Week 9 – Blog Post

Step 1: What is a PLN?

PLN stands for “Personal Learning Network”.  It is a network of people and resources that support ongoing learning.  Learning can be in many different formats like feedback, insights, documentation, etc.

Step 2: Making Connections

Teachers use social media to connect with their PLN.  Teachers can use twitter, facebook, instagram, email, youtube and many other things to positively connect through the media.

Step 3: Using Twitter to Build Your PLN

Twitter is where educators can find advice, give advice, find helpful links, share work and much more.

Step 4: All About Hashtags and Twitter Chats

Hashtags can organize key words and concepts or find something your are interested in by searching the hashtag.

Step 5: Using Blogs As Part Of Your PLN

Blogs is where you can share information and tips.  It is also a great place to reflect on learning and teaching practices.

Step 6: Using Curation Tools As A Connected Educator

It is important for internet user to establish skills to sift through abundance of internet content.

Step 7: Making Time to Build Your PLN

Start small, set goals and commit, establish a routine and be consistent.  These steps will be beneficial for creating a efficient PLN.


Week 8 – Blog Post

SOL 1.8 Can determine the value a combination of pennies, nickels, and dimes up to $1.00.

For my interactive assessment I decided to create a Kahoot.  Kahoot is an enjoyable interactive quiz to analyze how knowledgeable the class is on specific content.  The teacher has the ability to create the Kahoot to their needs.  It is a quick way to survey the class and collect data about what they learned or what needs to be reiterated.  I vaguely remember using Kahoot in high school.  Looking back I realize it is an efficient way to quiz the entire class.  This assessment is a formative one which requires students to use Kahoot.


Week 7 – Blog Post

SOL 5.5 The student will investigate and understand that organisms are made of one or more cells and have distinguishing characteristics that play a vital role in the organism’s ability to survive and thrive in its environment. Key concepts include

a) basic cell structures and functions;

b) classification of organisms using physical characteristics, body structures, and behavior of the organism; and

c) traits of organisms that allow them to survive in their environment.

Content knowledge: Students will the basic cell structures and functions.

Technology: Websites to complete structures game.

Pedagogy: This assignment would be assigned before the lesson to provide the students a foundation.

TCK: The students will use the virtual websites to understand what they will  be learning. The next class we will go over what was learned and create a cell collectively.

TPK: Using the interactive websites will  fully engage the students with the material and not just reading the textbook.

PCK: The pedagogy supports the content knowledge because after completing the websites, the students should have enough information of what we will be covered in the next class and they will know the structures and functions.