EdTech 501 – Final Reflection

 

Self-ReflectionWhat challenges did you face in this course?

The major challenge that surround this course, and all summer courses, would have to be time – mostly lack of time. The experiences and assignments are so rich and full that each week was jammed pack with learning experiences, readings, and assignments. This wasn’t a surprise to me, I understood this course to be a shorter version of the typical semester-long course. I appreciate that as a summer course, we didn’t lose out on any content. It was condensed but still held true to the course goals and learning experiences. Fortunately, I was off this summer as my position is a traditional 10-month teacher schedule. This allowed me to focus many, many hours on this course and a second one I was also taking this summer.

What strategies or other creative resources did you use to address these challenges?

To deal with the problem of time, both lack of and shortened, I worked on these courses like I would a job. I scheduled in times I would be working and separated myself from distractions. I also took our instructors advice and tailored the assignment artifacts toward my job and interests. I could learn for this course while creating something I will be using at school in the Fall, accomplishing a task for both areas of my life felt very productive.

While traveling this summer – by plane, train and automobile – I made sure to have resources ready for offline use as well. I used Google Drive offline while flying and on a train overnight. It was important to plan ahead to make sure you had access at hotels or coffee shops as well. I definitely read our course chapters on the DC Metro.

I used Google Scholar to set up alerts for certain tops and also set up my Feedly in a more organized manner. I had time to work with Diigo and explore more behind groups and also best ways to tag and organize for future use. I need to keep tweaking my organization tagging to make it more efficient for me as the user; this will help save so much time to get my personal and shared bookmarked resources readily accessible.

Which artifact do you feel was your best and why?

In choosing to be a student at Boise State and undertake the MET program, I committed to a field of study I have a lot of interest and investment in. Each assignment held meaning for me, and I worked on each to gain knowledge and grow as an educational technologist. I appreciated that our professor encouraged us to tailor our research and topic curation toward our work situation and location.

I am very proud of the work on did on my School Evaluation Summary. This task enabled me to really evaluate my school from many angles and hone in on areas of strength and weakness. I look forward to working with the leadership team at my school to use this to develop a technology usage plan. In my other summer course, I was able to develop a Social Media Policy. These two artifacts will assist me as I look to move our school into a formal and thoughtful plan. I am excited to get the conversation started with my team. My school site is fortunate in a lot of ways, with a committed staff, bilingual focus, new renovations and technology – with the work I did this summer I feel this can help to move us forward to create an intelligently integrated school.

 

 

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EdTech Definition Graphic

What does it all mean?

I enjoyed the opportunity to represent the educational technology definition as a graphic. While I am not an artist, the digital tools available now even allow the unartistic to relay their message. I used the online design tool Canva to create my representation. Canva enables the user to create an image using templates, original designs, or uploads to create a unique image in a particular shape or size. While the design tool is free, there are both free and paid items you can include in your own design. Personally, I went with all free icons to develop my graphic representation for educational technology.

I relate to the look and feel of infographics of late, I went with a minimalist and stylish representation of Januszewski and Molenda’s (2013) educational technology definition which states:

Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.

I used an icon to represent the major facets of the definition and connected all with a circular arrow to symbolize the relationship between each component. Prior to the start of the MET program, I don’t think I could have defined the field so succinctly. I most assuredly would not have included the idea of educational technology ethics in my definition, and yet now I understand that to be essential.  Educational technologists continue to learn and grow as they monitor whether or not the technology is used to improve learning. I particularly appreciate the idea that educational technology is used to facilitate learning, rather than cause learning.

As a technology instructional coach, one of the major pieces to my role is to help facilitate learning and conversation about technology integration among teachers and students. It is so important to keep the goal in mind and monitor if an improvement is made or what adjustments need to happen. In my representation, I used a toolbox as the image for “creating, using and managing”. This deliberate choice highlights that adjustments and growth are always happening with a reflective practitioner

Educational Technology

Januszewski, Al & Molenda, M. (2013). Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary. New York, NY: Routledge.