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                                     21 Things Portfolio Work Sheet
 For the following seven elements of the 21things, please use this document to complete the activities and include a screen shot of
   each. Please note your reflections should be a minimum of 150-300 words. At the end of this document will be your capstone
 reflection related to all seven, which should be a minimum of 2-5 pages. Submit this segment of your portfolio as per the deadline
          given by your Agency Coordinator. Include additional pages where appropriate to attach additional information.
                         Make sure to include your name, district and time logged at the top of each element.

Participant Name:  Judy Hornberger                    District:        Fitzgerald                                 ____
Thing Name: Productivity Tools  Thing Number: ___15___          Time Logged: 2.2 hrs

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:




Reflections:

        One of the best reasons to use PDF files it that they are compatible across operating system platforms. From
Windows, Mac, Linux, to even modern mobile phones and PDA’s: PDF files can be opened on basically any system. You
don’t have to worry about your co-workers, students, family, or whomever you’re sharing your work with, not being able
to open your files. Often students come to me with files saved on a flash drive that were created on a different version of
MS Word. They are upset when they can’t printout the work that is due next hour.

       Software like Acrobat Reader to open PDF Files can be downloaded for free, and is already installed on most
computers. Often it will be installed in combinations with other software you bought on CD-Rom.

         I would like to teach my students how to convert documents to PDF file. It will be good to have a PDF file as
another option for submitting assignments. Since my students are using Google Doc. mostly the problem of compatibility
is not as frequent. The ZamZar file converter is another online option for creating multiple file formats. It is easy to use
and is a free program. You can find ZamZar at http://www.zamzar.com

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2. Using Media-Convert upload a word processor document and list at least five available output formats.

         Insert a Screen Shot below:




    Reflections:

         Zamzar is a wonderfully useful site! Zamzar is a free online file converter. It is amazing what you can convert for
free online. Upon visiting their site, they make it pretty easy to follow the 4 step process for converting your files. And if
you find yourself frequently converting files or need more space and manageability, they also offer a premium service as
well. Zamzar lets you convert audio, image, document, video, and ebook files from one format to another format.

        You may want to show a YouTube video in class but want it downloaded instead of having to log on and play it
online. Zamzar has a conversion of that also. Once downloaded you can either open the video file on its own, or you can
embed your video in your PowerPoint presentation. Downloading videos is the way to go if you are concerned about not
having a working internet connection in your classroom or are concerned about the video disappearing one day..

         My students will like learning about the file conversion to mp3 format for their I-Pods. You can also convert
video files to play on the I-Pod also.




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3. Create and share a Google Calendar for your classroom. Reflect on how this could improve communication with
students, colleagues, or parents.



         Insert a Screen Shot below:




Reflections:

         Parents appreciate seeing school/class calendars. It is a way to provide feedback to the teacher, and educational
links to use with their children at home. Using a Google calendar promotes a strong home/school connection that allows
parents, who can not always be at school, know what is going on in the lives of their student. Students benefit from have
the ability to check on events and when assignments are due. Students may become more responsible if they are expected
to keep up with classroom and/or their own personal calendars.

`       You can set up separate calendars for each of your classes and share each one with a designated group of students,
parents or the entire community. You can use Google Calendar to share information about class topics and descriptions
for each session; assignment deadlines; test and quiz dates; and field trips and other activities. You can also use calendars
to organize your schedules with other teachers and administrators. And administrators can use calendars to keep students
and families updated about holidays, parent-teacher conference dates and other school-wide events. I would like to have
my own students set up a calendar like an agenda for assignments.


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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Thing Name:      Professional Learning Networks        Thing Number: ___16___Time Logged:          2.5 hrs.


Complete the following activities for Professional Learning Networks portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 16:



1. Go to LearnPort and register for a free account. Check out the courses and other resources available to you.
Capture a screen shot and create a reflection for your portfolio.

         Insert a Screen Shot:




         Reflections:

        Michigan LearnPort provides online learning solutions for educators: Access high-quality online courses and
resources, meet professional development requirements, earn SB-CEUs and more. (Teachers can use the searchable
catalog to find course work and stay currents as well as use the earned credits to renew their teaching certificate.

