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Embedding

Technology into My Teaching


Joy Bernal
EDUC 526: Capstone Experience in Digital Teaching and Learning
Dr. Jennifer Courduff
APU Azusa Campus
June 29, 2015










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Introduction
About 10 months ago on a whim I decided to look into what it would take to
complete my Masters in Education. I had previously graduated from APU with my
Bachelors and Credential in 2010 and had always said that I would return for a
Masters at some point. My husband and I have an agreement that we would take
turns pursuing our graduate degrees so that only one of us was in school at a time.
He had finished his and is ready to pursue his PhD, but first it was my turn.
With a hope of a family in the very near future, I secretly knew it was now or
(possibly) never for my chance at a Masters degree. Professionally I was going into
my third year at the same school (albeit a new grade) and personally did not have
the responsibility of young children, it wasnt going to get any easier than now!
When I first began looking I figured I would just complete a general Masters of
Education to gain the title as quickly as possible. Upon talking with Dr. Courduff and
realizing that the amount of work would be the same regardless of the specific
degree, it was clear to me that a Masters that focused on technology would be much
more useful throughout my career. I took the plunge into the Digital Teaching and
Learning program beginning in November with a goal to finish by the end of July
and by the grace of God here I am!
Personal Growth
This program has positively stretched me and encouraged my own personal
growth. I have once again been reminded of how much I love to learn! Growing up I
always loved school and learning new things, but I didnt realize how much I missed
having a community in which to learn new things. This program has surrounded me
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with a community of positive and energetic learners who share my passion to


positively change their classrooms to meet the needs of their students. Additionally,
I have conquered my uncertainty and fear of whether I would be able to manage a
full time teaching position and intense load of Masters classes. This is not to say that
it hasnt been extremely challenging and at times overwhelming but it did not win, I
did!
My husband and I have learned things about each other and strengthened
our marriage through this experience too. I could not have done this without him
and his constant support. He spent large amounts of time alone (and without a cook)
in the evenings and weekends while I went to classes and completed homework. He
was the one who casually mentioned and encouraged me to look into a program to
begin with. Without him, Im not sure I would have initiated my search for the right
program. The completion of this degree is important to me because it is something I
did for me. I spend the majority of my time, energy and resources serving others,
but this is a personal accomplishment.
Professional Growth
Professionally, this program has reinvigorated my love of teaching. This
learning community has provided me with another place to find inspiration and
positive attitudes toward change. For the past three years, I have served in a small,
private school that tends to be very stuck in their old ways. There was little desire
among much of the staff to improve or change teaching strategies and methods to
best meet the needs of the students. This attitude becomes very tiring and
discouraging to have to constantly combat and it wasnt until becoming involved in
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this program that I realized how much this had impacted even myself and my
teaching.
Throughout this program my views about how much technology (devices,
network, etc.) is needed to be effective has changed dramatically. My small, private
school had very, very limited technological resources. Aside from a few interactive
whiteboards (upon which we had received no training and had computers too slow
to properly use the software) and some extremely outdated PCs in the computer lab,
the school had nothing to offer the students (or teachers). I combated this by
bringing in my own laptop and iPad to use with my students, but needless to say it
was quite discouraging. I use to think that the things I would learn in my Masters
classes would be useless for my current teaching position. EDUC 513 changed that
dramatically! Professor Muhlhauser challenged us to create class lessons using
various numbers of devices. This opened my eyes to how much I could do with my
one laptop and one iPad. My classroom was a different place after that!
As word leaked out that I was pursuing my Masters degree in the field of
technology, I became the first person my peers sought out for advice when
experiencing technical difficulty. While this had been true previously (I am the
youngest and most technological savvy on the staff to begin with), it increased
dramatically and even began coming from parents. My administrator asked me to
put together trainings for future staff meetings, sought my ideas regularly before
making decisions and asked me to become the liaison between the newly developed
technology committee made up of parents in the field. I was more than happy to
share what I knew or troubleshoot what I didnt. It was most important to me that I
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provide a positive example to my peers that would encourage them to try and
pursue small changes in their teaching methods to help their students.
Ironically, God had another plan in mind. During the last week of the school
year, a long time professional acquaintance, the Superintendent at a private school
closer to my home, which I have desired to work at for many years, offered me a
new job teaching third grade. This school has everything from 1-1 iPad carts,
interactive whiteboards, 3D printers, and more. Since accepting this position, I have
also been offered a seat on the technology committee at this school. It is amazing to
me that now that I was finally at peace with my previous situation, the Lord opened
a new door where I will be able to implement even more of my newly acquired skills
from this program. Upon reflection, I realized that His timing was perfect. He
intended for me to complete this program now because he was preparing me for my
new position at the school of my desire. The Lord is good and I am so thankful!
Action Research
My action research project addresses another personal desire. I have chosen
to research and implement a strategy of success to prepare my family for
homeownership. My husband and I are hopeful that some day we will be able to
own a home of our own to raise our family in. This project has provided me with the
opportunity to learn about the home buying process and educate myself on what is
truly needed financially to be ready for this big step. I will determine our
expectations of a home, research what price range fits our expectations, and
implement a financial savings plan to save for a down payment within 18 months.

