We were talking about the Development phase of the ADDIE design model. This phase seems to be the most work-intensive piece of the model. Katie and Kelly talked extensively about how this is supposed to be executed and provided examples. I've found that in assignments like this, having a format to follow really makes for a less overwhelming project. I think it's going to take longer than the other parts, but I think I've got a good idea of how I'll do it.
We are assured that this class is the hardest part of the endorsement program. Everyone has been writing lesson plans for their entire careers without really thinking about each step of the process. In some ways, this project is like analyzing the process of chewing food. We all do it, but what decisions are made in the process? So, it's been kind of interesting to delve more into my thinking than I would have done without participating in this course. The text is a little dry, but it's been kind of fun to figure out how the business teaching ideas translate into K-12 teaching. In some ways it's more applicable to me as an ed tech than as a classroom teacher. Teaching adults is what I'm doing, that's what the examples in the book are doing. Also, when teaching teachers it's important to respect their time and only focus on the most relevant pieces that pertain to their own classroom practices. They demand, for good reason, a relavent, well designed course that meets their needs and answers their questions.
I found an interesting infographic courtesy of the Ed Tech Times Twitter feed. It talks about the changing demographics of the American teaching force. I thought it was interesting. I think that as more teachers have experiences with technology throughout their lives, there will probably be less basic-level courses needed and more in depth innovative courses that show how to use technology in deeper ways. I think this will probably be a big factor in Ed Tech course design in coming years.