Catrina Tutor: EDTECH Learning Log



“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao-Tzu

Welcome to my Educational Technology Learning Log! I’m glad you’re interested in following this journey with me and to be a part of this learning process. There will be many amazing things to share and learn about over the course of this Master’s Program and I’m excited to share my adventures with you.

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This is my Ed Tech 513 Class Page! I’m excited for the new semester and all I will be learning about in this class. I think looking at Multi-Media in the perspective of Educational Technology gives new insight into education.

Ed Tech 541 PowerPoint Presentation – Business Communication Attire

This is a link to my Business Communication Power Point Presentation on Attire. I was unable to embed the power point due to its large file capacity. This presentation is about Attire in the professional business world. There are videos and pics to help you understand the importance of attire in a professional manner.

edtech541 attire presentation

Ed Tech 503 – Instructional Design Ad Project Summary and Ads Viewed

The role of teachers and instructional designers differ in many ways when looking at the particular job description. Instructional designers create curriculum, as teachers do, but it goes much deeper than that. An instructional designer researches and analyzes the audience being taught, which can vary depending on environment, utilizes technology and tools to create a proper learning platform, problem solves, investigates the learners intake of information, evaluates the lesson and how well the learners picked up on the information. Many instructional designers teach their own curriculum, which allows for the opportunity of analyzation of the material and the learning environment. Instructional Designers work in many roles and environments that it takes critical thinking skills, problem solving, researching, writing, analyzing, evaluation, and continued improvement to fabricate a proper curriculum for each group of learners.

Teacher’s and designer’s jobs overlap because teachers have a guideline of subject matter that is expected to be taught within a school year. They write the lesson plans to teach that material and to work hard to make it creative, fun, and interesting to hold the attention of the students. This is where the job overlaps with instructional designers because teachers are writing curriculum to create a strong learning environment and properly enhance their student’s learning. The goal of a teacher and instructional designer is to write a curriculum that enhances the learning process and captures the interests of the students. Teachers have a guideline to follow on a particular subject matter and has the tools to be able to evaluate their job performance. In many ways these two job titles overlap, but the differing jobs hit a path where the job descriptions go in different directions.

I’m not a teacher or a designer at this point, but I can clearly see the relationship between these two careers. Both careers set out for a similar goal in mind. This goal is to create utilizing tools and technology to put together a curriculum or lesson plan that allows a student to think, imagine, and learn the material being taught. I’ve had years of teaching experience with preschoolers and I set out to research the different curriculums that were effective for this age group of children. I couldn’t find an exact curriculum that I thought to be particularly effective, so I chose to take the two best ones and intermix them together for the ultimate development for preschool age children. I essentially, wrote my own curriculum and it was successful to the learning experience of all my toddlers. I did this before I knew anything about instructional design jobs; I enjoyed creating, researching, writing, and teaching it’s just what I did naturally. I look back on it today, and see that as a teacher, you create and design to meet the learning needs of your students and as a instructional designer you create, design, analyze, research, evaluate, problem solve, and train to construct a strong learning experience.

Ads I viewed:

This job description was with HP and looking for an in-house instructional designer to implement design and curriculum for trainings. This particular job looks for an experienced designer who is a self starter in the career.

This job description is at St Als Hospital and is looking for an individual to design and implement trainings. This job description goes beyond the basic job of a designer where the individual will conduct their audits and deal with patient accounting.

This job description is at Boise State University and is a more entry level position. This position works in a team setting working on design projects and helps with the efforts of online teaching.

Ed Tech 503 – Instructional Design Job Ad

About Our Business:

Idaho Pizza Company is built on a foundation of excellence as a strong franchise chain that includes 15 stores around Idaho. We pride ourselves on a consistent flavor with fresh products that support our local farmers. Our mission is to create a family environment with strong employees that enjoy coming to work each day. This company was built on the basis of growth in Idaho, continues to grow and create strong individual platforms to work toward the common goal that Idaho Pizza Company was founded on.

