The use of social media, bookmarking, Creative Commons and Flickr were really fun. I was able to step out of my comfort zone to not only use social media in my daily teaching practices, but acquired useful educational resources to share with my student’s about Code of Best Practices for Use in Media Education. Using a variety of Web 2.0 tools, Podcasting, and Screencasts were essential for my at-risk kids. At times my students are often unmotivated to learn, and I realized that use of these Internet tools not only increases student engagement, but higher order thinking skills as well. These tools allow me to differentiate instruction to meet their diverse needs, while still maintaining relevance and rigor. Lastly, increasing my understanding of equitable access, Internet safety, culturally diversity and global awareness will help me assist struggling educators to effectively integrate technology in their pedagogical practices. My hope is to not only enhance student learning, but help students gain the opportunity to increase shared learning experiences, communicate among different ethnic groups, increase academic success, collaborate and promote publishing opportunities as well.
I have grown so much over the past few months as an educator, and I see how use of technology makes a difference in my students. Richardson (2010) states, that we must be connected and engaged with our students, so we can better teach and serve them. Not only can I incorporate Internet tools in the classroom to help develop student’s understanding and respect for cultural diversity, but also excited to guide my students in building web communities, creating, sharing, publishing, and collaborating with students from all over the world. I will use the information I learned in this course now and in the future, because I now understand that when any form of technology is utilized, students become more motivated to learn. Moreover, I have gained a toolbox of strategies, educational resources, skills, and confidence to use the Read/Write Web to change teachers and student’s perceptions about the role of technology in education. Lastly, helping students become more aware of how technology enhances their educational experience just proves that technology is the key to not only learning, but to gain new meaning about the world we live in. I was really excited to create and implement my lesson plan using 3 Internet tools. My students gain a lot from that experience. I hope to continue to provide my colleagues and students with an array of tools and resources to connect, create and transform the world. As a transforming technology coach, I will inspire all teachers from novice to veteran to use 21st century Internet tools to change the way students pioneer this digital culture. My promise is to use technology in my classroom and daily practices, so that digital learning becomes ingrained in the fabric of who we are, and what we stand for.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. (3rd ed.). Thousand Oak, California: Corwin