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Thing Name:      Productivity Tools     Thing Number: ___15A___          Time Logged:    1 hr

Participant Name:        AnnMarie Willette               District:       Saugatuck Public School


Complete the following activities for the productivity portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 15:

    1. Take a Word document and convert to .pdf format or select another file format and
       convert. Capture a screen shot and record your reflections about how this will influence
       your classroom instruction.

         Insert a Screen Shot below:




Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         I created .pdf of a word document that I hand out in my Forensic Science class for Constitution
         Day. Legally we have to highlight something about the Constitution each year on a certain day
         and every year I end up scrambling around to find something to do for the day. This fall I was
         personally involved with a court case of a very good friend who was unaware of his Fifth
         Amendment rights or how to invoke them. Unfortunately he did not ask for a lawyer and was
         found guilty of something he is completely innocent of; however, he said a few things that the
         prosecuting attorney used against him during that first interview where he did not have a lawyer
         with him. I posted the .pdf on my website so I won’t forget about the activity in future years. I
         plan on having the students read or download the .pdf as a homework assignment and have
         scenarios to discuss in class on Constitution Day. I want ensure that my students are literate
         about the Fifth Amendment more so than my friend was so at least something positive will
         come out of his tragedy.

Reflection Part 2:

    A.    How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         Posting .pdfs on my website instead of word documents are a better idea so students can not
         change assignment information and claim it was what they downloaded from my website. This
         learning experience improved my own practice by reminding me about the importance of
         posting only .pdfs on my website to keep what I post accurate as possible. I did not have to
         access any of the online applications to convert the word document since our Word Application
         can save in various format options.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       The effective teaching and learning activity that this technology application addresses in which
       .pfds are available to my students addresses is #4, Homework and practice.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       The learning activity in which I posted a .pdf on my website about the Fifth Amendment of the
       Constitution is aligned to the following NET-T: 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.c, 3.d, and 4.b. The
       students will access the document online and download it They will use the document in class
       the following day to assess different scenarios where the Fifth Amendment comes into question.
Thing Name:     Productivity Tools     Thing Number: ___15B___          Time Logged:      1 hr

Participant Name         AnnMarie Willette           District: Saugatuck Public Schools


Complete the following activities for the productivity portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 15:


2. Download and use ZoomIt; capture a screen shot and reflect on how you can use in the
classroom.


We use Mac’s in our district so I checked into using the Control key and using two fingers to
scroll in and out of what is on the screen. I have used other keys to zoom in and out. I think it
is Command and + and Command and – to zoom in and out. I like just holding down the Control
key and using two fingers better instead of the Control +or -keys, because I always have to play
around with the keys before I figure out how to zoom in and out.

        Insert a Screen Shot below:
Reflection Part 1:

    A. Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
    I use an interactive whiteboard for notes quite a lot in chemistry and earth science. Most of the
    notes are typed out and are hard to see from the back of the room. The use of the zoom key
    (control and scroll two fingers) will be helpful when using this type of notes and the whiteboard.
    Additionally, figures and diagrams will be much easier to discuss if all students can see them clearly
    by zooming in on them.

Reflection Part 2:

    A. How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
       and/or improve your own practice?
       The use of the zoom feature will improve the learning experiences of my students by enabling
       all students to clearly see all parts of notes and diagrams. Many students do not like to ask
       questions when they can’t see clearly or are confused as to what I wrote in notes. The zoom
       feature will make all my notes and diagrams/figures easy to see no matter where the student is
       sitting.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Using the zoom feature on the computer will help with summarizing and note‐taking skills of my
       students, these are effective teaching and learning activities based on Marzano’s work.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       Using the zoom feature for notes/diagrams/figures when I am presenting on the interactive
       whiteboard in my classroom aligns to the following NET-Ts: 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.c, 3.d,
       and 4.b. Making sure all students can see all the notes clearly is important for enhancing the
       learning experiences in my classroom.
Thing Name:     Productivity Tools     Thing Number: ___15C___          Time Logged:    1 hr

Participant Name:       AnnMarie Willette               District:       Saugatuck Public Schools
        ____




Complete the following activities for the productivity portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 15:


3. Using Screencast-o-matic or another screen recording tool, demonstrate your proficiency in
one of the 21 things. Share the file digitally.

