This first post will go over my path towards instructional technology, and goals I have for my first semester in the Instructional Systems Technology graduate certificate program from Indiana University Bloomington

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Since the COVID 19 pandemic began in 2020, I saw my students struggle with online learning and the sharp transition in their academic and personal lives. I also saw my colleagues shift to a more virtual work environment, with success and challenge. It made me want to learn more about the ways my students were learning through technology, and hopefully transition to a career in instructional design or educational technology someday. I love working in education, and I want to be able to help people learn and teach better. It has become very clear this past year that online learning isn’t going away, and we need people who can help students and educators use technology effectively to keep folks moving forward with their education.

https://edtechmadi.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/introduction-and-goals

Not only can I not go on campus for wifi right now, but the entirety of my education lifeline now depends on the internet

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Let this be a message to professors. We are trying our best. Sometimes situations make it hard for us to do our best work. I hope professors are able to recognize that and forget this semester.

I miss my students so much it hurts

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The next time you scroll through your camera roll– and I know that you will– allow room for both feelings of sadness AND gratitude. When you are meeting your students online to connect and engage with them, tell them that you miss them and that you wish you could be together in the classroom, but don’t forget to also remind them how lucky you are to still see their smiles and hear their voices. When your eyes fill with tears and your stomach turns to knots when thinking about how you may not end the school year or get a sense of closure with your group of kiddos, remind yourself of this quote from Winnie the Pooh: “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

https://josiewebercom.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/what-cant-be-taken-away