The assigned readings this week brought back many fond childhood memories and sparked numerous questions. I must start off by saying that blogging is out of my comfort zone. As very private person, I feel a little exposed on this learning journey. When I did my undergrad I completed multiple reflections. My professors viewed them and they gave me private feedback. I feel a greater level of risk blogging, but hopefully, as Thomas Jefferson said, “[w]ith great risk comes great reward.”
The term educational technology is complex and is constantly changing. Educational technology is the current and emerging way in which we teach. It is the new definition of ‘hands on.’ It provides direct access to information, in the palm of student’s hands. It has started to significantly change the role of the teacher.
Teachers are no longer the keepers of knowledge. The role has shifted and educators are now more of a facilitator in the student’s learning. This requires more adaptation and open-end planning as lessons take on an inquiry approach. Motivated students now have the potential ability to surpass the instructor’s knowledge level. Instructors must become comfortable with the students increasing knowledge level and encourage this self-directed learning style.
This new fast paced educational technology era can make educators, such as myself, feel nervous. Is it possible to keep up with all the changes in educational technology? Molenda states that the “instructional value of any media product is determined largely by how it is used.” I will be the first to admit that I have misused many media products. Coming back from my first maternity leave I was given an iPad. I do not own an iPad at home. I had no idea what to do with it and no real direction. It sat in my cupboard in its box the first month I was back at work. How do teachers ensure that all media products are appropriately used in their classrooms? Is the onus on the teacher, school division, other? Who should provide appropriate professional development to support teachers in using media products appropriately?
In recent months, I have wondered why people are afraid of technology. I then think of all the times when I was not ready for a change and pushed against technology that I felt was being forced on me. At the time, I was shown a video that put me at ease about emergent technologies. If you have friends or family who are the late majority like me, it might be beneficial to share.