All About Me & EdTech

107_2302Hello, my name is Joanna Marcotte and welcome to my EdTech Portfolio.  On this page, you will find a collection of my coursework created while enrolled in the masters of Educational Technology program at Boise State University.  

I currently work at The Founders Academy Public Charter School, which is located in Manchester, NH.  I have been teaching for 17 years.  During my career, I have taught students in grades 6-8 in the content areas of language arts and social studies.  Currently, I am teaching 6th-11th-grade computer science.  Prior to converting to a computer science teacher 5 years ago, I had been incorporating technology into my classroom instruction in a variety of ways such as the following: clickers, Intel Teaching Tools, Google Earth, I Touch Apps, and Interactive White Board technologies in conjunction with web 2.0 tools.  

                  While a member of the middle school leadership team while at Winnisquam Regional Middle School, I have been asked to share my knowledge of integrating technology into classroom instruction through professional development workshops offered in our school district.  In 2012, I chose to design my own professional development goal plan around refining my skills using technology in the classroom and mentoring others to so as well.  Through my work at this, I discovered that this is a great passion of mine.  Given my growing family and commitment to my profession, I needed the flexibility of online classes with a researched based cutting edge program for my graduate program.  This has brought me to Boise State’s EdTech program.

          During my pursuit of my master’s degree, I have continued to refine my skills of using technology in the classroom to engage the millennial learners of the 21st century.  In addition, the course offerings at Boise state have provided me with a greater number of tools and the skills to utilize them effectively in collaborating and instructing both students and colleagues.  I have also had the fortunate experience to work as a graduate assistant, for two years, under Dr. Chris Haskell.  During this time, I had the opportunity to conduct research, assist with scriptwriting, video post-production, and marketing for The Cool Teacher Show.   In addition, I assisted in EdTech 202 & 203 at the undergraduate level and EdTech 531 & 532 at the graduate level. Ultimately, I believe I would like to acquire a position as a technology integration teacher.   As a result, I hope the tools and techniques gained in this program of study will aid me in becoming a better communicator, presenter, and educator of my content and integrative technologies.

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