A Time of Reflection

As the semester (and this class) comes to a close, I thought I’d reflect on the goals I set forth for myself (in this earlier post) and how I think I’ve done so far with them.

  1. Use technology to empower students and encourage creativity –  My Goal: Give students a choice and provide opportunities for creativity by allowing and encouraging the use of technology to demonstrate learning.
  2. Use technology to connect students to new conceptsMy Goal: Use digital resources to help students make connections to new concepts and to engage students in their learning.

While I have not given my students a choice just yet, mainly because I am still learning what kinds of choices I can offer them, I feel that I am on the verge of allowing students to use creativity and use technology to help them connect to the concepts they’ve learned.  And, I have this class to thank for that.  The culminating project, which was a digital storytelling project created for my Algebra 1 Honors class, will allow my students to write, model, and solve real-world problems and then tell the story of how they accomplished that.  In doing so, they will use the Internet, online graphing calculators, and Prezi.  Additionally, they will use creativity in writing their own real-world problems and in creating their digital presentations.   I am really excited about working to meet this goal in the near future.  This project (its “wiki” page and web resource and Prezi for telling their story) serves as way to help me meet my second goal of having students use digital resources to help students to connect to the learning.

This class and this project “forced” me to use the tools I was learning and, as a result, allowed me to start meeting the goals I set for myself.  Additionally, I feel much more knowledgeable about the tools that are available to me and my students.  Never in my life did I think I’d be blogging and tweeting, creating a wiki page, creating a curriculum/resource page, creating a digit project for my students, creating rubrics online, learning to embed videos and presentations, learning to create Prezi’s, learning that attribution must be given for images and learning to do that correctly, reading weekly news articles on e-learning and educational technology to stay knowledgeable on the topic, reading and writing about research, writing reflections of my learning activities, and so much more. Whew!

It’s been a great class.  I’ve learned a lot.  And, I look forward to learning more and to slowing but surely integrate more and more technology and tools into my classroom.  I know that in doing so, I will be enhancing the learning experiences of my students and even helping myself to be a more efficient and effective teacher.

Thanks, K. Thompson and  EME5050!

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4 thoughts on “A Time of Reflection

  1. Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for sharing your reflections and goals with such honesty. I agree, it is a process to be comfortable enough with these tools to feel you can support your students as they use them for classwork! I am hoping to muster the energy to attempt my story telling project, too. I an sure your students will have amazing projects.

    As I read through your list of all the tools we have explored, I recognized how much we have accomplished. I appreciate your openness and support through the semester!

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  2. Hey Lynn,

    Thank you so much for all of your feedback and help throughout this semester. I truly do not think my projects would have been as great had I not had such wonderful feedback. I feel that I will take away lots of things from this course much like yourself I hope to keep following you on twitter and maybe we can keep sharing teaching Ideas.

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  3. Thanks so much, Ashlynn, for you kind remarks! Wishing you all the best! (And, yes, I will TRY to keep up with Twitter and blogging….just might need a little break first.) 🙂

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