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Introducing Fall 2014 EDUC 512!

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So begins a busy nine weeks of academic and professional growth... ONLINE!

GOALS:

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 512 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 and productivity tools 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.

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My name is David. I am a 6th grade educator in a school that champions itself over multiple intelligences, and the belief that all students are unique and gifted. I too share that belief, and have always wanted to reach students in multiple ways. I realized that a great teacher never stops being a great student: they are always trying to learn new ways to reach their students and help them excel and succeed. As an educator, it is my desire to grow with my students, learn how to teach them, and help them reach higher levels of thinking. It is also my desire to be a positive influence on them, and perhaps be the only positive male role model they will ever have. Therefore, I take the job of a teacher with the upmost importance, and continue to try and better myself as an educator.
Some of my personal goals in this EDUC course is to be able to utilize technology such as WebQuest, Presy, and blogging sites. I would love to do this in my free time, and write down thoughts or ideas that could benefit others. Presy would also be a great tool to use when presenting things outside of my professional career. Utilizing technology can help me grow as an individual because I can reach new areas that stretch my creativity. Personally I love to be create new and exciting things, and customizing my own site or blog would help fulfill part of this need.
Some professional goals would be to learn these new productivity tools as a way to reach my students and parents outside of the classroom. I would love to be able to create my own website that is interactive and helpful to the parents and students in my class. I also believe it would also help keep my class unique, intriguing, and fresh. I want to make sure my students are always challenged as well as hitting potential they never knew they had before. As an educator, utilizing technology can help me communicate efficiently with my students, and help assess them by using different areas of the multiple intelligence. Technology helps change the way I instruct and assess, and it can cater to my class needs. As technology continues to improve, so I believe the ways we teach will improve. Educators can continue to use different technological resources to help engage students and unlock the higher levels of thinking. Teachers will continue to be tested as well as the students. Educators will have to continue to move with the technology so that the new technologically literate students won’t fail. Students today are able to multitask on the internet, as well as utilize an infinite amount of resources. Teachers need to follow and make sure to track student progress and how they instruct students who are drawn to technology. Gone are the days of paper and pen, and as technology continues to grow into the school, so must the educators adapt and manipulate the ways we teach and assess to help the upcoming generation of new age thinking.

My name is David. I am a 6th grade educator in a school that champions itself over multiple intelligences, and the belief that all students are unique and gifted. I too share that belief, and have always wanted to reach students in multiple ways. I realized that a great teacher never stops being a great student: they are always trying to learn new ways to reach their students and help them excel and succeed. As an educator, it is my desire to grow with my students, learn how to teach them, and help them reach higher levels of thinking. It is also my desire to be a positive influence on them, and perhaps be the only positive male role model they will ever have. Therefore, I take the job of a teacher with the upmost importance, and continue to try and better myself as an educator.
Some of my personal goals in this EDUC course is to be able to utilize technology such as WebQuest, Presy, and blogging sites. I would love to do this in my free time, and write down thoughts or ideas that could benefit others. Presy would also be a great tool to use when presenting things outside of my professional career. Utilizing technology can help me grow as an individual because I can reach new areas that stretch my creativity. Personally I love to be create new and exciting things, and customizing my own site or blog would help fulfill part of this need.
Some professional goals would be to learn these new productivity tools as a way to reach my students and parents outside of the classroom. I would love to be able to create my own website that is interactive and helpful to the parents and students in my class. I also believe it would also help keep my class unique, intriguing, and fresh. I want to make sure my students are always challenged as well as hitting potential they never knew they had before. As an educator, utilizing technology can help me communicate efficiently with my students, and help assess them by using different areas of the multiple intelligence. Technology helps change the way I instruct and assess, and it can cater to my class needs. As technology continues to improve, so I believe the ways we teach will improve. Educators can continue to use different technological resources to help engage students and unlock the higher levels of thinking. Teachers will continue to be tested as well as the students. Educators will have to continue to move with the technology so that the new technologically literate students won’t fail. Students today are able to multitask on the internet, as well as utilize an infinite amount of resources. Teachers need to follow and make sure to track student progress and how they instruct students who are drawn to technology. Gone are the days of paper and pen, and as technology continues to grow into the school, so must the educators adapt and manipulate the ways we teach and assess to help the upcoming generation of new age thinking.

