Ryan Smith’s Masters of Arts in Educational Technology Annotated Coursework
Instructors: Kim Powell & Emily Stone
This was my first course in the program. I was introduced to TPACK, and explored the basic aspects of Educational Technology. In this class I grew my Professional Learning Network, learned how to use YouTube and online help forums to develop a new skill, and created a lesson plan that engages students in advanced inquiry processes and problem-based learning on the web. I also began to rethink the way that I was incorporating technology into the courses that I teach.
Instructors: Janine Campbell & Amy Pietrowski
CEP 811 built on the work that I began in CEP 810. In CEP 811 the class focused on communication and continuing to design our blogs. We were given the opportunity to explore and try out a wide variety of of innovative technologies that can be adapted to contexts of teaching and learning such as Makey Makey, SketchUp, Evernote, Zoom, Google Hangout, Piktochart and Easel.ly. We also learned about #MakerEd and I had the opportunity to design a lesson using Scratch and MakeyMakey to help my Spanish students acquire their new vocabulary.
Instructor: Allison Keller
The main focus of CEP 812 was called “The Wicked Problem Project.” The wicked problem that I focused on was rethinking how we teach. In this project I addressed a variety of topics including the approach that we take in our classrooms as teachers, as well as the way that we use our teaching space to facilitate student learning. This is also where I learned that as problems adapt over time, so must the approaches that we take in solving them. The fact that there is no correct nor permanent solution to these types of problems make them truly wicked in nature.
Instructors: Aman Yadav & Ben Gleason
CEP 815 is all about different leadership styles and approaches. In this course I looked at different approaches to leadership in technology, different problems that might come up in the classroom, at the school as a whole, and even within the community as technology becomes more prevalent in our lives and in our classrooms. I learned how to respond and address these problems as a professional.
Instructor: Dianna Campbell
CEP 800 focused on the differences between novice learners and expert learners. We began by sharing videos from areas that we were experts in, and analyzing the videos of our colleagues from the perspective of a novice learner. This was pivotal in helping me to understand the different approaches that learners take when that are at a novice level and an expert level. Novice learners have a difficult time grasping some of the big picture concepts within a topic that expert learners might have an easier time comprehending. This was pivotal in my Revised Theory of Learning. After revising my theory of learning I redesigned a lesson plan around these new ideals.
Instructors: Binbin Zheng & Dianna Campbell
In this class we began by talking about cognitive load. The culminating project known as The Dream Project was to redesign a unit using New Media Technology Tools (NMTT) that would help to reduce cognitive load. New media technologies that I used included YouTube, Diigo, Popplet, pod-o-matic, Google Docs, and Google Classroom. These NMTT not only help to reduce the cognitive load that students feel in my classroom, but also provide them with a variety of ways to organize their ideas, collaborate with others in the classroom and online, and to express their own ideas.
Instructors: Anne Heintz & Carmen Richardson
This course was all about developing a course online. In CEP 820 I began by experimenting with a variety of learning management systems (LMS) including Moodle, Weebly, MyHaiku, and Google Classroom to learn how to better drive an online course. From there, I used MyHaiku to design a blended (face-to-face/online) Spanish class that could be delivered to students in grades 10-12. My course integrates a wide array of technological tools to enhance the learning of each and every student enrolled.
TE 846: Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners
Instructor: Lance Wheatley
In TE 846 I learned how to apply differentiation to accommodate the differing needs of students at different literacy levels. In this class I designed and implemented lesson plans that used a variety of tactics to help struggling students achieve at a higher level. Strategies include a variety of tactics including read alouds, graphic organizers, and tools that can be manipulated in order to help foster a deeper understanding of a text.
Instructors: Matt Koehler, Aric Gaunt & Spencer Greenhalgh
CEP 807 focuses on the development of my final professional portfolio. Through several weeks of peer review I will develop a website that exhibits some of my graduate work. This website also houses my professional résumé. I am hoping that I can use it to share with potential future employers as well as a way to share ideas with my colleagues to help them improve the teaching and learning that is going on in their own classrooms.
This will be the last course that I take before completing my Master of Arts in Educational Technology.