What I have learned in three months of graduate school? That I have so much more to learn. I have barely tapped the surface of everything that is available and I hope I never stop learning. I began my learning journey by creating my own personal reflection video to share about my past, present, and future journey with technology. I’m slowly learning what it means to be involved with technology in education and how much the world of technology has grown. I have to remember that I shouldn’t be forcing technology into the classroom environment, but allowing technology to be present and available so the students develop their creativity in learning.
This year I am teaching a Spanish Course where I had the students use a digital tool for assessment and provide me feedback on the use of technology. It was a fun and engaging exercise so I decided to do a second lesson where the students can work independently to do a book report with a comic book strip app.
Then we evaluated how much education is changing, what we think needs to change and how technology plays a role in those changes through our Learning Manifesto.
What I have learned is how important having a professional learning community or network of peers that can share what has worked, how to find new avenues of approaching desired goals and possible new digital tools. There are so many resources available and hopefully my site can be a resource to home schoolers and others that are approaching developing their digital portfolio for the first time or even just about learning what is available for educators.
These videos and resources are but a beginner’s first approaches and hopefully I will learn to tailor and refine each of these reflections, tools and manifestos to reflect the growth I hope to gain in my future coursework.