Thing #15 – My Final “15 Things” Post

My journey through this “15 Things” blog has been fun and illuminating. Exploring and experimenting with new apps, websites, social media, tools, and many others, has been exciting and engaging. I have learned many new, exciting, and engaging ways of teaching, creating lessons, learning and making learning fun. I will use QR codes in my classroom for group activities. I will use Twitter in my classroom to communicate with other educators, and allow students to receive feedback from experts and communicate with fellow classmates about projects and assignments on Twitter. I’ll create a Wordle to display in my classroom, and perhaps have my students create their own. I’ll be on constant lookout for new videos on YouTube to use in my classroom, not only to teach, but to exercise my students to help them exert pent-up energy. I’ll teach my students how to use photo effects to enhance or change their photos to fit an assigned project. I’ll also teach my students about Creative Commons and the ethics of giving artists and authors credit for their work, while making sure that I do the same and lead by example.

My “15 Things” experience has also given me a better understanding of the National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers (NETS-T). I’ve learned that it is important to focus on learning and creativity and how to facilitate these qualities in students using technology. I now know that teachers are asked to assess their own progress in the development of technology-enriched learning environments, as well as assessing students’ learning experiences through technology. Teachers are also asked to model digital-age work and learning in their teaching, their work with families, with the use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning, and that educators must also promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. We cannot ask our students to respect intellectual property if we do not model its importance in digital-age communication and collaboration. Finally, I have learned that the need for professional growth and for a willingness to assume leadership roles has never been so great.


Thing #14 – Web 2.0 Tools – Storybird

After exploring a directory of Web 2.0 Tools and Applications, I have found something new to share with my students and other teachers. By following this link: students can create professionally illustrated picturebooks, poetry, and even longform stories. It is called Storybird, and it’s a unique language arts tool. Students write a story, and then use illustrations made available to them onsite to spur their imagination, and encourage them to keep on writing. Storybird stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it’s effective: Schools have seen as much as three grade-level jumps in literacy when using Storybird throughout the year. I am thrilled I found this tool because I can write stories, but I can’t draw very well. I’m definitely saving this website to my favorites!

Thing #13 – Creative Commons


I found this cool photo on that I plan to use in my classroom because so many students do NOT think math rocks, and the link is here:

As you can see, under the photo (in blue type), it says that some rights are reserved. If you click on the blue type, it will take you to this page: (link) This is where you’ll find that you are able to:

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Thing #12 – Tweet! Tweet!

While exploring Twitter, I happened upon this awesome tweet from Brandon Johnson, who has so many ideas for using Twitter in the classroom, it’s nearly impossible to pick just one as a favorite! However, we recently studied horizonal and vertical curriculum alignment in Education 100 class, so I believe Twitter can be used effectively to communicate with other classrooms and coordinate assignments, either within a grade level or with upper and lower grade levels, to ensure educators are on the same page and moving at the same pace in their curriculum to properly prepare students for what they will need to know for the grade to follow, and to ensure that state standards are being upheld in the curriculum.



Thing #11 – Blogs!

I found the most excellent post on the Teachers Pay Teachers blog here:

The post is titled “How to Thrive as a Student Teacher,” and it provides dozens of tips to help student teachers thrive, instead of just trying to survive during the student teaching experience. The content is layed out in easy to follow steps, and the page’s appearance is attractive and tempts you to stay for awhile. In addition, not only are the tips very valuable, vocational advice, but the writer, Suzanne (from the blog Student Savvy), has many suggestions about how to get ahead and prepare for your student teaching experience. For example, she suggests creating a student teacher binder that contains interactive graphic organizer templates, Classroom coupons and Brain Breaks to help with behavior management, and schedules and planning pages, all of which help a student teacher prepare for his/her journey. So many tips and great advice I intend to follow!

Thing #10 – Figure It Out!

For thing #10, our professor posted a QR code to be scanned. After I downloaded a QR Reader app, and scanned the code, I read this message: “Congratulations! You’ve broken the mystery of QR codes! Now, for your #10 Thing task, use the information at the following link and create one to place in your blog. Tell me about your day so far! Have fun with this!” So, I followed the link she provided, and it took me to Cool Cat Teacher Blog, where I found a link to create my own QR code…See if you can figure it out!


Thing #9 – Content Video – TeacherTube

In a classroom content video, located on TeacherTube, entitled “3rd Grade Math Worksheets,” a third grade teacher describes the best way for students to do long division. What was excellent about this video was that, at the very beginning, she made clear the state content standards supported by the lesson. Then, she has an illustration of how to set up a long division problem, with the divider in the “porch” position, the dividend in the “house,” and finally, the quotient (or answer) on the “roof.” Finally, there are four steps to follow to complete the problem: 1. Divide, 2. Multiply, 3. Subtract, and 4. Bring down. Then, if the problem allows, you just follow that loop of steps until you can’t go any further, and have your answer. At first, the teacher begins with an easy example, then she moves on to division problems into the hundreds. Here’s the link to the video:

The West Virginia content standard (or CCRS) this video supports is:

Multiply and Divide within 100


Learn multiplication tables (facts) with speed and memory in order to fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows that 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations by the end of Grade 3.


Thing #8 – Podcasts – #NerdyCast: Nicholas Provenzano with Steven Anderson

Following this link: will lead you to Getting Smart: 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out. From that list, I found #NerdyCast by Nicholas Provenzano, and the link for that podcast is here: The description of this podcast is: There was a request to talk about presenting at conferences and I went to my main man Steven Anderson, AKA @Web20Classroom, to see what he thought about presenting and why it is valuable. Listen as Steven explains his thoughts on presenting and who is going to win NASCAR this year.

Provenzano and his guests are hilarious, so the podcast is entertaining and informative. In Season 3, Episode 8, Provenzano’s guest is Steven Anderson, who was once a teacher, but now works for a company who helps schools with their technical programs and social media. The topic on this podcast is presentations. Provenzano and Anderson talk about how difficult it is to stand up in front of your peers and present a topic. Teachers, especially, have to present every day to their classrooms, but presenting to their peers is a little nerve-wracking. Anderson explains that anytime he has the opportunity to present, whether it be to peers, educators, or even corporate presidents, you have to think of it as an opportunity to teach. Those attending your presentations are clearly there to learn something new. So, looking at a presentation through the eyes of a learner, you can see how important it is that you present with confidence, and remember that you are there to teach.

Thing #7 – Mid Project Reflection

I have learned so much in this Educational Technology course about integrating technology into the classroom. Long past is the method of standing in front of a chalk board, boring the students with facts and figures. Out with the old, in with the new. Technology in the classroom helps the students become more engaged in the lesson. It teaches them to become more creative when completing their lessons. It has taught me how to engage my students by using technology in my lesson plans. Although this course was inadvertantly offered too early in the Education program, and there were times I felt myself lost, what I have learned through the professor’s feedback will help me become an awesome teacher, nonethless.