My understanding of how my students and colleagues learn:
My understanding how colleagues learn:
Just like my students my colleagues don't want to be taught something that they may never use so to keep their attention I relate a new program to their classroom so they will remain interested. The quickest way to lose your audiences attention is when they think that this does not apply to me. My colleagues don't like to be lectured so for professional development I like to introduce the new software go over a couple of things, give them a handout with key points and let them explore the program. Most of my colleges are good about troubleshooting so this gives me time to go around and help the others that are struggling with it.
How instructional technology can best assist my learners:
Instructional Technology can assist learners in many ways. There are so many programs for students and teachers to use that can help to differentiate the instruction making it both easier for the student to learn and the teacher to present the material in different ways. By placing this technology in the classroom it can give the students the the extra help or the reinforcement that is need to make the information more concrete. People need to think of this technology as an extra tool and is not something to fear that will one day replace a teacher.
Instructional technology actions I deem best to facilitate learning:
Instructional technology is a great tool that can be used with students and colleges to keep the students more interested in the lesson and teachers more interested and involved during professional development. When new programs are presented to students and colleges properly they will see it as another tool to use to help them present information or as a study tool. With all the different information and programs available at our fingertips it would be doing students a disservice to not use any of it. It is important that teachers are able to see the benefit that Instructional Technology offers and how it can keep the students excited and interested in a lesson that may have once not been so exciting.
My professional goals that I have for my self right now are to get tenure, earn a masters degree in Instructional Technology from NYIT, and to stay up to date with all the new technology by attending professional development. My plan is to stay up to date and become a more effective teacher by attending professional development and applying my Instructional technology degree in the classroom. One way that I would like to pass my knowledge of teaching on is by hosting student teachers and to share what I have learned over the years with them so that i can help them become a better and more effective teacher. I feel that it is important to collaborate and share information with colleagues so I would also like to host professional development classes to show them new programs that can be used in their classroom.
Learning Goals for my colleagues:
The Learning goals that I have for my colleges is to incorporate more technology into the classroom without it totally taking over. I want fellow colleagues to feel comfortable using new technology and programs but not totally lost on the one day that the computer or smart board isn't working. I would like to try to get my fellow colleagues used to web 2.0 tools and terms so that they can troubleshoot an issue they are having on their own when exploring a new program. I feel that the more comfortable they are with the technology the more willing they would be to explore and try to figure out new software.