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Based on your philosophy of distance education, share where you believe you are on the “static-dynamic continuum.” Postulate on how you can begin to move toward the dynamic end of the “static-dynamic continuum” as a result of what you have learned in this course thus far.
According to the information presented by both Anderson (2008) and Durrington, Berryhill & Swafford, (2006) I would say that I am in a “Work in Progress” phase in terms of my proficiency with shifting from using static technologies to dynamic technologies. For example, under the category of static technologies, specifically communication and content, I sparingly use Facebook, but never use Twitter. I just have a problem with constant updates………who really cares. Maybe with time I can delve and discover what so many people consider a viable resource for communicating. In terms of using Podcasts I have never created one before my other course I am taking this quarter, “Evolution of technology.” They can certainly serve as a great tool to access current content in the field of educational technology. What usually works for me is teaching my students how to integrate a technology and then it becomes part of my pedagogy and personal life. On the other hand, I have a ways to go with fully using Google Docs, video-conferencing and teleconferencing as well as http://www.voicethread.com. These seem like viable and fun tools to use……..One just needs time to play with all of them to see the value and endless possibilities. I have a Dropbox account and want to share this with the 4th grade team at my school so we can stop printing worksheets to share and just refer to the Dropbox so colleagues can pick and choose the ones that are most useful for their students. To fully make the shift integration of technology has to be embedded into everyday practices at the workplace, I hate to say it from the top down of most teachers do not want to learn, esp. at my school. This had led me to the conclusion that I need new friends/colleagues and I will use Walden’s Ph.D Ed. Tech Student Network to locate new friends that are indeed interested in the integration of educational technologies.
Anderson, T. (Ed.). (2008). The theory and practice of online learning (2nd ed.). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.
Durrington, V. A., Berryhill, A., & Swafford, J. (2006). Strategies for enhancing student interactivity in an online environment. College Teaching, 54(1), 190−193.