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History  of  Coursework……………..Pages  3-­‐4  


Personal  Growth…………………..….Pages  5-­‐6  
Professional  Growth………….….….Pages  7-­‐8  
Technical  Growth………………..…Pages  9-­‐10  
Life  Long  Learning  Plan…………..….Page  11  
Conclusion……………………………...….Page  12  
Reference  Pages…………………………….13-­‐15  
 

 
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  Key  Learnings   Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  511-­Foundations  in   -­‐The  basics  of  APA.   -­‐Learning  APA  was  the  greatest  challenge  
Educational  Technology   throughout  this  program.  
Dr.  K  Bacer   -­‐How  to  make  comments,   -­‐This  has  been  the  most  rewarding,  
-­Spring  I,  2010-­   instructions  and  notes  inside   because  it  was  such  a  basic  skill,  but  yet  
of  a  PDF.   was  the  most  useful.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  571-­Curriculum   -­‐Learned  the  basics  of  an   -­‐This  class  was  a  great  class  to  start  with.      
Foundations   online  class.  
Valerie  Suffern   -­‐Learned  about  many  theories.   -­‐This  class  had  us  revisit  the  theories  that  
-­Spring  I,  2010-­   I  learned  in  the  early  stages  of  my  
bachelors  degree.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  517-­ -­‐Learned  how  to  use  Camtasia.   -­‐This  was  by  far  my  favorite  program  to  
Telecommuncations     use  in  the  whole  time  I  have  been  in  this  
Joe  Bruzzese   program,  I  am  definitely  going  to  use  this  
-­Spring  II,  2010-­   program  when  I  get  my  classroom.  
  -­‐Made  a  website  for  my   -­‐Learning  how  to  make  a  website  wasn’t  
classroom.   as  hard  as  I  had  expected  it  to  be.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  527-­Special  Topics   -­‐That  I  need  to  create  a  PLN.   -­‐Creating  a  PLN  is  essential,  in  order  to  
in  Education   keep  up  to  date  with  what  is  going  on  and  
Barry  Bettger   finding  answers  to  the  things  you  don’t  
know.  
-­Spring  II,  2010-­   -­‐That  my  cadremates  have  a   -­‐I  figured  this  out  throughout  this  entire  
lot  of  knowledge  that  they  can   program,  however  in  this  class  specifically  
share  with  me.   I  felt  like  my  cadremates  had  a  lot  to  share  
with  me.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  518-­Global   -­‐Came  up  with  an  idea  for  my   -­‐This  was  very  difficult,  however  I’m  glad  
Learning/Cross  Cultural   GLP.   that  I  came  up  with  a  project  that  I  love.  
Classrooms  
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Dr.  K  Bacer   -­‐Learned  how  to  find  GLP’s     -­‐There  are  a  lot  of  interesting  GLP’s  out  
-­Summer  II,  2010-­   that  I  want  to  implement  in  my   there.  
classroom.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  524-­Instructional   -­‐What  a  Backward  Design   -­‐This  way  of  writing  a  lesson  plan  was  
Design  and  Development   Lesson  was.   great!    Because,  you  start  from  the  end  
Laura  Silva   and  go  backwards,  it  makes  sure  that  you  
-­Summer  II,  2010-­   get  the  desired  result.  
  -­‐Learning  how  to  use  our  PLS.   -­‐This  was  to  ensure  that  everything  is  in  
one  place.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  573-­History  and   -­‐Learned  how  far  education   -­‐Could  really  see  the  difference,  even  from  
Philosophy  of  Education   has  come  in  the  years  since  it   ten  or  fifteen  years  ago.  
Valerie  Suffern   has  started.  
-­Fall  I,  2010-­   -­‐Wrote  my  philosophy  of   -­‐I  am  going  to  include  my  philosophy  with  
education.   my  resume  and  applications  to  teaching  
jobs,  hopefully  this  will  help,  me  find  a  job.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  

