Learning Theories – Week 4

To begin with, I think it is important to define what learning entails and how learning occurs to properly  do a deep dive into my own teaching philosophy, classroom practice and changes or shifts in my 8.5 years of teaching.  Ertmer and Newby define learning in their article Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism: Comparing Critical Features From an Instructional Design Perspective  as “an enduring change in behavior, or in the capacity to behave in a given fashion, which results from practice or…

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Educational Technology – Week 3

The group that I was a part of during last week’s class discussing educational technology discussed what TECHNOLOGY really entails.  We discussed that many people (me included) jump right to the electronic component being the sole determinant that something falls under the technological umbrella.  This idea was quickly countered by Kirsten who made a great point.  She said that technology does not need to be solely electronics based, and brought up that when the settlers began using the wagon, that…

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Fence – Final Thoughts

As I sit at my desk marking final exams I’m certainly glad to report that our internet services are back up and running. The last week with students will be stress free. Technology in education is a wonderful opportunity that truly can enhance learning, creativity and allow many teachers to be more productive. However, when […]

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Down Go the Debates – Rounds 7 & 8!

Educators and schools have a responsibility to help their students develop a digital footprint. Who’s Responsible? Again, another loaded debate topic! Initially I began to think that well maybe it is our responsibility to help students develop their digital footprint….then I thought to myself would I place that responsibility on my son’s teacher? ….I would not. That made me rethink my initial thought to it is our jobs as educators to EDUCATE students on digital footprints and developing their own. …

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