The use of educational technology has opened doors to a network of collaboration and knowledge acquisition I would have never imagined. As a doctoral student the online environment has allowed me to engage in various multi-model learning styles aside from my own learning preference. I have become not only a networked student, but a network teacher in my adjunct faculty position. Although, I still partially teach in a traditional face to face environment the use of technology within my classroom, and my blended learning approach has allowed me to differentiate instruction, focus on various student’s needs, and apply higher order level of thinking. Engaging teachers promote student’s confidence in their ability to succeed in school by providing challenging instruction, support, and encouragement. Therefore, my philosophy as an educator is to provide clear and concise learning outcomes as well as gear my teaching to various student needs. On the other hand, my philosophy of learning is students must acquire 21st Century skills primarily focused in: critical thinking, problem solving, cross-cultural communication, creativity, innovation, and collaboration.
The expansion of the worldwide web and the emerging digital platforms has allowed learning to occur in a variety of ways such as, “communities of practice, personal networks, and work-related tasks” (Siemens, 2004, p.1). Thus, now a day “to know” means where to find knowledge and how to apply it. A method I highly utilize to achieve 21st century skills is the Socratic Method. In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers. We model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions. Gardner (1993) states, “students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways” (Gardner, 1993, p.1). For that reason, I believe it’s critical to teach and learn through the impact all learning theories and multiple intelligences. A base knowledge of all “ism” can help personalize learning to a diverse group of students, and the use of constructivist and connectivism theory can help explore the world of learning. The following link gives more detail about the use of Socratic Method and educational technology. http://dailygenius.com/education-technology-with-the-socratic-method/
Gardner, Howard. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. 10th ed. Philadelphia:
Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Retrieved from
Dunn, J. How to Use Educational Technology with the Socratic Method. The Daily Genius: 2015. Retrieved from http://dailygenius.com/education-technology-with-the-socratic-method/