The famous Walter Cronkite would always sign off with the catch phrase, “and that’s the way it is.” News anchors through the years have delivered summaries of important world events. From Cronkite to Rather and of course Peter Mansbridge, trusted reporters deliver the facts. So Krista, Liz and I thought it might be fun to try a news cast for our summary of learning. They are both colleagues, part of my core team and an incredible support for me in my teaching. We had never worked with green screens before and it was a great opportunity to learn some new tech and have some fun. This semester has been an incredible journey and a great learning opportunity. Gaining a deeper understanding of the theories behind tech implementation in the classroom was a big part of my learning during this class. I had some previous knowledge of theory behind education but my practice has changed now to the point where I analyze each activity using tech to ensure the usage of tech for the right reasons. Theory has also played a role in the ways that I examine my current practice and the ways that I teach. In addition, The course created a great community of teachers and learners interested and engaged in pushing each other further along the edtech path. Also, It offered a great opportunity to learn some new tricks, tips and tech tools to help us in our professional lives. I especially enjoyed learning about the new technologies that may one day be the norm for teaching and learning such as virtual and augmented reality. It seems as though the more we learn about edtech, the more there is to know. I resolved as I was reviewing the course to keep 4 things in mind in the coming year.
- Evaluate tech tools based on theory
- Design the task and accompanying tech with authenticity
- Master tech tools that are useful in your practice
- Don’t over extend, take your time
There is no rush to the finish line in learning about edtech. We are each learning at our own pace and doing what works in our own contexts. The constant shifting in technology will always mean that we are trying to catch up. Never forget where tech started. Pencils and chalkboards were once considered cutting edge. So I’ll simply end by saying, that’s the way it is…”