         Insert a Screen Shot below:

http://sites.google.com/a/saugatuckps.com/willette/teacher-s-page/creating-a-podcast-using-
garageband




Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         I created a screen cast using Screencast-o-matic for my colleagues who do not know how to
         use GarageBand to make a screen cast. It is a basic screen cast that will hopefully get
         my fellow-teachers started with podcasting. I posted on my website where I have posted
         other items for my colleagues to use to help integrate more technology into their
         classrooms.

Reflection Part 2:
    A.    How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         The use of this technology application will improve the learning experiences for my colleagues
         because they can access the information at their own leisure and practice creating a podcast. I
         can also see that creating screen casts will help with my student’s learning when I create screen
         casts of notes/diagrams/activities that I use in my classroom. I could create a screen cast that a
         substitute could show in my stead instead of leaving book-work or a reading assignment for
         students to do then I wouldn’t have to miss a day of instruction. Additionally, students that are
         absent can access my screen casts to catch-up with work or for review.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       The use of screen casts in my teaching is an effective teaching strategy because it uses
       cooperative learning to help improve the learning experiences of my students.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       The use of screen casts to explain how to create a podcast using GarageBand is aligned to the
       following NET-Ts: 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.c, 3.d, and 4.b. I created the screen cast for my
       teaching colleagues to access on my website as a way to integrate more technology into their
       classroom.




Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:                Score         Score           Score              Score              Score
Lickert Scale                                   1             2               3                  4                   5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency                ------      Beginning       Developing         Proficient       Transformative
Thing Name:            Professional Development                      Thing Number: ___16A___Time
Logged:        1 hr

Participant Name:      AnnMarie Willette                        District: Saugatuck Public School




Complete the following activities for professional development portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 16:

   1. Depending on the ISD you belong to create an account on their registration system.
      Check out the PD and make note of PD in your portfolio that you may pursue in the next
      year.


       Insert a Screen Shot below:




   I would be interested to take the Brain Gym/Bal-A-Vis X Training. We had a short introduction to it a
   few years ago and I know the elementary school is very involved in the use of Bal-A-Vis X and have
   had great success with its implementation. I would like to see the 4 – 8th grade science teachers sign
   up for the K-7 Assessment Project since we need to align our curriculum because of the new
   benchmarks for K-7.
Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         By taking the Brain Gym training I could incorporate the activities that are presented to help
         reduce test anxiety many of my students face. I have had a little training in Brain Gym and
         would like to learn more in order to help my students improve their test-taking skills and
         improve their overall ability to cope with difficult situations such as presentations and job
         interviews.


Reflection Part 2:

    B.    How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         Taking a course that is of interest to me for my professional development will enhance my own
         practice since I could incorporate the new ideas into my teaching easily. Knowing some easy,
         low coast, and local sources of quality professional development will be helpful to continually
         up-date my skills.

    C. What effective teaching and learning strategy (ies) based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Using cooperative learning and providing objectives and feedback are the effective teaching and
       learning strategies that “thing 16” incorporates into my lesson plans.

    D. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       This ‘thing’ is aligned to the following NETS-T: 1.d, 3.b, 3.c, 5.a, 5.c, and 5.d. An activity that I
       could upload onto my website for teachers that uses “thing 16” would be for me to include
       hyperlinks to the OAISD website and how to access the Professional Development that is
       offered.
Thing Name:            Professional Development                        Thing Number: ___16B___Time
Logged:        1 hr

Participant Name:               AnnMarie Willette        District:        Saugatuck Public Schools
        ____




Complete the following activities for professional development portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 16:


       2. Go to LearnPort and register for a free account. Check out the courses available to you
       as well as the community rooms in the collaboration center. Either create your own room
       or sign up for one that interests you. Post a question and/or answer a question in one of
       the "rooms". Capture a screen shot and create a reflection for your portfolio.



       Insert a Screen Shot below:




   I was surprised to see a community room for Forensic Science. I added a post to the community
   forum as well as attached a copy of my syllabus since someone asked for one back in August in one
   of the first posts. There was also a really cool website for virtual autopsies that will work well in my
   class next trimester. I teach Forensic Science from a physical science perspective, so it is nice to add
   other science disciplines into the course.
    I was equally impressed with the list of classes that are available to LearnPort members. I will look
    into taking some online ones in the future such as the following;




Reflection Part 1:

    A.   Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         Through LearnPort I came across the online learning activity that involves virtual autopsies. In
         my forensic class I have students do an in-depth research presentation that involves different
         disciplines involved in Forensic Science. One topic that students choose from involves
         autopsies. I will be giving the student that chooses this topic the link to the virtual autopsy
         activity to go through and find one or two cases out of the 18 available that would work for their
         peers and would teach them some anatomy and physiology along with forensic work.

