Welcome to EDIT 2000!

August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Before class begins – please complete the following:

1. Make a name card and learn a classmates’ name.
2. Create a Gmail account if you don’t already have one: http://gmail.com
3. Complete the online student information sheet: Pick in which section you are enrolled:

9:05 section

10:10 section
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What do you need to know for the first day of class? You need to know what the class is about, who your instructor is, what materials you will need, and what you will be doing this semester. I’m going to briefly cover all of these things during today’s class.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTIONS

What is this class about? It’s about meaningful learning with technology and finding the intersection of learning, design, and technology in K12 learning environments. You can view the syllabus for more of the fine print – but that’s the main idea of the course.

Who is your instructor?  I am from Seoul, S.Korea. I came to the states in 2003 to earn my Master’s degree in Educational Technology and one thing led to another. I have previously worked as instructional designers for school, military, and corporate settings designing and developing various educational programs using a wide variety of technology. Currently, I am working on my doctorate in Learning, Design, and Technology. My passion is empowering people to take ownership in their learning.  I live in Athens with my husband and a baby boy Leo. You can learn more about me through my About.me page.

What materials do you need? You’ll need access to technology – your own computer or one in a lab somewhere on campus. Headphones and a microphone are helpful. Mobile devices are even more helpful. You’ll need an open mind and a willingness to try things you thought you couldn’t do. You’ll need to be willing to think about issues in education, even though you might not be planning to teach in the traditional sense. You’ll also need to be able to work independently – as this is a fast-paced course that requires your full participation. That means sometimes having to figure out something on your own – rather than waiting to get the answer from me or a classmate.

What will you be doing this semester? You’ll be learning more about technology tools that you can use in your life now. And you’ll apply what you’ve learned to a K-12 classroom setting. All of this will be done through project-based learning. Don’t know what that is? I promise you will soon enough. You’ll be doing a lot of work, you won’t be bored, and you certainly won’t hear yourself saying, “when am I ever going to use this?”

Here are some student work samples:

Here’s a video to get us started on Technology Integration in K-12:

A short exercise: Each table will come up with a list of technologies.

  1. a list of technologies you use every day
  2. a list of technologies you used in K12
  3. a list of tools or topics you hope you’ll learn about.

What are the buzzwords and phrases you should just go ahead and memorize?

  • Meaningful Learning with Technology
  • Learning, Design, and Technology
  • National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
  • Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPaCK)
  • Social Media Identity
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation

PART TWO: CREATING A PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE/PORTFOLIO

This semester we’re trying something new.  We’ll all create professional websites using about.me (you also have the option of using flavors.me) Today you’ll post your background pictures and write your biography.  Work with a partner to help each other write something short, but interesting for your biography. We’ll also add some of the “apps” – like Facebook, Twitter, and some links – like Pinterest.

HOMEWORK FOR WEDNESDAY:

  1. Finish any work you started on your about.me page.
  2. Complete the online student information sheet: 9:05   10:10
  3. Read Chapter One from Howland,  J.L., Jonassen,D., & Marra, R.M. (2011). Meaningful learning with technology. (Fourth ed.). Boston, M.A. : Allyn. You can access it from our Readings Dropbox folder. We are using Dropbox to organize our readings for this semester. You do not have to have a dropbox account to view files in the folder or to download files.
  4. Be prepared to respond to these questions in class on Wednesday:
    • What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter?
    • Was there anything that surprised you?
  5. Talk with me before you leave, or via email: leee@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about our course. I usually check email up until 10 pm weekdays.
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