anyone involved in education. I explore the value of assessment, how to improve assessment, design a checklist for assessments, and evaluate some digital assessment tools (Khan Academy).
Pedagogy – What principles of teaching improves teaching? Every teacher is different, every teacher has different strengths and weaknesses. This theme explore a variety of aspects of pedagogy including maker pedagogy and the practice of questioning.
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In this post I explore what exactly is learning? What has research shown us about learning, and how can this apply to education? This work shows a brief overview of my theoretical understanding of learning in various aspects.
This is a concrete lesson plan that employs the theories of digital learning and how this applies to education. This artifact shows how to implement video lectures into lesson planning, gives samples of good lesson planning formats and techniques, and discusses theory of implementing technologies into the classroom.
How does collaboration impact learning? What does truly is collaboration? I explore these thoughts in this article based on constructivism learning theories. This discusses how collaborative learning influences learning, exploring the theoretical foundation, and links to a sample lesson I created that encourages student collaboration through learning.
Are end of unit exams effective? Are they useful at all? I explore some thoughts on the effectiveness of the well known and used “End of Unit Exam”. In this piece I use some evaluation questions to explore how effective “end of unit” exams are in theory and practice.
I created a checklist to guide the creation of formative assessments, to ensure that educators can create effective formative assessments. This artifact shows my ability to create questions to evaluate assessment methods, and creates a tool that can guide assessment design, in theory and in practical application.
I created a formative assessment design that is completely different than the normal method of assessment. This is a revolutionary idea, and a path you see some educators moving in the digital world we live in. This artifact shows
Khan Academy is a site that has created great content, and adaptive technology. I review this content, assessing it’s barriers and affordances. This shows how to critically assess content in it’s ability to support learning and education, as well as to evaluate the different ways teachers may view it.
Creativity is an important attribute that all teachers find essential. While we value creativity in the world we rarely practice assessing or teaching it in educational settings. In this artifact I explore how you can actually assess creativity in an education setting.
We should never stop questioning as educators. Always improving, questioning and improving. In this artifact I explore how I improved the way I use questioning in my own practice to actually improve my teaching.
I explore in an infograph the difference between traditional education models and the maker education model. This infograph explores the theory of learning in different pedagogues as well as some of the key characteristics of these two types of pedagogy.