My Colleagues Emerging Technologies Review

Emerging technologies has made changes in learning around the globe. We can now think with other people through Information Communication Technology (Laureate Education, Inc. 2011).  I will like to choose a blog from Ella iKeepSafe Digital Citizenship C3 Matrix. This is because this tool helps educator and learners to learn how to stay safe and use netiquette behavior while using the internet. I also like how Ella will allow learners to do digital citizenship work sheet. I will also incorporate this teaching strategy when teaching adult learners. I will allow learners to complete digital citizenship work sheet at the beginning of the course and also sign a safety contract to maintain safe behavior while using emerging technologies.

Another tool I will choose is from Tina’s blog. This site http://www.carnegiecyberacademy.com It is a digital citizenship site that uses game to teach netiquette behavior online. I like this site because it uses game to teach internet users how to stay safe while surfing the web. It engages learners and fosters collaboration. Learners retain any useful information when they learn from playing game. I think learners will retain netiquette behavior faster and become more productive. To become productive citizens, we need to be committed to equal digital access (Ribble, n.d. ) and also make better use of the devices.

 

 

 

 

                                  References

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). Adult learning in the information age. Baltimore, MD:

Ribble, M. (n.d.). Nine Elements: Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship. Retrieved from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html. Used by permission of Michael S. Ribble.

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Technologies Related to Digital Citizenship, Ethics, and Netiquette

 URL:  http://www.isafe.org                                   .                                         

I-Safe was founded in 1998. It provides digital citizenship education to children and adults on how to use Information Communication and Technology (ICT) without abusing it. The endless list of misuse and abuse includes hacking into school servers, using e-mail to intimidate or threaten students, illegally downloading music, and plagiarizing information from the Internet, using cellular phones during class time, accessing pornographic Web sites, and playing video games during class (Bailey and Ribble, 2004).

 It allows users to practice netiquette behavior when using the internet. I-Safe ensures that educators implements internet safety policies in their school curriculum. For example, schools districts and schools provide login accounts for all educators, staff and students. This will help to monitor illegal activities such pornography, bulling and so forth. It promotes internet safety. Several illegal websites are also blocked from users.

I think I will Subscribe to I-Safe as an adult educator so that I can get constant training on how to monitor adult learners to make sure they visit safe websites. I will also learn to block illegal and unnecessary websites so that learners can be focused and use emerging technologies solely for theoretical and research purposes.

 

                              URL: http://www.lisle202.org/pages/uploaded_files/ICE%20Internet%20Safety%20Newsletter.pdf 

Ice cube provides professional development which helps educators to control internet abuse among users and learners. The newsletter contains online ethical behavior and policies. It also educates parents on how to play vital role and help to control internet abuse among their children. To help children to abide by the netiquette behavior while using emerging technologies such as computer smart phone, tablet computers and so forth.

Ice cube newsletter is published quarterly by Illinois Computing Educators. The newsletter discusses about internet safety. This will help educators to seriously monitor learners and teach them how to recognize sexual predators and report all illegal activities on the internet.

Ice cube is a powerful tool used to educate all internet users about how to stay safe while using the internet. I will like to subscribe Ice cube as an adult educator it will help me to learn how to educate adult learners to be safe in using the internet and how to block unnecessary websites from adult learners.

 

                                                  Reference

Ribble, M., & Bailey, G. (2003, September 30). Monitoring technology misuse & abuse. Retrieved from http://digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/T.H.E.JournalArticle.pdf

 

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Open and Distance Education Technologies

Webinar

Computer-based learning is actually virtual Universities which are used to promote distance and open Education. They have been used to distribute teaching materials, avoiding mailing costs or the time constraint of broadcasts, though transferring reproduction costs from the teaching institution to the learner (Perraton, 2010). Some learners are engaged in open and distance education by using reliable technologies such as Webinar.

Webinar which is being facilitated by internet technology is also used for seminars and conferences. It has several features such as text messages, voice and video chatting which can engage people at the same time. It could be used for group work which fosters collaboration; it could also be used for lectures and so forth.

