I cannot believe the first semester is coming to a close. I was really nervous about going back to school and a little skeptic about if I will learn anything new. Well no reason for either. I really enjoyed the first semester, even though it was stressful. I was able to play with new "toys" and expand my learning and my students learning. One of the tools that I used in this class I ended up using in my research project. Even though it did not work out as smoothly as I expected I still enjoyed trying something new with my students. Another tool I enjoyed trying out was Prezi. I have seen presenters use Prezi before but I have never created one myself. I feel this is something that I could use over and over again. Not only in my classroom, but in meetings too. Edutopia was another eye opener for me. I found so many videos about 21st century learning and teaching that just had me in awe. One thing I really enjoyed about this class was learning about what is 21st century learning. I have really taken a step back and challenged myself to let the students guide my teaching and have students work collaboratively. I was very comfortable with technology in the classroom and on my own, but I had no idea all of the tools that were out there. Also, creating a Screen cast for the last project had me searching through all of the Google Chrome "add ons." I am looking forward to learning about new tools for younger kids. Even though I loved using the tools myself I would love to see a little more geared towards kindergarten through third grade. Thank you all for a wonderful first trimester! I'm looking forward to growing even more this year!
11/18/2017 09:37:20 pm
Great job Alicia. I also shared many of your reservations, stress, beginning this semester. You students are lucky and I'm sure enjoying your new knowledge. You are brave to be ready to present in a mtg. My first audience was my family, tonight. Sharing my Brain Rule presentation. :)
11/19/2017 11:29:19 am
11/20/2017 01:56:13 am
As I read your blog, I felt like it was something I could have typed because it rang true to my experience as well. I feel like even thought this semester has been difficult at times, I have learned and enjoyed a great deal of both of our courses. It was reassuring at times to hear from others that they were experiencing the same things as I was. I am also looking forward to the next courses for this coming semester.
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