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Teacher: Cíntia Rabello Final Assingnment:
My e-portfolio My PLE Tools MY PLE
by Simone Mathias Technology is an issue that everybody has to think about, not only for the future, but also for the present. Our world today is surrounded by it in every way possible. We can make the most of it in education too. Something that has been already happening for some years is the use of technology in classrooms. Schools, in general, are worried with this new way of teaching, so they're changing paradigms. Teachers are using other ways to teach and reach their students, through social networking and games, since these 21st century students are already born in this era in which technology is very "normal" for them. They urge for something new in terms of education, they are free to look for the answers they don't know, sometimes they don't even ask their parents or teachers for them, they simply click to find it. So, we teachers have to understand it and immerse in ways to update ourselves, qualify ourselves, and that's what I see most teachers do. What we have to keep in mind is that using 100% of technology in class today is impossible. We have to mix the traditional with the modern because there are many things that prevent us from doing it, principally in public schools: our infrastructure is still poor, schools don't have classrooms prepared to receive technology and we have problems with the connection too. It would be perfect, faster, and more interesting if everybody could use all types of technology in education. When I started this course, I had an idea of technology in education that was too little compared to what I really learned throughout my course and principally during this module (New Technologies I, II and II). I learned a lot of things, new to me, but widely used in this "new era", the digital era. Education cannot be the same anymore because there's an urge for new kinds of implemmentations in class. The teacher himself/herself has to change, I'd say to adapt, reorganize, update. Doing this we have more tools to help us on our journey that will become more interesting and fun for our "new students" the "digital natives".
“If we share,
We’re half-way there”
(Mark Prensky) ICT has to be mentioned as well.
“ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application,
encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. (Cíntia Rabello) Education is heading towards blended learning. This extract was taken from http://blended.online.ucf.edu/about/what-is-blended-learning/.
"What is Blended Learning?
Blended courses (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning.
How much of the face-to-face instruction must be replaced by online coursework? This question will vary greatly by class, discipline, and learning objectives. The Sloan Consortium (a professional organization dedicated to postsecondary online learning) defines blended learning as a course where 30%-70% of the instruction is delivered online. While this is a useful guideline, it may not be sufficient to cover every blended learning configuration.
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative provides many useful resources related blended learning, including a report on a national focus session and a framework for faculty workshops.
The National Center for Academic Transformation has done a significant amount of work related to redesign, including the innovative use of technology for blended learning.
The addition of technology to any academic program must be accompanied by fundamental process re-design. This website has been designed to provide an infrastructure for participating faculty and institutions that includes innovative technology, curricular reinvention, participant training, and ongoing assessment support, all of which are necessary for meaningful, sustainable, disruptive transformation.
Courses can be blended in many ways and for many reasons. Refer to other sections of this Toolkit for research, models, and examples." I also had the chance to learn about terminology when it comes to education technology. The pictures were taken from the link:
http://edudemic.com/2012/07/edtech-cheat-sheet/ During the classes, we had the opportunity to use many different tools, which were really interesting like the one I'm using now: Prezi.
Here there is a link of a google docs document that my class did in collaboration, which is the key word for Web 2.0, in which there's a definition for each of the most important Tech terms we learned: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AktTJD0YEiG6dDJ4ekVncWpHb3dEc0Q1ek9uWkF1eGc#gid=0 Based on these previous terms, in groups, we could use Pinterest, Scoop.it! or Glogster to explain one of them. Our group had the "Flipped Classroom" and I found this video that I consider interesting. Throughout this module I could also learn and start using some of these tools in my classes. I am using some of them to share and collaborate with other teachers and students, and I also took a distance learning course before, in which I had the chance to experiment blended learning.
As I presented before, my PLE is what I intend to use as a present and future plan, showing that using technology is not something difficult, but something fun, interesting and necessary due to the future of our education. Using social media is something that I'm already doing and with everything I learned in this module, I'm sure my classes are, and will be, much more dynamic, interesting, fast and fun!!! I learned about Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) that is succinctly defined in a seminal work by Levy (1997: p. 1) as "the search for and study of applications of the computer in language teaching and learning". CALL embraces a wide range of ICT applications and approaches to teaching and learning foreign languages, from the "traditional" drill-and-practice programs that characterised CALL in the 1960s and 1970s to more recent manifestations of CALL, e.g. as used in a virtual learning environment and Web-based distance learning.
* Integrative CALL: (1990’s) Multimedia computers & internet CD-ROMs - Multimedia & hipermedia
Then came the internet and we're heading towards web 3.0. The language of this "digital era" is changing too, so we have to update to learn the "new vocabulary" that is being created.