Greetings From the Future

March 17, 2033,

Dear Kiana,

The past 15 years have gone by so quickly. I remember when Google Classroom first took off and now every classroom has their own website for students to visit and find classroom resources. Students still go to school in person, but are now able to re-watch lessons at home for additional help. Thankfully, all students have a school provided computer with internet access built in so everyone has access to learning online!

Another part of the classroom that has changed, is the inclusion of virtual reality. Students are now able to see inside a cell, or around the entire solar system. Learning has become even more engaging and exciting thanks to these types of tools. Coding and computer science has also become an important part of classroom learning and I am doing my best to keep up!

Although a lot has changed since I sat in my EDTech Methods class in college, some things have still remained the same. Kindergarten students are still five year olds, and they still need guidance despite their seemingly innate ability to work with technology. Students use iPads and computers a lot more than they have in the past, but movement is still an integral part of the day. There are a lot of different apps and websites that encourage movement, however, there are periods when students can unplug and enjoy the world in front of them.

Overall, everything is well in the future and I’m definitely looking forward to another 15 years of progress and innovation in the classroom!


Your future self


“Giant Tablets, Holograms, and VR, Oh My!”

Dear Melissa,                                                                          March 18, 2033

Your love for teaching has grown since your EdTech Methods class, even fifteen years from now! You love having your own classroom and being at a school who has continued to support your passion. I am giving you a heads up that a lot of things have changed fifteen years from now, but you have implemented many tools to keep the foundation of learning the same. First off, you still have your own classroom and are able to organize your classroom any way you wish. There are still desks, chairs, books, and whiteboards. You kept the traditional school environment as a back up in case the technology did not work. Your classes at UP definitely prepared you for this type of environment.

However, you are still realizing how much the world is changing and you are now becoming a student living in this technological world. While there are desks, they are covered with giant tablets. They cover half the desks and are now used for students to take their notes, record their observations, and write their essays. Pencils and pens are replaced with styluses. Students no longer have physical textbooks, rather they can pull up the books on their individual, mini  tablets and highlight their texts with styluses. In the back of the classroom, there are virtual reality headsets allowing students to travel to different lands, and explore the circulatory system in the body. As a teacher, you would have Smart Boards, except this time, they have the hologram feature. These can project off the screen and show students geometry techniques, and how a volcano erupts.

Students will be able to interact with their lessons and ask teachers questions right from their desks in IPad applications. The future is looking so exciting and you have back up plans in case technology is not on your side for a lesson! Get excited Miss Sta. Maria because fifteen years from now education will be changing for the better!

From, Miss Sta. Maria


What’s in the news today?

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My padlet shows the beginning stages of one of the things I would use padlet for in my classroom. I would use padlet as a place for students to post articles or videos of events currently happening in the news. In my padlet I show 5 articles found by 5 different students over the past school week. We would continue this throughout the school year, every day a new student would be responsible for finding an article about a current event to add to the padlet and share with the class. We will use these articles every day as a discussion topic about what the current event was, why they chose to share this article or video, and why we as a class think it is important to learn about this. Another cool way I could see padlet being used that is similar to this idea comes from something I see being done in my current classroom. We currently create one-pagers about “changemakers” we see throughout history, we could easily use this idea and make it tech-friendly using padlet. Every day we could add a new article about the changemaker of the day or add the video we watched that day onto the padlet so if students want to return and see all the changemakers we have studied they have an easy place to return too. I think that padlet is a really fun idea that a lot of students would enjoy using and creating a presentation or saving their work to return to later.

Money for First Grade using PADLET!

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For the Padlet assignment, I decided to use the Padlet as a teacher lesson planning tool to prepare and create three lesson plans for a small unit about money and coins for First grade. In this way, I wanted to see how I could utilize Padlet as a teacher, to help organize the ideas, documents, activities, and information I was compiling from multiple sources, and then ultimately using for each of my lesson plans. Padlet provided me with an easy-to-use application that helped me plan my unit in a way that worked for me, was efficient, and something that other teachers could use when planning their own lesson plans regarding money and coins for first grade! I think Padlet is a great application that has a lot of potential for teachers and students alike!

Padlet Positivity

Padlet is a great idea for any classroom and any subject being taught. Padlet offers a wonderful outlet for students to interact with each other, as well as work on their own creativity, while learning at the same time.  I decided to make my example about a positivity wall for my future classroom. I think that for a class to function trust and positivity should be at the core. On this wall students can share kind and encouraging posts for each other.

