Message From the Directors
Our M.S. in Educational Technology empowers you to understand and use technology in your own learning and teaching immediately, and to share your new knowledge with colleagues. Join us and fellow educators to create learning materials and systems where each learner can achieve his or her full potential. We'll help you become a partner with new skills, knowledge, and awareness in the educational changes that will occur.
In 2013, the New Media Consortium released it 6th Horizon Report for K-12. Each year they identify key trends that the advisory board considered to be major drivers of educational technology adoptions over the next five years. You can expect to be involved in these trends in your near future. These trends are (in descending order of importance):
- Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models.
- Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and communicate.
- Openness concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information is becoming a value.
- As the cost of technology drops and school districts revise and open up their access policies, it is becoming more common for students to bring their own mobile devices.
- The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is challenging us to revisit our roles as educators. [Horizon Report, pp. 7-8]
Directly related to our program’s goals and purpose is their observation that “The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.” Getting ready for these changes now is imperative for all working educators. These changes and the challenges below are all part of our M.S. in Educational Technology program.
- Ongoing professional development needs to be valued and integrated into the culture of the schools.
- Too often it is education’s own practices that limit broader uptake of new technologies.
- New models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to traditional models of schooling.
- K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.
- The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
- We are not using digital media for formative assessment the way we could and should. [Horizon Report pp. 9-10]
Our program is designed to solidly prepare you to navigate these very changing waters of teaching and learning. Come join us and help us all move ahead in a solid pedagogically sound manner. Become a leader and player in this new educational model. Come build your own foundation for continuous learning in this dynamic, digital age of education.
Bette E. Schneiderman, Ph.D.
Michael Byrne, Ph.D.