Throughout this course, I have learned so much about technology, teaching, and myself as a learner. I cannot believe all of the resources that I now have. This class has given me an exponential amount of tools that I will forever use. There is so much information to take in, but I know it will be put to great use in the future when I am teaching in my own classroom.
The technology that I have learned throughout this course are all things that I never knew existed before taking this class. I have learned how to blog and how a blog can be used with your students to communicate effectively with one another. I have explored all of the things Google Docs has to offer and I have applied this source to my other courses I am currently taking. I learned how to use a wiki and how wikis can be used by anyone. Wikis are a great tool for classrooms that foster participation and communication among all of the students. I have learned how to use Voicethred as an effective tool for students to voice their opinions or own experiences through their own voice and images. I am so excited that I learned how to use a Podcast because I feel that I will use this in my future classroom for storytelling or read aloud with my students. I can assure you that I will never again create a PowerPoint that is boring for my audience. I know now how to create an interactive PowerPoint that is engaging for everyone in the room. I will continue to Skype with various teachers and educators that have the knowledge and experience that can help me in the future, There are so many pieces of technology that I will take with me from this course, and I have appreciated what they have offered me now as well as what they will offer me in the future.
This course has given me a new perspective of what it is to be a teacher in this day and age. Teaching and education is deictic and forever changing. What teaching is today will be different than what it will be tomorrow. There will continue to be changes in the use of technology and how that effects teaching. Teachers need to keep updated on the new technologies that are available and be able to teach their students to the best of their ability. I feel that this course has readily prepared me for what is to come for teaching. I feel prepared to teach students all of the new technologies I have learned and how to integrate technology into my teaching each and every day. There needs to be a sense of balance with using technology, but having the knowledge to use these tools will only make you a more effective teacher.
More than anything, I have learned more about myself throughout this course. I have learned that when I try something new, I feel a sense of pride and the power to teach this to someone new. I never considered myself as technologically savvy, and to tell you the truth, I was scared at the beginning of this course. I was scared that I was not capable to do the things on the computer that everyone else could do. I was scared that I might do the wrong thing. The one thing that I failed to realize was that if I didn’t mess up once in a while or didn’t make mistakes, then I would never learn. I was capable of using these tools and I took more than I could ever imagine out of this class. I appreciate everything I have learned. It has made me a stronger person, educator, and learner. I will use these tools in the future and I now have the drive to learn things I may be scared of!!