It’s time to reflect!
What have I learned?
First, I have learned that educators must have a clear vision before integrating technology; using technology for the sake of using or because “it’s there” is simply wrong. Our lesson plans should be guided by the objectives and learning outcomes, and not the tools available (as technology is just a tool, even though very powerful when used right.) That is, the choice of technology should be a part of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK), keeping in mind that technology choice is as important as one’s knowledge of pedagogy and course content. In addition, composing a Relative Advantage Chart will also allow a clear vision for the problems students may be currently facing, as well as the solutions that technology integration may offer.
Second, I have no doubt expanded my knowledge of existing technologies, and how they can be used in education. As I was working on each assignment, at times I felt that my creativity was pushed to its limit. More than once, I even felt stressed and intimidated, having no idea how to even approach an assignment. For example, I had never thought of integrating Excel spreadsheet software into teaching ESL. Another example – creating a mobile learning lesson plan; something I knew nothing about. But I do know now!
Last but not least, I have learned that my own Mac has so many valuable features that I can share with my students and colleagues! That is, I can now make a world of difference for a person with certain needs by simply sharing what I have learned about the already built in features, and by doing so help them see their educational and personal goals become true.
How have I grown professionally?
After this course, I will no longer approach technology integration into the classroom as some kind of random act; that is, I won’t consider using an iPad, presentation tool, or any other device or software for this metter simply because they are “cool” or are available. My approach will no doubt be more theory and knowledge grounded, and my choice will be supported by a Relative Advantage Chart. I feel this is a great step toward achieving professionalism in the field.
I also feel confident in assisting my colleagues and other teachers on how to develop a course in any content area with successful technology integration. I know that I can do more than just suggest a cool tool. I can now to advise and support on each step of the way – from simply considering a technology tool to keeping the whole curriculum in focus. Not to mention, I have so many ideas and practical examples of technology integration – I made to sure to bookmark many websites of my classmates so that I can return to them taler. The class’ digital repository is an invaluable resource!
How my own teaching practice or thoughts about teaching have been impacted by what I have learned in this course:
- identify learning problems and desired outcomes before making decisions on technology integration;
- assess for any need for assistive/adaptive technologies for different types of learners;
- plan for technology integration while focusing on the curriculum objectives and outcomes, learning and teaching theories, the learners, and available resources.
- continue reading professional literature and explore new technologies.
I believe that all the projects and assignments I created during this course reflect on my being a strong advocate for Constructivist theory of learning. That is, all the projects emphasize group-based and cooperative work. Also, they target “global goals” such as problem-solving and critical thinking (Roblyer and Doering, 2012.) I also strived to see that through the projects, students would generate their own understanding of the topics through real-life experiences. The majority of the assessments also reflected on Constructivist theory of learning – they are “nontraditional”, that is, group projects such as web pages, multimedia projects, and self-reflections.
Part II: Assessing My Performance of Blogging Efforts.
Readings and Resources
Responses to Other Students
Rich in content, full of thought, insight and synthesis with clear connections to previous or current content and/or to real life situations made with depth and detail.
Readings (from course text) and other resource materials are used to support blog comments. APA style is used to cite references.
All required postings are made but not in time for others to read and respond.
Two or more substantial posts with at least one detailed response made to address another students’ post.