1.0 Prerequisite Preparation-Foundations
Professional studies culminating in the educational computing and technology literacy endorsement prepare candidates to use computers and related technologies in educational settings. All candidates seeking initial certification or endorsements in teacher preparation programs should have opportunities to meet the educational technology foundations standards.
I believe this standard is to prepare educators for the many facets of technology available for the classroom today. Educational technologies is ever evolving and today's educator must be prepared to accept the daily challenges of changing technologies and to seek creative opportunities in it's implementation in today's classrooms.
1.1 Basic Computer/Technology Operations and Concepts
Candidates will use computer systems-run software; to access, generate, and manipulate data; and to publish results. They will also evaluate performance of hardware and software components of computer systems and apply basic troubleshooting strategies as needed.
1.1.1 operate a multimedia computer system with related peripheral devices to successfully install and use a variety of software packages.
Coming from a graphic design education background I am able to evaluate new software/hardware for classroom implementation on a regular basis. My program of study has given me new opportunities to apply these technologies and dig deeper into the operation of complex technology systems (networks and networking) as never before.
1.1.2 use terminology related to computers and technology appropriately in written and oral communications.
It is extremely important for me as a visual technology educator to understand and utilize proper terminology in the classroom. The more my students are exposed to correct terminology as it relates to their field, the better prepared they will be for their future academic and professional pursuits. Most artifacts within this portfolio represent this point.
1.1.3 describe and implement basic troubleshooting techniques for multimedia computer systems with related peripheral devices.
It was always an important aspect of my role as an instructor to prepare students for the troubleshooting they will have to do in the "real-world". However, I feel my knowledge has improved ten-fold by the internship I did with the Technical Support Center. In turn, my students have benefited a great deal.
1.1.4 use imaging devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and/or video cameras with computer systems and software.
Using scanners and various imaging software and computer platforms had always been a big part of my academic and professional development. However, my internship with TSC provided my with the opportunity to utilize digital cameras to capture images for the site that were very effective.
1.1.5 demonstrate knowledge of uses of computers and technology in business, industry, and society.
Having taught at a proprietary institution the last five years I became very aware of the mesh of "business, industry, and society". My program of study has allowed me to focus and identify my skills and resources in respect to these considerations and implement them in classroom.
Artifacts for Standard 1.1
Final Lessons Site
This site is from my first HTML class, Introduction to Web Development. Being a graphic design instructor it is very important for me to understand and successfully utilize HTML. It was a very worthwhile class and inspired to take Intermediate Web Development. Consequently, the HTML classes I have taken in my program of study have helped my academic and professional development a great deal.
This is the Reflection Paper from Introduction to Web Development.
Final Web Site
This is the final project for Intermediate Web Development. It is a web site for my parents' woodcarving shop. I also learned form this how to submit sites to search engines and the importance of site upkeep.
This is the Reflection Paper from Intermediate Web Development.
Internship Learning Plan
This plan outlines my responsibilities as a technical support specialist at the Art Institute of Houston. It was very challenging and I learned a great deal about all facets of technology in this institution.
Art Institute of Houston Technical Support Web Site
This is the TSC's first official web site. It is packed full of information, including the new student handbook for technology usage.
This site is a WebQuest I created for my Advanced Typography course. It was very successful and the students learned a great deal. It was very encouraging to see them interacting together using terminology they had discovered and sharing new knowledge.
My portfolio is by far the best example of objectives set forth in Standard 1.1 to date.
1.2 Personal and Professional Use of Technology
Candidates will apply tools for enhancing their own professional growth and productivity. They will use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems. In addition, they will plan and participate in activities that encourage lifelong learning and will promote equitable, ethical, and legal use of computer/technology resources.
1.2.1 use productivity tools for word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.
I have found that productivity tools are extremely beneficial tools that can enhance any classroom. In themselves they can be as dry a day old toast. However, combined with various other technologies and resources they can not only compliment end results but provide fantastic alternatives for production. For example, before starting this program I did not know had to do charts or graphs or even use Word to set up web pages.
1.2.2 apply productivity tools for creating multimedia presentations.
I have had the opportunity over that last two years to provide faculty development presentations in the utilization of several online platforms and email utilization.
1.2.3 use computer-based technologies including telecommunications to access information and enhance personal and professional productivity.
It was very fulfilling in my academic and professional career to have been a key player in the implementation of faculty and staff email and to have developed the Technical Support Web Site. It truly helped me to realize the extreme importance of effective communication in the workplace.
1.2.4 use computers to support problem solving, data collection, information management, communications, presentations, and decision making.
I have learned from my program of study to consistently require my students to use the computer to research for references, communicate with each other and display work in progress. These resources very often do lead to effective decision making on their part and mine.
1.2.5 demonstrate awareness of resources for adaptive assistive devices for student with special needs.
I often tell my students on the first day when I make the required "students with special needs..." statement, that I have heard it all, so please don't be shy. Although I probably haven't heard it all, I bet it's pretty close. There are numerous resources and methodologies to assist these students and I would like to believe that all of mine have been accommodated.
1.2.6 demonstrate knowledge of equity, ethics, legal, and human issues concerning use of computers and technology.
