Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reflective post

Photo credit to securedgenetworks on Google
This class, EME2040, was very unique and insightful to up and coming teachers and the new ways of public schools and new technologies being implemented in the curriculums of all school ages. Before coming into this class I thought that I was very technologically advanced when it came to figuring things out and using technology but to my surprise I was nowhere near being advanced when it came to understanding technology and all the things it could potentially provide in all areas to make life easier. To me the learning experience in this class was extremely helpful, mainly through the projects that we accomplished. I am a more hands on learner so being in class going over assignment structure was very hard to get along with; I was often day dreaming I like to stay busy working on things in class. The projects helped us get our feet in the door with all the different ways that technology can create ease with learning, teaching, and communicating for teachers, students, and parents. They helped open my eyes to different software’s and websites for teachers. As a teacher your job is to teach and understand each individual student, which can be challenger and very time consuming but these websites we have visited for example the wiki; were extremely helpful. I loved our class wiki and the assignment where we were to create our own with a group was great I feel that there is so much information at such easy access on the wikis that it is a great resource to all teachers. The text book for this class was of some help too. I think that reading over and completing assignments was what taught me the most effectively, but also going back and doing our journals each week with the chapters of the book was a good review of what we learned and new sites we could visit in the future for different areas of help. I have taken away a lot of information from this class and about uprising technologies in and outside of the classrooms. It is crazy the ages children are learning things I am just now figuring out. Technology is an important asset to learning and will only become a greater success and resource to teachers, students, and parents.

I would say one of the greatest learning outcomes that I have accomplished through this class is my new found understanding of how to use copyright images for my own work.

I have also learned how to hyperlink different things to certain pages for easy access due to our lesson plans and powerpoints. I can now also embed pictures as well as videos in my work on various websites, blogs, and powerpoints in compliance with completing our teacher wed page, and e-portfolio.

Each project in class brought forth its own great elements and unique learning objectives whether it be correctly giving credit to those who have given rights to use their work (copyright) or embedding different materials in our work to implement different information from outside resources on the web. All in all this class was extremely successful in teaching me new things about what technology holds for us teachers. As this class comes to an end I am taking a lot with me. I still to this day have symbaloo as my home page and if I do not have my computer with me I log on to symbaloo wherever I am to easily access all of my favorite sites!

1 comment:

  1. It is interesting to watch students who have grown up with technology discover there are so many other things to learn! I think one of the issues is that we will constantly be changing and adapting to new things as technology brings 'new' every second! It is difficult to catch up, but it is more important to understand some of the basic concepts. I think you are still missing some of the underlying concepts of copyright photographs, but good to see you providing credit links for the ones you use on your blog. You probably would have better liked the online version of this class where you could have gone at your own pace with the 'hands on' component. Good luck in your future endeavors!