Educational Technology Systems Management Education Essay

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The rational for this artifact selection is to recommend free web-based educational applications on the Internet for finding free educational and non-education software. There are many K-12, college, and university teachers, homeschoolers, programmers, and students who have created educational materials and have made them available freely on the Internet. I want to make use of learning objects, open source software, and free student information system software resources to fully utilize the available technology in our school. As an educational technology leader in this course I learnt to design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS.

ISTETF. 2.

Design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners.

ADDIE: Design Lesson Plans

ET 505 Design of Learning Environments

Week 2 assignment

July 2, 2011

The rational for this artifact selection is to create blended learning environments that are highly interactive, meaningful and learner-centered. The use of Microsoft math, graphing calculator, educational videos from you tube and Discovery Education and district's test prep Website for assessment is evidence for that.

With Blended learning the teacher can transmit a fixed body of information to students via an external representation. The teacher represents an abstract idea as a concrete image and then presents the image to the learner via medium. The learner in turn perceives decodes and stories it. The learner then develops his own image and uses it to construct new knowledge, in context based on his own prior knowledge and abilities (Horton,1994). On the other hand the teacher becomes a facilitator of learning, rather than a communicator of a fixed body of information. The learning process proceeds as knowledge builds among teacher and students. Thus blended learning meets unique students' needs that cannot be fully met by fully online or face to face instructional models.

ISTE-TF.3

Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum - Educational technology facilitators apply and implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for utilizing technology to maximize student learning.

Designing a Curriculum Unit

ET 504 Information Access and Evaluation

Assignment week 2

May 05, 2012

The rational for this artifact selection is to use technology as a vehicle for both Student learning and student achievement. I use technology to motivate students, engage them in learning and to promote higher order thinking skills. Technology increase participation and develop new skills.

When technology applications are used effectively and efficiently; they can support higher-order thinking skills by engaging students in genuine, complex tasks within collaborative learning contexts (Means,1993). Cognitive research has shown that learning is most effective when four critical characteristics are present: (1) active participation (2) group participation (3) immediate feedback and interaction with educators and (4) real world connections. Technology allows all four characteristics to take place (Means,1993)

ISTE-TF.4

Assessment and Evaluation -- Educational technology facilitators apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies.

Mastering Assessment Tools for Improving Curriculum & Instruction

ED 501 Assessment for Learning:

Assignment Week 2

The rational for this artifact selection is to create an assessment table with the test that matches the learning objectives and that all standards that have been taught. It helps me ensure that I assess what has been taught at the appropriate cognitive level. Before I begin writing the learning objectives, or student outcomes, for a unit of study, I consider the prerequisites - knowledge and skills that students require in advance of current learning and scaffolding, an instructional strategy that involves supporting novice learners until they are able to fully understand the content (Young, 1993). I will use pretest before I start the unit.

ISTE-TF.5

Productivity and Professional Practice - Educational technology facilitators apply technology to enhance and improve personal productivity and professional practice.

Developing a Curriculum Timeline and Evaluation

ET 506 Technology for Staff Development

Assignment Week 3

February 11, 2012

The rational for this artifact selection is to create timeline to be: appropriate to the topic and purpose, suitable for multiple learning styles, suitable for varying pace of learning, flexible for varying levels of expertise, adequate length to introduce, develop, and reinforce . To plan effectively for technology staff development curriculum at school. It helps me to understand to have an "appropriate" time frame but not a "long" time frame in time line.

It is important for a technology leader, evaluation to relate to the outcomes statements to serve its purpose well. The evaluation will demonstrate that the outcome was achieved or not.

The knowledge about different types of assessments such as observation, interview, focus group, questionnaire, survey/scale, rubric, and checklist helps in conducting needs assessments, determining extent to which goals have been met, changing instructional approaches and disseminating results.

ISTE-TF.6

Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues - Educational technology facilitators understand the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in P-12 schools and assist teachers in applying that understanding in their practice.

Mastering Assessment Tools for Improving Curriculum & Instruction

ED 501 Assessment for Learning:

Assignment Week 1

March 10, 2012

The rational for this artifact selection is to analyze information through classroom assessment which helps teacher to find whether the teaching is effective and the students are learning what they are suppose to learn. Through the use of effective classroom assessment procedures, teachers can monitor whether appropriate progress has been verified by students in the classroom.

Assessment in classroom should more align with focusing on individual learners' needs through differentiation rather than standards-based. Balanced assessment needs Involving students in the assessment and evaluation process. When students become partners in the learning process, they gain a better sense of themselves as readers, writers, and thinkers.

ISTE-TF.7

Procedures, Policies, Planning, and Budgeting for Technology

Environments

Information Access & Evaluation

ET 502 March 21, 2012

(PowerPoint presentation )

The rational for this artifact selection is to use the advanced features of a multimedia presentation tool to prepare instruction that shares these issues, principles and evaluation skills with both students and staff. Also to conduct an analysis of the information access and retrieval tools in schools to identify areas of need, and make recommendations for improvement based on costs and benefits.

ISTE-TF.8

Leadership and Vision -- Educational technology facilitators will contribute to the shared vision and culture conducive to the realization of the vision.

CI 539 Teacher Leadership - 110606-CI539-MET013

Week 3 assignment June 26, 2011.

The rational for this artifact selection is to explore the critical roles teachers play in decision-making through the perspective of multiple stakeholders. To engage in leadership interactions to develop problem-solving skills and the ability to become change agents for continuous school improvement.

