Category Archives: Std5 Research Theoretical Foundations

Theoretical Foundations – Candidates demonstrate foundational knowledge of the
contribution of research to the past and current theory of educational communications and
technology. (p. 242)

ET 541 Week 6 assignments

This week had two assignments…

We had to choose two content areas.

I chose math and science for my first assignment which was a review of four simulations plus links/comments on twenty more. Here is the link in Weebly for the first assignment.

The second area I chose  was ELA. I wrote a book with MixBook about the Earth Science expecatations, and created a lesson where students write a book using MixBook on the solar system. Here is the link to second assignment.

ET541 Week5 Social Networking Lesson

This was harder than I thought. I understand the benefits of using social media to increase learning; however, the challenges remain to ensure student safety and privacy, as well as to ensure students are creating a positive digital presence that is appropriate for a classroom. Here is the link to my Weebly page.

Week 5 Internet Enhanced Lesson

This week has two assignments. This is the first, create a internet enhanced lesson. One caveat, no use of videos as that is another lesson. That was challenging as I have a couple of ideas for lessons I would like to create, but they include watching some You Tube videos as tutorials.

I created a lesson on heat transfer that involves some online tutorials, hands on classroom activities, and students showcase their learning by creating an infographic.

Here is the link to my Weebly page that contains the lesson.

Below is the embedded Google Lesson.

Week 4 Video Integration

This week was a two part assignment: 1. Create a video library for use in our content area and 2. create lesson plan that utilizes video.

For my video library, I decided to find videos to use during the Astronomy unit of Earth Science. The videos used range from the Big Bang to Star formation to eclipses.

For my lesson, I chose to do introduction to the Big Bang. This is topic that is can be difficult to grasp for students, and the use of video enhances the understanding. I look forward to incorporating this lesson in the fall.

Here is the link to Video Integration page in Weebly.

ED Tech 541 Week 3 Presentation

This week we created presentations following the “rules” for presentations. More pictures, less words! The  speaker should talk about the topic, not read from the slide! This assignment has motivated me to update many of my presentations that I use in  class.

Here is the link to my Weebly page containing the presentation.

Ed Tech 541 Week3 Lesson Plan Plan using Google Sheets

Here is a link to my Weebly Page with the lesson plan on uneven heating of earth’s surface that integrates creating a data table and graph with Google Sheets.

ET 541 Week 2 Software Support Tools

We needed to create a chart detailing software support tools. Extra Credit for using Symbaloo or Pearltrees. I chose to use Pearltrees as it was easy to navigate and very intuitive. I think it is a great tool for organizing information, and it could probably go on the software support tools chart under “planning and organizing tools”.  Here is a link to my software support tools on my Weebly page.

ET 541 Week 2 Lesson Plan utilizing two types of Instructional Software

My prior post discusses and gives examples of the different types of instructional software. As part of the week’s assignments we created a lesson plan that utilizes two types of instructional software. I chose a tutorial from Annenberg on Plate Tectonics,  and a drill and practice  using Quizlet. I plan to create approximately 25-30 flashcards for the lesson plan.

Here is my lesson plan on my Weebly Site.

Here is my lesson plan embedded from Google Docs.

ET541 Relative Advantage Chart

Here is a link to my Relative Advantage Chart on my 541 Weebly site. This assignment really made me think about what I want my students doing, and what problems arise. I don’t go through this process as I plan lessons, but I think this is a valuable thought process to use as I go forward to help me decide if technology solution fits the problem.

I chose the 2012 AECT Standard 1 Content Knowledge: Using, Assessing/Evaluating; Standard 2 Content Pedgogy: Creating , Using; and Standard 5 Research:Theoretical Foundations

ET541 Vision Statement

Here is a link to my vision statement on my Final Project Page.

Vision Statement for High School Science Physics, Earth Science: Active Engagement and Responsibility                                                 Caroline Cooney, ET Tech 541-4202, Boise State University, summer 2015

Hands-on, Minds-on, Messy, Collaborating, Learning, Active, Questioning, Responsibility

What do these words all have in common? These are the words that come to
mind when I picture a science classroom that seamlessly integrates technology into the fabric of the class. The goal of integrating educational technology into my high school science classroom is to have students actively engaging with CHCC2008curriculum and taking ownership for their learning by exploring content, designing investigations to reinforce concepts, solving problems (& making mistakes), learning from those mistakes, and sharing knowledge with peers and instructors, all while utilizing technology as part of the process. “When technology integration in the classroom is seamless and thoughtful, students not only become more engaged, they begin to take more control over their own learning, too.” (Edutopia, 2007a). In my opinion, learning can be messy and difficult at times, but when students take responsibility and integrate all of the aforementioned pieces together, that is when true learning occurs!

