Wow!! I am telling you that I am about to explode. Teaching and learning are fun for me but I am completely saturated. Late this week I found out that I would be a long term substitute in a third grade Latin class starting tomorrow. This multimedia unit has been very interesting and overwhelming for me. Fortunately I have had some experience making videos so I decided to use the time for Latin planning and incorporate it in this assignment.
My experience making the video was fun. I have been driving my family crazy practicing Latin phrases. Upon viewing the video I made, they were not only impressed but amazed! This process took a very long time because I would have to read, re-read instructions, do the skill and read some more. I had to transfer files from an SD card to the laptop computer. I also learned how to cut and edit video, pick a theme and use iMovie software. Even though for me this was a very time consuming assignment, I am glad that I did it because I feel a real sense of accomplishment. I would like to try another one soon so that I can get better and faster. I will be integrating some new multimedia technologies in my classes and the first would be me doing a video of teaching another Latin segment and then the students making a video of them using Latin Phrases. Eventually I would like to use pod and vodcasting in classes with both me and the students creating content.
My experience with Tk20 was very challenging and time consuming. Because this is my first class at MTSU I was unfamiliar with this program. I found it confusing to know where to upload my assignment. After spending time exploring, I can see that Tk20 would be very helpful to manage several courses and hopefully it will get easier to use with time.
The assignment of exploring communication and collaboration tools with social media was very informative, mind-boggling and overwhelming… ..in a mostly good way. I continue to be amazed at all of the opportunities and resources available for educational purposes. Researching and learning the skills to implement new technology in the classroom is time consuming.
As I think about what I have learned in this class, I have been evaluating what my children’s technology experience is in their classrooms. I am shocked and disappointed at what they are not learning technologically. This makes me wonder why the media/librarian is not doing more to assist their teachers. I have only observed that they may check out laptops and that seems to be the extent of technology. No doubt that I will bring this to the attention of administration .
Having a technology mentor teacher would be very helpful to get teachers started and motivated to implementing more technology based lessons in the classroom. If I were in a high school classroom, I would ask students to research and help implement new technology in the classroom as an assignment.
Of the tools that I researched, I would do a Skype project to teach about geography, cultures and communication and include a family component to be completed at home. Edublog is another tool that I would want to use. The idea of having students create and take ownership of a classroom or school blog sounds fun and creative. I think it is a project that would enhance communication and group learning skills.
Although the assignment of evaluating sites and apps sounded dull, I was pleasantly surprised. This class has required me to get serious about learning technology which is a very good thing. No excuse is acceptable and I am very thankful for how much I am learning and the confidence that I am gaining. I use Google for everything and found millions of educational websites. At first reading some of the descriptions was overwhelming. I decided to focus this assignment on the current needs in my life which made searching easier. Even though I am not currently in the classroom, I am a teacher at heart and seem to always find myself teaching a class for adults, leading a bible study or coaching.
Smore.com is one of the favorites sites I found while doing this assignment. I am always trying to create a flyer for something and this site is going to be very useful and my flyers will be looking much more creative and professional. Several of the students discussed using FlipSnack so I did some research on this site. Being able to develop on line books sounds so interesting so I am going to do develop something to be used on my website project.
My experience evaluating websites was very positive. I look forward to learning more and after seeing how many choices are available, I will do some more research as well. I think it would be a great idea for all teachers to take a class like this.
When I was in the classroom full time, my lessons and activities were teacher-centered. I taught in the traditional classroom setting way. Because I am a high energy, passionate teacher, students, participants, administrators and evaluators consistently gave me very positive feedback. Keeping students engaged with appropriate questioning strategies, real-life examples, many group activities and individual sharing contributed to the effectiveness of my teaching and student learning.
Active learning was important to me…and now I am so excited to learn new technology tools to incorporate in the classroom. I used to assign research projects and try to make them as interesting and valuable as possible. Now with all the possibilities the internet and other technology tools provide, student learning opportunities are endless. I am a recovering ‘mobile newbie” that used to use technology infrequently because I thought it was too hard to learn and was intimidated. Even though I do not have a teaching job at the moment, I am thrilled to learn all of “cool” ways to bring my teaching into the 21st century.
I have been interested in internet safety and helping other parents learn about ways of keeping children safe while using technology. After recently attending some classes on internet safety, I have decided to offer some more classes focused on helping parents and teachers know what children are doing on the internet and ways to teach responsible use of technology. My integrated lesson plan includes an online video from www.netsmartz.org. This website is full of great ideas and information about technology and safety. Yes….I still can’t believe that I was able to download the vide to my lesson plan!!!! I hope you will take the time to review this resource and let me know what you think.