EdTech 543: Final Reflection

Crazy that another semester in the EdTech program is coming to an end! I can remember when I was considering the EdTech program at Boise State and recall seeing this course as an elective option, thinking how awesome it would be to take a course such as this. I can honestly say that this has been one of my favorite courses in this program so far and have gotten so much out of it! Here are the key components that I have learned from this course and how I will apply them to my professional practice.

Social Media Interactions Set Up (Module 1): The basic set ups for this course helped me to realize that there are several platforms that can be used for classroom communication. I look forward to incorporating this into the courses that I teach, by using something such as Google Sites, a class Facebook page, or Edmodo to post announcements, assignments, and a place for collaboration.

PLE & PLN (Module 2): I now know what these acronyms stand for! I loved creating my PLE diagram and seeing the uniqueness of everyone else. I loved that we got to create our diagram using the platform of our choice. It was awesome to be able to develop a PLN within the course. This really helped with any questions that I had, I always knew that I would have people there to help. Our group ended up working very well together and I appreciate the team effort, as this is not always, especially in an online course. Developing a PLN within this course opened my eyes to see the importance of having a PLN not only where you work, but outside your school as well. There are so many people around the world that you can connect with and can benefit from. I am happy to say that I joined an amazing PLN group on Facebook of business educators that are willing to share ideas and resources with one another. I hope to stay in contact with Katie, Ben, and Jasmine, my amazing PLN members!

TweekDeck, Live PD, & Digital Footprints (Module 3): Before this course, I had no idea what a TweetDeck was. I have learned not only how to use this site, but also utilized it when participating in Twitter chats. The live PD was very beneficial as well. I especially enjoyed the Twitter chats. I was able to make new connections through these chats, gain numerous resources that I can use right away, and expand my PLN. I plan to not only use these resources, but participate in more Twitter chats in the future. I think live PD is an a different, yet rewarding way of learning through collaboration and interaction. I would definitely suggest this to others. The idea of digital footprints was also introduced in this module. I think this was a very important assignment and something that is quite relevant to the business and marketing courses that I teacg. I am excited to incorporate this into a lesson with my high school students and also use it to discuss brand and company images through the words and pictures that they post on social media and online.

Curation (Moduel 4): It took me awhile to understand what the word curation actually meant. I appreciated be able to explore this module with my PLN and I think our group did a great job of creating our curation criteria. I loved using my new resource ScoopIt, and look forward to using it in the future to curate content. In addition, I really benefited from examining my group’s curated data. It allowed me to explore new resources and ideas that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise learned about.

PLE Diagram (Module 5): This was an assignment that I thought I would struggle with to come up with something unique from everyone else, but it ended up being one of my favorite assignments! As mentioned, I loved the freedom to create your own interpretation of the assignment using the platform of you choice. Through assignments such as this, I was able to explore sites such as Piktochart and Canva. This assignment was one of my favorites because I was able to make it personal to me. Through this assignment, I realized the numerous parts that make up my personal learning environment, that it has really grown since the beginning of this course, and that it will only continue to expand!

Research & Social Media Policies (Module 6): The research assignment allowed me to explore how business and marketing teachers incorporate social media in their classrooms. I got so much out of this assignment and can’t wait to incorporate the resources that I acquired next semester! The other assignment had has look at different social media policies and then create our own. Again, I was able to use Piktochart to create my own set of social media policies that I will be able to use in my classes as guidelines for proper social media use.

Social Media Mini Unit (Module 7): This assignment allowed me to work with my awesome PLN once again. I think our group worked very well together and I realized how easily technology and social media can be incorporated into any subject. I look forward to enhancing my social media unit that I had last year for my Marketing II students, I know there is so much more that I can include from this course! I also enjoyed the peer review process through a screen cast. This was a great idea and allowed me to see what others did for their social media mini units. I would like to incorporate a peer-review process such as this in my classroom in the future.

It is obvious that I gained multiple resources and learned so much from this course! I am excited to transfer what I have learned through this course into my own classroom and know my students will greatly benefit. I give myself a 75/75 points on my blog posts because I was always very thorough in each post, made sure that I had everything included that was expected in the requirements, and was reflective throughout. Thank you all for an awesome semester, only 3 more classes to go! 🙂


EdTech 543: Social Media in the Classroom

I loved this assignment and ended up getting so much out of it! I used a combination of Google and Pinterest to explore social media projects in the classroom. As a marketing teacher, I teach a unit of social media marketing in my advanced marketing class. It was awesome to be able to discover what was out there for projects, curriculum, and activities in social media marketing. I am so excited to to use these resources in my classroom next semester.