EDTC  523-­Information   -­‐How  to  created  a  webpage  for   -­‐This  helped  to  get  my  GLP  started.  
Design  and  Hypermedia   my  GLP.  
Laura  Silva  
-­Fall  I,  2010-­   -­‐What  a  widget  is.   -­‐These  little  buttons  are  great  for  adding  
into  websites,  blogs,  etc.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  515-­Emerging   -­‐Found  out  exactly  what   -­‐It  was  interesting  to  see  where  the  type  
Trends  in  Technology   eLearning  is,  and  how  far  it  has   of  learning  we  are  using  came  from.  
Dr  .James  Brown   come.  
-­Fall  II,  2010-­   -­‐Learned  how  to  be  safe  on  the   -­‐We  had  to  create  a  PowerPoint  to  teach  
internet.   other  teachers  the  dangers  of  being  online,  
it  really  made  me  realize  how  easy  it  is  to  
get  your  identity  stolen.    
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  520-­Applications  of   -­‐What  technology  plans  in   -­‐I  had  no  idea  what  a  technology  plan  was  
Technology-­Supported   school  districts  are.   until  I  got  into  this  class,  now  I  know  how  
Curricular  Tools   to  find  out  what  my  district  is  going  to  do  
in  the  years  to  come.  
Elisabeth  Silver   -­‐Incorporated  project  based   -­‐This  is  at  least  in  my  opinion  the  best  way  
-­Fall  II,  2010-­   learning  into  my  curriculum.   to  get  our  students  to  understand  a  lesson,  
since  they  are  interacting  with  the  
material.  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  526-­Practicum  in   -­‐Not  to  wait  until  the  last   -­‐I  wish  I  would  have  realized  sooner  that  
Ed  App  of  Tech   minute  to  get  your  GLP  done.   these  10  weeks  would  go  by  so  fast.  
Dr.  K  Bacer  
-­Fall  II,  2011-­  
  Key  Learnings     Reflections/Reactions  
EDTC  572-­Educational   -­‐Dan  Pink.   -­‐Learning  about  Dan  Pink,  has  been  one  of  
Psychology   the  most  interesting  people  that  I  have  
Dr.  James  Brown   learned  about  in  this  entire  program.  
-­Spring  I,  2011-­  
 
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 There  is  no  way  that  I  could  say  my  life  has  not  changed  or  I  have  not  grown  as  a  

person  while  in  the  process  of  completing  this  program.    The  most  notable  change  I  have  

observed  within  myself  is  that  I  have  become  much  more  open-­‐minded,  especially  when  it  

comes  to  my  spirituality.    This  is  the  area  in  which  I  feel  I  have  grown  the  most  throughout  

my  journey.  

As  you  may  know  I  recently  finished  my  teaching  credential.    You  probably  also  

know  that  California,  as  well  as  the  entire  country,  is  in  a  very  bad  recession  and  education  

has  taken  the  hardest  hit.    This  being  said,  I  started  this  program  with  the  hopes  that  by  the  

time  I  was  finished  (in  roughly  a  year-­‐and-­‐a-­‐half  or  so)  that  I  would  have  found  a  stable,  

full-­‐time  teaching  position  and  would  be  able  to  use  the  newfound  skills  I  had  learned  in  a  

classroom  of  my  own.      Unfortunately,  I  have  submitted  applications  to  numerous  school  

districts,  and  I  am  having  no  luck  whatsoever.      Before  taking  this  program,  I  know  the  old  

me  would  be  extremely  discouraged  and  upset  at  not  finding  a  job  by  this  point.    And  
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although  I’d  admit  I  am  slightly  disheartened  by  the  delay,  I  know  that  if  it  were  not  for  the  

things  I  have  been  exposed  to  in  the  program  I  would  likely  feel  more  pessimistic  overall.  

