Blog Post #4

The biggest takeaway for me came from my work with the EdCafe group I was blessed to be apart of.


  1. In America where much of the focus in our culture can be on self and individuality it is time to promote a more global outlook on life. Helping our students become Global Learners would be of an astounding benefit to the student as it would allow them to truly understand how important education is and how they can impact the world for better. As the growing generations become more global in their thinking the problems of the world would be more better attended too with a wider net of coverage from across the globe. We do not learn for learning’s sake. We learn so that we may improve our lives and those of the people we care about. It is time to extend the people we care about academically and intellectually to those living around the world. 

  2. For a more in depth look at Global Learning and its integration into the classroom please take a look at our research slides via the following Global Learning and Collaboration Presentation

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Additional Points from my takeaway

  • Students within global learning will begin to see the world problems and how to fix them with what they are learning in school. Learning will be given a context for which to envelop. Source: Edutopia
  • Pen Pals, Massive Open Online Courses, and international collaboration will help students gain a healthier understanding of other cultures from outside of America and also from the other way around as well. Source: UNICEF
  • Dr. Michele L. Haiken’s Three Steps to Global Connections are to Connect, Explore, and Create.  Source: Haikan’s Blog

Blog Post #3

Personal Choice Write-Up


The following blog will offer many different resources and material that has worked to make me a better teacher. The sources will all be provided in hyperlinks following each line of text. There are resources for computer skills, historical knowledge, and being a responsible adult. All together these items create a strong base of knowledge and potential for any 21st century learner in relation to tech and our future of personalizing learning for all students.

Feedly Blogs

1. Hack Education: The History of the Future of Education Site

  • The history of “personalized learning” is offered here. With emphasis on the 21st century transformation of the field of education. Source
  • Trends in the Ed-Tech Research are accounted for including the adoption of “Common Core Standards”, “for-profit education”, and “activism via social media”. Source

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2. TED Education Videos

  • How to practice effectively…for just about anything – Annie Bosler and Don Greene” is one of the educational videos shown here. The videos on this source are not focused purely on teaching content areas but more the skills needed to succeed academically. But their are shared with many visuals, info-graphs, music, and in an artistic manner. Video
  • Who were the Vestal Virgins, and what was their job? – Peta Greenfield” is a video on TED Ed that gives a historical lesson on a religious group in the Roman Empire. The videos here show teaching material in an interesting manner and use technology to better translate the information to our 21st century students. Video
  • Though I focused on the videos the TED Ed site also has lessons worth Site


Twitter Account

3. Google For Education Twitter

  • The Tweet below shows a helpful way to create a more collaborative classroom by using the GSuite tool. Google for Education’s twitter account offers nonstop practical ways to create a personalized experience using tech in classrooms today. GSuite is just one such option.

  • The Tweet below offers a course to be taken by any school students that will teach them digital citizenship and how to be responsible on the Internet. Safety is not taught enough today with relation to a generation raised with media and technology. Google is offering ways to remedy that situation starting in our classrooms with material that students will actually want to engage in and also oodles of extra resources to help them along. Creating not just better academic students but better people.

Thank you so much for reading my blog about the different sources of learning that have informed my teaching as a history educator. For an infographic that combines the ideas of this blog please click the link below and have a wonderful day!

21st Century Learners Infographic


Blog Post #2: Digital Citizenship

  1. Digital Citizenship: the act of being a good citizen when it comes to technology and the Internet. For more resources check below:
  2. Fair Use: Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use. For more resources check below:
  3. Copyright: the legal protection over original work for the creator of said work, and the sharing of said work. For more resources check below:
  4. Creative Commons: an American non-profit working to expand the Internet world with creative work and to improve the legality and share-ability of said work. For more resources check below:

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ISTE: Blog Post #1

ISTE. The acronym here stands for International Society for Technology in Education. The ISTE holds the belief that in the new ever expanding world of technology it is time for teachers to take their place in the drivers seat as technologically enthused educators. Incorporating technology into a lesson is more than having a student write a paper on a laptop or Chromebook. It is more than having a class where each student has an iPad.

The ISTE teaches educators at all levels how to change the game and how to have pedagogically sound instruction that has technology as a complementary part of the classroom.

For example, ISTE standard 1. for teachers is to “Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” (Teacher Standards). Students are not to use technology for more than Instagram and funny cat pictures. They are to create and inspire with new tools, such as EdPuzzle or itself. Teacher’s can help by facilitating the experimentation and intellectual integration that students must undergo in order to truly understand the gift of technology done right in a classroom.

Microsoft has a hand in ISTE. And as Bill Gates once said, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” It is time for educators to lead.


ISTE YouTube Channel              ISTE Twitter

Joshua Copple, Educator at Large


I have always desired to learn. And when I learn I feel the most happy when I share my learning with others. As a result of this feeling deep inside my heart I am here in this teaching program at UCI for my MAT. I want to give others in the world the opportunity to better themselves and to achieve greater things in their life with education that they may have been barred from without it. If my desire to learn and to share knowledge and excitement to grow intellectually with others can help spark a students desires and dreams then I am all for it. That is why I work to make my classrooms as helpful, collaborative, and engaging as possible. If improvements can be made then I make them, whether the suggestion comes from a colleague or a student. In education, I feel we are all on the same team. There is no competitiveness between those of us who have chosen to learn unless it is a competition between us and our past selves. Always growing, changing, and learning. That is my desire as an educator.