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Technical Growth

Coming into this program I had many of the basic computer skills and was

already applying them into my classroom. However, what I have gained most from
this program is knowledge. Knowledge of what types of technology is available,
many times free or at minimal expense, for the classroom. Prior to this program, I
was completely unaware of online lesson platforms and collaborative tools. EDUC
513 opened my eyes to the many different ways to create online lessons and allow
students opportunities to work collaboratively with online tools.
My computer skills have been most stretched through learning HTML coding
and video editing. EDUC 525 was the first class I took in the program and that is
where I learned the basics of HTML coding. This skill has since been extremely
enlightening and useful in creating technology rich lessons in my classroom. It has
also provided me the knowledge to be able to problem shoot errors that arise
during technology integration. Secondly, in EDUC 514 I discovered the joy of video
in the classroom. When the class began, I was extremely nervous and uneasy about
my ability to create videos on my own. By the end of the class, I had already created
three videos in my classroom with my students and presented them to parents. I
realized that not only can I create my own videos, but they have great power when
used in the classroom.
Life-long Learning Plan

I am by very nature a life-long learner. I love to learn. This program has truly

reinvigorated this love and passion and changed my classroom for the better. I
realize that for as daunting as it may be to consider guiding 25-30 students through
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an online activity, the rewards are SO worth it! I feel equipped and empowered to
embrace technology integration in my classroom and no longer hold a fear of my
ability to do it well. I realize that the best way to learn how to apply technology in
the classroom is to do it.
The field of technology changes so quickly that it is imperative to stay abreast
of new developments. This program, especially EDUC 513, encouraged me to
connect with other impassioned technology educators through blogs and social
media. These followings will assist me in staying aware of what others are doing and
how technology is changing. Additionally, I will definitely be attending conferences
and professional training webinars/seminars on technology integration to help
keep my skills current and engaging. I have been asked to join my schools
technology integration team, which will be another group to learn from and
motivate me to share my experience and stay current on the uses of technology in
the classroom.
I love the classroom and being a teacher. In five years, I hope to be a well-
rounded and inspiring teacher in the classroom regardless of grade or school
location. However, I also desire to enter into administrative leadership of a school. I
feel that my classroom experience combined with my passion for the changing face
of education would truly benefit a school and make a huge impact on many, many
students. This program has inspired me to continue to learn and grow in my
profession, in order to make the greatest impact I can. It would not surprise me if I
returned to school at some time in the future to pursue and better my skills to
qualify me for educational leadership.
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Azusa Campus

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History of Coursework and Course Evaluation


Course Title &
Key Skills
Term
Instructor
Comments/Suggestions
Completed Acquired
Name
Instructional
Microsoft
Addressed many things I
Applications
Word
already knew regarding
EDUC Productivity
Fall 2
basic computer skills
Numbers
512 Software
2014