*Updated 10/29/16* It was brought to my attention that I needed to show HOW these projects have been implemented in the classroom. Along with my Pinterest board, I have provided explanations for each on how each of these case studies or projects were successfully used to enhance the use of social media in the classroom. I added in some additional case studies and went back to describe some of my original resources to explain how they have been already implemented.

This case study from Stephen F. Austin State University examines the importance of implementing social media platforms in marketing courses. This study describes social networking, mircoblogging, media sites, and social games. In the media sites section, it discusses the use of Pinterest in the classroom as a means of having students express ideas and organize information. I would like to do this in my marketing classroom by having students create Pinterest boards about various marketing topics.

This case study describes the implementation of the benefits of using Twitter as a collaboration tool between students at the University of Leicester. This would be beneficial in a high school classroom setting for students to get assistance with homework/studying, to post questions or sharing their work.

This case study from Marquette University describes students successfully implementing a fan page to increase social media use on campus. The study increased student engagement campus-wide. This could easily be replicated in a high school setting creating and managing a page for the school that could be student ran.

This case study from Memorial University studied the success of a large enrollment classroom implementing the use of Twitter. For each week, the were to post an initial Tweet and then one follow up Tweet as a form of discussion with their classmates. The case study yielded positive results and reactions from the students. This would be beneficial to create for all 3 of my marketing 1 courses to allow for collaboration for all sections as a whole, rather than just within each class.

This article describes how social media is being utilized in classrooms today. The article gives and example of a 7th grade classroom implementing the use of Skype and Wikispaces to collaborate with students outside of the country. This would be awesome to do when teaching about international business in my marketing classes. Through social media sites such as these, communication becomes an option and learning is expanded through new experiences.

Hoot Suite University blog post: This blog post describes the use and successful implementation of HootSuite University. Teacher and blog author Karen Freberg uses this curriculum in her classroom each semester. There are numerous projects for students learning about social media marketing in the areas of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, ROI, branding, social media for businesses, and much more! Project activities can be found here.

This is an awesome activity created by PBS that would get marketing students thinking about the story behind a small local businesses and using Instagram in order to share a company’s history. Fun activity to share with the community and interact with one another! The use of the hashtags are active and have been utilized by many schools.

This blog post gives students a 30 day Twitter challenge. Each challenge has an example of how it was implemented in the classroom. There are fun and engaging posts for each day and it allows students to apply some of the challenges to their place of work.

Curriculum for a High School Social Media Class JEADigitalMedia.org created by Teacher Beth Phillips. This curriculum download (at the bottom of the page) is awesome! See page 3 for successful implementation of the curriculum. It would be very engaging for my students to be able to moderate Twitter chats or use Twitter to describe what they are learning in the classroom in 140 characters or less. There are several additional activities described in the curriculum.

I found this project on a blog called Sam & Scout. It is a social media inventory assignment for high school students. It was implemented by having students track their last 100 posts on the social media platform of their choice and categorize each post depending on what the post was about. Then students create a social MEdia visual that shows that percentage that each post makes up. An example is shown below. This will allow students to see what they post most about and if there are some post categories that they probably shouldn’t be posting about. It examines their digital footprint and gets them thinking about what future employers and colleges might think about their posts.


Here is the link to my Pinterest Board sharing my resources! Click on each to view and read its description. **Note: there are some additional resources that I pinned that did not show evidence of implementation, but I wanted to keep them as resources that I can use in the future 🙂

EdTech 543: PLE Diagram Reflection

Before creating my personal learning environment (PLE) diagram, I decided to break it down into for categories. I came up with explore, create, collaborate, and share. Then, I brainstormed a list of networks, resources, and tools that I utilize in each category. It wasn’t surprising that some of these ended up in multiple categories. After seeing my classmates great ideas I wanted to come up with a visual that really focused on the connection between the 4 areas. I Googled “connect” and saw a picture of hands coming together. This was my inspiration! I decided to show through icons that there is an overlap in some categories and that in order to have a beneficial PLE, they must be connected and working together. I used Piktochart to create my image and I am pleased with the finished product!

