"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action."
― Herbert Spencer
Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
I created the Steam website to demonstrate my understanding of website construction using Dreamweaver.
It incorporates a variety of interactive features where users can log in, view calendars, events, and programs. Organizing information into easily navigable paths and using visual information to guide and not distract is what makes effective websites.
In this hypothetical scenario I propose an idea and plan that supports the role of ubiquitous computing in education. The proposal integrates technology into the curriculum and act as a method for collecting research data on the effectiveness of the program.
The skills to use digital tools and produce digital resources go beyond the classroom walls. Once learned, these skills help us effectively communicate ideas in our communities. The learning objects have the potential to inspire and engage. This video documents a visit to a local art exhibit. It also functions as an example of the outcome possibility for the ArtStart Program.
Book reviews help develop analytical and writing skills. They can also provide good foundation for research and help advance our fields of study especially when shared and published. This review of William R. Sherman and Alan B. Craig's Understanding Virtual Reality, Interface, Application, and Design was important for me since it provided a thorough overview of the topic.
Proposal for Online Training Initiative
This proposal involves the design and implementation of an online training community in an industry setting. Its goals include: fostering community, motivating users, expanding technical skills, and improving communications. Presenting it in a memo format required a leadership command with concise objectives and persuasive research-based content.
Technology Needs Assessment
In this wiki project our "consulting" group sets out to design a professional development plan for teachers in a middle school scenario. We learned about methods for conducting needs assessments and steps for making technology recommendations. Defining objectives, collecting data, analyzing data were touched on. Learning the skills to develop a plan in a collaborative space was a large part of the learning outcome.
Understanding the value of current, relative, and reliable research was a reoccurring theme throughout my graduate studies. Conducting and critiquing research is a productive way to contribute to our fields of study. As professionals in Instructional Technology, we can help shape the new technologies by asking pertinent questions. My critique evaluates the peer reviewed research titled Impacts of Digital Imaging versus Drawing on Student Learning in Undergraduate Biodiversity Labs by John M. Basey, Anastasia P. Maines, Clinton D. Francis and Brett Melbourne.