Educational Technology Context & Foundation

I absolutely love my Instructional Technology course I am taking this semester at ISU! Integrating technology into all aspects of the classroom to benefit both student and teacher is extremely important to me. Part of the requirement of this class will be to create a Philosophy of our own in regards to placing tecnhlogy into the classroom. In order for us to complete this, through the course we are finding professional resources and material within our textbook to expand and define our current technology ideals.

Here is my takeaways from our readings this week:

     In Chapter 1 of our textbook, Roblyer states,

For the processes, or instructional procedures for applying tools, we look to … applications of technology that help prepare students for future jobs by teaching them skills in using current tools, as well as skills in ‘learning to learn’ about tools of the future that have not yet been invented – or even imagined (p. 5).

     I find the idea of “learning to learn about tools of the future” to be an extremely important guide in today’s teaching of technology and preparing our students for the future. This changes the focus of learning technology, we need to learn enough to complete the tasks we are to complete; however, its not about having lessons on the particular technology that we know it deeply as software, hardware, etc changes so rapidly. Yet we should direct lessons on the ability of learning to learn. Being able to take the basic knowledge and apply it to any program that comes our way. I read once that computer programmers, computer design students, and the like graduate with a degree with most of the information they have learned is outdated. Similar to our students, It is important for them to know how to learn and adapt to the rapidly changing technology in our world. 

     In Chapter 1 of our textbook research completed by Devaney in 2010 teaches us, 

Schools with one-to- one computing programs had fewer discipline problems, lower dropout rates, and higher rates of college attendance (p. 22).

     I am not surprised by such research results. As a future teacher, I would love to adapt or be apart of a school in which is involved within a 1:1. Eliminating factors of students not having the technology accessible in and outside of the classroom. This research on technology in education tells us that there are many more benefits to the use than what we originally thought. My thought that the fewer discipline problems, lower dropout rates, and higher rates of college attendance is in the idea that students are engaged, lessons are adaptable to many learning styles, and they feel better prepared to go on to higher education because of their experience!

     In Chapter 2 of our textbook, Roblyer states, 

Teachers will always use some directed instruction as the most efficient means of teaching required skills; teachers will always need motivating, cooperative learning activities to ensure that students want to learn and that they can transfer what they learn to problems they encounter. Proficient technology-orientated teachers must learn to combine directed instruction and constructivist approaches and to select technology resources and integration methods that are best suited to their specific needs (p. 49).

     I tend to lean toward the constructivist methods, ideologies, and epistemologies in the modern day classroom. It is innovative, collective; it is about movement and collaboration. It is appealing to me as a teacher to make the classroom appealing to today’s student. Yet there is an importance in the ideals and methods of directed instruction. As a future teacher and as I go about creating my integrating technology philosophy is in important to develop a balance between the two.


Roblyer, M.D. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson             Education, Inc. 

Blog Review #12: Is Your Classroom Academically Safe?

7d85e0411508231a7f90b0aeae047c98The second post I chose this week for my blog discussion assignment was Is Your Classroom Academically Safe? published on the website, Cult of Pedagogy. Jennifer Gonzalez opens up with a personal parental story between her and her child about homework, which ends in the all too un-comforting reflection:

No student should feel like they can’t ask questions in school. No student should go home not understanding how to do their homework. No student should ever worry that asking for more explanation will result in punishment  (para. 16).

She begins a rant regarding two sides of the story, that maybe just maybe her child is missing something, I mean he has to be … right? The student should not get in trouble for asking a question? Of course, a student should never ever feel like that is the case, what is happening in the classroom that makes a child feel this way?

Gonzalez states,

It can’t be argued …. the thought of telling her teacher makes her uncomfortable. There’s something about that teacher or that classroom that isn’t as academically safe as it could be. Every time a student chooses not to ask for help or clarification, it’s a missed opportunity for learning. And it’s something we have the power to improve (para. 22-23).

The lists a few simple, powerful ways you can make your classroom a place where students feel free to ask questions and take academic risks (I will list them here, please visit the posts for opinions and ideas):

  1. Build in more checks for understanding
  2. Teach Students How to Ask Questions
  3. Provide Time for Private Questions
  4. Create Contingency Plans
  5. Ask Your Students

The list appears to be short, yet there are sub topics for most. This was an incredible post with a plethora of suggestions in creating an atmosphere that is open and inviting for students to ask questions, know when they can be asked, and even tips on guiding them toward being better students who ask questions.

This is exactly the kind of learning environment I want for my students! It made me think, that my blog or our classroom blog would be a great place to create homework suggestions/assists and helps for those who still end up at home with questions regarding the assignment. In addition, having Class Dojo or some other phone app that allows parents and students (at this age I prefer the students) to ask questions through the evening and over the weekend.

Remembering the nights of homework frustration, I have personally experienced as a student and as a parent makes me believe that this is a tremendous idea! I know that giving 150 students the ability to contact me sounds ridiculous – yet it seems if you can simply tackle the problem head on right away with a quick message back – it can eliminate the snowball effect that can occur if the students have to wait… the assignment does not get completed .. and they are not understanding the material which is expected to be built upon the next day.

