Individual learning project
1. ePortfolio development
2. Online community
3. Professional library
1. School edtech culture eval
2. New media narrative
3. Individual learning project
1. Evaluation, grading
2. Schedule, timeline
3. Rubrics and assessments
4. ISTE NET T Standards
Alysyn Thibault (Wikispaces) (2011-12)
Callie Wilder (Weebly) (2013-14)
Emily Buck (Google Sites) (2011-12)
Rebecca Hartwell (Google Sites) (2011-12)
Spencer Beckman (Weebly) (2014-15)
Model digital stories
The Matanuska Colony
The Vital Marine Highway System
Confessions of a Runner
Double Replacement Reaction
The Moose Hunt
On 11./13/2015 I added a page that show examples of ILP proposals from colleagues. Go here to see them.
Time frame: A fixed assignment (vs. one that is semester long). It is the last assignment of the semester.
What areas of teaching with technology do I need improvement in, particularly within the context of my content area? What new areas would I like to explore? How can pursuing these perspectives and skills improve my professional practice?
Students will design, implement and evaluate the results of an Individualized Learning Plan in which they pursue a new area of teaching and technology. They will document their experience, typically by developing lesson plans or a unit of instruction, and by providing a reflective essay about their project.
Students carry out the ILP toward the end of the course. They focus on something they would really like to learn how to do to improve their teaching. The faculty member approves the direction of the ILP before students proceed. Students produce artifacts to document their activities, and to show how they met their plans. In addition, they produce an essay that reflects on what they learned, as well as the ILP process itself.
What's an ILP?
It stands for individualized learning project. You create educational goals and pathways for yourself to learn something you want to learn that will help you as an educational technologist and as a content area teacher.
Why so short? This is the short version because you only have 3 weeks to complete it, vs. past years, during which students have had half a semester. Let the limited amount of time guide your efforts. Sorry about that.
ISTE Standards addressed
In this assignment, you will develop and carry out a very short project that allows you to investigate some aspect of educational technology that is directly related to your content area.
This project requires that you show evidence of the following:
1. Advancing yourself technically. This could include, for example, learning a piece of software or hardware, or web service. You will need to show your improvement.
2. Creating a classroom application/reflection about what you learned. This might include a lesson plan, and a reflection of a few paragraphs on how you might use what you have learned.
Please note that I provide examples of what students have done in the past, not all of which strictly observe points 1 and 2 above. So, there is latitude. But what you see above is your fall back.
What to post in your portfolio. Write a 2-4 page, meaty (apologies to vegetarians) reflection describing your IEP project, which includes links to the following:
For math teachers - locate a few free math resources that you can use in your professional practice; provide links to them and explain how you can use them in the classes you teach. Create a few lesson plans that integrate these in meaningful ways.
For art teachers - if you don't know Photoshop, learn it and produce something with it. Then discuss how you will use it with your students. Or, if you know Photoshop, then find a free image editing web resource (there are many), learn a bit of it, show an example of something you created with it, and show how you can use it in your professional practice.
For social studies teachers - perhaps investigate using Wikipedia or another web resource as a source of information in a particular area you address in class; or perhaps locate as many good resources as you can in that area, and then discuss how you could translate what you have learned into real lesson plans.
You get the idea.
Actual ILP proposal examples from previous years.
Keep in mind that these were created for the long version of the ILP; you are doing the short version-
Big picture considerations
You will want to place what you do in some kind of theoretical framework. I recommend you go to the page on SAMR and Bloom for inspiration.