The International Society for Technology in Education
partnered with PBS to provide certification in Technology
Standards through the Capstone program.
My exhibit for Capstone I featured a webquest, which I later learned
was far too involved to truly be a good webquest. It was still a good
unit and I can continue to use it every year as is.
Capstone taught me to use a variety of assessment tools and
introduced me to websites
Capstone I gave me the push I needed to learn how to make effective
PowerPoint presentations and model ethical use of information.
I learned of
The fourth page of the website is the process. I used color
coding to provide assistance to struggling readers
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY was emphasized.
Capstone I encouraged me to attempt tools such as this
wiki. Students were more engaged in learning as a result.
One of the highlights of the Capstone class was sharing
with other educators through the discussion board and
reflecting on my own teaching practices and how I can
incorporate technology more effectively.
In my Capstone 2 exhibit, I selected technology standards from the
NETS-T 2008 emphasizing global awareness and collaboration.
I partnered with a teacher from
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Escola ParqueEscola Parque
Salvador, Bahia, BrazilSalvador, Bahia, Brazil
This is Escola (School) Parque in Salvador.
These are some of the Brazilian students with whom we collaborated.
Escola Parque displayed our projects and exhibit at the T&L Conference.
This bulletin board is displayed in the halls of Escola Parque.
Students from both schools worked to share with authentic
audiences in their schools, their communities, and their
Escola Parque was recognized in a major newspaper.
Mention of our collaboration was a part of the story.
Lovejoy Technology AcademyLovejoy Technology Academy
Lovejoy, IllinoisLovejoy, Illinois
Meanwhile, back at Lovejoy…
Students anticipated problems with the coming collaboration.
Students downloaded the free program, Before You
Know It.com. This was just the beginning of them
taking charge of their own learning. As they did this,
our classroom became less teacher-centered, and I
became more of a facilitator.
Students are gathered around the webcam talking to
students and teacher in Brazil.
Students used SKYPE to communicate with Escola Parque.
Students selected groups and projects to exhibit their work. This allowed
for differentiation of instruction which is research based. It also
This poster was created by students using MS Publisher. It was
displayed in the classroom, at the Education Excellence Fair at the T&L
Conference in Seattle, and on the bulletin board in Escola Parque.
Students created a timeline comparing slavery in Brazil to slavery in
the US. The teacher and students discovered together that we could
save Publisher documents as jpeg files for easy transmission online
or upload to websites. In the process of figuring this out the teacher
modeled learning and the students became the teacher.
Lovejoy students wanted the Brazilian students to know
exactly where they lived.
One group created a brochure to show places to visit in the St. Louis area.
We used Google Translate to translate text from the
Portuguese blog into English.
We shared the excitement of the presidential election and
the celebration we held the day after the election by
uploading pictures to Orkut.com.
This is a snapshot of the Escola Parque Orkut site
where they shared pictures of their bulletin board.
Students also communicated using a
blog. The morning after the election, we
arrived at school to find that our Brazilian
friends had already posted this
picture of President-elect Obama on our
blog with a message of congratulations.
E-mail from Co-Teacher in BrazilE-mail from Co-Teacher in Brazil
I have cried a lot since I saw your celebration of Obama'sI have cried a lot since I saw your celebration of Obama's
victory at your school! And I am also proud of our jobvictory at your school! And I am also proud of our job
together. I would say to you that it is the most specialtogether. I would say to you that it is the most special
moment in my professional life!moment in my professional life!
Everything has been special to me: the usage ofEverything has been special to me: the usage of
technology; ethnical problems regarding our audience. Thetechnology; ethnical problems regarding our audience. The
comparison of the goals black people reached in the US andcomparison of the goals black people reached in the US and
how black people here live. Let’s see if Obama's referencehow black people here live. Let’s see if Obama's reference
changes things here in Brazil!changes things here in Brazil!
Anyway, I have been very happy at the same time! TellAnyway, I have been very happy at the same time! Tell
your students not only the United States have lived ayour students not only the United States have lived a
special moment in their lives but also the whole mankindspecial moment in their lives but also the whole mankind
with Obama's election!with Obama's election!
Capstone – Worth the Journey!
It forced me to take the time to make the effort
to implement all the neat “toys” we had acquired
and to explore the many avenues of expression
It forced me to take another look at research to
validate what I am doing.
It made me aware of technology standards for
teachers and students and compelled me to strive
to attain proficiency in those standards.