Welcome to EDIT2000

January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Welcome! Before class begins – please complete the following:

1. Make a name card and learn a classmates’ name.
2. We will be using a lot of Google in this class: Google Sites, Google Drive, etc. The key to using Google stuff is having a Gmail.  Create a Gmail account if you don’t already have one: http://gmail.com
3. I would like to know how you hear about this course. Please take a few minutes to complete the enrollment survey.
4. Bookmark this blog for easy access.
5. Join our Facebook Group: EDIT2000 Exhibition.
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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 K-12 learning environments. You can view the syllabus for more of the fine print.

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 finishing up my doctorate in Learning, Design, and Technology. My passion is empowering people to take ownership of 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. You may bring your own laptop or use a laptop available in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, you may use the computer lab somewhere on campus. Headphones and a microphone are helpful. Mobile devices are even more helpful.

Bring pen and paper. We will also be using the most fundamental technology in the classroom. Occasionally, we will shut down our computers and just write down your thoughts and discussion ideas.

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? You will soon find out.  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 we will cover in this class?

  • 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

Before you leave:

  1. 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.

For Next Class:

Today you got to know a little bit about me and about the class. On Thursday, we will spend some time getting to know each other and start creating your class portfolio.

Stay warm!

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