What I learned while creating this graphic is that I have really expanded my PLE. Prior to this course and other courses at Boise State, I feel as though my PLE was rather one-dimensional, sticking to social media sites, resources, and tools that I have used before and am comfortable with. I have really expanded my PLE by discovering and exploring new resources and tools. This PLE will only continue to grow as I network with others.


Image created by Ally Gilin using Piktochort

There were multiple great examples created by my classmates. Like myslef, Mary divided her PLE into 4 categories: creating, communicating, connecting, and collecting. Although her categories had a few different names than mine, our ideas where similar. I loved her puzzle piece example. We are different in a few of the icons that we chose to represent. I only use Google docs and Gmail when completing graduate work, but I didn’t really think to include those in my graphic!


Image created by Mary Carter

Jasmine had an awesome graphic using a Christmas tree has her visual. She also divided her PLE into four categories: collect, communicate, create, and collaborate. I noticed that Jasmine included Voice Thread which is a tool that I don’t use that often. She also added PowToon which is something that I will have to explore its uses! Feedly was an icon that I should have added to my PLE, but just forgot about it!


Image created by Jasmine Quezada

Katie’s Venn diagram approach was similar to my thought process of different areas overlapping. Her for areas included collecting, connecting, publishing, and reflecting. I really liked that she added the reflection aspect. This is something that I did not consider when creating my own PLE.


Image created by Katie Lauritsen

Alanna did an awesome job creating a unique Bee Hive visual. Again, it was broken down to 4 categories, the bee, sources, hive, and the new product. The man difference in our PLE’s is that I did not mention much about the “bee,” or the teaching doing the collecting. None of this would be possible without the teacher!


Image created by Alanna Shaw

Kristi divided her PLE into 4 categories as well: research, create, connect, and share. A difference from others is that she displayed her PLE as a process, using arrows to show the connection to one another. I enjoyed this about her visual. The icons that we used to describe our PLE’s were very similar. She added in Edutopia which I could have put on my graphic as well as Canvas.


Image created by Kristi Christensen

Finally, David continued the categorical trend: connecting, collecting, reflecting, and publishing. A few icons that he included in his graphic were Dropbox and a Wifi signal. I do not use Dropbox often, but think it was really important that he included the Internet. This is something that I should have added to my graphic, many of the other resources and tools would not be available without a proper Internet connection.


Image created by David Yargo

Overall, there was a common theme of dividing a PLE into 4 sections. Regardless of what each class member referred to each category as, they were similar in nature. Although a majority of the resources and tools were similar, there were some differences. This is because it is a personal learning environment and it will be unique to each individual person depending on preference. As mentioned, there were some icons that I did not have that others did that I would have benefited from including in my PLE image. This assignment reinforces that our PLE is always growing. What may work one day may be replaced by better tools or resources. This is why staying connected is vital and as educators, we should always be seeking to be life-long learners.

EdTech 543: Online Communities

For this week’s module, we were to find 4 new, online, educational communities to join. It was difficult at first to find communities that were current and active. Another struggle that I faced was that for the LinkedIn groups, your membership must be approved. This meant a delay in being able to view the content in each community. I found 4 online communities, two linked in groups and two Google+ groups that will benefit me! They are described below.

Social Media Marketing LinkedIn Group: This group was of interest to me because I teach marketing and I wanted to see the world of social media through a marketing perspective. In my advanced marketing course that I teach, I teach a unit on social media marketing. I thought this would be a great group to join to stay up to date on current social media marketing trends and also find information that could assist in the teaching of this unit in my class.


Mobile Marketing & Advertising LinkedIn Group: This group was of interest to me because it again relates to what I teach. I wanted to join this group because of the mobile aspect of marketing that was included and advertising is one of my favorite units to teach. Currently, some of my advanced marketing students are completing marketing research projects and I found some beneficial articles that I will share with them.


Google Apps in Education Google+ Community: This group will be very useful to me. Although we are not a “Google school,” I still use Google Docs quite frequently. Being a member of this page will allow me to stay up to date with the most current Google Apps and trends and will also be a good place to go when I am struggling with a feature of how to do something in Google Docs.


