Summary of Learning

I have had a great journey since I started taking ECI 833.  I had little technology experience so this was a great learning curve for me.  I have now gained an understanding of the history and nature of educational technology.  I have learned about the theorists and practitioners in the field.  The philosophies theories and ideologies have influenced technology and influence teaching and learning today.  It was interesting for me to understand ways in which learning theories intersect with and inform technology use in the classroom,  Cultural and societal values shaped our contemporary technology integration practices.  How issues equity and social justice have implications on educational technology.  We have used a student led research with our group projects, participation on twitter, contributed to google plus, and our final assessment of learning project.  Thank you Adam and Venessa for working on this final project with me.

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Augmented and Virtual Reality

First I would like to say thank you for the great presentation on this topic.  I was a bit scared of this presentation, as I have never really done a lot in regards to this.  I think you opened my eyes, and spurred my interest.

Virtual reality 

Augmented Reality

When I think about using these technologies in my line of work it is exciting.  We could teach students about working in the OR –  using augmented reality – picking up different instruments, and watching the surgeries themselves.  The students could visualize the role the entire team, and how they fit into this.  In simulation we could have the students watch an entire  code happen, and the roles each provide.  I think the possibilities could be endless with this technology for learning.

Assistive Technology

When I first think of Assistive Technology I often think of my son.  He was a child who could not read or write.  He described it as the words all forming one black line and running off the paper.  I took him to many Doctors with no definitive diagnosis as to what was happening for him.  They felt there was a genetic issue, as all the boys in his fathers family could not read or write including his father.  His father did own his own business and was successful even not having any reading or writing skills. When school started this proved to be a definite problem for my son and our family.  Without a positive diagnosis there was no help offered to him.  He became frustrated and started to act out.  He could not read what was asked of him, yet was expected to meet certain mile stones.  He cried when he brought books home with challenges to read so many of them.  I used to read them to him.  It was a struggle throughout school.  Many thought he was an ADHD child  – but was he really ?  or possibly a child with just a disability.  I tried medication with no success.  The medications made him catatonic.  When my son reached high school we moved him to a school that said would work with him.  The teacher there got him a computer that read to him.  Any questions on exams were done orally.  He passed all of his grade 12.  The feeling I had brought me to tears, someone helped my son.  He was able to use a computer at this high school that worked with him.  I was no longer being called into conferences saying my son was disrupting everyone, and causing issues.  He was keeping up with assignments.  He was not the delinquent child many had thought him to be throughout school.   Assistive Technology can provide certain individuals options that were never available to them prior.  I remember going to supper with the father of my son, and he always said  “I will have what your having”.  I never realized he could not read the menu.  I cant imagine something as simple as eating in a restaurant being such a hardship for someone.  Could technology open these doors for people in more ways than we think ? I believe these assistive technologies could benefit both the individual, the families and friends but also the organizations they could work for.  When I look at my son, he is a bright person with so much potential.  He currently works in a trade profession as he is more hands on than academic.  Could technology open the doors to other avenues that many of these individuals would have never considered before ?  I work in the nursing field, with the progression toward computerized charting, and being able to verbally dictate words it may  increase who maybe could be part of this profession. This is only one aspect of the possibilities of assistive technology.  Whole new worlds could open for some people and their families.  I truly believe being supportive to children with no diagnosis of the barrier they are experiences would be beneficial.  How do we get funding for people without a diagnosis though ?

Assessment Technology

When I sat down to think about what assessment technology that is new to me and plan to use this week, it would have to be SNapp.Snapp is an application developed for the 4 year nursing program at Saskpolytech/ U of R nursing.  It was developed by Shelly Luhnig  _ a co-instructor working from the Saskatoon Campus. She developed this application to use in the clinical nursing areas. It is used by both instructors and students.  It is an evaluation tool in these areas.  It looks 6 competencies that need to assessed that are in co-ordination with the SRNA ( Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association).  Students are allowed to make comments on each competency that they have achieved or working on that day.  Instructors can also make comments on each student and the student comments.  It is a paperless system that you can generate a report used for evaluation purposes.  It is emailed to the student when the instructor finishes at evaluation time.  It allows for interaction between the instructor and student on an ongoing basis. This was the first time I had used this app, and with anything new, it brings some confusion and frustration as well as positives. Over time the kinks are getting worked out, and positives are outweighing the negatives.  It will save time, and provides a great deal of information to the student ongoing.  Nothing will come as a surprise at the end during the evaluation to the student due to the ongoing feedback.

