Category Archives: Standard 4: Management
Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.
Project #2 asked us to create a podcast. I decided to create a Tiger Talk Podcast as we are the Erie High School Tigers. The purpose of the podcast is to serve as a portable audio version of the news portion of our website. Parents and students can access the podcast on their phone and listen to the informational podcast as they workout, drive, etc.
This is going to be a weekly podcast informing the Erie community of the events going on at the school. Students and/or parents can ask questions and those questions can be answered on this podcast. Questions can be phoned in to the office or sent via email to the school webmaster. If there are no questions asked for that week, the podcast will share any new news and events.
I would like to create one for my boys tennis team as well. My plan is to call it Tiger Tennis News and send it via group text to all of my parents and players. If I get it done before Tuesday, I will post that one as well.
The link to my podcast is here.
2.2 Audiovisual Technologies: Audiovisual technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials by using mechanical devices or electronic machines to present auditory and visual messages.
In this project, we clearly used auditory messages to create a podcast.
4.4 Information Management: Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.
In this project, we were required to upload our mp3 file to dropbox. This allowed us to store the file and gave us the capability of sharing as well.
This was a truly valuable exercise. As a technology teacher and tech support person, I have been involved in the technology process from the inception of our school four years ago. It really opened my eyes to where we are in the growth process. We have recently developed a technology committee and I plan on going back this committee soon to pass on the information I have. We will hopefully be moving forward with a plan to make my school more of a 21st Century school! Thank you.
This assignment asked us to create a hypothetical task force to research the issue of Digital Inequality. We chose to research the issue as it pertained to the state of Tennessee.
Throughout the last decade, internet use has opened up a wide spectrum of opportunities. We are able to communicate, research, shop, look for employment, etc. more easily. Can I imagine living without it? Never! I am one of the fortunate ones. This assignment opened my eyes to the Digital Divide and the Digital Inequality that exists in our world today.
According to numbers released last year by the Department of Commerce, 40% with annual household incomes below $25,000 in 2010 reported having wired Internet access at home, compared with the vast majority — 93 percent — of households with incomes exceeding $100,000. That is incredible when you think about it. So, what do we do? As part of the task force, we were asked to look at seven possible options for reform. The options (as well as our rankings) are listed below:
- Install computers in all public libraries in the state and expand the hours when the computers are available. (Ranked #3)
- Expand staffing and other resources so that public schools can be open to the public after normal school hours, on weekends, and during the summer months. (Ranked #7)
- Provide individuals in disadvantaged communities with computers. (Ranked #6)
- Provide high-speed Internet and mobile access for all state residents.(Ranked #1)
- Subsidize Internet Service Providers to provide low-cost Internet to all state residents. (Ranked #2)
- Provide information literacy courses to enhance computer skills and enable knowledgeable use of digital technologies.(Ranked #4)
- Develop free online educational content, giving first priority to content most relevant to lower socio-economic groups before content that is relevant to the rest of the public. (Ranked #5)
Our task force evaluated each option and ranked accordingly. Our general feeling was that the majority of options were much more realistic if coupled with another option. The goal of our task force was to provide access (reducing the Digital Divide) as well as providing instruction for use (reducing the Digital Inequality). One without the other is pointless in my opinion. As you can see with our rankings, our priority was to provide access to the infrastructure first and foremost. We chose to offer internet at users homes first as opposed to extending the hours of public facilities for convenience purposes. Our second priority is to provide courses to help the public use the internet to its best capability.
So, how many of my own students are in this situation? I don’t know, but I need to find out. I teach in a relatively rural area in a lower-middle socioeconomic area. We definitely have a “haves” and “have nots” differentiation between many of our students. My plan is to somehow incorporate a survey within a lesson in our English classes (they see all students) to determine my next step.
I really enjoyed collaborating with others (our alpha group) from all over North America on this project. That is incredible in itself. It is very easy to use and can definitely extend the learning of us and our students as well. We had planned on using narration (either Camtasia or VoiceThread) for our project, but ran out of time. I am having my students use Voice Thread as part of a Linear Programming group project and it has been a great tool to learn for myself and my students.
2.4 Integrated Technologies: We integrated different technologies (email, chat, videoconferencing) to produce and present information.
3.2 Diffusion of Innovations: We identified strategies to implement change.
4.2 Resource Management: We discussed the cost effectiveness of different strategies and prioritized them accordingly.
This was a great assignment to work through with my students. The assignment took the basic HTML and CSS skills we learned in assignments 1 and 2 and took it to another level. We added the concept of floating text as well as developing a website that was easy to follow. The Netiquette Page was created to display guidelines for proper internet use.
The concept of RSS feeds is a new tool for me believe it or not. I had an idea of what it was but had never contemplated using it in my classroom and had never used it personally. So, how can I use it in my own classroom and in my own school?
- The creation of my Learning Log has convinced me to have my own Computer Science students create a blog for reflection and turning in their work. Beginning next week, I am going to teach students how to create a WordPress blog and have them create a post for each assignment. They are to link their assignments and reflect on the purpose of the particular assignment. Where do RSS feeds come in? I can subscribe to the RSS feeds of each student’s blog and I will have all of their assignments in one place (instead of having to go to each blog). I can see all assignments in one place by grouping the feeds accordingly.
- As our school webmaster, I absolutely need to put a RSS feed link on my website. It is crazy I haven’t done so as of yet! This feed will allow parents/readers to check all new updates of the website in one place instead of having to browse through the entire website all the time.
- RSS feeds can be used to keep up to date on the most recent world events. For classes such as Social Studies, this concept can be utilized very well to have students keep up on current events by having feeds to their favorite news websites.
- If students have a particular project in class that they are required research to complete, they can use a RSS feed to help them. This will give them the most up-to-to-date information they can get as the feed will be available as soon as the article is posted.
How does this assignment align to AECT standards?
This assignment utilizes 1.1.3 which has developed a skill using electronic communication (sharing feeds). It also uses 2.3 and 2.4 by organizing information found online into a database to create a singular location to find information needed on a particular topic.
This assignment utilized Standard 4.4 and Standard 2 by assessing our ability to utilize technology to organize and share information electronically.