Link: Sample of the Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads Wiki Page
When I was Education Director at Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, I created a Wiki page for all employees. This page contained new employee information, HR information, vacation schedules, how-to guides, and much more. Here is a sample of one of the Wiki sections on how to use our SVN Repository file system.
Link: Instructional Design Documents
When I was a graduate student in the Instructional Technology program at Virginia Tech, I completed a very rigorous course where I had to analyze, design, develop, implement, and then have my program evaluated by my peers.
I chose to create a set of 4 instructional modules that would help teachers learn how to use and create their own instructional materials using Kidspiration software.This document shows all analysis, objectives, storyboards, and design documents that I created for this course.
Link: Evaluating Ticket to Read for School Use
Before using with my students in my classroom, I evaluated a web-based educational program, called Ticket to Read. This report shows my findings of the program and was also submitted as a graduate-level review project.
One of my favorite things is to find innovative ways to teach a lesson. When I was a teacher, I found that many of my colleagues were having students use pencil and paper for concepts that could be so much more creative than a piece of paper.
For instance, when a Language Arts teacher is reviewing characters from a book and wants his/her students to describe a character using adjectives, or when a teacher wants to get the point across that his/her students use the word “is” too much in their writing, there are several creative ways to do this.
I love using word clouds, like Wordle, to show students the frequency of words in our writing. I put an example above to show how my own personal word cloud from my website shows just how often I use the words “create,” “designer,” and “instructional.”
Link: Assisting Teachers through Technology
In Virginia Beach City Public Schools, a new position (Extended Day Kindergarten) was created to provide 15 students who had low scores on a kindergarten entrance exam with an extra half day of instruction. Virginia Beach then hired half-day teachers to work with students and provided these teachers the flexibility of a no-curriculum classroom. This allowed EDK teachers to cater lessons and instructional activities to meet the needs of the learners.
After meeting with the students’ morning kindergarten teacher, I discovered areas where the students needed intervention and created lessons and activities based on their needs. I then compiled a list of many activities, resources, links, print-outs, literacy centers, etc. that I used during my two years as an EDK teacher.
This website is intended for other EDK teachers to use with the many books, math manipulatives, and other materials that came with the EDK program. Please note that this is purely a compilation of resources (being as Google Drive did not exist in 2009 when I made this site).
Link: Summer School Language Arts Web Site
When I was a 4th grade teacher, I created a website using Google Sites. This site allowed parents to stay up-to-date on projects, classroom instruction, student achievement, and other happenings in the classroom. I listed many educational resources that students could use during learning centers or at home for review.
Download: Sorting Coins by Value
*requires Kidspiration to open file
When I was an elementary school teacher, I loved incorporating technology into my learning centers. Here is a coin sorting activity I created for students to practice sorting coins by attribution (value here). Each time the student clicks on a coin, an audio file is played that indicates the name of the coin. Students could then use classroom resources (posters, laminated cards, etc.) to help them identify the value. My students loved the new, hands-on approach to learning.
As Education Director of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, I recruited many classroom volunteers for grades K-12. At the end of each year, I sent them a special Thank You to show our appreciation and to recap all of the wonderful events that could not have been successful without the help of wonderful volunteers.
ATLT Games, photo by Lauren Franza
Link: 14 Ways to Use The Lost Function
After creating Pi & The Lost Function for grades 6, 7, and 8, I worked with several teachers and professors to find out how they were incorporating this technology into their classrooms. I also provided several ideas to provide teachers with alternate uses of the software, such as Smartboard use, flipping their classrooms, flexible group play, and whole group learning. You can see the compiled list above (link).