Reflection Part 2:

   A.     How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         The classes and community rooms that I can access through LearnPort will be helpful in
         improving my own practice as a classroom teacher. The Forensic Science Community room will
         be helpful in that I will be able to chat with other teachers in the discipline and get questions
         answered and activities to use in my classroom.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Using cooperative learning and providing objectives and feedback are the effective teaching and
       learning strategies that “thing 16” incorporates into my lesson plans.

   C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
      Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
      The virtual autopsy online activity that I found through the LearnPort site aligns to the following
         NETS-T: 1.d, 3.b, 3.c, 5.a, 5.c, and 5.d. The activity involves students access the site and
         choosing a case number. I teach Forensic science and although the cases deal with
diseases that end people’s lives they do involve the work that pathologist complete to
determine the causes of death. This activity would be helpful for students to learn more
about pathology. I will be sharing this site with the anatomy/physiology teacher at my
school.
 Thing Name:            Professional Development                       Thing Number: ___16C___Time
                                      Logged:          1 hr
Participant Name:      AnnMarie Willette               District:        Saugatuck Public Schools
        ____




Complete the following activities for professional development portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 16:

   3. During this course you have participated in a number of virtual classroom webinars with
   your instructor(s). Write a paragraph on how the use of online professional development is
   changing education in the 21st century.

       Insert a Screen Shot below:




   The use of webinars is only going to increase for professional development opportunities by school
   districts in the future. Hopefully, with the use of webinars teachers will be able to tailor their
   professional development activities to better server their needs as a classroom teacher than most
   districts have done in the past. By implementing online Professional development opportunities,
   the 21st century will be full of more meaningful learning for teachers and less wasted funds on
   useless live lectures. Being able to differentiate the topics for professional development will be a
   long-awaited shift that most teachers will welcome.
Reflection Part 1:

    A. Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
    I could use a webinar as a way of interactive with students throughout the summer that are
    interested or need extra practice with science topics. My principal has asked for ideas that we could
    use to reach students that are behind in their learning compared to those of their peers. The use of
    webinars could work well for those students to access when they are not loaded down with a full-
    course load of work. The webinars could also be used for students that want a more in-depth
    learning experience that a regular school year allows.

Reflection Part 2:

    A.   How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         The application of this technology application will improve my own practice since I can access
         many on-line activities and courses that are taught entirely on-line through webinars to increase
         my understanding of various aspects of my teaching field.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Using cooperative learning and providing objectives and feedback are the effective teaching and
       learning strategies that “thing 16” incorporates into my lesson plans.


    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       This “thing” addresses the following NETS-T: 1.d, 3.b, 3.c, 5.a, 5.c, and 5.d. An activity that
         I could use in my classroom would involve having students access a webinar that is
         related to the current event in science. Each student would need to find their own
         webinar with a topic that interests them then report to the rest of the class about what
         they learned.

Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:                Score        Score          Score              Score               Score
Lickert Scale                                   1            2              3                  4                    5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency                ------     Beginning      Developing         Proficient        Transformative
         Thing Name:    Professional Organizations and Networking         Thing Number: ___17A__
                                    Time Logged: 1 hr
         Participant Name:      AnnMarie Willette

         District:       Saugatuck Public Schools                  ____



Complete the following activity for the professional organizations portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 17:

1. Research at least 1 professional organization in technology and media.




         Insert a Screen Shot below:




Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         My students for this thing will be my teaching colleagues. I will be posting several of the
         technology memberships that are available on my website on the teacher pages. The MACUL
         site will get special mention, since it is a Michigan based group and it specially populated with
         educators from the state. I will encourage teaches to check out the MACUL site and find
         resources within the site that they can use in their classrooms.

Reflection Part 2:

    A.   How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
    This technology application will improve my own practice since there are so many resources on
    this site that I can garner to use in my classroom. I am looking forward to spending some time
    getting to know the MACUL group. I have wanted to join in the past and am surprised that
    GVSU didn’t suggest that we join this group when I was getting my Masters in Educational
    Technology there two summers ago.

