Jun 16

Having a digital space where you can reflect, house information, and communicate thinking is crucial. I switched my site from a Weebly platform to WordPress that is hosted by Bluehost. I also paid to have a personalized web address. kheiladunkerly.com I felt that this was important as I began blogging and sharing ideas. The site is organized into the following sections: blog, tech tips, about me, contact information, and resources. The blogging section is used to reflect professionally. I also have a tech tips section where I share information and tips on how to integrate technology into the classroom. Another section that I added was reading recommendations. This gives a better perspective on topics and educators that I am interested in reading about.

Under the additional resources section, I linked the Professional Learning Site that I created for the teachers that I work with. I also linked the website for the Teaching and Learning Conference I started and organized the last two years. I feel that this gives additional examples about my educational interests. This is also where I linked the blog I used for this course. The assignments can be found under Instructional Media. I embedded my Twitter feed and also included a link to my Instagram. In the sidebar menu, I also include information about my learning including Apple Learning Specialist Certification and Google Certifications. I have a section where I list other blogs to check. I love using Jetpack to see the site statistics and gain information about interactions with my blog.

This site allows other educators to easily find information about me and my educational journey. I also use this as an example for students and other educators who are setting up their own sites.

Jun 11

I really enjoyed doing the live broadcast this week. I having been talking about doing more professional learning sessions using this format next year and I was excited to take the time to explore. Here are the steps leading up to the webinar.


This past week I organized a countywide teaching and learning conference. One of the topics that came up was the idea of teachers being out on an island. Teachers that are taking risks, stepping out of their comfort zones, and doing things that may not fit with tradition often receive pushback. A couple of months ago I did a blog post, Island Life Isn’t Always Easy, on this topic and thought it would be great to use this for the webinar. I told people about this webinar on the last day of the conference and received a great response from people who wanted to attend.


I decided to use the Zoom platform. I have used it to join in on many webinars and meetings before and found the platform to be very user-friendly. I created an account and set up my meeting day and time. I chose Sunday at 4:45 pm because I knew this would work for many of the people that would be viewing. I also selected to have the video on only for the host. I allowed audio for both but had it muted for all participants. I actually never ended up using the audio.


Next, I set up a test meeting. I had my husband, who had never used this platform, attempt to join. I found out that if using a mobile device you were prompted to download the Zoom app. If you didn’t want to view, you could call in and listen without downloading the app. This was information I was able to include when I notified people. It was really easy to invite people using the email they provided.  I also shared just the direct link with an email to the people who had attended the conference.

I also practiced sharing my screen because I knew that was something I wanted to do while I was broadcasting live. This also was very easy and I didn’t run into any issues.


Live Webinar

One thing I needed to think through was the location. I was at my house but found a spa had a blank wall. I also needed to make sure my own children wouldn’t come looking for me during the live broadcast. I started the meeting at 4:40 pm and people quickly people started to join. Some joined by calling in and some joined to see the video. I got started right away and realized I need to practice a little more time practicing looking at the camera. It felt a little weird to be talking to myself. I was able to share my screen to reference the blog post without any issues. I wanted to keep it short and planned on it lasting about 15 minutes. It went faster than I anticipated and I only ended up talking for 10 minutes. I was able to record the webinar and it saved it right to my computer. You can view the recording here.



After watching the video back, I realized I need to make some changes before doing this again. Even though I had tested the sound, I should have used a microphone. The audio was okay, but it would have much better if I had a mic plugged in. Also, I wasn’t looking directly at the camera and when I watched it back it seemed a little odd. I wish that I would have turned on the audio for people and asked them to share comments or questions. That is one of the features that I like about Zoom and I didn’t utilize it. I would absolutely use this platform again and I think it will be a great way to deliver professional development. I can then house the webinar videos on my blog for people to view at a later time.







