What does Good (and Bad) Courseware Look Like?
Introductory assignment for Ed Tech 513-Please see my Google Doc for the assignment.
I know I have mentioned this many times in my assignments, but I am a SAHM, so I have to tweak everything I do to make it work for my circumstances. However, I have gathered many ideas through this course of ways to help my children with their projects and assignments. Conversely, they have helped me many times with my assignments when I wasn’t sure how to use the technology prescribed in an assignment. So, it’s been a win-win!
As a family, we strive to teach digital citizenship to all our children-four boys, ages 21, 16, 14, and 7. This is a reoccurring topic in our home. We often struggle to balance time on digital devices with real “people” time. As parents, we must set the example for technology usage. We have times when devices are not allowed, for the sanity of us all. We all need breaks from screen time! We need to get outside and enjoy this beautiful world.
As a mom, I was thinking it would be fun to make a Clarify-It or Haiku Deck for my kids to teach them a skill, create a Prezi message for them to watch when I am out of town, or record a special experience in my life that they may not know about using digital storytelling. This class has given me a variety of tools to use to accomplish these ideas. I know I am always “reminding” them about things they need to do, so maybe a new method of presenting the reminder or teaching would get their attention. Not only that, but with any of these methods, it forces me to be concise and orderly in my instruction, no rambling! Or, I could teach my kids how to use these technologies and have them create something meaningful or useful for our family! That sounds like a good summer learning project! We do struggle with our Internet reliability since we are very rural, but we do the best we can.
For me, the three most powerful principles that I will incorporate into my future teaching, whether it be online or in person, are the modality principle, the coherence principle and the segmenting and pre-training principle. With the knowledge of what we have read, learned, and applied, I see good things in the future of educational technology.
Clark, R.C., & Mayer, R. E. (2011). E-Learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.