Friday, December 9, 2016

Extra Credit!

Piper Freestone

What exactly are InTASC and ISTE standards? Well, let me tell you. First of all, InTASC standards is an acronym that stands for The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium! According to CCSSO,  InTASC "is a consortium of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the reform of the preparation, licensing, and on-going professional development of teachers." Its main purpose is to assure that the teacher is doing what they can to make sure that all students are able to learn and perform at high levels.

According to, ISTE standards stand for International Society for Technology in Education, and can be defined as "the definitive framework for successfully implementing digital strategies to positively impact learning, teaching and leading in our technology-powered world." We have these standards to evaluate the skills that students need to learn effectively and be productive in world that is full of growing and improving technology.

These standards are written from the perspective of teachers. Some vocabulary from the standards that seem to be most useful are "development", "diversity", and "technology". To me, these all seem vital to teaching because it is important to notice the diversity of learners in a classroom and help with their learning development. Technology is growing and improving every day and is now a large part of society, so it is important to include it in the education in classrooms as well. Technology can enhance achievement of the standards in this way, as well. It is a large part of life- it's everywhere we go. Therefore, it is important to educate students on technology and appropriate ways to make use of it in everyday life.

These standards can enhance BOTH teacher and student performance. It helps teachers grow as educators to successfully educate students in the classroom no matter their learning abilities. They can guide the design of instruction by helping teachers know what to teach and why it is important to teach them. They provide an outline to help teachers provide the best education to their students that they possibly can!

These standards will be used in my future classroom to help guide me to become the best educator I can be for my students! I can easily refer to the standards to create ideas on how to create a lesson that supports the standards! All in all, these standards are vital to teaching and can be used many ways in a classroom!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blog #4- Pinterest

One more learning tool I really enjoyed and would really like to discuss further is Pinterest! I know a lot of people use Pinterest to find creative ideas for certain things, however I was very new to it. First, I want to say that Pinterest is great! It is so fun and it full of super fun and creative ideas. All you have to do is search a key word and Pinterest will take you to a bunch of ideas and things that relate to the word you put in. Also, on your account, you can create a "board." This is helpful because it allows you to put all of the things you found on your Pinterest search onto your board so you can easily come back to it later and look at it and use it again! This can be great for a classroom because, as a teacher, I can create a board full of ideas that I can use in the classroom and with my students. For example, I was able to find all sorts of ideas on educational websites I could use in my classroom and allow my students to use. I was also able to find ideas on things I can use in a special education classroom that could be very beneficial! I would strongly encourage other educators and future educators to look into how they could use Pinterest in their classroom!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Final Project!

Directions to Interactive Learning Tool:
  • Read everything.
  • After reading the information provided, click on the link to EDpuzzle. This will send you to a video that you will watch.
  • Pay close attention to the facts provided in the video as you will answer a few open-ended quiz questions at the end.
Good luck, and enjoy!

EDpuzzle- A Walk on the Beach!(The image below is not a link)

2–LS4–1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Welcome to the interactive learning tool about the science of beaches! With this tool, you can test your knowledge and eventually accomplish several things such as:

I CAN observe plants and animals on beaches and compare them to other plants and animals in my area.
I CAN name at least one plant that grows on beaches and one animal that lives on beaches.
I CAN understand how beaches are formed and where sand comes from.

This relates to and supports the Thematic Unit by incorporating science in a lesson about beaches! The students will be able to see why beaches are the way they are and learn more about them through this learning tool! They will be able to acknowledge the difference of life on beaches compared to life in the area where they live.

-This interactive tool provides several multimedia features such as audio, self-created images, and video/animation. I used my video I created from my video project from the middle of the semester, then downloaded that to From there I was able to include voice-over audio as well as quiz questions at the end.

Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teaching I Included:
1. "Learner-centered teaching engages students in the hard, messy work of learning."-  I included this by getting the students engaged in learning by watching a helpful video that provided facts and information for the students.
2. "Learner-centered teaching encourages students to reflect on what they are learning and how they are learning it."- I did this by adding quiz questions at the end of my video to help them reflect on what they learned.
3. "Learner-centered teaching includes explicit skill instruction."- I did this by providing directions to the learning tool to help the students get through it easily and with no problems.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Blog #3- EDpuzzle

Trying to find new learning tools to use in your classroom? A great one I have recently discovered is EDpuzzle!

With EDpuzzle you are able to use a video that has already been made (whether you make your own or use someone else's with permission) and alter it. For example, you could cut and crop the video so it only shows what is important, or just what you want it to show. You can also include an audio track or audio notes. By this, I mean that you could pause the video and speak into the audio recorder to add you own personal notes or thoughts, then when you are done speaking, you can resume the video from where you left off! My favorite tool on this website was that you could add a quiz any time during the video. All you have to do is choose where you want the quiz, then select what type of quiz you would like to use (multiple choice, short answer, etc.) Once again, when you're done adding in quiz questions, the video will resume from where it left off. This is great for classrooms if you do not want to show a full video, you can crop it down to what you want to show the class and use the quiz to help the students reflect on what they learned about the video!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Blog #2- Symbaloo

Let's get to learn about a creative learning tool called Symbaloo! Symbaloo is a fun way to bookmark your favorite websites! All you have to do is go to your favorite websites that you wish to bookmark, then copy the URL to each of those websites. Once you have the URL copied, you can go to Symbaloo and click on a tile that says "Add new tile." From there, you can select "Create a tile" and it will tell you to paste the URL, then you can name the Tile based off what the website is that the tile will take you to. You can even decorate your tile and add colors and pictures! This is great in a classroom, especially for teachers, because it allows easy access to the websites they use most often in the classrooms! They can even set it up for the students to use so they can go to educational websites that the teacher may have bookmarked for them!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blog Post #1- Zoom

One learning tool I was very excited to discover and learn about was Zoom! Zoom is a great learning tool to introduce in a classroom! What is so great about it is that you can have video conferences with people when you are not with them! All you need to do is set up a free account and create and join a meeting. From there, you can do all sorts of things such as video chat with people anywhere you want on a mobile or electronic device. Another great thing you can do is add more people to a meeting, it does not just have to be a one-on-one conference. This is great for a classroom especially if the students are working on group projects and need to meet outside of school. They can join a conference and have a group meeting without even leaving bed! It is also a good way for educators to connect with students outside of the classroom if needed and appropriate!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Piper's Educational PLN!

