Thoughts from a reflective educator.
We are having a discussion in one of our classes, ETEC 533 (Technology in the Mathematics and Science classes) where we are all talking about how little support we've received over the years in our use of technology. We've all come from different education programs, but a common thread is that these programs usually have courses about how to use typical technologies, like Word or Powerpoint, etc... but no courses on the integration of technology into education. All of us complained that we have almost no professional development time devoted to the use of technology in our classes.
So I took a look at the course schedule for my Alma Mater, UBC, and I discovered that there isn't a single EDUC course which mentions the use of technology at all in their quick descriptions. I did notice that the standardized time-tables seem to include 2 cohorts which talk about how to teach technology or computer related classes but there seem to be no elective technology courses at UBC.
I thought this is such a shame, because I know that technology is integrated into the teaching practice of so many professors on campus at UBC that the Education faculty should at least provide a survey course in the use of technology in education. I'm sure such a course would be very popular.
Anyway I had some thoughts on how such a course should be run, and I thought that I might as well share them. This is still a work in progress, so I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions anyone has.
The course would run something like:
Use of Technology in Education
This course is intended to be an introduction to how technology is used in classes today. It will help prepare students for the changing future where it is likely that technology will become a part of nearly every classroom. Students will complete this course with a better understanding of how to use and implement technology within their own classrooms.
Unit 1 - Historical use of technology in a classroom (1 week)
Unit 2 - How is technology used at <insert university here>? (1 week)
Unit 3 - Arguments for and against technology use (2 weeks)
Unit 4 - Ways to use technology in your classroom (3 weeks)
Unit 5 - Keeping on top of new technology, habits for life (1 week)
David is a mathematics teacher and a learning specialist for technology at Stratford Hall in Vancouver, BC. He has been teaching since 2002, and has worked in Brooklyn, London, and Bangkok before moving back to Canada. He has his Masters degree in Educational Technology from UBC, and is the co-author of a mathematics textbook. He has been published in ISTE's Leading and Learning, Educational Technology Solutions, The Software Developers Journal, The Bangkok Post and Edutopia. He blogs with the Cooperative Catalyst, and is the Assessment group facilitator for Edutopia. He has also helped organize the first Edcamp in Canada, and TEDxKIDS@BC.