Educational Technology Google+ Community: This is an awesome group for any EdTech needs. There are numerous articles that include current trends in EdTech, suggestions for apps, technology in the classroom, blog posting, etc. I am excited to utilize this community in the future as there were many interesting and useful resources available!


EdTech 543: Live Virtual PD!

Over the last few modules, we were assigned to attend 8 live PD events: 4 Twitter chats and 4 Webinars. I was very interested to see what I would think of these live events and ended up getting a lot out of each! The Twitter chats were honestly a lot of fun, I had no idea that an hour could fly by so fast! Here is a PowerPoint of screenshots of my participation!

#edchat: (Participated on 10/4/16). This was my first Twitter chat. There were two moderators and several participants. The question for the night was “Many educators are dissatisfied with PD. What are the specific shortcomings of PD as you know it?” To begin, I used TweetDeck, but still found it hard to keep up and read what everyone was saying all while replying to the different responses that were coming in at rapid fire! It was also difficult to filter out Tweets that were not intended for the specific #edchat, but rather came up as people unaware of the chat posted and used the hashtag. Although somewhat beneficial to discuss, there wasn’t a lot of organization with the chat and we kind of just rambled the whole time. I contributed by saying that the best PD that I have been to was when we went to different stations and learned about resources/tips from our teacher colleagues. It was interesting to hear about the amount of people who feel as though their district’s PD is not beneficial to them. See the archive for the Twitter chat here!

#busedu: (Participated on 10/4/16). This Twitter chat was AWESOME! It was moderated by Sean Crevier and Nebraska native Mickie Mueller.This chat was very well organized and engaging, explaining chat norms of using Q1, A2, etc. for responses to each question. The moderators made the chat very fun and even included a brain break! In the end, they gave out a prize, Mickie archived the chat and sent it to us which was awesome! Through this chat I gained multiple new resources that I can use in my classroom and also expanded my PLN to new business educators (and joined a BusEd Facebook group!) Looking forward to participating in this chat again each month! See the archive for the Twitter chat here!

#21stedchat: (Participated on 10/16/16). I heard about this chat from other #EdTechSN students via Twitter and thought that it would be a great one to participate in! Like the #busedu chat, this chat was well organized with the Q1, A1 format with different questions asked. I got some really great edtech resources and am very excited to look at some of the apps that people suggested. One specifically is called Aww, which is an app that is an interactive whiteboard. I think this would be great to use in my classroom as a quick way to check for understanding. Another app that I am going to check out is Explain Everything. It has similar features and I am going to compare the two to see which would work better in my classroom. Very beneficial chat with numerous resources that I had no idea about! See the archive for the Twitter chat here!

#formativechat: (Participated on 10/17/16) This chat was great! There were 3 main questions that really made me think about formative assessment, what grade reports REALLY mean, and what we as teachers can do to not only help students, but communicate with parents as well. I had originally planned on participating in the #edtechchat, and as I was waiting for it to begin I stumbled upon this one! Not only do I have a new resource to check out (Formative), but I was also introduced to the site Participation Learning that made keeping up with the chat super easy! Below are the three questions that we discussed during the chat. See the archive for the Twitter chat here!


In the beginning, I struggled to find free, educational Webinars that were relevant to me and fit into my schedule as many occur between 1-3 pm CT when I am teaching. Here is a summary of each Webinar that I attended. All Webinars were through edWeb.

What’s the Fuss All About? Bringing Social Media into the Classroom (Participated on 10/5/16): I really enjoyed this Webinar and came away with some great new resources that I am excited to try out! This Webinar was presented by Jennifer Smith, Instructional Technology Coach at South Middle School in Arlington Heights, IL. There were over 200 people participating in this Webinar and the conversation was very beneficial. We collaborated about technology and social media tools that we currently use in our schools and Jennifer gave us additional resources. Ideas included using Tadpoles, Edmodo, Seesaw, Schoolology, and Animoto. I had not heard of many of these. Jennifer then discussed simple ways to use social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter in the classroom for things such as sharing work or exit tickets. This was exciting as I was able to contribute by explaining way that I currently use social media in my classroom. This was one of my favorite Webinars! Here is the webinar chat log to show my contributions during the Webinar and my participation certificate.

