Welcome to ED 270 Integrating Technology in Education

I’d just like to welcome you all to the Spring 2014 Edition of Ed 270 Integrating Technology in Education! Throughout the next ten weeks, you will explore the various ways that digital technologies have become embedded into the modern pedagogical practices of K-12 teachers.

Everything that you will explore and create is already in practice in classrooms across the country meeting (and surpassing) state and federal teaching standards. Taking full advantage of internet and mobile platforms, creative and innovative teachers are already proving that technology does not have to be a distraction or a gimmicky add-on, but rather enhances opportunities for student empowerment and critical thinking. You’ll examine your content area standards and begin to reflect upon ways that technology can open new doors to implementing them. You’ll explore the collaborative possibilities of the read/write web. You’ll discover ways to more effectively innovate, manage, and challenge your students. You’ll investigate the constructivist possibilities of images and multimedia construction. You’ll look to the future and envision the classroom of the next decade. Ultimately, you’ll create your unit plan applying the theoretical and practical topics from the class. .

However, occasionally along the way, you may run into what teachers like to call “technical difficulties.” It is best if you select a happy place and always remember how to go there in case of computer stress. Go to your happy place…no worries….go to your happy place… The intent of this class is to take the fear out of technology integration, as well as refine your reflective and problem-solving skills that inevitability accompany high-tech in the classroom. No worries.

ed 270 introToday we will have the opportunity to get to know one another by participating in some introduction and community building activities, as well as collaborating in several group activities.  Of course, there is always the matter of the course syllabus and our collective responsibilities.  

Then, we’ll click on the Blogging link and get started on our journey…

We’ll start by looking at the various perspectives on technology integration, and give you the opportunity to participate in a role-playing activity.  Next, we’ll look at the importance of standards and analyze how everything that you teach is ultimately determined by them.  After that, you’ll examine a Google lesson plan or two and see how to actually incorporate technology into your daily learning.

Finally, you’ll spend a bit of time looking at the uses of blogs in the classroom and ultimately begin to create your own blog.  You’ll then use this blog to link to your classmates, post your weekly reflections, and link to your classroom assignments and projects.  It will become the storehouse of your experience in this class and will ultimately serve as a valuable portfolio of your technology experience.

Our class time will be full of active learning methods and incorporate a balance of high and low tech approaches.  The focus will be on interaction with peers and learning how to problem-solve without the assistance of the instructor.  As teachers, you will have to become your own tech support, relying upon your own wits and resources to solve the inevitable problems that invariably come up.

When you are ready to begin, take a look at this infographic to examine how undergraduates use technology, what you prefer, and how you want your teachers to use it. Would you agree? What does this mean for you as future professional educators?


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