As a teacher of more than forty-years, I began my journey practicing the old methodology of teaching. My journey has taken me from the content knowledge age to pedagogy knowledge and finally the development of the technological teaching age. My B.S. degree was earned in Business Education from Southern University Baton Rouge and my M.S.T. (Masters of Science Teaching) from Loyola University New Orleans. I welcome you to explore this site and find out more about my journey and how my teaching has changed over the years. I have included pictures, and professional exhibits of the many things that I learned along the way. Included are reflections of those pivotal changes in education and beginning of technology in the academic arena. This site will present the many adventures that I had in learning how to use these tools to enhance student learning as well as my own.
This year has been a banner year. I completed my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and was offered an adjunct professorship at TCU. ( During the COVID crisis I had discontinued working at the Monnig for safety sake). I was awarded my twenty year Master Gardener's Pin and have been a Citizen Forrester for twelve years. This was my 75th birthday year and so many amazing things are happening. Along with my other ventures I started an Academic Coaching Service for adults who started back to college and those who did not get their high school diplomas. I have continued the high school girls Cotillion and am working on the nonprofit status for that venture.(2022)
During the COVID lockdown I was not able to complete my research for my dissertation because businesses were slow to reopen to the public without taking the proper precautions to protect their clientele. My research dealt with a museum study and the museums did not reopen until they felt they could protect their visitors. A COVID vaccine was developed and many chose not to take it for fear of it not being effective. It was and I got the initial injection plus the subsequent booster.
EDUCATIONAL TECHOLOGY PHILOPSPHY
In the museum setting the use of technology is vital for young visitors to help keep them actively engaged in the learning that is presented in a hands on interactive format. As educational leaders it is our task to help children find new and innovative ways to enjoy the learning process and to gain knowledge by interacting with the many museum displays. Today we can use such tools as QR codes and computer simulators to draw students into any display and in doing so teach them so much more than they would learn often in the formal classroom setting.
These tools can be used in a relaxed setting with their parents or relatives and friends without the pressures that can sometimes accompany classroom learning. It can be fun without consequences and learning when just the joy of learning as your goal. It can be self-directed and highly motivating. Students can see immediate results from the many activities that are now available to museums that are designed to stimulate learning. My goal as a museum docent/educator is the make sure that the museum experience enhances what has been taught in the classroom; and that it opens new horizons for the learner that maybe they had not thought about before. My goal is to prepare them for the future jobs' market by making learning fun and easy in a place that is designed to develop imagination and to get creative juices flowing. These types of activities will help them to see that technology is everywhere and can be used for all types of learning experiences.
Basic Computer Literacy for Adults is an informal program through our church for a senior citizen home in the mid-cities of the Dallas Metro area. It is designed to help mature adults become familiar with current technology focusing on the safe use computers, tablets, and smart phones.
Informal Learning of Adults