BEFORE CLASS BEGINS
** Make sure you’ve completed all of the tasks from Tuesday’s class. You can access Tuesday’s blog post by clicking on Tuesday’s date on the calendar to the left.
1. Make a name card only if you are new today.
2. Learn classmates’ name (at least two).
3. Check out a laptop if you did not bring your own.
PART ONE. Q&A for SYLLABUS
What materials do you need?
- open mind
- willingness to try things you thought you couldn’t do
- willingness to think about issues in education (even though you might not be planning to teach in the traditional sense)
- Work collaboratively AND 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.
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?” You’ll be completing an independent study project and a number of other projects based current topics in educational technology.
PART TWO. PROJECT-BASED LEARNING FOR WHAT?
WHAT IS GOING ON IN K12 CLASSROOMS?
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE – @ISTEConnects) is the main professional organization for people who work in educational technology. Their practitioner’s journal – Learning and Leading with Technology – is where we get our course readings. I’d like for you to spend some time exploring current topics in K12 educational technology. In class today, you were assigned a specific L&Lw/T issue. From that issue, select an article that is of interest to you and complete the Article Summary.
Your summary should include the following information (please note – your summary should be of college-level length):
- Article information in APA style
- Prior knowledge you have on the article topic, reasons you selected this article, how the topic is relevant to you
- What you learned about the topic
- How this topic impacts K12 teaching and learning
- New questions you have after reading the article
- At the bottom of the summary, draft a 140-character Tweet about your article
- Complete your Current Topics in K12 Educational Technology Article Summary. It is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday. Turn in your article summary to the table by the laptop cart. Do not over 1 page/no cover page.
- If you haven’t, find a really good picture that you want to use for your e-portfolio.
- Talk with me before you leave, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions or concerns about our course.