As the last week of CEP 810, my current graduate course, comes to a close I’m taking some time to reflect on the course and how it may impact my teaching this year. The course centered around teaching for understanding with technologies but we focused on more than just technology we might use with students. It looked at using technology to learn new content, to aid in planning and organizing lessons, to connect with others, to create new material, and to increase student understanding. This course has stretching my learning as a teacher and forced me to make it public. It has made me think about how I can help my students create public works and how that may change the level of work they produce because an audience is out there somewhere and able to view their work. It has reinforced the idea that we, as teachers, should not wait for a technology to come along and solve the issues in education. We should be looking at ways to repurpose what is our there for our students while honoring how they learn through their personal learning networks.
Prior to the course I had been thinking about starting a blog this year but didn’t really know where to begin. This course was a great way for me to dive into the world of blogging and try a few new things along the way.
I’m still finding myself looking for a focus for the blog and wondering who might find what I say interesting. As well as some logistical things about working WordPress but I do know now how to use networked learning to find solutions to those questions. Finally, I’m still thinking about how I will improve my scaffolding of technology skills with my students. I am excited to share some of these tools with them but I want to be purposeful in my implementation and be sure that the technology is furthering their understanding of content.