Managing Technologies in the Classroom for Adult Education

Hello Everyone,

My learning team and I were tasked with establishing a blog to discuss managing technology in a classroom or organization.  We would love to hear from individuals that are currently using technology in thier organizations or classroom and receive some input for the following discussion questions:

 

1.  What technologies are currently in use at your organization?

2.  How does the organization manage those technologies?

3.  How does your organization address concerns such as the types and size of bandwidth and the capability of implementing web 2.0 tools?

4.  What upgrades or changes are necessary to provide better technology integration for adult learning opportunities?

 

Your help and experience would be greatly appreciated!  Please feel free to answer as many as you feel comfrotable answering.

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Comment by Leonel Cortinas Jr. on November 1, 2011 at 4:30pm
Hey Jerry

This is Cort, in my working organization the use of such tools are not incorporated or used. We mainly use hands on situational scenarios. These tools would be great for a DL course. The type of organization where I am, students need to know what the equipment looks like, touch and feel it, and work manually with it. If this were a DL course, I would implement a Phase I DL and Phase II resident. Phase I would incorporate these tools and give the student an idea of what the equipment looks like, read ahead. Phase II would be the hands on portion. See you in class.
Comment by Jerry Hendrix on November 1, 2011 at 9:07am
I posed the same questions on Teacher 2.0 and received the following resonse:
There is a laptop for each student in my class, but they are allowed to bring in their own as well. A wireless network with a shared drive and some custom built chat software lets the student post messages to the class, ask questions receive answers, post screen shots, post white boards.

As the teacher, I can allow a student to take control of the whiteboard software from their laptops, and each whiteboard segment can be saved on its own, so each student can use it to work on their version of an answer, let me if they are ready, then I can post their solution.

File Attachments, screen shots and even full folders can be attached to the messages/questions, and searched at any point.



I do not have a smart board or similar, but I do have a projector for a virtual white board, and a drawing tablet for smoother operation than a mouse provides.



This is actually isolated to my class and not managed by any overhead in the organization.



It is mixed age groups based in interest on the topics, typically all in 9th-12th
Comment by Jerry Hendrix on November 1, 2011 at 9:06am
This was taken from another area in the forum where I posted the managing technologies questions!
Comment by Donald Fitchett on October 19, 2011 at 11:47am Hi Jerry: As we teach industrial skills to adults, and can’t always do it in person with hands-on. We use customized computer based training (CBT). We found standards like SCORM and AICC can’t handle the high degree of interaction and simulation required to simulate hands-on training remotely. So we use a LMS customized specifically for our training software that doesn't have the limitations the previous two standards mentioned do. This customer LMS also allows us to do more detailed analysis of student activities, times and procedural mistakes to delivery maximum hands-on quality training without risk normally associated with hands-on training like getting shocked, pinched fingers, etc. :>) To experience a sample of this type adult interactive simulation training download the demo http://www.industrial-ebooks.com/CBT_software/Bin95_TMCDemo.zip see one of the other demos at http://www.bin95.com/electrical_software_downloads.htm
Comment by Jerry Hendrix on November 1, 2011 at 8:24am

Great feedback on your organizations!  As for me  the current technology in use at my organization are PowerPoint Presentations, Document Camera, SMART Technologies installed on the podiums, Window Media Videos, Computer-Based-Testing (CBT) for the National Certification Examination only, Computerized Simulation Mannequins, and SharePoint for Instructor use only. 
Similar to Vinny's Organization, each technology has a Point of Contact (POC) that manages it and can be contacted to assist with issues, concerns or updates.

My organization addresses bandwidth concerns by the needs of the department. The IT individuals can increase or decrease bandwidth as necessary so the capability of using Web 2.0 Tools should not pose a problem. The challenge is supplying computer access to every student to use the Web 2.0 Tools and other educational technology.
As for upgrades, computer access availability for every student is needed to successfully integrate technology for the adult learner. My organization has available the above mentioned technologies, however, they are not used to their fullest potential or not at all by instructors due to lack of training or knowledge of how to implement them into the curriculum. I would recommend to my organization to offer training on the technology we currently have available.  I also think it is time to move to a paperless environemtn and start adminiistering all exams by CBT.  It will save money in the long run and with every student having a PC, the instructional capabilities for the adult learner would drastically improve. 



 

 

Comment by Raymond Almendarez on November 1, 2011 at 6:08am

Finally blasted computer.  Hey Jerry its Ray. We use the internet as the main focus for data.  Different organizations have various "G" drives to maintain their information and lesson plans.  The tool that we use is just the computers for PPT (death by PPT).  My section only focuses on hands on training.  As far as the management of bandwidth and technologies we have no input on those topics.  The system is maintain by other organizations and if we have problems we just dial the help desk.  The only miss communication is that some instructors are under the Amedd domain and other are now transitioning to the METC domain.  This makes it difficult from trainers at Camp Bullis to teach at Fort Sam.  If the training is conducted with a low density MOS who has the METC domain (68J) the instructors with a Amedd domain can not enter and use the internet.  The instructor with the METC domain has to log in and then we can use their computers.  Or, instructors form Camp Bullis can use other low tech devices to teach a class, for example toy cars, charts and GSA devices.

Comment by john philip goodwin on October 29, 2011 at 8:09am

Jerry,

 

I work for the US Government so the use of web 2.0 technologies is limited by the vast amount of security.  However, there are some exceptions.  Blackboard is widely used by Army educators for distance learning.  The greatest issue with Bb is that they use only one location for access.  This single use location coupled with the security  make it difficult to access courseware.  Some departments use chat for informal discussions, this is the acception rather than the norm.  Management of these technologies is done through a series of policies based on security instead of access and educational value.  The US Army continues to struggle with bandwidth issues and accesses to technologies as these issues arise daily.  The best way to fix issues with access would be to change the web address from a .gov or .mil to edu.  This would ease the policy restrictions of the US Government.

Comment by Vincent Villanueva on October 25, 2011 at 5:23am

Hey Jerry,

 

    My organization is not as technologically savvy as some others in my areas.  Currently,every workstation has a computer, that is unless the person takes their laptop home to do some work.  Employees can take their computers home and log into a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which allows them access to the secure servers in my organization.  We do use a CoP (Community of Practice) or Sharpoint to share data with one another.  The organization has POCs in place to manage each of the technologies in the work environment.  The POCs are responsible for helping employees submit requests and aid them in configuring access to a VPN, CoP, and Sharepoint. 

    As far as I know, the capabilities of the bandwidth has not been an issue within my organization.  But my organization has recently undergone some drastic changes to email.  My organization migrated to a new email environment, which provides additional storage for users.  When dealing with Web 2.0 technologies, we have lagged a bit.  Many of the Web 2.0 tools are in place such as Sharepoint or Facebook, but many of the employees within the organization lack the knowledge to know what to do with it or how to access it.  A change must occur, which must begin with proper training and learning opportunities for employees.  The training will need to be CBT or at the best a hands-on live training session.  Conducting the training in either of the aforementioned formats will provide employees with first-hand experience with the technology, which will have a larger overall impact.

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