Fostering Understanding, Empathy, and Dialogue in Our Students (Participated on 10/10/16): The title of this Webinar was a little deceiving. My understand was that we were going to understand tips to foster understanding, empathy, and dialogue with our students. I was excited for this because I feel like these are characteristics that many students in this generation are lacking greatly. However, the Webinar was still beneficial and was presented by Generation Global. The presenters discussed the FREE resources that connect students to one another in classrooms all around the world. This is done via videoconferencing and takes students beyond the classroom and textbook. Each video conference is moderated by a trained Generation Global facilitator. This would be very cool for my own marketing classes in order to connect with students in a different country and learn more about international business. Here is the the webinar chat log to show my contributions during the Webinar and my participation certificate.

Building Brand Loyalty for K-12 Public Schools (Participated on 10/13/16): This was my other favorite webinar and it discussed the importance of building brand loyalty in public schools. It was presented by Teri Wilson, who is the Chief of Staff for the Grand Prairie Independent School District in Texas. She compared the image of school district to the importance of having a positive brand image for a company or product. This was awesome coming from a marketing teacher standpoint! Wilson discussed how they go about training their staff to represent their “brand” and that it only takes one bad moment from one person to tarnish the reputation. In addition, she discussed how they market and advertise their school to parents and future students. This was an excellent Webinar and I really enjoyed attending! Here is the webinar chat log log to show my contributions during the Webinar and my participation certificate.

Leading for Writing Fluency: Language and Basic Skills Fluency for Argumentation and Editing (Participated on 10/17/16). I was surprised how much I got out of this Webinar! It was presented by Kevin Bard. He broke down the writing process and gave great tips! He discussed the importance of teaching students to analyze vocabulary before they can understand the text as a whole. He expressed the importance of having a solid prompt for students to write about. Something interesting that he discussed is that writing should be collaborative. I had never thought of writing in this way. I asked the question of “how do you make sure that these groups are productive?” He answered by making sure that the topic is rigorous and that you have high expectations set in place for such collaborations. Finally, he gave all participants access to numerous writing prompts and the resource IXL that gives micro skills and practices for students of all ages. Here is the webinar chat log! My participation certificate will be in tomorrow 🙂

Overall, I feel as though my brain is currently overloaded with new ideas and resources, but I really enjoyed the different types of live PD that I participated in! I gained a lot from the live Twitter chats including resources, insights, ideas, and new people to follow and expand my PLN. I am excited to participate in Twitter chats in the future. They are quick and easy ways to learn something valuable in a short amount of time! The Webinars were also a good way to expand your resources, knowledge, and PLN. I would definitely suggest Twitter chats and Webinars other teachers!

EdTech 543: Creating a Positive Learning Environment (curated content)

For this week’s module, we were assigned to pick a topic and use a curating tool to find 25 resources that aligned with our topic. I chose the topic of ways to create a positive learning environment. I used the tool Scoop It and loved it! I had no idea that such amazing tools existed. Before this discovery, I was a person that would  just bookmark resources that I found valuable and then struggle to find it later when I needed it. Those days are long gone and I can now organize everything in one place according to each topic! I am very excited to use this tool again. Click here to view my curated content!

Click to look at my self-assessment using our group’s curation criteria.

EdTech 543: Criteria for Effective Curation

This week our group of Katie, Ben, Jasmine, and myself created an alphabet to describe effective curation (via great idea of Katie!) I thought our group worked very well together. We used email, Facebook messenger, and the Google Doc to communicate with one another. Katie jumped right in, creating the Google Doc and came up with a creative idea of the alphabet to express our criteria. Next, the rest of our group members completed research and added in our contributions. I think our alphabet turned out awesome! I learned a lot about curation in the process and honestly had no idea what it was before this module. Looking forward to working with this PLN in the future!

Criteria for Effective Curation: An Alphabet

EdTech 543: 10 Tips to Create a Positive Digital Footprint


Image created by Ally Gilin using canva.com

I have had some sort of presence on social media for over a decade, but as I have “grown up” I have definitely become more aware of what I am posting online, especially as an educator. What I post, share in terms of pictures comments, who I follow, etc. all say something about who I am. Although I found multiple helpful tips when researching, I narrowed it down to a shortened list. Above are the 10 tips that I found most important for creating a positive digital footprint. I really enjoyed designing this graphic using Canva.

