The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my Ph.D. journey with Walden University, but mostly focusing on this summer’s course EDUC 8342: Emerging and Future Technologies. I think that this blog will be a useful tool for others considering a future in distant postgraduate work. Now, let’s get on with that dreadful “all about me introduction”.

My name is Felicia Laster, and I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I currently live in Namwon, South Korea. I received my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashford University in May 2014 and continued with my education December 2014. I am pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy with a concentration in Educational Technology. Alas, no rest for the wicked.

I am currently working for the Jeollabukdo Office of Education as a Lead Teacher with 12 foreign English teachers in Namwon, South Korea. Now, the work I am doing consists of developing curriculum for native English teachers to use in the public schools and teaching part-time at four countryside schools.

The most innovating thing that I’ve done this year is to create a manual of lessons, which teachers can use in the classroom. The lessons are divided into elementary, middle and school. While the content of the lessons remains the same, teachers can tailor the lessons for their individual classrooms depending on English level and comprehension.

Each week I plan to present my interpretations into what I think are emerging technologies in my field. Some of my views may be spot on, and others may be way off. That’s the great thing about my journey; I may not know what I’m doing, but I’m getting better at it! To paraphrase Albert Einstein, if we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

FM Laster

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus


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