B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
   (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
   difference in the learning experience for your students?
   Staying connected to professional organizations related to what we do in the classroom is an
   important task in teacher’s lives. It is easy to forget that there is help available and ways to
   increase your knowledge base easily on the web. This technology application utilizes
   cooperative learning and providing feedback and objectives, which are effective teaching and
   learning strategies based on Marzano’s work.

C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
   Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
   The learning activity that I will be using for my colleagues where they will look at the MACUL site
   and explore the many offerings that are there aligns to the following NETS-T: 3.1, 3.b, 3.c, 5.1,
   5.g, 5.c, and 5.d. By having the teachers improve their own technology skills by access the
   MACUL site that in turn will hopefully encourage them to use more technology in their
   classroom.
Thing Name:     Professional Organizations and Networking     Thing Number: ___17B___

Time Logged:    1 hr

Participant Name: AnnMarie Willette             District:       Saugatuck Public Schools




Complete the following activity for the professional organizations portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 17:



   2. In your portfolio describe the purpose, cost, and benefits of membership within the
      organization.
      $40 per year plus $5 for every Special Interest Group that you want to join.




Benefits: Job Postings, grant opportunity from MACUL ($1500) and other resources for grants
are available, two conferences a year to update skills and knowledge of technology uses in the
classroom, and links to other teachers’ websites to find even more information. There is the
MACUL Space that is a blog for MACUL members to stay connected.
Reflection Part 1:

    A.   Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.




         A hands-on activity that I plan to use with my students is to have them submit an article to
         MACUL based on one of the topics that is listed in the Topic Ideas insert above. The students
         would have to research a way to use technology to learn more about a science subject.

Reflection Part 2:

    B.    How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         This technology application will improve my own practice since I have already learned about
         some amazing teacher websites from learning more about MACUL for completing this
         assignment. Additionally, since I am a member now, I want to attend the next conference in the
         spring which I have heard is always a thrill to see so many cool things going on in the classrooms
         around the state.

    C. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Staying connected to professional organizations related to what we do in the classroom is an
       important task in teacher’s lives. It is easy to forget that there is help available and ways to
       increase your knowledge base easily on the web. This technology application utilizes
       cooperative learning and providing feedback and objectives, which are effective teaching and
       learning strategies based on Marzano’s work.
D. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
   Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
   The activity that I am planning on using in my classroom that relates to staying informed aligns
   to the following NETS-T: 3.1, 3.b, 3.c, 5.1, 5.g, 5.c, and 5.d. This activity involves my
    students submitting an article to MACUL about the technology needed to learn more
    about science in the classroom, or outside of the classroom. There is screenshot above
    in Part 1 reflection of the specifics about the articles.
Thing Name:      Professional Organizations and Networking     Thing Number: ___17C_

Time Logged:     1 hr

Participant Name: AnnMarie Willette District: Saugatuck Public Schools                            ____




Complete the following activity for the professional organizations portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 17:



    3. In your portfolio explain the unique skills and abilities you could contribute to the
    organization.
    The skills that I will be able to contribute to the organization involve all the work that I have
    done with the eBeam interactive whiteboard system in my classroom and with my
    colleagues. Many schools are looking to update their classrooms with interactive whiteboards
    in the near future and the eBeam is a cost-effective alternative to the standalone boards that
    are on the market.

Reflection Part 1



   A. Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
      A hands-on activity that I plan to use with my students is to have them submit an article to
      MACUL based on one of the topics that is listed in the Topic Ideas in the insert that is above in
      the 17B Reflection Part 1. The students would have to research a way to use technology to
      learn more about a science subject and submit their article electronically to MACUL.

Reflection Part 2:

    A.   How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         Accessing all that MACUL has to offer teachers, on its website, through conferences, blogs, and
         newsletters I will be able to continually improve my own practice.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Staying connected to professional organizations related to what we do in the classroom is an
       important task in teacher’s lives. It is easy to forget that there is help available and ways to
       increase your knowledge base easily on the web. This technology application utilizes
       cooperative learning and providing feedback and objectives, which are effective teaching and
   learning strategies based on Marzano’s work.


C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
   Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".

