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My Journey At Azusa Pacific University Growth Assessment Evonne Dotson Azusa Pacific University

Authors Note:

This paper was prepared for EDUC 526 Capstone course, taught by Dr. Gilbreath.

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Introduction

When I begin the Digital Teaching and Learning Program I was in the midst of finishing my student teaching. In addition, I was substitute teaching for a few days a week through Alvord Unified School District. In addition, when I first began my MA courses I was planning my parents 30th anniversary party. My goal for pursuing a masters degree in digital teaching and learning was to take a risk and do something that would be challenging for me. My other goal was to do my best to learn more about technology so that I can enrich and contribute to the students and staff at my future school.

Personal Growth Through this program I definitely have become a lot better at managing multiple responsibilities. I also have learned the importance of giving myself boundaries so that I do not become overwhelmed. Although at times I still feel that I have a lot of responsibility. These boundaries include not overcommitting to activities outside of school, having a flexible work schedule and even seeing friends and family members a lot less during the program. I usually study best in the morning and afternoon, I actually get up as early as 2 or 3am to take time and study if needed. In order for me to meet my deadlines I learned during my credential classes that I must create, write and input reminders on several devices and agendas to help me keep track of what assignments or events are coming up. This usually ensures that I will not forget to miss any deadlines. Although through during the program I have forgotten about assignments being due, thankfully I have always been able to turn it in by the due date. I truly value working with my other colleagues in the program because they have helped me to stay accountable. No, I have not added any new entries to my spiritual timeline. The completion of this degree means that I finally get the opportunity to work fulltime and pay off my student loan debt. It also means that I can help friends and family who are going through school. I believe I can be a source of advice

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and encouragement to others. The completion of this degree also means that I know that I can set a goal and then achieve it. The achievement of this degree has also shown me that as a teacher I am a work in progress, there is still a lot to learn about being an excellent educator.

Professional Growth

My time of study at APU has been a challenging and humbling experience. In honesty, at first I was going to get my MA degree in the traditional program. When I was halfway through the program I had a heart change, I realized that there have been many technological advancements through my lifetime and I am only in my twenties. I realized that I would be doing my students a disservice if I am not using technology in the classroom. It would also be a greater disservice if I could not teach them about technology. I have nothing against the traditional way of teaching; there are some amazing teachers that do not use technology but I need to move with the technological advancements of the future. My perspective has changed; as I teacher I believe that I need to be flexible to the needs of students. The students of the future will need to be fluent in the use of technology and innovation. I believe the following words of my, So What? Who Cares? paper will forever be my educational goal for the future. What makes an educator in the 21st century? An educator of the 21st century is ever learning new methods and improving upon old ones to reach his or her students. An educator of the 21st century will embrace and explore new and existing technologies to better the classroom performance and experience. An educator of the 21st century will use various ways to reach a diversely intellectual classroom. Embracing the future in this way will allow the teacher and the student to be prepared to collaborate and contribute to an always evolving society. When I wrote this statement I just began the program and I was not even sure that I believed the words that I wrote. I remember writing this feeling unsure about whether or not I could actually be an educator that embraces these values. After months of going through the program I realized that I am receiving the skills I need to begin to become that educator. As an educator I will not be perfect but if I continue to grow and develop in the skills that I have gained in the program, then I will be an

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excellent educator over time. The only change that I would make to my So What? Who Cares? paper is adding the statement that, becoming proficient in all the skills that I have gained from the program will continue to be a time investment on my part. I will have to continue to read materials, go to conferences and stay active on Twitter to continue to grow to become proficient or above. I have not taken on any additional responsibilities at this time. My goal during this season was to continue to work as a substitute teacher part time and then focus on my course work. During my student teaching I began to incorporate the iPad application called iLeap Pick a Student. I chose to use this application to ensure classroom participation from all students in the classroom. In my EDUC 512 class we had app sharing night and that was one of the apps I shared with my colleagues. In addition, I used Keynote quite a bit on the iPad to develop study guides for my students. This proved to be very beneficial because I could send the presentation to the classroom computer without using the iPad. In EDUC 512 I began using Keynote to develop projects to use in an educational setting. My action research project is a 6 week study and is a part of the capstone experience at Azusa Pacific University. The action research project will be a personal study in order to help implement more efficient work habits. The projects results will be based upon a consistent weekly practice of organizing all of my devices in order to see if I can become more efficient in managing my time and space. Technical Growth At the beginning of the program I had never used an iPad before although I was familiar with the Windows 8 tablet. In honesty, I had to begin to think differently because I was unfamiliar with Apple products. The first class that I started to become familiar with the iPad was EDUC 512. In that class I was taught fundamental skills about word processing and learned how to format documents using Numbers and Pages. Now I am also more comfortable creating video for the classroom, through EDUC 514 I learned different techniques such as camera shots, lighting and recording video. In addition, there are many iPad apps that I am excited to use when I have my own classroom. In my future classroom I plan to use Google applications and I would like to use iPad apps that will contribute to a better classroom work flow. In addition I would like to keep up a classroom website with academic resources, recorded lessons, agenda and videos that would

