Vision/Mission Statement

The Vision:

Educational Technology should be a guiding force in the classroom. Technology is constantly changing, therefore, teachers have to constantly be willing to change how and what types of technology will be used. Instructors need to embrace the use, integration, and implementation to fully prepare their students for the world they will enter after their schooling is complete. According to Roblyn, “…good teachers are more essential now than ever” (page 10). Today’s classrooms have moved on from direct instruction. Teachers have to have the ability to balance the two theories of teaching, objectivism and constructivism. Meaning, teachers need to give (teach) students some beginning or background information and then take on the role of facilitator to allow the students to take charge of their learning. The classroom of today and the future needs to be more student-centered as opposed to teacher-centered. The more teachers take on the role of facilitator the better outcomes the students will receive.

The Mission:

Educational Technology should address the ability for all learners with different learning styles to be able to learn the same material on their own time table. This can be achieved by utilizing universal design learning (UDL). “UDL interventions provide multiple means of supports to diverse students by providing choice in how they access and engage in the curriculum and how they demonstrate what they know” (pg. 16).

Educational Technology should help teach digital literacy, “or skills in using both technologies and the information they carry…” (Roblyer, pg. 24). Also included under digital literacy is information literacy and video literacy, “or skills in interpreting, creating, and using images” (Roblyer, pg. 24).

The biggest responsibility that any institution that uses technology has, is to train on digital citizenship. It is highly important to educate students, teachers, and administrators on “how to use technology resources in safe, responsible, and legal ways” (Roblyer, 24). In a day and age where evil seems to be lurking around every corner, we need our students to be proactive rather than be reactive!

 

References:

Roblyer, M. D. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

 

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4 thoughts on “Vision/Mission Statement

  1. Jaci,
    I love how you stated that educational technology should be a guiding force! Such powerful words, but so accurate! I couldn’t agree with you more about how a teacher should begin by giving the students background information before becoming more of a facilitator. I feel like sometimes people think that someday teachers will be gone and technology will take over, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Teachers are needed just as much, if not more. They are needed to give that background information and then as a knowledgeable guide for the students. I also love how you included digital citizenship in your mission. Great vision and mission!

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  2. Alex I. says:

    Hi, Jaci,

    You make a really good point when you mention the importance of digital literacy in teaching information literacy. It’s already a difficult task to learn information literacy. You throw in technology, which itself seems to have contributed to information illiteracy (is that a term?), and it seems like an almost impossible task. It’s easy to say, “never use Wikipedia as a source for information,” to students , but when you really think about it, that’s only the most superficial layer of this issue. Both students and teachers have their work cut out for them!

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  3. Jaci,
    I like how you started by talking about how good teachers are essential right now. With this ever changing profession, I find it interesting to see how it continues to change over the rest of our careers. You make many great points throughout your post. I really enjoyed reading it!

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  4. Hi Jaci –

    I agree with your comments on digital citizenship. Our students are so tech-savvy (many more so than we are!) that I think we forget that they are still children. We rolled out a 1:1 program last fall and each student was supposed to attend a three-hour boot camp which included a small section on digital citizenship. While many students showed up and completed the camp (they received their Chromebook after completing it), many did not. This led to a huge scramble at the start of school as teachers were expected to incorporate the Chromebooks but many students didn’t have them. The first two weeks of school, students were asked to attend after school sessions and from there it devolved into a google form that students had to complete in order to receive their devices. I talked to our IT Director last summer during my 501 class about the lack of digital citizenship. His comment was that teachers were expected to teach that during their lessons. Unfortunately, that was never communicated to the faculty (and it still hasn’t been). Those of us that are more tech-savvy are doing it, but most are not. I completely agree that this is our greatest responsibility, and we blew it.

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