First blog post

Time passes quite quickly and I find myself nearing the end of this course and nearing the end of my studies.  My knowledge of distance education techniques, practices and theories has grown exponentially since I began this educational journey.

Most importantly, I have discovered that I have experienced the most growth in learning when working in collaborative endeavours and that these are essential to successful distance education practices.

Mobile technology, for myself, is a way to expand my educational experience and a method of introducing content to my own students.  Mobile technology allows for that learning experience to take place anytime and anywhere, and whenever it’s convenient.

My students and I use mobile technology daily, in formal and informal settings.  I use online materials to supplement my teaching, mobile technologies when appropriate, and participate in virtual field trips with my class. I would like to be an educator that is welcoming of new technologies and bringing about change in education.

Dr. Aga challenges us with a question. . . what will future classrooms be like?   I believe that mobile technologies will expand into traditional classrooms and that more and more students will be able to access experts, at a distance.  I believe that education will evolve into naturally differentiating for each particular student. Educators will need to have very strong pedagogical backgrounds in order to accomplish this for their students.

Hamilton (2016) raises some very intriguing questions within his article. At this time, do I believe that robots will become our next teachers? I might not see a robot teaching students in the very near future but you never know with the changes that are taking place daily.  However, I wouldn’t mind one to do my marking, once in a while.

Hamilton, M.  Future Classroom will be online, virtual – and taught by robots. June, 2016. Retrieved https://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/future-classroom-will-be-online-virtual-and-taught-by-robots-14-jun-2016

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