   The activity that I am planning on using in my classroom that relates to staying informed aligns
   to the following NETS-T: 3.1, 3.b, 3.c, 5.1, 5.g, 5.c, and 5.d. This activity involves my
   students submitting an article to MACUL about the technology needed to learn more about
   science in or outside of the classroom. Through this activity the students will need to make sure
   they follow directions according to MACUL’s rules for entering the contest, and write so a judge
   can read it. This will give them real-world experience at writing important technical papers.
Thing Name:     Professional Organizations and Networking     Thing Number: ___17D___           Time
Logged:         1 hr

Participant Name:       AnnMarie Willette               District:       Saugatuck Public Schools
        ____




Complete the following activity for the professional organizations portion of the hands-on activity for
Thing 17:


    4. Sign up for a social networking site, such as Twitter, Plurk or Facebook account. Describe
    the purpose and the benefits of using this service. Capture a screen shot and prepare a
    personal reflection for your portfolio.

        Insert a Screen Shot below:
Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         I made the Plurk titled Saugatuck Science. It is my hope that I could use this Plurk to keep
         students and parents updated on what assignments are due and when. We use Powerschool to
         inform parents of their students’ grades, however, Powerchool does not do a good job of
         alerting parents when tests or large project are due, like our previous grade reporting system
         did.

Reflection Part 2:

    B.    How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         This technology application will improve the learning experiences for my students by keeping
         them updated on when assignments are due in class. Its purpose will be to give students and
         parents another avenue to stay informed and involved in their student’s academic life.

    C. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       This technology application utilizes cooperative learning and providing feedback and objectives,
       which are effective teaching and learning strategies based on Marzano’s work that make a
       difference in the learning experiences for my students.


    D. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       An activity I plan to have my students complete is to update the Plurk as to when they will be
       presenting a science project. This will give them the opportunity to decide and state it publically
       that they are responsible for information their peers about their topic. This activity is aligned to
       the NETS-T: 3.1, 3.b, 3.c, 5.1, 5.g, 5.c, and 5.d




Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:               Score         Score           Score             Score             Score
Lickert Scale                                  1             2               3                 4                  5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency               ------      Beginning       Developing        Proficient      Transformative
Thing Name:                  Research & Reference Tools             Thing Number: ___18A__ Time
Logged:            2 hours

Participant Name:            AnnMarie Willette

District:          Saugatuck Public Schools               ____


Complete the following activities for Research & Reference portion of the hands-on activity for Thing
18:

       Using the http://www.mel.org site, complete the following activities to evaluate
educational databases.

1. Student Research: Select one of the pairs of databases below to compare/contrast
the appropriateness, usability, content, and credibility for use within the classroom.
Capture a screen shot of one of the databases, and include your compare/contrast analysis
in the reflection for your portfolio.

   e-Library Elementary and Kids InfoBits
   InfoTrac Junior Edition and InfoTrac Student Edition
   SIRS Discoverer Deluxe and SIRS Renaissance


            Insert a Screen Shot below:
I think the SIRS Discoverer would be more appropriate for my students compared to the SIRS
Renaissance database. I found the Discoverer database to be very easy use and had many interesting
topics my students could access for more information. I love that I can find an article and have it
emailed to my email for later reference or for attaching to an assignment.

At first I thought the SIRS Discoverer database looked too juvenile for my students to take seriously. The
SIRS Renaissance database is quite a stark contrast to Discoverer database. I found a few articles within
minutes on the SIRS Discoverer database that I could use in my classes, whereas, I searched for a while
on the SIRS Renaissance database and could not find anything worth my time to read, print, and share
within my curriculum.




Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         There is a section on the SIRS Discoverer Database that is for searching for Science related
         careers. At the end of the next trimester, I plan to have my 8th grade Earth Science students
         work on a project related to researching a career in science. We don’t have much time to add
         special interest projects to our curriculum, so am planning to combine a career exploration
         project with an Earth Science review session for their final exam. I will have the students access
         the SIRS Discoverer Database to access safe, credible science career information.

Reflection Part 2:

    A. How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students a
        nd/or improve your own practice?
        This technology application will improve the learning experience for my students in that they
        will have access to quality articles when they are researching topics in science and in other
        disciplines as well. I will direct my students to the SIRS Discoverer database when I assigned
        research assignments or when I have students access the internet to find current event articles
        for a science assignment.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       The use of databases is an effective teaching strategy because students are accessing
       information to generate and test hypothesis also looking at similarities and differences in the
       quality of articles that are available through the SIRS database compared to what is available
       from other online news sources that are not as reliable or accurate.
C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
   Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
   The activity that I described above where I will have my 8th grade science students combine a
   career exploration project with an Earth Science review session for their final exam. I will have
   the students access the SIRS Discoverer Database to access safe, credible science career
   information. This activity is aligned to the NETS-T: 1.a, 1.b, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a., 3.d, and 4.b.
Thing Name:            Research & Reference Tools           Thing Number: ___18B__

Time Logged:   1 hr

Participant Name:      AnnMarie Willette                       District: Saugatuck Public Schools
               ____


Complete the following activities for Research & Reference portion of the hands-on activity for Thing
18:

       Using the http://www.mel.org site, complete the following activities to evaluate
educational databases.

