Monday, October 31, 2011

C&I 489.05 Journal 4

I'm very excited because, as prompted by Dr. Toledo, I have just finished submitting my first poster proposal (or any proposal) to present at a major educational conference - Illinois Computer Educators (I.C.E.) in the spring of 2012.  I am currently feeling the nervous joy of anticipation as I bask in the glory of having actually submitted the proposal, the mild curiosity of wondering if it will be accepted, and wondering about what it will be like to actually follow through and present if, indeed it is accepted.  At any rate, I am very hopeful and eager at these prospects, and hope that they will only continue to become more commonplace throughout my career.

Additionally, one thing which made this possible was that the idea for my proposal came from a course I had with Dr. Toledo two semesters ago.  In that the course was managed on a Wikispaces platform, I still had access to the information there, and was able to go back and retrieve the necessary information to complete my proposal.  This is an added benefit of using Wikis, that they are permanent for students to access even semesters (or years) afterwards.

Thanks, Dr. T!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

C&I 489.05 Journal 3

At this point in Emerging Technologies, one thing that is increasingly relevant is the personal nature with which I am connecting to and implementing these technologies in my own life and teaching.  It may seem like baby steps, but slowly and surely technology is taking hold of how I operate on a daily basis.

I now use Google Chrome exclusively (or almost exclusively) as a result of this class.

I am preparing to submit a poster proposal for ICE - and very nervous and excited about it!

I attempt to open my students' eyes to the realm of technology (emergent and otherwise) that will be present when they enter the teaching ranks.  Admittedly, this is not too challenging of a task.  While not necessarily cognizant of the depth of technology's impact on education at first, the majority of them seem very open and accepting of the idea.  They are used to technology and they like it.

I am continuing to gain from this class, and I am excited about some of the emerging technologies on the horizon, like Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.  Can;t wait!