Individual Project: Conference Registration

As a project for my Digital Education Leadership course on Digital Learning Environments, students were to find a conference that they could present at, then start the application process. The conference I chose, the Fall WA-ACTE conference, is one I would present at, as part of my job. The conference, which is located at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound will be November 3-4, 2016. Continue reading Individual Project: Conference Registration

Modeling digital age learning

When reading the NMC Horizon Report form 2014, it is amazing to understand how much of what they talked about is becoming reality. What I found the most striking was when they were writing about Digital Strategies and Enabling Technologies, in which something new, easier to use, meaningful and more capable is used to transform what we expect. Continue reading Modeling digital age learning

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”. Continue reading Personal Learning Networks: Developing Leadership and Technology Skills

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.  Continue reading Educational Blogs: Using Comments as a Tool for Reflection