In addition, it has slide show presentation, web cam or live streaming video, text chat and so forth. Participants and presenter can also share the white board by writing their comment or response on the white board. I like webinar because communication and interaction is life which makes learners or participant feel like they are in traditional classroom. For more information go to http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/webinar

 

 

Moodle

Moodle is modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment. It is a virtual learning environment which promotes distance and open education. It has several features such as discussion forum, grades, instant messages, wiki, submission of assignment and so forth. It could be used for online learning, corporate training etc. It allows learners and educators to easily access resources and provides school calendar and news to learners.

I like Moodle because it encourages distance learning which allows educators to deliver courses online. It also fosters collaboration through the discussion forum and Moodle instant messaging. Moodle can be used in both traditional and online classroom. It is also used from k-12 grade. Teachers can use it to give home work and assignment to stundents from k-12th grade.

For more information go to https://moodle.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference

Perraton, H. (2010). Teacher education: The role of open and distance learning. Retrieved from http://www.col.org/PublicationDocuments/pub_TeacherEd_Role_ODL.pdf

 

 

 

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Educational Technologies Blog: Jeopardy and Virtual Families

Jeopardy:

This is an interactive and a problem solving game. An educator can create jeopardy games for quizzes and several learning activities or download free jeopardy games for free. All it need is to simply connect it to the television in the classroom and learners can stay in the classroom and fully participate in jeopardy game. It has audio and video clips.

Jeopardy involves multi-players, the teacher is the moderator while the students could be in groups, and each team takes a turn to answer a question. For example, what are the characteristics of living things? There should be so many questions and answers and the moderator will mark two questions that will be used for daily double (DD).

I will like to use jeopardy game in my practice as an adult educator because it actively engages learners. Learners can use it for review, test, quizzes and so forth. Visit www.classroomjeopardy.com for more details.

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Virtual Families

This is a simulation game that displays the daily challenges of life and how to overcome it. For example, players can play home, hospital, marriage, school and so forth. This game explores people’s way of life. It challenges the learner’s intellectual capability which helps players to think critically to be able to solve a problem. Video games already enable people to build civilization, run virtual business, or lead organization of real people (Squire, 2011). As an adult educator, I could use this to teach several learning activities such as essay writing, vocabulary development and so forth.

This game is didactic and continues to play and create more interesting characters to interact with the player even when the computer is turned off. The player could come back and continue to play at any time. For more information you can visit: http://www.virtualfamilies.com/press_reviews/index.html Refer

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Reference

Squire, K. (2011). Video games and learning: Teaching and participatory culture in the digital age. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

 

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Educational Technologies Blog

iPhone 5

21ST century is apparently technology booming age. Several technologies are increasingly on demand and are available to the masses. The quest for consumers to get the latest version of each technology is enormous. That means that people can’t get enough of it. There is increasingly research and development of these technologies to enhance its features.

 The birth of IPhone 5 kept a lot of consumers in a single file for hours waiting patiently to buy the latest version of one of the world’s most highly innovative technology. I like this smart phone and will like to incorporate it in my practice as an adult educator because: it is portable and has Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface features (Siri) that can talk and respond to you.  It can video, take pictures, downloads and plays music, sends and receive email, receive visual voice mail, play games, has GPS and a lot more. It also enables social networking such as Facebook, twitter and so forth. The touch screen features can also help learners with disability to learn and also develop their motor sensory skill. It is an amazing learning tool.

Furthermore, students can use it as a device for flipped classroom. They can learn from wherever they are. They can use it for research purposes and looking up topics and words they do not understand. In fact iPhone 5 is homework helper if properly utilized. It will get learners connected with instructors. In fact iPhone 5 can help people from other parts of the world like my country in Africa that do not have access to computers in their homes. They can only access computers by going to cyber café; hence, with iPhone 5 they could browse the internet wherever they are and get connected with other parts of the world.

The world is enriched with numerous technologies, in fact, in a world where our students will hold between 12 and 14 jobs by the time they reach 38 years old, it is so imperative we develop them a kind of network literacy to guide them in this process (Richardson, 2010).

