Both administrators and educators work diligently together to share and understand educational technology initiatives that are needed in today’s classroom. Although sometimes administrators just simply look at the bottom line costs to a budget, the educators are the ones who bring the infrastructure to the administrators to explain the necessity that is required in their classroom.
Information technology is vital in educational conversations today. The professionals are important in educational technology as they can assist in budgeting issues to ensure that all educators have the essential tools required for their classroom. Also, another important aspect for educational technology initiatives is the IT personnel who basically can provideunderstanding of all software systems such as capacity and security to educators and administrators.
Implementing new technology can be challenging at times; however, Communication is key between administrators and educators. Valuing everyone’s expertise and opinion would provide a better foundation towards excellent educational technology in the classroom.
Google Apps is the most commonly used software application in classrooms today. Google Apps is literally changing the classroom dynamic. From flash cards, book clubs, writing papers, sharing articles, class notes, to brainstorming charts and the like, Google Apps is a great asset to enhance learning in classrooms from preschool through high school education and beyond.
Specifically, Google Draw is one of the most fun and engaging applications for students to enjoy using their artistic skills while actually learning. At the same time, educators can use Google Draw to design posters for their classrooms. Google Draw contains some important attributes for educators to know about this service as better leverage for educational purposes. Using Google Draw, an educator can easily create, share and edit drawings online. On the student side, Google Draw is used in many Visual Arts classrooms as their primary tool. As an example, I have included a YouTube video of Mr. Owen McDermott, an educator of Visual Arts, demonstrating the students utilizing Google Draw for their project in his classroom. Mr. McDermott stated that the students were extremely interested in participating utilizing this particular Google App. Their assignment was to create a poster/visual art displaying the character traits of “Honesty”. The finished posters by the students were outstanding and amazing as you will see from the video. I think you will find the video interesting and uplifting:
I have also included a lesson plan from a Teacher’s Guide (Kindergarten – Grade 2), actually showing how they use Google Draw to help create the lesson plan for their classroom.
In this specific lesson plan, you will notice that the Educator included 2 unique lesson plans that integrate Doodle 4 Google into the classroom as well as information about an upcoming art contest and submission process to share with parents. Google Draw’s possibilities are endless and have enhanced learning abilities in the classroom tremendously.
Google Apps is a centralized platform of creation and collaboration which makes group projects and feedback from Educators a lot more simpler. The application can also help with parent-teacher communication, making it easier for parents to be kept informed on their child’s progress in school. This tool is common to the digital learning ecology, but not necessarily common to all individuals. My suspicion is, that Google Apps will become the forefront of education electronic learning for decades to come.
Even though advanced technology is part of the every day business cycle, more employees are taken advantage or so called breaks from their job responsibilities to check their social media forums (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.). In an article, “How using social media can get you fired“, published by Stacy Rapacon, special correspondent to CNBC.com, the article stated that “28 percent of employers have reported that they have fired people for using the Internet for non-work related activity (such as shopping online or checking out Facebook, for example) during the workday and 18 percent have dismissed employees because of something they posted on social media according to CareerBuilder.”
Most businesses provide clear policies and guidelines to their employees regarding the use of social media on the job. However, with that being said, a majority of corporations might review social media accounts of a potential employee as part of the required background check prior to hiring them. Also, if you are employed to work in business and/or major corporation and post a message, photo, opinion, etc. on your personal social media forum that would be considered adversarial, disrespectful or controversial to the corporation’s reputation, this can be grounds for probation, dismissal and/or termination.
On a positive note, about 78 percent of the Millennial population said that using the technology they like actually makes them more productive at work. The key is to remember that when you are hired to perform certain “job responsibilities”, this is your first priority. You can certainly check your Facebook or Twitter account during a lunch break.
I hope this information will make you aware of the habits that should be avoided in order to maintain consistent employment.