WE’RE DONE!!

WOOOOOOOOO!!! We’re on the final stretch ladies and gentlemen!  I will say this class has not been my favorite, not that that comes as a surprise I’m sure.  I’m not a technological person, I’ve said it time and again.  That being said, this class was a struggle, but I did it!

These modules weren’t that difficult, but when you have four other classes and work every day it’s hard to find time.  They were incredibly time consuming, especially when you know very little about technology.  At first I would try to do these on my own in the little amounts of spare time that I had over the week, but it honestly seemed much easier just to sit down with friends and power through it over A LOT of caffeine…or wine.

To be perfectly honest, the notion of learning to learn online through an online class baffled me.  I mean, it’s a mouthful in itself.   Was I wrong… I learned tons.  I do not typically “explore” a lot on the internet.  I go on Facebook and watch Friends on Netflix so I was expecting to struggle.  Don’t get me wrong, I did struggle but I also learned to conference online using Google Hangouts, share a document and allow others to edit through Google Docs, learned to make a genie tell you all about my thoughts on the Technology Integration Matrix using Voki, to make a survey using Google Drive, and so much more.

Just thinking about my future classroom is fairly daunting.  Thinking about integrating technology into it seems impossible.  I don’t have a firm grasp on what my classroom will look, nor do I have a firm grasp on technology even though I do have a better understanding than when I began this class.  I do know that I plan to keep the parents of my students engaged in what their children are learning by using technology.

My parents grew up using phone calls to communicate.  I have grown up using texting and Facebook messages. A lot of the parents whose children I will teach will not be much older than I am and as I continue to teach, there will be parents my age.  These parents use the same form of communication that I do so why not keep them engaged by supplying them with a form that actually interests them.  Newsletters and notes sent home were what needed to be used when that was the only thing that COULD be used.  We need to keep our students engage by meeting them on their playing field as well as their parents’.

I am not a technological person but I am entirely capable of integrating into the classroom and continue learning to use it.  Through this, I will also encourage my students to learn to lean online.  Thanks for a unique learning experience!

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Module 6: TIM – Technology Integration Matrix

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I DO NOT like technology. Maybe if I knew what I was doing I would feel differently. While reading the Technology Integration Matrix, I thought “Man, am I even at the entry level?”
As I kept reading I found that with each level, there were different ideas on how to integrate technology and have it available to the students. The teachers in the videos explained how they would be using technology to help them teach and offered students a technological tool in order for them to complete their work.

   Not only are the teachers able to use technology to help them teach using PowerPoint presentations, Google Maps, Twitter, and so much more, but students can use it to learn with the same sites. The TIM offers different methods to use while integrating technology into the classroom and makes it clear that the use of technology does not always have to explicit instruction.

Students should be given the opportunity to use technology but it is not always completely necessary. Devices are accessible for the students’ use and they are able to use self-directed learning through the use of this available technology. Teachers can simply give instruction and let the students learn in a way that is meaningful to them.

Key Learnings 2

Like I said after completing Module 1, technology is not my thing.  I was hoping to prove myself wrong after Module 2 and boy, did that ever fail.  I am the type of person that takes my time with the little things when it comes to online classes, like typing everything out on Word, editing, looking at what others thought, editing, and so on; this is because if there is a way for it to fail, trust me, it will.

As university students, we have a lot on our plates.  Getting to class on time, completing homework, getting groceries, working, and the hundreds of other things we have to do is exhausting.  Each of the tasks that we have to do for this class takes time and if it’s anything like our tutorials, it takes LOTS of time.  My original thoughts for this class were “how hard could it be?” and quickly changed to “UGGGGH!!!! WHY ISN’T THIS WORKING?!?!? WHERE DID THAT FILE GO?? NO NO NO!!”.  So you can probably sense my frustration.

Now as absolutely terrible as I am with technology, I still think that utilizing it within a classroom is our best bet for teaching students effectively.  There were always teachers saying “you won’t always have a calculator with you” or “it’s not like you will always have a computer whenever you need it”. Well, I beg to differ.  Students now have a limitless amount of information just sitting in their pockets.  This will always be here so why not take advantage of it and teach children how to use it, when to use it, and responsibility on technology and the internet instead of ignoring it?

Key Learnings

I must say, technology is not my thing.  I have never blogged before so, most of my internet activities can be chalked up to Facebook and Netflix.  That being said, I found this very frustrating at first but eventually I got used to the program and was able to find my way.

The readings and videos that were posted in Orientation were both informative and eye-opening.  It is clear to see that school had changed significantly since our parents, grandparents, and so on have attended and it will continue to do so; the videos and readings really highlighted this fact and how important it is to keep the education system and expectation adapting to fit the changes of society.

Students are able to find answers to questions and new information on the internet and schools have adapted to allow this, even mandate it.  When research is required for a project, the internet is often the main source.  Books, articles, videos, presentation, and so much more can be found by simply opening up a search engine.

Society is constantly changing to adapt to the new technology that arises and the education system is part of that society.  Ignoring the changes of society will only hinder the students’ learning as they are not able to adapt along with it.

As students in this class we are not only learning how to use technology, we are also learning how learn with this technology.  With what we are learning through this course, we will be able to adapt to the technological changes that come as we are teaching and better prepare ourselves as well as our students.