Hello, my name is Andrea, and I currently run a dance department at the High School level. Our school’s goal is to equip our student’s for the “real world” once high school is over. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my students and learning more about them and their generation. My students are very tech savvy in many ways, and most of them know more about my iPad than I do. One of my goals this semester is for me to be more comfortable and confident using my technology in front of my students. Our school has gone one to one with iPads this year, and although I teach dance, I am still required to incorporate the use of iPads in my classroom on a regular basis. Although I’m discovering new things every day with my iPad, it still takes me a while to navigate it with confidence. Another goal is to find ways to be creative using new technology with my students, especially with the use of video. Video can be such a great learning tool for dancers, so I want to find a few new ideas. I’ve started playing with a few apps on my iPad to slow down the motion of the dancers, add notes to the video, and do side by side comparisons with other video. I’ve also discovered and starting implementing two different dance vocabulary apps that are very helpful learning tools. In dance, most of the terminology is in French, so the terms can be tricky. Just the general shift from textbooks, handwritten notes, and paper handouts to everything being digital has been very overwhelming. What I’ve noticed in my own students is that they are focusing so much on using social media than interacting with one another. That is one of my biggest worries as we continue on this path of ever growing technology. It’s become more and more evident that technology is only becoming more of an asset in every day life. With it, comes pros and cons of how it’s used in our every day life, but also how our students are affected by it. I do hope that as my daughter gets older that she still enjoys paperback books, handwriting letters, and conversing with others face to face. Those skills and life experiences are something that she won’t be able to receive from technology. Yet, I do know that how skilled she will be in technology will have an impact on her schooling, and therefore here career, whatever it may be.

Hello. My name is Marie and I teach middle school science. Part of the reason I chose this particular Master’s program is that I feel a need to adapt to progressing technology and communication systems. Currently, I am not experienced in blogging, twittering, and other social networking. I would like to take advantage of the students’ various forms of communication so that I can relate to them on their level. In addition, I would like to be a resource for my students online. This would include a website with access to the course calendar, assignments, and homework help. By the end of this class, I would like to be able to create my own webquest. I have simple virtual labs, but they are limited to lower level questioning. A well-developed webquest would allow students to think critically and develop 21st century skills.

To aid in incorporating technology in my teaching, I purchased an iPad. I am very excited to begin using apps that will improve my classroom management and communication with students and their families. For example, one of the apps helps me keep track of student participation. It randomly selects students, providing equity in the classroom, and keeps track of points when they answer the question correctly. This provides me with an objective participation score that I can put into the grade book. Another tool that I have access to is the Smartboard and Promethean technology. The ActivInspire program allows me to create interactive flipcharts that incorporates multimedia for student engagement and student responders for formative feedback.

As technology continues to change profoundly how we live and work, students need to be fluent in the 21st century skills and be able to use technology proficiently. Employers are looking for applicants who are intelligent, have good communication skills, and are technologically savvy with the current advancements. This means that education needs to keep up with the ever changing and advancing technology. This will be a challenge for me as the technology available to my students within the classroom is outdated. In addition, while many of my students have smartphones, a good handful do not have access to a computer, internet, or smart devices at home making it even more imperative that they learn about technology in school. So, I would like to be receptive to new technology and creative in order to reach all of my students.

Hello. My name is Nicholas and I am a first year teacher in a middle school special day class for students with moderate to severe disabilities. A personal reason I decided to enter the digital teaching and learning program is the realization that I have in fact have fallen behind in my understanding of the fast growing technological world we live in. More importantly, as I entered my student teaching experience last year I did not realize how beneficial technology was for students with disabilities. As I learned more and more about my students I realized just how intrigued they were with technological devices like I-pads, I-pods, and digital media. With this experience it has become my mission to me to advocate for greater access to technology for students with disabilities and feel that they need these resources to be successful now and in the future. Thus, my professional goal for this class is to establish familiarity, understanding, and comfort with technologies available.

