EDTC801: Summer Institute I

This course is the initial intensive summer seminar for incoming doctoral cohort candidates. This is a foundation course which outlines the expectations and practices of the program. It also introduces candidates to the program’s mission of preparing effective leaders for an interdependent world.

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Through this team building exercise our cohort was able to come together as a group and work towards the same goal.  We developed a pledge, announced that pledge to the larger community of practice, and particpated in a Kahoot exercise to work and learn  together.

The showcase contribution execise provided an opportunity to share my individual contributions to the group project as a whole. 

This activity provided me with an opportunity to develop a  digital portfolio. It is the representation of my coursework, my growth and goals throughout the program, and the record of the service to the Educational Technology Leadership community. This site has turned into a resource and learning experience for myself which is relatable to Dirkson's explanation of closet's orgnaization with shelves. I am able to reflect and store information and knowledge acquired from this program with the more shelves or distinctive sections of my portfolio. 

The Professional Growth Plan is a document  which provides my goals and objectives for the program.  It provides a roadmap of the steps needed to be successful in completing the program and to exceed in my professional career. This exercise casued me to reflect on the "Who Moved My Cheese?" book to self-reflect on who I relate to and how the stakeholders I work with professionally relate to the characters in the book. 

  • Sniff is an Innovator style. Having the ability to sense and respond to changes happening in the environment much more quickly than the other styles. He gets excited about creating new things and likes you to get excited with him.

  • Scurry is a Producer style. Having the ability to run, run, run and do the work from early to late. He gets frustrated when there are obstacles in his path and seeks to run around them

  • Hem is a Stabilizer style. Having the ability to make things systematized and controllable. In the story, Hem is left behind because change can be seen as a big threat to someone who excels at control and stability.

  • Haw is a Unifier style. Having the ability to empathize and connect well with others. 

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EDTC802: Principles of Educational Technology Leadership

This course focuses on concepts and strategies necessary for a leader in a technologically rich learning environment. Topics include strategic planning, leadership styles, institutional change processes, and policy issues in educational technology.

 

This group project provided an opportunity to research and present a leadership style that we were assigned.  Other groups formed from the cohort completed the same exercise  of the different leadership models.  Group Members: Daniel Ward, Susan Van Alstyne, Emily Vandalovsky

The goal of this project was to develop a specific proposal for a current or emerging technology and implement it in an educational environment.  We analyzzed the history, big picture and future of a technology.

A Research Paper and  Literature Review was completed  for a topic of my choice.  I chose to study Enhancing Face-to-Face Courses with Web 2.0 Tools. Active learning environments for college students provide students with an enhanced learning experience. Web 2.0 technologies, incorporation of online videos, self-recorded video responses for discussion topic, asynchronous tools such as blogs, and digital portfolios are tools that can effectively enhance traditional face-to-face college-level courses.

Topics Include: Educational Technology, Net Neutrailty, Identity Theft in Education, and Disruptive Technologies

EDTC 804 Global Issues in Educational Technology Leadership

This course will investigate educational technology through a global perspective. The issues covered will include development strategies, diversity, cultural values, and the systemic role educational technology plays in global economic development. The course will focus on a cross-cultural examination of contemporary academic and workplace skills.

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This project analyzed the need for education and special education throughout  world.  It highlights and compares one educational need and the relationship of similar needs elsewhere in the world.  It provided an opportunity to use Google maps as an educational tool.The assignment caused me to reflect on the "Everything Bad is Good For You" text. Steven Johnson (2006) explained that Technology is embedded in every aspect of our lives and is changing the world around us. Johnson talks about “The Sleeper Curve: the most debased forms of mass diversion - video games and violent television drama and juvenile sitcoms - turn out to be nutritional after all” (p.9).This book focuses on the issue of change because for decades we were “under the assumption that mass culture follows a steadily declining path” (p.9), when in fact the opposite is happening and culture is actually getting more intellectually demanding. This information shows us how we need to be open to change.

This project provided an opportunity to create a Course Proposal. Our group developmed a proposal for EDU 350: Communication Skills for Online Learning. The members of the group included: Douglas J. Koch, Linda Lampert, Douglas Palermo, and  Daniel Ward

This project provided an opportunity to review of exemplary practices of implemented online services around the world. This review of literature addressese the need for analysis and evaluate instances of exemplary and innovative offerings of online services for students enrolled in online programs. It exposed scenarios linked to Neoliberalism where privatization, marketization, autonomy took control rather than having government regulation. This influence affects access to education due to economic factors. 

Topics include: Comparative Education, Paulo Freire and "Thank You for Being Late"

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EDTC 813 Advanced Using Integrated Software Across the Curriculum

In this course I researched different frameworks as they are applied to educational technologies. I discovered ways in which educational technologies can be integrated into curriculum and informal learning environments.

