Design & Technology

"Technology should be at the point of instruction and be as accessible in learning as a pencil; it shouldn't be an event. How many pencil labs do you have in your school?" - George Couros

I still have much to learn when it comes to designing instruction using technology, but I know that I have made great strides since I began teaching. On this page I will use the TPACK and SAMR technology integration model for the purpose of self assessment.

As a classroom teacher I often found myself in what the SAMR model of technology integration would consider the substitution or augmentation stages. I used websites like Desmos, Kahoot, and Quizizz to improve the functionality of my formative assessments. These tools improved student engagement while reducing cheating. My goal in my current capacity as technology integrator is to assist teachers in purposefully integrating appropriate technology into their instruction.

One major tool our campus utilizes is Canvas. Canvas is a district provided learning management system which teachers use to communicate with students and deliver instruction. This tool allows teachers to work in the Modification stage of the SAMR model by creating modules and quizzes for students to access at school or at home. Here are some examples:

The artifacts below are from my time as a classroom teacher. These projects would be classified in the Redefinition stage of the SAMR model. This algebra unit required students to learn basic coding with Hour or Code. Final products required students to use a program built by UC Davis called RoboBlockly. Students wrote code that made animated robots spell out their name! This lesson relied upon students to recall prior knowledge of linear functions in order to construct new knowledge and apply it in a meaningful way using technology. I am very proud of their work! Visit our lesson design outline here.

Final Product. "Kelly"

Final Product. "Angie"

VanSteeter Coding

Learning product during Hour of Code exploration.

Name Project

Final Product. "Teddy"

My coursework offered many excellent learning opportunities, however the most timely was without a doubt my technology integration project created for my class on applying instructional media and technology. I began this project around the same time I started my position as campus technology integrator. Not only was I exposed to many different technologies I was encouraged to experiment with them! The artifact below is a unit developed using multiple types of software. This project strengthened my opinion on the importance of thoughtful and appropriate technology integration.

Technology Integration Unit

Due to the rise of technology skills being an emphasis in most of our nation's schools it is especially important that we evaluate its usage and impact on students. The learning technology assessment plan I wrote taught me the importance of the evaluation process including identifying indicators and setting measurable goals (see an excerpt below). The development of this plan for my learning and technology class provided valuable insight about the need for follow up and transparency when considering large technology initiatives.

Discussion 6

Please visit my capstone project page to view what I consider one of the most difficult yet rewarding endeavors I've completed. I produced a new website for this project and it challenged me as a coder and as a librarian!