Tuesday, March 6, 2018



My name is Deirdre Keane and I am a librarian for a Chicago Public School called LaSalle II. My school is located in Wicker Park. I teach students from kindergarten through 8th grade. I have been teaching for almost 16 years. I am taking this course  through the University of St. Francis to get my Technology Specialist Endorsement. As I have been teaching, I have found that technology plays an ever increasing role in my career and I am finding I like technology a lot. I hope to learn more and expand on my technological knowledge from this course. My favorite tech tools so far are using Kahoot and Google Docs!  Now, I am using plickers in the library as review and I absolutely love them. I am also hoping to incorporate green screens as well when my students do animal reports! Students love Kahoot which I am glad I have utilized. Tech does not always work as I have had problems with iPads not connecting or one day , the Internet is down so you must always have a backup plan. My funniest Ed Tech moment was when a student came up to me and was like :" Ms. Keane, my computer shut off!" I went over and the computer was on and for the life of me nothing appeared on the screen! I figured it out. The color/brightness of the screen was down! Duh!!! I have a a four year old niece and a 1 year old nephew. I am constantly amazed at how tech savvy they are. I give them my iPhone and they know immediately what to do!! Almost scary!! Looking forward to this class! I was right to look forward to this class: MultiMedia Tools in Education. Why? I learned about so many more technological platforms. Some of my favorites now are Padlet, Animoto, and Screencasting!! Read about my two artifacts that I learned about below! I am so excited to implementing these tools in the classroom!Learning about these tools will help my students to become Empowered Learners according to ISTE-S standards:"Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences."

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2nd artifact of my EEND-677Z2 Multimedia Tools in Education Journey

I would like to share another one of my favorite assignments we did in class! It was hard for me at first because I never used this tool but after learning it and practicing with it, I ended up liking it a lot! I cannot wait to have students use this tool! We had to create a book trailer using Animoto! If you have not used Animoto, I highly recommend it. So many of my classmates in this class love it too! Do you know what a book trailer is? It is like watching a movie trailer except one of a book. I created an Animoto of a children's book I created and hope to get it published someday. I cannot wait to teach students how to use Animoto. I would like them to create Animotos of books they read in the library! This way other students can view their Animotos and be encouraged to check out the book from the library! I had fun watching my classmates' videos and I am sure my students would love watching each others videos as well. I found Animoto was easy to use once you understood how all the pictures flow together! Check out my Animoto!

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Artifact 1 of my EEND-677Z2 Multimedia Tools in Education Journey

     I have learned so many technological platforms from my Multimedia Tools in Education class! One of them I wanted to share with you is Screencasting. Many times students forget how to do certain technological skills and just need reminding. Screen casting  helps me solve this problem!! I always teach my students how to log into the SOAR online catalog in the beginning of the year so they know what books they have checked out from the library. This class taught me how to screen cast that skill. I am able to show my students on the internet how to access their library account using my voice. I posted the video to my library website so it is there for them to access all the time. I couldn't believe how clear my voice was as I was directing the steps for students to take to look up their library accounts. Now that I know how to screencast, I am so excited to make some more videos of important technological skills students need to know. If you would like to see the video I created, please see below. I used to to wonder how teachers made videos like these and now I know how to !!! It is an amazing feeling when you have learned how to do something!


Monday, February 12, 2018

677- Module 4: Graphic Design"

February 12, 2017

  • Why might incorporating graphic design into your classroom be valuable?
  • Thinking about how our students absorb information, how might we better support the learners in our classrooms? 
  • Envision an activity, unit or event that is approaching how might you incorporate some of the design principles?

I think it would be valuable to incorporate graphic design since the the article, " The Power of Visual Communication Infographic" states that "people remember 80% of what they see." That is a big number! So it makes sense to create visual graphics in the classroom because students will remember them better. The same article goes on to say that" 93% of communication is nonverbal. " Think about that. That means we are using our eyes to read the other person's facial expressions and hand movement. Knowing all these statistics, it is no wonder that in 2016, 195 billion was spent on advertising according to the same article! Look at televisions! Billboards bombard us as we drive along the expressway! It is hard not to notice them! I mean I remember a billboard that had a picture of a car and there were three of them with the same car but different statements about the car! How many do you remember? So if we want students to remember information for tests and quizzes, we might ask them to create their own infographics to help them better remember information. Even creating infographics on rules would help students remember classroom rules better. I actually used funny memes in the library to remember classroom rules in the beginning of the year and it was a big hit! Like the one below:
I think when thinking about our students especially our middle schoolers we need to remind ourselves  how to present information. We already know that they have short attention spans and we need to present a lot of information in a short amount of time. We also need to consider that most of them love technology. The article : "8 examples of  Incorporating Infographics in Middle School Classrooms" states that:" middle schoolers preferred learning outside of school and preferred using technology for 8 hours outside of school." I think we as teachers need to use more infographics and more videos in our lessons. Having students create or look at book trailers like we did in the last assignment would help them remember information. Exposing students to google drawings, canva and piktochart would help them organize and remember information better. Remember there was a reason why they loved PAINT so much when they were kids!
I actually have already used a Google Drawing activity with the middle schoolers. It was a big hit! Many of them did not know how to utilize the shapes and colors and text in google drawing. We had been working on coding lessons for the past semester. So I wanted students to create their own digital badge reflecting the coding lesson they learned or creating a digital badge for a primary grade students. We would then turn those badges into stickers for primary grade students to wear or having upper grade students add the badges to their email signature line. I created a digital badge myself to demonstrate for them what I wanted. I was amazed at their creativity and it was great because  we can look at the badges and know what we learned in each coding lesson!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Good Writing Prompt Artifact 2-Collab Tools in Education-EEND-676Z3

