Clayton Christensen coined the term disruptive innovation. Disruptive innovation is when a new idea is formed and someone is crazy enough to try it and stick with it until it takes root and changes our way of life. Some of these ideas have been wonderful and some horrible; some have been modified while others have stood the test of time. The steam engine, the hydrogen bomb, space travel, and clocks. Without disruptive innovation, mankind would not be where we are today.
Times have changed and the way we educate our students needs to change. Zack Simms, co-founder and CEO of Codecademy, states that technology may be the "silver bullet to enhance the material and the way we teach." He also states that, "education needs to catch up with our technology enhanced society." Technology does not need to be the center of education, but rather a tool to help individualize learning for each student's needs, allow students around the world to collaborate, enable students to be educated by experts in real world fields, and help students take ownership of their learning.
My organization has many opportunities to use technology to enhance education. Most classes are limited to 47 minutes. If students were delivered basic content by video outside of the classroom, imagine the time our teachers would have to work with individual students to set goals, fill content gaps, or enrich material to challenge students. The internet could be used to show experts using the learned content in real life. I am not the only person nor the best at delivering my contents material, but I am the person who can develop relationships with my students encouraging, guiding and pushing them to be life long learners.
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Simms, Zack (2014, May) Education Needs to Change As Fast As Technology. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2014/05/23/education-needs-to-change-as-fast-as-technology/#29a235f01ed2
This class was used to organize my website and collect my thoughts using the COVA model. My ePortfolio may change a dozen times before the end of this program, but this is my starting point. I am researching, trying ideas, changing the way I think, and learning. Dr. Harapnuik states that the act of creating an ePortfolio causes students to reflect making their learning deeper. As I have worked, I have grown as an educator. My thoughts are mixed with others as I work through all of this.
What does an eportfolio contain? The University of Waterloo states that an ePorfolio documents a students learning with not only products, but also processes. Dr. Harapnuik explains that the basic needs of an eportfolio are the following: A bio, main interests, projects, categories, archives, links, social media connections, and contact information. Creating and organizing all of these ideas is easier said than done and this is just the basic needs.
My biography: It is difficult for me to talk about myself without feeling vain. Collaboration is very important to being a great educator. I am involve in several Professional Learning Communities which have contributed to my work. "About Me" is a summary of who I feel I am.
Main Interests and Projects: At this point, my main interests are my projects in DLL masters program and helping teachers incorporate technology in their classroom. These two interests are fueling each other.
Archives: My site has not been up long enough for me to archive material, but I am prepared to do so.
Links and Social Media Connections: I have listed my favorite sites, books and people that I follow under "Resources"
Contact information: I have a page which allows users to contact me. I have not included my twitter account because I have not been active on social media and I am just beginning to figure out how to use it.
5303 EPortfolios has been a building class. I have rebuilt my site twice and rearranged my information over a dozen times and more changes will occur in the future. I hope to use this site to make me a life long learner and contributor to the learning community.
ePortfolios Explained: Theory and Practice. Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo Retrieved from: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/teaching-resources/teaching-tips/educational-technologies/all/eportfolios
Harpnuik, D. (2015, Sept). Why Use An Eportfolio? Retrieved April 2, 2019 from http://www.harapnuik.org/?s=reflecting
Harpnuik, D. (n.d). Eportfolio Retrieved April 2, 2019 from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=5973