Learning over the weeks was not confined to LEARN. We have explored Blogs extending to SP4Ed mOOC. Over the last week, the changing theories of change and organization with the eLPF was very interesting.
The best reading that really engaged me was Davis, Eickelmann& Zaka (2013). This reading talks the reality of integrating technology in education system. It is far away from the abstract imagination and assumptions. Reading this, puts one in the real world of coping with change in technology in education.
The slides (http://www.slideshare.net/colinharrison83/earli-2013-harrison-tomas-and-crook) illustrates the disparities between schools that adopt technology and their own beliefs on technology in classrooms. It was interesting to note the various opinions of schools leaders on technology in classrooms.
Another interesting part was critical review of ePLF and evaluation of the school. This activity was quite engaging to me as being a part of the school which very closely incorporates e-learning.
ON whole, EDEM630 has taken me out of the LEARN site to use various ways of interacting with
students and also on a global scale. Apart from interaction, the study of change in various arenas has moved me out of the classroom (personal) perspective to the ecological perspective to understand what changes happen/needs to happen and how it happens before teachers and students enjoy technology aided education in the classroom. The interacting factors and their effects on the change is much known now and understood than before.
Scenario planning was another part of EDEM630. Frankly speaking, I did not understand anything about it. I ended up making massive error in my scenario planning. However, after Speakinng to Wayne about this, something came up!!!! At least the second attempt had some positives in it. Firstly, as I looked at the quadrants, I only thought in mathematical terms about increasing and decreasing quadrants and my thoughts were fixed on it.
The last part of the course was theories of change which has already been discussed at the beginning.
However, the big question that lies for me is the: How can the community be involved in the whole process of implementing technology in education and how are the parents going to cope with the digital changes in the technology in their kids education?
I would really like to be a part of a team in implementing a new technology in my field of work and I think this what I still have to learn.