Well, it is moments after my first online synchronous Ed Tech class with Dr. Alec Couros, and I have to say, it was pretty cool. No rushing to the university, struggling to park or arranging for childcare. Plus the live sharing of articles and questions seemed to work very well. I am excited to have this opportunity as a part of my grad program.
I mentioned in a breakout session that, when I started teaching in 1991 (yes, 1991- I bet some of the students in the class were barely born then), technology was not readily available in schools. My high school computer science classes were focused solely around learning BASIC DOS programming. Snooze…. I remember telling my brother that this computer craze would never catch on. I had been teaching for at least 7 or 8 years before we even had a computer lab in the elementary school I was in and I remember been totally blown away by how a computer mouse worked.
I’d like to say that I am pretty ok with technology (for someone my age, lol), but I am pumped to be learning critical perspectives of technology THROUGH the use of technology. This additional knowledge will not only benefit me but my students and staff as well.
I am excited about the debate format of the class. This is the style that graduate classes should be delivered in. Not direct teaching/death by powerpoint format. Ugh.
I am also impressed by the support already being offered by the students in the course. This is definitely a community of learners!
Ok, I am ready to publish! There is no rocket science in this blog (so don’t go looking for it), but it was only a test run. Have a great week!