My first semester as a Ph.D. student at Central Michigan University is in the books. (Pun intended.) At the beginning of the semester, I thought I knew quite a bit about using technology in the classroom. Now, I realize that I really did not know very much at all. At the beginning of the semester, reading research articles was very time-consuming. I read slowly and had to read and reread some parts just to get a basic understanding of the topic of the article. It is like learning to play an instrument! Now, that I have been practicing for a semester I am faster and better at it. I am sure that I will get even better and faster as I progress through the program.
Where am I in this journey now? Here is a 2 minute ‘elevator pitch’ about where I am now, as well as three possible research questions to explore. Be warned: this is my first attempt at writing research questions…
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