Category Archives: 3.1 Media Utilization

“Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 46). Utilization is the decision-making process of implementation based on instructional design specifications.

Instructional Design Project

One class that I took this semester is EDTECH 503: Instructional Design.  The final project was to create a instructional design project.  I chose to create tutorials for two different e-readers, the Nook and the Kindle.  I first thought that this was like creating a lesson plan and teaching the materials.  I have realized over the last few months that though instructional design is similar to creating lesson plans, it has much more detail and research going into it.

I have learned so much from doing this.  It stretched me beyond what I thought I could do and showed me that I can work outside the box.  The hardest part was giving the guide to the instructor and having the instructor present the material.  This is the biggest difference between writing a lesson plan and writing an instructor’s guide.  As I watched the instructor present the material I kept thinking of ways that I would have done it differently; yet, in the end the tutorials were wonderful and it turned out fine even without me being the one to present the tutorials.

I am grateful for the final product and am so pleased with how everything turned out, even if at times I was pulling out my hair and just wanting to cry.


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Digital Inequality

Why are we concerned with digital inequality? What is it? The government and many states are pushing for technology and requiring so much more but then not providing the funding or resources needed to meet new requirements. I worked in a rural town and there were many students that did not have computers at home, or cell phones, and certainly not Internet access (as food on the table was the first choice). Anything that I wanted to do with technology, I had to make sure that the school had the right software and then provide the amount of time needed to complete the assignment at school. I think that the little towns get overlooked by the bigger cities and the divide is bigger than we really think. I agree 100 percent with the real divide is in the skills. Many students may have a computer but they don’t know how to open a document or even log onto the Internet. I was teaching very basic skills to 7th and 8th graders, who I assumed already knew how to do the little things. We talked once at a professional development about how cell phones are now the fade to show if you are in the “in crowd” or not. Many students would prefer to have a cell phone over clothes and shoes and sometimes food. With the technology that cell phones now offer, those students who may not have a computer at home but now have a cell phone, can take the opportunity to delve into the Internet and not worry about the computer and Internet access that used to be needed.

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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in 3.1 Media Utilization, Other