There are many what are referred to as “low tech” devices in special education. For example, switches or push buttons for students with limited mobility. I believe this technology will be non-existent sooner rather than later, however, I have four students using this technology in my classroom now. I fear they will be left behind. I am aiming to expose them to I-pad and applications that give them a voice. I want to use video to model the correct usage of this technology. However, I need to learn how to edit video first. In short, I believe my students can benefit from most technologies that their general education peers are exposed to and I will use them to “teach digitally.”

As technology continues to quickly change in major ways I feel that educators must get on board with the digital age. My fight is a little different than others because I feel that I have to show that certain students of mine are able to use technology, even though other students with disabilities are already using high tech devices. I understand that change is hard for many but I believe it is hard to argue that we are preparing our students for the future and the future is in technology. Just take a walk around the mall and take note of how many stores take only online applications for employment. Soon basic keyboarding will be an essential skill for any job. It is time for education to move into the 21st century.

Hi! My name is Erin. I just finished my credential in July and was blessed to receive a job offer teaching 6th grade. I’m at a K-6 school, so I’http://www.geibtechforlearning.org/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=comment&id=2124&blog_id=1m covering all subjects. This is my first tech class and I’m really excited to get started. My biggest hope for this class is to learn about the various tools and software I can use in the classroom to increase student learning as well as my own efficiency. I am completely unfamiliar with iPads and am also looking forward to learning how to use it. Both of my master teachers used one during my student teaching and I was impressed at how they used it for classroom management as well as to enhance learning and bring fun into her classroom.


It is very apparent to me that this generation needs technology in the classroom. Many of our students use technology to view and interact with the world; this is what they know and enjoy. If we can’t bring this technology into education, how can we hope to a) engage them and b) prepare them for a world that uses technology in almost every facet of life? There are so many different implications to this need for tech in the classroom. A big one for me is how do we, as educators, stay on top of the current trends and the newest innovations in technology? How do we use it to enhance learning and not distract from learning? Another area of concern is where do the resources come from for including technology? The school I’m at now doesn’t have wifi, thus use of iPads appears to be impossible while other schools have an iPad for each student. How can we be sure we are providing equitable education and access to resources for all students? If we are serious about educating students with 21st century skills that are ready to attend college and enter the workplace, then we need to ensure that access to technology is universal. A final thought I have is what technology skills should we be teaching to our students? When do we start and how is it currently regulated? Is there a day in the near future in which technology standards will be introduced along with those in math, ELA, history, the arts, science, etc.?

My name is Jennifer and I am a special education teacher at a k-5 elementary school. I currently work with all the fifth graders and one fourth grade class. I was originally going to pursue a master’s degree in special education but from the advice or my advisor and the road my school district is on I decided it would be best for me to learn more about technology. Currently every student at my school has a chrome book. Our entire math curriculum is done through an online program, the teachers teach the lesson and then the students log on and complete the assignments, if they do not get 70% then they are re-taught the material through videos online. Our fifth graders are currently using Google classroom to submit papers and their ticket out the door in math and English language arts classes. There is so much technology being utilized and it is just the beginning of the school year. I am not technology savvy. I can operate a computer, surf the web, and write a paper in Microsoft word but that is it. I had trouble trying to figure out how to close a browser window on my friends Mac laptop.

I decided to take this course with the goal of becoming more knowledgeable about technology and more comfortable with using it. I don’t have a twitter account or an instagram account, I don’t blog, and I’m not sure what hash tags are used for. I am starting this class out with little technology experience and I am hoping by the end of this class that I can be able to utilize it with my students when I am working with them in and outside of the classroom and when I am at home. This up and coming generation is so fluent and immersed in technology that I have 5th graders who can work a computer, tablet; even my cell phone way better then I could even begin too. It would be foolish of me to think that I can be an effective teacher with out having the knowledge and the capability of using technology.

Right now we use chrome books at my school, we are utilizing an application called classroom dojo (which I am not familiar with), we are using Google classroom to post assignments and surveys, we are using Google drives to share documents and Google forms for referrals if students are acting up. There is so much technology that is being used at my school that I literally can use any form of technology to teach digitally. Our students are even allowed to use their cell phones in their classes during activities that the teacher specifies it is okay to use.

