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Meeting Students Where They are

In Becoming ruminative in education on October 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

crossroadUndoubtedly with the advent and increasing ubiquity of information and communication technologies, E-learning has gained momentum and taken on a variety of forms involving use of different hardware and software for teachers interested in educational technology.  Since teaching is an act where you will always need a audience, it bears relevance to consider in what ways your students are actually using technologies outside classroom walls.

Ultimately, teaching is about meeting where your students are and explore from there, what you can to facilitate and promote among students the emergent development of self-directed learning.  So why not take a look at how students are using technologies in their own innovative ways and maybe start thinking about how to incorporate educational technologies to assist learning from there.

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12 Ed Tech Concepts in Video Explication

In Becoming ruminative in education on October 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM
Picture Credit: edtech.scaet.org

Picture Credit: edtech.scaet.org

The world and pace of new media technologies have been vastly changing for the last decade and the rate of change will only seem to stay acute or even accelerate.   During my years of study at Michigan State University, I have been inquired multiple times about what do I study and I would say educational technology.  Then more than likely the ensuing question would emerge, “what is educational technology?’  It was a question that seemed awkward because defining educational technology required contemplation and my answer to the posed question would be time-sensitive, given that a slew of technologies would become less prevalent and maybe retired (e.g., RSS readers or MySpace) when new waves of information or communication technologies were invented and marketed to the general public, some making inroads to classroom teaching learning.   What are educational technologies?  In a nut shell, educational technologies tend to be tech devices or software REPURPOSED to further ends of educational goals, accompanied by appropriate online pedagogy.  That said, my interests in researching the effects and mechanisms of digital games would transform video games into a sort of ed tech when applied in formal and informal educational contexts.

The below link will serve to clarify 12 buzzing concepts in the world of educational technology nowadays and I am sure these video explanations would help, you and me, understand quite a bit more about ed tech.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

12 Buzzing Ed Tech Concepts Teachers Should Know About

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