To start, technology in education is such a vast area of study to delve into. How can you just pick one area? It is like becoming a Sommelier and only knowing about Merlot. I hope this doesn’t mean I have to do a PhD.
The second question/consideration is the biggest question of all. Why am I doing a masters in the first place? If the truth be known, the labour strife teachers have just finished enduring in British Columbia has made me want to just get out of public education all together. Our professor has told us to “follow our passions” but the problem is there isn’t much passion left. All that remains is just anger, spite and deep seeded need to escape.
Finally, I don’t think I had much of a passion to start with. Sure I love technology and the things it can do for you but can I really consider this a “passion”? Some of my classmates are clearly passionate about very specific areas of education and have spent an entire career becoming expert practitioners of their craft. I on the other hand I have spend a career as a Jack of all trades and a master of none. I can’t really lay claim to an expertise in anything, never mind a passion.
So where does this leave me? Well I have had a few areas of interest over the years that have garnered some attention from my peers and it is from these I am sure I will choose. They include:
- Effects of technology on learning in the primary years
- Elements of the ideal digital learning environment
- The role of immersive technologies in education
- Traditional learning tools Vs Digital learning tools
- Free Agent Learning who and what is it good for?
- iPads vs Laptops the ultimate learning platform
- Effective professional development for integrating technology into the classroom.
Ultimately I think my choice will be based on three utilitarian criteria rather than any deep seeded passion.
- What do I want to spend hundreds of hours studying?
- What area of study is the road less traveled?
- Where will my masters work take me in the years to come?
Wish me luck… This is one difficult decision.