Here we are! We’re already at the end of this course, and I can hardly believe it! This course has been a great experience that I know will change the way I teach one day. One of my favorite parts about this course is how practical it was. A lot of times, we just read about different ways to enhance the classroom or watch others do it. However, in this course, each week we were challenged to not only research, but also to create and take part in new technologies that are sure to enhance my teaching.
My three biggest takeaways from this course are: the importance of technology in the classroom, the many resources that are out there to help, and the benefit of going out of my comfort zone to explore new technologies. Before this class, when I heard anything about technology in the classroom, the only thing that I thought about was the students having laptops. However, technology in the classroom is so much more. In this class, each week, we explored new ways that technology can be incorporated into the classroom. It is so much more than laptops. The students have ample resources, to use, as well as the teacher. I had never heard of most of the resources we had to explore this semester. At first glance, I didn’t want to have to explore all of them. “I already have enough tools and resources to use,” I thought to myself. However, once I got to exploring, I realized how many there are that are so awesome and can be helpful for me in the future! On example was LibreOffice. I was hesitant to download that onto my computer, but after I did, I’m sure that I will use it for my future students. This free resource is a great tool for students to use.
My favorite assignment in this class was the video creation in week 4. Making this video allowed me to revisit iMovie, which I hadn’t used in years. It was fun to be able to be creative and tell a story over a video. To be honest, I waited pretty late to do that assignment. I wish I would have done it sooner so that I could have had more time to do more edits and effects. Either way, it was a fun assignment, and it never hurts to get to talk about my puppy!
Two ways that I plan to incorporate technology into my class that are different than what I would have done prior to taking this class are through audio and videos, as well as use Formative to make formative assessments for my students! Through videos and audios, this class taught me how easy they are to make, yet how helpful they are to students. Specifically, I plan to use these two tools to help my students with instructions, announcements, and inside of online assignments. For example, if I assign my students an activity such as Nearpod, having my voice in there on an audio giving them instructions and hints can help them so much. Hearing instructions instead of reading them is a game changer for me. Before taking this class, I still knew this, but didn’t realize how simple it was to create videos and audios. Having to do it for an assignment opened my eyes to show that I am capable! In addition, I will definitely be using Formative in my classroom. Making one for class showed me how great of a tool it was! I had never heard of Formative before. I think sometimes it can be most important to do formative assessments in math to assess where students are at and what they’re missing. Formative is a great tool to get to do that. It was a great learning experience.
Overall, there are several takeaways from this class. I never thought I could learn so much in just 8 short weeks! Before the course goes away on Canvas, I plan to make note of all the resources and helpful tools given to us in a document that I can keep. I will start my student teaching in the spring and hopefully get my own classroom next fall, so to have a document that I can refer back to then will be great!