Tag: ED TECH 501

EdTech 501 Course Reflection

I have put off starting my graduate degree for several years as I thought it would take sooo long to finish, but here we are! I cannot believe we are at the end of the semester already. I really believe I am getting a bit more sentimental in my older years. Am I crazy in wanting to take another course to continue this awesome camaraderie and friendship it seems we have all established? Well call me crazy then. =)

There have been a few challenges so I will do my best to summarize them, not necessarily in order:

  1. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a class so I would have to say that the struggle with APA writing for me was real. =) I thought since I have been doing APA style writing (similiar but different) for the Army I would be good to go, but it is NOT the same.
  2. Not being a teacher, it was a challenge coordinating meeting times and gathering information from teachers. It was doable but not as convenient as being in the schoolhouse teaching. On top of that writing a lesson plan was probably second nature to most in the class but I had tremendous difficulty since this was the first time I had ever attempted a lesson plan.
  3. Here in Germany we are six hours ahead of EST so that was a definite challenge…mainly for the Adobe Connect classes. Thankfully due to the quality of the online class setup, this setback wasn’t too bad.
  4.  I had difficulty with the online portion but only at first; this was supposed to be my most challenging area but it ended up being the least. Sadly, this is what kept me from enrolling in classes sooner…but better late than never right? I’m here now so let’s keep the ball rolling. =)  Once I got the hang of it, it was like second nature. I think this is because my job requires a significant amount of social media interaction. Not to mention I think Anthony did a great job of organizing and presenting the class as a whole.

My favorite artifact for this course was definitely the augmented reality videos that I made. I really had a lot of fun with those once I got going. I would place the course motion graphic a close second. That was a lot of fun as well.

After taking this course I was able to decide on which track direction I will take on my journey through the MET degree. I will be looking to become an instructional designer and developer and would love to work in a university environment setting up and/or enhancing their online learning environment.

It has been my sincere pleasure (and I really mean that) taking this class and I want to thank Anthony AND everyone here for helping me learn so much! I have a tremendous respect for all of you teachers helping our kids grow up to be outstanding citizens and lifelong learners. Hopefully I will be able to add my little part to help other teachers and educational professionals.


Educational Technology Graphic

Once I had some free time to finally get started on this project, I pondered on what might make a sufficient representation of what the meaning of Educational Technology is, in graphic form. Then I thought to myself, “why does this have to be a static graphic?” So I decided to come up with some kind of “motion” graphic to encompass the meaning of Ed Tech. Then it dawned on me, the journey through this course has given us a glimpse of what Ed Tech is all about, so why not use that as a starting point.

While researching on what kind of graphic to do, I stumbled upon the famous “Marvel Comics” intro, and was able to find a free template from a generous artist on youtube. I then took screenshots of assignment imagery that was used throughout this class. With the help of Adobe Aftereffects and photoshop I was able to compile this fun little educational technology motion graphic. The graphic screenshots, encompass a piece from every single assignment we have worked on this semester. As the motion graphic comes to an end I added the definition of Educational Technology as the final conclusion.

School Evaluation Summary

School Evaluation Summary

Maturity Benchmark Survey

Having the opportunity to research and evaluate the capabilities of our school has been an eye opener for me as a student AND a parent. I knew that DDS schools were great but I had no idea. I had mentioned in previous assignments that I thought I was behind on what was going on inside todays classrooms but this assignment definitely confirms that. The level of technology used is mind boggling as our school is full integrated in modern technology from the ground up…literally!

This assignment took a bit more time as a lot of the categories overlapped and it was so in depth and detailed. At the same time it really gave me a glimpse of what it takes to implement technology into the classrooms.

Tech Trends: Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality Animal Alphabet Video

“Help me Obi Wan Kanobi. You’re my only hope,” pleads Princess Lei from Star Wars (1977). OR, who can forget those cool life like books and newspapers from the famous Harry Potter series? Yes! These are both famous examples of an amazing technology called Augmented Reality (AR).

When I started this project, I was having a hard time getting going, but once I did, it was off to the races! I went back and forth on what technology to research, then narrowed it down to AR.  As I started researching, I was amazed at how much AR is already out there and even more, how powerful this technology already is!

Augmented Reality Research ScreenCast video

After researching and finding A LOT of websites and blogs with ideas on how to use and implement AR, I decided to make a screencast video to help others. The purpose of this project is  to introduce AR Flashcards and provide a lesson plan but to also introduce everyone to the exciting and growing world of Augmented Reality. Keep in mind that I’ve really only scratched surface of what’s available. Along with my screencast video, I have created a lesson plan and sample  AR animal alphabet video that I made (it was so much fun!) with my 5-year-old son Moses, to bring some of this to you.

