1. Make a name card
2. Create a Gmail account if you don’t already have one: http://gmail.com
3. Complete the online student information sheet.
What do you need to know for the first day of class? You need to know what the class is about, who your instructor is, what materials you will need, and what you will be doing this semester. I’m going to briefly cover all of these things during today’s class.
What is this class about? It’s about learning to use technology effectively in your own life so that you can (and will) use it effectively in your career as an educator with emphasis on the K-12 classroom. You can view the syllabus for more of the fine print – but that’s the main idea of the course.
Who is your instructor? As fate would have it, I’m in Amman, Jordan during the first week of class. Hopefully, I’ll be able to communicate with you via Skype. In the mean time, you can learn more about me here. I’m a 4th year PhD student in Learning, Design and Technology (hopefully I’ll graduate this semester!). I’m interested in how technology is used in education in developing countries. I have traveled and studied all over the world, and I love how language and culture influence learning. As a parent of two children (with a third due in March) I get the chance to see every day how my children learn in formal and informal settings. While I’m not a techie by any stretch of the imagination, I see the importance of technology in education, as well as it’s limitations. For more information, you can see my autobiography page or my information sheet.
What materials do you need? You just need the textbook – it’s a custom edition of a text called: Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice by Joy Egbert. You can get it at the UGA bookstore. However, it would be helpful if you had a USB drive and if you could get a hold of headphones with a microphone.
What will you be doing this semester? You’ll be learning more about technology tools that you can use in your life now. Then, we’ll apply what you’ve learned to a K-12 classroom setting. All of this will be done through project-based learning. Don’t know what that is? I promise you will soon enough. You’ll be doing a lot of work, you won’t be bored, and you certainly won’t hear yourself saying, “when am I ever going to use this?”
In order to better tailor this course to your needs – you’re going to work with a small group to come up with a list of technologies that you would like to be using in your life but for various reasons, you are not. Make sure to introduce yourself to your group members and tell them the biggest concern you have about our class before you start the brainstorming. We’ll share your ideas (and concerns) before the end of today’s class.
Here are some examples of students’ websites from last semester.
What do you need to do before Wednesday’s class?
- Complete the online student information sheet before the end of class.
- Buy your book.
- Make sure you have some pictures somewhere (like in Facebook) that you will want to use on your autobiography page for your web-based portfolio.
- Most important: Write a story about how you think people learn. Give me an example from your life or the life of others that shows how they learned in that way–something like riding a bike, driving a stick shift, multiplying fractions, ironing a shirt, etc. It could be something you learned 10 years ago or just last week. This should take at least 2 handwritten pages (or 1 1/2 typed pages). Please be very detailed and tell the story. This is due at the beginning of class on Friday.
- Start thinking about what audience you’ll be creating activities for this semester. What grade level: PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12? Are you interested in science, speech therapy, special education, mathematics, history . . . ? We’ll talk more about this on Tuesday but you’ll be better off if you have a general idea of your interests beforehand