My hope is that young adults and professionals realize the importance of creating a positive online presence at an early age. I hope my students realize that what may seem “funny” or get the most likes or favorites doesn’t always mean it’s the right thing to post. One post could jeopardize your future – scholarships, job opportunities, and your personal brand image in general. It could also hurt someone’s feelings. Like it or not, our perceptions are heavily reliant on what we see online. Follow these 10 tips and you will be well on your way to creating a positive digital footprint!

EdTech 543: My Digital Footprint

A digital footprint is a trace that you leave by what you post, share, search, and discuss on the Internet or social media. I think this is a great topic that needs to be discussed more often, especially with teens and young adults. As a marketing teacher, my students and I frequently discuss a company’s brand image and this is exactly the same as our own personal brand image. It is easy to post something that will end up being a regret. We see this with celebrities all the time! Although all of my social media accounts are private (except my teacher Twitter) I am still very careful as to what I post, even on my personal accounts. With today’s technology, a screen shot of a post could mean the end of your career, especially in the education world. Digital footprints are unavoidable and it is important to understand that even if you delete something, chances are someone saw it.

I believe that digital footprint also says a lot about you and the type of person that you are. Meaning to or not, we are constantly “judging” people by that they post through pictures and words and I would never want to give someone mixed ideas about the person that I really am. We have all heard the stories where student-athletes have lost scholarships for something that they have posted or people who have lost jobs because of similar posts. As professionals, we should be portraying ourselves as such. Many company’s first search is your name to see what type of results that they get. It only takes one iffy post for them to move on to the next job applicant.

This was not the first time that I have Googled myself. I was happy to see that the search still produced uneventful results. The first thing that shows up is my personal Twitter account. Then my LinkedIn page, learning log for Boise State, Google + account, and some YouTube videos I have made for grad assignments. Other results included links to things that I was involved in during high school or college such as athletics and activities and past results or awards. I also checked out the images to see what showed up. A few of my profile pictures and images from EdTech posts came up.

I am pleased to see that the Google results are things that I would not mind anyone  seeing. It is so important that we constantly thinking before we post something. You never know who is looking or who someone knows. When in doubt, don’t post. It’s not worth the negative life image for 140 characters that you thought was going to be a good post.


Image courtesy of Flickr user Paul McClay.

EdTech 543: Tweet Deck Hashtags

gilin-tweet-deckI really enjoyed exploring and becoming more comfortable with the features of Tweet Deck and searching for hashtags that would benefit my content area. There were many great hashtags that I explored, but decided on the following 5 as the winners. #edtech #busedchat #pbl #deca and #marketing

I have learned a lot by reading the posts in these categories and had a hard time keeping up, as many are updated every second with something new! 3 things that I learned while exploring the hashtags are:

  1. I learned that there are lots of great resources and class conversation starters in the #busedchat section that I had no idea existed. Many Tweets related directly to current business events happening in the real world! I also learned about edpuzzle.com which allows you to create videos for class and add notes and questions along the way. This will be a cool resources to bring more technology into the classroom.
  2. I learned that looking at specific hashtags can take you to resourceful articles such as What Students Really Remember Learning in School from the #pbl category. This insightful article discusses that the things students remember are the ones that are meaningful and aren’t just strictly memorization, but rather, have application to real life. This is something good to remember and implement in my own classroom.
  3. Finally, I learned about a great resource to follow @MarketingResul2 that tweets daily tips, articles, and infographics that relate to marketing! I can’t wait to use this as a resource in my classroom and share some of these tweets with my students!

I love the idea of using Twitter as professional development. It is convenient, easy to navigate, I can search for exactly what I’m looking for through popular hashtags, all while connecting with different users across the globe! I also like that it is on my own time. I can do it whenever I want and some sort of information will always be there! Another great thing about using Twitter for professional development is that it is current and updating every second! How awesome! Finally, I love that everything is limited to 140 characters. This allows you to decide quickly if it is something that your are interested in reading more about or if you are going to pass it by, which is a huge time saver for the busy teacher! I am looking forward to exploring the hashtags that I have chosen and utilizing Tweet Deck to keep up!