It is the second week of the semester, I finally have the chance to enter this class. The class today was conducted by Dr. Fariza. Dr. Fariza was a former lecturer of mine from a previous course; Computer in Education. It was nice to know that she is going to be with us throughout this course once more. For today’s lecture, she explained; step by steps on how to write a proper reflection. As our carry mark for just reflection is about 40%; writing the right reflection is a serious matter. In terms of a writing platform, I choose Weebly as I find it an easier platform to work with; and because I wanted to reuse back my old domain site.
Reflect. And be critical.
Our assumption and thoughts about the lecture or just about anything should be inserted in the reflections for the next 12 weeks to come. Not to mention how creative we have to be in putting pages for our site to make it interesting. For me, this is a good way to help us to explore whichever writing platform that was chosen so we are able to ace and use it in the future especially as an aid for teaching. Using website such as Blogspot, Wordpress and even Weebly is a good aid for teaching for as a teacher, using this platform enable them to insert the materials needed or putting on information regarding their major subject for the students to look it up online to get them and hence this will enable them to experience, using technology in the classroom.
Moving on, Dr. Fariza continued her lecture on the course itself. What exactly is Educational Technology? Technology is usually known as a tool or devices that usually has a connection with computer, gadgets, software or an app. However, technology is more than that. In terms of putting education and technology together, basically is telling us that technology can also be an aid for teaching and learning in school. From my opinion, our era is progressing rapidly although not as advanced as many other developed countries, however the younger generation now is so exposed and attached to technology that without it, everything is just plain boring to them. Traditional methods of teaching would not intrigue the students in this particular era for they are too exposed with flashy graphics, animations and sounds. With technology inserted as an aid to education, this could help solve the problem.
Dr. Fariza then continued with her lecture on instructional design. I was not really clear about it, I probably need to look up the lecture slides again after this. Next in line was on instructional technology. There are basically five main domains; design, develop, utilize manage and evaluate. Basically, instructional technology explained how important it is to improve learning into a better and effective way. Following those steps given and applying instructional design within the process, hence learning will be effective towards the students.
Oh, and we are assigned to make a video; can’t wait till our next class to get a further explanation about it.
All in all, technology is the best. Forever will it be :)