Welcome aboard!

Before class begins – please complete the following:

1. Make a name card and learn a classmates’ name.
2. Check out a laptop if you did not bring your own.
3. Create a Gmail account if you don’t already have one: http://gmail.com
4. Complete the student information sheet

PART ONE: INTRODUCTIONS

What do you need to know for the first day of class? You need to know what the class is about, who your instructor is, what materials you will need, and what you will be doing this semester. I’m going to briefly cover all of these things during today’s class.

What is this class about? It’s about learning to use technology effectively in your own life so that you can (and will) use it effectively in a K-12 classroom. You can view the syllabus for more of the fine print – but that’s the main idea of the course.

Who is your instructor? My name is YunJeong Chang, also go by Eunice. Currently, I am a doctoral student in Learning, Design, and Technology program at the University of Georgia. This is my second time to teach EDIT 2000 and I have co-taught several undergraduate and master level courses in UGA. I am originally from Korea (South Korea) but lived and visited many foreign countries including Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and several countries in Europe. Back in Korea, I was a college instructor as well as a researcher in medical education area. I believe it is important to use technology as an lifelong owners and learners.

What materials do you need? You’ll need access to technology – your own computer or one in a lab somewhere on campus. Headphones and a microphone are helpful. Mobile devices are even more helpful. You’ll need an open mind and a willingness to try things you thought you couldn’t do. You’ll need to be willing to think about issues in education, even though you might not be planning to teach in the traditional sense. You’ll also need to be able to work independently – as this is a fast-paced course that requires your full participation. That means sometimes having to figure out something on your own – rather than waiting to get the answer from me or a classmate.

What will you be doing this semester? You’ll be learning more about technology tools that you can use in your life now. Then, we’ll apply what you’ve learned to a K-12 classroom setting. All of this will be done through project-based learning. Don’t know what that is? I promise you will soon enough. You’ll be doing a lot of work, you won’t be bored, and you certainly won’t hear yourself saying, “when am I ever going to use this?”

Here is a video to get us started.

What are the buzzwords and phrases you should just go ahead and memorize?

  • Meaningful Learning with Technology
  • Learning, Design, and Technology
  • National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
  • Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPaCK)
  • Social Media Identity
  • 20% Time
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation

FOR THURSDAY:

  1. Complete the student information sheet before the end of class.
  2. Read Chapter One from Howland,  J.L., Jonassen,D., & Marra, R.M. (2011). Meaningful learning with technology. (Fourth ed.). Boston, M.A. : Allyn. You can access it from our Readings folder. We are using Dropbox to organize our readings for this semester. You do not have to have a Dropbox account to view files in the folder or to download files.
  3. Be prepared to respond to these questions in class on Thursday: What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you?
  4. Find a really good picture that you want to use for your portfolio.
  5. Talk with me before you leave, or via email: yunjeong@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about our course.
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