SUMMARY OF LEARNING

 

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Hello, ECI833,

Welcome to my Summary of learning for ECI833 on Foundations of Educational Technology. What a fabulous course this was and I can’t believe that how fast the semester went and I am wrapping it up with this video. I want to thank everyone for an extortionary journey and this is one of the most significant classes I have ever taken. It was engaging, thought-provoking, challenging, and fun. I think I have learned a lot more than I expected to. Thank ’s to Alec and my classmates for this extraordinary semester of insight encouragement and growth and I hope you enjoy my video.

 

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MATHEMATICS AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

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Hello ECI833!

First of all, let me start my blog post by thanking Haiming, Channing, and, Kelsey for an exciting and informative presentation about  Assistive Technologies and tools which greatly enrich our classrooms. The interesting perspectives they shared throughout their presentation was so inspiring, and I must say that I was impressed with the whole concept of assistive technology and the fantastic way of presenting the facts. Even though Assistive technology was created to aid students with the special need but today it has gone beyond that purpose by helping even those students who require more support and assistance in carrying out a specific task. 

After the presentation, I began to reflect my own experience using Assistive technology. Assistive technology can be a massive help for students with mathematics learning problems like dyscalculia. As a mathematics educator, I have used several Assistive technology tools for math which are common in most math classrooms, like

talking calculators and graph paper. However, there are many other Assistive technology tools which can effectively enrich our teaching practice and in return help students. I couldn’t agree more with my classmate Amy.C when she states “With all the challenges teachers are facing and have many diverse needs in the classroom, we can’t imagine the class without assistive technology. But having said that as a mathematics educator, it was always essential for me to first to understand how a student struggle with math and that understanding helped me to figure out which assistive technology tools suit that particular child. 

Using technology just for the sake of using it will never serve the purpose, as an educator, I think we must first have to analyze what the situation demands and which assistive technology to use to that particular situation. In short education to educators is vital because many teachers do not have an adequate level of knowledge and skills of using assistive technology and the article “Teachers Knowledge and Use of Assistive Technology for Students with Special Educational Needs” provided by the presentation team is an excellent example, which showcases the need of assistive technology knowledge and skills among teachers.

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In my seven years of teaching experience, I have used many assistive technology tools in my classroom. I have utilized various kinds of Calculators, Math notation tools, graphing tools, drawing tools which help students draw lines, shapes, angles and other geometric topographies, Equation-solving tools, Manipulatives, and Text-to-speech. These Assistive technology tools for math are designed to help students who struggle with computing, organizing, aligning, and copying math problems down on paper. Such Assistive technology tools not only help students with special needs but also will be a boon for those students who are struggling with math and overcoming math difficulties.

Finally, as a math educator, I am curious to know which math assistive technology tools are being used in your classroom? And are they effective?

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Assessing Assessment Tools

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Hello ECI833,

As teachers in the digital era technology have empowered us with various tools, techniques to aid us in instruction and make our classrooms interactive and engaging. As a mathematics teacher If I were to choose an educational technology tool for assessment, my choice would be The Answer Pad.

As a mathematics teacher, I am particularly interested in this tool because of its comprehensive nature which is entirely different from the other assessment tools. This completely collaborative tool which supports both mobile and web platform helps teachers monitor student progress and also promotes student engagement. Determining efficient assessment tools and plans can often be a challenging task for educators and for a math educator it would be even more challenging as I have noticed that not all assessment tools serve the purpose and are not suited for every class

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and situations. I couldn’t agree more with my classmate Sage when she states “Technology has influenced the ways in which teachers assess their students for decades.  With more recent advances in technology, we now have access to a seemingly endless bank of tools”. The Answer pad is such a tool which helps educators to design summative assessments which can be answered by the students very quickly and interactively by just tapping on the devices and also formative assessments can be directed by teachers in a very creative and straightforward manner, this inclusive nature was the ultimate factor which caught my attention. I am a full-time student now, but once I am back with my students, I think this tool will be a winner in my classroom.

The Answer Pad assessment tool is straightforward to set up and is a multi-platform BYOD learner discussion system that concentrates on real-time assessments. Educators can enroll for free and build their class and enroll their students, or the students can register themselves by the registration code provided by the teachers. The Answer Pad tool is completely free for up to 200 students over eight classrooms. The Answer Pad is an interactive and engaging tool for a math educator, and I am excited to try it with my students. By Logging on to this tool, we will be able to format our class to take swift formative or summative puzzles to help us know if our students understand what we are teaching in our classroom. The abundance of resources and pre-made quizzes which are available in the answer tab website make it even more exciting for educators and the simple, flexible way of creating our own quizzes make it easy to use.  With all such features, I do think that this tool will increase engagement and participation in my classroom.

