Brandon Workentin: EDTECH Learning Log

Using Technology to Improve Education

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Using Zotero for Citations

For this assignment, we had to find five peer-reviewed articles, and then use the Zotero program to correctly cite them. Zotero is a free program which imports information from an article you are viewing online, and then exports that information in a (hopefully) correctly-formatted list of references. This assignment demonstrated proficiency in the following AECT standards:

Standard 3: Utilization Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.1 Media Utilization Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

This project demonstrated media utilization because I had to use different sources for conducting my research. I used the Albertsons Library, the Digital Library for Education and Information Technology (EdITLib), and Google Scholar.

Standard 4: Management Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

4.4 Information Management Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.

This project demonstrated information management skills because it is an example of using a free, online tool for organizing and presenting resources, in this case journal articles.

These are the five articles I found for this assignment, using both Google Scholar and the Albertsons Library at Boise State University:

Grant, M. (2011). Learning, beliefs, and products: Students’ perspectives with project-based learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning5(2). Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol5/iss2/6

Lim, K. H. (2011). Addressing the multiplication makes bigger and division makes smaller misconceptions via prediction and clickers.International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology42(8), 1081–1106. doi:10.1080/0020739X.2011.573873

Moos, D. C. H. (2011). Adventure learning: Motivating students in a Minnesota middle school. Journal of Research on Technology in Education43(3), 231–252.

Roschelle, J., Shechtman, N., Tatar, D., Hegedus, S., Hopkins, B., Empson, S. … Gallagher, L. (2010). Integration of technology, curriculum, and professional development for advancing middle school mathematics three large-scale studies. American Educational Research Journal,47(4), 833–878. doi:10.3102/0002831210367426

Simons, K. D., Klein, J. D., & Brush, T. R. (20040700). Instructional strategies utilized during the implementation of a hypermedia, problem-based learning environment: A case study. Journal of Interactive Learning Research15(3), 213–233.

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RSS for Education

There are several ways that an RSS feed could be helpful to educators. A teacher can make a feed that provides news links that are appropriate for children. With this feed set up, the teacher can then provide access to his students, and use it as a starting point in talking about current events.

RSS feeds could also be useful in getting students to connect Reading/Language Arts to their own real-world lives. A teacher could set up students with an RSS feed account of their own. Then, students could find feeds to put into their own account. These could be useful for senior project-type assignments. The student would be able to find feeds which are relevant to their own project or interests, and then be able to share the feed with classmates and teachers. One of the most intriguing ideas I have seen for using RSS feeds is to have students perform their writing on a blog. Then, the teacher can set up a feed to receive all the blog postings from the class in a RSS feed, and automatically receive updates when the students do their work.

RSS feeds can also be used in the planning and preparation that a teacher does. There are feeds which correspond to every subject, and a teacher could get ideas for future lessons or units by subscribing to different feeds. Using a reader is a good way to get quick exposure to different ideas, without little investment of time after the initial set-up.

For this assignment, I created a Teaching Resources Bundle of RSS feeds. These feeds are articles or links to articles which can be helpful to teachers. This assignment correlates to the AECT standard of Media Utilization.

Standard 2: Development Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

2.3 Computer-Based Technologies Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources.

The use of RSS feeds requires the use of a computer for the collection and viewing of the feeds.

Standard 3: Utilization Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.1 Media Utilization Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

This assignment shows that I can use RSS feeds to find media content, and set it up to make research and learning easier. By using an RSS feed to find content and pull it to my account, I am able to systematically bring content to me instead of having to spend extra time searching for information.

3.2 Implementation and Institutionalization Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.

The use of RSS feeds can be an integral part of a classroom or professional development. The use of RSS feeds will be most beneficial if they are set up as a regular part of the class or teacher’s routine, since they must be checked regularly to work as a data-gathering source.

Standard 4: Management Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

4.3 Delivery System Management Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling ‘the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized’…[It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner.

4.4 Information Management Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.

By providing students with RSS feeds which are relevant to the class, teachers would demonstrate proficiency in the delivery of materials using a different system than the traditional lecture or textbook format. Using RSS feeds in education is also a great way to manage the information that students have, since you can curate the materials the students see through the RSS feed.

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