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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY MANIFESTO
EDU 707 Issues in Education Technology
Central Michigan University February 2012
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Education Technology Manifesto Combining education with technology provides a way for students to experience their subject in a stimulating manner and captivate their learning through exploration and discovery. Students were learning before the introduction of the World Wide Web but technology provides outstanding resources to enrich a learner’s knowledge and skills. They are able to recall specifics knowledge, communicate and use the material, thinking skills, and understand the whole picture. Providing access for all: Ms. Goldfein, Director of Engineering Facebook, was a guest speaker at the 2011 Annual Women Powering Technology Summit. She conveyed the importance for women to work in the technology industry , be informed and empowered. During the late 80s women were few and men dominated the industry, that’s when I entered the profession. It was rewarding to listen to her advocate for women to have a voice: become active and recruit others. The Closing the GAP Website provides outstanding sources and webinars to ensure access for the disadvantaged or disabled. This website would be beneficial for many; especially for a friend of mines because her son has been diagnosed with Autism. The family has invested in an IPAD of the because of the superb apps for Autism. However, a family that’s less fortunate could not afford to purchase the necessary equipment to aid their child or family member. As an educator, I must ensure the disadvantaged and disabled students have access to technology, research and apply resources to meet their learning needs. Using technology to support student learning: Using technology in the classroom allows the students to gain experience in the subject matter and allows the teacher to have an active involvement. Their skills are enhanced: self-efficacy; communication; critical thinking; motivation; problem solving. It creates an enjoyment for the subject and builds important nurturing value skills. In my third grade class the students were introduced to Kidspiration mapping concept, it’s an excellent resource. The students were given a task to create fun facts about a historical figure, they grasp the concept quickly. Their body language and expressions were priceless! The best way to explain it, they were able to convey what’s in their little heads and visually see the masterpiece (softcopy and hardcopy). One student stated, “Why were we drawing the venn diagram on paper!” They are intrigued and willing to use the program without hesitation. Their understanding and self-efficacy is sprouting at a rapid pace! They are able to reflect on their creativity, knowledge, and understanding. Academic integrity, technology: The grade levels I have taught, kindergarten through third grade, their integrity is genuine and will cry to mention cheating or taking shortcuts. The article, Cyber Cheating in an Information Technology Age, was informative and provided several examples how students cheat/plagiarize. To design and establish a proper foundation for educational cyberspace learning the curriculum should incorporate technology as early as kindergarten. As the student advances to the next grade level, the foundation is reinforced and the curriculum is designed to create higher order thinking skills; hopefully this will deter cheating/plagiarism. Technology and professional development: The topic is interesting because during my first year of teaching the 21st Century Technology was installed throughout the school. Everyone was excited; however many were apprehensive due to
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change. Several educators expressed their concerns: when will time permit to learn how to use the equipment and maintain their daily schedules. The principal listened to their concerns, and asked them to keep an open mind and be willing to learn. To ensure everyone received proper training the Media Specialist conducted weekly Staff Development Training Sessions. The grade level chairpersons attended Professional Development Training and shared their new knowledge with the other teachers within their department. The principal requested that everyone incorporated their new technology knowledge with their weekly curriculum. It was interesting to observe the teachers collaborating and making suggestions. This happened a few years ago, so I decided to contact my former lead teacher to inquire about the technology progress. She stated, “Teachers love it and the growing pains are few! She no longer uses technology to only play BrainPop, Storytown, etc., now it is used with classroom instruction.” What do teachers need to know about technology? Extra preparation by the teacher is required in order to have a successfully curriculum and instruction to include technology. There are many ways in which technology in the classroom is vital; it is the nucleus for teaching and learning. Skills are enhanced: self-efficacy; communication; critical thinking; motivation; background knowledge; problem solving. It creates an enjoyment for the subject and builds important nurturing value skills. The student is able to reflect on their creativity, knowledge, and understanding. Most importantly, the more students are equipped to achieve these goals they will develop an enjoyment and appreciation to being lifelong learners. Social Networking and technology and classroom ethics: Social media is a hot demand; great for advertising and communicating with family, friends and associates. Is school a great place to regulate the proper internet and social media etiquette? Is it a must have because it’s in demand? The article, Social Networking Goes to Schools, was great and provided positive insight; however privacy and security was not addressed. Social media could be great if it was completely safe for anyone to use and not distracting student’s concentration. Primary aged children should have no access and learn the importance about the internet and social media etiquette. Middle grade students would have access with supervision and reinforcing the primary year’s etiquette foundation. By high school the students should understand the internet and social media responsibility and ownership. I agree with Steve Westerman (Social Media for Home and Office Use), “Face to face is the best!” References Davis, Michelle R. "Social Networking Goes to School." Education Week. 3.3 (2010): 16,18,20,22-23. Thur. 16 Feb. 2012. http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/06/16/03networking.h03.html Social Media for Home and Office Use from Scott Westerman on Vimeo.