Technology Skills and Integration Strategies
This page shows examples of IT skills I have acquired and/or demonstrated during course INDT501 (Instructional Technologies) at the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) as well as the integration of these IT's.
MS Word Integration
Desktop Publishing Integration
I integrated my Desktop Publishing skills by converting the Austrian recipe book (as described under MS Word) into a portable document format and thus making it accessible to students who do not have MS Word on their home computers. Students cannot alter the document, but they can read or print it. I also wrote a reflection on the use of Desktop Publishing in the classroom.
To integrate Excel into one of my lesson plans I have created a booklet of various spreadsheets that students can use in their project "Virtual Trip To Germany". The students have the following at their disposition: air fair and local transportation related expenses before and during the trip, a currency converter, meals (3 per day), accommodations in hotels and youth hostels, entrance fees, miscellaneous, and a budget calculation sheet. The worksheets contain interactive cells and can be fully downloaded and edited by students. I have written a lesson plan on how to integrate Excel into my German II class.
I would use Access or another database for a German Club to keep track of students from multiple levels and, maybe, multiple schools. Students run the Club, they should also run the database for it.
I would use the PowerPoint application in class to present new and authentic material. Students can present projects in a professional manner, such as their research on famous German speakers; or to showcase their scrapbook from their virtual trip to Germany. Their first encounter would be to produce a presentation about themselves in German. They could also produce a presentation on a German, Austrian, or Swiss province or area, highlight a historic era or demonstrate their knowledge of a cultural subject. I wrote a lesson plan of how to integrate PowerPoint into a German I class.
Web Authoring Skills
My web authoring skills included creating this website with multiple pages, tables and fixed elements. Text and fixed elements contain internal and external hyperlinks. The material is organized in folders. Artifacts and elements have descriptions. I have written a reflection on my experience with web authoring and on how to integrate the skill into my classroom.
Web Authoring Integration
I would integrate web authoring into my instruction by letting students use this website as a resource for daily instruction and for research. Students would create a class website where they could showcase their projects from German class and reach out into the community through surveys and as a point of contact and information.
I completed two assignments for this task: one synchronous and one asynchronous example
1. I organized a meet for my group in a chat room where we discussed three articles on Reflective Practice. Then I edited the transcript by including an introduction and background, examples of the chat, and a discussion of my experience.
2. After reading three articles on 21st Century Skills, posting my thoughts on a discussion board, and responding to other posts, I edited the discussion with focus on my input and concluded by summarizing my experience.
I also communicated with the instructor and other class members via e-mail with attachments, used a USB drive, and posted assignments on the online discussion board.
1. I would integrate synchronous telecommunication into my classroom in form of a jigsaw exercise with a group of three or four specialists discussing a subject from various angles. I would also use the chat room form if I taught a virtual class with students from multiple schools.
2. I would use the discussion board for lengthy reading comprehensions, such as entire books in upper levels or in a virtual class with multiple schools.
In a regular class I would make more use of an asynchronous discussion board rather than a chat room to allow for deeper thoughts and better orthography.
My students will also send e-mail with attachments, and use blogs (which I would set up) and USB drives.
I wrote a reflection on my experience with telecommunication skills.
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