Contribute to the development, communication, and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital-age education for all students
I worked in an international school as an Ed Tech person for about 3 years. I started the DEL program at SPU from 2018 and in these 2 years, I tried to contribute my understanding and vision on Educational Technology to teachers and students to support teaching and learning in the digital age.
In our school, we pilot BYOD from kindergarten to high school, and technology has been used in classrooms at different levels. An EdTech person’s mission is not only introducing how to use digital tools or platforms comprehensively but also should focus on cultivating a digital mindset to deepen teachers’ understanding of why we use technology in education.
In the BYOD context, teachers need to be supported to transfer pedagogies and weave students’ devices into the whole learning activities to enhance student learning. Teachers also need to be supported to build effective and meaningful connections between learning content and technology to support a digital-age education for all students rather than using technology for its own sake.
In my blog: Empowered Students, I explained how to use blended learning strategy in the BYOD context to change the one-size-fits-all method of teaching and shared a vision that teachers should focus on pedagogy to seek a strong connection between technology and learning content to support students diversity not technology its own. As the EdTech person, I provided training to teachers on frameworks (SAMR, TRACK) to deepen their understanding of technology integration.
The EdTech person in a school has responsibilities to contribute the latest knowledge on educational technology such as SAMR model, TPACK framework to communicate, develop and share the vision with teachers that whenever we integrate technology, we always need to address the reason of integration is to support student learning and foster digital competencies preparing for the digital world. Comprehensive use of technology doesn’t mean use the specific digital tool but means involve technology as a supportive tool into pedagogy to support learning.
I have taught the iPad class in kindergarten for 3 years. I tried to change my pedagogy and choose appropriate digital tools to support digital-age education for my younger students. In this blog: Knowledge Constructor, I explained the three instructional strategies and different tools I used in my class to cultivate students’ digital competencies to pave their path for the digital world.
In the thriving digital world, we have the responsibility to support a digital-age education for all students, including the students of younger age. In my blog post: Computational Thinker, I focused on developing CT concepts for younger students. I compared three different programming tools which can help to make younger students understand the abstraction of logical sequence and build a connection between the digital world and the real world.
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