One  of  the  most  important  skills  I  learned  in  completing  the  program  is  to  accept  the  

things  that  I  cannot  change  (Niebuhr,  1943).    More  specifically,  there  is  nothing  that  I  can  

do  about  the  economy  or  its  effect  on  my  career.    During  my  time  in  the  program,  I  have  

learned  to  rely  on  God  and  allow  him  to  takeover;  I  am  very  thankful  that  I  have  finally  

learned  this  valuable  lesson.    I  have  been  taught  a  way  of  God  that  I  did  not  know  before.    I  

can  now  reflect  on  all  that  has  happened  thus  far  in  my  journey  to  become  a  teacher,  rather  

than  concentrating  on  the  negatives.    Through  the  “Cornerstones”  (Bacer,  Bruzzese,  Silva,  

2010),  “Spiritual  Reflections”  (Bettger,  Brown,  2010)  and  “Spiritual  Focus”  (Suffern,  Silver,  

2010)  sessions,  I  have  been  reminded  what  God’s  purpose  is,  and  to  appreciate  and  focus  

on  the  positive  aspects  of  what  I  have  accomplished.  

Although  this  is  not  my  ideal  situation  to  be  in,  I  am  now  aware  that  I  am  where  I  am  

supposed  to  be  at  this  exact  moment  in  my  life.    I  am  thankful  to  God  for  being  alive,  and  am  

able  to  focus  on  the  amazing  things  that  I  have  in  my  life,  such  as  my  family,  my  husband,  

and  my  education.    I  love  the  feeling  of  optimism  that  the  program  has  bestowed  in  me  and  

it  is  truly  the  most  personal  growth  that  I  have  ever  seen  in  myself  since  early  college.    I  am  

especially  grateful  to  Azusa  Pacific  University  and  the  teachers  in  the  Educational  

Technology  program  for  helping  me  to  appreciate  my  life  as  it  is,  and  leave  the  rest  to  God.  

 
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My  maturity  as  a  professional  has  also  grown  immensely  while  completing  the  

program.    In  addition  to  learning  to  accept  things  as  they  are,  another  main  aspect  of  my  

growth  has  been  in  the  exposure  to  special  tools  and  technological  skills  that  I  can  use  to  

improve  learning  inside  the  classroom  in  ways  in  which  I  had  never  before  thought  

possible.  

One  of  the  most  beneficial  things  that  I  learned  was  how  to  establish  a  Personal  

Learning  Network  in  Educational  Technology  517  (Bruzzese,  2010).    Bruzzese  (2010),  

taught  us  how  to  find  a  network  that  can  be  in  constant  communication;  one  that  focuses  

on  using  technology  while  teaching,  or  has  teachers  in  the  same  situation  as  us.    I  would  

have  never  have  thought  of  the  all  of  the  ways  that  a  teacher  can  establish  a  Personal  

Learning  Network  (Bruzzese,  2010);  whether  it  be  from  Twitter  (2011),  Facebook  (2011),  

or  Tappedin  (2010),  there  are  an  endless  amount  of  places  that  teachers  can  access  to  stay  

in  contact  with  people  and  share  with  each  other  ways  to  improve  all  facets  of  a  classroom.  
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While  this  program  has  run  its  course,  I  have  also  learned  how  to  use  programs  that  

I  had  never  before  been  exposed  to.    The  biggest  difference  in  my  professional  life  I  have  

seen  is  the  ways  that  I  now  know  how  to  incorporate  technology  into  my  classroom.    For  

example,  I  know  that  as  soon  as  the  school  year  begins,  I  will  enroll  each  of  my  students  

into  Engrade  (2003).    Engrade  (2003)  is  an  online  program  that  keeps  track  of  student’s  

grades  and  assignments  that  both  students  and  parents  can  use  to  monitor  student  

progress.    I  will  also  be  sure  that  I  have  a  blog  up  and  running,  so  that  my  students  and  

their  parents  can  be  in  the  loop  as  to  what  is  going  on  in  the  classroom.      

There  is  no  doubt  in  my  mind  that  I  have  learned  many  things  in  this  program  which  

can  be  directly  applied  to  my  classroom.    I  also  know  that  although  I  have  experienced  

much  growth  while  in  the  program,  I  am  not  yet  a  full  time  teacher  and  can  imagine  the  

possibilities  of  the  future.    I  have  many  tools  to  utilize  to  help  these  dreams  come  true,  most  

of  which  I  did  not  know  were  available  before  these  courses.    I  know  that  there  are  many  

that  I  will  still  learn,  but  this  program  has  taught  me  more  than  I  could  have  imagined  and  I  

eagerly  await  the  chance  to  create  a  technologically  accessible  classroom  of  my  own.    

