Wednesday, April 29, 2015


In my Educational Technology and Design class, we were asked to create an ePortfolio using Google Sites. Throughout the semester, we created 6 artifacts: a Thematic Unit, a WebQuest, a Learning Tool, the Video Project, a Personal Learning Network, and you guessed it… a Blog!

Each of these artifacts had to meet at least one of the inTASC standards. There are 10 standards:
1) Learner Development
2) Learning Differences
3) Learning Environments
4) Content Knowledge
5) Application of Content
6) Assessment
7) Planning for Instruction
8) Instructional Strategies
9) Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
10) Leadership and Collaboration

For each artifact, we had to name the standards it met and describe how. We also had to have a screenshot of the artifact, provide a description, and name the intended learner. Below, I will provide the link for ePortfolio. Feel free to take a look!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Google: A Busy Body's Best Friend

I simply cannot say enough about Google. In my time here at UNI, I've become increasingly dependent on all of the different applications Google offers. Obviously, there's Gmail, which I use to communicate with my professors, mentor teachers, and just about everyone else I talk to… But then, there's so much more. I use Google Calendar to keep track of all due dates, meetings, and other important dates. I've used Google Sites a lot in my Educational Technology and Design class to make WebQuests and my professional portfolio. It is super easy to use and has a ton of ways to make unique webpages. Then, there's Google Docs, which I really just could not get through school without. Google Docs allows me to do everything that Microsoft Word does, but it's better because I can log onto my Google account anywhere. I don't need to be on my personal computer to work on something. When I'm on campus all day and need to print something off quickly, it is so nice to be able to log onto a library computer and print, rather than having to take the time to e-mail the document to myself, THEN print it. The last Google application I'll talk up is Google Drive. Google Drive is like the catch-all drawer everybody has somewhere in their house. Every Google application you've worked in, like Sites or Docs, falls into Google Drive so you always know where to look for something.

Google has an amazing site for students, but also teachers who need to keep themselves organized in their busy day-to-day lives. Like I said, I simply could not get through school without it.

Here is a video showing why you should use Google Apps in schools:

Friday, April 3, 2015

Video Project

In class this week, we are working on creating our video project. The video is an example of what we would like our students to make, based on the thematic unit we have designed. My group is doing Our History: America as our unit theme. I have written the rough draft of my script:

“In 1955, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person riding on the same bus. At that time, African-Americans were forced to stand on the bus so that all white people could have a seat. The buses were even separated into ‘white’ and ‘colored’ sections. In February of 1960, nonviolent protests called ‘sit-ins’ began. A sit-in is when people refuse to leave until they are treated equally. In October of 1962, a man named James Meredith became the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi. In April of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and wrote his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is sort of a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. This law made it so that no one, no matter what color skin they have, could be treated unequally. All of these events took place as part of what we call The Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement is very important to American history because it began the quest for equality for African-Americans. That means that all people, white or black, should be able to live freely and happily in America. Through the work of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall, a law was made that all Americans should be treated equally. It is all because of the Civil Rights Movement that black and white people are allowed to be friends, attend the same churches and schools, work at the same jobs, and even get married. Without the Civil Rights Movement, America would not be as great of a place as it is today.”

While I think I need to make it easier for second graders to understand, it's a start. I plan to have images and clips playing throughout the video while I do a voice-over of my script.

This is just one way to bring technology into the classroom, as well as encourage students to use technology on their own. I will post my finished video soon!

** WeVideo is a great site to use for making and editing videos! It is simple and gives step-by-step instructions. Here is the link to the WeVideo site: WeVideo Website **

Friday, March 27, 2015

About Ms. Broshar

My name is Taylor Broshar and I am a junior at the University of Northern Iowa studying Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Last semester, I changed my major from Leisure, Youth and Human Services. I am LOVING my new major. Well, I do now, after facing the fact that I am going to be in school longer than expected. The goal of this blog is not just to blab on about myself, but to discuss the ways in which I am learning to use technology in the classroom. I hope that you will enjoy my blog and, alongside me, discover the many ways that technology is making its entrance into the classroom. 

If you'd like to see some of my work, I have attached the link to my professional portfolio: Taylor Broshar's Professional Portfolio.