What do you perceive to be the advantages and disadvantages of using software to promote student learning? How do you think you could use software in your own classroom?
The Internet is an expansive resource with many features for teachers to use. In what ways do you think you might use the Internet in your teaching to promote student learning?
One of the standards for teachers in the 21st century outlined in the ISTE NETS-T is: “Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility.”
How do you believe this standard fits in with your role as a teacher?
This week, we focused on planning the technology-integrated instruction. For your blog post, address the following questions:
- How does planning facilitate integrating technology into the classroom?
- For which type of instructional activity would technology be most useful? Why?
This week’s reading materials primarily focused on learning theories and how technology can be used to support learning.
Using the readings from this week, your own ideas about teaching and learning, and relevant learning theories, develop your own philosophy of teaching and learning with technology.
A teaching philosophy is your belief of teaching and learning. It stems from your beliefs about how people learn and the roles of the teacher and student in learning. Using one or more learning theories, develop a working philosophy of teaching that incorporates technology.
After reviewing this week’s readings and materials, consider what issues and challenges you might face as a 21st century teacher.
In addition, use the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers as a guidepost, reflect upon your personal areas of strength and areas where you feel growth is needed.
For your first blog post, I would like you to consider what it means to be a 21st century teacher. Using class discussion and readings available on Blackboard, draw your own conclusions about what this means to you.
I’m teaching a new course this semester. The course is called “Educational Technology” and is a survey course for students in a teacher preparation program at Kent State University. The specific section I’m teaching is for undergraduate Honors students.
As someone who has worked in undergraduate Honors education for more than three years now, I spent a considerable amount of time thinking about this course and how it might best be adapted to Honors students. As someone who also teaches a course in public speaking each semester, I have to practice what I preach to my students: consider the audience. Given this information, I decided to conduct my own research prior to the start of the spring term. I perused dozens of textbooks as well as hundreds of websites and syllabi. However, everything seemed to be focused on the mechanics… the how-to’s much more than the greater question: WHY? Honors students provide an excellent forum for studying the discipline from an inquiry-based approach.
It wasn’t until a discussion with Annette Kratacoski, Ph.D., Director of the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University, that I finally realized what the course should be about. After much candid and open discussion about educational technology, she asked me: What does it mean to be a 21st century teacher?
At that point I knew that this was the inquiry-based approach that I needed to take with my group of Honors students this semester. I decided to have them get involved in their own technology use. After all, what better way is there to demonstrate such an active form of learning? This semester each student will maintain his or her own blog and provide weekly reflections that will address that same question as they pertain to weekly readings, class discussions, and other media.
This blog is my adventure in joining their journey this semester.
This portfolio began as a collection of my work completed as a graduate student in the higher education administration and student personnel program at Kent State University. It has since evolved into a professional portfolio and contains information related to my professional experiences.