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Ed Tech 504 Week 2 Defining Ed Tech

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Ed Tech Definition~ Cooney

by caroline cooney – Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:05 PM

I expect this first pass at a definition to change with the input of my peers.

I remember in my second year (2008-2009) of teaching, our principal kept talking about utilizing and teaching 21st century skills and knowledge.  Based on those discussions, and before taking any classes at Boise State, my definition of Ed Tech was the use of computers/technology in school to access education, and build a working knowledge of the topic being studied.  My principal really started me thinking, and it was through his encouragement that I decided to pursue the MET.  As a result, my initial ideas have evolved.

“Ed Tech is the use of technology including, but not limited to computers, smart phones, tablets, computers, smartboards, graphing calculators, etc to both access the curriculum, and create knowledge by working with peers and instructor to build knowledge by using the technology to read, interact with learning materials and people and create educational items to show evidence of learning.  Educational Technology not only includes the use of technology for learning, but also the systematic study of how using technology can enhance learning, as well as the process of designing instruction systematically with technology.”

It is important to note that the technology itself changes over time, but the discipline works with the changes to help create meaningful learning.

Revised Definition based on feedback…

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Re: Ed Tech Definition~ Cooney

by caroline cooney – Friday, June 20, 2014, 2:40 PM

My updated definition…

Educational Technology is the systematic use of technology as it pertains to planning for and implementing of curriculum, and the ongoing study of how to use technology as it relates to education.

Much more concise, this time.  I am trying convey that it is the use and planning as well as study of how it pertains to learning.

 

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Ed Tech 501 Final Reflection Video

The final reflection video started out as a frustrating experience, I couldn’t figure out how to create a video while going from screen to screen.  Thanks to my peers, I figured out how to do a screenshot of the desktop, so I could navigate between links as I created the video.  Sounds simple, but for some reason, it had me stuck!  I realize that this little snag was appropriate as the final assignment for this class.  In this class, were were encouraged and expected to ask questions, push ourselves, challenge ourselves, and ultimately come out on the other side armed with new knowledge to take with us on our journey as we complete this program.  My experience with creating this video is just one small example of this.

Here is the link to the you tube video of my reflection.

 

Ed Tech 501: Digital Divide/Inequality Presentation

Reflections on Digital Divide assignment (weeks of 04/01-04/14)

This assignment spanned a two week time period, with week one being spent on researching the digital divide & digital inequality, and week two preparing a narrated presentation on an issue and possible solution relating to digital divide that we have experienced.

First, this project required a lot of “thought time” to develop the topic, and figure out how to proceed with the presentation.  My first thoughts were that I haven’t experienced that much with the digital divide at our school.  In my six years teaching, only one student did not have internet access at home, and we are fortunate in our town, that most people have access to wired internet through our local cable company, and some people actually have the choice between cable access and Fios access.  It is still expensive, but in this town, it appears that accessing the internet at home is not the problem.  I then thought about two issues that I have been confronted with at school relating to the digital divide.  One is giving students who are out on extended medical absences access to the curriculum digitally, the second is having access to technology and the internet at school.  I chose the former, because, if we can harness digital power at school and create lessons incorporating access to lessons via computers, it will begin to address the former issue as well.

On that note, I set out to explore the digital inequality that exists in our high school.  This presentation attempts to outline the problem of accessing computers at Mansfield High as it relates to our core learning values.  The presentation proposes a possible solution via a hybrid one to one computing initiative combined with BYOD.

Here is the link presentation.  Simply click the play button to listen to & watch the presentation.  Looking forward to your feedback.

I chose the following AECT standards for this topic.

2.4 Integrated Technologies because this assignment required us to use different media to create the presentation.

“Integrated technologies are ways to produce and deliver materials which encompass several forms of media under the control of a computer” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 40).  Integrated technologies are typically hypermedia environments which allow for: (a) various levels of learner control, (b) high levels of interactivity, and (c) the creation of integrated audio, video, and graphic environments. Examples include hypermedia authoring and telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.

3.2 Diffusion of Innovations because I hope that this presentation will begin the discussion of integrating technology at the school where I teach.

“Diffusion of innovations is the process of communicating through planned strategies for the purpose of gaining adoption” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 46). With an ultimate goal of bringing about change, the process includes stages such as awareness, interest, trial, and adoption.

3.4 Policies and Regulations because any change that involves technology in the classroom compared to our current curriculum delivery involves reviewing and updating current district policy. “Policies and regulations are the rules and actions of society (or its surrogates) that affect the diffusion and use of Instructional Technology” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 47). This includes such areas as web-based instruction, instructional and community television, copyright law, standards for equipment and programs, use policies, and the creation of a system which supports the effective and ethical utilization of instructional technology products and processes.

