This week, I am showing how I have mastered some of the course standards for EDM 510. I will use my work from this course in order to demonstrate my knowledge. Usually, this would be done in an on-line portfolio system, but the University of South Alabama is switching from using Foliotek to LiveText. Since I am graduating after the Summer of 2017, I do not need to submit anything at this time. It is good for me to reflect on the learning I have done this semester and get ready for when I do need to submit my work to show mastery.

The first standard I will tackle is:

290-3-3-.49 (3)(b)3.(i)(I) EDM 510 The Alabama Course of Study: Technology Education.

For this standard, I learned about ALEX and everything it has to offer educators. One of the most useful tools it offers is a plethora of lesson plans that are aligned to the Alabama State Standards. I was able to competently navigate the system, find lesson plans, save lesson plans for later use, and comment on lesson plans as well.

The next standard I met was:

  • 290-3-3-.49 (3)(b)3.(i)(III) EDM 510 The National Technology 
Education Standards of the International Society for Technology in
Education (ISTE).

This standard covers understanding why technology is necessary in education today. I wrote a discussion forum post about my views on education and the use of technology. I believe I was able to rationalize the global power of technology and the need to teach and guide students to use technology to create solutions to problems facing societies all over the world.

The 3rd Standard we have covered over this course is:

  • 290-3-3-.44 (3)(c)1.(iii) Knowledge of media communication
 technologies that enrich learning opportunities.

Below I demonstrated that I am able to use interesting technologies to enrich learning opportunities. I used Piktochart to create the two slide shows about Subject-Verb agreement. There are so many valuable sites that educators can utilize to make learning more relevant and useful to today’s youth. I also made an introductory video about myself that I can post on my classroom blog, so that parents are able to meet me and get to know me before they are able to come into the classroom for Open House. Video’s are a great way to reinforce learning by explaining lessons again for students to review while they are doing their homework at night.





The Fourth and Final course standard I have mastered is:

  • 290-3-3-.44 (3)(c)4.(ii) Knowledge of the wide range of 
technologies that support and enhance instruction, including 
classroom and school resources as well as distance learning and 
online learning opportunities.

Wiki Page about Problem-Based Learning:

This wiki page shows the resources I found, and have been lucky enough to use, that use technology to enhance problem-based learning.


As you can tell, this has been a very informative class with which I have gained access to a lot of useful tools. I look forward to playing with these tools and using them in the classroom very soon!




Today, I worked with Edmodo. I like Edmodo. I think I like it for quizes and assigments better than presenting lessons.  I put a note in that has a link to a site for my students to review and take a quiz for their ticket out the door. The user interface of Edmodo is wonderful. This class has been very informative and has challenged me in many ways as an educator. Technology has moved forward so much since I was last in the classroom.

The Edmodo Group code is: 7na3wx My group is called 2nd Period.





This week my assignment in my EDM 510 class was to make a digital story. I decided to use my new knowledge about gaining experience points fast in Pokemon Go. It’s just my little way to give back to the world 🙂

I used my iPhone’s Voice Memo app to record myself, and then I e-mailed the memo to myself. I then downloaded the memo to my computer and uploaded it to my media library here on my WordPress site.

I can see how this would be useful for sending to student’s e-mails to discuss a concept they need for homework. I could e-mail an audio file of me telling the students what they will need to complete a homework assignment, and reviewing concepts we learned in class to help reinforce understanding. This is not hard to do at all. I want to work on a screencast next. It may be fun to do for going over rules to a review game I will play with students. Instead of saying the instructions 5 times while teaching middle school, I could say it once and be done!

All the amazing possibilities all due to technology!


Visuals are important to enhance student’s understanding of new information. Visuals are everywhere in society, so being able to understand what the visual is telling you, how to read it, and what to do with the information is worth teaching students. It is also vital to use your own visuals in your classroom. These visuals don’t always need to be as catchy as advertisements, or as colorful as most photographs. Using visuals in the classroom just enhance the learning process. For instance, using color only when it adds to the learning is beneficial, using drawings versus photographs is sometimes necessary to not take away from the learning experience.

I found this assignment to be difficult. I don’t know much about visual creating software, and I don’t know how to make appropriate visuals when I am not in my own classroom thinking about objectives and the most important information that students need to walk away with. So, I started with a lesson I am teaching next week on subject-verb agreement. I found a site called This is what I created:


This site is just like Powerpoint to me, but I am proud that I found a site on my own. I made a flowchart for my students to start to understand the concept – subject-verb agreement. It’s not the prettiest, but I’m okay with it nonetheless. This visual falls under the organizational category.

The next visual I tried was making a cartoon to illustrate subject-verb agreement. I used and it was fun. I think it would be more fun if I could think of a more interesting topic!


I’m going to say this visual fits into the analogical category because it is shows a silly picture showing similarity to the lesson on grammar.

My last visual is a timeline. I decided to use after reading Alex Shepherd’s blog. I decided to make it applicable to when I am teaching to demonstrate time management when completing a long project. I love assigning projects for students to do, because I love to see their creative abilities.



