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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Master's Class Final Post

Yay! I have completed round two of 17 things!

This has impacted my life long learning goals by keeping me abreast of new things. I want to keep up with current things in my classroom, and I'm always looking for new ideas to try to make learning fun and interesting for my students. I had a student show me Prezi last year, so I explored it on my own first, then I was excited when it became a "thing." Also, after learning about animoto for 17 things, I got a call from my mom (a retired teacher) who said she'd made an animoto video. I figured, if my mom could do it, I could easily teach my 9th and 10th graders to do it. It's about time I start using these things in my teaching.

I really liked how my students were excited and willing to try the new things. Most of the time I was learning right along with them, and they could show me things about the programs like prezi, weebly and animoto. They liked that they were able to teach me things, or become a class experts. It was especially nice when the student who isn't really a super star in bio became a prezi expert and had all their peers asking them how to do things. They were really able to valuable contributions and feel successful in class.

I think all teachers should make an effort to integrate technology into their curriculum. Most of the tools are great ways to enhance the curriculum, which enhances student learning. I found that my students were excited and willing to create prezis, weeblys and animotos, and became more engaged in the biology because I added a cool, new tech element. I'm looking forward to finding more ways to integrate this into my curriculum next year. It also gives me a fresh way to present things. Student know I haven't been teaching the same old thing for my whole career. I think (hope) they appreciate that.

My learning experience can be described as:
17 Things to chew on makes me feel capable of "keeping up" with my tech native students.

1 comment:

  1. Kellie,
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful reflection! Your comments, and your comments on the survey, are really helpful and have given me ideas for how to get other people involved next year. Thanks again for participating!!