2. Advanced Research: Select one of the databases below and explore the
appropriateness, usability, content, and credibility for use within the classroom. Capture a
screen shot of one of the databases, and include your analysis in the reflection for your
portfolio.

   Academic One File, General One File, Educators Reference Complete



       Insert a Screen Shot below:
The educator’s Reference Complete is too complicated for the majority of my students to navigate
around with out a lot of help. However, I was able to find several articles that I could use to help
enhance my classroom activities. There is an option to only access peer reviewed articles to increase
the credibility of the articles. The articles can be emailed to me also, which is very helpful if I am not
near a printer at the time when I access an article.



Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         Through this database I was able to find an article that involves how to get better results during
         exam review sessions. This is always a source of frustration for me at the end of every
         trimester. Most students just don’t get that they need to review if they are going to get a decent
         grade on an exam. The article suggests using a series of short quizzes in which clickers are used
         for immediate assessment of the student’s understanding of a topic. I could use this as
         reference if I apply for a grant for a classroom of clickers in the future.

Reflection Part 2:

    A.   How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
         and/or improve your own practice?
         The use of Educator’s Reference Complete database will be useful in improving my own practice
         by having an easy source of credible articles related to education.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       The use of databases is an effective teaching strategy because my students or I am accessing
       information to generate and test hypothesis and looking at similarities and differences in the
       quality of articles that are available through the different databases.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       Accessing databases to use for a research project or assignment is an important skill for students
       to learn in order to be successful in their academic career. I plan to have students access a
       database on mel.org to use for a presentation on current events in science. Most students this
       earth science is a boring topic and that nothing new is ever learned in this field. Through the
       use of databases that contain reliable and current information will shed some light on the
       working of scientist in the earth science field. This activity is aligned to the NETS-T: 1.a, 1.b, 2.a,
       2.b, 2.c, 3.a., 3.d, and 4.b.
Thing Name:            Research & Reference Tools                   Thing Number: ___18C__

Time Logged:   1 hr

Participant Name:      AnnMarie Willette               District:       Saugatuck Public Schools
        ____


Complete the following activities for Research & Reference portion of the hands-on activity for Thing
18:

       Using the http://www.mel.org site, complete the following activities to evaluate
educational databases.

3. Work Cited - 1: Using the MEL databases, complete a search for an educational topic.
Create a citation for the web address using the citation tools within MEL, in either MLA or
APA format. Copy and paste a screen shot and the citation into the reflection of your
Portfolio.

       Insert a Screen Shot below:

   APA format :
Reflection Part 1:

    A.

     Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
    Showing students how to cite information accurately that they accessed from the Internet is an
    activity that I plan to incorporate into any project or assignment that I assign in the future. In the
    past, as long as they cite the website information, I have allowed that as a complete reference.
    Since seeing how using the citation tools in MEL is so easy, I am going to make it mandatory for
    students to accurately cite all electronic sources from now on in my classes.

    Reflection Part 2:

    A. How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
       and/or improve your own practice?
       Learning the existence and using the citation sources within mel.org will improve the learning
       experience for my students in that they will become more aware of the importance of not
       plagiarizing any part someone else’s work. It will also make it easier for the students when they
       take upper level English classes where they are expected to write a full-length research paper
       where they have to cite everything in APA format.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       The effective learning strategy that citing sources that my student’s use in their work deals with
       improving their summarizing and note-taking skills.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       Making sure that students cite any internet source accurately in projects or papers that they
       turn in to me aligns to the following NETS-T: 1.a, 1.b, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a., 3.d, and 4.b. Citing
       sources correctly is an important skill for my student to learn early-on in their education. They
       will use this skill in upper level English classes in high school and in post secondary situations.
Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:              Score         Score          Score             Score            Score
Lickert Scale                                 1             2              3                 4                 5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency              ------      Beginning      Developing        Proficient     Transformative
Thing Name:             Staying Informed      Thing Number: ___19___Time Logged:        2 hr

Participant Name:       AnnMarie Willette

District: Saugatuck Public Schools                      ____




Complete the following activities for staying informed portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 19:

1. Select one of the RSS aggregators above and create an account.

2. Navigate to three of your favorite sites which could include: blogs, news sites, and/or
podcasts. Select those that you want to subscribe to and add them to your RSS aggregator.