As technology rapidly advances so do the opportunity for all levels of users to enjoy the benefits. With this large growth also comes many new legal and ethical questions. A little over a year ago I was able to develop Survey of Media and Design, a course that explores these topics. In this course I would invite Internet law experts to guest lecture. This became a habit for all my classes and one that I hope I can continue, as they are extremely beneficial to my students and me.
1.2.7 identify computer and related technology resources for facilitating lifelong learning and emerging roles of the learner and the educator.
I often tell my students that no teacher can shove knowledge in your brain and make you learn, only you can learn. All teachers can do is "show you the way". One of the ways that I have been "showing the way" to my students is by combining varieties of resources as they relate to required student research for learner-centered projects.
1.2.8 observe demonstrations or uses of broadcast instruction, audio/video conferencing, and other distant learning applications.
During my program of study I have used and seen numerous emerging technologies related to distant learning including various educational platforms, streaming audio and video, flash graphics, etc. I must admit that the most impressive platform I have seen lately is the online service "Tapped In"; it's synchronous capabilities for distance education is truly where I believe the future of online education is headed.
Artifacts for Standard 1.2
Final Reflective Paper
This is my reflection paper done in one of my foundation courses shows the value I found in grouping combined with technology usage. Also, I was made aware of numerous resources for the classroom and solid design theories for implementation.
Technology Integration Plan
This is an integration plan I developed for the same course. It demonstrates use of various tools; technologies and resources in generate effective lessons for a diverse population of learners.
Here is a quote, to see the rest of the summary click the link above. "Technology facilitates the constructivist learning environment by allowing the student to actively engage in individual attributes of lessons and synthesis the relationship to each other and the final project. It also assists in the comprehension of goal attainment of the student by providing visual reference of each lesson to each other and how they relate the final project."
Student Technology Utilization Zoomerang Project
This Zoomerang technology survey activity was very beneficial in providing me with information regarding available student technical resource utilization in the classroom.
A needs assessment is vital in the development of any educational technology implementation. This document shows the initial stage of planning for a project done during my program of study as part of a course development project. With it I was able to evaluate the learners and gain valid insight by way of surveys and interviews.
I truly learned the importance of planning, specifically computer based technologies, during my program of study and have seen how the classroom is enhanced it's effective use. By using an implementation plan I was able to sample participants, analyze process and materials, analyze media and survey and analyze assessment tools and procedures.
Evaluation reports are extremely important in gauging the effectiveness of method and application. This evaluation report that I developed for my program of study shows, among other things, that by using the knowledge gained from a classroom activity the students feel they have benefited not only academically, but that they have seen lasting personal value in the lesson.
1.3 Application of Technology in Instruction
Candidates will apply computers and related technologies to support instruction in their grade level and subject areas. They must plan and deliver instructional units that integrate a variety of software, applications, and learning tools. Lessons developed must reflect effective grouping and assessment strategies for diverse populations.
1.3.1 explore, evaluate, and use computer/technology resources including applications, tools, educational software and associated documentation.
I have been very fortunate during my program of study to be exposed to numerous technology resources for the classroom. The implications in the classroom have been nothing short of amazing. It is extremely gratifying in showing students new tools and resources that they not only find academic value in, but that can find personal lasting benefit in.
1.3.2 describe current instructional principles, research, and appropriate assessment practices as related to the use of computers and technology resources in the curriculum.
Different methodologies and resources are extremely important in today's classroom. I have often found that what fits one situation or student does not always fit another. It is very reassuring to be able to effectively research and assess information and applications for classroom enhancement.
1.3.3 design, deliver, and assess student learning activities that integrate computers and other technology for a variety of student grouping strategies and for diverse student populations.
Of the 23 Art Institutes nationwide, the Art Institute of Houston claims the most diverse student population. It has been very challenging and rewarding to have been teaching in that environment. The courses I have created have had some of the best evaluations on campus. I like to think it is because of my willingness to evaluate and accept new methodologies, implement new technologies and identify these with the individual needs of the student.
1.3.4 design student learning activities that foster equitable, ethical, and legal use of technology by students.
I have implemented a lecture on ethical use of technology in each course I teach and often integrate an online fieldtrip to various government offices. I usually am able to get an attorney to come and speak to the class, which is always beneficial to the students and me, as technology (specifically Internet) law is always changing.
1.3.5 practice responsible, ethical and legal use of technology, information, and software resources.
In one of the last classes I developed Survey of Media and Design, I chose "The Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines" by the Graphic Artist's Guild Foundation for the course text. The course's structure entails "ethical, and legal use of technology" in relation to academic and professional expectations.
Artifacts for Standard 1.3
Social Navigation Web Page
This social navigation web page provides students with numerous resources that will allow them to stay up-t-date on current ethical and legal issues related to visual technologies.
This WebQuest allows students to explore different media and design theories as they relate to their course of study. Also, it provides them with an opportunity to work as groups and deliver a unique technology based project.
This implementation plan for a technology based lesson and it's subsequent success demonstrate the ability to structured lesson involving individually learner-centered goals and objectives to a diverse group of learners.