Jun 11

This post comes at a perfect time because it allows me to reflect on something I have been involved in for a few months. In April, I began the Innovative Teaching Academy with AJ Juliani. I can’t say enough about this learning experience and how it has pushed my thinking and challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone. This is a self-paced course where you can go through the information but it also has discussions, challenges, and readings. One of my favorite components of the course are the live webinars that happen monthly. This gives the participants a chance to get new information while also participating.

I have watched the webinars using two different platforms, Youtube and Zoom. They both offer different pros and cons. The Youtube webinar was with AJ Juliani and George Corous, both are tremendous educators. It was centered around Innovation in Schools. I liked using YouTube and found many pros. The link was sent out and it was extremely easy to join and get started. Many people from the course joined the webinar. People were commenting and discussing the webinar as it was going. It was great to engage in the discussion with all of the participants and see the connections they were making. People were also tweeting out comments and questions using the ITA hashtag. I would say that this did make it a little confusing. I was trying to comment on both Youtube and Twitter. I think that it would have been better to have only used one platform. I think that there is a lot of use for this in the classroom. Our Middle School this year as used Youtube for the morning announcements, broadcasting assemblies, and academic competitions. Students could easily use this platform to share out information and invite people from around the world to join.

The other webinars that I have attended in the Innovative Teaching Academy have used the Zoom platform. This is one I have used many times before. I like that you have the option to have video displayed or to join without video. We have webinars based on what we have studied over the last week. These are run using a Q&A format. This allows the viewers to take part in the discussion instead of just sitting and listening to information. While I think that there is a time to just watch a webinar, the interaction adds an additional layer that I love. The May topic was: Technology’s Role in Innovation: The Frameworks and Tools for Success. The June topic was: Building Better Habits for Innovation: Work Smarter Not Harder. These have been held at different times, which has been nice to accommodate all schedules. The most recently one was held June 6th at 6:00pm. I loved this time and again, the Zoom platform was super easy. You can choose to have your video displayed, just audio shared, or just to listen in. This was a great way to not only to learn but afterward to ask questions and get answers in real time.

I think that Zoom would also be a great tool to use with the students. You could set up a time and invite students and experts on a topic that you are studying. This would allow students to connect with experts and other students beyond the walls of the school. Using video webinars also is a great way to model and encourage communication skills. Our students need to be able to communicate with a variety of individuals using a variety of connected platforms.  I think that video is somewhat under used in my district and I am looking forward to helping support teachers to integerate it into their teaching.

Jun 04

Learning is a journey.

Over the last 7 days, I have posted a picture a day on my blog. All of the pictures kept with the theme: Learning Is. I decided on this theme because, especially at this time of year, it is important to take the time to notice the small moments. Learning is happening all around us, all the time. I enjoyed keeping my eyes open to the learning that I was surrounded by each day. I enjoyed this process because I was capturing important learning moments through a photograph. While I did put a caption with each photograph, there is so much more that can be seen in the photograph. I liked that the interpretation was somewhat kept open, allowing others to form their own ideas. This challenge has helped to see how a photo challenge could be used with students. I think that this would be a great strategy for students of all ages. Younger students could photograph specific colors, shapes, or objects beginning with a letter. Older students could photograph angles, concepts in nature, or items that are symbolic in a novel. It also gives students creative freedom while sharing their learning. I enjoyed sharing these photographs on my blog, but they could also be shared using Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This is absolutely something that I will share with teachers and students.

Jun 04

Our school is digging deeper into Project Based Learning. Last year I was trained in PBL 101 by the Buck Institute of Education. Currently, I am training and supporting teachers with PBL in my district. This lesson, Digging for Dinos, is one of the BIE examples and one I have used with teachers. I think that the learning would be even more enhanced by incorporating social networking sites. This is a second-grade lesson plan, and many say that students that age are too young to be using social media sites. I disagree. Students need to learn how to use social media in meaningful ways and it is important that we start teaching students how to correctly use these sites at a young age. Beyond the content standards, the goal of this project is to empower students to use their voice, increase communication skills, and connect with content experts using social networking tools.

