Using Technology to Anchor Instruction and Enhance the Learning Experience

Concurrent Session 3
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Brief Abstract

Using technology for instruction can be frustrating. Applying various educational concepts and models — e.g., situated cognition, SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition) and/or TPACK (technological, pedagogical and content knowledge) — can guide decisions on proper tech tool integration. These and other theoretical frameworks enhance tech-based instructional decisions to transform learning. Participants will explore these ideas, select the proper tech tool for instruction, and be able to design a technology-integrated assignment. Several tech tools will be suggested. An example of a technology-integrated plan also will be provided.

Presenters

Dr. Melony Shemberger is in her fifth year as an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Murray State University. Shemberger has published peer-reviewed journal articles, media education book chapters, and several guidebook articles on public relations. She has presented at several academic and professional conferences. Research interests include journalism history, sunshine laws, public relations topics, and instructional design and pedagogy. In 2014, Shemberger was named a Business Journalism Professors Seminar Fellow by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. At Murray State, she was a Provost Faculty Teaching Fellow. She also served as interim director of the Faculty Development Center in 2016. She is a lifetime member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and serves on the national board of directors, leading as chair of the advisory council for the organization’s Forum magazine. She also is chapter vice president at Murray State. Shemberger has a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, with a double major in mass communication, and history and government; master’s in mass communication from Murray State; master’s in management from Austin Peay State University; and a Doctor of Education in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University.

Extended Abstract

Using technology can be frustrating, but it is becoming more essential in instruction. Applying various educational concepts and models — e.g., situated cognition, SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition) and/or TPACK (technological, pedagogical and content knowledge) — can guide decisions on proper tech tool integration. These and other theoretical frameworks enhance tech-based instructional decisions to transform learning. Participants will explore these ideas, select the proper tech tool for instruction, and be able to design a technology-integrated assignment. Various tech tools -- VoiceThread, EdPuzzle, Padlet, Wakelet, BlogTalk Radio, to name a few -- will be suggested and explained, and best practices will be explored. An example of a technology-integrated plan -- which involves identifying the reason for the technology tool, detailing the instruction and designing the assignment -- also will be provided.
 
By the end of the session, participants will be equipped to do the following:
1. Apply one of the concepts or models discussed in technological tool selections.
2. Select an appropriate technological tool for instruction based on objectives.
3. Design an assignment that would be consistent with a model discussed.