Week 2—Activities

2.1 – State of Technology in Education

Read the MediaSmarts/CFS document (skim the document and read parts that interest you) if you teach in K-12, or Chapter 1 of Bates if you teach in the post-secondary system. While Bates is speaking specifically about post-secondary education, most of the issues he raises have relevance to K-12 education as well.

In a brief post of less than 300 words, describe your present conception of the state of educational technology use in your field and the direction it is heading in. Include your own observations, both on the readings and from your professional experience. Be sure to give your post the category ‘EDDL 5101’ to make it re-publish on the course site.

2.2—Find Help Resources

You are embarking on a learning journey to explore educational technology in an online environment. This is an opportune moment to assess your resources for technical help in exploring, using, and creating web-based educational content and tools. Consider the elements of educational technology that give you the greatest challenge and assemble the possible resources you might turn to for help in this area. These could include people, such as your co-workers, fellow students, instructors, or IT Service Desk employees; web-based resources that specifically provide information; or blogs and forums, that discuss your topic more generally. Create a blog post that lists the challenges you anticipate in this subject area and the help resources you have identified. Place this post in the “EDDL 5101” category and give it the tag “edtech-help”.

2.3 Your Take on Digital Literacy

These resources have all described the importance of digital literacy as well as the different types or levels of digital literacy that might be developed.

  1. First undertake one of the tasks below and post to your blog about the results (no more than a couple of paragraphs required). Make sure your blog post is in the category ‘EDDL 5101’ and has the tag ‘digitalliteracy’.
    1. Take an activity that you have done with your students in the past that had an impact on digital literacy (or build upon a past activity to make it better support digital literacy). Write a short description of this activity and describe how it develops digital literacy and relate it to one of the ‘types’ or ‘levels’ of digital literacy described in the readings.
    2. If you have little experience teaching, then take an activity that you have completed as a student in the past that had an impact on your digital literacy (or revise this activity to give it a greater impact on your digital literacy). Write a short description of this activity and describe how it developed (or could have developed) your digital literacy and relate it to one of the ‘types’ or ‘levels’ of digital literacy described in the readings.
    3. Design a student activity that develops digital literacy. This can be an online activity, or one conducted in a face-to-face environment. Write a short description of this activity and describe how it develops digital literacy and relate it to one of the ‘types’ or ‘levels’ of digital literacy described in the readings.
  2. Once you have made your digital literacy post, read the posts of other students and make at least two comments about how you might use or revise an activity they have described.

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