Over the course of the past two months I have learned an enormous amount about how to use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. These tools have the power to transform a classroom to a fun, engaging environment where students are not only learning critical content skills, but also crucial 21st century skills.
First, I would like to start with a self-reflection of this blog. This is the first blog I have ever created, but I am glad that I did so before I got into the classroom. Blogs are great ways for teachers to share educational resources, to update parents and students, and to self-reflect about their pedagogies. With this blog project, I developed a niche for updating my followers on online resources such as gliffy, infuselearning and wikis. I see myself using a blog in the future as a way to communicate with the students and parents in my class as well as a way to share and discuss resources with my fellow teachers. I thought I did a really good job with the layout and design of my blog, and over time I developed a more engaging writing style. This engaging writing style is something that I will definitely take away from this class because it keeps my followers coming back to read my updates and it facilitates discussion on my blog.
Another great tool for discussion that I really enjoyed from this class is our class webliography. For this project, we created a wiki where my fellow classmates and I posted reviews and rubric scores for different technology resources. This project was so beneficial that I see myself using it well into my teaching years. I am hopeful that my classmates and I can stay in touch on this webliography and update each other on great technological finds.
During this class, I was also exposed to a new pedagogy style that is sweeping schools: flipping the classroom. This classroom management technique is one that requires the students to listen to pre-made lecture videos for homework. Then the next day the class can focus on hands-on activities that require the students to apply skills learned from the videos. I think this pedagogy style is extremely beneficial for both students and teachers. Basically a classroom that is flipped is a classroom that is transparent--parents and students know exactly what you're teaching so there are no surprises. Students are able to learn from the videos are that own pace, and teachers are able to give more direct attention to more students throughout class time. It is difficult to argue against this pedagogy style. I am planning to continue studying flipping the classroom to see how plausible it is in an elementary setting. But overall, I can't wait to try out this new engaging, resourceful teaching style!
This class has been one where the products that we have created will serve us well throughout our teaching professions. I wish that more teachers learned about the power tools that are available to classrooms now. These tools have enormous potential for our students and the skills that they are learning. We must remember that we are preparing our students for a technological age where they must possess both collaborative skills and technological skills.
Thanks for following me throughout this journey!! I will try to keep posting throughout the rest of the summer!