Welcome to my first-ever blog post! I have contemplated for several days now on how best to kick off this new “technological journey.” I’ve never been one for journaling, and when it comes to utilizing social media, my experience comes to a halt at Facebook. Even in that realm, my level of participation rarely exceeds the obligatory weekly status update, sporadic “liking” of links or quotes, and posting of way too many pictures of my dogs.
When writing, I tend to labor over each sentence—if not word—so, unless for the purpose of something academic, I much prefer to express myself through speech. That being said, as I read the insightful and witty entries of my peers I can see the merit in the blogging method. Though I’m a bit resistant, I will do my very best to embrace it!
Now, on to the task at hand…delving into my reflection on our class last Friday.
I have truly enjoyed and appreciated the discussions we’ve had during our MAC classes overall. We interact, we challenge one another, we respectfully listen to new ideas and perspective and, along the way, we learn a lot more than we ever would on our own! Our experience on Friday no exception—we quickly engaged in a thought provoking, intriguing discussion about using technology in our classrooms.
I think I was most “wowed” by the idea that you can completely change the process of learning just by adding in a single new dimension. With the example of bringing a digital camera to class, the students completely altered their approach to a lab exercise the moment they realized they would be accountable for their work in a public context. Hmmmmm…sounds like ME right about now!! (Knowing that this blog is visible to anyone and everyone has me trying my best to write as eloquent a piece as possible—doubtful I’ll succeed J)
As teachers-in-training, we have an overwhelming amount of new information to process—theories of practice, pedagogical styles, the psychology of our students, curriculum standards. Adding in yet another dimension—technology—at first seemed rather daunting to me (admittedly, I am not the most technologically savvy person). However, I have to say that after reading about the ways to cultivate an interactive classroom and the importance of teaching to “digital natives” in a way that has substantial meaning, I’m less intimidated about the need to create a “tech friendly” environment and more excited to take on the challenge!