All right, last week I’m podcasting and now this week I not only created a webpage (albeit within a super user-friendly context) AND am considering joining the world of Twitter?? What is happening to me?? My only answer is an epic experience called ED 504.
Silliness aside, I am truly beyond impressed with the technological feats that have been tackled in the past few weeks. Redundant as this comment will seem, progressing from a Facebook-only realm to one in which I am diving into an array of electronic resources is something I did not expect in such a short amount of time. These tools will not only enhance my efforts at procuring employment following the MAC program but also allow me to be a much more effective teacher! I’d say that’s all-around win.
What I enjoyed most about today’s class—from the professional portfolio site to the utility of Twitter—is that each topic/tool/idea discussed was extremely simple, unintimidating, and grounded in realistic application. I found the Weebly site to be very intuitive and I look forward to “jazzing up” my page—when free time becomes a bit more abundant (is it August yet?). I also really enjoyed our guest speaker, Tom’s demonstration of how to incorporate something as popular and seemingly non-academic as Angry Birds into a math lesson. He raised the bar for taking a creative, engaging approach to teaching more difficult content, and made a strong case for being mindful of the sacrifices that are often necessary to keep our students from drifting off into the abyss. Though the authors of the Core Curriculum Guides will call me crazy, I think sometimes quality needs to trump quantity.
Totally unrelated... In an effort to broaden my blog skills, I'm inserting a picture. Though something the spirit of Angry Birds would be more appropriate, I decided to go with one of my dog, Mason :-) This is his "Mommy, please stop working and take me for a walk" look.