MY PERSONAL     PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


      

       All individuals, irrespective of their positions in life, have a plan, whether it is obvious to them or not.  As a professional, I have a plan; and as a future instructional technologist, my plan focuses on, obviously, technology. 

      

       I have been a high school teacher for approximately half my lifetime, teaching mathematics, economics, and the physical sciences.  Throughout most of those years my teaching methods lack the use of high technology, otherwise called Hi-Tech.  Hi-Tech, to me, includes the use of hardware tools (technology equipment) and software tools (programs needed to run the hardware).  In my future, as an Instructional Technologist, I hope to break the trend that was set in the past by my mentors, with using technology as the foundation upon which I build my new teaching strategy, as I aim to encourage my colleagues to do the same at the workplace.

      

       As a teacher of the subjects mentioned above, my goal was, and still is, to be the best teacher there is, as I emphasized content with teaching methods/strategies.  However, my best sometimes became my worst, as the strategies used to impart knowledge to my charges were not always the best selection.  The lack of some basic technological skills were always not a part of the planning, more so, the implementation. 

      

       According to Laura Turner, from the June 2005 edition of T.H.E. Journal Magazine http://www.thejournal.com/articles/17325 , there are 20 technological skills that every educator should possess.  Sadly, I did not possess many of these skills then, so my methods did not succeed at times.  Some of the skills I lack were; electronic presentation, web site design, the use of digital cameras, knowledge of networking, WebCt/Blackboard, videoconferencing, using a scanner, deep web knowledge, and computer security knowledge. 

      

       However, since I began this Masters program seventeen months ago, I have acquired some of these skills, and have reinforced those that I have already possessed.  So, by the completion of this degree, I should be a part of that elite cadre of Instructional Technologists who will be, I believe, in great demand.

      

       My main focus will be to train and encourage educators in the use of technology as an important tool that enhances the teaching and learning process.  I will still practice the teaching of mathematics, but with a greater emphasis on the use of technological tools.  My dream is to see technology becoming a part of every classroom of the future, though I really would not like to see these classrooms virtual.                         

                   

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