Transliteracy has influenced and informed my thinking around my Capstone Project by making me more aware of what is available to me and my students. I have learned about new websites and techniques to keep my students engaged, and ways to deliver information.
Students should have a seamless transition from home to school when it comes to technology. Many students have tech devices at home which allow them to stay informed of national and global news. Our teaching strategies must reflect that. We can't not allow students to bring their personal opinions and resources into our classrooms! I remember feeling as a student how "out of touch" my teachers appeared to me. They were in their 50's and 60's when I was in kinder! We used a record player that sang us the alphabet songs. Meanwhile, I'm at home recording my music from the radio onto my boombox. We weren't given "voice and choice" back then. I wish we had. I think it would've changed how I felt about math growing up!
In regards to my capstone, I tried to have interesting visual and audio in my documentary. I wanted the website to not be too wordy, but not be all pictures. I added links for people to explore outside of my capstone website and made sure those links were embedded in the reading portions of the pages. To break up the monotony of the reading, I used my logo colors and bold letters to highlight interesting key words or phrases, much like when I read an online article or magazine.
I hope to use my new skills to foster my students' transliteracy skills now and into the future.
I'm here. I'm done with my capstone project. I'm done with my documentary and my capstone presentation. I'm ready for the next thing--to graduate!
It's been a rough 2020-2021 school year. COVID brought everything to a hault. I had to learn new curriculum, a new position, a new principal, and all this over Zoom. I spent my nights and weekends pouring over readings, research results, data, opinions, facts, technological advances, and all while teaching during a pandemic. I found that juggling my two positions at work along with a master's program, dying family members, my childhood neighborhood destroyed in the fires, being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, and pet owner was almost too much.
What did I give up to make sure I was able to continue on? I realized that blogging was what I gave up. It seemed like the one thing that I could do later that would ease my burden. So here I am, at the end of my journey, writing my last blog posts.
Although difficult at times, this program was well worth it. I feel empowered to try new things in my classroom. I feel better prepared for what lies ahead when technologies change. I have people from my cohort who I know struggled with the some of the same things I did, and I can rely on them for future support.
My advice to anyone beginning the program-- Do your best. If you have to crawl over the finish line, you are still moving forward. Ask questions. Do the work. Struggle, learn, grow. Make connections with people outside your comfort zone. And trust the process.
Oh the things I want to do for my capstone project video!!! I really wish I had good B roll from my classroom. Sadly, I do not, as I teach virtually and do not record my students. So that's one thing with which I am struggling. However, I think I can solve that with B roll from the program I use for making videos.
After watching the film noir style video, it inspired me to be me. It's totally something I would've done. However, I'm not sure I could have pulled it off as successfully with a serious side. I'm thinking of making my video be more of a "training video" from the 80's to early 90's. I had to watch many training videos when I worked 6.5 years in a big box office supply retail store in the late 90's to mid 2000's. And my research was on professional development. I'm a huge fan of the sci-fi tv show Lost. In the show, there are training videos from the 70's to train the characters to use substations from the Dharma Initiative. This is is my inspiration. So I drew up what the station's logo will be. Here it is!
My audience will be fellow educators who are coaches. The "training" will be information on why coaching is important and how it should be done during their educators' school day to make it most effective. Some important facts I will include are that professional development needs to be engaging, timely, current, and done within the school day.
I watched the Superbowl. It was disappointing.
I checked out capstone projects. That was also a little disappointing.
I guess I was expecting to see something that really seemed to stand out. But many that I clicked on were unfinished, lackluster, and quite frankly, boring.
One that I like is "Yet!". It really grabbed my attention and yanked it right out of my eye sockets. The logo reminds me of a tv show I like--Superstore. The logo is very Cloud 9-esque. It's a friendly, bright, and happy logo, which goes well with its message, "You can do this!"
I could relate to the learning happening in the capstone as I, too, work in a Title I school. Many of my students do not feel confident in their abilities, which can wreak havoc on their SEL. Reminding them that we are all doing this together and that we wil make progess is so important. I really liked that the teacher decided to focus on growth instead of mastery.
The audience this capstone was speaking to is other teachers who want to begin using the power of yet in their own classrooms. The author has lesson plans at the ready and gives encouraging advice. However, the typographical errors were many. So many, in fact, that I would find myself feeling frustrated that this person went through so much trouble creating this amazing piece of work, only to have so many typos downplay the seriousness of their research.
For my own capstone, I think my audience will either be for instructional coaches or administration who have instructional coaches. As this is my first time (and probably only time due to budget cuts) being an instructional coach, I have found the learning curve steeper than I had anticipated. It could have been the online learning taking me out of the classroom and away from my coworkers, or the lack of training that makes me feel this way. Honestly, it's probably a bit of both. But I want admin and other coaches to know that there are a lot of hidden factors to consider when doing this job. And I would want future administrators to be able to help train or find trainings for people in my position.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.