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"Preparing todays students for their future, not our past"

I'd like to welcome each of you to join me in exploring the impact that technology can have on teaching and learning and preparing kids for their future, not our past.

In the past several years we've witnessed a paradigm shift in the connection between technology and education. MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogging, Wikis, Mobile Computing, Text/Instant Messaging, Cloud Computing, iPads/iPhones/iPods have created a generation of students who no longer seek out technology simply as a tool to do research, write papers, or even email. Today's students (and many young  teachers) are digital natives whose very culture is embedded in emerging technologies. 

The following illustration is an overview of the essential tools and standards we'll explore this term.

        



Prior to our first formal work session, I am gently requesting each of you spend 30 to 40 minutes (or as much time as you wish) with the following mini-activities to prepare your mindset for our first work session. Pedagogically this type of activity is referred to as flipping the classroom.


Pre-req #1. Listen to the following 2-minute welcome message video. As you'll notice, it isn't perfect. However, consider that the tools used to create it were free, in the hands of nearly student and adult, low tech, fun to use, and can be easily implemented by teachers and students of any age ... and in any classroom or home. 

The tools used to create this Podcast were a cell phone and Yodio (free web-based App).
Teachers and students love the simplicity and power of these tools. 

If the embedded video does not work on your browser, then use this link and/or ensure you have Adobe Flash Player updated on your computer.



Pre-req #2. Establish a personal gMail account. 
  • Since the fully web-based Google Apps will be our primary set of collaboration tools, it is imperative you are comfortable sending & receiving email, managing, and organizing your accounts.

  • Willamette University is now using the Google Apps as their primary web-based management tool, so your gMail username is your name@willamette.edu, and will automatically be associated with logging in to Google for any of their tools (email, docs, sheets, presentations, readers, and the list goes on and on).

  • However, candidates will also need to have their own personal gMail account for a variety of reasons. Included are: 
    • blogging and web sites are not yet possible in the academic version (for universities), and blogging is rapidly becoming an invaluable tool in education.
    • Upon graduation your Willamette account may have a limited life expectancy. All your Google Docs, Sheets and Presentations that exist in yourpersonal account travel with you forever. So it's but a keystroke to copy these documents into your Willamette account, also. Great backup!
    • For those who have not yet set up a personal gMail account, the process is quick and simple.
      • Here is a direct link for the process. If you're quick, it will only take a few  minutes. And of course there are dozens and dozens of tutorials, so depending on your learning style, feel free to go to Google.com, search for gmail setup tutorials and scan through until you find one that fits your style. eMail me if you have any problems.
    • Be sure to check both your emails on a regular basis (or have one auto-forwarded so all mail comes to the same place). 

Pre-req #3.  Contributing to our class Shared Data Sheet
  • We have some wonderful tools to enhance collaboration in todays digital world (often referred to as social networking). To begin I'd like each of you to log in and provide additional information in our class Shared Data Sheet.
  • Carefully observe the following illustration (all purple arrows, etc.) 

If you have any problems or questions, just let me know. I'm always available to assist.



Pre-req #4. I'm assuming quite a few of you may have watched a now famous video titled Shift Happens
  • It's now out there in many versions scattered all over YouTube, TeacherTube, etc., and will definitely have an impact on your philosophy of education and the role that technology will play in teaching and learning. 
     
  • 1) If you've not seen it, or it's been quite some time, preview this abbreviated 2-minute version of Did You Know- Social Media Revolution” 
    • Jot down several astounding statistics that you believe could have an impact on the future of teaching and learning.
  • 2) Preview a video titled Vision 2011- Technology's Impact on Education. The presenter summarizes a workshop for faculty who are establishing a vision of the role of technology in their school. How wonderful, through social networking, that he can share this for the world to see and use.
    • Suggestion: you may wish to briefly reflect and jot down some of the significant points as we'll be sharing them in our first class session.  


That's it. I'm looking forward to working with all of you.
Be sure to let me know if you have any questions or need assistance.

I may be reached by eMail: bjahn@willamette.edu OR barryjahn@gmail.com

Related, but not required:

Following are a few articles and videos to get you thinking about technology and your potential role as an educator. 
3- BYOL Project (Bring Your Own Laptop)

Embrace risk as you prepare to become an educator in the 21st century.

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