Code of Professional Ethics

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As I read and reread the ACET professional ethics, I could not help but stop on sections 1.5 & 1.7.  These sections discuss how we purchase educational technology and what we purchase.  Throughout my teaching career, which has been 4 years, I have always questions the expenditures on educational technology.  My questions have revolved around the justification for purchases.  In a data driven sector, this seems to be the one area where data takes a back seat to society’s thirst for new technology.  Please do not get me wrong; I am not against spending money on technology, I simply want to see data to justify the allocation of resources.

Before teaching. I was in retail and restaurant.  When I needed to make a capital expenditure or wanted to, I needed to produce reliable data to prove how this expenditure would improve the business and ultimately improve the bottom line of the company.  If I could not do this, then no allocation of funds took place.  As a teacher, I want to see the same thing.  Improved student performance is our bottom line, plain and simple.  It is not engagement or whether the students are bored.  Performance is what it is all about, at least it is in my opinion.

I teach CIS and Advanced CIS.  The ultimate goal that has been given to me is to get as many students as possible to get certified in at least one member of the Microsoft Office Suite.  This is my bottom line, therefore any and all resources should be geared to this goal.  Using anything that does not help with this goal, is technically of little use to me.  As a teacher I should be able to captivate, motivate and will my students to succeed.  I have realized that the relationships we build in the classroom are the number one factor determining student success, because it is these relationships that drive everything else.

Based on this, I feel our educational leaders face a tremendous ethical dilemma when it comes to educational technology.  How much and what are two questions that must be answered with hard data.  No other justification seems ethical.

Here is the link to my paper.

https://docs.google.com/a/u.boisestate.edu/document/d/1XEGLrxITAqNvKrtMtLTmvTBe77mmVz47VmwfaC_BlTc/edit

 

 

ED TECH Definition Graphic

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I have been thinking about this definition all week.  Educational Technology, what exactly does it mean to educators and students.  As an educator, educational technology takes on the form of integrated technology to improve engagement, and performance.  As a data driven industry educational technology is a function of the data it creates.  Vast resources have been spent on educational technology, we must ensure it is money well spent and it leads to the ultimate goal which is increased student performance. The definition in the reading gives many important terms as a means to decide what education technology is at this point.  Processes, resources, creating, using and managing.  The definition also uses improve performance, facilitating learning and ethical practices.  All of these terms are great buzz words in the educational sector, but how do these words translate to improved performance.  Perhaps my old school conservative, bean counter mentality just can’t get on this educational technology bandwagon like so many.  To me educational technology is the tools given to the students to be better learners.  Students must be taught, through educational technology, how to be better learners, before the educational technology can make them better learners.  I see educational technology’s definition as a means to and end, as a way to reach the ultimate goal, but first using the educational technology on root problems.

As I constructed my definition graphic I looked at all of the different application and programs everyone used to complete theirs.  I found picmonkey.com  to be the easiest for my needs.  What I created was an interpretation of educational technology coming to the light so to speak.  In order for educational technology to make it to the light or the promised land, it must bring all of its tools and answer to the all knowing data.  IN as much as education is data driven, so must educational technology.  Therefore, I see educational technology needing all of its components and terms to justify itself to the data and ensure an increase in student performance.

Hopefully you can all see what I was trying to show and discuss in my post.

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