        Collaboration spaces, called Community Rooms, enable participation, discussions and sharing of best practices.
Tutorials for these activities are available in the My Account area of Michigan LearnPort. A resources area is available
where you will find links to lesson plans. More than 800 video and audio resources describe or demonstrate strategies and
other K-12 related topics.

        Users of Michigan LearnPort have access in the Resources area to the education search engine, netTrekker. You
can easily find new online resources, use the read-aloud feature and save your searches to refer to again. Everything users
find in netTrekker is safe, arranged by reading level and aligned to state standards. (http://www.learnport.org/)




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2. Sign up for a social networking site, such as Twitter or Facebook. Describe the purpose and pros/cons of using
these sites inside and outside the classroom.

         Insert a Screen Shot:




Reflections:

        Facebook can be used as a tool to post topics or assignments. Students can comment and interact with each other
regarding the topic. Using this forum for communication between the teacher and students creates an online opportunity
for knowledge and can be done in and out of the classroom. The teacher can set up the page so that comments can just be
seen by the teacher or by other students. Obtaining parent permission should be required to use Facebook in the
classroom... Students who don’t have permission to have a Facebook account are able to monitor the class Facebook page
without posting comments on the topics.

        Twitter is basically text messaging limited to 140 characters, and it can be sent as broadcast messaging and Instant
Messaging to one person or a whole group. Tweeting can be limited to friends or as a subscription. Its benefit in the
classroom, if allowed, is its potential to motivate students to share ideas and to even improve their note-taking abilities.
Obtaining parent permission should be required to use Twitter in the classroom.

        The use of Facebook and Twitter in the classroom is dependent on student access from home or school. Many
school districts have access to these web sites blocked.



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         NET Standard: 2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance,
to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

2a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

2b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

2c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

2d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems



3. Research and join the MACULspace.

         Insert a Screen Shot:




         Reflections:

        MACUL or The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning helps educators share their knowledge of
technology in education. It is a membership professional organization and has a membership fee. MACUL Space is free
to educators and is a ning based site. MACUL Space is a place for MACUL members to stay connected, learn from one
another, and gain first hand experience with classroom technology. MACUL Space is a free site. You can read or reply to
a Blog post or join a forum discussion, view videos, tutorials, and photos. There is also a chat feature to connect with
other users.

        MACUL Space is a Ning platform which has the ability to "share" almost every comment, video, photo, and
discussion with other people. If you find a forum discussion that you think might benefit another teacher, just click on the
"share" link at the bottom of any discussion and you can send an e-mail with a direct link to the item to MACUL Space
e-mail addresses.

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4. Research at least one professional organization in technology and media. In your portfolio, describe the
purpose, cost and benefit of membership within the organization. Explain the unique skills and abilities you
could contribute to the organization.

         Insert a Screen Shot:




         Reflections:

        When you join ISTE you connect to a community of educators and education leaders engaged in improving
teaching and learning by encouraging the effective use of technology in K-12 classrooms. As a member you can connect
with other members while furthering your professional development. Your ISTE membership connects you to thousands
of educational resources.

        Since I am the only Technology Teacher in my building I think I would benefit from others through an ISTE
membership. I also believe my contributions would also be of value to other members. Since I work with the NETS
standards, in my every day lesson plans, I can offer others ideas for lessons and activities that are grounded in the
Technology standards. There is a wealth of sharing though the ISTE membership community. The blog page has so
many interesting posts and a RSS Twitter feed. Links to these other ISTE Communities are also found on the site; ISTE
Community Ning, ISTE Conference Ning, Second Life, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wiki Spaces, and Twitter.



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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   Thing Name:          Research & Reference Tools                    Thing Number: ___17__ Time Logged:           3.5 hrs.

