1.Over the course of study there were varied types of tools and applications that were introduced to me in different ways to help develop my technology knowledge and skills. This is a PowerPoint for a group assignment discussing the use of Web 2.0 tools for EDCI 652-Research on the Learner. It was my first experience with Web 2.0 tools and how they are used in the classroom. With TechPlay activities I was able to explore the many forms of technology apps that are available in education for teacher/student enrichment and knowledge. I was surprised about the vast amount of tools and began a listed collection of tools and how they are used in the classroom to help students learn. I also spent many hours just playing around with the tools that interested me most. From this experience I became more connected with other educators who were using these tools on a daily basis along with becoming a part of a NSTA thread where educators ask for help using tools for instruction. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading some of the innovative ways that educators are using Web 2.0 app to enhance learning.
2.This was prepared for the outdoor program where I worked, this section was done by me which included a description of the activities and the accompanying TEKs that it would cover. At the time when this lesson was developed I was just excited about creating a meaningful PowerPoint presentation and later being able to embed a video from another source into that presentation. I had no knowledge of all the apps that where being developed through the many educational sources. Did not know anything about Web 2.0 and how technology was moving in education.
3.This was a paper I wrote for EDCI 695-Methods
4.This document is attached because of the interview of this young Marine who served in Iraq. It was a moving experience and it gave me foresight into the reasons why young people serve. It was an assignment in EDCI 687 Qual. Methods. As I progress through my doctoral studies I began to notice some of the technological changes that had slipped into education that I was not aware. I did create a audio of the interview but it was accompanied by a written transcript of the interviews. One of my classmates had us to use the Kahoot app as a wrap-up to check for memory retention after a presentation. This was a new tool to me and none of my work during this period showed any technology component to the learning.
*Could not get the Video to present; will need to do additional work on it. I have a lot more to do to get this to present properly. Discovered I would need to upgrade site and have chosen not to do that at this time. But in this presentation I did use embedded videos in the presentation and the use of YouTube. This skill of embedding a YouTube video was a new skill that I really enjoyed learning. But at this stage in my learning I had not ventured to creating my own YouTube video.
5.This is the slide presentation without the voice over. This was done as a YouTube video. You can view it by clicking on the words to view this presentation. By the time I created this document I had learned so much more about multimedia presentations and how they can be used to enhance student learning. I also discovered how important it has become that students learn how to do this as well.
What is design and technology? According to the National curriculum in England it is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject where creativity and imagination helps students to design or make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, wants and values (Gov.UK, 2017). This definition was used because I felt it best explained what is occurring when design technology is used in the classroom. This piece which was originally published in September of 2013 gave three stages of how this takes place in the classroom and how it should look. Students can draw upon skills they have acquired through any class they have taken and include that knowledge in a creative way.
Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to use this type of innovative activity in any classes that I taught. What I did was create a large body of multi-media presentations that where embedded with videos from United Streaming, a Discovery Channel Program series, that was purchased for our school's use. These videos encompassed many areas of science and history and gave the user a large selection of presentations that could be included in classroom introductory lessons and as a lead-in before a lab. I worked in an outdoor setting and we only had a short amount of time to present vital information that the student needed before going outdoors and doing the research based activities. The classroom setting was basically outdoors with limited time spent indoors.
Since I began this ETEC journey I have learned many techniques and apps that if I were in the classroom today I would be able to use. I did create several Nearpod presentations that I plan to use in the future, but they are contingent upon my getting Chromebooks to use in the outreach programs that I offer to schools. I did have the opportunity to present my ideas to the philanthropic group that advises donors to the university about vital places within the university where they can contribute. It was received well and the possibility of my getting the Chromebooks is good.
The techniques and list of Web 2.0 tools have helped me to see value and create ideas where I can incorporate more technology based lessons into the limited access programs that I offer schools when I visit. using these Web 2.0 applications can help me to support the teacher and school's STaR requirements as designated by the state to include more technology in the student's learning environment. I can serve as an instrument to further the teachers personal goal and the goals of the campus improvement plan towards including more technology based learning.
References Gov.UK. (2017, September 22). National curriculum in England: design and technology programmes of study. Retrieved from Department for Education United Kingdom: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-design-and-technology-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-design-and-technology-programmes-of-study
Texas STaR Program, School Technology and Readiness Programs, 2006-2025 https://www.txstarchart.org/
6.This was a trip that I and a co-worker took to the Grand Tetons to study project based learning in a natural environment. This is a small sample of the slide presentation that was done. It was set to music. This took place in 2010 it was a training program to help environmental science teachers to plan Project-Based learning lessons using the outdoors as the medium of instruction. Upon completing the week long program we hand to present to our fellow teachers a recap of our adventure in learning. This was not a very good presentation because it did not include any multimedia, interactive components for the viewers. Looking back I can think of many other aspects that would have enhanced this presentation and made it more meaningful to the viewer. I could have included several of the short videos of the different excursions we went on and included video interviews with participants and the leaders of the program. This was an excellent opportunity to share with students educators learning and exploring new knowledge and skills. My lack of skills in this area left this presentation hollow.