WebQuests are useful and

Keynote
INSTRUCTOR:
applicable in the classroom
Kristi Hernandez
WebQuests
Website
I appreciated Lindas classes
Design
because she was a patient
teacher who brought new

Weebly
Web Design for
ideas and direct application
EDUC the Classroom
Fall 2
HTML coding
to our sessions each time.
525 INSTRUCTOR:
2014
Haiku Deck,
Linda Muhlhauser
Advanced my technological
Animoto,
skill the most
Google
forms, Prezi
Lesson
Great job with a blended
platforms
class, very attentive to
Digital Age
online students
Collaborative
EDUC Literacies
Spring 1
Tools
A bit long winded at times
513 INSTRUCTOR:
2015
Advanced my knowledge of
Linda Muhlhauser
lesson technology tools the
most
Blogging
Activities were
Evolving
informational but not as
Thinglink
Educational
directly applicable as other
Gamebased
EDUC Technologies
Spring 1
courses,
Learning
515
2015
Could have used more
INSTRUCTOR:
Lance Martin
content about developing
technology
Learning in the
Multiple
Advanced my lesson
Intelligences
development and
EDUC 21st Century
Spring 2

technological integration
522 INSTRUCTOR: Dr. 2015
Technology
the most
integration
Jennifer Courduff
iMovie
Advanced skills and high
Digital Video in
editing
expectations
the Classroom
Photography
Needs to include more
EDUC
Spring 2
rules
examples and practice time
514 INSTRUCTOR:
2015
to hone photography skills
Torrence Temple

Difficult to take as an
online/remote student

Course

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EDUC
INSTRUCTOR:
527 Torrence Temple

EDUC
526

Capstone
Experience/
Digital Teaching
and Learning

INSTRUCTOR: Dr.
Jennifer Courduff

Summer
2015

Summer
2015

WordPress

Action
Research
Unit
compilation
with
technology

One-on-One instruction is
highly beneficial
Directly applicable to my
teaching
Constructive activities to
encourage reflection and
application of all skills
learned


Evaluation of Impact of DTL Program

My concept of how to integrate and use technology has dramatically changed

throughout this program. I realize that technology is not there for the entertainment
or wow factor but should in fact be used to better the content being taught. With this
in mind, an instructional practice that I intend to implement in this next year is the
use of online lesson platforms. I want to use these platforms not only to facilitate
learning in the classroom, but also to make content accessible to students (and
parents) at home. This will help meet my multiple levels of learners and parents will
be able to better support their childrens learning from home. I intend to share the
content through our class website that will also provide parents with additional
resources and enrichment of the concepts covered in the classroom. I believe that
the use of online lesson platforms will also encourage student directed discovery in
the classroom and reduce the amount of direct lecture/instruction.
Program Evaluation

My overall experience throughout the Digital Teaching and Learning

Program has been very positive. I have been impressed with the amount of
technological information I have learned and the instant usability of the knowledge
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in my classroom. I also appreciate all the professors that I have had and their
obvious desire to pour into me to help me shine in my classroom. I feel comfortable
and able to call on these mentors for advice and classroom suggestions even after
finishing their courses and leaving the program. For me, people make the most
impact and difference. So please know that you are the reason for my rediscovered
passion for teaching using the latest and greatest and my inspiration to be just as
influential with my own students in the classroom.
When teaching in a field that is dramatically and constantly changing, I
appreciate the skills I have learned that go beyond one task or program. I encourage
each professor to continue to seek out projects and activities that develop skills that
can be applied across devices, programs, or specific situations. Thank you for your
time and dedication to maintain a program that teaches on the cutting edge of the
field. I believe that it has given me an improved marketability and I know that it will
change the way I teach and impact the students in my classroom.

Joy Bernal
Azusa Campus

EDUC 526 Growth Assessment


Summer 2015

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