Complete the following activities for Research & Reference Tools portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 17:

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:




         Reflections:

                   SIRS Discover Deluxe is recommended for K-9th grade students. It has full text, a children's database of
         articles, books, video, and audio on all topics. The format is appropriate to children and includes reading levels, ,
         over 3,000 maps, teacher's help pages, and more. You must be a Michigan residents or Michigan library card
         holder for access. It is a MEL database.

                 SIR Renaissance is recommended for High school, College and University age students. It has full text
         and provides information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music,
         performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts. Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,200
         domestic and international publications. Many articles are accompanied by full-color images, including art
         reproductions, photographs, & illustrations. Again, you must be a Michigan residents or Michigan library card
         holder for access. It is a MEL database.

                 For my students I would recommend the SIRS Discover Deluxe database. It is easy to use and had a
         reading level that is appropriate for their age. I would use the SIR Renaissance for my own searches. Both of
         these databases are credible resources.



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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:




         Reflections:

                  Educator’s Reference Complete is an extensive database covers levels of education from preschool to
         college. It includes educational specialty, such as bilingual studies, health, technology and testing. Also included
         are resources on issues related to administration, funding and policy in education. It provides instant access to
         more than 1,100 periodicals that cover a wide range of subjects as well as 200 reports and contains full-text for
         many journals cited in ERIC.

                 Most educators could use this database as their only source for education related reference materials. The
         Educator’s Reference Complete is a very complete database as its title suggests! This database provides
         educators with a wealth of resource information. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from
         school or home. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only. It is a MEL database.

                 While I was looking at databases for my 21 Things assignments I notice that many are a part of the MEL
         system. We are very fortunate to have these resources available to Michigan educators.




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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:




          Reflections:

          Snyder, M.G. (2004). Cyber-Ethics: Pirates in the Classroom. eLlibrary elementary

        I found a great lesson on cyber ethics that would work well in my classroom. It is important to cite sources when
writing an academic paper, informative article, or even a journal reflecting on the ideas of others. Citations make up a
bibliography which is usually required at the end of an essay, book, journal, or resource in order to both provide further
resources and to give credit to informing ideas. The bibliography will appear at the end of your paper. A bibliography
shows respect other people's intellectual properties.

        I chose the APA format for my citation since it is what we use in the middle school. When my students do their
Power Point presentation they are require to put in a citation slide. We have not used an online citation maker but I will
be adding it as a mini lesson.

                  Using other FREE Citation Makers

4. Work Cited - 2: Select one of the FREE citation makers (Ex: BibMe, LandMark Citation Machine, etc.) and create
a citation for a book or journal/magazine article. Capture a screen shot of the citation tool you selected, and
copy/paste the citation into the reflection of your Portfolio.

          Insert a Screen Shot below:




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          Meyer, Stephenie. Eclipse . Special ed. London: Atom, 2008. Print

          Reflections:

          Meyer, Stephenie. Eclipse . Special ed. London: Atom, 2008. Print

         You can use interactive tools such as: BibMe, LandMark, Citation Machine, and many others that are designed to
assist students when it comes to creating citations. For most of the tools, you simply fill out a form to provide the
necessary information and select your preferred style. They are an easy way to build a bibliography for researching a
topic and writing a paper. Many students can write a citation for a book or magazine without the assistance of a citation
maker but with the advent of the Internet site as research tools, the citation maker it is a great help.

         A lesson in plagiarism would be a good mini lesson to go along with the introduction to the citation applications.
I think back to my own college days and how great it would have been to have these applications…..or a computer. I
wonder how soon we will see students writing a citation for the citation maker!




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


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




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Thing Name:       Staying Informed                    Thing Number: ___18___ Time Logged:        2 hrs.


Complete the following activities for Staying Informed portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 18:

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

          Insert a Screen Shot below:




          Reflections:

         iGoogle allows you to assemble, all on one page, rss feeds, various gadgets, and tabs to organize a virtually
unlimited amount of information. The first step in having your own iGoogle home page is to get a free gmail account.
Once you have created your new g-mail account, this is the same login and password you will use to sign in to your
iGoogle home page. The iGoogle home page is easy to set up. You will notice the Google search box at the top. Below
that, you will see a tab called Home. This is the home tab, and is already set up with a few gadgets. On the opposite side
of the home page you will see the words Select theme. Clicking on Select theme will allow you to change the look of your
iGoogle home page. Next to that there is a the link called Add stuff opens up a page where you can find thousands of new
gadgets to add to your home page. Just a reminder, if you log in to your iGoogle home page in a public place, like on a
library computer, always remember to log out when you're done, as your g-mail account can be accessed from the iGoogle
page.




