Some things that I have learned so far is that technology is not as “scary” as I once thought. I have improved my knowledge and understanding on wikis and other tools to better implement them into my content. I am more confident I can use the technology to increase learning and not just use it to use it…
I only listed two goals in my first blog this, but I have many, many goals I am still working towards. The goals about communicating with my parents and students more effectively is working quite nicely. I am using the calendar on the school’s website to keep parent and students aware of test, projects, deadlines and such. My biggest goal that I am taking baby steps towards is fully implementing my class to journaling using blogging capabilities. Unfortunately, I am in a wait and see pattern because ALL blogging sites blocked in my county.
Based on the NETS-S, some new goals I have is fully integrating my students in the technology tools available to them including the use of social networking as a learning tool.
Some new learning approaches I may plan to take to improve my learning would be to use the tools available to me at school more often. When I am learning new tech tools, I try them once–maybe twice and then I go back to the 20th century method. I find that my resilience is not what it needs to be when learning and implementing new technology. Vicky Davis states, “You don’t get great at implementing technology tools overnight, it takes time (2009).” I need to remind myself and continue to adapt and change things I need to make the technology tools more effective in class.
Laureate Education, Inc. (2009) EDUC6713 Integrating Technology Across the Content Area[DVD] Spotlight on Technology: Social Networking and Online collaboration.