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Blogs I love a latte, blogs I will not read and how I would like to use blogs in my future classroom

This week in my Educational Technology class I am assigned to create a blog and then create a post discussing blogs I enjoy, blogs I do not enjoy as well as how I would use blogging in my future classroom. I requested permission from my Professor to use my blog and she has granted me the ability to do so, Thank you.coffee-cup-pink

Blogs I Love a Latte (yes, its coffee I use this to term the word –a lot – here at ABC, 123 & Coffee)

The Kindergarten Smorgasboard

I am smitten with smorgie! As a future Kindergarten teacher, I am a huge fan of Mr. Greg at his blog The Kindergarten Smorgasboard. From his weekly lesson plan ideas to his fun loving stories about his stashes (the kindergarteners) his blog is full of a plethora of information and inspiration. He also creates fabulous handouts to complete in your classroom that are free of charge and on sale at his store on Teachers Pay Teachers, a website where teachers share creations they have made with other teachers. Evaluating Blog Kindergarten Smorgasboard

Trisha Novotny and her amazing team (that I once upon a time ago was apart of as 24/7 Moms Inspiration Editor) at 24/7 Moms is another blog I’m lovin! As a mom, woman and Christian I can always find incredible words of wisdom to help lead me in the right direction no matter what it is that I need. Evaluating Blog 247 Moms

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I love so many, many more blogs; however, I have only been asked to share two!

Blogs I will not read

I am going to be really careful as I post this as this is my opinion on the blogs that I speak of in general. There are not two specific blogs that I could pinpoint as ones that I would not read. I have chosen as a blogger to never place negative opinions on a blogger, writer, movie, product, etc on my blog due to the negative effects it may have on another author, artist, creator. I will however say that I will not read blogs that choose to be negative about other bloggers, writers, authors, products, and movies, etc. I will not read the blogs of those founders who choose to use profanity. I think it belittles the information they are passing. I dislike speaking to people who consistently use vulgar language and will not read it either. I will not read blogs that frequently publish poorly written content, grammar should be checked before submitting the post.

How I would like to use blogs in my future classroom

The possibilities with blogging in the classroom are endless. As a future Kindergarten teacher I would like to use my blog similarly as Mr. Greg does on the Kindergarten Smorgasboard. Share lesson plans, creations, inspiration with other teachers, yet in addition I want it to be a way to communicate to my parents and students. For example, sharing videos of how to do assignments sent home and ways the parents can help their children at home that will benefit them in the classroom. So I do not repeat myself on this topic, you can read more about my thoughts of blogging in the classroom my posts to blog is to teach yourself what you think and Blogs and Wikis in the Classroom

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Do you think students are too plugged in?

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According to the forum discussion entitled Does Technology Inhibit Deeper Learning?, there was an article published in the New York Times that states that some parents believe that, “computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans.” I believe as in all things there needs to be a balance between being plugged in and being unplugged; as the world continues to be plugged in we need to prepare our students for the use of technology in their world. I believe that creativity, human interaction and the development of attention spans can be done on an off line. I believe the students need to be taught and demonstrated a healthy balance so that there is time for movement and offline activities. As long as the technology that is used is to educate a child and not be busy work or filler time then I believe it to be beneficial to our techie society.

An incredible way to do so is create an online homework assignment as suggested by Salman Khan in which a lecture or a new subject is taught through a video that a child completes at home so that the actual assignments can then be completed with the teacher present so that he or she can help the students as needed. I can see many pros and cons toward this idea. Specifically if the child does not complete the homework assignment where does that lead that child during the discussion and completion of the assignment in class? I also question the availability of the internet and technology in the student’s home, not all homes are connected to the World Wide Web and not all parents are eager to allow their children to make use of it. How does this flip lesson work then? In opinion this works on paper and in the lesson plan however there is too much going against this format. I have the same concerns for “flipping a lesson” with Ted-ED.

Education in the Dark Ages was an incredible video showing ways how teachers can make technology useful inside and outside the classroom and help empower the students with learning. I believe that over time this will allow schools to save money with the purchase of ipad and the ibooks available. At cost of 14.99 or less instead of 60.00 or more is an incredible deal. When updates are available they are downloaded at little or no cost instead of a entire new book. This making it possible for students in upper class to lower class communities to have access to the same material.

As a blogger and somewhat of a techie myself I am excited to see things like Itunes U. Even for a Kindergarten classroom you can make everything available. Kids can re-watch the days lesson with their parents allowing them to know how to complete the assignments they brought home. Children who are sick can have the ability to see what is going on in the classroom while they are away. ESL Parents can learn the material too with their children! The possibilities are endless.

With all of this technology available I believe the tips shared in the article, Ways to help kids unplug from technology are beneficial for both parents and children. However as our books become available on our ipads, make sure we are giving them time to have fun on them as well setting allotted time frames for homework as well as games… but we all need to unplug and get outside and play too!

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