EDMT Capstone Update and Reflection

 Capstone Update:

I’ve really enjoyed recording and making video posts to my Capstone blog this month.  As students and teachers become more comfortable with me recording their presentations, there is more openness in sharing experiences.

So far I have made 5 video posts and have three more waiting to be edited. There is never a shortage of activities to record! My goal is to expand to other content area classrooms and develop the rapport with teachers so that my presence will not be disruptive to their routines.

My department director (and primary expert) made several recommendations for improving my project and Action Plan.  One suggestion was to mark and date revisions to the Action Plan page so I could see the changes over time.  The other changes involve widgets.

As for meeting with teachers about my project, there are currently three people (including my director) who have agreed to be my experts.   Four other teachers have agreed to be in my test group: one in 5th , 6th, 7th and 8th.

Full Sail classmate, Jeffrey Almicar, made an excellent suggestion last month when reviewing my Action Plan: expand my test group to include all teachers in grades 5-8, not only the “ tech saavy.”   Good idea.  Now that I have simplified my expectations for commentary, perhaps it will not be so difficult to convince them to enlist!

One obstacle I see on the horizon for implementing my CSC project is the upcoming trainings and meetings scheduled for our school’s transition to a new LMS next year.  In the meantime, I’m learning a lot and enjoying the coursework and “sandbox” experience in DAE.

 

 Reflection:

 

What I’ve learned so far in DAE can be applied directly to my job in the Educational Technology Department.  There is never a shortage of projects in the pipeline.

For example, there is a need to create e-learning modules on digital citizenship, copyright, the school’s Honor Code, and the Acceptable Use Policy.

Currently, each school division presents this content in various assemblies, class advisories, and grade level meetings. Wouldn’t it be more effective to require all students to complete interactive e-learning modules targeted for their specific grade levels?  I think so.

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