I am one of those teachers and people who is very resistant to using what I think is too much technology. I worry that the use of technology is going to be the “death” of certain things that I think are important such as handwriting, cursive writing, libraries, and more. Yes you can download a book on your tablet or computer but what if your internet is down or your computer breaks, are you going to have the skills to locate what you need in a book, or find what you need at a library? Our school is going back this year to the Dewey decimal system in our small library. Do students even know what that is or how to use it? Some people might argue that cursive writing is a waste of time and not necessary however most of our famous and most important documents are in cursive, if you do not know it (not necessarily write in it all the time) how will you be able to read it? I know that technology can be wonderful, especially with special education students. I worry that it might become too much. I know that technology can be wonderful for teachers in the classroom, instead of having tons of papers to grade piled up on a desk; you can look up the papers in your Google classroom, where you can edit and send it back to the students, no mess. You can also collaborate with other teachers without actually making time to meet, you can create a project or paper and everyone can edit it and make changes together, you can even meet on a video chat when finding a time and a place is difficult. I can see the pros and the cons of technology.

My personal feelings about technology are torn, I do not want my son to grow up fixated on a screen and miss out on all the important things in life like actually interacting with people and social norms that you get from going to school; however I do see the benefits to some degree such as students who may be visual learners, or auditory learners, or full body learners, technology can reach all types of learners. This is great for special education students who might have a processing delay in let’s just say auditory, having an assignment online where they can see and interact can help them access the curriculum they might not have gotten if they were just listening to a lecture.

My name is Emily and I am a 5th grade teacher in Orange County. I have been teaching 5th grade for about a week now so everything is new and overwhelming, but exciting at the same time. I was so blessed to be given this position right after completing my multiple-subject credential at Azusa Pacific. I am extremely excited to begin this journey with all of you. I hope that this class will assist me in utilizing all of my available resources in order to become the best teacher that I can be.

Truthfully, my personal goal for this semester is to make it through without having a nervous breakdown. :p I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment. I hope as the weeks progress and I feel more comfortable in the classroom, my sanity will slowly return. My professional goals, however, are much more in depth. I love technology and I am truly in awe of the power it holds. It captivates students, helps to make lessons engaging and current for kids, and places the world at a teacher’s fingertips. By the end of this course, I would like to be much more ‘fluent’ in Microsoft word. I am currently able to use it to fit my needs, yet I am extremely slow and waste valuable time preparing materials. In addition, I would like to gain experience with keynote and numbers which are two powerful programs that I have not yet had the pleasure of using. Furthermore, I am lucky enough to have a smart board in my classroom, yet I know I am not using it to its full potential. I would love to learn more about what a smart board can do and how I can connect it to programs such as key note and numbers. Finally, I would love to learn how to better engage students at their proper level during small group rotations on the computers. I would love to know how to use technology to target their individual learning goals.

As mentioned above, technology does continue to change the way we live and work and I believe this has huge implications for education. Society has become addicted to technology. Print encyclopedias, journal articles, and even dictionaries have become almost an idea of the past. Technology places information at our fingertips, so rather than feeding children information, it is now our responsibility as teachers to make sure that they know how to find it on their own. Furthermore, students in our schools have grown accustomed to constant entertainment and instant gratification, thus making it our responsibility to adapt our lessons in order to capture their interests. Technology is the future of not only education, but the world, and I am thrilled to be a part of that future.

My Name is Amanda and I am a first year Technology Teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Placentia. The past year I have spent working on earning my teaching credential and although that was extremely important work, I feel like now that I am starting my masters classes in Digital Teaching and Learning I will be able to take direct content from my classes and implement them immediately into my classroom. My professional goals for this semester are to learn as much as I can from my professors, keep growing my curriculum as a Technology Teacher at my school, and to move into the next part of my schooling with a base knowledge that is secure enough to keep building on. As for personal goals, I hope to keep my kids fed, clothed and help them keep up with their homework. If I accomplish that and retain a happy husband then I am good.

