First of all, I’d like to thank Winston Churchill for posthumously allowing me to borrow part of his quote to use for my title. Also, Google search for making it easy for me to search for quotes that I kinda think I might know.
It’s almost the end of the semester, and when I think about the start my main thought is, ‘It seems so long ago!’ I feel as if I’ve packed a lot into this semester. There are so many technologies I had the opportunity to encounter, and some that I actually plan on exploring more in order to incorporate them into my lesson plans.
As I’ve stated before, I found PowerPoint to be the most startling experience thus far. There are features I didn’t know it had, including the ability to link slides to other slides and websites to create a more interactive program for students. I think this feature is especially useful for students who enjoy more independent learning, and it’s beneficial for teachers who still need to make sure their students are getting the information they want or need to pass on.
GoogleDocs impressed me with its ability to allow for a group to be working on the same project at the same time at different computers and even at different locations. At the same time, as a teacher, I can be providing feedback that helps students in the process of creation, rather than at the end Most of all, the ability to see how the work has grown is something that I think is invaluable for both the student and the teacher.
Finally, this blog has opened up a world of possibility to allow me to connect to other people, including fellow educators and students. It’s another tool that I’d really like to find a way to incorporate into the classroom because of its self-reflection aspect.
Learning about these technologies helped put me in the place of my future students by allowing me to discover new ways of interpreting and demonstrating knowledge.