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Anna Toronova- Portfolio Summary

Teacher and subject area
In my group, we worked with two teachers altogether throughout our work assignments. For the majority of the time however, we worked with Ms. Haveruk. Ms. Haveruk is a Grade 9 English teacher- teaching both Academic and Applied classes, who teaches in the Portable. She did not have a clear idea of what she wanted technology wise in her classroom, but Ms. Haveruk knew that she wanted to add some form of technology into her teachings. Ms. Scocchia on the other hand, wanted a blog for her Co-Op classes. As a group, we tried to help both teachers accomplish their goals.

Description of project
For Ms. Haveruk, we were able to accomplish several mini projects. We were able to accomplish the following regarding implementing technology into her Grade 9 Classroom.

1.) Student Survey: After our interview with Ms. Haveruk, the first initial assignment we did with her classroom is giving out Technology surveys to the students. We were able to find out some interesting information from these surveys, including that although most of the students have the basic knowledge about computer technology, most of them lack the academic learning aspect of it. By that, I mean to say that although most students know how to use Word, Powerpoint and the Internet, most of them lack the knowledge of more obscure educational tools (Google Scholar, Diigo, Prezi, blogging, even Excel)

2.) Research Workshop- After giving out the Student survey and having another discussion with Ms. Haveruk, we decided to create a Prezi on ‘How to Properly Research Online’. In the Prezi, we included videos and information about Web Tools that would help the students research (including Diigo, Easybib, Google Scholar, and even Prezi) The link to this Prezi can be found here: Prezi!

We presented the above Prezi to the Applied class, and overall got a pleasant reaction. Although the class was a bit rowdy, at the end of the day they walked away with useful technology knowledge.

3.)Web Tools Research- Another mini assignment we were able to accomplish for Ms. Haveruk was researching on various Web Tools. We presented her with a detailed list during one of our meetings, and also provided her with a Prezi that other IDC students had created (Lindsay’s group)

4.) Blogs!- Helping Ms. Haveruk and Ms. Scocchia was the last part of the projects that we helped both teachers with. Both teachers wanted to explore making a blog on their own (so they can better apply it in the future) instead of us arbitrarily making a blog for them. For this, we set both teachers up with a WordPress account and gave them detailed information and links on how to create their blog. We also provided both teachers with our emails and other resources for troubleshooting in the future. For Ms. Haveruk, we hope to take her WordPress blog that she creates and help make an RSS Feed Newspaper from it. But that project is still in the processes of being made.

Technology used
Free Rice
Possible uses in other classes/subject areas
-Prezi can be used in other English/social sciences classrooms. Blogs can be used as examples to other teachers attempting to create their own blog. 🙂

Portfolio Presentation Link:

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