The technologies that I am most wanting to utilize in my classroom is google docs for education. My school currently has a few desktop computers in each classroom as well as a computer lab that I manage. We are going to be introducing iPads to each of the teachers for use with their Mimeo's within the next two weeks, and we are on track to implement a 1 to 1 program with our middle school students in January. Bringing in the Google Docs for Education will provide the students a way to access all of their important work from any device without having to worry about bringing a thumb drive to and from school each day. My challenge is to not only set up my students with the program, but also to get some of my "old school" teachers on board as well.

The changing technology in our schools is a reality that all teachers need to not only face but EMBRACE. The implications of this ever evolving world on teachers and students is that they need to be open minded and always learning. This does not seem to be a problem with our students, but there are many teachers who are having a difficult time with this concept. We are teaching a generation of students who have had electronic devices in their hand from a very young age. We must teach the way they learn. We must evolve as the world evolves.

Hello! I am Sarah, and I am working towards finishing my Single Subject Credential in Art. Due to a few hiccups along my timeline, I have not yet started student teaching, but I will be finally this January! Yay! So, let's talk technology.

This huge push of technology our generation has witnessed in such a short amount of time has stirred up a couple controversial points worth mentioning, both for and against whether or not integrating more technology into the classroom would benefit or hurt the future generation that makes up our tech-savvy group of students. I believe by looking closely at both sides of the argument, we as spectators can open our minds wide enough to see that the decision for technology in the classroom doesn’t have to be back or white.

There are many who are against integrating “more” technology, claiming that kids are experiencing less social interaction and authentic engagement with the world right in front of them. Let’s face it (pun slightly intended), we are all guilty of occasionally relying on our Weather Apps to tell us whether or not to bring a jacket than we are likely to just simply step outside and feel the temperature for ourselves. This group of “against-ers” also tends to view technology as a sort of boundary, blocking us from the so-call real world. Basically, most will admit that they don’t want their children to just be staring at a screen all day.

I wouldn’t want my kid staring at a screen all day long either. I want my kids to love the sun and playing outside just as any other parent would. This is why I believe that the contrasting sides of this controversial argument aren’t truly being explored to its greatest potential. Our human tendencies lead us to immediately get really excited about new “stuff” our species discovers, like technology. Think of it as a really hip new song that is on the radio, becomes everyone’s “jam” and is played at every wedding or social event, over and over and over again. Before we know it, we notice our innocent toddler playfully dancing to a song about guys who like women with big butts, and he cannot lie. I know that analogy is a bit of a stretch, but think about it; all of us are glued to our screens right in front of our own kids. Whether it be for work, social interaction or whatnot, our kids see us doing it every day. Some people still view technology as something to keep away from their child – but how does that benefit the child from growing into a society that thrives on the continuous evolution of technology?

NOW, I must begin to start making my point: there is a balance. What I believe strongly is that we have to teach not only our students the healthy balance of integrating technology to benefit us all, but we must also teach our own generation, including parents, that technology doesn’t have to be something that takes away any part of us, but has the potential to add even more to our constant-growing social and professional societies and how they function. Technology is powerful and certainly has the power to hinder one’s ability to fully reap the benefits if viewed as “black or white”. Technology has been something our society has been really excited about for a while, and we are starting to see some negative social possibilities coming out of it, but that’s probably because we “danced” to it excitedly with possibly too much integration. It is our job as educators of this new generation of techies to be able to show them how technology will benefit AND hurt them, while we also explain to the rest of the “against-ers” that by viewing technology as something to “keep away” or beware of, then we are probably just drawing the younger generation to view it as forbidden rather than a way of functioning in society to our greatest potential. When we stop viewing technology as a potential threat of human development, then it will likely become more beneficial as we roll with the changes in the most optimistic, cautionary, and professional manner.

