Welcome to another awesome semester of EDUC 422. . .Technology Tools for Education. By the end of this course you will learn a lot about how to integrate technology into your classroom, as well as a few tricks and tips for how to ramp-up your so-called digital life ;-)
I will use this blog to keep everyone updated on the weekly requirements for the course, as well as model for you how to create a blog for your future classroom! I need you to read each entry carefully, as I will be giving away $50 a week to the person who finds the hidden gnome in this very post. . .Okay, not really, but I need everyone to read each entry ;-)
First order of business: If you do not have a Gmail Address/Account, you need to get one! (and no, your CSUSM email does not count). Don't worry, I have worked it out with Google to give you free email accounts!
You will be asked to join and/or participate in a number of web-based tools, software, etc. . .I recommend that you find a user name that identifies you, is appropriate for school/parents, and one that you can remember. . .
While this course has no required text, you will be required to subscribe to ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education (see link on this blog), as well as purchase a subscription to TaskStream, an online portfolio generator.
For TaskStream (also linked on this blog): You will need to self-enroll in the Local TPE.
Here are the code you will need:
Local TPE: 6SG3BA
I will also ask you weekly questions on this blog that you will need to answer. Some are related to education and most are related you your lives. . .It allows me to build community while ensuring that you are reading the weekly posts!
This Week's Question: What is your current favorite piece of technology and why? (currently, I think I would have to say my iPad. . .although my quest to beat Angry Birds is almost becoming an obsession)