Brief Job Description: 

Idaho Pizza Company is looking for an in-house Instructional Designer. This position requires research to better understand our business and how we operate. The mission statement we like to umbrella our business under and the professionalism we expect our management team to follow where they are role models to the employees that work under them. The position requires research, creation, implementation and training of the management team to uphold a high standard of professionalism within the workplace. As the Instructional Designer, we expect you to have a full understanding of the business and to create curriculum to teach the management team different aspects of their professional roles in the workplace from communication skills, attire, meetings, supervising consistency of product, teamwork, and much more. We expect the trainings to be written and conducted in person, as well as online. This is a part time position with travel within Idaho. The position could turn into fulltime as it can advance into employee trainings as well.

Our ideal candidate will have a background in communication and carry at least a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college in some kind of technology-based knowledge. The candidate will embody strong writing and research skills and the required list of skills below.

Skills Required:

  • At least 1 year of experience as a trainer.
  • Conceptually understand how people learn.
  • Have full knowledge of E-Learning tools.
  • Utilize tools and be creative with instruction.
  • Be a good problem solver.
  • Excellent grammar and writing skills.
  • Great public speaking skills.
  • Strong research skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Understanding and utilizing media
  • Computer knowledge: Office, HTML, Social Media, Google, and Design Software.
  • Basic understanding of simulation games for learning.
  • Fantastic people skills and motivational skills

Skills desired, but not required:

  • At least 1 year of experience as a curriculum writer
  • Master’s Degree in Technology from an accredited college
  • Strong portfolio
  • At least 2 years experience in the profession of Instructional Design
  • Website building experience

Ed Tech 501 Course Reflection

Ed Tech 501 is one of my first classes on my journey into the Master’s Program for Educational Technology and I had no idea what to expect. I’m pleasantly surprised with the amount I have learned over the past few weeks and this is just the beginning.

My greatest challenge in beginning this program is that I’m not currently a teacher and don’t have the educational platform of working in a classroom under my belt; to have the ability to apply what I’m learning in an educational environment. As I began this course a few weeks ago, I felt as the underdog in a virtual experience captivated by all the information from my fellow peers about their experiences as teachers. I’ve always been known to do things backwards, leaving me as the unusual one, but I enjoy rising above and achieving my goals. As I moved forward with my summer classes, I embraced myself as the underdog and began reading the work of my peers. I feel confident in my knowledge and education to be a successful student in this program and learning about the classroom experience from my fellow peers and my friends who work in the school setting. My other class I took this summer was a blogging class, Ed tech 537 and I was able to pull so much information about education off the microblogging sessions we had throughout class. This allowed me to apply what I had learned to my struggles with this class not having the teaching experience to fall back on and gain clear insight into all the work I put into this class.

I have two artifacts that I’m particularly fond of from this class that I’m excited to keep in my portfolio. One is my code of professional ethics in technology, which was my idea of “tech time” in a school day. I really put thought into this project and how it can be implemented. Recently, I have been reading blogs and articles on the lack of value to giving students homework and how the digital classroom looks homework free. I have to completely agree with much of the research stated on this topic and would like to see Idaho, where I reside move to this model of education. With this in mind, it moved me to go back and read my piece on tech time and reflect on how it would be useful to gain this time in a day for students and allow them to go home and be kids after they put in 7 hours of school work each day. I added a link below on a great article about having a homework free classroom below for anyone to review. This article was one of many that I read, but was most memorable and educational.

Alice Keeler – Homework

The other artifact I’m proud of is my creative image I made to introduce my thoughts on what Educational Technology means to me. I took the time to think about an image that represents the structure of Educational Technology and how the elements are formed and put together. I was happy with the outcome and the abstract presentation I came up with. The two artifacts gave me the ability to research and gain a stronger insight on the world of education and how it is changing today.

I feel like I’m walking away from this course with so much knowledge and new tools to continue through this program with. Since I’m not a teacher and can’t take this information right now back to a classroom, I’ve been sharing the information with my son who is in 8th grade to help him utilize some of the tools to be successful in school. My son enjoys reading blogs and watching youtube and I was able to set him up with a Feedly account to keep all his things he reads in one spot. I feel it encourages reading and research skills, which has kept his brain active over the summer. I’m also looking for internship opportunities to gain knowledge into the world of educational technologist where I can take what I’m learning in the classroom and see it in the work world.