The “big idea” for the vision of my science classroom is one of active engagement


2015, My Class using the Media Center to solve Physics Problems. Courtesy of D. Redding (2015).

and responsibility with science content, technology, each other, teachers, and the school community. In part, the big idea comes from the Mansfield High School’s core values and expectations, which are the Mansfield High School student

  • communicates effectively,
  • analyzes information from text and other media sources,
  • accesses information from text and other media sources,
  • solves problems and creates solutions using curiosity, imagination, and critical thinking skills,
  • uses technology effectively,
  • collaborates with others to a productive end,
  • leads by influence and example, and
  • demonstrates personal and global responsibility.

As a high school teacher, my job is not only to help my students learn about Earth Science and Physics concepts/problem solving, but also to ignite a journey of lifelong learning. “Effective tech integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepen and enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.” ( Edutopia, 2007b). The jobs of tomorrow do not exist today, but as a teacher it is my duty to ensure that my students have the ability to think, solve problems, work and collaborate with others, and utilize technology to develop answers. These skills will be required of the next generation of workers.

Some potential hurdles that I face as I integrate technology into the classroom include: access to appropriate technology tools, access to internet, evolving teacher ideas of education, and student resistance to constructivist learning. Currently my classroom has a set of eight laptops ( I have access to additional laptops on a cart to make a complete class set), and the school media center has desktops, and a set of Chromebooks available. The laptops sometimes have issues with batteries and connecting to the internet; however the laptops are necessary as the Physics software from Pasco called Capstone runs only on laptops (or desktops). In terms of evolving teacher ideas, in order to integrate technology, the teacher must be willing to make changes to classroom structure and assessments. According to Edutopia, “The first step in successful tech integration is recognizing the change that may need to happen inside of yourself and in your approach to teaching. When any teacher brings technology into the classroom, he or she will no longer be the center of attention…However, this does not mean that the teacher is no longer essential to the learning process… Most students still need a guide to help them use digital tools effectively for learning and collaboration” (Edutopia, 2007a). Lastly, students also need to have evolving expectations of learning . So many times I hear my students say “just tell me what I need to know!” Learning can be challenging for students especially when we ask the students to create their own meaning. I have heard from both students and parents that “the teacher doesn’t teach anymore”, and “I/my child has to figure it out”, but the student and parent eventually see the real learning. My students comment at the end of the trimester that “sometimes the work we do is hard, but really helps us to learn”.  The idea is for teachers to guide students as they make meaningful connections with content and technology, so that the student ultimately has a deep understanding of both content and 21st century skills, as well as a sense of responsibility for their own learning.

Technology integration in the science classroom stems from both the  Directed Integration Model and the Constructivist Integration Model. The Directed model is based on the objectivist viewpoint that knowledge exists outside of the mind and learning occurs when the knowledge is transmitted to the mind and is able to be retrieved. Conversely, the Constructivist Integration model relies on the view that humans construct knowledge through experience. (Roblyer, p 35). Both models, the Directed Integration and the Constructivist Integration have a place in the technology-integrated science classroom.  Some information, such as the basic skills may be best learned using Directed Integration, while higher order thinking skills may best be learned using the Constructivist Integration. I see the classroom as a continuum of these models. I currently am somewhere in the middle, and am probably closer to the Directed Integration model, but as my teaching skills and ideas evolve, I hope to employ more Constructivist Integration model ideas and activities as I progress.


Edutopia. (2007a). How to Integrate Technology. In Technology Integration Professional Development Guide. Retrieved from

Edutopia. (2007b). Why do we need technology integration?. In Technology Integration Professional Development Guide. Retrieved from

Mansfield High School, (n.d.). Retrieved from

Roblyer, M. D. (2016). Integrating technology into education. (7th ed.). New York, NY, Pearson.

2012 AECT Standard 5 Research: Theoretical Foundations

Below is a Google Presentation of my vision statement.