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The Advancements of Technology January 31, 2015

Posted by jennienorgaard in ECMP 455.
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Last week in my ECMP 455 class, we had a presentation by Alec about “living and learning in the digital age”. Essentially this presentation was all about how technology is constantly advancing and becoming a bigger part of everyone’s lives. From this presentation, one thing that stood out was that although technology is gradually increasing, it is our job as educators to keep up with all this new stuff, as it can be quite effective and essential in your classrooms. One way we can keep up with all of the new advancements would be by creating yourself a personal learning network where we can share our ideas, ask questions and get help with other professionals out there.

One quote that really stuck out to me from this presentation was “We shape our tools and the tools shape us” -Marshall McLuhan

This is a very interesting quote because the tools definitely shape who we are in our classroom. The more tools we can utilize in our classroom the better classroom teachers we are. This way we can make learning more authentic and engaging to the students.

Another thing that I got out from this presentation that resonated with me was the idea that we should be lead learners rather than teachers. I have never really thought about it in this perspective. But after it was mentioned, it made complete sense to myself. This way it shows that educators love and are engaged in learning and are lifelong learners instead of getting the impression that they are just there to do their job. You have to have a passion for this job in order to be a successful teacher!

Lastly, another important point I got our from this presentation was the idea that “actions speak louder than like buttons”. This is really important because it is super easy to just go along and hit the “like” button on a social networking site. But the idea of someone actually going out and commenting or helping others out in the field is way more powerful than it is to “like” something. So instead of hitting “like” buttons we should be doing more commenting and engaging in more conversation online. How do we go about and do this if we don’t have many connections to begin with? How can we do this if we don’t know how to utilize the different forms of technology that is out there for us to use?

It is always easier said that done and I find this aspect of expanding my personal learning network and getting out in the world difficult. It is extremely difficult for me because I am not very talented when it comes to the technology aspect of things, so I struggle even more when new things keep coming out and I don’t even know how to use the previous stuff!

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