For the first part of the final blog post for EDTECH 541, I am providing a reflection on the entire course by using the provided guiding questions:
What have I learned?
I have learned a lot! I appreciated learning about what can impact integrating technology — namely, the school and district’s network, Acceptable Use Policy, and walled gardens. For teachers and students to use technology, there are more factors that will determine whether or not they have the opportunities to use the tools that I learned to use: VoiceThread, Google Sites, WordPress, ThingLink, Prezi, GoogleHangouts, Weebly, Google Slides, Socrative, Google Community, and much more. I also developed and honed skills, such as creating proper APA citation, ethically using Creative Commons images, embedding code, and searching databases for scholarly articles. I also was given opportunities to practice other ‘softer’ skills, such as time management, perseverance, and creativity.
How did theory guide the development of the projects and assignments I created?
Theory was the basis for all of the projects and assignments. Often the theories outlined in the text established the logic and rationale for use of technology in different contexts. Theory underlies the purpose for integrating technology in the classroom.
How does the course work demonstrate my mastery of the AECT standards?
A link to an artifact from this course exemplifies the demonstration of mastery of the standard:
STANDARD 1 DESIGN
- 1.1 Instructional Systems Design
- 1.2 Message Design
- 1.3 Instructional Strategies
- 1.4 Learner Characteristics
Content Area Presentation: Mobile Learning
Content Area Presentation: ELL Vocabulary
- 2.2 Print Technologies
- 2.2 Audiovisual Technologies
- 2.3 Computer-Based Technologies
- 2.4 Integrated Technologies
- 3.1 Media Utilization
How have I grown professionally?
I have grown because of the 100+ hours that I have spent reading studies, textbooks, research, websites, blog posts, discussion boards, and tweets. The readings, in combination with the creation of projects, websites, and other artifacts, have established a solid base for integrating technology in the classroom. In addition, I have confidence in my own process and implementation of instructional technology.
How have my own teaching practice or thoughts about teaching been impacted by what I have learned or accomplished in this course?
One of the most powerful exercises of this course was the Relative Advantage chart. The chart itself was valuable, but more so was the concept of thoughtfully considering the relative advantage before selecting and implementing technology. In my vision statement, I focus on the need for continual professional development for educators as a means of successfully and effectively integrating more technology into their classrooms. Using the idea of ‘relative advantage,’ teachers will be able to better determine the value of technology, and perhaps be even more motivated to finding and creating situations that enhance and transform student learning in their classrooms.
What will I do differently as an educator as a result of this course?
As an educator, I will be more likely to investigate and evaluate the reasoning behind implementing technology in the classroom first. I think it is important to give purpose and appropriate placement of technology in the curriculum. Determining the relative advantages before implementation will be essential when making decisions on increasing technology.