Project Summary: Scientists are still not 100% certain about the event that caused the extinction of dinosaurs. Students will research different types of dinosaurs and the habitats they existed in. Students will be doing additional research about dinosaur extinction in order to make a claim as to what happened to the dinosaurs. Students will also be creating a museum to display and share their research with others. Students will share their findings on Twitter and the class blog.


  • Students will form a claim to answer “What happened to the dinosaurs?”
  • Students will share research on the class blog.
  • Students will appropriately comment on each other’s blog posts.
  • Students will use Twitter to connect with Paleontologists.
  • Students will use Twitter to promote their blog.


  • W 2.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
  • Next Generation Science Standards 2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly
  •  RI 2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  •  W 2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.


Mini Lesson: Collaborative Research

Students will work in groups to research dinosaurs and their habitats before constructing their claim. Each group will have a Padlet wall they will use to share their research with group members. They will post links, videos, questions, and important facts. Group members will post comments on each other’s research. Each group will share their Padlet link with the class so other students can view their progress. Other group members can comment or find resources for their own research.

Mini Lesson: Resources for Research

Students will conduct dinosaur research using a variety of information text, both paper and digital. Students will use nonfiction text features to help them locate information, identify key details, and synthesize information. Resources can also include interviews with field experts. As students gather resources, they will begin to formulate an opinion on what happened to the dinosaurs.

Mini Lesson: Blogging

We will discuss how blogging is a tool that can help us reflect and share our learning with the world.We will view several other class blogs to see how other students are using their blogs. We will use one class blog and each group will share their research progress on a weekly. This will be with guidance and support from adults. Students will need to work together as a group to decide what update they would like to share.

Mini Lesson: Helpful vs. Hurtful Comments

We will review what it means to give someone a helpful comment and how to offer specific feedback. To do this we will use post-it notes and comment on work that is in our hallways. This way students can practice giving authentic feedback. We will discuss how anyone that walks down the hall can read these. They are public comments just like the ones we will post on the blog. We will discuss how a hurtful comment could make someone feel. The class blog will be through Edublogs and it is set that all posts need to be approved by me before being posted.



Mini Lesson: Twitter

We will look at the information on my Twitter account. Students will create a class Twitter account. We will discuss what an appropriate Twitter handle would be, our profile picture, and what hashtag we should use when we post about our project. Students will need to practice using 140 characters or less. We will do this on paper first. Students will write out what they learned today using only 140 characters. They will swap their “Tweet” and check one another’s to see if it is less than 140 characters. We will have a reporter that will share out about our dinosaur research each day. They will post this along with a picture on Twitter. Students will use the class Twitter account to reach out and find a paleontologist. They will post their questions based on the research they conducted and use the expert as an additional source.

We will have a reporter that will share out about our dinosaur research each day. They will post this along with a picture on Twitter. Students will use the class Twitter account to reach out and find a paleontologist. They will post their questions based on the research they conducted and use the expert as an additional source.

Students will use the class Twitter account to reach out and find a paleontologist. They will post their questions based on the research they conducted and use the expert as an additional source.

We will also use Twitter on the day of the dinosaur museum to share our research with the world.

Evaluation: Content will be evaluated based on reading and writing expectations. Students will receive individual assessments on their ability to construct an opinion and conduct research. We will use rubrics to evaluate communication skills, teamwork, and appropriate digital citizenship.

We will use rubrics to evaluate communication skills, teamwork, and appropriate digital citizenship. Students will be familiar with the rubrics before the start of the project and they will be referred to throughout. They will be used as formative assessment checkpoints. Feedback on how students are progressing with these skills is crucial. Students will reflect and then receive feedback from peers and the teacher.


Buck Institute For Education 

Jun 03

Learning is hands on.

Jun 03


Learning is something to celebrate.

Jun 03


Learning is fun.

Jun 01


Learning is better with feedback.

May 31

Learning is sharing ideas.

Instructional Media