501 Introduction Video

This is my first reflection post for EDTECH 501 the introductory course for the Master’s of Educational Technology program at Boise State University. I recorded and re-recorded my video about 6 times because I just feel silly looking at myself on camera.  I blink way too much and I know I say um a lot. … Continue reading

Boise State MET Program

Hi there 🙂  I’m Shannon Johnson and I’m from Mercersburg, PA.  I am married to my best friend, Carl and we have 4 children.  Dakota (14), Carlee (9), Kyle (4), and Ryan (1). You will see some posts below this introduction from another class.  I had the opportunity to take 2 graduate level educational technology … Continue reading

A Day Well Spent

As a World Campus student I spent much of my time as an anonymous name behind a keyboard.  For six years I worked and studied hard to earn my undergraduate degree.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to finally come out from behind the keyboard to cross the stage with my fellow classmates.  It was a … Continue reading

Teaching Revisited

I really enjoyed the article Teaching in Social and Technological Networks.  Siemens discusses modelling as a teaching practice.  “To teach is to model and to demonstrate.  To learn is to practice and reflect.”  I really liked that.  I think that we have done a lot of that this semester in the form of our blogs.  … Continue reading

Learning revisited

A Seismic Shift in Epistemology “Many faculty force students to turn off electronic devices in classrooms” (Dede, 2008)  I think this is because, as the article discusses, so many teachers and administrators are still teaching and making policies based on the classic approach.  They believe that they must instruct the same way that teachers have … Continue reading

Steinkuehler’s views on interest-driven learning

“Games scholar Constance Steinkuehler has joined the White House as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Steinkuehler is charged with helping the administration design games to “improve health, education, civic engagement and the environment, among other areas,” according to USA Today.” Link to article in it’s entirety here –> … Continue reading

Media Sharing and Learning

Teaching Matters Podcast I listened to the podcast “Building your class site- Google style”.  This podcast described how to set up a Google Site for a teacher using Google sites.  I didn’t know that Google had a site builder.  What was even more interesting to me was that there is a template for a classroom … Continue reading

Wikis and Learning

I am normally really excited about our weekly readings, but I’ll admit, this week was rough.  I just couldn’t get into the article.  Maybe I felt that it was written way above my head or I just couldn’t extract enough from it to get really excited like I normally do.  In any case, what I … Continue reading

Blogs and Learning

I really did not know that the earliest blogs were started in 1996-1997.  I have really only heard about blogs, or maybe just started to pay attention is the better choice of words here, in the last 4 years or so.  I really didn’t start getting too bothered about them myself until last year when … Continue reading