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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.

          Insert a Screen Shot below:




          Reflections:

         iGoogle is a great place to keep updated by subscribing to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds so you can be
notified directly within your homepage. Your favorite sites will be update, sometimes multiple times a day. The most
difficult part of adding RSS feeds is choosing which one to add. There are thousands of feeds and gadgets to choose from.
News, games, groups, Daily Literary Quote, Countdowns, Weather, and Animations are just a few of the gadgets
available.

          The benefit of having and iGoogle page is that all of your RSS feeds can be accessed at the same time and you
can access them from any computer with an Internet connection. If you like to travel, as I do, you can keep up with your
feed on the road and stay connected to everything that is important to you. If you really can’t leave home with out the
Internet you can have your RSS feeds sent to your I-Phone!

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:




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          Reflections:

        For my iGoogle page I selected RSS feeds that I would be looking at online everyday. It is convenient to have
them all in one location. Some of the feeds or gadgets I choose are Weather, my Google Calendar, a Countdown to the
Twilight Breaking Dawn Movie, CNN Student News, CNN News, Twitter, Facebook, G-mail, Google Maps, TwiFans
ning group, and Fitzgerald Public School News. iGoogle lets you choose a page theme and truly make it your own.

         I would have a second page for sharing with students. You do need to be careful what you put on your page that
will be seen by students or parents. Having my students create there own page at school would be a great lesson and
would help them quickly find all the information they regularly use on the Internet




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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Thing Name:              Virtual Classroom             Thing Number: ___19___ Time Logged:         2.7 hrs.


Complete the following activities for the Virtual Classroom portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 19:


1. Create a plan on how you can extend your classroom. Explain how this would improve teaching and learning, how
you can help meet the NETS-S for your students.

          Reflections: Blackboard

         Blackboard is a Web based course delivery system designed to allow students and teachers to participate in
classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to support face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables
instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, an academic resource
center, and more. For example, instructors may supplement classroom instruction by putting their syllabus and handouts
on their course sites. In contrast, other courses may be conducted entirely through Blackboard, without any in class
sessions. Students can also submit assignments and receive grades though Blackboard.

         I have had experience with Blackboard as part of my Master’s degree course work. My project was to design a
virtual classroom to assist a homebound student with their daily class work. Blackboard worked for this assignment. I
have also used Blackboard as a connection between parents and the classroom. When I taught 3rd grade I used it to post
math homework worksheets. Parents could download the worksheets for their student to complete then “turn them in”
online. I also scheduled some homework help through the virtual chat.

          NETS-Communication and Collaboration

         Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance,
to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

2. Choose the student role in Navigating the Land of Online Learning. After looking at the student
requirements, summarize what is necessary to be successful as an online student.



          Insert a Screen Shot below:




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          Reflections:

        The Land of Online Learning interaction game is a great way to introduce students to the world of online learning.
The game lets you explore from the student, tech coordinator, mentor, parent, counselor and administrator point of view.
Before a student takes and online class all the parties involved need to be aware of the requirements as well of the positive
and negative point of online learning.

Online courses provide students both increased access to course options and the ability to:

         Expand student use of technology tools for learning
         Increase skills that are essential for workplace productivity
         Collaborate within a different type of learning community
         Engage in new communication methods
         Make independent learner decisions
         Take responsibility for student learning needs

Online learning is a course offered over the Internet that allows students:

         Scheduling options
         A variety of course options
         Learning style options
         To meet the Michigan Online requirement

The Land of Online Learning is a collaborative effort between Ingham ISD (www.inghamisd.org) and Michigan
Virtual School (www.mivhs.org).




