Professional Learning Plan

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    Ann Arbor Apple Technology Integration Series

    Status: In Progress Goal: Continue taking part in the Ann Arbor Apple Technology Integration Series to learn about new ways to incorporate technology in the classroom.
  • Students will Create Digital Stories

    Students will Create Digital Stories
    Students' Digital Stories Status: Successful. All students created Digital Stories using VoiceThread. Goal: Students will create a digital story using a personal narrative that they have authored. Students will create illustrations using KidPix (which they have been learning how to use in Media Center) and a digital story program.
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    Continue to learn about new technologies via Pinterest and Blogger

    I use Pinterest to keep track of some of my favorite ideas and websites regarding technology and other subject areas. The "feed" on my homepage is continually updated with links people I follow (other educators) find interesting. I have found this to be a great way to gather new ideas.
    On blogger, I "subscribe" to my favorite blogs and am updated via an RSS feed on the new posts. Again, a great way to gather ideas.
  • Create a new Classroom Website

    Create a new Classroom Website
    This goal came out of necessity. My classroom website for the past two years was made using iWeb, however, this software will no longer be supported. We have to use either Google Sites or GVC Sitemaker.
    I created a Google Site. I spent a lot of time personalizing templates, creating graphics, & relearning HTML. I update this on a weekly basis with newsletters, student work, photos, etc.
  • Complete Donor's Choose Project for an Interactive WhiteBoard

    Complete Donor's Choose Project for an Interactive WhiteBoard
    [Donor's Choose Project](www.donorschoose.org/project/making-learning-come-alive-with-an-inter/772657)
    Status: NOT Funded
    Purpose: get funds for an interactive whiteboard to enhance student learning and engagement. Not enough funds were generated by the deadline. To raise funds, I had enlisted the help of parents and tried to get local businesses to donate as well. However, it was not sucessful. Support that was needed: parent/community
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    Utilize an LMS System

    Status: In Progress
    This goal was set up in my original PLP. I worked towards it with my Wicked Problem Project by setting up my class, testing out the different accounts, and creating a more in-depth timeline for implementation. I'm planning on having students begin using it immediately. It will be used to communicate with parents and allow students to collaborate.
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    Use Twiddla in the classroom

    Goal: Utilize Twiddla in conjunction with an iPad and projector to act as an interactive whiteboard. The iPad can be passed around the class for students to interact with the whiteboard. Students may also use it for collaborative work.
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    Have students participate in WebQuests, additional StAIRS, blogs, and creating digital stories

    Goal: The purpose of this is to build students 21st-century skills. Most teachers in my building do not have the students utilizing technology outside of word processing, and possibly, Keynote presentations. Therefore, I want my students to start to see technology as a tool for collaboration and problem solving.
  • Students set up Edmodo Accounts

    Students set up Edmodo Accounts
    Goal: I will bring the laptop cart to my classroom and introduce Edmodo to students. They will have the opportunity to set up their accounts and make their first post.
  • Writing Attitude Pre-Survey

    Writing Attitude Pre-Survey
    Goal: Use a paper and pancil survey to gather data about students start of the year perceptions on writing in order to compare it after students use Edmodo for writing to determine its effectiveness in increasing student motivation.
  • Parent Survey about Technology Available at Home

    Parent Survey about Technology Available at Home
    Goal: At curriculum night, I will give parents a survey about what technology students have access to at home. I will use the results of this survey to determine whether to have students engage in activities via Edmodo as homework.
  • Complete my Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum with a concentration in Educational Technology

    Complete my Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum with a concentration in Educational Technology
    Status: In Progress
    For the Fall 2012 semester, I have one class to complete- TE870. The purpose of my concentration is to continue learning about ways technology can be used in the classroom, new technologies available, as well as how to integrate it within the curriculum.
  • Have class participate in Two-Way Interactive Connections in Education (TWICE) program for Where in Michigan?

    Have class participate in Two-Way Interactive Connections in Education (TWICE) program for Where in Michigan?
    Program Website
    Goal: The purpose of this program is to connect students across Michigan via videoconferencing who are learning about Michigan geography. According to the website, “Prior to the video conference each classroom will create a presentation with clues about their city or town. The other classrooms, using maps, the Internet, textbooks, and other resources, will try to discover the location." Will need PTO funding
  • End of the Year Surveys of Edmodo

    End of the Year Surveys of Edmodo
    Goal: I will give students an ease of use survey as well as readministering the writing attitudes survey to help determine whether Edmodo was an effective tool to use. I will also give parents a survey regarding their use of Edmodo and whether they found it to be beneficial.