Master of Arts in Educational Technology - MAET
Learning, Culture, and Technology in Europe
In the summer of 2012 I took part in the Learning, Culture, and Technology in Europe program through Michigan State University. Yes, it is was fun experience, but being pushed to delve deeper into my inquires while living out of the boundaries of my comfort levels was challenging and rewarding.
One of the main focuses of my study was to gain competency in global skills. The skills that I chose to emphasize were: applying information to new or broader contexts, undertaking tasks that are unfamiliar or risky, and adapting to situations of change. The webpage to the right documented that experience.
Summer 2014, I continued my Master of Arts program through Michigan in Galway, Ireland. There were three major components to this program; Dream IT, GREAT14 Conference, and Understanding Understanding. Each of these components are described below.
The Dream IT project was a way for me to intelligently integrate new technologies to help my own students' understanding within my context. Using the TPACK framework, I came up with a solution to a problem which integrates Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge
Because I have been working in many different contexts as a substitute teacher, I chose a problem of practice that can is common among many upper elementary classrooms. This problem I identified is that students are not citing the sources of their research projects, and when they do, they are not following a uniform style.
The website on the right showcases my thought processes regarding the problem of practice, the transformation I want to see in my students, and the final TPACK solution.
As a group, we planned and implemented a conference for other educational professionals on topics of leadership, technology, and education. The link to the conference website is to the right.
The two sessions that I presented were Ignite: Addressing Challenges in Professional Practice and Engaging Teachers in Professional Learning: Creating Sustainable Change.
Along with presenting at two sessions, I also assisted with coordinating our keynote speakers, the Youth Media Team (YMT). YMT is a group of Irish students who travel the country attending and archiving educational conferences. They give a student voice to our professional development.
Students come to class with different misconceptions. These misconceptions can conflict with what they are taught in school. In a group of four, we chose to look into the misconceptions regarding the differences between fruits and vegetables. In a short video, we documented different peoples' thoughts and understandings regarding this topic. After documenting the responses, we analyzed and synthesized them to try to understand their understanding.