I had no idea what these standards meant towards the beginning of the course. I would like to publically blog or face book a well deserved "thank you" to ACE . ACE proved that online courses can lead to a successful and personal learning experience. I do understand these standards and hours of research were not necessary.  This understanding came naturally through my assignments.  The classes are designed as such "learn by doing". At the beginning of the course, I envisioned learning how to increase student and teacher proficiencies in integrating technology in content areas while using technology and digital resources to improve student achievement and student research strategies. The course and assignments outcomes have exceeded my expectations.

My knowledge of educational technology increased significantly. The course assignments provided guidance to create technology plan for the school and as well as for the district. I learned how to determine progress toward meeting technology goals, identify the needs of digital-age students, and how to use strategies to meet those needs. By creating a Wiki and a Blog, I learned to effectively establish an online learning community. I have learned how to evaluate professional development for effective integration of technology and content. I have learnt many new skills and concepts while completing the course assignment involving the creation of a Web policy that addresses security, legal, and ethical issues. A school district's current web policy should address the legal requirements pertaining to web sites, security, and provide clear guidance to protect copyright and intellectual property. I now completely understand the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).I can identify social, legal, and ethical issues and examine responsible decision making related to technology , teaching and learning. As an educational technology leader, I will support the correct and legal use of digital materials. Most importantly, I learned how a strong technology leader models the effective use of technology and demonstrates knowledge, skills and competency with technology while communicating a vision and conveying high expectations.

In my technology integration lesson plan and also in the Needs Analysis for ET 505 Design of Learning Environments, I have shown how to conduct a needs assessment prior to implementing any further educational action. I understand that in order to successfully integrate technology into teaching first it is necessary to study the users, that is the students and the teachers that will be using that technology.

In my courses I learned how to conduct a needs analysis before any course of action is taken. For example, in my Technology Integration Learning Plan , I devised a simple questionnaire to help me understand how computer-literate the students involved in the project were. A similar Needs Assessment  was developed for the ET 505 Design of Learning Environments.

I learnt to find new ways of assessing the new kind of artifacts produced by students. Traditional methods of assessment do not seem to work anymore because learning goals have changed. A more "authentic" kind of assessment is what is needed. Rubrics seem to be the best way to assess math projects supported by technology. They can be created from scratch by the teacher based on his/her expectations of the student outcome using a word processor or a spreadsheet, or they can be made online at sites like RubiStar for free. I made my own rubric for assessing a PowerPoint presentation . Another rubric I designed was meant to assess student projects for the students to grade themselves . It was part of the ED 501 Assessment for Learning course.

At the beginning of my courses I completed a pre program self assessment that indicated that my weakest areas were technology skills and the ability to model digital age work. In addition, the results also indicated that my greatest professional strengths were promoting and modeling digital citizenship and responsibilities, and designing and developing digital-age learning experiences and assessments. After completion of the course I retook the self assessment and the results were much different.  I was still strong in the promoting digital age citizenship and designing digital age learning experiences, however the results also indicated that I felt confident in design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments and facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. The results indicated that I felt much more confident in all of my weaker content areas, indicating that I learned a lot in my Masters of Educational Technology. We have made a lot of advancement in the last ten years.  Integrating technology to enhance all classroom learning is a high priority of mine. Having acquired NETS/ISTE competency  I feel very comfortable using all web 2.0 tools.  Some tools I use more than others, however, I am willing to add another tool to my personal tool belt if it means that I can help a teacher or a student to become better at what they do.  This program has given me a platform to utilize my strengths of technology to be a motivating, positive person in the lives of teachers, administrators, and students that I come in contact every day.

I have learned much about technology ,design of learning environments , information access and evaluation and assessment for learning during this time and I look forward to the ever-changing landscape that this line of work brings.  I enjoyed the challenges of working with different web 2.0 tools. I have learned not only how to create blogs, podcasts, and digital videos; but I have also learned how to apply these skills into teaching in the classroom.  I especially liked many of the readings that we were required to do and authors such as Prensky, Warlick, Solomon and Schrum, I will carefully watch for new ideas or thoughts from these individuals in the future. In particular I liked Merrill's principles of instructional design .I liked and completely agree what he explains about the importance of instructional design and sources of student motivation. According to Merrill, M. D. (2002)," the instructional design should be considered First, learning is promoted when learners are engaged in solving real-world problems. Second, learning is promoted when existing knowledge is activated as a foundation for new knowledge. Third, learning is promoted when new knowledge is demonstrated to the learner. Fourth, learning is promoted when new knowledge is applied by the learner. Fifth, learning is promoted when new knowledge is integrated into the learner's world".

I hope to continue with my professional journey utilizing the vast amounts of knowledge obtained throughout the completion of this program. With the education I have received throughout my Master's program at ACE, I feel prepared to present some next steps for implementation at my school level. I feel I can assist others with technology implementation and guidance with my leadership skills. Starting with my own classroom, I plan to present the local school leadership with a technology plan, along with funding needs, objectives, and the purpose of the technology I am requesting in my classroom. I want to pass on my knowledge to my colleagues regarding technical issues, questions, and suggestions regarding the implementation of the technology in their classrooms. I plan to volunteer to develop training for the specific need and present it to the administration for approval. Overall, I feel very well prepared to implement all of my education in my next professional endeavor.

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