3. Capture screen shots of your RSS aggregator page, showing some of the feeds you subscribed
to, and write a reflection for your portfolio about how this can be a useful resource for teaching
and learning.

        Insert a Screen Shot below:




The use of Bloglines to keep my blogs organized and in one place will be helpful in keeping organized
and accessing them easier when I want to use them for my classroom. This resource will be a useful tool
in my science classroom when I want to incorporate up-to-date news and information for my
curriculum. Additionally, on Friday’s in class I have a brief discussion of new and upcoming science
related website, videos or other interesting information.
Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         Bloglines will be used to add up-to-date information to my science curriculum during various
         activities. This will help students see first hand that science in not static and new information is
         constantly being learned to add to our existing knowledge. In class discussions will be aided by
         the sources of information that I have on my Blogline account.

Reflection Part 2:

     A. How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your students
        and/or improve your own practice?
        This technology application will be used to improve both my students’ and my own practice. I
        will use Bloglines to keep updated on new and immerging science related information.

     B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
        (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
        difference in the learning experience for your students?
        The teaching strategy that this technology application addresses is using cues, questioning and
        advanced organizers.

     C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
         Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
         Using Bloglines in my classroom as a source of discussion starters and bell-ringer questions are
         a way to meet the following NETS-T: 1.a, 1.b, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 4.b, 4.d, 5.a,
         5.c, and 5.d. I can dispel urban myths or misunderstandings by accessing up-to-date
         information on topics that are represented on the RSS feeds that I follow and store on
         Bloglines.

Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:                 Score         Score           Score              Score               Score
Lickert Scale                                    1             2               3                  4                    5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency                 ------      Beginning       Developing         Proficient        Transformative
Thing Name:             Staying Organized        Thing Number: ___20A___        Time Logged:      1 hr

Participant Name:               AnnMarie Willette       District:       Saugatuck Public School




Complete the following activities for the staying organized portion of the hands-on activity for Thing
20:

1. Create your own Delicious page, add as many bookmarks as you can with at least three tags
per bookmark. Copy and paste the URL to your delicious page in the portfolio. Take a screen
shot of your page and reflect on how Delicious will help you be more productive.

http://www.delicious.com/Awillette

         Insert a Screen Shot below:




Reflection Part 1:

    A.

     Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
    I could use Delicious to give students websites that I have previewed for appropriateness to the
    topic I am having them research in any of the disciplines I teach. The use of Delicious for student
    research activities would help streamline students’ time in the computer lab and have them access
    other sites beside Wikipedia or by just accessing Google for information and diagrams related to
    their topic.

Reflection Part 2:

    A.    How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your
         students and/or improve your own practice?
         Using Delicious will help improve my own practice since I will be able to keep websites
         organized that I want to share with students. Additionally, being able to access Delicious
         from any computer is really helpful since I use a Mac for schoolwork, but a PC for my non-
         work related activities.

   B.    What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
         (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
         difference in the learning experience for your students?
         Using advanced organizers is the effective teaching and learning strategies based on
         the work by Marzano that using a site such as Delicious to save and organize websites
         involves.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       An activity that I will use in my classroom involves having students access my Delicious site
       and work from websites that I have gathered together that provide quality information on a
       topic that I am having my students’ research. This activity is aligned to the following NETS-
       T:1.b, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 4.b, 4.d, 5.a, and 5.c.
Thing Name:             Staying Organized            Thing Number: ___20B___Time Logged: 1hr
Participant Name:       AnnMarie Willette                     District: Saugatuck Public School



Complete the following activities for the staying organized portion of the hands-on activity for Thing
20:



2. Create a Doodle for a meeting or survey question, send it to at least 3 other people, and
capture a screen shot of the results page.

        Insert a Screen Shot below:
Reflection Part 1:

    A. Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
    I will use Doodles to help organize what activities I will have my students do for various learning
    benchmarks. It will be nice to find out which way the students prefer to learn a topic. For example,
    would the majority of my students prefer to read a section on their own or with the entire class?
    Another question I want to ask my students is why they did not complete a certain homework
    assignment. Was the assignment too long, did they not know the material well enough, or because
    of other reasons. Knowing this information can help make decision on how to proceed in my lesson
    planning much easier.