Resources

Governing the States and Localities. (2013). Broadband speeds and availability in the US. Retrieved from http://www.governing.com/gov-data/broadband-speeds-availability.html

 Mansfield High School.  (2012).   Mansfield High School Student Handbook, retrieved frohttp://mansfieldschools.com/MHS/pdf%20files/MHS%202012-2013%20Student%20Handbook%20(sent%20to%20Primeir).pdf

Mullin, John (2012).  Towards the implementation of Mansfield’s five year strategic plan, the priorities. Retrieved from http://www.mansfieldma.com/The_Strategic_Plan_Priorities_5-1-2012.pdf

The Endicott Research Center, (2012). New England Association of Schools & Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools self-study survey results for Mansfield High School, retrieved from http://mansfieldschools.com/MHS/pdf%20files/NEASC/NEASC-CPSS_Aggregate_Report_10-11.pdf

US Department of Education.  (2010).  Transforming America, learning powered by technology. retrieved from  http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/netp2010-execsumm.pdf

Ed Tech 501 RSS in the classroom & beyond

RSS in the classroom…I created three bundles, one related to science in the news, since I teach science, and love to read the latest news.  The second bundle is related to Educational Technology resources, since that is what the scope of the assignment is all about.  The third is  a bundle of Teaching Science, some involve technology so could be in bundle #2, but I liked pulling out the science specific teaching resources.

Science in the news

Educational Technology Teaching Resources

Science Teaching Resources

First, I had to figure out exactly what is RSS, and second how to use it, before I could begin to think about how to use it in the classroom.

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to collect all the resources (news articles, blog posts, etc) you want to review in one convenient location.  I think it is a useful tool, as I already subscribe to news stories via email, but now that I use RSS, I no longer have to weed through so many emails to find information.  It really will help to clean up my inbox, and organize information into one convenient place.  Of course, it took me some time to figure out which websites to choose.  It seems, like all things web related, each click brings one to a new & interesting site.  Weeding through all these sites can be time consuming, but now that I have done it, all the news that I want is delivered to my Google Reader in one convenient location without filling my inbox or requiring me to search the web daily.  Once I get into a routine of using the Google Reader, I think it will be a real time saver.

Of course, it will require maintenance, as I delete some feeds, and add others.  The one organization that I wish used RSS is the National Science Teacher’s Association list server.  I have signed up to receive email updates from fellow teachers of Earth Science and Physics, but there are days when my email box is filled with these valuable teaching questions and ideas, and emails are rejected as a result.  It will be great if and when this email list server goes RSS!

When I think about how to use RSS in the high school classroom, a couple of ideas come to mind.  First, if a teacher has a website or a blog, the teacher could set up RSS feed to which students could subscribe.  Any updates or changes to assignments could be posted there.  That way students could get the latest information without having to go the website or blog.  It might be a way for the school or school district to communicate with families as well.  Second idea that comes to mind, is that it might be a way to help students with research for projects.  Perhaps RSS could be a way to organize acceptable  articles and resources to use for research.

Taking it a step further, students could create their own blog as a way to showcase their learning, a digital portfolio.  I think it would be a good way to notify classmates and teachers when new content is added.

Since RSS is new to me, I am sure that my ideas will evolve as I learn how to use it.  One thing is for sure, RSS is another tool that we can use in schools to help keep students connected.

I chose standard 2.4 Integrated Technologies because RSS uses a computer to integrate information from a variety of sources.  Additionally, I chose standard 4.2 Resource Management because creating the RSS feed involves  monitoring & controlling support systems.  I enjoyed this assignment.  I hope it cleans up my inbox & helps to keep me more organized and informed.

Ed Tech 501, beginning of class thoughts…Learning Curve

Whenever I take a class, at some point, I am always struck by just how much there is to learn!  That’s a good thing, its fun to learn new things, and improve skills.  Sometimes, knowing how much there is to learn can be stressful.  I don’t want to let it worry me, so I try not to think of it as so much to do, but rather an opportunity for me.  Same is true with this class.  As Dr. Schroeder said, “Relax!”.  I also feel like in this class, there is an added learning curve, as I’m not   tech savvy.  I thought I was making strides using Twitter, but boy do I have a lot to learn! There are so many options out there, I have to figure which avenue is best for the task at hand.  For example, there is Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, work email, personal email, Boise State Email.  There is also Diigo, Google Circles, Google chat, Google Reader, Adobe Connect rooms, and Boise State Moodle forums.  Not to mention other on-line tools such as Edmodo, Engrade, and the on-line tools such as x2 and Naviance that we use at work!  So many websites and webtools, I’m sure some have very different functions, but I bet there is some duplicity.  I need to figure out how to manage all these sites & tools, while also learning which tools will help my instruction.  Let the learning begin!

This is a test…

The world of blog is still new to me, and I am making sure that I am actually able to assign my posts to a category & give it a tag…so here goes the test.

The journey begins…

Welcome to my learning log for the Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State.  This blog will tell the tale of my learning journey, as well as showcase my work & learning along the way.  The program will help me to bring 21st century learning skills into my classroom, as I investigate and apply some of these tools in my class.  I hope that you enjoy reading about this journey, it should prove fun, challenging, and ultimately very worthwhile.