Tanya Spurlock
EDLD 5352
12-18-09




Week 5 Assignment: Due by the end of Week 5.
Overview
Throughout this course, we hav...
Tanya Spurlock
EDLD 5352
12-18-09




Rubric
Use the following Rubric to guide your work on the Week 5 Assignment.

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Tanya Spurlock
EDLD 5352
12-18-09

Week 5 Assignment: Course Reflections
For your Week 5 assignment, you will consider the...
Tanya Spurlock
EDLD 5352
12-18-09


As a result of this course, I hoped to learn how to be a leader in instructional techn...
Tanya Spurlock
EDLD 5352
12-18-09

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  1. 1. Tanya Spurlock EDLD 5352 12-18-09 Week 5 Assignment: Due by the end of Week 5. Overview Throughout this course, we have examined the role and responsibilities of an educational technology leader in the 21st century information landscape. In Week 1, we looked at educational technology in terms of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, the Technology Applications TEKS, and the Technology Applications Inventory. Our focus in Week 2 was on using data to make informed decisions and gathering data on educational technology through the Texas STaR Charts. Week 3’s focus was on the needs of the “digital natives” we serve, online learning communities, and expectations for educators. In Weeks 4 and 5, we discussed online safety and the social, legal, and ethical issues confronting today’s digital-age educators, students, and parents. For your Week 5 assignment, you will consider the outcomes of this course and the extent to which the outcomes will influence your role as an educational technology leader in your school. Follow these steps to complete your Week 5 assignment: • Reflect on what you have learned in this course. • Assume a school leadership role as an educational technology campus facilitator or as the district educational technology director. From that vantage point, compose a 150- word response to each of the guiding questions provided, the equitant to a 750-page paper. • Write reflectively instead of in question-and-answer style and post in your blog. • Submit your blog address to your coach after you check the validity of the address. • Submit your reflections by the end of Week 5. Submit your assignment by 11:59 PM on the seventh day of Week 5. Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. Tanya Spurlock EDLD 5352 12-18-09 Rubric Use the following Rubric to guide your work on the Week 5 Assignment. Does Not Meet Tasks Accomplished Proficient Needs Expectations  Course Reflection Student composes Student composes Student Student does not reflection on each reflections on six or composes five or submit the question of eight seven of the less of the assignment. (0 provided; reflections questions provided; reflection points) demonstrate extensive reflections questions, knowledge of course demonstrate and/or content. This adequate knowledge reflections document is posted to of course content. exhibit a lack of the student blog and This document is understanding of represents an posted to the student course content. 800-1,000-word paper. blog and represents a This document is (Maximum 8 points) 600 to 800-word posted to the paper. student blog and (7 points) represents a 600 or less-word paper. (6 point) Assignment Responses are Responses are Responses do Student does not Mechanics relevant to course relevant to course not reflect submit the content; no errors in content; three or knowledge of assignment. (0 grammar, spelling, or fewer errors in course content, points) punctuation. grammar, spelling, or lack clarity and (Maximum 7 points) punctuation. (6 depth, and/or points) include four or more errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, including APA errors. (5 point) Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. Tanya Spurlock EDLD 5352 12-18-09 Week 5 Assignment: Course Reflections For your Week 5 assignment, you will consider the outcomes of this course and the extent to which the outcomes will influence your role as an educational technology leader in your school. Follow these steps to complete your Week 5 assignment: • Reflect on what you have learned in this course. • Assume a school leadership role as an educational technology campus facilitator or as the district educational technology director. From that vantage point, compose a 150- word response to each of the guiding questions provided, the equivalent to a 750-page paper. • Write reflectively instead of in question-and-answer style and post in your blog. • Submit your blog address to your coach after you check the validity of the address. • Submit your reflections by the end of Week 5. Post your course reflections to your blog site. Please respond to the following reflection questions: • What outcomes had you envisioned for this course? Did you achieve those outcomes? Did the actual course outcomes align with those that you envisioned? • To the extent that you achieved the outcomes, are they still relevant to the work that you do in your school? Why or why not? • What outcomes did you not achieve? What prevented you from achieving them? • Were you successful in carrying out the course assignments? If not, what prevented or discouraged you? • What did you learn from this course…about yourself, your technology and leadership skills, and your attitudes? • What is the educational value of blogs and blogging to the 21st century learner? • What are the concerns of blogs and blogging in education? • How can you use blogging to communicate with school stakeholders? Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. Tanya Spurlock EDLD 5352 12-18-09 As a result of this course, I hoped to learn how to be a leader in instructional technology. I achieved that goal. As a matter of fact, this course went above and beyond what I expected. When thinking about technology, I only really thought about computers, overhead projectors, and CD and tape recorders. Through this course, I have learned of the breadth of technology that is available to our students. Technology consists of hardware, software, PC’s, laptops, networks, mp3’s, podcasts, blogs, and much more. I also learned that technology makes education limitless. As the GPISD Technology Director, I will set in motion a culture of collaboration with the Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts departments to set forth technology integration into all content areas. Our students need to be prepared for the global market which is highly digital. I achieved 95% of this course's outcomes. Each outcome is relevant to the work that I do daily. Everyday, I use resources such as the Texas Long-Range Technology Plan, and National Educator Technology Standards, to guide curriculum development for students in GPISD. Routinely, we hold technology trainings in order to prepare teachers to integrate technology into teaching. As technology director, I consistently analyze data and surveys, in order to target student needs which promotes student success. The technology department also evaluates the implementation of our plan in order to make better future decisions. Mastery of these outcomes is essential to preparing our students for 21 Century. The only outcome that I did not achieve is: Facilitate the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning; alignment of curriculum, curriculum, and assessment; and use of various forms of assessment to measure student performance. I will continue to gather data in order to help improve next year’s district technology plan. Data, such as usage reports, test scores, and surveys will help us track growth and target areas of need for students as well as teachers. This will contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning, alignment of technology curriculum, and enhancement of assessments. I wasn’t able to achieve this outcome during the course, because this outcome requires ample time to analyze data, develop a plan, and implement the plan. I was successful in carrying out the course assignments. On the first day of a new week, I would print out all of my course readings and assignment instructions. At first, I had trouble printing the articles, but I soon figured it out on my own. I would set goals to have all of the readings, and postings finished by a certain day. After completing that part, I would then focus on completing the assignment. Most of the time, I would break the assignment into parts, assuring that I would be finished on or before the due date. Many times, I worked on my assignment until around 3:00 am the next day. I work full-time and am a mother of 2 young children. The course was very demanding, but with determination, I was able to complete it successfully. I learned that I had the mind-set that technology isn’t really required, but is a good tool to use with students. When this course required me to review the Texas Long-Range Plan, I realized that technology use isn’t an option, it’s a required. The Texas Long Range Plan brought meaning to why our Campus Technology Specialist offers so many incentives for computer-lab use, why she does special projects with students before school, and why teachers have to complete the Texas STaR chart. I realize that I need to use technology in my personal life regularly, so that I can move closer to becoming a “digital native.” I am in the position to Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. Tanya Spurlock EDLD 5352 12-18-09 establish a culture of technology use by modeling technology use and training others to do the same. Blogs and blogging are very important to the 21st century learner. Blogs stop learning from only being limited to school hours. They encourage and motivate our students to work together. The students love using blogs to collaborate and share ideas with outers. Blogs give our students practice with writing skills, and also gives them time to reflect on ideas and express themselves. Blogs play a big part in increasing students’ interests and encouraging class participation. They give students a sense of ownership and encourage them to take pride in their work. They are also a cost benefit to our district by reducing paper-use. Some of the concerns that we have with students using blogs is safety. We have to educate students on how to keep certain information private. Some students have trouble deciphering what information is too private to post, so we have trainings that teach students what is and what is not too much information too share. There is also a concern about our students being approached online by a user who has the wrong intentions. Our district teachers educate students on recognizing these signs. Cyber-bullying is also a concern. Our teachers model cyber-ethics and we expect the students to follow their lead. It is also important to be a resource for educating parents on what to watch out for. Blogs are very beneficial, but we have to take the right precautions to ensure our students safety. Blogging allows me to communicate with an unlimited number of people at one time. This is an effective way to stay in constant communication with stakeholders. Through blogging I am able to share the most current information with all stakeholders. The blog allows me to update information and send it out to my followers. I am able to upload images, presentations, and video to the blog to share with others. The blogs allows people with a common interest to communicate about different topics. The blog keeps me connected to the thoughts and feelings of all stakeholders. It allows me to receive immediate feedback on what I post. Blogging eliminates the need to meet in one location at a certain time. This tool makes it is convenient for all stakeholders and allows them to go back and reread any of the previous posts. Page 5 of 5

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