Welcome To Sean Marie Sweeney’s Display of Professional Achievements

The posts on this page include examples of the projects I created while working on my Master of Arts in Educational Technology through Michigan State University. These projects were developed over 3 summers. The work completed during the summer of 2010 (Year 3) will appear at the top and will descend in order through 2009 (Year 2) and finally into 2008 (Year 1) work. The achievements displayed represent both independent work as well as collaborative projects.

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Ignite MAET

In 10 slides with 15 seconds per slide, we had to summarize our Michigan State University Master of Arts in Educational Technology experience.  Unfortunately, 150 seconds barely allows me to scratch the surface of describing what a FABULOUS masters program the MSU Oversea’s MAET program is.  We were challenged daily to learn, apply, and grow.  We were supported by magnificent professors who care so much about us each as individuals and educators.  We collaborate and compete with peers who are of the highest caliber.  At the end of my 3 summers with this program I have become a part of a PLN that has a bond unlike any other group I have known.  If you want a master’s in Educational Technology that is worth your money, there is no on the program to consider than the MSU Overseas MAET program.

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iVIDEO: Technology Requires Guidance

Technology Requires Guidance

Many teachers are told that they should integrate technology into their classroom to engage their students. Unfortunately this reasoning is incorrect. Any quality educator engages their students no matter what their tool is. The reason that educators should integrate technology into their classroom is because technology is a form of literacy. Though our students grow up surrounded by it and are often using it, does not mean they know all of its capabilities. They grow up surrounded by books as well, but if someone doesn’t show them how to read that book they will never have a true comprehension of those books. The same is true for technology as a tool. We as teachers must develop their skills with technology as a tool. Integrate technology into your lessons to guide you students skills for productivity in the future.

My reflection on the work done:

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Motivation and Learning: Inspired by Monet’s Gardens

In the spirit of the Google Teacher Academy, we were to create a 1 minute video on motivation and learning or classroom innovation. We were only permitted to use footage that we had collected while on our field trip touring Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny, France and the audio had to be a creative commons resource. I chose to focus on the motivation and learning of my students.

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Stop Motion Haiku

As a group of 4 we were given a Haiku written in French. Within 2 hours we had to translate the poem into English and then animate the poem as a 30 second stop motion video with a title slide and closing credits showing group members names. All of the images were taken by our group and the audio comes from the open source within the iMovie program. Though we took over 200 pictures, we only used 107 images moving at a rate of 0.1-0.3 seconds.

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Remix, Recycle, and Reuse

The Adult Learning TheoryDefinition

Using only creative commons footage and music, we had to create a 30 second video that illustrated/defined a learning theory that we were randomly assigned.  The footage could only be pulled from 8 different movies that were provided to us.  For additional information…

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Technology requires guidance for it to be used as an effective tool.

The iIMAGE project was to create an evocative image of an idea.  The image I created, in my mind, illustrates the opening statement of this post.

Please watch my reflection on my iIMAGE to see more about the design that went into it.

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Album Cover

As a QuickFIRE Challenge, we had to complete the following tasks to develop an “Album Cover” for our band.  This task was to get us thinking about design and form as well as test our skills in Adobe Photoshop.


1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random” or click
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The first random
Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations” or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the
title of your first album.
3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 – Use Photoshop or similar (Photoshop online, sumo paint, etc) to
put it all together. PAY ATTENTION TO DESIGN & FORM – Image size should be 600 x 600 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch (ppi)
5 – email the photo to:     gravesle.quickfire@picasaweb.com

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Tech4urContent Blog

This is a blog that I developed as a part of my TPACK project.  I used it as a resource for the teachers in my school to help them connect with technology tools and how these tools can assist them in the classroom.


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