EdTech 504 – Module 3 Reflection

I’m finally getting around to my reflection on creating my annotated bibliography and the connection to my classroom teaching. For my annotated bibliography, I chose to research various aspects of communication when it comes to Educational Technology. In order to find reputable sources, I used two online databases, JSTOR (Journal Storage), and EdITLib (Education & Information Technology Library) to look up peer reviewed documents. Luckily enough, we get access to these enormous databases through Boise State’s EdTech program.

One peer reviewed paper I I really enjoyed was one written over 40 years ago on the link between communication and educational technology. This paper is a review of trends in general communication theory, literature, and application in regards to educational technology. What I like best about it is how it is written over 40 years ago, yet is still relevant today.In this, Mielke recognizes the behavioristic learning theories of Gagne and how general communication theory would be filtered through the same screen of applicability. When it comes to mass communication in educational technology, Mielke recognizes creativity, practice, and primary research are what needs to be focused on, just done by a different medium than what is done today.

Another article I enjoyed tied together constructivism, communication and e-learning. Because of the increase in the number of students taking online courses, Koohang advanced a model based on constructivism learning theory that focused on the design of learning activities, learning assessments, and instructor roles.

It has been great doing research on the various theories of learning and theories of educational technology. Through this research, I have been able to get a better grasp on what my final paper will be on in this course.

Koohang, A., Riley, L., Smith, T. & Schreurs, J. (2009). E-Learning and Constructivism: From Theory to Application. Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, 5(1), 91-109. INFORM.

Mielke, K. (1972). ERIC/AVCR Annual Review Paper: Renewing the Link between Communications and Educational Technology. AV Communication Review, 20(4), 357-399.


EdTech 504 Module 2 Reflection

This week we are to look at the linkages between our epistemological beliefs and classroom instruction. As I start to consider my own beliefs compared to how I teach, I experience mixed emotions. I am pleased with my progress, but know I have a long way to go. With the ever-increasing advancement of technology, I truly believe the role of the teacher is changing. I think the teacher’s role is becoming more of a facilitator of learning and less direct instruction. These days, the amount of knowledge that is at a students fingertips is overwhelming. Any topic the student is wanting to get information about is easily accessible and often overlooked. I believe a teacher needs to provide opportunities for the students to take ownership of their education while being open to many different avenues of information.
A few ways I offer students this flexibility in controlling their learning is through my Leadership class where I act as a facilitator, and through group projects in my Marketing 1 class. In Leadership, students are in charge of creating and implementing a plan for all student activities. They must be self-motivated and find the answers to their own questions. In my Marketing 1 classes, I like issue projects where students get to choose whichever source they would like to relay information from. Often times, the criteria will be vary vague, where students can negotiate what goes into their project.
Even though I believe students should be at the center of my teaching, I all-to-often find myself in front of the classroom delivering information. However, recognizing this flaw is the first step in my long journey to student-lead learning.

EdTech 504 Week 1 Reflection

In my first week of EdTech 504, Theoretical Foundation of Educational Technology, we were to reflect on our current teaching practice and inclusion of educational technology.
This year is my 8th year of teaching overall, and 4th year teaching High School. Currently, I teach Leadership, Marketing 1, and International Marketing to high school students. In each one of these courses, I do my best to incorporate technology on a daily basis. I use technology as a tool to enhance learning by my students and I try to stay on the forefront of current technologies. One tool I have started using this year is Google Classroom. I have found Google Classroom to be the most user-friendly LMS of any I have used before. It makes it so easy to assign, view, organize, and grade student work.Another tool I use in my classes is Twitter. As an activities director, one of my jobs is to provide as many activities as possible for our student body. To advertise, we are constantly creating infographics and posting them on Twitter and Instagram.

After taking this EdTech 504 course, I hope to have a foundation on the reasons I integrate this technology in my classroom. With this foundation, I hope to be able to share the technology I use in the classroom even more with my colleagues.