Reflection and Final Project for EdTech 541

My final project for this course is found here: Integrating Technology into ASL Instruction. This site demonstrates my ability to manage technological resources in order to promote collaboration of teachers.

The Educational Technology Department at Boise State University outlines in their  mission statement that they “support the study and practice of facilitating and improving learning of a diverse population by creating, using, managing, and evaluating appropriate technological processes and resources”. This course, EdTech541, has provided me with the tools and knowledge necessary to meet this goal. Throughout this semester I have “created, used, managed, and evaluated” many technological tools as they relate to “improving learning of a diverse population”. To get an idea of how the work I completed during this course demonstrates mastery of AECT standards, visit the AECT Standards page on my project showcase website. The projects and artifacts I created for this course integrate multiple technological tools and are guided by the theory from The George Lucas Educational Foundation that states “Properly used, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy.” No longer is a pen and paper enough to satisfy the creative thinker in our students. They grow up in a digital world with access to all of human knowledge at their fingertips, it is our responsibility as their teachers to show them how to navigate and use this knowledge to confront new problems, create innovative solutions and inspire our ever changing world.

This course has not only allowed me to develop my instructional practice, it has encouraged me to improve as a professional educator. I have learned how to “integrate complex roles” in order to support “high levels of student achievement” and utilize online professional connections in order to prepare students to “contribute to a complex world”.

The biggest things I will take from this course are the flexibility of technological tools to reach a variety of diverse and distant learners, and the ability of these tools to allow for real-time learning, collaboration, and assessment. This course has immensely widened and improved the lens at which I look at learning and professional development. As a result form taking this course my lessons will include more technology, allow for more differentiation, and be accessible to a diverse set of learners.

References:

AECT Standards. (2012). Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Retrieved from: http://www.aect.org/newsite/

The George Lucas Educational Foundation. (2007). Why do we need to integrate technology. Edutopia. Retrieved from: http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-guide-importance.

Following is a list of blog entries assigned for this course and a self-assessment of each entry:

1. Vision Statement:

Content – Proficient

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Outstanding

2. Acceptable Use Policies

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

3. Relative Advantage of Instructional Software

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

4. Relative Advantage of Presentation Use in the Classroom

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

5. Relative Advantage of Spreadsheets and Databases

Content – Proficient

Readings/Resources – Proficient

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

6. Social Networking and Walled Gardens

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

7. Video Blog

Content – Basic

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

8. Internet Safety

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

9. Integrating Technology into the Content Area

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

10. Obstacles and Solutions to Integrating Technology into Content Area

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

11. Assistive Technologies

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Responses to other students – Proficient

12. Assessing Two Students Final Projects

Outstanding

13. Final Course Reflection

Content – Outstanding

Readings/Resources – Outstanding

Timeliness – Outstanding

Due to the proficient but not outstanding level of my responses to classmates posts and some lack of content on a few blog posts I give myself a 125/140.

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3 thoughts on “Reflection and Final Project for EdTech 541

  1. Sarah, You are always very thoughtful and engaging in your postings. Due to my schedule and the often last minute posts of the majority of our classmates I have had the opportunity to follow you throughout your journey in this course. I am always amazed at your ability to relate the concepts of the course to your audience. You mentioned that you have gained a sense of the many ways in which technology may be used. I feel the same and will forever view teaching through a different lens.

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  2. Thank you Julie. It is fun to look back and wonder how I even saw teaching and learning before this course. I now have so many tools under my belt and, without a doubt, have improved as an instructor.

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  3. Hi Sarah – I like how you emphasized that technology allows instruction to be more flexible, collaborative, authentic, and differentiated. This highlights the power of technology that educators can’t ignore!

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