Amanda Moody's Teaching Portfolio
This web page is a self assessment of what I have learned over the course of the time in media and technology.  The portfolio reflects both the ISTE standards and many elements of the technology standard of the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers.  Listed below are six proficiencies and my reflection of how I met each proficiency.

I.  Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
--Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
--Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
--Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
--Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.

Reflection: 

My understanding of this proficiency is to promote students learning by modeling and to be creative and explore different options for students to use digital tools and resources to solve problems.  Students need to know the different resources of technology to help them better understand a certain content area.  Creating the concept map on Inspirtation has touched creativity on this standard.  To create the concept map, you have to click on the different shapes to get a bubble of your map then add the text in the shape or bubble.  To get different images to represent a bubble, just simply click on an image and it will pop up.  To help students better understand a content area we can break it down into a concept map.  My concept map helps students understand more about The American Revolution, it helps further the social studies knowledge.  The ideas and facts can be broken down into different colors, shapes and designs for students to better understand the content area.  Some students like to learn visually and having a concept map with colors and shapes dividing the facts would be very helpful for students.

For students to learn online, they need to know who their teacher and classmates are.  A good way to introduce each other online is to send a picture of yourself.  On the picture you can draw a hat, your pets, etc.  Having students upload and draw a picture on paint helps them explore different digital tools.  By sending the picture, the students are engaging collaboratively with other students in a virtual environment.  Having students draw on paint, it can help them in future powerpoints or presentations.  I had used Paint to draw a hat on a picture scanned on my computer.  I had to practice drawing on the computer with the lines and adding different colors. 

II.  Design and Develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments.
--Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity;
--Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress;
--Customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources;
--Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.

Reflection:
My understanding of this proficiency is that as a teacher we need to design instructional and appropriate materials to help children learn.  I created a moodle talking about the water cycle.  It would help students better understand how the water cycle works and what processes are involved in the water cycle.  I customized and personalized learning activities with different working strategies and different tools and resources provided.  To provide different resources, you are able to edit your moodle.  You can add a link or image by clicking edit in the moodle box and adding whatever wanted in the section.  Providing different websites and videos for students to use to learn is very vital.  Having students being active while learning is very important.  There are many activities you can give students to do, even if the activities are only posted online.  As a teacher, you also need to make sure you assess your students work.  For my online moodle, I used a quiz and a survey to evaluate the students learning.  I used the quiz to evaluate students learning about the water cycle video and I used the survey to see how students felt about the course topic and if they were critically thinking throughout.

I also enabled students learning and progress by creating a webpage.  To get images and links to work on the webpage, I have to be sure that the files are from the correct folder.  I have to make sure that the name of the file I have as the link or image matches the name that it is saved as in my desktop folder. The webpage I did was about The Battle of Yorktown.  Students were given a worksheet online and different questions that needed to be filled out after reading a book that was provided.  Online there was a schedule provided for parents to assess their children as well as the students assessing themselves.  I had to design a learning experience using the KompoZer tool to promote student learning and creativity.  I feel that webpages and moodles are very effective for student learning.

III. Model digital-age work and learning.
--Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations;
--Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation;
--Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats;
--Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

Reflection:
My understanding of this proficiency is that as a teacher we need to work collaboratively with our students, parents and peers using digital tools to support student success.  Using a podcast in a classroom would help students listen to the lecture you would give to accompany the teacher presentation or an activity the students might develop as part of their critical thinking/ problem solving activity.  Using a podcast as an audio recorder can help students listen and learn the criteria at their own pace and time.  To use a podcast, you have to record yourself first then save the file.  After saving the file, you  have to make sure it is exported as an MP3, so all computers can read the file.  Also, using powerpoints can be effective for students learning.  To use the powerpoint, you can add pictures and bulleted points about the topic.  There are different set up styles in which the pages of your powerpoint can look like.  If you create a powerpoint and a podcast on the same topic, students can listen to your lecture while going through the powerpoint visually.  The powerpoint can be a direct teach in class or can be used with the podcast.  I feel that using podcasts and powerpoints can help emerge the new tools to use information to support research and learning.  By using powerpoints and podcasts, we are transferring current knowledge to new technologies and situations to better enhance students learning and different learning styles.

Using powerpoints and podcasts, the teacher is effectively communicating information to both students and parents.  The information is shared in class to the students and the teacher may even send a file of the podcast and/or powerpoint to the parents for them to know what is going on in the class that day.  Then the parents know what the lecture is on if the teacher may not be there and can help the child at home with the homework about the lecture.

IV.  Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
--Advocate, model and teach safe, legal and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright; intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources;
--Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies and providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources;
--Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information;
--Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.

