Obstacles and Solutions for Integrating Technology into an Algebra 1 Class

I understand why using technology in the classroom is important, and even vital in the current digital age.  I want to provide my students with learning opportunities that reach them on their level of comfort with electronics.  My current school system is involved in BYOT and is incorporating Personalized Learning into each core class.  I … More Obstacles and Solutions for Integrating Technology into an Algebra 1 Class

Relative Advantage of Using Technology to Enhance an Algebra 1 Classroom

Recent developments in technology have led to drastic changes in the presentation formats of classrooms.  The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics made a statement that “teachers … must be knowledgeable decision makers, skilled in determining when and how technology can enhance students’ learning appropriately and effectively” (“What is the role,” 2011).  Using technology in … More Relative Advantage of Using Technology to Enhance an Algebra 1 Classroom

Relative Advantage of Using Digital Games in the Mathematics Classroom

According to a 2014 article by Keeler, digital classroom games fall into three categories: game-based learning, playsheets, and gamification. Game-based learning is “when students play games to learn content” while gamification is “the application of game-based elements to non-game situations” (Keeler).  Playsheets provide an opportunity for content to be reinforced somewhere between game-based learning and … More Relative Advantage of Using Digital Games in the Mathematics Classroom

Acceptable Use Policy

In today’s technology-rich society, many schools are finding it necessary to adopt Acceptable Use Policies.  The Acceptable Use Policy is created by a school system as a way to ensure that the school technology devices, network storage, and internet connections are being used for educational purposes and not for inappropriate content or personal gain. In … More Acceptable Use Policy

Video In the Classroom

I talked with some of the professional educators that I work with to gather their thoughts about using video in the classroom. I am personally experimenting with a blended classroom to allow students to get some instructional material directly from me and to get some instruction from multimedia items such as videos (both those found … More Video In the Classroom

Relative Advantage of Using “The Basic Suite” in My Algebra 1 Classroom

The basic suite consists of three programs: a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation program. They are sophisticated enough to be used individually or versatile enough to be combined with one another.  My personal favorites are the suites from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google (Docs, Sheets, and Slides). In my opinion, word … More Relative Advantage of Using “The Basic Suite” in My Algebra 1 Classroom

Relative Advantage of Instructional Software in the Classroom

Instructional Software According to Roblyer (2016), there are five types of instructional software.  The types are classified based on the instructional function that it is intended to serve: drill and practice, tutorial, simulation, instructional game, and problem-solving program.   Each type of software can be utilized in an Algebra 1 classroom.  With advances in technology, some … More Relative Advantage of Instructional Software in the Classroom

Vision Statement

Education is always changing.  In the past, many people thought of the changes in education as a result of new students coming into the classroom each year.  Occasionally, the changes stemmed from a new discovery or development that added details to the curriculum.  We are now at a point in time when education is changing … More Vision Statement

Theoretical Foundations of Learning

Throughout EDTECH 504, I learned a good amount of information.  The most important thing that I learned was not academic matter, but a personal trait.  I had to re-learn focus and determination throughout this course.  During high school and my undergraduate courses, I did not enjoy classes such as psychology or philosophy.  The abstract nature of … More Theoretical Foundations of Learning