Greetings and Salutations!

I’d just like to welcome you all to the Winter 2016 Edition of Ed 270 Integrating Technology in Education! Throughout the next ten weeks, you will explore the many ways that digital technologies have become embedded into the modern classroom practices of  effective K-12 teachers.

Everything you will discover in this course 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 can rather enhance student empowerment and critical thinking. You are going to be busy:

  • You’ll examine the new technology standards for teachers and begin to reflect upon ways to use them in your future classrooms.
  • You’ll explore the collaborative possibilities of the read/write web.
  • You’ll discover tools that can 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 a standards-aligned unit plan applying the theoretical and practical topics from the class.

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 differentiation, 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.

During our first session 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 for the upcoming course.

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.

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.  Remember…no worries.

Ready to Begin?  Start Here!

When you are ready to begin, take a look at this infographic below to see how classroom tools have evolved over the years.  What looks familiar to you? What does the rapidly evolving world of educational technology mean for you as future professional educators?

teaching tools

Then, please share your own experience and comfort levels with technology and its use in the classroom.

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