Critical Thinking and Technology Integration
Happy summer! Critical thinking is on everyone’s mind right now. The Lucas Center is hosting its Second Annual Lucas Symposium in September. The symposium will focus on creative strategies for teaching critical thinking. Educational technology has a model (SAMR) that illustrates how technology can be successfully integrated into the classroom at various levels. Here is a short video about the SAMR. Another helpful resource is the Pedagogy Wheel by Allan Carrington that details particular technologies and methods for each of the SAMR levels.
If you are interested in learning more about the SAMR model and/or the Pedagogy Wheel, please contact the Instructional Designer that works with your department.
We would also like to take a moment to welcome our newest Instructional Designer, Dr. Diane Marks. Dr. Marks has over 30 years of experience in education. She began her career teaching elementary school in South and Central Florida. In 2001, Dr. Marks began the residential PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Florida. After earning her PhD in 2005, Dr. Marks moved to Boone, NC in 2006 to work at Appalachian State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In 2016, Dr. Marks earned the rank of Full Professor, completed a Graduate Certificate from NC State in Teaching Training and Educational Technology and was also the Elementary Education Program Director at Appalachian State University. After over 10 years of teaching and researching online and blended learning environments, Dr. Marks decided to accept the position as Instructional Designer at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Department of e-Learning and Academic Web. She is eager to work with the other e-Learning and Academic Web members to support faculty in utilizing effective instructional strategies in their own content areas.