About EmergingEdTech – Learning About Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies and Sharing the Learning Journey
Welcome to “EmergingEdTech”. Properly implemented and supported instructional technologies and tools can help to make learning more engaging and more productive for students and teachers alike, improving learning outcomes and helping to prepare students for continued education and ultimately productive, successful careers. The nature of these technologies and tools and how they are being incorporate and embraced in teaching is constantly evolving, with new ideas and applications emerging every day. I’ve devoted many hours to learning more about this since I started this site in 2009 and I’ve been sharing this journey with readers like you. Come join the conversation!
Check out the EmergingEdTech introductory video!
Each week, I research relevant topics and write a couple articles (at times accompanied by a video) providing information, insight, and/or opinion about those topics. We also get some great guest posts from educators, administrators, technologists, and other writers. EmergingEdTech publishes a few of these articles each week, along with a “Tweet Wrap” post on Fridays (consolidating most of the Tweets I posted that week about ed tech articles and resources that I think readers might find informative and useful).
There are right ways and wrong ways to approach education/instructional technology. Technology just for the sake of technology is a mistake. As with any successful project, technology implementations in schools and classrooms, no matter how small or large, will benefit from thoughtful planning. Failing to properly learn and plan how technology will be used in an educational setting is a sure way to give “ed tech” a black eye, and sour students, educators, and parents on the prospect. At EmergingEdTech, we try to offer guidance and insights on what works, and on ways to avoid furthering the disconnect that can exist between technology and the classroom.
Come learn and explore with us, and share your insights with others!
I have been in the information technology field for over 20 years, working at a senior management level for more than half of that time. In 2008 I joined The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY, where I hold the role of Chief Information Officer, and teach as an adjunct faculty member. When I joined the college, I started focusing increasing attention on instructional uses of current and emerging Internet technologies, and I started EmergingEdTech to share and expand on that learning journey in 2009. In 2010, I conducted my first online summer workshops, and have since evolved these into more frequent offerings. I also started speaking at conferences and schools, and have been conducting multiple presentations each year since. My first eBook was the 2010 edition of the Free Education Technology Resources eBook that I give away to new blog subscribers. I have been updating this each year and the 2012 version was sent out to more than 5000 email blog post subscribers! I have also written several other eBooks and plan to continue authoring new works in the future.
There is so much that can be done to engage students with these evolving technologies, and educators should strive to be aware of them, and to provide students with insights into them. We really hope to encourage a dialogue here – to hear back from readers who have used these and similar technologies and can share their experiences, perspective, and knowledge.
If you are also interested in the use of Internet technologies and other emerging technologies for use in and out of the classroom, please join us on this journey. Subscribe to this blog, “fan up” at the Facebook Fan Page, subscribe to the YouTube Channel, follow me on Twitter (@emergingedtech), and pass a post to a friend! We also welcome and encourage comments, so please weigh in with your thoughts, and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Thanks!
Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY.
[Disclaimer: This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own, or other writers, and not those of my employer.]
AND NOW FOR A LITTLE SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION (OF A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT NATURE!)
In addition to blogging, another passion of mine is music. I write, sing, play guitar, and record my own original songs (several originals of different styles are available for sampling and sale on Amazon.com and iTunes), and the occasional cover song. I’ve also put together a few videos – some performance videos and some more produced videos. I share these on my YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/minstrel. I hope you’ll stop by and check some of these out.
Here’s a couple original songs and videos (created with a mix of PowerPoint, Photoshop, Camtasia, Vuvox, and a few other apps):