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History Through Song

By: Melissa Sta. Maria

For my Padlet, I have created a 5th Grade history music playlist. There are concept categories and each song or rap is color coded based on the concept. The point of this Padlet is to provide students alternative study tools for historical events.

Growing up, I loved singing my way through the lessons and I hope students can sing along through history in these hits or parodies as well. The lesson offers students the opportunity to sing the song for extra credit or create their own song and add it to this Padlet. My class might even create our own song based on a favorite Social Studies concept.

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Books In Our Classroom!

Hanna and Laura’s Padlet is a book genre board where students can find a variety of books to read. There is a list of multiple books in each genre, as well as a description of what the genre is. This would be a useful tool to have students use before going to the library so they can easily choose which book they are going to pick out.

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Class 8: Thinking About the Future of Education

This week’s class will meet in the Clark Library Digital Lab. The focus will be on sampling some emerging edtech trends with our guide – José Velazco, the Digital Lab’s Digital Initiatives Coordinator. We’ll sample three exciting new directions in Ed Tech – Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and coding for kids..


Virtual RealityVR is one of the hottest edtech trends. Not only are students allowed the opportunity to emerge themselves into a subject but can travel the world from their desk chairs. While not readily available in every classroom, programs such as Google Cardboard aim to make VR headsets cheap and accessible. Educationally, these VR apps allow students to visualize concepts that were confined to the pictures in a textbook. More from 20 Top Virtual Reality Apps that are Changing Education


3D Printing – 3D printing is a rapid digital-based production method for creating objects. Advances in resources available for teachers and other education professionals are also making 3D printing more widely accessible in schools as part of the “Maker” movement in education. Teachers can now download design software and access it via tablets and mobile phones. Easy tutorials for beginners are available for those without basic knowledge of the technology. Source


Coding for Kids – There’s been a lot of buzz about kids learning to code lately. This year, almost 200 million students around the world were exposed to coding through the Hour of Code event. And over 90% of American parents want programming added to their child’s curriculum. We’ll be using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds – a revolutionary app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out.


Assignment: Due Monday March 19 | Completed Work
This week we are taking a break from edtech design and shifting to some reflective writing. Use this week’s showcase to write yourself “a letter from your future self.” Give it a clever title and engaging featured image. Set it 15 years in the future. Start with something like this and have fun with it.


March 7, 2033
It seems like only yesterday I was training to be a teacher in EdTech Methods class. Fifteen years have gone by and my teaching career is going great. You won’t believe how some things in education changed and others stayed the same…..


Note: This is not just about what will change in 15 years. It’s equally about what will stay the same, but now be seen in a new context. For example, your students might still be 5th graders – but how has 5th grade changed?

Image credit: Aprilkind Pixabay / Adobe Spark

How to design your classroom with padlet

For my padlet projects I gathered some of my favorite classroom setup hacks to update and organize a classroom. I have been gathering these tips for a little while now and I like that padlet can put them all together in an organized way that can be rearranged and added to while also getting other people’s thoughts on the classroom tips.

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Sorting A Class Library Using Padlet

This Padlet would be used by teachers to sort the books in their classroom library. In this example, I sorted the books by their guided reading levels, however, you can sort them many other ways (genre, author, etc.) Included with each book are possible instructions that could go along with that text making it easy to find a book to go with a topic you want to teach.

Sorting your classroom library would  make it easier to find a book that a particular child might be interested in (sorted by subject).  You could also add suggestions for other reads (if you liked ___ you might also like___).  I also added the opportunity to rate books out of 5 stars. If students really like the book you might keep it around, if enough students dislike a book… maybe its time to find some new additions to the bookshelf.

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Annotating in an Elementary Classroom

This Padlet can be used to help upper elementary students keep track of their symbols they use when annotating documents. Students would be able to add their own symbols, pictures, or color coding system that they use. The students can refer to this Padlet when collaborating with peers in order to better understand and identify each-others annotations. If another student wishes to utilize the same annotation symbol as another student, they can “like” or “react” to it.  In utilizing this “Class Annotating Key,” students are encouraged to develop annotating and note-taking skills that will assist them throughout their academic careers. This Padlet also helps teachers keep track of which annotation belongs to which student.  In creating a symbol or image that best fits their individual system students are able to make the provided readings meaningful to them, while still being able to collaborate with peers and identify their annotations.

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