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My philosophy on educational technology in the classroom begins with the word collaboration. Students must learn how to collaborate with others to achieve learning outcomes desired by their instructor. According to Forbes.com, the top skills employers are looking for in their future employees in order of importance are:"Ability to work in a team and the ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside of an organization." This leads me to believe as an educator that teachers must prepare students for their future careers by working with each other, and not focused on what type of technology students are learning. Technology will always improve and grow, but if we are not improving our students' communication ability they will be limited in what they can do with the technology. In order to achieve this communication gap in the classroom, school districts need to improve the communication gap in their professional developments. Many school districts have fantastic learning strategies happening at different age and content levels on their campus; however, most professional development days are spent listening to an outside speaker on researched based strategies. These strategies are important, but the ability to learn from other colleagues in the district provide validity in professional development as well. How many times in a learning environment (classroom or professional development) does a student or educator get to speak with different types of learners or teachers to achieve a certain outcome? According to
Bringing Down the Wall
, " Collaboration-focused features include classroom clusters, common spaces, and furniture that facilitates group work support learning models that emphasize mobility, flexibility and collaboration" (Rath, Feb. 2013). In order for teachers to use this in their day to day instruction, they should be given the opportunity to learn in the same environment during Professional Development Days. My vision for future educational technology includes the Nodes chairs from Steelcase, which would allow my students to learn in more of a CollaborationSpace no matter the technology these used. I believe this would truly prepare them to be more Career and College Ready.
Example of Nodes Chairs
Dynamic Media Vision:
Power of Collaboration
Survey of Needs Assessment
jbeding Survey Needs Assessment Results.csv
Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance:
1. Ability to work in a team
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others
Top Ten Things Employers Look for in New College Graduates
While you may think that choosing the "right" major is key to getting a good job, your long-term professional success will depend far more on acquiring the right skills for a rapidly changing workplace.
The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different from yourself
An understanding of science and technology and how these subjects are used in real-world settings
The ability to write and speak well
The ability to think clearly about complex problems
The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions
An understanding of global context in which work is now done
The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems
The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings
The ability to understand numbers and statistics
A strong sense of ethics and integrity
Online Professional Development:
Monthly Tech Tips Updated Playlist for Staff
Top 5 Teacher Resources:
- Great resource for all teachers, students and parents involved in education.
- Website from a local technology coordinator who does a great job providing useful resources for his district
Cool Tools 4 Schools:
A great collection of Web 2.0 tools used by teachers
Great resources for teachers sharing ideas, lessons and integration
- Common core lessons and units for teachers to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills.
Concept Mapping and Study Aides
- Build a clear and easy concept map online and share it out
- Research any topic to create and individualize your own concept map
Create and save simple concept maps online by using keyboard short cuts to create new boxes or bubbles Great for lower level
Lucid Chart -
Popular but more advanced concept mapping tool - Also has a built in Google Add- on to integrate into a Google Doc
- Make a competitive review game that your students will love
- Build an online Jeopardy game students will love
Ed Puzzle -
Turn any video into an interactive review by adding questions to any video online. Great Resource for any subject
Turn vocabulary learning into a game or pre test
- Online site where you can edit photos and create special effects with those photos including popular Color Splash
- Ability to Draw and Create freely online great for art projects or multi-media.
Poorman's PhotoShop - doesn't have all the bells and whistles but is very similar.
- is a free sketching and painting program
3D image Creation:
Download and create realistic 3D images
- Multi purpose online and open source software with a lot of potential
- Easy to use model creation online to be used for design
Math Help :
- One of the most helpful tools for students learning higher level math. Video instruction from different teachers.
- One of the best leaders in the educational community. Provides many helpful tools and resources to improve learning.
- Great Math Website for teachers to build units around their instruction
Math Help -
Covers middle school, high school and more with their self-testing and video help on any math topic.
Language Arts Help:
No Red Ink :
A Good assessment tool for practicing your English skills.
- Great for reading and practicing informational text - change Lexile for reading levels
Similar to NEWSELA but can go down to lower level
Can find a library of books online or even with iPad
- Build an interactive study guide for many different subjects including science
- Interactive website for the Water Cycle
Biology in Motion -
Interactive explanation of Biology
Science News -
Science news for kids and current topics on Science
Integrates with your Google Drive to create a blend between powerpoint and Prezi presentation Tool that is limitless. I love Realtimeboard.com
Interactive presentation tool that can be used to build an engaging presentation
Mix book -
Not really for presentations but an out of the box thinker can use screen recording software to create an interactive Video
Voice Thread -
A great communication software that allows users to upload media and comment on the media being used. Collarboration
Part 1 and Part 2 Interview with Educator of the Year Jenni Grose
2.g). Coach teachers in the effective use of technology tools and resources to assess student learning and technology literacy
Student Learning Outcomes Aligned with Common Core
2.a). Coach teachers in the effective use/integration of activities and student learning outcome aligned with Ohio (or other state if applicable) students content standards and NETS student technology standards
Differentiation and learner-centered strategies podcast
2.e). Coach teachers in the appropriate use of differentiation
2.b). Coach teachers in the effective use of research-based, learner-centered strategies addressing the diversity of all students
Google Earth / Podcast
2.c). Coach teachers in the effective use of digital tools and resources to engage students in authentic learning experiences
2.d) Coach teachers in the effective use of digital tools and resources to support and enhance students’ higher order thinking skills
Instructional Design Podcast
2.f). Coach teachers in the effective use of research-based best practices in instructional design
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