For more infomation you can visit http://www.apple.com/iphone/

 

Tablet computers

As a tablet of medication brings healing to mankind so does the Tablet computer bring knowledge to learners. It is portable and has amazing features such as taking pictures and video. Educators can also use it in a flipped classroom. It has a multi-purpose function which helps all learners including learners with autism. It has several Apps that help with learning and social networking. It has sound effects and could video too.

In addition, learners can easily interact with other learners by using the streaming video. It also has E-books such as Kindle and Nook which help learners to get school books easily. All of these technologies allow students and teachers to contribute their own ideas and work to the larger body of knowledge that is the web (Richardson, 2012). This technology promotes cleaner environment because it reduces waste of paper.

I think adult educators should incorporate the Tablets computers in their practice. As educators use the Tablet computers we’re doing something that could be meaningful to us (Laureate Education, Inc., 2012c). It helps educators to educate others and also educate

 themselves.Go to http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/ for more details

 

 

 

 References:

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012c). Mobile learning. Baltimore, MD: Author

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

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Social Networking

Academia.edu was launched in 2008. It is used mainly for researchers who register and have an account to be able to share their academic research. They have a kind of connecting web which helps them to follow the latest scientific research. It promotes scientific research and makes scientific information available to all which separate it from other social networking system. It fosters collaboration and brings scientists together from wherever they might be. It could be used to publish science journals and makes science information to be open and easily accessible. The link is www.academia.edu/ 

 Facebook is the most common social networking that is popular around the globe. Facebook is a social networking system that brings people or colleagues together to interact and communicate with each other. You can post classwork, connect with your peers to work on project or homework.  In addition, you can post pictures on Facebook for other students especially in online classes to see how you look like. You can also access Facebook from your smartphone. You can add friends to your profile and talk about your interests and value and also learn something new from friends that live far away from you. Social web says that we have many friends out there just waiting to be found and connected to, and those friends have other friends  who can just as easily connect with us and point  to us new and interesting information or learning ( Anderson, 2010).

Therefore as an adult educator I will like to incorporate the use of social networking like Facebook, twitter, text messaging, blog and so forth in teaching and learning. This will foster more interaction among learners and also promote learning. This new technology forces the 21st century learner to process and apply information in a very different way and at a very different pace from any other time in history (Davis, Edmunds, Kelly-Bateman, 2008). For example, I could post a topic ahead of time and allow learners to collaborate, research and discuss the topic before the actual class. You can learn more at www.facebook.com

 

 

 

                        References

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_science

Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Connectivism

 

 

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Education Technologies Blog

Educational technologies are exciting and useful tools to teach learners of various ages. Using video helps to make a difference and vary the content of a lesson. It is very interesting to provide innovative ways of teaching and learning to avoid boredom.

This week I was able to investigate on one of the latest trend in educational technology called Course Casting. It allows students to download and listen to their lectures from their iPods from wherever they are worldwide that have internet access. Learners do not miss classes; you can use it to record special activities from the school. You can download it free. I like to use this type of technology because I can take it and learn wherever I go. It is convenient and it makes learners not to miss anything. For more details you can use this link   http://coursecast.uwc.edu/gettingstarted.asp

Another educational technology I explored was Cisco WebEx- USC Distance Education network.  In my School district, they used to use this educational technology as a tool for tutoring.  You can use it to communicate with students worldwide.  Learners stay connected with their instructor. It has features such as voice that will allow you speak to your instructor while learning, it has mobile applications. You can also use it to it to share files.

The good thing about this application is that it is an interactive application that fosters collaboration. Educators meet with their learners and also discuss and hear their voice without their presence. I will like to incorporate these technologies in my teaching to make sure that learners catch up without missing anything. It is also used to promote learning and make learning more exciting. The disadvantage is that it is not free. The link to Cisco WebEx- USC Distance Education network  technology is: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10683/Products_Sub_Category_Home

These two technologies can enhance learning, as an adult educator I should be able to use emerging technologies to teach learners and also to post it to my weblog to share knowledge and ideas. Blogs can teach students the new literacies they need to function in an ever-expanding information society (Richardson, 2010).

References

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

 

 

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