December 1st, 2017

      In this class, we were learning about good writing collaboration tasks. One of the ways to do that is to come up with a good writing prompt. A good writing prompt is one that engages students! A good writing prompt also has guiding questions that guides students in the right direction of the project. We had to come up with a good writing prompt, good guiding questions but also a rubric that included how we were going to grade students on the collaboration part of the assignment. Coming up with a good writing prompt was hard but I am glad that I learned about it in this course. I think my students will like the prompt because they can relate to it. I also liked how the course assignment made me think about how I will grade the collaboration piece of the assignment. I wanted it to be fair and give credit where it is due so I will be using the rubric I created  I am going to try to implement the following assignment for my middle schoolers this year. I am going to try and come up with more writing prompts.
      Many of us are surrounded and use technology every day. As a group, I would like you to think about the technology you use in your everyday lives. Pick one technology that  you cannot live without.  You will be in groups of four.  You may pick your groups. How you decide your responsibilities will be up to you as a group. One person can do background of technology and write six sentences. Another person will  be responsible for writing why you all like this technology in second six  sentences. Another will be responsible for two pictures. Another will be responsible for works cited and link to more information about it.You will email me your roles and responsibilities by end of week.  You will use Padlet to tell us what technology you picked and why you cannot live without it.

Be sure to include
A TITLE (name of your technology)
  1. a summary of your technology. Who made it and what does it do? ( One Paragraph -six sentences)
  2. A picture of your technology and person who invented it
  3. Why can you not live without it? How does it enrich your life?Give examples of how you use it in your life(one paragraph -six sentences)
  4. One link to where we can find more information about your technology.
  5. Be sure your first names are listed at end
  6. Include one source of where you research information about your technology in APA format.

  1. You will read another groups padlet. Ask them a question  and leave a positive comment.

    Here is a link to the rubric we will be using too. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v0Igy2ZbJjBXAI_y1XUFkovRRBuNDyxFhxsD0eG_0RE/edit?usp=sharing


Reflection on Collaboration Web Tools in Education-EEND-676Z3

December 1st, 2017

     I would like to reflect on my journey into my second technology course here at University of St. Francis in Joliet. I really liked the discussions because that is where you get great ideas! Sometimes people think of the simplest thing and you wonder why you didn't think of that. I am referring to an idea of how to use video conferencing someone brought up in the discussions. She said she was going to have the upper grade students use videos to read to the little kids. I thought that was a great idea!
      I thought this course helped me to get more comfortable blogging. It is the only way to blog. You have to use it and you have to use it regularly. I never thought about having students blog until this course. I am thinking of having students blog about the books that they reading. This would help students in the school to check out books from the library more. I really enjoyed looking at my classmates blogs and reading them. I need to make time to look at peoples blog because you can get great ideas from them too. In addition to Facebook and pinterest, blogs are now on my list!
      I now feel more comfortable introducing google tools to students and to show them how to use these tools to collaborate with one another on class projects. I am going to use the collaboration assignment I created with my students. I created a country assignment where students will collaborate on research using google keep, google docs, google drawings and google slides. I cannot wait to utilize it and see the results!
      In our week 3 assignment, we had to pick three Google tools and how we would use them in the classroom. I picked Google Keep, Google Slides and Google Drawings. What was neat about this was everyone had to put their thoughts into a google doc. So I saved it so I can learn to utilize the other google applications my colleagues recommended!
    We also learned about good writing prompts. I admit this was hard. You can come up with any question but coming up with a good engaging question was hard. I liked our instructor's idea about inventors !! I might have to steal that idea:) However, I like my writing prompt and will definitely use it this school year. It will be for my middle school students. They will be in groups and they will have to use padlet to discuss one piece of technology they could not live with out. They also have to visit at least two of their classmates padlets and comment positively on theirs. Creating a rubric on their collaboration project was hard because you want to be fair and make sure you give credit where it is due so I am glad this course made me think about how to create fair collaboration rubrics and I will use the one I created!
I am So Excited to use all the tools I learned in this class this school year!! Looking forward to my third class in the spring at the University of St. Francis in Joliet!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Educational Technology

November 24th, 2017

As part of my Educational Technology class at the University of St. Francis, we have been asked to pose a question to our colleagues about issues that come up when using technology in education.  Teaching students keyboarding skills has been part of my curriculum due to online standardized testing with NWEA and PARCC. I just wonder do students do better on online standardized tests or paper and pencil?