This class has provided a massive amount of knowledge, experience, and inspiration. I loved designing and creating a website through Weebly, where I was able to immerse myself into the process. I found the creative control and ability to organize in however manner I please to be invigorating and essentially, a breath of fresh air. It strikes me that this is how our students in the classroom like to learn, too. Even in the elementary level. I was inspired to branch out more of my assessment options to allow students to express their creativity in more of a powerful, creative way hoping they'd feel the same invigoration as I did.
I learned a lot about technology integration. I was initially a bit prideful to begin with, as I felt that I was already integrating technology pretty successfully. I'm glad I was knocked off my high horse a bit, because I learned so much! I can humbly say I was nowhere near using best practice with technology, and now I can move forward in a more effective, engaging way. I loved all the resources we explored through the textbook (which I had to buy in paper copy too, just so I could keep it to peruse through much longer!), online links, and discussion forums. I feel that it will take a long time to work everything into my Units, but one step at a time, I feel like I can make some big improvements in my classroom.
Mostly, I learned how important infusing technology into every day of a elementary classroom. It is critical. With the future of society progressing as rapidly as it is, and the need for technology-fluent learners growing with even more vigor, I know that I need to do more to prepare the future leaders of the country and world to be technology literate. I felt a deep passion begin to take root about technology integration. There are no excuses, it can be infused ANYWHERE. It is critical, and I will move forward using what I know to spread this passion throughout my school and district.
I feel like a changed educator, and I want to be part of the change happening in schools across the world. I want to spread EFFECTIVE technology practices into curriculum. I want to help draw the stigma away from "play-time" or "wasted time" or "too difficult for an old geezer like me" that circulates the schools. I want to show the zest, creation, and power that technology can bring into the classroom. I want to plant a passion in students to code, or create, or collaborate with technology.