This timeline would fall under the interpretive category of visuals because time management is an abstract idea to many early elementary students.






This week in my EDM, Educational Media, course, we were challenged with the task of making a video. This assignment was actually a lot of fun. It was so easy with my iPhone and iMovie. It is amazing how easy technology can be, and how fast you can produce a product that can be informative and fun. This is definitely an activity that I will incorporate into my classroom. This was so easy, I know that students can make their own videos to demonstrate their knowledge about a book, or how they solved a math word problem.

I did have a problem trying to insert my website in my video. I am sure with a little more digging I could have been able to figure it out. I was not able to upload the iMovie app to my computer because of an unknown error. So, I did all of the editing and splicing on my phone.

Here is my video that I also uploaded to



For week 6 in my EDM 510 class I researched Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. I also made a POWTOON to demonstrate my knowledge. It was actually a lot of fun. I looked into some other fun web 2.0 interactive sites, but I liked Powtoon the best. Below is the link to my powtoon.

I first looked at glogster, and I could not get my classmate’s creations to load. It looked like a lot of fun to make, but I thought that if my final product wasn’t visible I would be upset after all that work.

I checked out Prezi, but it was limited in the options of slides for what I wanted.

I liked blabberize, but I didn’t want to record my voice. I was not in a place without background noise.

I plan to use Powtoon to create an activity for a lesson I need to teach for my practicum course. I think the students will enjoy it, and I will enjoy creating a lesson that they will enjoy.




This week, I was challenged to find a free office software that I can use if/when I don’t have access to the Office Suite for free and can not pay for it as well. This proved to be a more daunting task than I expected. Earlier in the week I tried to download OpenOffice. I have a Mac, and Macs do not like to open unidentified software from the internet. I finally found some research about the error I received and if I could get around it, and at least open OpenOffice. I decided to not use OpenOffice based on the fact that if my OS doesn’t trust the download, I am not risking fate!


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My Volunteering buddy for the day. She was a trooper!

WordCamp was AWESOME! I was fortunate to be a part of the WordPress community for 2 days, and I enjoyed every minute of it. WordCamp is everything about WordPress, blogging, websites, analytics, networking, and so much more! I met some great people, got some adult interaction, and was able to give back to WordCamp all in one flash of a weekend!

I spent part of Friday learning  how to set up word press. Look, I learned something, because here I am! I had my four month old, Emma Rosemarie, with me, so I learned as much as I could before she became a teething monster distracting everyone from learning about the greatness that is WordPress. And, yes, I am sure there is a plug-in for that, but I didn’t want to look through them all! It was neat to see how many people took advantage of the Free Friday class. I even saw Jeff Weninger, Chandler City Counselman, there getting his learnin’ on.

Saturday was the most amazing part of Word Camp. Amanda Blum, Chuck Reynolds, Sally Streble, Catherine Leyen, Amy Sellers and many more folks organized one heck of a day! I volunteered to help on Saturday, since I only really wanted to attend the Friday Free class. Emma and I were out the door at 6:30 and we were greeted with smiling faces at the Chandler Center for the Arts! I helped organize volunteer sweatshirts, serve breakfast, tell people about the zero waste aspect of the event, set up tables and chairs, help serve lunch, break down tables and chairs, & walk chairs about 1/4 of a mile down Arizona Avenue to City Hall all with a baby strapped to me! (Okay, Conrey came in the afternoon, and he had some time with Emma strapped to him as well.) It was a blast though. I would do it again, and in fact I will do it again, next year. Everything went smoothly, the food was great, the snacks were fabulous and the people were all interesting and personable. I even learned a thing or two on Saturday.

On Saturday, I had to slip away to feed Emma and I sat in on a google analytics session – The Metrics System with Joshua Ziering. I didn’t think I would understand anything that he was talking about, but I did! You would think that WordCamp is just for the die hard folk who know coding, full-time, well known bloggers, etc., but it is for any and everybody! It is a great conference for small businesses, non-profit organizations,  handmade business people. If I were to ever start an online business, I have a lot of cool tips from Mr. Ziering to keep my site fresh, full of purpose and funneling!

So, in short, I had an awesome weekend, and I am wearing my vollie sweatshirt. Yes, I will wear it to bed, and you can laugh if you want, I don’t care!

I also got some warm fuzzy’s from my day. This is part of an e-mail Catherine sent to those who volunteered. Who knew one little conference could do so much!

By helping others learn more about WordPress, the economy locally will grow, businesses will begin to prosper, ideas will foster, individuals will find their online voices, and freedom will be expressed.

One cog in the wheel can do so much! I got out and got involved in my community. Now you go out and get involved in your community, and meet some new, interesting people while you are at it!

Oh, and Elizabeth Newlin has a pretty good post about WordCamp as well. Her definition about what it is all about is better than mine.   Go and enjoy her site (She is a little funny, too!).