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.
This is a fantastic lesson and reminder, how do the bells and whistles enhance the learning and engagement process and if they do not, do they really have a place?
Edie, you did a great job all semester and I wanted to thank you for sharing your assignments and reflections with me. In addition, it is great to see how you are using Twitter at your school. I wish you the best in the future and please do stay in touch.