 

In this project, I was tasked with designing a themed Escape Room. A “Freshman Frenzy” themed escape room will provide incoming undergraduate students with an introduction and overview of general processes and requirements which they will encounter during their academic careers. The creation and implementation of the escape room will provide an interactive, social and hands-on approach to orient students on important components of being an undergraduate student.

This group project, consisting of Iris Castillo, Karen Cotter, Denise Tate, and Daniel Ward, we were tasked with creating a meaningful learning environment with technology. When composing a scheme for instructional design, it is obliging to draw from reputable resources to ensure essential goals are established. What was discerned in this review was Jersey City Public School Technology Plan greatly focused on school officials and staff and how they can contribute to student academic success with technology, while Bers’ converged on the perspective of the students and how significant their roles are in the six design principles. The values of these entities can be enhanced with the balance of both perspectives.

In this group project, consisting of Iris Castillo, Karen Cotter, Denise Tate, and Daniel Ward, we developed a faculty guide for integrating a blended learning environment. This Faculty Guide offers guidance throughout the process of designing a Integrated Blended Learning course. The decision to offer any course should come from a well-implemented needs assessment that includes input and suggestions from all stakeholders, faculty, students, and administration.

This project provided me with an opportunity to create a Pecha Kucha video presentation which provides an overview of Senge's  "the Fifth Discipline" and Horn and Staker's "Blended." Senge's five disciplines include: building a shared vision (interactions with employees), systems thinking (reflecting on processes of an entire system),   mental models (an understadning of what an organization's mission is), team learning (where personal mastery and shared vision joins) and personal mastery (when one has a clear vision of goals and true perception of reality).

Topics include: Playgrounds and Playpens, Learning Organizations and The Fifth Discipline.

EDTC 815 Advanced Administration & Supervision of Technology in Educational Settings

This course prepares students to serve as professionals who promote the development and implementation of technology infrastructure, procedures, policies, plans, and budgets for schools and organizations at an advanced level. The course prepares students who desire to lead education and training organizations in improving teaching and learning through the scientifically sound application of educational technology.

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This was a group project completed by myself, Adminata Adequmi, Denise Tate and Susan Van Alstyne. Introducing three new schools to the Bayonne School District requires clear direction, planning and the appropriate tools and resources to implement technology-related initiatives and maintain the district’s current practices. The methods and specific measures outlined in this growth plan will provide a clear roadmap for integrating the three new schools into the system systematically. The goal of improving 21st century skills within the district was taken into account with every initiative and section of this growth plan.

This was a group project completed by myself, Adminata Adequmi, Denise Tate and Susan Van Alstyne.The Bayonne, New Jersey Public School District plans to hire three new technology coordinators to fill positions at three new schools, Broadway Elementary School, Bay Middle School, and Bayonne Bridge High School. To meet the needs of the developing community and influx of school-aged children, the schools will open in September 2019 as the building construction will be completed by June 2019. Therefore, the hiring process for new technology coordinators will start by December 2018 orchestrated by a search committee.

This was a group project completed by Carol Munn and myself. Our recommendations for the district technology department is to incorporate MyMathLab, a computer-based personalized learning platform, to increase the fluency and enable students to embrace mathematics with engaging and hands-on activities. This technology platform allows students to enjoy and understand mathematics at their own pace. Also, students will achieve mastery of the concepts and excel in PARCC, and other standardized tests build upon the 21st Century skill set and future undertakings. This mastery will increase the ability for students to problem solve and think critically while applying the core mathematics concepts. In turn, Bayonne School District will meet all four goals in the area of Mathematics. Pedagogically, this implementation enhanced and supplemented the school existing learning modality by making data driven and individualized teaching and learning modality decisions. This affected to sociological aspect of the district by considering what organization owns the data. Economically, the district must decide if the cost involved is feasible and what resources are and are not needed. Ethically, this integration may displace responsibilities of instruction and may only benefit some learners. The district's curriculum can be supplemented by MyMathLab by allowing low achieving students keep up with the pace of high achievers.

This was a group project completed by Carol Munn and myself. Concerning a specific school district's Strategic Plan, the district will provide teacher professional development in helping to overcome the initial reservations of the LMS system. Teachers will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge through the district with at least 20 hours of professional development during school hours. The focus will be on understanding and adapting current methods with the LMS. While working alongside the supervisor, teachers will be able to create and diversify the learning applications while focusing on the digital attributes available through the LMS. After completion, the teachers should possess the necessary skills and comprehensive portfolio of lessons and assessments to implement in the classroom successfully.