Philosophy Statement

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex on the March 19, 2018

Technologies in the classroom are constantly advancing. As teachers, sometimes it is hard to keep up when there is some new technology coming out what seems like every day. As a future teacher though, I want to include as much technology as I can into my classroom.

With everything changing, people start to learn differently. Some students may learn best by sitting and taking notes and listening to a lecture. Now though, most people learn better by doing things. And yes, hands-on, concrete activities may help some people learn but doing an activity on a computer or using some other types of technology gives a lot of people that same experience. An example is a game that students could play to help them learn. Students would play this game to advance their learning skills, and may even remember it better since it was a fun activity.

There are multiple advantages to using technology in your classroom. FIrst, technology could speed up time it takes to teach something. Instead of writing on a whiteboard, you could create a powerpoint or flipchart that can show your lesson. This way you can save it to your computer and have it for future use. You will not have to write all of your notes out on the board every time you go to teach the lesson. Technology also makes it easier for the previous mentioned reason. Students today are also learning technologies easier. If you incorporate technology into your lessons, your students will not only be more interested into your lessons but may have better knowledge than you do on the technologies and will be able to teach you.

There are a few disadvantages to using technology in your classroom though. Sometimes, your technology does not always work. With a lot of technologies, you need the internet to help you. It is always good to have a back up plan in this case. While working as a para, there was one day that the internet was out for the whole school. I was put into two different classroom. In one classroom, the teacher had planned to show a movie to the kids that had to do with the theme for the day. Instead, she grabbed the worksheets she had for the next day and had them do those instead. In the other class though, the teacher had no back up plan. The students were supposed to do testing on their iPads and then do a yoga video with the whole class. They were not able to do any of that, so she tried to teach on the board instead but the students were not focused at all.

Overall, I feel like if you are prepared for the worst, technology can be a great asset to any classroom. The use of technology better prepares our students for the future and makes teaching easier.



Posted in Uncategorized by Alex on the March 19, 2018

The first level of SAMR is substitution. This means doing an activity that you could do without technology. An example of how to use substitution in a high school English classroom is to have your students write an essay over a novel we just finished reading, such as The Great Gatsby. Without technology, students would hand-write the essay. With technology, they could use either Microsoft Word or Google Docs to type the paper. Those two technologies are word processors that you can type a paper on instead of handwriting it.

The next level of SAMR is Augmentation. In this level, there is a slight improvement to enhance your technology. An example that works well with high school English is when typing a paper on a word processor such as Google Docs or Microsoft word, students use the built in tools such as spell check or the thesaurus. These features enhance their papers and improve their work. It is easier to use these tools than for a student to pick up an actual thesaurus as they may miss some spelling or grammar mistakes or it saves time compared to picking up a thesaurus and searching through it.

Next is Modification. This level lets students do common tasks that are enhanced even more through the use of technology, and giving a different type of assignment. An example is after writing an essay, the students have to practice their public speaking skills by reading their essay out loud to their class. During their presentation to their class, they will be recorded on camera. Afterwards, they can watch their presentation and see what they need to work on for their public speaking skills.

Last is Redefinition. In this level, students do something that they could not without technology. For an English class, you could have students research a topic, and then have them present about it through a documentary. You could have students team up and create the video and edit it, which they would not be able to do without a camera and computer.


Lesson Plan

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex on the March 18, 2018

This lesson plan deals with teaching and practicing grammar use in a high school English classroom. These activities and this lesson are meant to expand a students grammar skills as well as review grammar right before an essay or test. This current lesson has no technologies

Technologies I came up with:

  1. Student Response System- Using a set of student response system software, I would have a grammar questions that the students would have to answer up on the board. I would use a variety of questions similar to those in the lesson plan. The students would then use have to answer the questions using the student response system. This is a great way for me as a teacher to do a review activity that is fun and interactive. The students will also be able to test their skills of grammar knowledge that we learned during our flipchart review activity. This is effective for learning as students are more likely to be excited for this activity than they would of just raising their hands and answering the questions.
  2. Survey Monkey- As a way to test where my students are at on their understanding of grammar, I would use a Survey Monkey as a way to see where they are at. I would include a spot for their names so I could keep track and make sure the students who do not understand common grammar usage get any extra help I could provide them. Since this is a way to review grammar usage that they should already know, this would be an easy way to check them without having to have an actual test over it. This is also a good way to save time as it can grade their answers for you and gives you a chance to make sure you’re not focusing on it too much if your students do not need to review grammar.
  3. Kahoot- For a fun activity to review, I would have my students play a Kahoot game. Questions would be similar to what we go over on the flipchart. Using iPads, computers, or their cell phones if possible, students will answer the questions over grammar. As an extra incentive, I would probably offer extra credit for the students who get the highest places on the Kahoot. This is a great way to have students review something that they probably already know. If I decided to have a test over the grammar lessons, then it would be a great way to review before the test. The extra credit I offered could go to that test as well.



Posted in Uncategorized by Alex on the March 13, 2018

For my Webquest, I made one where high school students will research topics from the 1940’s before reading the novel Death of a Salesman to help give them more insight to the time period of the novel. In the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, this project would be in the Create level. After researching multiple different topics from the 1920’s, students pick 5 topics and must create a 10-page magazine to show what they learned. Students also hit upon a the Understanding, Applying, and Analyzing levels as they must answer questions as they do their research. Some of the questions just test to see if they actually read while others ask for their opinions or ask them to analyze why they think something happened without having the full story behind it. Overall, I think a Webquest is a great way for students to research a topic. It lets them work independently, but also guides them to make sure they are not going to unreliable websites or (hopefully) not messing around instead of working. Obviously you will still have to monitor students as they work because not every student will stay on task. I hope to be able to use Webquests in my future classroom.

weebly webquest

Interactive Whiteboard

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex on the March 13, 2018

In my future classroom, I would use interactive whiteboards for a lot of different uses. I would use them first as a way to present information to my class. Instead of boring Powerpoints, I would make my lessons interactive where I had to either uncover information or have the students participate with me while I presented the information. One way that I am most excited to use interactive whiteboards in my classroom is for review games. I had many different English teachers do different games with us as a way to review for a big test. Something I noticed that was common on the Classflow website was Jeopardy games. In school, that was my favorite way to review for a test as you had to compete by answering questions to see who knew the material the best. Normally, the team who had the most points at the end would win a piece of candy or something special, like extra credit on the test. I also see these as a great way to incorporate technology into my classroom. I could have my students (if possible) create their own flip charts or presentations to give to the class after researching a topic or doing a group project where they have to present their information.