First off, I’m coming into class running a bit behind schedule, and a little shaky on my technology feet, but I’m sure to be figuring things out as we go on this journey this summer.
At first, I didn’t know what this class was, and I only knew it would be a required class to get my masters degree. I’m thinking now, after listening to the recording of the class on Thursday, it is about how technology is used and can be applied in the classroom. Mind you, that I’m a newbie in the use of smart boards in my classroom, and I will be first to tell you that we do some work on line with my class, but I know I could use some more ideas on how to integrate the modern technologies in helping with instruction in my classroom.
The information I get from the defining article, says:
“Emerging Technologies are tools, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings (including distance, face-to-face, and hybrid forms of education) to serve varied education-related purposes (e.g., instructional, social, and organizational goals). “
I think we have to be cognizant of how technology will affect our students. I like the fact that we have to be aware of the pros and cons of technology trends that appear. In my coursework, I have come to the conclusion that students drive how we implement best practices in our curriculum. Therefore, learning about the kinds of technologies available and knowing our community of learners will give us the tools to differentiate or challenge our students.
My school district uses video technology classes with teachers teaching in one site and students in different communities because of the small populations in village schools. We also use online courses and now have programs where students can interact via skype and email. There are also multimedia contests that promote the use of technology.
Honestly, other than that, I’m not very familiar. (At least, not yet.)