Essential Question: What have others learned about my question?
I’ll start out by stating that I definitely feeling swept up into the Ed. Tech river and I’m not really keeping my head above water yet because I’m not used to such a fast current. Wow, that’s a lot of imagery! However, it makes it no less true. I am excited at the prospect of studying how to better integrate technology into education and how to help other educators in this endeavor. However, because it is a relatively new, or at least recently accepted, practice that I am having difficulty finding a wealth of research. Educational technology is certainly a living entity! Don’t you dare blink, because you’ll quickly be “out-of-date”!
My original question, “What are the best methods to monitor and motivate students in distance education,” needed to be changed because I did not have the proper resources to conduct such a project. In short… I don’t have easy access to students. However, the question still intrigues me, and I might still pursue my curiosities when I have the time (ha ha…).
I was given the valuable opportunity to team up with some Ed. Tech peers! I am very excited at the prospect, but definitely feeling the tech intimidation factor. They’ve been swimming in the river longer than I have, and certainly possess a better grasp on where to find relevant information. Or, at least they are very good at making it look like they do, because I’m thoroughly convinced! I have a Master’s as a Reading Specialist. There is a plethora of research on numerous aspects of the teaching of literature because the practice has been around since the dawning of public education. But we are on the cutting edge of technology education. Wow, we could actually be writing the best practices ourselves right now!… That’s,… kind of overwhelming.
In summation, I have come across a few articles that may possibly pertain to my new question: “What are the primary needs of classroom teachers for technology integration based on the tech-specific New Alaska Standards?” However, now I have to wade through the information, glean from the methodology, and discern whether or not they are pertinent. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming…