Archive | November 2013

DDUME Assignment

>Instructional Systems Design :

I developed systems of recording attendance at the advising center using Google Docs and an HP tablet.  I’ve designed lessons for an audience of students with emotional disturbances, in doing this I geared my instruction to cater to two students meant to be  not around each other.
Instructional Strategies As with the situation above, I also catered to young students who where from an impoverished area. I had to be sure my examples reflected their culture and community in order to create meaningful connections.
Learner Characteristics For a project I completed last semester, I had to create a learning activity that catered to a group of students that were in college and future peer advisors.

>Domain of Development (note: developed by you, NOT just utilized)

Print Technologies: while using the new check-in system at the COE Advising Center, I developed a set of instructions in vivid colors. I also used pamphlets to spread awareness of VSU’s Education programs at the VSU Experience in Atlanta, Ga.These pamphlets received high marks.
Audiovisual Technologies: In my first practicum, I used the Smartboard to help students understand vocabulary words by having them draw pictures of their impressions of what the words could mean.
Computer-based Technologies: the data given to us via the Google Forms page on COE AC attendance will be managed by Google Drive, this can be taken anywhere and accessible via smartphone or tablet.
Integrated Technologies I’ve developed videos of lessons for instructors at the COE in the Dept. of Early Childhood and Special Education; these films involved pictures and video clips of me interacting with students.

>Domain of Utilization

Media Utilization: For many lessons I’ve written I’ve had to select media. One time I selected one that involved an individual that made xylophones out of volcanic refuse in order to demonstrate to students how vibrations produce sounds.
Diffusion of Innovation:  Implementing change can be difficult. For myself, I used technology in gaining an edge on graduate school; this is the first time I’ve had all of my classes delivered to me in online format and is a big change from face to face.
Implementation and Institutionalization About myself, when I started to work on my online classes I soon discovered I needed an online medium to store work. I then turned to the online Word and OneNote web applications. These applications have helped me store my work and provide a way to create it.
Policies and Regulations: Creating procedures to save sensitive data at the COE has been something I’ve been working on recently.

>Domain of Management

Project Management: I feel as if I do a lot of project managing.At the AC we’ve been surplusing old equipment and it has been my job to determine what stays and goes based on its instructional value .
Resource Management: Resources at the COE are managed primarily through IT, but I do have some say in where things go, and again these things are requested and surplused based upon their use for instruction.

Delivery System Management: Various technologies can be used for delivery and I think that delivery of BANNERweb advising and DegreeWorks advising can seem strenuous at times; luckily we have netbooks that students can use quickly in order to get classes .
Information Management:  Various software packages can be delployed in order to better advise students, it is our job as advisors to determine which one .

>Domain of Evaluation

Problem Analysis : The student population at VSU is diverse and it is important to determine the best way to advise them. Students from distance have been advised best by using DegreeWorks.
Criterion-Referenced Measurement: Last semester I created my website to come with a key that informed students what it meant to get full credit on my activity.
Formative and Summative Evaluation:   the program here at VSU in IT/LM has helped me grow as an instructional technologist and hone skills I already had, but I’m very interested to see how my internship will go given of all the new skills I will be in possession of. .
2.    Goals/Domains Analysis
     Then on the same wiki page, examine your Goals Paper and identify specific areas of instructional technology skills development that you will need in order to achieve your goals. In 3-4 paragraphs, describe the skills you have identified using the language and framework of the Domains.
After reading the domains I find that it will become easier to identify them as I go along in my studies. All of them pertain to a certain area of Instructional Technology, and I’m starting to see how I can better fit into IT based on my skills and knowledge. Also, while going through my undergraduate program I always pursued computers as a side passion. I did not know that I could blend the two together and serve in the academy or other institution and help others be more efficient instructors, or myself be a more efficient instructor.

Specificity will be of great assistance to me in the coming months. Right now, I work in the advising center with a lot of old technology that isn’t used that much anymore and will soon have to be surplused, but out of all that I’m getting to manage the newer technology coming in and doing what I can with the older stuff. I get to “play” with how the older PCs can be used in a more modern setting. My finest project yet has been getting the HP TC1100 up and running and using it as check-in and out at the AC. This corresponds to the area of utilization and ISD (in my opinion).

My next project (and it will be ongoing) will be to one day maintain a lab of all Linux-based PCs. Right now I am fortunate to have our “fleet” at the AC and fine equipment, but I know one day that my ability to utilize aging hardware will be put to good use in a less fortunate university or public school system as I know that most schools do not have the technology budget that VSU does. Earlier last semester another professor suggested that I stock up on older equipment in order to have some hardware for my classroom if I ever got a teaching job; this would be done since I have such a great skillset in integrating technology into instruction, but this is more instructional system design in nature than utilization.

Introduction and Career Goals

My name is Allan Celik and I work at the Dewar College of Education Advising Center; this is located in Valdosta, Georgia on the campus of Valdosta State University.

I am currently employed at VSU, also at a Submarina here in town. My area of study is Library Media & Instructional Technology: Tech Apps (I’m doing both tracks). The reason I am doing both tracks is because I feel like I have the skillset appropriate for both; I have the ability to point out and implement appropriate instructional technologies and managing media.