Reflection Part 2:

   A. How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your
      students and/or improve your own practice?
      The use of Doodles will help improve the learning experiences for my students by making it
      easier and more organized when deciding on activities to do in my classes. Sometimes I have
      various activities that fulfill the same learning objectives. I can make Doodles so the students
      get more say in their learning then in the past in my classes.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       Using advanced organizers is an effective teaching and learning strategy based on
       the work by Marzano that using a site such as Doodle to make online questionnaires for my
       students to access and share their opinions involves.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       An activity where I have students access a Doodle to tell me what lab work they prefer to do
       would align to the following NETS-T:1.b, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 4.b, 4.d, 5.a, and 5.c.
       For a fun activity each year before Winter break I have the students make fudge, peanut
       brittle, suckers or candy canes. Instead of deciding on my own what to have the students
       make, I will make a Doodle and the most chosen activity will be the one that the class will
       do. Additionally, the students need to purchase flavoring and using a Doodle could help to
       organize what types of flavoring we would have available so we could avoid buying flavors
       students would not care for and organizing which flavorings groups would use before the
       actual lab day.
Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:              Score         Score          Score             Score            Score
Lickert Scale                                 1             2              3                 4                 5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency              ------      Beginning      Developing        Proficient     Transformative
Thing Name:             Visual Learning       Thing Number: ___21___ Time Logged:        3 hours

Participant Name: AnnMarie Willette District:Saugatuck Public Schools                              ____




Complete the following activities for the visual learning portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 21:

1. Create your own Bubbl.us or Gliffy diagram.

2. Take a screen shot and place it in your portfolio.

3. Write a paragraph on how this tool can be helpful in your setting and different ways you might
use it with students and/or peers.

        Insert a Screen Shot below:




        The Bubbl.us site will be very useful in my setting as a Middle/High School teacher. We have
Kidspiration and Inspiration on the school computers but letting students know about free sites such
as Bubbl.us will allow students to create graphic organizers at home. I plan to incorporate this site
into the choices that I give to my students for vocabulary assignments, reading assignments and for
review assignments. Students have to use their creativity in order to complete an activity such as
using Bubbl.us and not just copy from the book or from their neighbor.
Reflection Part 1:

    A.    Hands On Activity/Activities – Describe lesson/s you will use with your students.
         We start a new trimester after Thanksgiving break at the High School. It is a chance for the
         students to start fresh in many classes. I have created a lesson using Bubbl.us that will
         hopefully inspire students to work harder in my chemistry class than they did during the first
         trimester. The bubbles around the main bubble are aggregates of suggestions that students
         gave me when I asked students what they would want other students to know before taking my
         chemistry class. I plan to show the students how to use Bubbl.us and show them my first
         attempt at it. I will offer Bubbl.us as another alternative for the students to use when they have
         vocabulary assignment to do in class.

Reflection Part 2:

    A. How will you use this technology application to improve learning experiences for your
       students and/or improve your own practice?
       I will use this technology application to improve the learning experiences for my student in that I
       will offer this site as another way that they could study and write out important vocabulary for
       each unit.

    B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
       (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will this technology application address, to make a
       difference in the learning experience for your students?
       This technology application adds to my classroom offerings through the use of advanced
       organization and using nonlinguistic representations.

    C. Describe an activity or lesson in your classroom, and the Michigan curriculum standard or
       Educational Technology standard you will be meeting, which uses this "thing".
       I plan to offer Bubbl.us for students to use when they are given choices as to how to complete
       assignments. This is another avenue to use that is similar to Inspiration, which we have on our
       school computers, but is available on the Internet for free. This activity is aligned to the
       following NETS-T: 1.b, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 4.b, 4.d, 5.a, and 5.c. Instead of writing
       out vocabulary words and their definitions directly from the book, the students will need to
       summarize or write the definitions in their own words. The bubbles in bubbl.us are not big
       enough for many of the long definitions, which students love to just copy and teaches them
       nothing in the way of what the vocabulary word actually means. The students will have to think
       about the definition before they type it into bubbl.us.
Self – Evaluation of your NETS-T Proficiency on this Thing (Please tell us where you think you are at
upon completion).



            Proficiency Score:              Score         Score          Score             Score            Score
Lickert Scale                                 1             2              3                 4                 5
NETS-T Performance Proficiency              ------      Beginning      Developing        Proficient     Transformative

				
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