To Whom It May Concern:
This Capstone Digital Portfolio is evidence of the work I have accomplished in the last two years and a sample of the profound and exciting opportunities that await me in my new career in Education.
Prior to embarking on the certification process to teach Technology and learn Instructional Design, I was a professional volunteer and part-time substitute teacher. After being asked to accept a long-term assignment at the High School covering for one of the Technology Instructors and being quite humbled and challenged, I found myself working and breathing the life of “Teacher”. I was not prepared; I was overwhelmed; but I caught the bug. I was enthralled by the chance to make a difference and have an impact. The smile on the face of a student who grasps a challenging concept — that “aha!” moment — was the kind of smile I wanted to see more of.
I enrolled at Bridgewater State University’s Post-Baccalaureate Program for Instructional Technology Certification beginning Fall 2013. I threw myself into the learning full force. I had fun with it and I tried everything – exploring apps and social media platforms and signing up for educational newsletters with abandon. I discovered that I had no idea how to pronounce ‘pedagogy’ – something, to be honest, is actually not easily discoverable in an online learning environment until you listen to a podcast.
Now after embracing and enthusiastically endorsing Dr. TN.’s CLAC – Collaborative Learning Accountability Chart and having studied Instructional Theory to Technology Policy, I am ready to share my knowledge, thoroughly investigate emerging technologies and roll up my sleeves and work with students of all ages. I have most experience with High School – and Seniors over the age of 85 by way of my volunteering at a nursing home to teach email and Facebook – but also love working with the youngest and most eager students, the Kindergarteners and early elementary children. I have been able to work with every group in my Student Teaching Practicum and have conquered the unknown. I am ready for more.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my Educational IT Journey.