When thinking about teaching, what do you consider when looking for assistance? Do you wonder whether the person has the experience you seek? What is their teaching method(s)? Do they have knowledge of how to integrate technology?
What does education mean to you? Is it about test scores? Is it about higher-level thinking? Your philosophy of education will determine the way you teach. Haven't given it much thought? Maybe now is the time.
Since the introduction of computers into schools, there has been much discussion of what defines technology integration. The real issue, however, may not be what is and is not integration but how to understand the varying levels of integration in different settings.
No Textbook. Basically, he uses his own version of Blackboard. I had him on Saturdays. He values participation and a very hands-on class. One final project with the presentation. He will help with anything. Nice guy and very helpful. I would take it again (even on Saturday.) - Stockton University Student
About Dr. Alan J. Taylor, Ed.D.
Dr. Alan J. Taylor, Ed.D. received his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.
I am Dr. Alan J. Taylor, Ed.D. I received my doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in technology. Over the past 25 + years, I served a variety of roles.
I started my career in the field of psychology. I received my BA in Psychology from Stockton College (now known as Stockton University). I then received my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College (now known as Lesley University). My career started as a manager of an emergency shelter for adolescents, a therapist, and a case worker for adolescents and developmentally disabled adults.
Over the years, I've had many opportunities to offer training, workshops, and presentations. My primary focus has been related to educational technology. Also, I have emphasized a focus on a student-centered, project-based learning experience and for teachers to be more of a guide than a lecturer.
Comments from those who have observed Dr. Alan J. Taylor, Ed.D. in action
Dr. Taylor demonstrated an understanding of diverse learners by meeting individually with any student who needed assistance. He also builds in formative assessment checks to conference with students throughout each 'quest.'"
"Dr. Taylor plans according to pacing, content mastery, and application of knowledge. The sequencing of the lesson is largely student-driven, as is the pace (within reason) that students proceed through their quest."
"During student "quest" activities, Dr. Taylor plans for differentiation through self-paced activities and individual student conferences where students receive assistance with specific tasks and skills they are struggling with. In addition, challenge activities are built in for higher performing students that are tied to rewards in ClassCraft."
"The use of online learning and research, small group discussion, graphic organizers, and individually paced tasks demonstrate a variety of instructional strategy and best practices."
"Dr. Taylor had educated himself to a high level in the use of ClassCraft, online learning, and integration of technology for student learning. All of which were on display during this lesson."
"Dr. Taylor used the Plickers game as a pre-assessment so that students, parents, and he as the teacher could be aware of what the students know (or don't know) when starting the unit. This information can be used later to guide instruction, monitor progress, and set goals."
"This entire lesson was a model in the use of higher level thinking skills for debate, reasoning, and use of evidence. Excellent!"
"Based on the lesson content and sequence of instructional activities the teacher: 1. addressed relevant curriculum standards. 2. demonstrated an accurate, current, and deep knowledge of the subject matter. 3. exhibited pedagogical skills relevant to teaching Social Studies 4. based instruction on goals that reflect high expectations."
"Awesome discussion about not knowing all of the answers, but historians use all of the available information to make the best possible educated guesses. Discussion with examples (i.e., bridges). Excellent connections made with different sections of the USA and use of natural resources. Students connection of Socratic method to cause and effect, graphic organizer, and teacher's follow-up of the flow of history."
I'm always working on some type of project or projects at all times. Here are a few that I've either completed or projects that are coming soon.
Comic Book Series - Technology Through the Ages
This comic book series looks at technology dating back to ancient times. We often think how far advanced we are compared to hundreds or thousands of years ago. Join EB and Indy as they explore these technologies.
Online Trainings and Tutorials
Do you want to learn how to use technology in your classroom? Whether it's how to use Moodle or how to create your lessons to share with your students, Technology in Education Online offers support online, by video conference, or in person.
Lessons to Share
Are you looking for lessons to share with your students? Technology in Education Online is working on a variety of projects that are available for download to enhance your students learning experience.
I have presented at conferences across the country. Many I have done so on an annual basis. Below are some of the conferences I've presented at over the years.