Most of my previous employment involves my duties at LARC of Valdosta. This institution exists to help individuals with diverse needs find jobs and other roles in the community. I was an instructional aide, which means I was someone who helped our clients perform duties either in our on-site workshop or elsewhere in the community.

Much of my future career goals revolve around Instructional Technology & Instructional Design. A subsection of my future goals involve using media as a means of delivering instruction, so that’s where the library media track will come in. IT and LM are very new to me (I know I’ve been in the program for several semesters, but there are so many different areas in IT!) and I am just now discovering some of the things I can do with this degree. I would very much enjoy becoming a technology specialist for a university. Right now, my boss at the advising center lets me do a great deal of planning on how to better use technology at the COE Advising Center. I greatly enjoy seeing the application of technology and how it improves any given condition. For instance, I’ve used tablets to perform reading assessments and to assist students in their learning during my practicums. In the future I hope to see successes with integrating technology into instruction; successes like I’ve seen in the advising center (students being able to register on the fly with netbooks) and ones like I’ve seen in my practicums. With all of that said, I feel like IT has helped me add an extra layer of becoming an effective future  educator. Instructional Systems Design would be the area of IT I connect the most with, mostly due to the fact that my undergraduate studies are in Special Education; in that major I was often faced with the task of analyzing my audience, adapting instruction, and teaching effectively to the audience. In a nutshell, my goal for my IT program is engineer appropriate instruction to my target audience.

I feel like I can achieve my goals by becoming more familiar with methods of integrating technology, and also increasing my pedagogical skills. Increasing both will help me realize that, for my profession, the two aren’t interchangeable.

Up until now, I haven’t really much thought of doing anything else besides teaching special education.  The Instructional Technology and Library Media tracks have offered me a way of using my skill in education, and pairing it with my skills in adaptive technology and general computing, thus creating a better fit for my entire skillset.

  • What resources you will need to achieve your goals

To reach my goals I will need to stay motivated. This program is very motivational to me because of the online nature, and the fact that I get to interact with knowledgeable instructors and peers who are teachers in schools around the state.  So the fact that I have a few years experience in the classroom as a practicum student does not mean that I’ve experienced all that a teacher experiences in a year. My classmates’ input will be very valuable to me as I assemble a more realistic idea of what the classroom is like. One contention that I have had with a degree in education is the lack of experience in the classroom. With this class I have access to the experiences to the other students in the class via assignments and inquiry. I am very fascinated by how classroom mechanics are improved and not improved by technology and media. Sure, I have a degree in education and have been able to implement technology and media to improve conditions in the COE Advising Center, but I wonder how much of my skill would be transported adequately into the real classroom or media center.

  • What constraints you have to overcome to achieve your goals

One constraint that I have to overcome is the lack of real classroom experience. Another major constraint is the ability to pick up on needs others may have when I’m designing instructional systems for them. For example, when advising a student this past week, he had the option of changing his major and had my advising for the classes he was to take next semester. Unfortunately, blatant refusal from my advisee prevented him from getting the classes he needed…even with my analyzing his transcript using DegreeWorks software and sending him those classes he needed to sign up for via email were not enough to get him to complete the work on his end. 

Post from an Instructional Technology Course:Review of Dispatch.io

http://dispatch.io/

 

Dispatch is a service that connects multiple cloud-based documents, and keeps them in-sync and can be edited by multiple users that are using multiple cloud services. For instance if you were to update a publication in your Google Drive, Dispatch would keep that file updated in Dropbox also, and keep a layer of communication on top of that. Team members can note their revisions and highlight specific items in a document that may need revision.

 

The advantages are:

  •      Seamless integration with multiple apps such as Dropbox and Google Docs.
  •      Editions of documents are annotated along with their edits.
  •      Users can communicate without the use of email and highlight the revisions of documents or files.
  •      Facebook-like notifications and documents and projects that users can “subscribe” to and receive notifications of changes.

 

The disadvantages are:

  • Invitations are by request only.
  • Has been out for less than a year.
  • Website is vague and doesn’t necessarily hint at what the product is.
  • Only works with Dropbox and Google Docs.

 

I think this is a great service that I’d use at the advising center and if I had a classroom where my students had differing services that they were to turn in material. The  service isn’t very old and was created by two young minds at at Techcrunch hackathon in 2011.

       

For task (2), see what reviews have been posted by other students. From those, you can select any of the reviews to comment upon. If someone else has already commented upon a tool, feel free to add your own comments or look for a review a response and start a discussion on that tool. With regard to your comments, they should be 5-6 lines in length and state your thoughts as to the product’s strengths/weaknesses and/or other factors that you think are important for others to consider when using that particular product.

 

I’ll have to look into this. With all of today’s web-based apps it’s hard to see the reason in buying Office, but I do enjoy having a suite capable of doing more than just word-processing…so I’ll likely continue to buy it. A difficulty I foresee is that I use SkyDrive for all of my documents and I’m not sure if any third-party apps have access to SkyDrive. It’s as if Microsoft’s storage is all to itself, but so is Apple’s iCloud.