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  • 1. Technology and Me A personal timeline of educational technology by Will Dressler
  • 2. My name is Will Dressler I started school in 1980 in Irvine, CA I graduated from high school in 1993 in Irvine I first went to college at UC Berkeley in 1997 I am the teaching and learning coordinator at Kauai Community College
  • 3. Educational technology is… a process of identifying needs, creating a plan to address those needs, and using the appropriate tools to achieve the desired outcome.
  • 4. Web sites on ed tech history Educational Technology Timeline History of Educational Technology Computers in Education: A brief history
  • 5. Kindergarten technology Honestly, I don’t remember much about kindergarten, but I think there were lots of crayons involved. And naps. I miss the naps.
  • 6. High school technology In high school I used a word processor on a PC to write papers. This was a huge step up from the typewriter I had used in junior high. Yes, I used an old school typewriter.
  • 7. College technology In college I got my first email address. I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. In college was the first time I used a computer to find books at the library rather than a card catalogue.
  • 8. A vivid technology learning experience While living in Osaka I learned how to check train schedules from my cell phone. This really opened my eyes to the possibilities of mobile information
  • 9. A technology I want to use in my classroom I would love to see the use of course management systems like Laulima to offer more self-paced classes in higher education. I don’t think it’s a very good idea to expect all students to learn at the same pace and meet the same deadlines.
  • 10. My vision of the classroom of the future • In the future I see the expansion of distance learning • Technology means that distance (like living on Kauai!) is no long a barrier to learning
  • 11. A challenge for teaching Teachers are experts in their field- which is usually not technology Technology must be easy to use for teachers to effectively integrate it into their teaching
  • 12. Words of wisdom Basically, you learn two kinds of things in college: 1. Things you will need to know in later life (two hours). 2. Things you will not need to know in later life (1,998 hours). - Dave Barry