- On your 792 page in Weebly write a paragraph about each site answering the following questions: Who was their audience? Were they effective in presenting to them on every page? Why or why not?
A) Who was the audience?: Teachers and Administration
B) Was Dearborn effective in presenting to them on every page? Why or why not?
I felt she did a great job presenting to teachers on every page because every page had useful information that is applicable to teachers. I felt each page and link supported the entire Capstone in explaining the importance of infusing technology into teaching practices.
- One of the best things about her website is explaining a step by step process of how to create a student blog environment in your own classroom.
- I liked that she had real life lessons that she did using the technology that supported her Capstone project that the audience could view. I also liked that she put a disclaimer that prior to this program she barely used technology in her classroom and based on her Capstone website it was evident she had learned an incredible amount of tech skills. It makes educator feel that they can also make the leap from beginner tech teacher to expert tech teacher with a master's program such as Touro's Innovative Learning.
- I like that she posted links to videos to share with staff because as she wrote on her website page, you will need some tools (such as videos) to get other teachers to take the technological dive.
- I like that she was honest in her next steps: To take a tropical beach vacation with her family who supported her throughout the program!
A) Who was the audience?: Teachers
B) Was Gottfried effective in presenting to them on every page? Why or why not?
- I also felt Gottfried was effective at explaining the success of the students on each the page, which was directed at inspiring teachers to add blogging into their teach practice.
- Throughout her entire "Learn More" section she had links on almost every paragraph that she wrote. It is always great to have links embedded in text, because today's modern world is all about non-linear access of information, in other words, we don't follow protocols when looking up information. We might start out looking up information of gorillas, see a link on the name of an author cited in the text and decide to click on the link to learn about the cited author, which may lead us to eventually reading about where chewing gum originated from.
- THE BEST PART of her website were the how-to-videos. I really feel, after viewing all three of these Capstone projects, that if one incorporates all the best features from each educator (Dearborn, Gottfried, Vale) than we will have great success. The best part is, is that most of the information posted were projects that we had created during the master's program and had been posting to our Weebly pages. In other words, most of the Capstone is just cutting what had been posted on Weebly or documented on Google forms for our homework assignments and then pasted into the Capstone website. I can see that I might have to create some how-to-videos to enhance my project and perhaps some screencasts and other little tweaks, but nothing that I feel will be overwhelming.
- A) Who was the audience?: Teachers
B) Was Vale effective in presenting to them on every page? Why or why not?
- I think both Gottfried and Vale did a great job at presenting meaningful data to support academic reasoning why student need support.
- I also felt that Vale did a great job at linking purposeful articles related to her topic. There were many ideas given to teachers on how to build classroom community and article explaining how classroom community can be used as classroom management. I think all teacher's are looking for any edge on classroom management and building classroom community, so there is probably some useful tips and ideas for any educator embedded in her "Learn More" section.
- I also liked that she had many infographics that you could click on and it would take you to that page by creating another web page. For example, she showcased all her books she recommended via infographics of the front cover that you could click into. Instead of typing the name of the book, you could visually see the book just like you would on any modern day interface (Netflix, Apple products, e.t.c.).
About the author
I was born into education. From the time I was a few months old until I was 7, I attended my parent's small independent/alternative school called "Silver Pony", which was located in a one room, large, red house two blocks west of what now is Carneros Resort/Boon Fly Cafe in south Napa . At age 7, Silver Pony closed. I attended public school, my parents began teaching public education, and the spirit of Silver Pony stayed lit in the hearts of those that taught there and those that attended.
I am biased in my technological and pedagogical methods. My educational upbringing, my bilingual/multicultural experiences in life, and personal life path have lead me to believe that education is not a one model for all and what I teach is strongly based on my experiences. The TPACK model (T for technology, P for pedagogy, and C for content) help to outline the essentials for a successful education but are strongly rooted in the experiences of each educator.
I am honored and privileged to NOT embrace the change of education. I am honored and privileged to create the change of improving education for my students, for our future generation, and for my 20 month year old daughter and five month year old son.