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Investigation into Innovation: Exploring Blogs that Focus on Integration of Technology in the Secondary Classroom

Email Address and URL

• Technological ideas and weekly reflections will both be posted on my Super Tech Teaching Tools Project Blog: https://superteachingtools.wordpress.com/
• My e-mail for the project is ksuperpopp@gmail.com

Executive Description

Using a blog specifically created for this project, I will be reading, reviewing, and reflecting on three different blogs written by educators that are geared towards innovation and technology integration in the secondary classroom. The use of WordPress will be fitting for this project, as I will be sharing my thoughts and opinions on technology-based topics each week with links to outside resources embedded in the text, along with the use of archives to keep findings that can be utilized by other educators. This will project will be two-fold, both investigating technology advances that can be implemented into teaching while studying the ways in which these three teachers develop their blog to boost knowledge of education innovation.

Narrative

Over the course of the project, I will explore three different blogs created by professional educators that focus on the innovation of technology in the secondary classroom. My focus is to read and study ideas presented by these bloggers that can be of assistance to teachers striving to become more engaged with technology. In addition to discussing their ideas, I will incorporate my own views as a current educator and the direct ways these ideas can enhance my own classroom. In the following order, I will examine these blogs: The Innovative Educator by Lisa Nielsen, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness by Michael Zimmer, and Educational Technology Guy by David Andrade.

During week one, I will post several ideas and links presented on Nielsen’s blog that could be applied in a secondary classroom. Along with posting information, I will explain my thoughts on how these applications could be incorporated into a classroom effectively. During week two, I will post several ideas suggested by Zimmer that are examples of how technology can be beneficial for teachers. I will explain the ways in which these ideas could improve student learning and teacher development. During week three, I will post several ideas that Andrade suggests could be worked into teachers’ lesson plans and how they can boost a positive classroom environment. I will explain the best ways to incorporate these, and my thoughts on how they could work. Throughout the three weeks, I will investigate each blog closely, paying attention to both style and information. As a secondary educator, I will find the most pertinent and helpful ideas that could create a more technological-sound classroom that applies 21st century ideas. All ideas presented will be examples that will lead to a more real-world, hands-on, and effective learning environment for grades 7-12 students.

During weeks 4 and 5, my focus will shift to a compare and contrast angle, in which I will discuss the ways in which these bloggers resemble and differ from each other in terms of information presented and their blogging style. During week 4, I will analyze the three blogs, highlighting the unique ways each educator customizes and presents their work and utilizes their blogs effectively. During week 5, I will compare and contrast the innovative ideas presented by each blogger, and create a top 5 list based on them. For each idea presented, I will include a summary, description, and my opinion on why it is included on the list, along with a link and annotation for each one.

As a current secondary education teacher, I hope to learn unique and effective ways of using new innovations and technology in my classroom. I also intend to learn specifically about the ways I can utilize blogs and wikis in my profession, both in the classroom and as a personal source of connecting to others in my field. To accomplish this, I will use a combination of sources to supplement my research on innovations and technology. I will use the three blogs previously listed, along with videos, lectures, writings, and the grad articles chosen to help draw connections in my final project report.

Grad Readings

1. “Integrating Technology in the Classroom: It Takes More Than Just Having Computers” by Linda Starr
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech146.shtml
2. “The Continuing Challenges of Technology Integration for Teachers” by Pamela Morehead and Barbara Labeau (pdf)
3. “The Diffusion of Innovations in Education: A Study of Secondary English Language Arts Teachers’ Classroom Technology Integration” by Kelly Thayer (pdf)
4. “Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers” by Josh Keller
(http://chronicle.com/article/Studies-Explore-Whether-the/44476/)
5. “Integrating, Evaluating, and Managing Blogging in the Classroom” by Julie Meloni
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/integrating-evaluatingmanaging-blogging-in-the-classroom/22626
6. “’How are you going to grade this?’: Evaluating Classroom Blogs” by Jeff McClurkent and Julie Meloni
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/how-are-you-going-to-grade-this-evaluating-classroom-blogs/24935
7. “Blogging from the Classroom, Teachers Seek Influence, Risk Trouble” by Eddy Ramirez http://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2008/09/19/in-search-of-support-teachers-turn-to-blogging
8. “Teaching and learning online with wikis” by Naomi Auger, Ruth Raitman, and Wanlei Zhou (pdf)
9. “Wikis in Teaching and Assessment” by Axel Bruns and Dr. Sal Humphreys (pdf)

Weekly Reports

Weekly summaries of 750-1000 words will be posted by midnight on Monday to my Project WordPress account: https://superteachingtools.wordpress.com/.
Weekly reports will contain information about my project achievements and what I hope to still accomplish.
Weekly Report #1: Findings from the blog, The Innovative Educator by Lisa Nielsen
Weekly Report #2: Findings from the blog, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness by Michael Zimmer
Weekly Report #3: Findings from the blog, Educational Technology Guy by David Andrade
Weekly Report #4: Compare and contrast of the style and presentation of all three blogs
Weekly Report #5: Compare and contrast of innovative ideas from all three blogs and a top 5 compilation of best ideas presented

Contract for Grade

I will be contracting for the full 250 points. To reach this goal, I will be posting 3-4 times per week on my blog, with reviews and thoughts at least 750 words in length. One of the posts will be a reflection on what I learned throughout my research of the blogs, and how it connects to me as a teacher. All new findings will be collected and archived on my blog, and be analyzed in the final project report.
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