Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last word to my Summer students

Hi all,
You are done with the Educational Technology and Design course. Congratulations! It was not an easy task, and I am full of respect for you. Take a last look at your grades and comments. Few of you still have some unresolved issues, perhaps I overlooked something. Please make sure that everything is done soon. I need to submit grades tomorrow by 11 am.

Looking back
  • You had an opportunity to think about current technology trends, 21st century teaching and learning, visual, information, and media literacies.
  • You analyzed the audience and designed for them a unit of instructions based on the Iowa Core standards.
  • You created a website to host there a collaborative, inquiry oriented, multidisciplinary activity that provides students with the complex task and a guided internet search (WebQuest).
  • You put yourself in your students' shoes and walked trough an experience of creating the digital video from script, storyboard, peer revision, through the gathering or creating the digital resources, to editing the audio and video and publishing ready video to the world wide audience.
  • You grew your digital footprint by engaging in social media as a professional (Twitter, blog, Pinterest).
  • You are pretty much a pro in Google apps AND
  • You gained new colleagues! 

Quite an accomplishment in six  short weeks!

I would like you to remember four acronyms/phrases from the course that will add to your professional language and guide your future:

  1. TPACK - http://tpack.org/ Remember the TPACK model from the first lecture? The big Venn diagram that shows Technology, Pedagogy and Content knowledge should be always your guide when selecting methods, content and tools for your instructions. You need to aim for the sweet spot, which is an intersection of the three.
  2. 4Cs for 21st century http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/4csposter.pdf- Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity - everything in your class should somehow support the development of at least one of them. Otherwise it is just a bunch of busy work. 
  3. CARP - this one is related to how you design all the wonderful resources for your students, and also how you can teach them the principals of visual design to be educated creators. The acronym stands for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity and it was explained in detail in our Visual literacy lecture. 
  4. Transformative Learning approach - http://www.uni.edu/coe/TransformativeLearning - This model was created by UNI professors and is quickly becoming a hit around the country. Look at the text in each petal of the transformative learning flower. Can you align it with what we did in this class? Can you envision your own class and teaching aligned with this model? Perhaps you can blog about it? 

You professional digital footprint and your PLN should grow beyond this course. You are the new generation of educators and you will teach kids to be ready to face the global culture, where the critical thinking, flexibility, ability to collaborate, create and think outside of box is a must. Do not let your students down.

Good luck to you and thank you for the class.

As an inspirational cherry on top I would like to leave you with this short but great talk by Rita Pierson, because it is true that Every Kid Needs a Champion:

Magda Galloway

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