My name, as you may have seen, is Jon Freer and I am currently a student on the Graduate program in Educational Technology at Boise State University. My background is in Science and Education and I have been teaching at the Solebury School for 18 years. Over that time, I have taught anything from Biology to Genetics to Forensics (much more actually). One of the great things about my school is that I have always been allowed to pursue my interests and share them with my students. While I do often teach some “core” classes, I am allowed to give my own spin to those as well.
A few years agao, I enrolled in a program called Powerful Learning Practices (PLP) and began an exploration of how how technology is changing perceptions of learning and education. While the tech does play a central role, the main point was that many of the walls surrounding traditional formats of educations are coming down (or at least they should be). Since that eye-opening experience, I have been exploring ways to shift away from being the disseminator of facts about Science to the guide that helps the students find their own way. It has been a bumpy road at times, but I wouldn’t turn back even if I could.
All of this has led me to pursue a better understanding of the role of technology in modern education. I want to know what methods of technology integration are best and how to make quality technology based lessons. In the long run, I hope to bring that knowledge to my colleagues at Solebury School as I transition to a position of Educational Technologist.
As for this blog, this is where I compile many of the assignments for my Ed Tech work at BSU and reflect upon my learning. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to leave comments.