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contribute to our classroom community. Now I use the iPad regularly just as I use my laptop. After the program I plan on purchasing my own iPad for regular classroom use.

Life Long Learning Plan

I definitely realize that I must stay connected through Twitter and through conferences if I am going to continue to grow as a young professional. Now that I am at the end of my Masters program, I would like to find out more information about taking some of the classes again so that I can effectively implement the skills I have learned in the program. Currently I apart of Phi Lambda Theta, an Education Honors society and I plan to be more of an active member when I graduate. The education honors society is up to date of what is happening in the education and technology world. I would like to continue to develop in learning how to manage a class that is completely paperless if possible. In addition, I would like to continue to learn more about how to apply google applications. There are a numerous amount of skills that I still want to develop, I will definitely be a lifelong learner in education. In five years I hope I can be a teacher leader at my school and teach others how to use technology in their classroom. In 10 years actually I want to continue to work in the field of education as a career or academic counselor.

History of Coursework and Course Evaluation

Course Title & Class Instructor Name EDUC Essentials in

Term Complete Fall 2013

Key Skills Acquired

Comments/Suggestions

Google +, Wordle,

Strengths: having feedback and

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Digital Teaching and Learning Instructor: Dr. Gilbreath

LiveBinders, Slideware

counsel from Dr. Gilbreath about EDUC 511 and courses in the future Benefits: growing fluent in foundational skills Weaknesses: none

Instructional Applications Productivity EDUC 512 Software INSTRUCTOR: Kristi Hernandez Fall 2013

Pages, keynote, Numbers, word processing skills

Strengths: word processing development

Benefits: learning foundational skills

Weaknesses: none Learning new lesson Digital Literacies EDUC 513 Instructor: Linda Muhlhauser Fall II 2014 platforms, ICT development Benefits: extra practice gained in taking elective course Strengths: learning new technologies

Weakness: I felt inundated with a lot information ( a little bit overwhelming) Howard Gardners multiple intelligence, Summer cognition, blooms taxonomy, iPad applications Strengths: Great course I wish I can take it again, especially now that I have a better understanding of the class.

Learning in the 21st Century EDUC 522

INSTRUCTOR: 2013 Jennifer Courduff

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Benefits: The class teaches you how to plan lessons that are built around higher order thinking. Also the best part was being able to have time to revise your work. Professor Courduff did not give up on us as a class; she saw the best in us.

Weaknesses: None. Video production, editing, lighting Digital Video in the Classroom EDUC 514 INSTRUCTOR: Bill Selak Fall 2014 Benefits: Bill Selak is very passionate about education and technology. I am glad I had him as a professor. Strengths: Video!

Weaknesses: None. Evolving Educational EDUC 515 Technologies Fall 2014 INSTRUCTOR: Selaksar Twitter, developing a personal learning network, building a website, case study on an evolving technology Benefits: Mr. Seliskar displays Christian character and is understanding. Strengths: Developing a PLN on Twitter, creating my first google site

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Weaknesses: none Capstone Experience/ Digital EDUC 526 Teaching and Learning Fall II 2014 Portfolio, growth assessment, Action Research Benefits: Getting extra assistance and feedback from Dr. Gilbreath for finishing your coursework. Strengths: Well laid out culminating experience.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gilbreath

Weaknesses: none

Evaluation of the impact of the Digital Teaching and Learning Program For my future in education I am going to purchase an iPad for myself and my classroom. There are many apps that I will definitely use such as, Classroom Dojo and Educreations. I am also very amazed at just how google applications can be used in the classroom. Learning and understanding Google applications is an area I want to excel in the future. I plan to grow and excel in all areas mentioned above by using each of these applications in my daily lessons. By taking small steps at first, (meaning getting better at using a few applications first), I plan to create a technologically oriented classroom.

