Tuesday, April 25, 2017

One to One

One to One Learning Environment

When I was in high school, my school didn't become a 1:1 environment until the second semester of my junior year. Everyone got Macbooks to use. It was a weird transition for everyone, but we eventually got used to it. 

I think having a 1:1 learning environment can be very helpful because our world is all about technology. We use it for everything! It can also be very helpful for students who don't have computers at home so they would have to find someplace that did to do their homework. 

Image Source: iClipart

A lot of schools have this type of learning environment now. Both middle and high school students typically have laptops because they have to write papers and it's easier to do it on instead of an iPad. Elementary students, though, are more likely to have iPads because they might now know how to type on a keyboard. It's also easier for them to navigate and use. 

If you want more information about this type of learning environment you can click the link here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


This semester I focused on creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As an educator it is important to make connections. When I first created my PLN, it wasn't very big, but throughout the semester I started to make more connections and my PLN grew!

Here is a picture of what my PLN looked like before...

The first thing I did to help build my PLN was to make a professional Twitter page. I knew about Twitter from friends, when I was in middle school. Since, I am in the COE (College of Education) I figured I should create a professional account. Once I created my account, I found educators to follow. I instantly started finding things to retweet so I could use them in my future classroom. Twitter is a great way to find ideas, learn new things, share ideas, and ask questions!

Once I started using Twitter more I started to build connections with others. I retweeted ideas that I can use in the future. I also shared some assignments I had done in class to hopefully give some ideas to others.

One of my favorite technology resources is Pinterest! I can spend hours looking at different things on Pinterest and getting new ideas. I thought this was a fun way to expand to my PLN. I ended up creating a new Pinterest account just for educational purposes. This is a great way for educators to get new ideas on how to teach subjects, ways to stay organized, and so much more! I created multiple boards to help organize my pins. I now have great ideas on how to set up my classroom and how to stay organized.

Following UNI Educational Technology is a great way to get new ideas on how to use technology in my future classroom. I found this account by searching for technology boards and thought I should follow it because UNI offers so many great ideas. 

After gathering all of these resources, I wanted to create a better way for me to organize all of them. I found Symbaloo! I always have multiple tabs opened on my computer. Symbaloo is a way to bookmark many websites and resources so you can get to them easily. I will use Symbaloo to organize things for my classes. This will be very beneficial when I become a teacher because it will allow me to stay organized better. 

One of my favorite things to do is read. When I was reading a book by Nicholas Sparks I thought that it would be a fun idea to reach out to him. This would be a cool way to build my PLN. So I tweeted Nicholas Sparks, but unfortunately I didn't get a response. In my future classroom, I think having the students try to make connections with their favorite author would be fun for them. It would make the kids extremely happy to hear back from them. 

I was looking around for some different blogs to follow about education and I came across The Brown Bag Teacher. This is a great resource for different ideas on what to teach in your classroom. It has different articles about education, multiple lesson plans, and a lot more. I can use this in the future when I need help figuring out how to make my lesson plans fun and engaging.

Another tool I used to expand my PLN was Zoom. Zoom is a video and web conferencing service. I learned about zoom in my educational technology class. We had to use this tool to meet with our teammates and professor to discuss one of our projects. It was an easy way for us to meet with each other without having to go anywhere since we were all in different locations. I will use zoom in the future to communicate with my colleagues and teachers.

I found a great resource from some of my friends who have taken this class already and they told me to check out iTunes U. I had never heard of it before, so I decided to check it out. I searched for Elementary Education and A TON of resources popped up. I choose the resource "Elementary Literacy with iPad" because I know that will be something I have to teach in the future. This source gives insight on different ways teacher have taught literacy using an iPad, and how you can use it in your classroom. This will be very helpful when I have my own classroom.

Emailing another educator is also a great resource to help grow my PLN. I was having trouble with deciding what classes I should take in the fall, so I emailed my advisor to see if she could help me. Emailing educators is a great way to get help if you need it. My advisor is someone who I can count on because she has helped me so much already. I will encourage my students to email their educators when they need help with something or have a question because it could really benefit them in the future. 

Another cool resource I found on iTunes is a podcast. I searched for Elementary Education and found multiple subjects. I decided to click on the most popular one to see what it was all about. The podcast is "A Delectable Education, Charlotte Mason Product." This podcast has over 50 episodes to listen to. I clicked on Episode 55: Elementary Math. This episode talks about the Mason principles and how you can incorporate them in your teaching. This will be very helpful in my classroom so I can use these techniques when I don't have any ideas on how to teach math.  

As you can see my PLN has grown a lot since I first started. I can't wait to make even more connections in the future!

Here is a picture of what my PLN looks like now...

All images are self taken.

Monday, April 10, 2017



WeVideo is a great resource for you teachers out there trying to create a  short video for your students, or wanting your students to create a video. It's extremely easy to use. Your first step is to create a video is to create a script and storyboard for a guideline. This is something you can use to help organize your ideas. 
Next, you can go to the website, you can click the link here. To help make your video great, I would use pictures that go with your video. To upload your pictures, all you have to do is click the green button in the top left corner. You can then place your pictures at the bottom and organize them how you wish. After gathering your video you can either put music on it or your voice to tell your story. To record yourself all you have to do is click the red button and press record. Once you are done you can drag it to the bottom just like your pictures. Easy enough!

Friday, April 7, 2017

QR Codes in the Classroom

What are QR codes? A QR code is a bar code that stores website URL's, videos, pictures, and even more!  To use a QR code, you scan the bar code from a camera off of a mobile device. This is a great tool for students and teachers to use in the classroom! QR Stuff is an excellent website to use to create your own QR codes. In order to create the QR code, you simply paste a website URL, and then it creates your code. If you would like, you can choose what color your QR code is, too! After you're done, you can download your code, which allows you to either print it or impend in on other technology source.

To access this website you can either use this link or download an app on your mobile device and scan this QR code. The app I like to use is called i-nigma. It's very simple. All you have to do is open the app and point the camera at the code. Once it reads the code, click "Go Online" and it takes you right to it!
If you need help creating a code you can watch this video. 

Teachers have a wide variety of options to use QR Codes in their classroom. Teachers can create QR Codes for different stations, scavenger hunts, audio books, and even more! To access these, the students must use their device and scan the code. Simple enough!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

InTASC Standards

Some of you are probably wondering what InTASC Standards are... Well, the InTASC Standards (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) were created by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to outline what teachers should know in order for their students to reach their goal of getting ready for college and the work life. 

In my Educational Technology class, we use these standards as a guideline for our projects, so we can create assignments that are aligned with them. 

If you want to learn more about the InTASC Standards you can download the full document.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Kortney Craig. I am a second year student at the University of Northern Iowa. I am currently studying Elementary Education, and hope to become a second or third grade teacher in the future. Right now I am taking an Educational Technology class to help me learn how to use technology in my future classroom. I am hoping this blog will inform you about technology and the education world!