What have I learned? I started the term with an open mind and ready to get started with the course Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum. As a current technology teacher that uses many forms of technology in my classroom, I was eager to learn new methods and ideas for making my lessons and instruction better. I firmly believe that technology is not just something that is added to a classroom and a lesson, but rather a tool to be used to enhance and integrate different levels of thinking into each lesson. The Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum has embedded that philosophy into all aspects of my lesson development. The course integrates and builds upon many of the previous courses I have taken in the M. E. T. program at Boise State University.
The course has provided information for building a program around a single idea, developing that idea into a useful and educational tool that can be used in a variety of ways. I have learned how valuable it is to see a lesson as an opportunity to find new and creative ways for incorporating technology into the activities to create excitement for the students. One of the toughest challenges a teacher faces is keeping the students engaged and excited about learning, regardless of the subject matter. The traditional methods of standing in front of a classroom and lecturing to a class are not engaging to the students of today. The students of today are actively using and creating new ways of using technology for entrainment. So is goes without saying, that applying a meaningful way of using technology in the classroom will motivate and engage the students in learning.
The course allowed us to become more familiar with the AECT Standards and the importance they have on the development of a new lesson or activity.
Standard 1 Design, we were able to create several lessons, instructional presentations, reflective blogs and resources sites for educators to use as a resource. We incorporated an approach to designing our lessons and presentations that they could be used at a micro or macro level without having to change the lesson or presentation. The lessons were designed and developed to allow for use right away in the classroom as the instruction or an enhancement of the instruction. Learning theories and characteristics of learning were considered in all lesson and presentation designs.
Standard 2 Development, involved the use of embedded material to add the integrity and creditability of our lessons and presentations. Outside sources such as websites, video, graphics, charts, and forms of technology were incorporated into all lessons. The use of printable media, audio, video, and hyperlinks assisted in addressing all learner characteristics for the lessons.
Standard 3 Utilization, was addressed in the development of a final project were all the material for the course would be show cased and used later in the classroom. The final project demonstrates the strong and insightful instruction of the course by building on prior knowledge to create a thorough website that can be used at any point for classroom instruction or as a resource to instruction.
The course has allowed me to develop a more in-depth practice when creating or redesigning a lesson. My ability to incorporate a more meaningful and concise lesson will have a great impact on my students. The students will develop a better understanding of how to use technology for a successful education. The course has instilled a better practice on sharing information with colleagues. The level of course work created a much higher level of thinking that manifested into more concise lessons and presentations.
Another area of instruction that was addressed was, special education and ESL learners. These two areas are a large part of any education system and require necessary attention to ensure proper instruction in mainstream education.
Content – I believe my blog entries provided thoughtful insight to the class review process, along with personal experiences that are relevant to the topic at the time of creating the blog. 150/150
Readings/Resources – I provided reference information with all my blogs. The reference material created credibility and additional information for the blog entry. 30/30
Timeliness – I attempted to add by blogs early in the course instruction each week for peer review and feedback. However, part of the time this was not possible due to some untimely family problems that had to be taken care of away from my home. 15/25
Response to Other Students – I made it a point each week to read as many blogs as possible from my peers. I felt that comments helped us grow as students and educators; therefor I provide more responses then required. The responses give a different perspective and the creator may not have taken into consideration. 50/50
Roblyer, M.D., Doering, A.H. (2010). Integrating educational technology into teaching, fifth edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson Education, Inc