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
--Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning
with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual
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.
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
--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.
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
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
--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.
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.
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
--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
--Regularly seek online opportunities for improvement.
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
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.