Introduction to Technology in Schools
Study of theories and practices associated with educational technology. Explores basic instructional design processes and strategies for integrating technology into teaching and learning. Provides an overview of the EdTech filed and a survey of emerging trends.
Throughout this course, I was challenged to think about my teaching in new ways. I have always been drawn to using integrated technology in my instruction, but this course gave me tools to consider the “why” of my teaching as well as the “what.” By utilizing the ADDIE model of lesson design, I was motivated to think about the underlying theory behind my practice, as well as to articulate the nuances of my learners’ needs. These things are always in the back of a teacher’s mind, of course, but it was very interesting and helpful to make those thought processes explicit. I’ve become more conscientious in planning activities that not only incorporate tech tools that students will find engaging, but addressing specific gaps in their knowledge that will lead them to new understanding. I was very familiar with strategies for integrated technology in the classroom before taking this course, but I also gained some very valuable understanding about how other teachers approach tech in the classroom. Participating in the class discussion forums and reading about the difficulties and adjustments that many teachers face while adopting new tech was illuminating for me.