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Fall II EDUC 515 Begins!


Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks of academic and professional growth.


Here we are at the beginning of a new semester, and as always it is a fresh start and a new opportunity to learn and grow both as a professional and human being.

So let's address a few basic questions: What are some of your personal or professional goals in EDUC 515 this semester. What would you like to be able to accomplish at the end of this class that you could not do at the beginning? What technologies might you be able to utilize to "teach digitally"? As technology continues to change profoundly how we live and work, what might be the implications for education? Or to be more specific, the implications for teachers? Students? What do you think?

Take a few minutes here as we begin to gather your thoughts and to brainstorm on a plan for progress in this class. Your final posted blogsite entry should be at least three or four paragraphs.

This blogsite posting will come due on Wednesday September 12, 2012.


Morgan gives two "thumbs up" during first class meeting!!


My personal and professional goals are largely oriented around connecting better with my students. In order to make my lessons more applicable and engaging, I’d like to discover how to implement technologies like blogs, apps and devices in meaningful ways for young students. Older students are inherently more able to readily use technology and programs, but younger students need more direction and troubleshooting. It would be useful to learn the best ways to communicate how to use technology to a young audience.
To “teach digitally”, I would like to utilize web-based applications and resources such as online reading sites, but I would also like to have the ability to create my own online resources in the event that I am unable to find high quality information and activities in one location. To do that, I would like to be able to create a website, and if possible, how to make it an interactive one.
Because technology is continually changing, teachers need to educate students in such a way that they scan easily manipulate a variety of technology without anxiety. The implications of that goal necessitates implementing a variety of technology in the classroom and inviting students to discover the uses, similarities and differences of technologies they have used. The downfall of that, in my opinion, is that valuable classroom time has to be spent teaching students how to navigate technology and troubleshooting the problems that arise. I’d be interested to know the most time-effective ways to troubleshoot so that classroom time can be used more wisely.

My personal and professional goals are to engage students with technology throughout the curriculum in my classroom. Now more than ever before, technology is at our finger tips. Instead of depending solely on the pencil and paper norm in the classroom, I want to incorporate technology into my lessons.

After receiving and ipad for my birthday this year, I am dying to learn all about all the new apps that can be used in the classroom. As students are surrounded by screens, music and tech devices, I want to be a teacher that utilizes technology to the fullest in an effort to enhance and engage students in effective and fun tech software that is currently available.

My personal and professional goals for this year are to first complete my masters degree and to be able to engage my students in new ways. I want to make the curriculum exciting and relevant to their lives using technology.
By the end of the term I want to be able to understand the appropriate use of technology in the classroom and avoid the pit falls of the overuse or misuse of technology by educators and students.
I am currently able to us a promethean board, youtube, moviemaker, powerpoint, and I have computer access for my students during the day. I have interactive manipulatives and videos to enhance student learning. I also utilize an online science lab because my classroom does not have a lab.
The technological changes, like access to ipads in the classroom and use of cellphones as a learning tool, can make teaching more engaging. My greatest fear in the overuse of technology is the extinction of the in classroom learning community, in favor for an online learning community. The more we advance technologically the less we interact personally. Last week you gave the example of kids feeling that a phone call is intrusive and prefer to text, I remember when family and friends dropped by to say hello without a phone call and how that never happens. How men use to call or ask a lady out in person now they text to ask if you want to have dinner, not to mention the table full of friends at dinner all on their phones not engaging each other in conversation. These things scare me because we are losing out on the human connections that occur with social interactions void of technology.

My goal this semester is to deepen my knowledge about the technologies that can be used in education. Being born into a world of technology, I am pretty familiar with the types of technologies that are out there. In my undergraduate education I learned a lot about teaching methodology and educational philosophies. My goal is to marry these ideas in my thinking, so that when I think about how I am going to approach a lesson, I automatically think of all the ways I could integrate technology.
I also want to improve my skills in operating computer programs that I can use in the classroom. I have a basic understanding of how programs work, but I have a lot of room for improvement in this area. I want to learn how to make movies, videos, interactive games, and anything else that could be integrated into the classroom. My future students will have a complex understanding of the emerging technologies. I want not only to be able to keep up with their level of understanding, but also be able to use those skills as a way to enhance their learning experience
Lastly, I would like to learn about the challenges that I will face as an educator trying to integrate technology in my classroom. What technologies do most teachers have available to them now? What will be available to teachers in the near future? Where can educators look for grants and funding to increase the amount of technology used in their schools?

My professional goals are to complete my MA in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and graduate from APU in December of 2012. I would love to learn more about creating and editing videos- I am not very skilled in that area. I would love to learn more ways to bring technology into the classroom, even just basic things such as Microsoft Excel and Word. I spoke with a fourth grade teacher recently and she said that the middle school teachers want their students to be able to type. I want to learn about typing programs and how to teach that to students. I just purchased an iPad for the Master’s program, so I’m looking forward to learning about the device and how to integrate it into the classroom. I love the idea of using cell phones in class to “teach digitally.” I’m looking into how to use them as “clickers” so that the students can be polled for data, quizzed for information and so forth.
As technology changes day by day, it’s important that as teachers, we stay as up to speed as possible. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that a pencil and paper is all students will ever need. We need to continue to educate ourselves about the new technology available and find ways to bring it into the classroom. As technology progresses, it will mean that more money needs to be put into education if good technology ever wants to be found in the classroom. iPads may be able to do great things for students, but without the funding, they won’t be found in classrooms.
One concern I have as technology progresses is how it will affect the students. I remember when I had to wait minutes to sign-in to AOL; now, I have instant access through Wi-Fi. With everything at their fingertips, how will students be affected? Will instant gratification greatly change how our students behave and what they expect from the world? Will students be able to pay attention to the lesson if it isn’t particularly “flashy”? I am really interested to see what the research says about attention spans in the next ten years as iPhone and iPads are readily available to elementary students.