We had our last Ed tech class this week and as I start to reflect on the past twelve weeks I realize how much I have learned.
I can now use SMART notebook effectively to create lessons, presentations and assignments. I enjoy notebook, because it is easy to use and has many different tools to help enhance a simple lesson. I would say my favorite tool is either SMART lab or the screen capture tool. SMART Lab is an interactive system within notebook, it has a few different platforms that allows you to create activities for the lesson. I enjoy the screen capture tool for SMART notebook but also because it lets me save it to other places or programs. I will definitely be using SMART notebook in my classroom with the tools I have learned in Ed tech.
I am now familiar with various interactive systems that allow me to create fun activities for students. I can also recognize which systems are better on handheld or desktop. I used a lot of different interactive systems this semester but my favorite ones were Plickers, Socrative and Quizlet live. I really understand how much fun these systems can bring to a lesson whether that be through teamwork or just plain fun, interactive systems can truly bring a class to life.
I have several professional social media accounts that I will continue to use during my career. I had never used Twitter before this course so when we started using it I was wondered if I was even doing it right. What is a tweet? How do you Retweet? I did not get it and I certainly did not understand it’s importance in the education department. However now I can say I know what a “tweet” is and I value it’s place in the education world. I had used Pinterest but only for personal use, now I use it only for educational use. The ideas for education are endless on this site. I now have a YouTube channel and I know how to operate it which is surprising for me. I barely used YouTube prior to this class but now I have four videos that I created myself! YouTube is a great space for students to explore CrashCourse, or TED talk videos if they are struggling in a subject.
I can use various apps that will enhance future lessons or learning. I can also use those apps or interactive systems to assess students fairly. Most of these systems had great assessment features that were easy to navigate through.
This class helped me learn how to integrate technology into the classroom in a way that will benefit students. This is a skill I will take to my future classroom. It really helped me learn about teaching, unlike my other classes where I’am writing papers and doing projects unrelated to teaching. In each class we learned about a different tool to use in the classroom, which I greatly appreciated.
When I entered this class I knew of some ways to use technology in the class but that was only from observation in practicums. Now that I’am done I feel more prepared. I feel as though I could make a lesson plan and enhance it with technology. That was something I could not have been able to do without this class. My “aha moment” was probably when I learned about Twitter. Like I said I knew it existed but I thought it was just for celebrities or sports. However, I have seen a different side to twitter. There are lots of teachers that tweet about their classrooms and education websites that tweet about the latest happenings in ed. I do not think I had a hard time with any of these tools, but perhaps the hardest was the Hour of Code. This was hard but it did not take long to figure out, I talked to my teacher about this and she said it will be easier in classrooms because they would have had lessons leading up to it. This makes sense, and this will be how I will be teaching my students about coding.
I’m not scared or worried about the future of technology in the classroom. I’am excited for it, technology is not going away any time soon and rather than ignore it we should be embracing it. I remember being in high school and cell phones were treated like forbidden fruit. If you were even seen with it, it was immediately taken away. However, it seems times have changed and students are encouraged to use their cell phones to facilitate learning. I’am happy about this change, I believe it is a step in the right direction.
All in all Technology has its place in the classroom and it will have a valued place in my classroom. I’am thankful for what this class has taught me and I will share it with my future students and colleagues.