Join Renaldo Lawrence for an in-depth discussion in this video Identifying your goals and making a plan, part of Educational Technology for Student Success.
- I remember growing up, and I had all these ideas about what I could do and when I was going to do them. They were all in my mind. Then, one day, I was talking to my mother, and she stopped me cold in my tracks and said, "What is your plan?" So now, it's your turn. What is your plan? What are you going to do after you watch this course? The point I must make here is that once you have created the materials, it is essential that you teach the students how to use them properly.
Once the students know how to use the technology and interact the materials, then they can focus on the content that is being taught through the medium. Teaching our students how to use interactive materials also helps them become independent learners, from elementary school onward. If schools can make time to help teachers learn how to create the materials, it will help improve student success, and engage both parents and their guardians. The way you can do this is by putting a plan in place to get the most out of this course.
Here are a few steps to help you get started. Watch this course with a open mind. Concentrate on the subject you teach. So if I'm a history teacher, I will listen to the course and think about how it applies to my history class. Then, I want you to watch the course again. This time, try to think like a teacher of a different subject. Hopefully, this will let you approach the course from a different perspective. Although some of the ideas I will talk about covers a particular subject area, such as science, all of these ideas can be used for just about any subject area.
Now, get yourself a pen and paper and write a statement about what you hope to accomplish and how you wish to use multi-media or apps in the classroom at the top of the page. Write down some of the ideas that appeal to you as you watch this course. Pause the movie anytime you hear a great idea, and think about how you can use it in your clasroom and what technology is required. By following these steps, it just might give you a better head-start to accomplishing your goals.
Look at the site I've created for my students. When I was planning the site, I wanted to create an environment which would help me accomplish two goals. Number one, provide students with interactive materials, such as video and audio files, with the main aim being to help my students become independent learners. Number two, teach my students skills, along with exposing them to the most creative and cutting-edge software on the market.
On the site, I have also provided my students with the syllabus and other downloadable items, so they can learn 24 hours a day, regardless of where they are. So when you're planning your materials, think of the content you can provide your students which will help them with their studies.