Hello. My name is Kylene and I am an Education Specialist in Coachella, CA. I have worked in the middle school setting for the last five years teaching mathematics and have entered into my sixth year of teaching. I enjoy teaching mathematics and watching how my students make connections with both the whys and how's of different math concepts. One of my personal goals for this semester, in general, is prioritizing my time between work, school, and life. I have a few different roles this year at work and as I finish up my Masters degree, my desire is to manage all my responsibilities effectively. Another goal is to learn new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom as learning tools. In our school district we have a one to one ratio between students and technology; each student has access to the use of an iPad. Most of my students know how to use their iPads for social media and gaming but have little knowledge of how to use it academically. At the end of this class, my goal is to be able to facilitate increased academic growth with the use of the technological tools my students currently have.
In my class currently, the productivity tools my students an I use are the apps, Metamoji Note Lite and Showbie. Showbie is an app that provide a way for me to send out assignments or notes to my students and a way for them to turn them in. The app also has features for me to make comments on my students work or for them to ask questions. A sister app to Showbie is Metamoji Note Lite which in a note taking app that allows students to create folders and sub folders to house notes from their classes. In my class, my students have several sub folders that they house their class notes, math journals, projects and assignments. Tools that I would like to incorporate into my classroom is a class website. I would like to have an informational site that parents and students can directly find information or ask questions about the content of the class. Also, as I become more familiar with Google hangouts, I would like to set up conference times that students can receive after school assistance on homework.
Although the increase of technology in the classrooms has generally been good and educators are becoming more an more open to its use, educators have to remember that not all things can be taught using technology. Students will continue to need ways to build gross motor skills and fine motor skills in ways that do not involve technology. Many times general note taking is better with the use of paper and pencil. Several of my students prefer appear and pencil over note taking on the iPad even with use of a stylus. As an educator, I desire to find more ways to effectively use technology in the classroom by adding to the benefits of traditional tools like books and paper and pencil.

Hello all! I am Michelle, a 2nd grade teacher in the Oxnard School District. I am currently in my 3rd year teaching and things at my school have changed SO MUCH in regards to technology.

Technology is booming and I am half way ready to take it on in the classroom. I have many challenges in the classroom because I am working with a diverse population of students and parents. In the next month or so my school will be deploying an ipad to every single student on our campus. Our campus is on the verge of expansion and construction in addition to learning how to utilize the ipad in the class.

This is what brings me to my personal goals with this class, Educ 512. I am currently comfortable in doing the basics when it comes to ipads and laptops, meaning I can check emails, use social media, and shop or use pinterest etc..., but I am nervous about using ipads in the class because I do not know how to use an ipad as a tool to teach with 30 students in the class also having their own in their hands/desks.
Some people might find this super exciting, but I find it very nerve wrecking. although, I do know that students will definitely not be glued to the ipad all day long at school, I just want to explore options on how to have students individually be able to complete tasks through their ipad. So I would like to educate myself with more technology experiences, because if I do not know how to "blog" or "create a blog" (which I have learned how to do with this class already! :) ) then how in the world would I teach my students how to do these wonderful things? I would also like to learn how to possibly teach my students to go online and look for blogs that would fit their academic needs. I think this would be a cool idea for me to use with them, since they will all have an ipad and be able to access it. I am looking forward to everything this class brings and I can't wait to experiment with it in the classroom with 7-8 year olds.

Hello, my name is Leslie and I am currently doing my student teaching for special education. I am currently working with 1st-5th graders. I am loving it and it is only the 2nd week. It is a lot of fun.
Technology is growing inside the special education field and in the general education field. This is something that I think every teacher is going to have to understand and use in the classroom and I hope that with learning new things about technology that I can further help my students with their learning. Technology today is one of the only ways that we can truly connect with students because it is growing and every student uses it one way or another. It is taking over our classroom and if we can learn how to use it effectively it will not have such a negative effect.
I know there are many people against integrating technology but teachers and parents do have to understand that it can help their students/children more than they realize. No one wants a child to sit in front of a screen all day but that is not what this technology is about. I am excited to learn more about technology and how to use it effectively.
There are more positives to having new technology in the classroom. We are able to teach in many different ways using these technologies and I think that we will be able to really help those children that are struggling especially if they are in special ed. I am on my way to becoming a special education teacher and believe that technology will help these students learn and become more independent.