Augmented Reality Animal Alphabet Cards (photos courtesy of Moses M.)

What is Augmented Reality (AR)? In 1990, Boeing researcher Tom Caudell first coined the term “augmented reality” to describe a digital display used by aircraft electricians that blended virtual graphics onto a physical reality. As for the computer science world’s definition of augmented reality (AR) though, it’s more detailed, but essentially the same: Augmented reality is the interaction of superimposed graphics, audio and other sense enhancements over a real-world environment that’s displayed in real-time.  (DigitalTrends.comDena Cassella, Nov. 3, 2009)

Augmented reality has evolved in recent years and its application in classrooms is limitless. Educators don’t need to feel overwhelmed when trying to introduce AR in their classroom because there are many great apps that don’t require a lot of knowledge in the field. There are useful apps for every subject and there are also apps that when a teacher is ready they can create their own AR targets.

Augmented reality works well in schools because it brings close to real life experiences to the classrooms. It’s fascinating to see the faces of students when they have the opportunity to explore space, the human body, cells or chemistry elements. You appreciate how eager and engaged they become with some simple AR apps (EmergingEdTech.com, Suzette Mirabal, Nov 5, 2015).

SAMR model (image courtesy of schrockguide.net)

As we review the different stages of the SAMR model I think it’s apparent that this project as a whole is being redefined through the use of AR. A teacher standing in front of a class with a chalkboard (original) or even a white marker board (substitution) are not nearly as effective as engaging students through the use of AR Flashcards. AR Technology has redefined the way we are able to NOW teach many subjects; in this case, the Alphabet.

Digital Divide/Digital Inequality



Google Slides Presentation

Google VoiceThread Presentation

Wow. This was quite the project with several ups an downs. However in the end it was pure joy! I was thoroughly impressed with Google VoiceThread…what a tool this is! I will definitely be thinking of ways I can use this media in the future. The one aspect that was most difficult for me was making contact with the teachers. With them being as busy as they are and myself off on missions most of the time, this became quite a challenge. I eventually made contact via email and went in to interview those who were willing. Surprisingly several did NOT want to be interviewed.

After researching the digital divide and digital inequality, I really learned a lot. I also learned, from visiting my son’s Middle/High School more thoroughly, that technology has really advanced since my days in school. I really had no idea there was so much technology available and how much of it was being used. It is so different now than my days in school with the trusty old green chalk boards and lugging around a spiral binder for each class.

There is definitely a connection in the digital divide and the AECT Professional Code of Ethics that we follow. We have so much power available to us but at the same time we have to gauge that with how we use it. We must be smart about it.

In all honesty, I could easily spend a full month researching and learning more about this artifact. There is so much more to learn that I feel this assignment was given o merely get a taste of what is out there.


Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

Professional Ethics Paper

This project was a bear for me. After reading the different scenarios I was stumped on what kind of example to write about as I am not in a school setting, per-say. While reading the scenarios, the right and wrong was not always straight forward and evident. This example of ethics violation that I will be talking about is, in my professional opinion, very straight forward.

I went back and forth on ideas and scenarios but nothing really stuck. The problem as I had mentally stuck myself into trying to find an example within the Army. I found many, many good examples of ethics violations that I know of and have also experienced but none were tied to educational technology. Finally I decided to reach out to my youngest son’s preschool teacher and this is where I found an excellent example and scenario. I must also admit that I had no idea what The AECT Code of Professional Ethics entailed. I know we’ve been following it all along but I just hadn’t put enough attention to it. Now that I’ve read and researched about it, I have a whole new perspective and respect for teachers and those involved in the  teaching profession. As a parent, it also puts me at ease that the teachers who are with my two sons on almost a daily basis, are held to such a high standard.

Research in Ed Tech: Virtual Worlds

Annotated Bibliography: Learning in Virtual Worlds

Wow so where do I start with this one? This was another project that started slow and ended with a flurry! First off, I am a super research maniac, speaking in unorganized terms of course. Whenever I am interested in something whether it be to purchase or just want to take a look, I will research it to death! I’ve researched some items so much that I ended up losing interest in them and didn’t buy. This project was a different animal though. It took me a bit of getting used to having to organize and formalized everything.

I really  enjoyed learning zotero and expect to bring this into my arsenal of research tools as I become more accustomed to it. As far as the overall project went, I will have to echo Josh Haines comments in that if you asked me what I thought of this project on Friday and Saturday of this week…yuck! However, after digging in I have a whole new appreciation for organized research and of course learning via Virtual Worlds.