CEP 810 Reflection

Wow!!! I cannot believe this is my last CEP 810 blog post! This course has flown by while engaging with exciting and interactive technologies. Being my first MAET course, I was nervous but excited for the unknown. CEP 810 (and its wonderful bubbly instructors) quickly eased my wondering as I dove straight into this new world of technology and exploration! This was an excellent introductory as it sets high standards for what will come. I am excited yet anxious to see what my future MAET courses will hold and the amazing technologies that I can incorporate into both my professional and personal life.

My professional practice HAS changed due to this course as I have already begun brainstorming ways to incorporate these unique and engaging resources into my own classroom! One of my favorite assignments was creating a lesson plan with Snagit and Prezi. Here I was able to create a lesson plan that connected my own curriculum to technology (which touched upon even more Common Core Standards!) Through submission and feedback, I was able to improve my original thoughts that would make it easier for students to succeed. Another course favorite was the Networked Learning Project as I had to use Help Forums and YouTube videos to learn and then demonstrate something that I have always wanted to learn how to do (in my case a beautiful and green veggie garden!) I was blown away at the amount of knowledge available when I use to rely solely on Google (which is rather boring to me now). I believe this course really provided me the time needed to practice and use the resources I have always heard about (or haven’t), but just haven’t had the time to explore them. This course connected my learning to my professional role as a teacher and a “new techie” as I began thinking about assignments, projects, or learning for the upcoming school year. The resources and tools explored throughout the past 8 weeks all encompass similar things: engagement, interaction, excitement, exploration, creation, and sharing. Not only did educational tools help sculpt me as an educator and learner, but also the professional resources that provided powerful insight and discussions. This began at the opening of the course by discussing the book: How Learners Learn, written by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney Cocking (2000). The book stated that, “…the meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it”( p. 5). I found this extremely powerful as I later began making connections throughout the course on how educators and students do not always need the newest, greatest pieces of technology. But rather they need to alter the way in which it is used to be used effectively. Then several weeks go by and yet again, I found another connection to this through TPACK.  We learned that it’s all about using the resources we DO have and recreating the wheel in order to use these resources in an effective way. The Keynote Presentation by Punya really got me excited about these connections as he told us how there aren’t any true “educational technologies,” but rather we have to take the technologies we have and recreate them to fit our needs as educators. I had a light bulb moment as once again, all of this learning comes back together and makes connections for myself as a learner and an educator.

At the closure of this course, I still need to figure out how to integrate all of these wonderful resources into such a small time frame throughout my day. When there are so many other things that need to be completed, it ultimately seems like a large task. But the up side to this is that technology truly can be integrated across subjects even if it may require a little more time. In my classroom of 25 second graders, I need to figure out how to make this work so that each student will not only be successful but also be productively engaged. How do I introduce a variety of technologies to little ones who can’t always navigate the web without step by step assistance? Whatever the answer, I will figure out a management system that allows these unique tools to be used with students that I know will LOVE this as much as I did!

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Forever Tech

References

Bransford, J.D., Brown, A.L., and Cocking, R.R. (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school (expanded edition.) Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Mishra, P. & Koehler, M.J.(2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054. Retrieved from http://punya.educ.msu.edu/2008/01/12/mishra-koehler-2006/

One thought on “CEP 810 Reflection

  1. I am very excited to try some of these new ideas out in my classroom too. Let’s get connected I have 26 2nd graders in the fall. I have lots of ideas that I have tried and would love to share and get feedback.
    Happy Summer!

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