Danilo M. Baylen

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Artifacts ~ Professional Development

Welcome to artifacts related to professional development opportunities on instructional and curriculum development, media literacy, technology integration, teaching of children's literature, and research.

Artifacts in this section include a website supporting a classroom-based project at Villas Elementary, a research on children's books and children's literature, a book chapter on online learning to support professional development experiences, and a write up on a digital storytelling project.


Villas Research Project
Supported by the National Writing Project at FGCU


The Villas Research Project started as a "desire to learn more about K-12 classrooms" and the "search for technology integration practices that work." It is a desire resulting from feedback received from graduate students, mostly teachers, and their struggle to make things happen with technology in an already tightly packed curriculum.


The research project tested teaching ideas that involved various technologies with K-5 students across disciplines: language arts, science, math, and social studies. It utilized various materials especially children's literature in picture and chapter book formats. From these materials, and with the support of software applications, students generated their own "new" materials to showcase what they have learned.

The project provided opportunities to develop technical literacy skills among the students -- from keyboarding to manipulation of software applications (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Kidspiration, PhotoEditor) to achieve desired outcomes. It explored ways to bring back a sense of joy among the students towards learning amidst the pressure of standardized testing.

Core Propositions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Florida EAPs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


  Research Project on Children's Books
and Children's Literature
This project investigated how authentic voices and images of southeast Asia, southeast Asian culture and its people, and geography were represented in children's books and children's literature recommended for grades 4-8. Presentations resulting from this project included strategies on how to evaluate voices and images from children's books and children's literature for authenticity and realism. The strategies identified and discussed are appropriate for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Core Propositions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Florida EAPs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Promoting Lifelong Learning Online



"The introduction of computers and emerging technology applications has changed the learning landscape, especially in higher education. From traditional university classroom learning to community-based adult continuing education programs, it is common to see the delivery of instruction that is now supported by online or distance learning technologies. Online learning has become a common strategy to deliver instruction, enhance access to educational resources, and achieve success in higher education. The chapter focuses on practical applications of emerging technologies in the delivery of professional development programs."

The text above came from the abstract of a book chapter, co-authored with Dr. Joan Glacken, in a book titled, Online Education for Lifelong Learning, edited by Dr. Yukiko Inoue . The chapter is a case study of using online technologies to support delivery of professional development experiences for teachers.
Core Propositions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Florida EAPs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


  Digital Storytelling Project
Supported by the National Writing Project


"Combine the age-old tradition of storytelling with latest technology and the result is a compelling tool that motivates students to read more and write better."

A digital storytelling project implemented with support from the National Writing Project's Technology Initiative. The project involved teachers and their students from Lee and Collier counties in exploring ways that this technique could be integrated in the teaching of writing.

To read the article about the digital storytelling project written by Karen Feldman, editor of Pinnacle, the university magazine, please click here.
Core Propositions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Florida EAPs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12




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Updated last April 24, 2007