Competency 8: Apply Computer-Based Technologies and Media to the Solution of Instructional Problems
For Competency 8, I chose my paper prototype from EDCI 569 and my Technology Integration Project from EDCI 564.
Plans and designs effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology
In my Small Change: Big Changes learning module for EDCI 569, I designed an introduction to teaching money skills for parents of children with special needs. Discovering the use of wireframes is a structural strategy which I envision as an invaluable tool going forward. My module was hampered by the twofold challenge of tailoring learning objectives to both parents and children and my focus was not clearly defined. Although frustrating, this was a strong lesson in the critical importance of designing clear learning objectives.
Applies technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies
In the Digital Prototype model, I designed assessments and evaluation tools in Captivate to support the instructional elements. The use of multiple measures of assessment was a crucial element. Children are allowed to demonstrate knowledge through picture symbols and are not limited to text.
Demonstrates understanding of social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology and applies it in practice
In my Technology Integration Project, I used the SAMR method to provide expanded access to learning for children with disabilities. Because of the vulnerability of this population, I feel human issues are heightened. It is critical to present learning in ways which reach them and respect them as individuals, never talking down to them or minimizing their personhood while offering .
Social. For children with disabilities, technology can provide access to overcoming their limitations and connecting with others. Expressive language frequently poses a significant barrier to communication whether through difficulties with articulation, limited fine motor skills resulting in poor letter formation and delayed processing or spelling errors, making students reluctant to engage in written communication. Technology can provide a window into a world of communication for children with disabilities however safe practices and precautions must be of paramount importance.
Ethical. Guarding children’s privacy is both an ethical and legal issue. Although fostering students’ tech proficiency is a goal, it must be paired with protections and adherence to school district guidelines. In my district, Microsoft products are the preferred choice in part because of questions concerning Google’s use of information. Neither district in which I’ve worked has chosen to encourage students in opening gmail accounts due to liability concerns. The use of Office 365 for Education provides a layer of protection from open internet usage. I chose to use OneNote in my project due to these concerns.
Legal. A primary legal issue is in the respect for and adherence to copyright laws. In designing and marketing curriculum, a key challenge will be to produce or obtain images that remain true to copyright laws.
Human. In my eLearning module, I attempted to meet and respect the needs of both families and children with disabilities. Because my student population is Title I with a large proportion of ELL students and families, my project include simplified language with supporting images. Hands on projects for families used inexpensive readily-available materials. Although my belief is that this created accessibility, I realize that I must be continually aware of stereotyping the families and children in any way.