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Thus, in conclusion, I think the pros of The Answer Pad include:

  • Easy and free to install
  • Quick to Connect and enhances classroom participation and engagement.
  • Facilitates attractive feedback and Broadcast system.
  • Drawing tool can easily be sent out for students to work through a problem.
  • Every student in the class is given a voice.
  • Live Monitoring system allows the teacher to watch students work through an assessment

However, there are some cons as well,

  • This platform is entirely technology-based and might be challenging for some educators.
    • Students may get distracted by the web page, video features as they can view without out having to leave the interactive session.

Finally, I think that the Pros of the Answer pad tool would definitely outweigh the Cons. What do you think? Have you ever used The Answer Pad tool in your classroom? If yes what do you think about the tool? And your student’s response to the tool. If Not, would you consider using it in your classroom?

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WEB 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0……………….?????

 

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The internet today is very much alive, and the evolution of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 all happened in my lifetime. I was fortunate enough to witness this evolution, and it surprises me quite often to the fact that where we were and where we are now and is still evolving as we speak. Jana, Katie, Brooke, and Kyla O excellent presentation this week refreshed many such memories. The first generation of internet WEB 1.0 primary gave just information, but with the rise of so many platforms, the web became increasingly interactive where the consumers became contributors reaching to a point where without the contributors there was no meaning to the very existence of the platform. There will be no Facebook or YouTube if no one posts content or videos to those platforms and now web 3.0 make me even more optimistic, and as a teacher, if I relate this shift to education 3.0, it also makes me a bit anxious too. 

Web 1.0 and Education 1.0– According to Jackie Gerstein, Education 1.0 and Web 1.0 represents learners as receptacles of knowledge, where educators are mainly gatekeepers of information. Education 1.0 was just like Web 1.0, a source of static data, where learners go to educational institutions to get an education from educators. It is primarily teachers who produced, supplied information and students were the consumers of knowledge. Even though collaboration took place, it was limited to small groups,

 Web 2.0 and Education 2.0– The shift of web 2.0 paved the road to education 2.0 where the technologies of web 2.0 were used to improve outdated approaches to learning. The incorporation of blogs, wiki, podcasts and much such similar technology enriched the format of education and educator’s role changed from the primary source of information keepers to guides and mentors. Even after such an advancement, most educational institutions are still living in and working through an Education 1.0 model. I couldn’t agree more with Michel when he states in his blog post “Unfortunately, many classrooms are not quite ready to make the shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0.”

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Web 2.0 and Education 2.0– According to Derek et al. education 3.0 “is characterized by rich, cross-institutional, cross-cultural educational opportunities within which the learners themselves play a key role as creators of knowledge artifacts that are shared, and where social networking and social benefits outside the immediate scope of activity play a strong role “. Gerstein’s metaphor and article suggests that just like how the evolution of web 1.0 to 3.0 happened there must also be an evolution or transformation in education and our teaching practices. As teachers, we must learn from what is trending on the internet, learn how our students connect, communicate, learn and share. The shift of web 2.0 paved the road to education 2.0 where the technologies of web 2.0 were used to improve outdated approaches to, but unfortunately, most of us are stuck in education 1.0. The Gerstein’s metaphor and article is an excellent contribution to teaching fraternity to analyze our teaching practices and reflect upon where we stand and where we must be heading. Even though we are at the frontiers of web 3.0, we have not yet reached there, and the course of teaching itself is not changed significantly, even though the foundation for broader transformation is being laid down by web 2.0. Web 2.0 technologies are currently used to enhance traditional approaches to education. Education 2.0 involves the use of blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking and related participation technologies, and it facilitates a superior opportunity for collaboration between the educator and student, students to students. The shift to web 3.0 will be a massive shift in education and to be honest, it also makes a bit anxious.

With the evolution of web 1.0 learners obtained knowledge, web 2.0 technologies facilitated them with platforms from which they could share, converse, reproduce, data upload, discussion forums and publish information. Web 3.0 will be more open, well connected and mainly intelligent, self-learning. There are many advantages and disadvantages from the shift to Web 3.0. Web 3.0 permits us to individualize to meet the needs of each student, which will allow them to learn relevant information in a collaborating, personalized, and open, free manner. The article User Generated Education states precisely that “education 3.0 is based on the belief that content is freely and readily available. It is self-directed, interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation and creativity drive education”. With so many privileges and advantages come hand in hand with various challenges. First of all, it will be difficult for teachers to adapt. In this ever-changing educational landscape we are always required and expected to change, and many of us are resistant to so many changes;   ultimately it will not be a choice, and we have to change, adapt so that our teaching practices will accommodate the new expectation. When that situation arises, there is a need for training and professional development so the educators can successfully incorporate the web 3.0 in their teaching practices.

