As the first class in my program, I came into CEP 810 not knowing what to expect. I am glad to say it was a great first impression of the MAET program. I was worried about being overwhelmed by taking a class in addition to teaching full time, but I am happy to say that wasn’t a problem! I have really enjoyed being able to find and use new technologies and strategies, such as Weebly and Flipped Teaching, both of which I plan to learn more about and use within my classroom. I have also revisited some that I already knew about, but wasn’t using effectively, such as Google Drive and Glogster.
Perhaps the most important lesson for me, was the there needs to be a set purpose for the technology being used. I like all the bells and whistles, but if the technology is not being used effectively and the content is getting lost, what have I accomplished? Integrating the internet has really got me thinking about the best uses of technology and how I can streamline what I am currently doing in regards to technology.
I loved the SIG project! We were able to make choices while still learning the content of the course. We were able to fully utilize all the internet has to offer to create a product that we could be proud of, while networking and learning at the same time. It got me using Google Docs, one of my initial goals, so much so, that I now house all of my teaching documents on my Google Drive.
My primary goal was to become more familiar with Google Docs and to use them in my classroom. While I haven’t used them with my third graders yet, I am working with my superintendent to start using Google Docs with other teachers in the diocese. The diocese wants to focus more attention on creating common assessments for each grade level, but it is difficult since some of our schools are six hours apart. We are currently working on getting the teachers set up on Google Docs so that they can share and create assessments with other teachers of the same grade.
Moving forward, I want to continue implementing new technologies into my class and my school’s PLN. I think this class has really given me a boost and inspired me to keep searching for more effective tools. As a professional, I would like to possibly teach online once I complete the MAET program, or maybe even work with an educational technology company, like Discovery (which if you notice my Twitter, I’m in love with). I still have a long way to go in the program, so I know my goals will change, but I think that CEP 810 has done a great job of preparing me for the MAET program and the educational technology world as a whole!
I am glad to hear that you were not overwhelmed in the class, you were a great contributor in all of your discussions and assignments.
I'm Edie - wife, mom, teacher, instructional designer, home renovator,
and lover of nature, travel, technology, and vintage campers!