EDTC6433 Teaching with Technology

EDTC6433 Teaching with Technology: Meta-Reflection

The primary goal of this course is to help you improve your proficiency with current and emerging educational technologies that may enhance your instruction, assessment, and professional productivity. During our time together, we will explore ways to facilitate the use of technology to inspire student learning and creativity. We will learn how to design, develop, and assess digital learning experiences. We will discover ways to model digital-age work and learning. We will practice modeling digital citizenship and responsibility. Finally, we will investigate ways to grow professionally and become connected technology leaders.

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Personal Learning Networks: Developing Leadership and Technology Skills

Question for ISTE Standard 5: How can I exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion and developing the leadership and technology skills of others?

I am convinced that Twitter as my chosen technology for this standard would be a beneficial resource to use with my students. There are many possibilities to integrate Twitter into the classroom. As I read through the articles and researched the educational uses of Twitter, I still didn’t have a good vision of how Twitter worked. I knew that it would help students be engaged and interested in learning, but was unsure how to manage or facilitate the “freedom”.

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Digital Citizenship Poster: Presenting information in an appealing way

Using PhotoShop, I created a poster based on Digital Citizenship. I found several resources, most helpful was NetSmartz, a website with information on Digital Citizenship. The website presented the information with  several different focus, such as educator, tweens or parents. My focus is my curriculum, and what emphasis I use with students in my high school classroom. Even though that seemed to encompass all areas of Digital Citizenship, I focused on what I specifically taught. As a Computer Science/Computer Technology teacher, I have never taught less than 4 different classes in a semester and up to 7 different classes in a year, which creates a need for a broader focus. 

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Digital Citizenship: Norms of Appropriate, Responsible Technology Use

Question for ISTE Standard 4: How can I promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information? The articles I found the most compelling were Educational Leadership in an Online World: Connecting Students to Technology Responsibly, Safely, and Ethically, by M. Ribble and Navigate the digital rapids by J. Lindsay & V. Davis. I found the article by Dr. Ribble to accurately describe the needs that school leadership and staff must address. He presented Nine Elements for digital citizenship with class examples and implementation suggestions. I found a treasure trove of resources on his website, Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately, http://www.digitalcitizenship.net.  

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E-Portfolios: Supporting Student Success and Innovation

Question for ISTE Standard 3: How can I demonstrate fluency in technology and effective use of current and emerging digital tools with resources to support student success and innovation? The articles I chose are “Balancing the Two Faces of E-Portfolios”, H. Barrett and “Digital fluency: Building success in the digital age.

I found that the article Digital Fluency made sense, Briggs & Makice (2011) wrote “…the development and maintenance of digital abilities requires practice. First-hand experience is critical to learning, the process to become fluent demands an investment of time and patience…” Not only is this applicable to the students, but even more for the educator who is trying to use the technology to meet the educational outcome. E-portfolios allow us to demonstrate and practice our current technology skills, and also to gradually incorporate new and developing technologies.  

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Educational Blogs: Using Comments as a Tool for Reflection

Question for ISTE Standard 2: How can I design authentic learning environments in a high school classroom that allows for students to actively participate in setting their own goals, manage their own learning, and evaluate their own progress? The article I chose is “Teaching with technology: Tools and strategies to improve student learning”, J. Orlando and “The ultimate guide to the use of blogs in teaching” from the Educational Technology and Mobile learning Website.

The first article compared Learning Management Systems with Blogs. Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle, Blackboard, and 3DGameLab are often used because instructors believe they are integrating technology into their curriculum.  In reality all we are doing is spending hours of set-up for both student use and curriculum integration to ultimately present the same content in a different way.  The systems are the holder of the content, allowing for “topic centered discussion” (Orlando 2011) and viewed by only one other person, the instructor. 

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Facebook for Education: Finding the Appeal for Students

There are several aspects that I considered when researching the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Standard I for students. How can I model and promote innovative thinking in my subject area while using technology to facilitate my students learning through communication and collaboration?

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