Lawrence J. DillonSSN: 485-84-0054
KSA #3: Knowledge and skill using computer software such as Microsoftword, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Throughout my twelve years of teaching, computer technician, being acontinuing student of college level courses, and as the chairman of the educationcommittee for my Masonic Lodge I have used various types of computer softwarethat include Microsoft word, PowerPoint, Excel and various learning managementsystems.I first began using the Microsoft office programs of word, PowerPoint, andexcel when I was a freshmen in college to write term papers for my college levelclasses. I also began using PowerPoint to make presentations to show that knewthe information. This was a new concept at the time because the Microsoft productswere first released my freshmen year of college.I continued to use the Microsoft products through out my college career andinto my profession as a teacher. I used Microsoft word to communicate with mystudents, and their parents. I would write letters, address envelopes, writenewsletters and produce assignments. I became an expert at using PowerPoint bycreating presentations that would use graphics, sound and video to convey theinformation I was presenting. This eventually lead to my PowerPoint presentationsbeing put on various teaching websites to share with other educators so that theycould use them in their classrooms.I first began using excel when I was assigned to be a dietician assistant whileI was receiving treatment for my service connected disability. I created a databasethat would keep track of the food consumption of patients. This program wouldkeep track of the number of servings, amount of protein, fat, and caloriesconsumed on a daily basis. Drop down menus were created for the dietician to useto keep track of the data. This program was used to put patients on restricted dietsto help improve their health and welfare.I have further expanded my knowledge of different software products andbecame a technology specialist through TIMP (technology integration mentorshipprogram). In this course I became a specialist that would test and learn neweducational software and in turn decide if the programs were worth while and thenteach other educators how to use them in their classrooms. Over my twelve yearsas an educator I have learned, evaluated, and introduced such programs andequipment as curriculum mapping, AS400, smart boards, Elmos, and haveconstructed and maintained web based LMS (learning management systems) inMoodle, Webct, curriculum integration, A+ learning systems, and Odysseyware. Ihave also become fluent in the Staples LMS and VA LMS web based programsthrough web based trainings and tutorials. I have use the various LMS systems toteach web based curriculum at Norwalk high school from 2005 through the 2010academic years. These classes ranged from Medical Terminology to AmericanHistory to Forensics and Biology.