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Webinar: #AstTechUDL #MAETBridge

As education has transformed, the challenge of using technology, especially assistive technologies in conjunction with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts has become more complex. But what does that all mean? UDL has three primary components; there must be multiple means of representation, action and expression and engagement. While uncovering this framework, we wanted to better understand how to use it while ensuring all students’ needs are met. Additionally, we wanted to explore how assistive technology can come along side UDL to enrich learning for all learners in our classrooms.

We hosted a webinar on YouTube Live on Wednesday, August 9 

While having our conversations using Google Hangout and the twitter hashtags, #MAETBridge #AstTechUDL, we learned a lot and had great conversation with our four guests.

  • Marnie Diem – Coordinator of Technological Adventures at Hillel Day School
  • Mike Ryan- Research Associate at Georgia Tech in the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC)
  • Randy Brookins- 4th grade teacher with experiences at Children’s Healthcare of atlanta, and resource at elementary , middle and high school levels
  • Stephen Blosser- Assistive Technology Specialist at MSU
We discussed the framework of UDL and different types of assistive technologies. Low tech versus high tech was something discussed a lot. Our experts mentioned that there are many applications now that students can use to aide in their learning. However, one of our experts mentioned how important it is to teach our students which aide works best for their learning. Allow students to play with different tools, but ensure they realize that the ‘fun’ one might not work best for them. As teachers, we must also get to know our students both academically and personally to ensure they are engaged while learning.

Our last statement from Marnie Diem was that we should not use technology just to use technology, we need to use it with a purpose so it aides in learning.

Participating and hosting a webinar was new to all of us, but it was a great experience and we learned new tools and ways to implement UDL and utilize assistive technologies that best fit our students.

Hosted by Jocelyn Paez, Earl Whittemore and Emily Sherbin (MAET students)

Specifically for CEP 815

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Looking forward and looking back

As my journey as an MAET student is almost complete, I reflect on the concepts, strategies, skills and technologies that have stuck out to me. I also think about the knowledge I have gained and how I can use it in the future in this essay.



Specifically for CEP 815

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Understanding Understanding

Have you ever read the terms and conditions to the social media accounts you have?

Neither do most people. Jocelyn Paez, Earl Whittemore and I wanted to find out if incoming Michigan State freshman knew what they were getting themselves into when they use social media.

We now live in a digital age where everything that we share on the internet is there forever. It is important for future generations to realize how important digital privacy is. But most people don’t understand what they are signing up for when they click the accept button.

While interviewing incoming freshman during their orientation, we found four major misconceptions. The video below emphasizes the four misconceptions, in addition to teaching everyone how to be more cautious of the things you share on the internet.

To find out more about these misconceptions, research on digital privacy and social media and to see how we interviewed the incoming freshman check out our website.

Specifically for CEP 822

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At first, going to a conference with MAET sounded great. I couldn’t wait to sit with peers in my program and learning from other educators about great tools and resources involving STEAM.

DFHDonMXsAAvAU5.jpgThen I come to find out that I’ll be one of those presenters, too. When the project was initially announced, I was apprehensive about presenting in front of teachers who have been teaching for longer than I have and to even figure out a topic. But with the help of my friends and group members, Bridget Bennett [@MsBennett4th] and Mary Ciotta [@MsCiotta], we figured it out.

Infographics. STEAM-Y Infographics. An infographic is a tool we have all used in our classrooms and with our students the past school year. We felt comfortable presenting and sharing this tool with other teachers.

The day of 517STEAMlab arrived and we were excited. We had eight educators in our audience including teachers and administrators. We started with a poll to gauge our attendees and we were happy to see that we had mostly novices and we could really impact their teaching.

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Our presentation went well and we felt successful as we had never had the opportunity to present at a conference. This experience made me realize that I, too, have something to share with the educational world.


Specifically for CEP 800

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Innovation and Technology

Innovation and technology.  

In recent years, these two terms have been more relevant in education than ever before. The world around us is rapidly changing and we have to keep up to live in it. With that being said, education has to change too.

Education is often underrated and seen as not as important; honestly, think about a teacher’s salary. We can’t give up on education and how it is truly the future of our world. So keeping this shift in mind, it is essential as educators to continue making changes and innovate learning and teaching.

imgresInnovation means to make changes to something that already exists by adding to it or introducing new methods, products or ideas. Education has been around forever, but because our world is changing, teachers and administrators have to change and innovate too.

Education has already begun it’s shift. As I embark on my second year of teaching this fall, I have had the opportunity to see it in two ways. The traditional classroom and community learning spaces. Hillel Day School has innovated the way they teach by remodeling the school to fit the needs of its students. We have created community spaces where multiple classes can be going on at once in addition to flexible seating and co-teaching.

However, there is another piece to this puzzle. Technology. According to Koehler and Mishra, “We would argue that almost everything that is artificial—the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the pencils we use to scribble notes, and the computers we use to browse the Web—is technology, whether low tech or high tech” (2009).

technology-662833_960_720Just like education, technology has been around forever. We might not have thought a book is considered a technology, but it is. And now, we are becoming more high tech and it is being pushed into education. But we have to be careful.

“The next wave of education innovation won’t come from dumping technology on the problem. Instead, it will come from deeply engaging with people and empowering them to make learning all their own” (Crichton 2015). This quote is from the article entitled, “Searching for the Next Wave of Education Innovation,” which discusses the importance of finding a balance between new and old education and what is vital for students both young and old to actually learn.

Technology doesn’t replace all of our problems. Giving a student an iPad to use won’t teach him how to do write a literary analysis essay. We have to give kids the right tools to enhance their learning, that’s TPACK.

Crichton says, “At the same time though, we need to be shifting our culture about what the ideal form of education might be. Academic knowledge needs to be complemented with practical learning, a mix that can be customized to each student’s needs” (2015). This is the balance. Unfortunately, this won’t come easy to teachers and administrators. We may fail and that’s okay. As long as we get up and continue to learn from our mistakes we fail forward towards more success. Warren Berger says you should be “giving yourself permission to think big” (2014). By thinking big we can allow ourselves to take risks.

Innovation and technology in education aren’t easy concepts to grasp, but educators must be willing to make changes and feel uncomfortable because this school year and next school year will not be the same.

How will you use innovation and technology in education?  

Berger, W. (2014). A more beautiful question: The power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Crichton, D. (2015). Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation. Retrieved July 25, 2016, from https://techcrunch.com/2015/06/27/education-next-wave/

Koehler, M.J., & Mishra, P. (2009). Too cool for school? No way! Learning and leading with technology. Link to article: “Too Cool for School” EJ839143  

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