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Digital Portfolio: Research & Reflection

     This page contains links to formal papers which display the growth and development of my professional writing skills as well as a culmination of what I have learned through this Wilkes Instructional Media Master’s Degree Program.


Educational Globalization with Right-Brain Bias

     In a technologically advancing world, we as educators must face head-on the challenge of preparing our students. To accomplish this daunting undertaking, we must examine four topics: who do we educate, when do we educate, what educational curriculum do we follow, and how do we carry that curriculum through to a successfully assessable end. I intend to probe these areas using the globalization readings for this unit as a base.


A New Endangered Species: Cultural Identity

     Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of the leopards of Amur. Woeful are we who hunt and drive these animals to the brink of extinction with no cares of what natural consequences there lie within. Ah, say you, “What has this to do with cultural capitalism?” A brief glance into similes may expose that connection. The human race relates to globalization as Amur Leopards relate to cultural identity. The human race grows so invasively that the leopards must relinquish their homes. As globalization grows, so the individualism of culture must surrender. Herein lies the challenge of preserving that which we have placed in danger of extinction.


Differentiated Instruction: Getting On Board  

     The past seven years have been trying for the field of education as “No Child Left Behind” strives to make its mark. Inclusion has also played an important role in the way educators handle their curricula. Though research varies from year to year, it is clear that there are as many benefits to heterogeneous groupings as there are for homogeneous groupings. If classrooms of the present and future are to succeed with the predominantly popular heterogeneous groups, educators must adapt to every level. How is this possible? Through differentiated instruction, and because of its growing importance and popularity, technology is the proven venue.


Economic Transgression: Flattening or Diversifying?

     Thomas Friedman suggests we are creating an ever flattening world as we advance in global communication and technology skills. As educators, we must inevitably prepare for the resulting tide of outsourced services. If we ourselves do not wish to become the victims of onshoring, we must raise the educational standards of this country to serve two purposes. The first is to take the responsibility of preparing our students for an uncertain future. Secondly, we must make ourselves the invaluable providers of high quality offshored education to ensure our own economic security.


AYP Data Analysis

     Adequate Yearly Progress is the assessment data used to determine whether or not schools are making progress with meeting educational goals set by the state. This paper will address data analysis questions for a sample school district in Pennsylvania herein referred to as “PA Public School District” or PaPSD.


Is This Really My Story?: Lesson Plan for Digital Storytelling

     Daniel Pink’s ideas regarding global empathy (2006) revolve around knowledge. We need knowledge to make informed decisions. In a globally advancing world, those decisions affect our ability to work with people who may be different from our norms. Students must learn early the importance of empathy as their future will be bombarded with opportunities to work with global partners they may never shake hands with. This unit is designed to help students develop some early understandings of empathy’s impact on their futures. The foundation of this project is loosely based on Pink’s portfolio entitled Eavesdrop (2006, pp. 179-180).


Digital Photojourney: Lesson Plan

     This unit is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop global relationships. Through these relationships, students will gain valuable insight into the importance of cultural sensitivity in a globally advancing world. Careful constant teacher monitoring will be imperative throughout this unit to ensure there is an understanding of cultural differences so there is no intentional or unintentional insult delivered between the collaborating students. The development of empathy is the key component to this unit’s success.


Reflections on “A Dog for the Obamas”

     As stated previously, Project-Based Learning is a means by which educators can motivate their students to take a more active role in their educational process. Though done as adults, this group experience provided everything a project should: created an ownership of our learning, developed necessary 21st century skills, and provided authentication of our skills. Though the dynamics within our group caused some initial frustrations, they also worked to our advantage. Overall, this intense project-based learning experience was well worth the efforts involved.


Collaborating With Alice

     Project-Based Learning is a means by which educators can motivate students, encourage the development of 21st century skills, and promote the desire for life-long learning. Once the initial expense of time is spent, educators will find PBL projects a rewarding experience for everyone involved. This can all be accomplished by carefully choosing technologies capable of enhancing creativity. Tools like the Alice animation program are just one way to accomplish this.


A Marriage Between Two Sciences: ergonomics and neuroscience

     The focus of this paper is to engage learners in the importance of computer ergonomics as it relates to Daniel Pink’s senses of empathy, meaning, and symphony. By definition, ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people and their work environment (Young). In a technologically advancing world, we as educators must face head-on the challenge of preparing, while protecting, our students. To accomplish this daunting task, we must examine topics related to technology use and the resulting harm. Part 1 of this paper addresses Pink’s senses. Part 2 delves into specific activities which promote those senses and develop healthy technology use habits.


AutoPUPography: Reflection Paper

     This is a reflection of the video project “AutoPUPography” which has been submitted under the Video Projects page of this wiki. This paper is not in APA format.


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