As I mentioned on the About Me page, I love using educational technology, both personally and professionally. As a student, I stay engaged by using my personal technology devices to supplement the information I'm learning from a presenter. As an educator, I enjoy watching students become engaged in the classroom using the technology tools they already use outside of the classroom. This is certainly an area of professional and personal interest for me. I have considered seeking additional certification as a Google Certified Teacher or earn another graduate degree in Educational Technology.
Were you aware that President Obama recently proposed a new government agency which would support the use of educational technology?
My very first job (ever!) was working for my school district (when I was around 14) under the supervision of our district's technology facilitator. Being in the "server room" at that time certainly is much different than it is today!
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As I develop this section of WrightPsych.com, I hope to add additional information about current trends in educational technology. Of course, keeping up with these changes and trends will be quite a task. For now, just allow me to give you a few resources to get you started on your journey to educational technology nirvana. Most, but certainly not all, of the content listed below is free for educators. Take a peek; I bet you'll find something useful.
Here's a cool document that would have been useful to me when I created this website. If you're a teacher looking to improve your online presence (for free), then this a great guide outlining the use of several Web 2.0 tools.
The Tar Heel Reader allows educators to create simple texts which can be illustrated to teach lessons. This would be especially useful for creating social stories. This can be displayed online via a traditional computer or on a variety of tablets and digital readers. They are also compatible with adaptive switches and other assistive technology services.
Here's a good article which explains a little of the purpose of adaptive technology and its use in post-secondary institutions. Of course, the technology referenced here could be useful for settings outside of colleges or universities.
Need a free, easy way to convert text to spoken word? Check out the options here. You can use the service for free online or as a free software download. More advanced options are available for purchase.
Another text to speech option is located here. It's also free, and works on Macs.
Need an online library full of digitized books? This site has hundreds of thousands of books available (for free with approved membership) to download. When combined with other assistive technology services, this is a great resource collection. (Be warned, "adult" titles are present in this collection; teachers should monitor students' use of this site.)