Part 1: Reflection
What have I learned?
What have I learned this semester? I have enjoyed certain aspects of 541 more than others. I loved the projects and, honestly, hated the blogs. I could have easily spent all my time on the projects. I liked researching so many different types of technology and resources and implementing them. I am not a “language arts” person and each week’s blog felt like I was writing a research paper. I had to dig deep to find the “relative advantage” each week and communicate it in an articulate way. It never got any easier.
The projects were the most significant for me. I was able to apply my twenty two years of mathematical knowledge, and through newly acquired technological skills, was able to create detailed and meaningful learning lessons and activities. I was able to take this new knowledge and immediately implement it with my current students.
How theory guided development of the projects and assignments you created?
My overall goal was to take a constructivist approach to most projects, intending that these projects were student-centered. Technological tools helped me to supplement content, engage learners, enhance delivery and assess student learning. By integrating technology, I was able to enhance the topic of Algebra 1. My favorite lesson was when I taught an entire graphing lesson using only APPS. Technology should always be implemented to make the lesson more engaging, relevant and authentic.
How the course work demonstrates mastery of the AECT standards?
EDTECH 541 coursework demonstrates mastery of many AECT standards in several ways. Standard 1 addresses Design and this course provided many opportunities to analyze my students and their learning characteristics when designing projects such as the Interactive PowerPoint Presentation and especially when designing the Technology in the Content-Areas lessons. Standard 2 addresses Development. EdTech 541 required me to integrate a variety of computer-based and audiovisual technologies, such as the Slide Presentation and the Internet-Based Lesson with Video Integration Library. Finally, Standard 3 addresses Utilization. In this course I was able to explore multiple ways to utilize technology for the benefit of a variety of learners through such projects as the Resource Page and the Adaptive/Assistive Technology and Instructional Software projects.
How you have grown professionally?
Professionally, this course required me to reach out to many of my colleagues. Although I do not teach in a traditional brick and mortar school, I did reach out to many other teachers and administrators that I have previously worked with. Through this course, I was able to do a lot of networking.
How your own teaching practice or thoughts about teaching have been impacted by what you have learned or accomplished in this course? What will you do differently as an educator as a result of this course?
The main area that has been impacted for me is my communication skills. Through this course I have realized there are many ways I can implement a variety of technological skills to better communicate with my students and their parents.
Part 2: Self-Assessment
Content (70/70) – Outstanding: 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. The content of my blog posts were rich in content and clear connections were made.
Reading and Resources (20/20) – Outstanding: I used the readings and additional resources to support comments made on blog posts. All of the resources were cited using APA format. Despite struggling with the content on occasion, I often went above and beyond expectations.
Timeliness (20/20) – Outstanding: Each of my posts was made early enough to provide time for others to respond. I never posted anything after a deadline.
Responses to Other Students (30/30) – Outstanding: Every week, promptly, responses were provided on both other students’ blogs and in the post area. I often responded to three or more students each week. My comments were thoughtful and detailed.
I completed the following extra credit activities:
Shared Diigo (most weeks 5/10 pts)
Symbaloo (10/10 pts)