With everything that been said, I also feel concerned for those students who cannot afford such technology and have lack of access at home. If our teaching practices are entirely be based on technology how can we accommodate those students who do not have access to such privileges?  How can we as educators and school deliver equal learning in a world of unequal access? There is a lot of unanswered question, and it also raises a problem are we ready for such a shift???

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MY JOURNEY WITH ONLINE TOOLS………

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Web-based platforms have allowed us to remotely replace or facilitate many interactive processes in a day to day activities. Getting an education online was the next frontier for web-based convenience, and there are many reasons why I felt this is a practical and attractive platform. ECI833 is my 4th online course with Alec, and before then, I had no practical experience of an online course or any technological tools used for online learning. The only reason I used the internet was to google things and of course to use social media sites. I began my first course with Alec with a moderate understanding of online classes and limited knowledge of online learning tools. I was very excited to learn alongside my classmates and blogging; tweeting aided me a lot in the process. Blogging in WordPress was a great opportunity for me in expanding my Personal Learning Network, while Twitter supported me to make connections. Google plus community helped me when I was struggling with questions and thanks to such an interactive and effective online course; I was introduced to so many online learning tools which were engaging and beneficial.

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In the journey so far, I have witnessed many tools which are very useful for online and blended learning, I have enjoyed documenting my learning through WordPress, and I find it an exciting and interactive way in the learning process. Blogging allowed me to

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showcase my knowledge and artistically share my thoughts, getting responses by my classmates further motivated me to perform better, and blogging has undoubtedly played a vital role in online learning. Google+ is another such tool which has always fascinated me, especially when it comes to education and online learning. This collaborative tool has many advantages and can be effectively utilized professionally, personally, and in school. Google+ is an excellent tool for collaboration and sharing information; it is ideal for students to be connected and share thoughts and address concerns. Google+ is a tool which I would use if I have teach an online course. As a mathematics educator, I think that it would be an ideal collaborative tool for me and my students to resolve issues, answer to questions, and share content. Staying always connected with students would definitely decrease the fear of math and promote a fun and interactive way to play and learn with numbers.

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Another familiar and useful tool which I found most beneficial is Zoom. I have been using Zoom for more than a year now, and I find it very benefiting, as it allows students and instructor to connect visually and learn together. This exciting tool not only facilitate instructor to deliver the course but it will enable students to share their thoughts, concerns just like a face to face classroom setup. I believe that the tool facilitates a sense of social learning when used to learn among a small or large group of students and the chat feature helps those students who do not wish to speak up during the class.

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With everything that been said, I would feel both excited and benefitting to teaching with these tools in an online or distance education class. I think it would definitely work with my students, but as a Math teacher, I also feel a bit hesitant when I consider that fact that constant teacher-student and student-student collaboration requirement. These tools would help me to deliver the course content effectively and incorporating many other rich resources like OER’s, Khan Academy videos would surely enrich the whole process but as Kyla states in her blog post even I don’t think that I am ready to be a full-time online educator. Facilitating an online course requires more than just having strong knowledge of the subject we are teaching. I can see the benefit these tools can offer, but I fear that I might not be able to foster those same relationships online which I can in face to face class. 

Finally, I think that the Online classes which I have pursued and the variety of tools which I have been introduced have made me a better educator in this digital world.  By using these tools and technology to connect and learn, has enabled me to become more comfortable and confident to teach online and distance courses in the future.

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MULTI-TASKING OR MULTI FOCUSED DISTRACTION

 

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Hello ECI 833,

I can remember those days when I used to boast with everyone that I was a multitasker and I can be productive at multiple things at a time, but in reality, I was a far cry from being productive. Multitasking appears to be an exceptional idea to get a lot of things done at a time. We think that we are so productive while performing multiple tasks, but all we are doing is just getting distracted and becoming less productive. Research has revealed that our brains are not competent to manage numerous tasks as we presume or believe we can

When I clicked the link of the video “Single-tasking is the New Multitasking,” I watched it may be for 30 seconds and was listening to the rest it while opening multiple other tabs. Few of those tabs were study related, a few about this week’s presentation which I was working on and a few socializing sites. When the video was speaking about what I was doing, I couldn’t stop laughing at myself! The video was not only funny but extremely truthful and applicable. Talking about multitasking, while I was doing all of the above things while watching the video….. Oops sorry listening to that video, I was also having a peek on the news channel on my television.