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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Thing Name:      Visual Learning        Thing Number: ___20___ Time Logged:       3.2 hrs.

Complete the following activities for the Visual Learning portion of the hands-on activity for Thing 20:

    1. Create your own Bubbl.us or Gliffy diagram. For a Gliffy diagram, you might consider including your creative
       commons copyright symbol. Take a screen shot and place it in your portfolio.



          Insert a Screen Shot below:




               My Classroom




    2. Create a word cloud using World or Tagxedo by pasting in the text from your reflection. Copy it and include it
       in the portfolio.


          Insert a Screen Shot below:




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

        I enjoyed making a word cloud with Tagxedo! I will have students use the application to create covers for
projects and as part of the activity I would like to have tee shirts printed with their word cloud on them. It would also be a
great tool to use in yearbook creation. Sometimes students just need something fun to do. Tagxedo would not only
connect to their learning it would be fun!


    Reflections:

    Not only are Bubbl.us and Gliffy great visual learning tools but my students are enthusiastic about using them. You
can use Bubbl.us for planning projects for all subject areas. It can be use it to brainstorm and map-out your thoughts for
any classroom or staff activity. Share it with your students or other teachers, print for your records, or use it to make a
project road-map that you can post on your blog or website.

         I will use Bubble.us as one of the culminating activities with my students. I would like them to build a road map
of the content they covered in my class. It will be interesting for me to see what they feel is important to include.

        Gliffy is another online application that provides the tools necessary to create various types of diagrams, share and
collaborate with others, and publish the finished product quickly and easily. Since I had previously used Gliffy for
creating Reading Road Map, Venn Diagrams, and Flow Charts, I thought I would try out creating a floor plan of my
classroom. I found it somewhat difficult to maneuver the objects in the room but was able to successfully create my
classroom diagram. Bubble. us is easier to use but Gliffy give a more polished result




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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Thing Name:               Screencasting         Thing Number: ___21___ Time Logged:          3 hrs.


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

1. Decide on a quick lesson (remember 5 minute limit) which you will record from your computer screen. This might
be something in your content area which they have trouble remembering how to do, steps in a math problem, how to
do something with an application such as Word, how to use the web to create citations. Use something you found on
Thinkfinity, or in Interactive sites. You want to create something that will be a useful tutorial for your classroom or
setting. Record it in either Jing or Screencast-o-matic.



          Insert a Screen Shot:




2. Send the link, or show your screencast to a peer or student to get some feedback.

          Reflections:

        I made my screencast for my 6th grade Keyboarding class. It is a lesson that I begin with to prepare them for
using Microsoft Word. I decided to share it with my 8th grade students since they have had these instructions in the past.
After viewing the screencast they had me add a couple thing that were instructions that had to be repeated often.

         Screencast-o-Matic is easy to use with strait forward instructions. I would like to create other tutorial to assist my
special education students or other diverse learners. The tutorials would be a great visual aid. You can record full HD
quality screen casts videos in your browser without even creating an account. You can then save the recorded movie to
your desktop in Quicktime (MP4) format or directly upload the screencast to your YouTube account. Screen-o-Matic
uses a Java applet to do the screen capture and playback so it should support all major platforms and browsers.


3. Put the URL in the portfolio and write a reflection about the process, the feedback you received, and other tutorials
you might be thinking of creating now that you have done one.



          Web site: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c6ljcZXIU
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4. Optional: Post to your Face of the Classroom site.



          Web site: http://mrshornbergersweebly.weebly.com/index.html

                Click HERE to get a preview of your first Keyboarding lesson!




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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   For things 15-21, please type in your reflection. Please note the minimum requirement is 2-5 pages. Submit this portion of the
                                              portfolio to your instructor by the deadline.


Things 15-21 – Capstone Reflection

   A.      How will you use these technology applications to improve learning experiences for your students and/or
          improve your own practice?

