Monday, February 29, 2016

Technology Theories and Models

Phase 1 of the basic SAMR ladder for classroom technology consists of Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  Substitution Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change. Augmentation Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement. Modification Tech allows for significant task redesign.  Redefinition Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.  Technology can transform and enhance the classroom if used the correct way.  When choosing the first SAMR projects for you classroom you have three questions/options to consider; your passion.  If you could pick one topic that you could teach your class that shows why you became a teacher, what would you teach? Second, find the barriers to your student's learning.  is there a topic or standard that a great deal of your students can not grasp or get stuck on? Third, what will your students do in the future? What topic will serve your students the most outside of school?

In Phase 2 you add in Pedagogy, Content and Technology Knowledge.  They all go hand in hand. They can be described in a Venn diagram because they all interact together.  You need all of the them working together to fully teach students today in our modern classrooms.

Phase 3 consists of foundational knowledge, meta knowledge, and humanistic knowledge. Foundational knowledge consists of core content knowledge, cross-disciplinary knowledge, and information literacy.  Meta knowlege consists of creativity and innovation, problem solving and critical thinking, and communication and collaboration.  Humanistic knowledge consists of life skills, cultural competence, and emotional and ethical awareness.

Phase 4 is thinking about trends and challenges. Key trends happening in schools today are rethinking the roles of teachers and there has been a shift to deeper learning experiences with technology.  There has been an increase in the use of hybrid learning designs.  In the next five years because of technology we will be rethinking how schools work.  New technology is happening around us at a fast pace.  In most schools they are already implementing BYOD (bring your own device) and cloud computing.  In the next five years we will have wearable technology.

There are several challenges when it comes to technology.  It is difficult to find personalized learning opportunities.  Also, extremely important to keep student data confidential.  It is also difficult to keep formal education relevant and ensure that students are indeed not surfing the web while they are supposed to be doing school work.  Many schools already have technology in place to keep students off certain internet portals.

Technology should enforce a lesson, but not be the lesson.  We as teachers must direct the lesson and the technology should be an assistant to the student and the teacher.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Things that make you go hmmm....

 This semester in my Education 3011 technology class I am learning a lot of things that make me go "hmmm".  The ActiveInspire activities take me a great deal of time to complete because I have never used a promethean board before.  I am enjoying learning all of this new technology and how to do new things that I will use in the classroom! I just think it takes me a lot longer than it takes the younger students.  I will be 42 years old in April and this new technology came along a little later than when I was in high school.

 I am also learning the steps of completing the edTPA by performing mock tasks this semester.  It is my hope that my doing practice work that when it comes time to do the real edTPA portfolio next semester that I will not be overwhelmed with the assignment.  Also, another thing that makes me go "hmmm" is that this is the second semester that I have taken a full load of 18 credit hours. I was accepted into the SPED program last semester and I will graduate next semester so I am on the fast track! I have a great deal of homework and reading for my courses but it will be worth it when I graduate in December!

Friday, February 5, 2016


I decided to write on how technology has changed since I was in elementary school.  The Internet was not what it is today.  There were no personal blogs, no email, and no social media.  Computers were rudimentary at best.  I remember formatting floppy disks in middle school.  I believe that the need for international communication and the world economy helped ignite these changes.  We did not have gaming systems either.  I remember playing Atari with a simple joystick.  I cannot even imagine what technology will be like in twenty years.  I hope that I will be able to keep up with it. I have to admit that keeping up with my assignments on my online education course is not as easy as it might be for other students in the class but I am applying myself and trying to learn as much as I can because I want to be able to teach my future students all I can about technology and I see how it can help advance learning in the classroom!