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The Power Of “Hoop Dreams” Film In High School Curriculum

In the past 5 years in my Sports Marketing course we pretty much have developed a great ritual of watching the 1994 documentary film Hoop Dreams in the class. The classic tale of two Chicago high school basketball players seeking stardom facing  injuries,economic hardship,academic and the challenges of just growing up. The film follows the …

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What does “setting high expectations and standards” mean to you?

Setting high expectations and standards means properly evaluating the current conditions in which I want to improve and developing an action plan which addresses the scenario. I am always developing an action plan to improve current conditions.  I set goals and communicate those openly in my environment. It has been beneficial for me to communicate …

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Technology Curriculum & Instruction Portfolio

Below is a link to my curriculum and instruction portfolio as it relates to technology curriculum development and consultation experiences. http://www.academia.edu/2139483/Technology_Curriculum_Instruction_Portfolio Innovative Experiences-Daniel Downs            My most innovative experience in education has come from the process of developing a curriculum focused in the development of mobile applications. I consider this experience innovative because …

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Teaching A Business Centered Project With Adobe Media Tools In A Flipped Classroom

Recently I began a unit in which students needed to conceptualize themselves as the creators of their own web design/graphic design business with multiple project outcomes such as a logo in illustrator, business card with Photoshop but using the logo,a brochure with the same designs and finally a webpage.. The first goal was to have …

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Screen Cast Mobile App Design Critiques:Video Based Assessment Models and Iterative Practice

Today was my first experimentation with using screen-casts as means to have groups critique other groups designs in the early stages of development of their mobile apps. I began with having students design a graphic layout of their application ideas with a paragraph describing the purpose and goals of the app to users and the …

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Placing Value On Fluency

In a recent classroom experience I found myself discussing what I felt I really looked for in student success with learning and technology,after a brief moment I commented that I felt that student being able to develop a level of new fluency with tools and learning was paramount. I chose this because even though students …

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Flipping My Technology Classroom

It happened almost by accident. I had made tutorial videos before but had only used them in Photoshop or lessons which use Powerpoint or videos.  I had some videos on Youtube but was not employing it as a tool in my classroom all the time. Just as my students were finishing a web design assignment …

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High School 1:1 Technology Initiative

The school I work in is currently in the beginning of a 1:1 initiative. The theme that keeps coming back to me as we meet and discuss the possible changes to our high school learning is the necessity to really take the time to implement a team approach to curriculum development for this initiative. I …

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What Is Project Based Learning?

This blog is my attempt to capture the experience of my research into Project Based Learning. Over the past two years I have been participating in coursework and professional developement with a focus on project based learning and collaborative learning environments. My research has led me to investigate 21st Century Learning Initiatives as well as …