EDTC 6910 Final Reflection Plans...

This kid...

I learned that kids think about media differently than we do.  I sort of kind of knew this....Seeing it in research was interesting.  I had tried really hard to get my high school students to use social media to connect to experts and master teachers.  Told them how to search and use hashtags.  Gave them tips on how to use Twitter for learning inside of our class.  They did not like it.  There was significant concern that the students may lose followers if they tweeted something that appeared to be academic...The struggle is real!

I do have a problem with the statement from Postman about teachers going the way of the blacksmith.  Its my opinion that technology is amazing and can do so, so much.  However there is no way you can make up for the human interaction and relationships that are developed.  There will need to be that human element to make those memories authentic for students and to help the learner grow into the new material.  Media is excellent for introducing something, even guiding a student into deeper understanding, teachers are there to seal the deal - to bring it home - to connect the dots - to hit a homer in the bottom of the ninth!

Santa Related Rate Calculus Problem! #solved #Santa #SantaIsRunningIntoTheLight!

Some thoughts that I had not considered early on: media will never influence learning...I had not given this idea very much thought at all.  I know that when I learn how to do something from media, I feel like I learned from that thing.  In my opinion if you follow Clark's thinking, then the only thing that influences learning is speaking.  Learning from reading is an extension of that - I can learn by not reading...Plus I have a hard time with speaking in such a strong absolute "WILL NOT" influence....My students had not seen this calculus problem before I put it up - did I teach them?  Did they learn from the SMARTBoard?  Could they have done just as well on their own with a textbook?  I'm not sure that I am qualified to answer those questions, but the technology definitely made the process quicker.

There is also the little matter of developing a framework to help teachers understand technology.  The Misha/Koehler article strongly resonated with me - helping teachers get better with technology is EXACTLY why I am doing what I am doing.  I want to take away the fear and worry and the doubt and empower teachers to be super #amazeballs #edtech using super heroes!

Someone is always watching you!  As a result we often have several different versions of ourselves that we put on.  My Dad self does not make it into my classroom, my Teacher version does not go with me on vacation.  I am different with different people.  I am not a mixer upper at the party, however, give me a microphone and the gloves come off!  Totally different person.  In the online world the different media definitely influence me and what I am willing to share and when I am willing to share it.  I want to be sure that anything I post CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  All through this week, I came back to my high school basketball coach "whether you know it or not, you are influencing someone."

Need I say more...

I haven't quite finished this week yet, but the sense of community issue is interesting.  I know that over the past couple of semesters Ying and I have developed a sense of community.  We office next to each other, we chat at the treadmill in the Playground (she is usually on it and I am usually trying to distract), we have traded some ideas and have started to get to know each other.  I have also started to develop some sense of community with some of my classmates, as I have had a couple of classes with some of you guys already - Cates, Michelle, Kristi, Teddy, and Ying.  This summer especially I have had the opportunity to learn more about all of you and that is community building, and we did it all online...