2. Create a Gmail account if you don’t already have one: http://gmail.com
3. Complete the online student information sheet.
What do you need to know for the first day of class? You need to know what the class is about, who your instructor is, what materials you will need, and what you will be doing this semester. I’m going to briefly cover all of these things during today’s class.
What is this class about? It’s about learning to use technology effectively in your own life so that you can (and will) use it effectively in a K-12 classroom. You can view the syllabus for more of the fine print – but that’s the main idea of the course. I’ll show a short video to elaborate a bit more.
Who is your instructor? I’m a former classroom teacher who believes that the more comfortable we are with technologies in our own lives the more likely we will be to use them in our classrooms for teaching and learning. As a parent, I believe that children should have opportunities to use multiple tools and resources – including technology – to become lifelong learners. As a UGA graduate, I believe it is important to prepare you to represent my alma mater in your future career in a manner, which would make anyone proud (including your grandmother). You can learn more about my family and myself from my Facebook page, Blog, or my information sheet.
Who are you? We are mutual learners in the class. I want to know as much about you as possible, and I hope you will enjoy learning from and with each other and me. Introduce yourself sharing your name and major, and something interesting about you. Everyone is interesting or special in some way, so don’t say you’re boring, or there’s nothing you can think of.
What materials do you need? You just need the textbook – it’s a custom edition of a text called: Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice by Joy Egbert. You can get it at the UGA bookstore. The cover will look different than the image below. Additionally, life might be easier if you have a USB drive and if you knew where you could get your hands on a headset or headphones, you’d be pretty much set for the semester. (This would be a good time to learn how to check out materials from the OIT on Aderhold’s second floor.)
What will you be doing this semester? You’ll be learning more about technology tools that you can use in your life now. Then, we’ll apply what you’ve learned to a K-12 classroom setting. All of this will be done through project-based learning. Don’t know what that is? I promise you will soon enough. You’ll be doing a lot of work, you won’t be bored, and you certainly won’t hear yourself saying, “When am I ever going to use this?”
In order to better tailor this course to your needs – you’re going to work with a small group to come up with a list of technologies that you would like to be using in your life but for various reasons, you are not. Make sure to introduce yourself to your group members and tell them the biggest concern you have about our class before you start the brainstorming. We’ll share your ideas (and concerns) before the end of today’s class.
What do you need to do before Wednesday’s class? Also known as homework!
- Complete the online student information sheet before the end of class.
- Buy your book.
- Make sure you have some digital pictures (easily accessible and online) that you will want to use on your autobiography page for your web-based portfolio.
- Write a story about a time you learned how to do something: ride a bike, drive a stick shift, multiply fractions, iron a shirt, dance, etc. It could be something you learned 10 years ago or just last week. Give me context (how old where you, where were you, etc.), why were you learning this (choice, necessity, etc.), who taught you (self, a family member, etc.), and how did you learn (reading, practicing, etc.). This should take at least 2-3 handwritten pages (or 1-2 typed pages). This is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday.
- Start thinking about what audience you’ll be creating activities for this semester. What grade band: PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12? Are you interested in science, speech therapy, special education, physical education, literacy, etc.?
- If you have a Twitter account (or even if you don’t) follow our class Twitter account for updates (and prizes!): @edit_2000
- Remember we have no class next Monday – MLK Day