Evaluate 3 – Self Reflection

This is one of my last requirements of my EOTC course.  I am supposed to reflect on my individual teaching abilities.


I have a unique perspective on teaching online.   I have took classes and worked in distance education for most of my career.  Before teaching I worked with the distance learning program Project LEAP.  I was an early adopter of online learning.  I took my first class in an online format in a distance learning classroom during the summer of 1997.  I completed my entire special education certification in this format.   Since I was familiar with the set up,  I worked as classroom facilitator in that classroom for Mississippi State University.  In the spring of  2005, I took my first asynchronous class.  The class had both synchronous and asynchronous components.  I will say that online education was still in it’s infancy at this time.  I completed an administration certification and my EdS in Instructional Technology.  After finishing my EdS I begin ETMOOC.  Part of the class was starting this blog.  The summer after #ETMOOC I started my first online teaching job teaching for the Impact Academy part time.  To my surprise Impact was more blended learning then online.  This is my 2nd time to take the GAVS training course.  I did not complete the student teaching the first time.


I have been using online components in my class for most of my career.  It first it was a website I created for student to view and answer questions. Next I had the student begin to email their assignment in. In order to keep these assignments organized the student had to label both their email and the assignment a specific way.  Which was class period, last name, first name and assignment number.  It was easy to search through my email and find all the assignments that had been turned in correctly.  The next step was to use Angel LMS, which I believe now is part of Blackboard.  I took a class on online learning as part of my EdS program.  The program required me to design a shell and lesson inside Blackboard.  I learned a lot in the process.  Finally I have spent the last 3 years, teaching film and video production.  I discovered Google Classroom early on and have not looked back since.

So I taught in pretty much every online format.  I have used a variety of LMS.  I have even started on next phases of the online revolution.  I believe taking online video classes  and mobile apps are the next step.   Three years ago, I started an instructional  web series on how to use your iOS device. I give explanations of how to do thing in 60 seconds or less.  The name of the series is Tap That iOS.   I have begun working on creating  mobile apps.   I earned my Apple Teacher Certification and am Google Ninja trained.

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Another strength I have is  experience and I have continued to work in the industry.  In both states that I have taught film and video, it was required that the teacher have several years of experience working in the industry.  The state has since changed the rules to help meet the demand.   I have met several teachers who come from a technology background but have no real working experience in the industry.  My experience in the education and the film industry has opened up a lot of doors for me.

I continue to work and attend industry workshops to stay current in my field.  When I speak to my students I can speak from my experiences some as recently as this month.  This is one of the ways teaching a career tech is unique.  While I have been teaching I have seen the technology change tremendously.  I must stay current if I want to continue to do the best job for my students.  


“Pain is weakness leaving the body”  – US Marine Corp

I see my weakness is reading the data.  There is been so much emphasis on data I ran an analysis on my final exam a few years ago.  I took it to several math teacher who did not give me very much feedback  on the situation.  More recently when  I am using Google forms to give test I can see data.  Some of it i can interpret.  Here is some results for a test I gave when my school was on a traditional schedule.



As you can see, the only 70.5 precent of the student got the correct answer on question 23.  The next year we moved to a block schedule which allowed me to work more hands on with the students.  In addition, I attended some industry training over the summer so my students benefited from my additional knowledge.  Here are the results of same 2 questions the next year.


Although I  don’t if 70.5 was an acceptable number of correct answers I do know that 91.1% is an improvement over the previous year.  Although the tests were not identical, they covered the same material in a slightly longer updated test.


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Evaluate 3 – Personalized Teaching and Learning

The following is a blog for my EOTC course.  I am interested in this because I will be working with personalized learning next year.  I created the following  data for the project.  I had a similar data in my digital photography class that I was teaching.


For my class, the students had to take photos and turn those assignments in for a grade. If you look only 2 of the students did not spend several minutes everyday online for this class.  I would need to look to see if these 2 students were turning in assignments. I would compare the student's attendance with their grades. In this case I would also check with other stakeholders to be sure the students were still enrolled in the class.

Remediation Plan

If they were not I would suggest they spend more time online.  If there were students who were putting in a lot of time but not turning in assignments, I would recommend remediation. One thing I notice about my classes is you could download the assignment and print it out.  Then complete it and upload it when you were done.  This is what I would be hoping for the last 2 students.  I am not really concerned with the amount of time they put in online as long as they were doing the work offline.

If the student turned in work that did not show mastery, I would have the students redo the assignment using online photos. The student could simply provide links to examples of photos online. Assuming the LMS allows I would assign this to the students as a requirement.


Enrichment Plan

For the students who are turning in everything on time and spending enough online.  I might suggest some additional work to challenge them. One suggestion might be to create a video demonstrating the camera shots. Another suggestion might be to create a drawings to demonstrate the different shots or to demonstrate all of the different shots using the same subject.

From my understanding of personalized learning, the students might have a choice of assignments to choose from to show mastery. If the LMS allows I would like to give students different options of assignments to do. I think this might be accomplished by having student turn in work in a drop box.

For more information on my digital photography project check out this blog I wrote. I hope you have enjoyed this blog.

Evaluate 2 – Competencies

The following is a blog for my EOTC course.  I will be working with the following standard to create a competency:

AAVTC-AVTFI-4 Demonstrate proper set-up and use of basic production equipment. 

