EDTECH Graphic Assignment

For my last assignment in EDTECH 501, I was tasked with creating a graphic representation of the current definition of educational technology.  I used the book Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary as my resource while creating this graphic.

I found it important to specify that educational technology is not the same as instructional technology.  It is more than using technology to teach.  It is putting the technology into the hands of students to allow them to create original pieces, problem solve, and to facilitate their learning.  Educational technology isn’t the old “sage on the stage” teaching style; it is facilitating learning while allowing students to dive in to a variety of technological tools that will best demonstrate their higher level thinking.

As one of the technology standard developers of my district, I found it would be perfect to add a link to a youtube video I just showed my school yesterday during a meeting.  It really reinforces the “Why?” of educational technology.

In practice, educational technology does require focus on studies, ethics, and leadership.  The educator has to be well-rounded in their own technology skills to be able to select resources for students to use.

I chose to use the website bubbl.us to create my graphic.  It was extremely user-friendly.  I know my students could use it without much of a problem.  In addition, I loved that it was so adaptable; I felt I had a lot of choice in how my graphic would look.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my EDTECH 501 class.  I learned so much about educational technology, and I know it is only the beginning.

I hope you enjoy my mindmap.  https://bubbl.us/?h=2fdf0e/60012e/31jcKOs.cjosQ&r=542008123

School Evaluation Summary

I recently completed a school evaluation summary.  To protect the identity of the school, I used the pseudonym “Bully Free School” or BFE.  I had to evaluate the technology within the school in many areas, including: administration, curricular, support, connectivity, and innovation.

17 pages later, I realized that BFE has some major technology issues that will take years to fix.  The district seems to be changing their mindset on technology, which is refreshing.  BFE’s most important issues are the internet contract and monopoly, and outdated technology.  Once those issues are remedied, BFE can move forward as there are staff members that understand the importance of technology in today’s educational environment.

In my future career opportunities, I hope to be able to use this survey to assist with forming concrete technology plans.  The rubric was very easy to use, and provided me with a wealth of information about BFE.

You can read my survey here.

You can read my evaluation report here.


Tech Trends

For the past 2 weeks, I have been working on a complex project related the SAMR model.  The SAMR model is used to determine the level at which technology changes the learning environment for students.  You can read more about the SAMR model here: https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model.

I was presented with the task of using a technology trend in my classroom while assessing it’s level of impact in relation to the SAMR model.  I chose to conduct a flipped classroom lesson, which I have discussed previously on this site.  I also chose to incorporate 3 three technology tools: Moodle, VoiceThreads, and Padlet.  Moodle was used to house the links to the VoiceThreads.  VoiceThreads were used to present all content digitally before coming to the face-to-face classroom, and Padlet was used to collaborate with other students in the assessment of the effectiveness of the flipped classroom lesson.  In addition, the face-to-face lesson was conducted using the jigsaw method.

My students were so engaged and excited throughout the entire course of the lesson.  I am convinced at the level of impact the flipped classroom method has on student education, and I believe it falls under the “modification” category.  I explain my findings and provide links to my artifacts in my Google Doc paper.  You can click this link to read about my experience: http://bit.ly/1HQvcpd

I have learned a lot about emerging technology and other technology trends throughout this past month, and I can honestly say that I believe I can reach the “redefinition” level of the SAMR model with just a little bit more innovation.  My love for teaching has been positively influenced by experimenting with technology with my students.

Content Curation

Last week, I attended a meeting with educators across my district.  The meeting was definitely mentally exhilarating, as the educators involved were hand-picked by administrators to develop the technology standards our district will follow.  In Montana, we do not have any statewide technology standards, so we are using the ISTE standards to assist us. The process is going to take some time, and as an educator, I already feel pressured time-wise.

I was relieved to find out that this week’s focus in EdTech501 was content curation.  The ways we can implement the ISTE standards are vast, and districts throughout the U.S. have already done great things.  I decided to use a variety of curation tools to explore our primary ISTE standard focus, digital citizenship.

