For my last blog post, I was asked to talk about my takeaways from EDM 510, Microcomputing Systems in Education. Well, as a higher education administration graduate student, I can see how this class benefits me for presentations, lectures and also presentation materials. But I really feel that the course is geared towards educators, which I am not so some of the content did not apply to me. Hats off to teachers because that is one of the hardest jobs in the world! Although I have no intention to teach, there are many tools I learned so that if I am ever put in that position, I can fall back on them.
However, I did benefit from learning more about google drive and google tools. I did enjoy using the applications such as Canva to make visuals and graphics and I do think those will benefit me in meetings. I’m a very visual person so I can see how having those on hand might make me a more confidant presenter. I also liked the WordWall quizzes and activities to assess groups so that when I give a talk, I won’t be giving the same boring paper survey. Some of the assessment applications mentioned in this course will be great for engaging my audiences and can be accessed from their smart phones so that is an added plus for versatility.
I can honestly say that I never would have tried most of these programs or applications without this course. I got experience with audacity, a recording application, to make a podcast, which is completely out of my comfort zone. And when making my digital story, it took me hours to film 48 seconds of video because I was so nervous. The podcast was my favorite assignment because I felt free to just talk and I realized how easy it was to edit with audacity so a lot of the pressure was off. I also enjoyed making the EdPuzzle. I love uplifting and motivating TedTalks so this gave me a perfect example of something I could use in presentations.
Most of the technologies I used in this class were very user friendly and allowed me to teach myself without much hassle. For someone who literally cringes at the mention of an update, my low-tech self navigated these new lessons easily.
So here are my biggest 3 takeaways from this course
- Technology is your friend. It’s not going away anytime soon so you might as well embrace it. Your students and colleagues are using it and you will be left behind if you don’t get on the technology train. Personally, I think it is sad when our students can utilize technology better than the educators. Age is no excuse not to keep up with technology anymore. As evidenced during COVID, higher education is moving towards paperless forms of education and can function without it, perhaps even more effectively. Online programs are flourishing and soon, in person classes could be non-existent. It’s sad but true. To gain and keep employment in higher education, we must continue to learn and grow.
- Technology is more user friendly than ever. Don’t know how to use it? It’s ok. YouTube is your friend. Play around with the technology. Push buttons. Hit the help button. Google questions. Thanks to the internet, answers to your questions are just a click away. Can we just mention how awesome the world wide web is? As long as you use it safely and responsibly of course.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. Try new applications and websites. You never know what connections and knowledge you will gain.
I do want to mention that I took this course in what I call COVID 2.0, in 2021. This is our first semester fully back on campus since the shutdown in March of 2020. So, if there is ever a time when I am open and ready to embrace technology, it is now. After working remotely for the last year, I have recognized the need for an increase in my skill base when it comes to tech. I encourage anyone going into any form of education field to look into ways of incorporating technology into your career. You will thank yourself later.
Will I continue to blog? Probably not, but hey, you never know.