Showcase

Showcase

Welcome to my showcase! The purpose of this page is to showcase some of my best work from my Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. My hope is that this work not only demonstrates my best work from the program, but that it also gives you insight into my creativity, passion for learning, and philosophies on education. If you have any questions on any part of this page please feel free to contact me!


 Creativity


Throughout each of my courses in the MAET program I noticed an emphasis on the importance of creativity in education. I was then fortunate enough to take a course, Creativity in Teaching and Learning, in which we looked extensively at the intersection of education and creativity. Teachers frequently encounter situations in which being creative is valuable yet many wouldn’t consider themselves creative. In addition, there is a perpetual misconception that creativity is a gift when in fact it can be improved through practice. Below are a few of the ways I worked creativity into my profession.


 The Case for Creativity in Education


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I spent a lot of time thinking about why creativity is valuable to the teaching profession and its stakeholders. The above tweet attempts to persuade you that creativity is important in short form. For a long form attempt at convincing you to take creativity seriously, have a look at blog post or my white paper on the topic.
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Highlights from the Design Process


In the course I took on design in education I chose to apply design principles to the problem in education that is teachers don’t have enough time. It’s an incredibly complex problem but I found that the design process can be effective in even the most difficult of contexts. Above is a video I put together describing the Testing Phase of design and it also gives an overview of my problem. I’d encourage you to take a look at the other phases of design that I applied to this problem, as well as an infographic outlining the problem and a poster of advice for teachers to help them find more time.



 Leveraging Creativity to Introduce Concepts


One of my favorite instances of creativity was when we were asked to develop a playful introduction to a concept. The topic I was working with was functions and you can the full explanation and reflection here. This is important because structured play can often force a student to engage their prior conceptions about a topic in a safe way. This provides a good launch point for learning.


The Wicked Problem of Online Learning


Given the opportunity to tackle a major problem in education our group chose to take on the problem of online learning. If done right it can be an awesome experience for students. If done wrong it can be miserable. The above video gives a brief overview of some of the major things we learned. For all the resources we put together, including a white paper containing policy recommendations, please visit this link.



Philosophy



Balancing Critical Thinking with Standardized Test Prep


The above video provides an answer to a question many teachers ask: “How can I teach critical thinking skills to my students if I’m held accountable to standardized tests?” The video is a synopsis of a chapter with a similar title from the book Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham.


The Classroom of my Dreams


Given the opportunity to design the classroom of my dreams I put together the above design using Google Sketchup. I believe that students should collaborate frequently but also that collaboration should be balanced with personalization. As you watch the above video I think you’ll see how I tried to strike a balance between the two in my design. You can read the entire post here.


Technology



MAET Bridge Webinar


 In one of my courses a few of my peers and myself hosted a webinar on Developing Information Literacy and Technology Skills in Students. We had lively conversation about topics ranging from what it means to be a digital citizen, to how technology is changing students’ brains, and what effective technology integration looks like.


The Human Drum Kit – Maker’s Movement


In this project we were asked to “make” a station at a Maker’s Faire. We used a Makey Makey to create a human drum kit in which one person (the drummer) hits the hands of people sitting around him or her to make  different sounds in the drum kit. You can read about how we made it and what I gained from putting it together here.

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