Educational Technology – The Longest Relationship I’ve Ever Had

Disclaimer

This is my first crack at a blog and I am very nervous as I do not know much about blogging or making my own website. I created this blog as a project for my EDTC 300 class, but I have a feeling that I will continue to add and use it in the future. So bear with me as I learn more about blogging and technology through the next few months. Hopefully by the end of June I will be more confident in blogging and my ability to use technology both in and out of the classroom.

Hello and welcome to my blog!

To start off this post, I should tell you a bit about myself. I currently attend the University of Regina, enrolled in Education. I am just finishing my first year in Secondary Education with a major in Math and a minor in Inclusive Education. I really enjoy math (I know, I’m odd) and I love working with students in an inclusive classroom. I currently work with Saskatchewan Health Authority as an Autism Interventionist and I love my job. I currently have three clients that keep me on my toes and teach me new ways to look at the world, communicate, and problem solve. Work takes up a big chunk of my days, especially in the summer, but when I’m not at work I like to go camping, take road trips, spend time with friends, watch movies, and go to the gym. Now enough about me, let’s get to the most important piece of this post, my relationship with technology.

Thank goodness… the boring stuff is done!

Technology and I have a love hate relationship. I love to use technology such as the internet, apps on my phone, and my computer. I love technology, but technology doesn’t always love me back. Typically if anything goes wrong, or there is a pop up on my computer or phone that I need to change or update, I just ignore it because normally I mess up the updates somehow. Then when things go wrong, I try the best trick in the book: turn it off and then back on again. When that does not work I call for tech support (1-800 Dad) and if that still doesn’t fix the problem, I call in the big guns (1-800 Little Brother). I don’t call for mom with technology help, that’s not really her forte. If neither of these options work, I search google and try countless different things in hopes that one will solve my problem. Up to now, these tricks have worked well for me (many times) and typically it’s just a simple fix that I could not figure out.

Technology and I in general aren’t great friends, but educational technology and I seem to have a much better relationship (unless I “push” the wrong button). However, our relationship wasn’t always this great. It all started out in high school in grade ten when I took my first online class; math. I did not like taking the course because I slacked off due to the lack of structure with due dates. After the first rough patch, educational technology and I took a break until I went to university. In my second semester, I rekindled my relationship with educational technology by taking ECS 110 online. We really hit it off during this time together. Being older and slightly more disciplined with my time, I was able to stay on track with due dates and I really enjoyed the freedom of being able to work on the class around my busy schedule. My relationship with educational technology continues to evolve and grow stronger as I learn more about what it has to offer. Educational technology does not exclusively influence my life; through my work I have seen technology, such as apps, YouTube videos, and online games teach my clients numbers, letters, and math.

You’ve almost made it all the way through, just a bit more until you’re done!

When I think of blogging, I think of famous people that have thousands of followers that almost religiously read their blog every time they add a new post. When I read that we would be required to blog for this class, I was extremely freaked out because I had no experience when it came to blogging. Thankfully, blogging doesn’t seem as scary as I made it out to be. I think I will enjoy telling people about my thoughts on educational technology and anything else that I will be learning in EDTC 300 through blogging.

Congratulations you made it to the end of my post! Gold star just for you for power through this post! (Are you bored yet?)

A gold star outline made from lights on a black background
Photo Credit: Lisa Zins Flickr via Compfight cc

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a bit about me and my thoughts about educational technology. Follow me on twitter @MsOsachoff to hear more from me about educational technology (I know there’s not much there yet, but I promise I will be more active soon… after I learn how to tweet on Tuesday).

Ashley Osachoff

One thought on “Educational Technology – The Longest Relationship I’ve Ever Had

  1. Hi Ashley,
    I really enjoyed your blog post. I don’t think you have anything to worry about at all. Your website looks great, and you have an expressive flare when writing. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions of educational technology as we progress through this class.
    Anthea

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