          Where do I begin? The 21 Things for the 21st Century Educator course has totally changed my thoughts

   on what I want to teach my students in their Technology classes. As a middle school educator I have pretty

   much presented the same lessons for the last six years. I will be discussing change in our Technology

   curriculum with the district administrators as soon as possible! This course has given me a wealth of

   knowledge about technology applications I had never had experience with.


    The other middle school Technology teacher I use to teach with is no longer with us. She set up a lot of the

   lessons and her focus was from a business stand point. I want the curriculum to be based more in

   Technology applications. It will be a curriculum based on the NETS standards offering a rich variety of

   experiences for my students!




   B. What effective teaching and learning strategy(ies), based on the work by Marzano
      (http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/ ) will these technology applications address, to make a difference in the
      learning experience for your students?

          Many of the new applications we have covered in Things 15-21 have a strong foundation in Marzano’s
          strategies.

Identifying Similarities and Differences


          Having my students convert file formats in Zamzar is a good exercise in using Marzano’s strategies. I

can have my students compare and explore which is the best format for the application they want to use.

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Summarizing and Note-Taking


          Creating and using a Google calendar is a good practice of note taking. Students have to use summary

and note taking skills to enter events into their calendar.


Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition


          Doing screencasting with my students will be a good way to have them recognize for there efforts. I

would like to have them each make their own screencast and present them to the rest of the class.


Increasing Value in Homework and Practice


          I don’t assign homework outside my computer lab because I know some of my students don’t have

computer equipment or internet connections at home. Having my students use the MEL reference library at

home or at school is one way for them to practice research skills.


Using Non-Linguistic Representations


          Using Bubbl.us , Gliffy, and Tagxedo are good examples of Marzano’s Non-Linguistic Representation.

New knowledge is usually presented in a linguistic form. When students are also able to use graphic organizers,

the effect is a much more involved student. Nonlinguistic representations can include graphic representations,

mental pictures, physical models, drawings, and hands on activities.



Incorporating Cooperative Learning Effectively


          When students use Facebook or Twitter, as a classroom communication application, they are

incorporating cooperative learning. A project that connects student in distance learning would be an effective

use of Facebook or Twitter.

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Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback


           Specific and regular feedback to students enhances their learning. Setting up activities with rubric for

grading will help students succeed in Technology class assignments.




Generating and Testing Hypothesis


          Inquiry methods such as searching a database for information help students gain a better understanding

of fundamental concepts. Students have an idea in mind and use the information the find to test out their ideas.

The MEL database system is a great database resource for students.


Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers


   iGoogle and Netvibes are advanced organizers. Using these applications to organize RSS feeds is a great

way to teach students the benefits of having RSS feed on one page. The process of setting up the page also

encourages them to explore, question and cue in on areas of the Internet to which they have never traveled.




   C. Choose one of the seven things and describe an activity or lesson you could use in your classroom. Include in the
      description how the lesson meets either a Michigan curriculum standard or another Educational Technology
      standard.

          An activity I would like to do with my 8th Grade Computer Class is a Reference Challenge. After

exploring the MEL reference library I would challenge my students to a competition. I would have each group

of students choose a MEL reference site and give them a specific topic to research. A rubric would give them


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the criteria for grading. After the students collect the information from their site I would have them use

bubbl.us to create a graphic organizer of their facts to present to the class.


          I would encourage the class to communicate their research efforts in class as well as outside the class

though a Facebook page and also on a forum style page on my class Weebly.


          As an additional activity I would like my students to compare their reference site with other in the class

and as a whole group we will create a comparison chart to analyze each site. I would introduce them to Gliffy

as a tool to create a graphic organizer for the comparison chart.




This activity would meet several NETS standards as well as Marzano’s strategies.

          NETS:

             Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and
              processes using technology. 1.a, 1.b, 1.c

             Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at
              a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 2.d

             Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. 3.a, 3.d

             Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems,
              and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. 4.b

             Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and
              ethical behavior. 5.a, 5.c

             Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. 6.a,
              6.b, 6.c, 6.d


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          Marzano’s Strategies:

             Using Non-Linguistic Representations

             Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers

             Generating and Testing Hypothesis

             Identifying Similarities and Differences

             Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
             Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition




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