Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Innovations with IDT

My vision for e-learning contains three parts: student learning in a blended environment,  student learning in a web -based classroom,  and professional learning among classrooms. I see so much potential for students to have more voice and choice in  their learning. They could work part time jobs,  accelerate their schooling, and have more flexibility to pursue their talents and passions. With e-learning for educators,  money and time can be used more effectively.  Teachers could have support through the year in implementing initiatives and interact with peers for support. I'm very interested in the idea of blended learning because I think it could help students prepare for online learning in college while still building soft skills in real time settings. 

Learning objects appeal to me because they make implementing e-learning more feasible and practical.  They could also help my school district ensure some consistency in expectations.  We implement something similar in our staff web sites.  There are templates we can pull from and certain minimum requirements we must have displayed on our page.  Other than that,  there's room for freedom and creativity. 

Web 2.0

We currently have a percentage of district personnel on Twitter.  I think that we could be much more effective at sharing resources and inspiring each other if more personnel would jump on the bandwagon.  I'm also an advocate for students learning to use social media to share their learning and ideas for the world.  This could help them learn the positive power of Web 2.0 technologies.

These technologies are certainly capable of saving time and money.  I think quality is very important and IDT professionals must protect their field by keeping the caliber of learning in mind. I think there is three capability to learn more,  faster,  and with more collaboration than ever before.  However,  we must tell the story of how e-learning is changing so that the field continues to stay relevant and innovative. 

Ethics play a big role in K12 education.  It's important to consider culture,  language,  access to technology,  and schema when planning for e-learning.  I think it would be wise to have a panel comprised of different stakeholders to discuss ethical issues in the application of learning technologies.

R. Reiser and J. Dempsey, "Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology(2012)." Boston, MA: Pearson.

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