I choose this tool as it is relevant in my work at this time.  It was mandatory to use , but at present due to some technical issues will again be mandatory in January. This app can be accessed through your phone or computer.  Challenges for me using this was time, as so many users were using at one time and the system became slow to use.  Upgrades have been made in accordance with responses from staff and students.  Students felt this app is positive if minor glitches can be overcome. This application is more of a formative assessment.Formative assessments provide both students and teachers with the information they need to improve the learning process while it’s happening.  A con to this app is that some nursing students tend to use their phones more on the units than prior.  Overall I feel this form of technology will be a benefit once the learning curve has peaked, and people are more comfortable using it.

Web 3.0 – Impacts on Education

I have to be honest when I first starting thinking about Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0  i had to look the definitions up to be sure of the meaning of each. When I think about web 1.0 I think of google, MSN messanger, Information that is available online.  It is one way information.  When i considered web 2.0 I began thinking about interactivity with real time.  It was more personal than web 1.0.  Examples may include social media sites such as wikis, blogs, face book, twitter etc.  This era is has 2 way interaction.  Now we are starting to experience web 3.0.  This is 3 way interaction.  It also includes interacting with the web server.  The web server remembers our preferences.  It may actually recommend to us suggestions.  The applications are now becoming pieced together.  It is very fast, customizable, and distributed virtually.  It is hyper-connectivity.

 

When I think of education and the shift to Web. 3.0 it is an exciting time.  Students now may have the ability to interact more, with suggestions being given to them.  Business may flourish more. This business may include education.  But can all students afford the new technology.  Is it  more for the privileged ? Do all students and teacher have smart phones ?   Is there security risks with the newer technology ?    Will this new technology cause us not to think as much and relies on the information given to us from the computer/ smart phone etc.   It does open up a new dimension for us and the availability of information.  It customizes to our needs and the to course we are taking or teaching.

Tools for Online Education

We are now midway through the semester and using various tools for online education. This was my first time using zoom. I did find easy to work with, which is a plus for me as I am not very tech savvy. I have used Skype in the past with success also.  I have to admit I am not really familiar with twitter.  Twitter has been a challenge for me.  I personally do not find it user friendly – but that maybe due to a lack of familiarity with this program.  I did find this you tube helpful.

At this point in time I dont feel I would use twitter in my classroom due to my unfamiliarity with it.  I do mark for internationally educated nurses from all over the world. The frustration I have is that I don`t get that face to face interaction.  The students see my name and my picture but really have no idea about me. The same goes for me and each student I mark the assignments for.   It is exciting when I get to meet them when they come here for their practical experience.  This is not organized and sometimes is by chance that I get to meet them. The online program I currently use has a drop box where the students submit their assignments.  I mark each assignment and send it back to them through these drop boxes.  I find it impersonal , and not able to always give the feedback I may give if it was in person. Kahoots are interesting for students.  I have used them in my class with good success.  I believe the inter-activeness of them provides interest  to the students.  Google +  works well for me. It is easy to work with . I do find if the application is easy to work with, I will gravitate towards it more.   Google Docs  also provides an easy application that can be used by multiple users and can be accessed easily on any device.

Internet – Productivity or Distraction ?

When I first watched this video and I sat and thought of this and  i have varying thoughts.  To be honest if I stayed focused on a project or task I can accomplish this and be productive.  Many times though I get distracted easily and start multitasking and my productivity decreases.  I do believe the internet  has great positive and negatives influences in our lives today.  When I think back to the days prior to the internet and raising my children, my priority was my children.  I do agree the internet has provided a great deal of information and knowledge to us all.  Today my 20 month old granddaughter opened my phone and goes exactly to the application she wants with her animal and sounds they make.  Again, this is positive and negative at this young of an age, but where is it going to lead to ?  I notice she would rather play on this application than maybe interacting with other children.

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When I asked my daughter in law her thoughts of the internet – her first statement was ” at least I have more information and knowledge available at my fingertips”  When I am at work the internet does make productivity succeed to levels I could not achieve without it.  My students now have more interactive lectures, simulation, and learning has increased for many.  What about the student who does not engage online to the degree as others do?  Do they start to get lost in the shuffle. When I teach to online international educated nurses,  they are so thankful  when they can meet me and make that connection.  Some have told me they did not finish the course as it was so impersonal, and they were not able to put that connection to words with the person teaching.

 

I guess from my point of view it depends on the individual and how they use technology and the effects it has in their own life.