I asked myself a variety of questions to determine what kind of content curation tool I wanted. I knew I wanted an online curator.  I also knew that I wanted other people to be able to contribute to the curation.  I explored Pinterest (already very familiar), list.ly (no familiarity), paper.li (no familiarity), and Flipboard (minimal familiarity).  Pinterest, to me, feels too much like personal social media, so I knew I didn’t want to professionally put the content out there.  I think my colleagues would find it too “social media” as well.  List.ly started off seeming like an interesting format, but I frequently ran into issues where I had to switch browsers to sign in.  This became frustrating, and also made me wonder how it would function in a professional setting.  I had the same browser issues with paper.li, but I also found that I had to manually add the content.  In addition, both list.ly and paper.li had minimal “free” tools.  I’m not interested in purchasing a content curation membership at this time.

The final tool I perused was Flipboard.  I already use Flipboard to review content related to my colleagues WordPress accounts, but I had not attempted to create my own magazine.  I absolutely can say that Flipboard was so easy to use.  I searched for “digital citizenship” and found numerous articles pertaining to my topic.  I could pick and choose what I wanted to curate, and it automatically formatted the page for me.  It also allowed more than one contributor, which was a major option for me as my ultimate goal was to place the Flipboard link in the Google Classroom we have created for our technology standard development team.  I also know Flipboard has an app for mobile and tablet devices, as I already use it.

In summary, I found out that curation tools are a great way to sort content related to specific topics.  However, I did find out that not all content curators are created equally.  I believe Flipboard is my primary curation tool of choice at this time.

My Digital Citizenship Flipboard

RSS Feeds

This is my first time using a RSS feed reader, and I must say, I really enjoy it.  I’m a “news junkie”, and I find myself visiting all of my favorite sites each evening.  It takes me about 1 hour to read all of the updated content.  I have now realized that many of my favorite news outlets have RSS feeds, so this is going to save me a lot of time.  On the flip side, I also noticed that my local newspaper does not have a RSS feed, but that is likely because they have turned to a subscription-based online reading model.

I was able to subscribe to some of my favorite science sites as well, including NASA.  Below, you can see a screenshot of my Digg Reader feed.  I really liked that I was able to link my twitter account, which means all of the things that I follow for my own professional development also show up on my Digg Reader under “Dig Deeper”.  I’m going to be more likely to read all of the articles now.

Snapshot of my Digg Reader account

Snapshot of my Digg Reader account

One problem I found:  Digg Reader’s settings are down, so I wasn’t able to upload the OPML file for my classmates’ learning logs.  I ended up having to manually enter each of my classmates’ names, and then subscribing.  Granted, this only took 5 minutes, but I had already read from other classmates that they were unable to do the same thing.  It appears that Digg Reader’s settings page has been down for some time.

Technology is never 100% error free.  As a future EdTech professional, I will always want to remember this little factoid.

I can definitely say that I will use digg reader every day now.  Hopefully my Surface tablet has an app for it.

Edit: 10-10-15 My surface does have an app for Digg Reader, and I was able to upload the OPML file after a few days.

Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

I recently completed a paper titled “Protecting Students from a Teacher’s Unethical Technology Decisions” where I highlighted the negative implications of teachers using student images on Snapchat and Facebook.  We live in an age where many educators use a variety of social media outlets for personal use.  The personal use of student images and names should not be permitted, in my opinion, and I feel that AECT Code of Ethics Section 1, Code 7 highlights this very problem.

I learned so much from completing this assignment, but I specifically related to the seemingly innocuous ways educators use technology without such innocuous consequences.  Student safety is of the utmost importance, and the AECT Code of Ethics are, in part, designed to protect the ones we educate.  In this day and age, we cannot become complacent with the level of security measures we enact to protect the students we teach.  The technological world is ever-changing, and as technological educators, we must continually review our standards of morality to ensure we are doing the best we can to protect our students.

All in all, I learned that ethics in education are a good thing; without them, we would be destined to be defined by the lowest-common denominator, the educator that has no moral compass.

Protecting Students from a Teacher’s Unethical Technology Decisions

Welcome to my EDTECH Learning Log!

My name is Carli Cockrell, and I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree from Boise State University.  I chose to create this site to catalog the various projects I will be creating.  I’m excited to learn more about educational technology, coding, and online education.  Technology is a true passion of mine, and I believe we need to teach the youth to understand the inner-workings of technology, as they live in a world where self-propelled learning is at their fingertips.  You can read more about me in the “About Me” section of the site.