I’m excited to continue in this program and this class has given me the opportunity to move forward with my career goals in Educational Technology.

EdTech Graphic

Educational Technology is a supplemental part of education. It diversifies the learning environment and enhances the overall approach to learning in the classroom. My representation of this definition is to show that school is a system of parts that all work together to create a platform for children to learn on. I utilized the symbol of a tree to give a visual of how Educational Technology is defined. A tree has several parts and each part to a tree is essential to the trees growth and duty within our environment. Educational Technology functions in the same way and each functional part needs the other for proper growth and overall success.

I really enjoyed this project because it helped me to break down the definition and to really gain an understanding of what Educational Technology means and how it is an essential part to today’s education. It allowed me the opportunity to view what education would look like without the component of a digital classroom. This encourages me to continue educating myself within the field of educational technology where we can work to fully enhance the learning of our students and create a diverse learning environment to reach out to all styles of learning.

edtech 501 graphic

Alternative Assignment — School Evaluation Summary

I really enjoyed this assignment and tried to get creative with the topic I chose. I’m not a school teacher, but I’m passionate about the field of education and intrigued by the development of the classroom over the past several centuries. In my slideshow, I created a view of the classroom setting when universal education first began to where we are now and I even added a little glance into the future of where many would like to see education go. I researched the 21st century classroom and looked at websites such as Psychology Today and Education Evolving, to gain perspective about what kind of changes have occurred and are those changes positive to our students. I’ve concluded that education is moving with the new technology of our world today. In the beginning, before universal education took place children were able to freely explore and play as their means for education. As time moved by, kids began working in the fields and factories where play became less and work became the means of education. The idea of educating kids in a classroom came about because the idea was that if we educated our children they would be more productive workers. Children going to school became their daily job and school was a teacher lecture based curriculum. Again, there wasn’t much time for play and if a student acted out there was serious consequences for those behaviors.

Through my research I see education moving back to focus on students and their needs to “play.” This is a positive advancement within our educational system because students need to explore and experience to be able to learn and retain. Adding technology into the classroom is giving students the opportunity to “play” and learn in a different way that is more innovative and productive to today’s student. It’s not just about advancing the classroom because we have the technology available; its about the student and having the ability to diversify the learning environment. We can center education around each students needs, which can give a successful education experience to all students. Educational Technology is a positive and novel idea to incorporate into our educational system to advance learning, create diversity, allow peer collaboration, and to allow children to “play” again.

Slideshow 21st Century Classroom


Tech Trends – Blended Learning

In my presentation, I was showing the positive effects of blended learning. It’s important to understand that our world has gone digital and this technology our children are using everyday. As educators we have the opportunity to advance the creativity of our students and create the ability to teach to all learning styles within one classroom. The blended learning model allows us to do just that.

In my opinion, if we took technology and flooded our classrooms, it would over power the asset of having a teacher who gives the classroom setting the face to face reassurance children need to gain confidence within their education. I think blended learning gives children the best of both worlds and the concept is proving to be successful.

Tech Trends: Blended Learning

Annotated Bibliography

I have previously completed an annotated bibliography, but it wasn’t as detailed and I learned much more from the detailed information of the APA format. I have struggled with APA formatting since the beginning of my college career. I came back to college and when I left high school back in the 90’s APA, MLA it didn’t exist or at least it wasn’t taught!! Therefore after coming back to a university setting and completing my first paper, you can imagine my surprise to be told I didn’t use APA format. I was like, “what is that?”  I can say I have improved on my formatting skills, but there are times I just can’t wrap my head around the little things that just don’t make sense to me.

I found great information on my subject of blogging in the classroom and I’m definitely convinced that it is an asset to utilize in any subject classroom. If nothing else it helps the students be engaged and enthusiastic about learning!

Below is the link to my annotated bibliography!

Annotated Bibliography

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