Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Week 2 -- Part 2

In the second part of this week’s assignment, we were asked to reflect on the Massachusetts (TSAT) we completed in the previous week and answer the following question:

What are three specific skill challenges that you can accomplish this semester?

The following is how I responded:

Discuss current best practices on teaching and learning with technology in order to plan rich learning environments and experiences.
I feel that the readings this week have already helped in progression towards this goal. Having a firm understanding of the various learning theories should hopefully lead to effective use of instructional design and technology.

Distinguish between effective and ineffective design and presentation in electronic format (e.g., websites, multimedia, charts).
Again, the readings this week have already given me some insight into this. Namely, the discussion revolving around the principles of Perception and Attention (Cognitivism) shed some invaluable light on this.

Design and deliver effective staff development in technology and its integration into the curriculum.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but again, the readings this week come up big again here. Not only does knowledge of the key learning theories help to design and deliver effective lessons/training, it also provides one with the necessary supporting proof and evidence to convince others (i.e., fellow staff ) to take part in the evolution of educational systems.

* A couple other skills I also hope to address, but don’t know how much progress I will make with are the following:
Design and develop lessons and activities that integrate technology in a variety of instructional settings for all students.
Use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.

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