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During this course of instruction (EDUC_8823 “Computer Technology and Multimedia in Education), my eyes have been opened to what has been in front of my face, but beyond my realm of connection. I know that sounds far-fetched, but that is exactly what some of the technologies I have been introduced to, were for me. Now, I can actually “begin” to use the applications, programs and software, which previously seemed so out of my reach. I have definitely been transformed; I hope to use my newly-acquired knowledge to transform my students, as well. I guess that is the point, right? …not to just transmit knowledge, but to aid the individual in transformation. Teaching and learning is progressive and affected by the variables of societal, cultural, and political change. Our society, cultural (even sub-cultures), and politics have been affected by the advent of the technological age. Our educational and knowledge-base, have lagged behind. This has affected the way our students receive, and process knowledge. As torchbearers of education, we must incorporate technology-based instruction into the system. If not we are short-changing our students, and eventually our society.
Enough of the soapbox!
Things I liked; came to understand; and will definitely employ in my classroom, and in my personal life:
1. Skype—“love it!”
2. Blogs—“Love it.” I am using it with my AP English Literature students. They have developed author-study blogs. They love it, and think I am a genius. I love that! I have also begun to use two blogs as online journals of my technology growth and development—my transformation. One is public, and the other is a private—limited view blog.
3. Screen Capture—“Love it.” I am using it with my colleagues during professional development/workshop presentations
4. Voice Stream/Similar Voice-Over programs—“In awe!” I am using it with PD and class presentations.
5. Wiki’s—Oh my goodness! What a vehicle for collaboration, and maintaining an electronic portfolio! I love this, and have gained more concrete understanding of its comprehensive use and application in the classroom; at home; and in the business world. My students have to write research papers and create a Capstone portfolio that incorporates a research component, as well as a presentation. It can all be “housed” within a wiki, and accessed by both the student, and by the instructor. I have also begun to use the wiki as a briefcase, or electronic portfolio for my business and lightly personal documents and presentations. I cannot understand why I never new about this before. Why was I left out of the loop? Grrrrr…
Overall, Professor Toledo, this class was comprehensive, immediately applicable, and personally motivating.
This course EDUC 8823 has proven quite effective and relevant, thus far. I can see the potential of this application–Blogging, in the schools at multiple levels. Students can post, present, discuss and analyze comments and textual submissions online. Blogging can also prove to be a valuable research tool, as well. Students can be given a topic, discuss it online, and add relevant material to the Blog–ongoing. I need to see if it could serve as an electronic portfolio. Interesting…This course has opened up another, parallel world for me in education. Boy did I miss a lot of opportunities to reach my students! I can be so much more effective now. This year, my students will be rewarded with more resources to access and develop information. I believe this will empower them to participate, and seek more on their own.
Time will tell.
*View the following link to see my presentation on the Discussion Board