   
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Another  area  I  feel  I  have  grown  more  accomplished  in  is,  the  use  of  technology  

overall.    In  other  words,  I  have  become  much  more  computer  savvy;  from  improving  my  

typing  skills  to  becoming  more  comfortable  using  a  computer,  to  the  huge  accomplishment  

to  completing  a  program  entirely  online.    For  example,  although  improving  typing  speed  

might  seem  like  a  subtle  change  to  most  people,  I  am  truly  amazed  at  how  the  ability  to  

type  quickly  with  ease  has  affected  my  efficiency  as  a  teacher.  There  was  a  time  that  I  had  

to  look  at  the  keys  in  order  to  type  anything,  making  communicating  on  a  computer  an  

unpleasant  experience;  however,  now  I  am  able  to  type  without  looking  away  from  the  

screen.    This  improvement  has  made  me  more  receptive  to  completing  tasks  on  the  

computer  and  taken  away  the  dread  of  using  a  computer.  

    Also,  when  it  comes  to  simple  tasks  on  the  computer,  such  as  searching  for  a  blog  or  

video,  I  have  become  much  more  efficient  due  to  the  technological  skills  I  have  acquired.    I  

now  have  the  skills  to  discover  the  knowledge  that  I  wish  to  possess.    I  have  learned  more  

in  this  year-­‐and-­‐a-­‐half  on  how  to  work  my  computer  and  what  types  of  things  my  computer  
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is  capable  of  than  I  have  ever  have  before.    My  family  has  even  started  to  notice,  because  

they  all  call  me  now  to  ask  me  how  to  use  a  program  that  they  don’t  know  how  to  use.    And  

if  I  don’t  know  how  to  use  it,  I  have  learned  the  best  ways  to  find  tutorials  or  refer  them  to  a  

site  that  would  know  more;  I  love  this  feeling  of  having  knowledge  that  helps  people,  

because  it  makes  me  feel  important.  

  I  did  not  think  that  it  would  be  possible  to  learn  this  many  programs  and  this  much  

material  using  an  online  course,  and  it  is  incredible  that  we  actually  did  it.    There  are  so  

many  programs  available  online  to  help  us  learn  all  of  this  material,  and  never  feel  like  we  

were  missing  out  on  the  in  class  experience.  

 
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Even  though  I  have  learned  more  than  I  ever  thought  possible,  I  cannot  finish  this  

program  with  the  belief  that  I  have  nothing  else  to  learn,  therefore  there  are  some  things  

that  I  know  I  must  continue  they  are  to,  

• Continue  with  my  education,  eventually  receiving  another  masters  degree.  

• Add  as  much  technology  into  my  classroom  as  possible.  

• Keep  up  with  technology  world,  as  it  is  ever  changing.  

• Keep  growing  spiritually.  

I  know  that  if  I  keep  the  goals  that  I  have  planned  for  myself,  the  time  that  I  have  

spent  here  at  Azusa  Pacific  University  will  have  meant  more  to  me  then  I  could  have  ever  

imagined.      
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I  have  learned  so  much  in  this  program  and  I  can’t  believe  it  is  coming  to  an  end  

already.    I  started  this  program  over  a  year  ago  and  in  that  short  amount  of  time  I  have  

learned  all  types  of  the  ways  to  use  technology  in  the  classroom,.    From  creating  a  Personal  

Learning  Network  in  Educational  Technology  517  (Bruzzese,  2010)  to  being  much  more  

spiritual  than  ever,  it  has  been  a  whirlwind  of  a  ride,  and  I  wouldn’t  change  any  of  it.    I  

would  like  to  thank  all  of  my  professors  in  this  program  because  without  them  I  know  there  

is  no  way  that  I  would  have  been  able  to  complete  this  program.    I  also  thank  God,  because  I  

know  he  was  right  alongside  me,  helping  to  guide  me  on  the  path  to  my  dream.  

 
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