Piper's PLN!

I had very little knowledge when I began my Personal Learning Network (PLN), I had never even heard of the acronym until I began this course! However, I now understand how important it is, as an educator, to create these connections. I spent much of this semester building my PLN to help me become more successful in the future as an educator.
Here's how my PLN started...

To start building onto my PLN, I started with something I was very familiar with- Twitter. I already had a twitter, but wanted to create a professional one for education purposes. I did this because it is a good way to connect with other educators and professionals. I like the idea of using twitter as a PLN because it is a good way to share ideas with other educators and professionals to help me become more successful as an educator.

To find other educators and other accounts that were for educators, I just had to search certain words such as "special education" and "teaching" and things such as those. This brought me to several great accounts that I soon followed! After following a few accounts, I tried reaching out to some of them to get advice, I also shared some ideas of my own that I have learned throughout the semester! For example, I shared the idea of using QR codes and mentioned how useful they can be!

Sadly, I have not received any responses thus far, but I am still pretty new to this professional account and do not have many followers yet. I am excited to see how this account can grow and if I can get some helpful responses to help me become more successful.

Another idea I got from Dr. Zeitz this semester was to try TweetChat. At first when I tried to use it I was confused about what people were commenting on and what several other things on this page were for. However, after doing a little research and trying things out, I learned that TweetChat is actually very fun! People can stream things such as videos and you can even share the streams. Also you can see peoples' tweets that are related to a topic and even respond to them or share or retweet their tweet!

I also looked into a chat on twitter known as #iaedchat . This chat was GREAT! It allows people to ask questions about something related to education and teaching. Then, other people in the chat can proved helpful responses to the questions that were asked with the use of the hashtag. 

Next, I wanted to check out some podcasts, like we did in class! However, my phone wanted me to subscribe to Podcast to view anything, so I tried to find websites that provided podcasts to view! I found a great website created by Angela Watson. Her website provides 12 of her favorite podcasts for teachers that people can view. Angela creates MANY seasons for her podcasts that can even be found on iTunes that the public can view. Also, when I was going through her website, I noticed that she has gotten a large amount of positive responses to her podcasts! I definitely enjoyed watching a few of her podcasts and learning great things from them!

To expand my PLNs even more I created a Pinterest! Pinterest was an awesome way to get fun and creative ideas than can be used for education! I found several great ideas for special education classrooms and for other classrooms! I was able to create a subject board where I could store some of the ideas that I pinned that related to education!

Another way I connected to other educators/ future educators was by using Zoom. I first heard of Zoom from Dr. Zeitz when he suggested that we (his students) meet with our WebQuest groups through this website. It was very convenient because I was able to meet with my WebQuest group from my bedroom at home. We were able to discuss through a video chat the ideas and suggestions we had for our WebQuest. I also used it one other time to reach out to a fellow classmate to review questions we had about creating our PLN and we even shared a few our own ideas with each other! I loved doing this because it was a helpful review as to what all needed to be completed to do a PLN!

As I was checking out examples of other students' PLNs I ran across the idea of reaching out to an author. I thought this was great because I am currently reading "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs and I thought it was be awesome to reach out to this author and hear more about him. First, I looked up Ransom Riggs and found his website

Then, I wanted to find a good way to reach out to him so I decided to use twitter! I chose to connect with him through twitter because his website provided a link to his twitter, Facebook, and other accounts he has and I had just recently created a professional twitter account to use! It was easy getting to his twitter account and being able to tweet at him and ask him a question. Sadly, I have yet to hear back from him, but it could take a while for him to respond IF he responds. Regardless, it was exciting to be able to reach out to a great author and try to learn more about him!

This could also be a great idea in a classroom! We all know that reading is not always a child's favorite past time, but it could make it more interesting if the students could reach out to the authors of their books and learn more about them!

Finally, after finding all these great ways of connecting with other educators and expanding my PLN, I decided I needed a way to have easy access to all of these sources. To do that, I decided to create a Symbaloo! Symbaloo is a fantastic website that allows you to keep your bookmarks all on one page!

This was so great because I was able to organize things in a way that worked best for me! Also, I was able to put links to all of my favorite websites so it was easier to get to them! This could work well in a classroom because, as a teacher, it is important to stay organized so things go smoothly. Here are some of the bookmarks I have that are helpful to me and I use most frequently:

After what seems like a short amount of time spent looking at ways to expand my PLN I am extremely happy with all of the helpful learning networks I was able to find and be a part of! You can clearly see how much my PLN grew from the beginning! Here is what my PLN looks like now:
To me, I see quite a difference between my first PLN and last. I am proud of how much I was able to grow my PLN and I know that the best way for me to grow as an educator is to keep expanding my PLN! All I need to do is keep looking!

Thanks for checking this out, and I hope that I was able to help you grow your PLN as well!

Piper Freestone