This example will ground our thinking for today about beliefs, but also ground our thinking for our entire experience together. It is not a statement about technology; it is a statement about human beings and, we think this is really where we must begin because, of course, we teach human beings. Every day, children come to our schools, to our classrooms, to us and through their experiences in our presence, they change. Mead’s words are important and thoughtful and they remind us that learning is grounded in culture; it is situated -- and who we become, though we are genetically all nearly identical, is absolutely shaped by the situations we find ourselves in. And, the final, culminating assignment for this set of three courses that we’re beginning today will be your very own “This I believe...” statement! So we share Margaret Mead’s example with you. Of course, you should take the time to explore, and be inspired by others:
(Two) Goals<br />The hybrid summer cohort has two goals: <br />the easy goal: learn about technology. Some students may already know a lot about technology and some may know less, but learning how to use the technology is the easy goal.<br />the difficult goal: figuring out what to do with the knowledge of specific technologies to help students learn and develop professionally. <br />
(Three) Courses<br />You will participate in an integrated seminar that offers all three Certificate Courses: <br /><ul><li>CEP 810: Teaching for Understanding with Technology
CEP 811: Adapting Innovative Technologies to Education
CEP 812: Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice</li></li></ul><li> (Nine) Credits<br />You will earn 9 credits!<br />The Certificate is one of the “on ramps” to the MAET program. These 9 graduate level credits will seamlessly transfer into the MAET program once you have applied and are fully accepted into the program. <br />
(Six) Weeks<br />This will be an intense 6-week seminar, in a 2-4 model. <br />The first two weeks will be face-to-face here on campus.<br />The last four weeks are online.<br />On July 29, 2011 students will reconvene on campus one final time to share and celebrate all that they’ve learned.<br />
The Specifics<br />QuickFires<br />TechLabs<br />Readings, Writings, Listenings<br />Blogs, Tweets and Hoots<br />
We’re a Community<br />Share Resources<br />Share Ideas<br />
So….let’s get started!<br />Our Awareness Controls Human Destiny An essay written in 1953 for the original This I Believe series.<br />
Your First Task<br />.Today -- the first day of your our time together -- we’re going to ask you to think about (and share) your beliefs about teaching, about technology and how the two come together (now, or in the future under your leadership) in your school. Having thought about Mead’s words and having a little context for our focus on beliefs, we want you to create a digital story.<br />In the next hour, we’d like you to go anywhere on campus -- explore it. As you explore, we’d like you to take 10-12 images and record 5-7 thoughts to go along with your pictures. Then, using Animoto or OurStory (iPad App), we’d like you to create a story that tells us a little bit about what you believe about teaching, technology and teaching with technology. Upload your pictures and your audio and come back ready to share after lunch!<br />
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