Program Evaluation Overall my experience at APU has been great! Although going through my credential program had some tough spots. I was in the Professional Development Program at Victor Hodge School in Azusa. Those of us who were in the PDS program had an expectation to begin substitute teaching in Azusa after we finished the program. Also there was poor communication between our university mentor and our master teachers. There were not clear expectations at first for the master teachers or the students in the PDS program. One request I have for the Masters program

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is allow students sufficient time for breaks (if we go until 9:30). My second request is to consider gearing the program towards mastery in a few areas as oppose to learning about numerous amount of things.

Form: "Unit Candidate Dispositions Rubric (2.25.2013)"


Created with: Task stream Author: Evonne Dotson

Directions: Please complete the Candidate Dispositions Rubric, aligned to Ethical, Responsive, and Informed educator dispositions, as evidenced in the candidate.
NCATE defines dispositions as "professional attitudes, values and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development. The two professional dispositions that NCATE expects institutions to assess are fairness and the belief that all students can learn. (NCATE 2008)

Candidate/Date Information (optional)


Candidate Name: Evonne Dotson APU ID No.: 000513012

Evaluator Name (optional):


No answer specified

(REQUIRED) Assessor:
Self

Course Prefix and Number (optional):


Example: EDUC 504 EDUC 526

(REQUIRED) Ethical educators who are able to understand and articulate the integration of a Christian worldview in their professional communities of practice display:
1 2 3 4 N/A

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Personal Integrity Collaborative, cooperative, and respectful behaviors Fairness in educational settings by meeting the educational needs of all students in a caring, non-discriminatory, and equitable manner Sensitivity to cultural and individual differences Personal and professional maturity

x x x x x

Response Legend: 1 = Not Acceptable (not displayed) 2 = Approaches Acceptable (sometimes displayed) 3 = Acceptable (usually displayed) 4 = Target (always displayed)

(REQUIRED) Comments regarding candidate strengths/areas for improvement (Ethical):


I am working on having personal integrity in all areas of my life not just in an educational setting this where I mainly would like to improve.

(REQUIRED) Responsive educators who practice reflective critical thinking in their engagements with diverse communities of learners display:
1 Responsiveness to the expectations and standards of the professional community Responsiveness to conditions that promote learning, health, and personal safety in the P-12 school and community Effective communication within the educational community Commitment to fair academic practices that ensure all students can learn Responsiveness to the impact of discrimination based on race, class, gender, disability/exceptionality, sexual orientation, and language on students and their learning Effective time management Appearance and dress appropriate for one's professional setting x x 2 3 x x x x 4 N/A

Response Legend: 1 = Not Acceptable (not displayed) 2 = Approaches Acceptable (sometimes displayed) 3 = Acceptable (usually displayed) 4 = Target (always displayed)

(REQUIRED) Comments regarding candidate strengths/areas for improvement (Responsive):


The area I want to work on most regarding responsiveness is time management. This is the area that I am not completely consistent in as far as being responsive. What I have been doing lately to help me on my substitute teaching jobs is use a timer to help with time

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management. Since I am not a full time teacher yet, I do not completely know how I respond to the expectations and standards of my professional community. During my student teaching I did all that was required to meet the standards of the APU professional educational community.

(REQUIRED) Informed and collaborative scholarly educators who are dedicated to professional growth and lifelong learning display:
1 Commitment to adapting and applying the best research-based ideas to improve clinical practice An understanding of current and emerging trends in their field of practice Knowledge of standards and expectations of their discipline through relevant activities and projects in the program Ability to apply and communicate current research effectively in course work The ability to synthesize and apply course content, projects, clinical practice, and professional work x x x 2 3 x x 4 N/A

Response Legend: 1 = Not Acceptable (not displayed) 2 = Approaches Acceptable (sometimes displayed) 3 = Acceptable (usually displayed) 4 = Target (always displayed)

(REQUIRED) Comments regarding candidate strengths/areas for improvement (Informed):


I am not a full-time teacher yet so I believe I will grow in this area. In the future I will work on applying best researched practices and will collaborate with other staff members to achieve this goal.

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