Monday, November 25, 2013

Digital Divide/Digital Inequality



I may have approached this assignment in a different way, but I feel that the digital divide that my institution faces are created by themselves. The institution made a move to bridge that digital divide gap by providing iPad's in the cost of tuition. Initially, this seemed like a good idea but then they found that they spent more time troubleshooting the big issues than they did using the iPad in the classroom.

I saw that the first issue was that they did not install enough WiFi access points to cover all of the classrooms. What was happening was students were trying to load their e-text for class or engage in classroom web activities and there was sporadic connection. At one point, some classes were moving into the hallways (huddled under the access points) to complete simple classroom tasks.

The next issue, was that the internet became overwhelmed by usage and this was because the connection had to be routed from Boise to Pittsburg, PA and back. This not only slowed down the ability for the students to perform tasks but hindered the instructor's ability to show video's, access local powerpoint presentations and access local images that they use on a daily basis.

Finally, instructor's found themselves unable to help guide students through simple troubleshooting issues, like connecting to the internet or loading their e-text. These issues take away from valuable classroom learning and could all be avoided by implementation planning.

Even though each student had access to the device itself, the divide was that some of the students didn't really HAVE access. I see this as an institutional digital divide...one that could totally be prevented.




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Monday, November 18, 2013

Technology Use Planning Overview

Technology Use Planning
Technology use planning is the process by which an educational entity plans for what the needs will be for a school or a district and then what technology will be available for use. It is, however, not limited just hardware. It serves as a way to decide what type and how technology should be used and when would be the optimal time to implement.
How might the new National Educational Technology Plan 2010 be an effective and powerful resource for technology use planning?
I see the new National Educational Technology Plan 2010 being a great guideline to improving the educational plan that will be delivered to an ever-changing learner. That being said, I feel that this plan definitely has its good points but it also has some areas that can be improved upon. The NETP 2010 is good, in that it gives a very specific, measurable goal. Is this goal achievable? We’ll see. If I could choose to focus on one of the two goals, I would focus more on making sure that graduates are prepared for the higher education environment.
Short Term vs. Long Term?
I tend to agree with Mr. See about this topic. That being said, I think that there are also instances that call for more long-term planning. If you are looking at hardware, say computers, I say that a district (or institution) should be careful about locking into hardware that could be outdated in the next year. Many big brands offer schools a great lease program, which would need to be worked into the annual budget planning.
When an entity plans for certain processes, for example, electronic records or web-based learning tools, long term planning is sometimes the better option, especially when training faculty is involved.
What do you think about his comment that "effective technology plans focus on applications, not technology?" Do you agree/disagree?
I whole-heartedly agree. How do you know which way to walk, if you don’t know what your destination is? Often times in education, leaders are so focused on numbers or fads that they end up spending more on accessories and training just to make the original device usable for students. Planning committees should focus more on what the desired outcome is and then decide what tools they need to accomplish those goals.
What experiences have you had with technology use planning and what have you seen for outcomes (both good and bad?)

The institution that I work for decided to make the leap to iPad’s for all students and switch to all e-text, instead of offering physical textbooks in the “bookstore”. This, of course, came quickly, with no training for the faculty and without having all of the text completely converted to e-text. The college spent more on additional training and to increase the time that it took the publishers to create an e-text version.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tech Trends

Please click here to view my Tech Trends Assignment.

With so many advances in technology and healthcare, it only seems fitting that we utilize that technology in healthcare education. I see 3D printing as one of the big advancements in medicine. I have read articles about constructing stents and cartilage out of living tissue and implanting them in the body. That just seems crazy to me, but if it's happening, then I have an obligation to inform my surgical technology students about these advancements.

I enjoyed doing the research for this assignment, but had a great deal of trouble finding peer reviewed articles because the technology is so new.