Monday, August 20, 2007

So it's another day that has passed and I talked to Tonia Johnson about what she's doing with her technology. I'm really glad she is excited about this and has taken it on full swing. However, it makes me feel unprepared. Regina likes to pump me up by saying I've got the Master's degree in Educational Technology, but we never spent very much time in the areas we have lately in the Global Learners sessions. I knew how to use Dreamweaver, but we use Contribute. I got into Authorware, but we don't publish web applications or game simulations nor will our district shell out the huge funds for such a program. I got to use Maya the 3-d image software, but same as Authorware. I spent most of my Master's degree getting information on ADDIE which is a great tool but I'm having trouble applying it to my classroom. For those of you who are not familiar ADDIE is an acronym in the Instructional Design field for Auidence (analysis), Design, Development, Implement and Evaluation. Very similar to a lesson plan, but with ADDIE you always go back to the orginal content and revise, rarely as teachers do we get to go back and redo the lesson over and over again till it's perfect. We might get the chance to do minor tweaks before the next class, but nothing like the buisness world. Perhaps I should look into going to to a Technical or local college and see what they have to offer me. Don't get me wrong UNC was great and I loved it for both my undergrad and gradutate studies, it's just not helping me right at this juction point. Maybe I can take a point from Tonia's playbook and just get down to the nitty gritty, work and play with all that has been given to me which is a great opportunity.


Joseph Miller said...

John, I think you have a unique point of view among the global learners. While the technical preparation may have been off the mark, you come with strong technical skills. I would love to see you weave a commentary about what teacher prep schools SHOULD be doing to prepare teachers. You have a masters and are DC, you are an authority on what it takes to teach math in a 21st century classroom!

Protsman said...

Funny Joe. I think you're giving me too much credit. By the way thanks for always commenting.