Mayra Soto

Mayra Soto

Since I became a teacher at Pomayuan School working as a Science Teacher from 7th to 12th grade. I began to integrate technology in Physics class. One of my students was my mentor. The first I worked with was Commodore 64. After seven years I changed to another school to work as a science and computer teacher in Secondary School. Those years were very fruitful and fulfilling as a teacher. I worked with LAN Network, Basic Language and Macintosh computers. In 1994 I began to work in an elementary school, Academia San Ignacio de Loyola. My first time working with students from 4th to 6th grade, It was so challenging. Today I am using technology all the time to engage my students in my class. We participated in interchange with other schools in Taiwan, Israel, United States, Russia, and other schools around the world sharing activities on Internet. One of the activities was my students praying in Hebrew, English, and Spanish for Globaldreamers in Israel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg0j_PtuHY4. We made animations with Lego, and clay using Windows Movie Maker to stimulating the creativity. The animation using clay created by 6th grader student http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v;=gNmZbnjPuX8 .I also encourage developing collaborations skills among them. My students talking about peace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy_0jhAly3Q&feature;=related. In addition I integrate all assessments using technology for the Spanish, English, Science and Social Studies classes. As a matter of reinforcing all my activities I encourage my students to be critical, applying those skills to their own lives. Today I am presenting my thesis project Connectivism: Connections, Network and Web 2.0 looking forward for my master degree. Last semester I won an academic excellence medal Portico from University Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was chosen to represent Puerto Rico in an Innovative Education Forum in Panama and this year in Chile with the project: We construct knowledge through connections. The project was about the connections we made with North and South America and Europe and how my students used the Microsoft tools to apply the information they gathered about the countries. Now I am looking forward for the new teaching experiences at Washington to acquire more excellency in the integration of technology.