Reflection:
My understanding of this proficiency is that as a teacher I need to teach safe and legal forms of technology.  I can not put a website or video out in the classroom if it is plagiarized or copyrighted.  I need to show respect for others information and products that are out in the world.  Plagiarism relates primarily to the representation of someone else's writing as your own and copyright is the broader term taking into context ownership of all artistic and intellectual property.  I can not use someone else's work without permission (copyright).  I can not include a quote without giving it citations with who it is credited to.  We interacted with promoting citizenship and responsibility by doing the copyright/plagiarism discussion.  We had to discuss how copyright and plagiarsm related, the pitfalls with both and how we would introduce the topics to younger students.  In my link, I have attached a discussion between myself and a couple classmates about plagiarism and copyright.  In the attachment there are many helpful facts and websites to visit to understand more about copyright and plagiarism.  I feel that as a classroom, if we have a discussion on safe and legal digital information and technology at a younger age, students would not have as much of a problem as they do today.

I also wrote a lesson on the key people of The American Revolution.  It went over differentiating instruction, skills the children would already have prior, how to accomodate all needs of students and how to assess and rotate students.  Writing this lesson helps address all learners and the social interactions related to the use of technology and the students are engaged with each other.  To collect and analyze data a teacher may use a rubric.  A rubric is a good way to assess the students learning and if they have met all the criteria provided.  I attached a sample of a rubric of what I believe would be a good way to assess a living timeline assignment with 5th graders learning about The American Revolution.  The assignment would consist of each student talking about the revolution or being a key person in the war and talking about 2-3 minutes about it.  The sentences were clear and logical and had smooth transitions.  The rubric is very basic but I believe very helpful in grading an assignment like this.

V.  Engage in Professional growth and leadership.
--Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning;
--Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others;
--Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning;
--Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.

Reflection:
My understanding of this proficiency is that students evaluate and reflect on current research on a regular basis.  To know how the internet is safe, students can research data about it.  Working collaboratively in groups and designing a letter online about internet safety is one way students can share decision making and develop leadership and technology skills of others.  My group talked about the acceptable use policy.  We talked about how we feel that the district's needs would best be met by creating its own internet safety and acceptable use videos for each of these separate groups: Teachers and Parents, K-4, 5-8, and High School Students.  Talking together on our wiki program and contributing data to each other helped us as a group write a letter on the safety of the internet.  Working together online can help children work collaboratively and effectively while sharing their own ideas with each other on a digital tool to further student learning.

It is important for teachers, parents and students to understand internet safety.  There are plenty of websites out on the Internet that are not helpful for anyone.  A lot of students resort to the Internet to find answers, but some of the websites are just not helpful or safe.  It is important for both parents and students to know which websites are and are not safe. 

VI.  Participate and reflect on, and demonstrate the ability to create and facilitate learning in collaborative online learning experiences.
--Participate in specialized learning communities in content areas.
--Use and evaluate professional development resources within and outside the district
--Effectively create and use a variety of online resources to individualize instruction and enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
--Regularly seek online opportunities for improvement.

Reflection:
My understanding of this proficiency is that as a teacher I need to understand technology and online learning so my students understand the criteria.  As a teacher I need to create a classroom environment online and participate effectively on my online activities.  Creating and teaching an online moodle has touched on this standard.  I had to create a moodle for my students to better understand a subject and I have to be sure to help teach the criteria as well.  To create the moodle, you need to enable editing and provide different activities, quizes, videos and forums to help further students learning.  The moodle had to be engaging so the students weren't just staring at the computer screen the whole time.  In a couple of my activities, I actually had the students get up and do an activity around their house.  While doing my lesson on the water cycle, the students had to get with their parents and perform precipitation, condensation, and evaporation.  The students had to heat water in a kettle to see the steam rise (evaporation); putting something in the freezer (book) for an hour and taking it out and putting it over the hot kettle to see what happens to the book (condensation-little droplets form); if you wait a little longer with the book over the kettle, the book will start dripping of water from the kettle (precipitation).  I need to check online everyday for students work and questions that need to be answered.  I had to develop a means to establish and maintain contact with my learners and provide them with support; and develop and organize the content being given.

Another reflection under Standard VI, was using the cool tools for school website.  It provides teachers with multiple different activities for elementary school students to participate in.  To get different types of tools and resources for your classroom visit http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com.  There are multiple sections of different tools for different needs. 
The one I used and thought was very important was the Purple Planet page.  To get to Purple Planet, go to www.purple-planet.com and listen to the different types of music.I feel that music is very important, especially at an elementary level for students.  This site allows teachers to play music from composers Chris Martyn and Geoff Harvey.  It is retained by copyright, which is also a positive in the teaching industry.  The tracks are grouped by themes depending on the sort of atmosphere you want to create and can be previewed online and can be downloaded instantly with no need to register. It ranges anywhere from calm to tense to a kids section. I feel that teachers can incorporate music with a lesson to help increase students' learning.  I also believe that this site can be played if students are doing group work and to just have some sort of music to keep a noise level down.  I feel that music plays a role in individualizing instruction and enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom.  Some students learn better with music and some do not, but an effective teacher will always engage students in learning that is best for each one of those students.