4.1 Demonstrate steps necessary to set-up, turn on, and operate equipment according to instructor’s directions.

For this assignment the student would unpack the camera and build it.  Then they would attach all of the accessories.  Then they would put the camera on a tripod.  After setting the camera they would attach a lens and adjust to an object 15 feet away was in focus.

The student would need to be able to do all of the steps.  They could either put it together themselves or they could look at camera that had been set up improperly and correct the mistakes.  For differentiation they could create a work product that could be used to put the camera together.


I wasn’t sure how to do this but I think this is one of the ways the assignment could be done.  I hope you enjoyed the blog.

Evaluate 2 – Data Driven Instruction & Analysis

The blog is for my EOTC course.  It might be noted that some of the data is not visible at first depending on your browser.   The images are wider then the text.  In order to see the images, you need to scroll to the side.  So I have reexamined the images to see what I am missing.

In the first image, you can see that how many students are in each of the sections.  This is helpful so that you can see plan around the number of students in your sections.   You can also see the start date.  In my previous online experience this was handy because some of the students rotated electives during the semester.

In the second image,  you can see more enrollment data.  If the student has an IEP or a 504 plan you can see that so you can make modifications.  You can tell if the student has completed the class orientation and how many weeks they will be enrolled.  This is going to be a little strange for me.  I never really had to worry how weeks the student was going to be enrolled.  I would think it would be easier to do put everyone into the shorter  class and know that if they fell behind they would still have a little longer to finish their assignments.

The 3rd image is a contact log.  I currently use them in my grade book program. The good thing about have this log as you can use it to document when you have spoke with a student or parent.   This may come in handy if the student fails and you can show where you have contacted parents to  help out.

The 4th image is an example of feedback on a particular assignment.  This is encouraging to the student and lets them know you are paying attention to their progress.

In the 5th image, it appear the top 4 students are making satisfactory progress and the bottom 4 are not making progress.  The students in the middle need a lot of encouragement so that they stay involves in the class.  So what I contact the student after their 1st missing assignment to see if they were having in trouble in the course.  After the 2nd missing assignment I would start to contact other stakeholders to get them involved.  One of the things I did to keep my students involved in my online courses was to push all my assignments up to the front of the class.  I wanted to give my students a chance to finish their work early.  If a student fell behind on my schedule, they would still have a chance to finish the course on time.  I liked challenging them to this. If you can see the data you might see patterns in student behavior and work with them.  Some students may need adjusting while other may not.

The 6th image show the information available in the grade book.  It worth mentioning that the student did fine on both of these assignments but there is still feedback on how to improve in the future.

The 7th image shows missed questions from an exam.  I think this will help to student to prepare for the final exam.  It should be handy to use this information to study for the exam.  The student can also see what they selected so they can go back and review the material.

The 8th image is real important.  This shows where a student has turned in their work.  I have had the problem recently where I forgot to hit the submit button and did not turn in something.  Later when I was reviewing the material I could see the assignment was missing so I was able to turn it in.

The 9th image is the feedback portion of the  8th image.      This allows the student more information then just a number.  I did a similar assignment with my 3rd year class.  It was also part of their  portfolio.  If the student did not make a 90 or better they had to redo the assignment for the portfolio.  So this would give them ideas about how to fix the problems.

I hope this answers some the question about data analysis.


Evaluate 1 – Summative Assessments

This is a blog for my EOTC class.  In this blog , I am going to show examples of data from my assessments for one of my tests.  I was using Google forms to give my tests.  It provides a fair amount of data.  One option is to export the data to Google Sheets.  If the instructor know the right formulas, they could probably extract more data using a spreadsheet.

Here is the test.

Test screen shot

Here is the data that I can get from the test.

data screen shot

After giving the test, I would usually display the data to the class.  This was a final and some students were exempt and the senior had a different test so only 12 students took this.  On a normal test the students can see if they had the answer correct and compare that to how many got the answer correct.  On question #36 only half the class got the answer correct.  So this is a concept that I would usually go back over.  If you consider the seniors and the exempt students, I would have probably had better results.

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Evaluate 1 – Quality Feedback

The following is a blog for my EOTC course.  I am wrapping up this course this weekend and will return to blogging about Film and Technology in the classroom.  Although all my EOTC coursework falls under the technology,  I want to go back to discussing film and video.

For this assignment,I do not have any recent video assignments that I feel comfortable grading online.  I am borrowing an assignment from a fellow video teacher. His student produce a monthly news magazine that has won more awards then probably any other program in the country.  The students work is aired on cable tv and uploaded online.    I  know he would not have posted the video online unless it was quality work.  In case you are reading this Dave, your students do excellent work.  I just need to finish my assignments for my online class without digging through every hard drive I have around.

Group 1 News Video

  • :00-:03 Nice use of natural sound to start the package
  • B-roll was nice and relevant
  • Nice choice of sound bites
  • You really needed an interview with authority figure, how do they feel?
  • Say it – prove it   ” you are doing nothing”  with students on their phones…. excellent
  • Make sure you move the tripod around to get a variety of angles.
  • This was a great package and  you turned it in early.
  • If you have extra time try adding a stand up
  • This is your best work so far, keep it up.


In the example above the teacher cited specific examples and even noted the time code.  The student was instructed on how to improve on a project that was already great.  The teacher pointed out things that were good and bad.  The student should know what they did right on this project, what they did wrong and how to improve.

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