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TAEDTECH - Innovate using Educational Technology and Your Beliefs - Nicholas Yates


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Visuals used to support a presentation delivered by Nicholas Yates, Noon to 1pm Friday 11 March 2011, Marriott Hotel, Dubai, UAE

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TAEDTECH - Innovate using Educational Technology and Your Beliefs - Nicholas Yates

  1. 1. 3/15/2011 Opening Quote “In a landscape without bearings, teachers create and internalize their own maps” INNOVATE USING (Kagan, 1992) EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND YOUR BELIEFS Nicholas Yates :: Evolve :: Innovate Mentally note your answer… Who uses educational technology often in their class? Who doesn’t use educational technology often (or never) in their class? I never use… As often as I can!Rethink :: Innovate :: Evolve (Ertmer, 2005 p.31) 1
  2. 2. 3/15/2011 Addition is the best form of multiplication (Kagan, 1992, p. 85) Patrick (interview)A tool in a toolbox Outline Def’n of educational technology Reflection Teacher Beliefs Thesis Study Reflection Results Espen (interview) Audience discussion Q + AsEducational Technology Reflection #1 What’s involved in this broad concept? How do you believe educational technology should be used in the classroom? 2
  3. 3. 3/15/2011What are “teacher beliefs”? What are “teacher beliefs”? Beliefs are influential; guide classroom interaction; personal, distinct theories (Burns, 1996, p. 175). Evaluative, cognitive guide (Kennedy & Kennedy, 1996, p. 355) Functional and useful conceptual systems (Nespor, 1987, p. 326)What are “teacher beliefs”? The aspects of teacher beliefs A synthesized definition Plan and decide on their teaching (Woods, 1996) Dictate the approach, and sometimes the success or Teacher beliefs are the cornerstone of what a failure, of what is taught or learnt in the classroom (Kennedy & Kennedy, 1996) teacher does, says, and thinks. They provide a personal systematic justification process with Justify and guide teaching (Breen et al., 2001) which to plan, assess, judge, decide, accept, Influence attitudes (Nespor, 1987) deny, or act; basically covering all aspects of Direct a teacher towards acceptance of an teaching. innovation (Fullan & Hargreaves, 1992)Beliefs of Language Teachers Use of Origins of teacher beliefsEducational Technology Beliefs influence technology integration (Ertmer, Apprenticeship of observation (Lortie, 1975) 2005; Lawrence, 2000; Lam, 2000) Past experiences (Goodman, 1988; Calderhead & Novice vs. Expert teachers conceptions re: Robson, 1991) Educational Technology (Meskill et al., 2000) Teaching classroom practice: Self or colleagues Classroom management / empowerment (Kagan, 1992) Locus of Learning Self / Student learning Product / Process 3
  4. 4. 3/15/2011Just give it to me straight… Thesis Investigate the inter-relationships How the beliefs originated Beliefs Teaching Classroom context practiceThe study Reflection #1 (revisited) Interviews How do you believe educational technology should Showcases be used in the classroom? Comparative analysis University EAP – Content based learning ParticipantsResults Motivation Motivation Personalisation Access Culture 4
  5. 5. 3/15/2011Intrinsic Motivation Extrinsic Motivation Target our students’ interests Rewards “Winning a battle” (Espen) “Horse and a carrot” (Ingrid) Blogs SMARTboard Mini-presentations Films Football highlightsMotivation and Culture Motivation and Web 2.0 Links between motivation, culture and our students Audience Unmotivated when not using it Authenticity “Reluctant to extend their learning” (Ingrid) Discrete Practice vs. Language Production “Sesame street attention span” (Howard) Panaramio MSN Chat Voice Discussions Hot Potatoes Vocabulary QuizzesPersonaliztion Personalization - Interests Target students’ interests “they’re reacting to natural English language as opposed to a lot of the language which is necessarily contrived” (Jordan) Blogs Online auto classifieds 5
  6. 6. 3/15/2011Personalization - Feedback Personalization – Tailoring Feedback for each student Tailor each lesson Student errors Suit each student’s needs Cater towards different learning styles Writing Error Game Grammar games from own errors SMARTboard PhotoStoryAccess Access 24/7 Web 2.0 Out-of-reach = IN-reach! MSN Messenger Images onlineCulture Culture Computer @ home = www.boy’s Quality of work “Sesame Street Attention Span” “Picking up a book is foreign to them” - Sarah 6
  7. 7. 3/15/2011Shared Beliefs OriginsOrigins Opening Quote Re-visited Learning from colleagues Tech Team “In a landscape without Learning from own life experiences bearings, teachers create and Themselves as learners Practical real life uses of technology in the classroom internalize their own maps” (Kagan, 1992)Use your beliefs! Know your beliefs Believe in your knowledge. (Koehler and Mishra, 2007, p. 7) 7
  8. 8. 3/15/2011Contact Information Nicholas Yates For a copy of the slides, please email. For a hand out (includes full reference list), please email. 8