My name is Danielle Leone and I am an 8th Grade American History teacher in Ellington, Connecticut. I grew up in Manchester, CT, spent 4 years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and am now back in Manchester. I studied adolescent education and history at Fisher, but always knew I wanted to pursue educational technology! I also spent all four years on the Fisher softball team, traveling to Arizona, Georgia, and all over the northeast. I have taken my knowledge from my major and from the softball field to my jobs back home as a teacher and softball coach. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and most of all playing with my chocolate lab, Mousse. I spend a lot of my time in the summer on the softball field coaching my travel team, running clinics, and teaching pitching lessons.
After my first year as a full-time teacher, I felt ready to head back to school and work towards my masters! I am now in my 3rd semester at Boise State and hope to graduate in 2017. I have always been fascinated with educational technology and all of the ways it can enhance my classroom. I am looking forward to being introduced to new ideas through my coursework and hope to incorporate it into my classroom! This year my school introduced enough chromebooks for each student, making us the first school in the district to go 1:1. Last year I used Google Classroom and add ons like doctopus to manage my classroom and work towards going paperless. They were great tools to help me keep my students’ work organized and to get worksheets and information out to my students. I also began creating self-paced units for my students, which technology makes easy to manage. This past fall I created more self-paced units, incorporated blogging assignments, and encouraged students to curate and share resources through Diigo! I am looking forward to the coursework, challenges, and collaboration from M.E.T program! This Learning Log is where I will share my new learnings through my coursework, my challenges and reflections as I work towards my M.E.T. from Boise State University.