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However, once the video stated narrating what I was doing, I paused all my other work/distraction and concentrated on it, and this time I saw the complete video. I couldn’t agree more to the fact that my mind is so preoccupied with so many things which were not allowing me to fully appreciated the video’s actual message. It didn’t take me long to realize again that is tough for me to focus on only one particular task at a time. The fact that, I am always multitasking in my life has significantly affected both on my productivity and, and this scenario answers the first question that Internet is a productivity tool which has provided a platform for me to work on multiple things but it has also created an endless series of distractions. I am productive to an extent, but in the same way, I am stuck in an infinite loop where I hop from one task to another. I agree to the fact that the internet is a productive tool, but in the same way, it also creates an endless series of distractions. When Amy C., Amy B., Kyle, and Colette discussed the advantages and disadvantages of online productivity tools I couldn’t agree more that these tools are meant to help us in many ways,  the Article by Nick Davis further substantiate that they make us perform tasks faster, helps us to focus on multiple tasks, which ultimately turn us into more efficient multi-taskers. 

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The Internet has certainly created a world of ‘multitaskers’ there is no doubt about that. Today, we are so fortunate that we have access to so much information, ideas, and the credit goes to the internet and numerous other technological tools. I think that no digital tool or technology is fundamentally evil and If someone wants to misuse it, they can, and they will find ways and numerous other reasons to make it as a hurdle for their achievements, but the same platform can be used positively in many ways. Kayla said it right in her blog post that there needs to be a balance. We cannot over-rely on the internet, but we also shouldn’t underutilize it.

Finally, I do believe that the Internet definitely makes us multi-task but having said that it is up to us to make is as a Friend or Foe.

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THE SESAME WAY

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As a student and a teacher, I have always been inspired by the quote “Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.” I have been fortunate to see the shift from the traditional idea of schooling, where I sat in front of a teacher in a room seeing her lecturing to the students who were sitting in a well-organized row, to a whole different format of online education. But now, we must acknowledge the fact that the educational landscape is forever changed and thanks to the various formats of technology. Talking about Sesame Street who knew that today in our class we will be discussing Sesame Street? and the value of educational TV shows? At least I didn’t.

Let me start by applauding our classmates Michael, Joe, Sam, and Kyla M for their excellent and well-organized presentation. I must say that they really took us back in time and brought us back. Today we touch base on the history of audio/visual technology and its Impact on education. We witnessed how we transcended from blackboard based instructional setup to technology-based education. As educators in this digital age, we have access to various technological devices to aid our instruction. Integration of technology into the classroom has definitely changed how we teach and how our students learn. However, before the progression of technology within schools, many us learned through watching educational television shows. The notion of promoting education via television was one of the best things which had happened and sesame street is a good example of it.

A television show like “Sesame Street,” introduced what I call a “unique way of learning” in those days and I must say that it definitely posed challenges to educators and school, just like how the current culture of smartphones and the push towards BYOD are posing challenges to us and I think this is exactly what the Postman meant when he wrote “…We now know that “Sesame Street” encourages children to love school only if the school is like “Sesame Street.” Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.”. The whole idea behind watching educational television shows was so that our children might learn while being entertained and Even today we make use of educational videos in our classrooms which is both educative and entertaining to aid our instruction but never to replace formal education. In a way, I think that even though Sesame Street was a change that was really required I do think that it undermines the traditional idea of how students learn at school.

Technology and digital media are altering the meaning of the current format of schooling and creating new challenges for teaching and learning. The concept of AV technologies and open education has revolutionized the field of education; it has replaced the traditional classroom and made education accessible to all. Personalized devices and tools like YouTube, Khan Academy have further enriched the notion of educational technology and has significantly changed the educational landscape. The article Advantages challenges encountered and attitude of teachers in utilizing multimedia in the classroom provided by the presentation team showcases as the best example of the advantages of technology and challenges encountered by teachers. There is no doubt that technology is a very helpful tool for learning and it is also important for us as educators to adapt our teaching practices and integrate the available technology so that the core idea of our profession is best served.  Hamming said it right in her blog post that we cannot be lazy teachers anymore and we should always keep an eye to what is new. Technology is here to stay and we have no other choice than shake hands with it and get the most out of it in a positive and a productive way.

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Education today is drastically evolving and so are our students. Today’s children are budding up in a digital world and technological tools have integrated as a prominent part of our youth and it offers an ocean of resources for both students and teachers in learning and interactivity, there is no doubt that student and teachers benefit using them but in the same way it poses some concerns too. What are your thoughts and concerns about educational technology? and do you think Technology Will Replace Teachers?

In this constantly changing and evolving of teaching and learning, educators are always on the run from traditional schooling to a new means of education model. As teachers, we are constantly exposed to new means of instruction, the new rights ways and wrong, new device, and new technology is always eager to teach the teachers and in most circumstances, I believe it is for good.

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