Master of Education
Program of Study: Instructional Technology
I PLAN: Students should be able to develop and implement a shared vision (strategic plans, policies, procedures, and programs) for the comprehensive integration of technology to support transformational change in their preferred educational setting. (NETS-A.1, NETS-C.1)
Implementing technology into existing programs provided the framework for developing a vision of how to lead others into implementing best practices for utilizing technology. The theoretical foundations explored in these classes was essential to creating the needed framework. Understanding how technology relates to existing learning theories and pedagogy made it possible to relate the use of technology to existing practices and illustrate how to improve those practices.
II DESIGN: Students should be able to create and support educators in using effective digital-age learning environments and experiences, and model appropriate digital citizenship in technology use (NETS-A.2/5, NETS-C.2/3/5)
The design and creation of instructional materials utilizing Internet based technology was the focus of the learning in these classes. Some non-networked implementations were also considered, but only to a cursory extent since such situation are rarer everyday. The abundance of effective, free collaborative tools was staggering to consider as was the amount of time and planning required for effective web-based instruction. The tools utilized in these classes were practical for implementation in any learning environment and useful for all educators.
III CREATE: Students should be able to demonstrate technological, pedagogical, content knowledge and use technology networks and resources to enhance their own and others’ professional practice and productivity (NETS-A.3, NETS-C.6)
The study of current research and learning theories provided a firm foundation for the implementation of mobile technology and multimedia to learning and teaching. The in depth look at their application was strongly focused on conveying the the knowledge gained to others with a significant emphasis on modeling appropriate use. The exploration and evaluation of new tools provided the context for the learning in these classes and demonstrated the importance of dealing with the rapid changes in the field.
IV REFLECT: Students should be able to collect and analyze data to assess technology needs and/or evaluate technology impact in authentic settings (NETS-A.4, NETS-C.4)
The knowledge of current statistical methods these courses provided equipped me to understand the details of existing research and to design appropriate data collection methods for the production of meaningful results.
These courses provided an opportunity to plan, design, create, and reflect on implementation of instructional technology tools in relation to specific subject matter. The experience of practical application provided a unifying perspective for the program of study.