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Technology Reflections
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  1. 1. When I first thought about this course I was very comfortable because I thought that I knew a lot about technology. I have had extensive technology training over the course of my career. I thought this course would probably teach me things I already knew how to do. This course was not at all what I had thought it was going to be. I learned a lot about blogging and the role that an administrator plays in helping teachers integrate technology. Taking the pre and post assessments really helped me evaluate my technology strengths and weaknesses. When I took the pre-course assessment I realized that this course was very different from my original thoughts. We were not going to cover basic computer skills. We were working on things that I had not worked on before. I did not have a high rating overall because of my lack of knowledge in most of the categories. I definitely played the student more than I had expected. I learned a lot about the technology TEKS and the STaR chart. I had always known about these two concepts but never really had a good understanding of them. Another outcome of this course was that it got me to evaluate my own teaching styles and strategies. I looked at how I am using technology and found ways that I can personally improve my teaching methods to incorporate technology. This class has changed the way I look at technology. I view it as something that can help keep my students motivated and on task. I also believe it will help my students gain a better understanding of the content I am trying to teach. I realized that I am hurting my students by not allowing them proper time to work with technology in my class. I want to prepare my students for the real world which requires them to use technology. All of the activities we worked on throughout the past five weeks will allow me to better prepare my students for the 21st century. I know that I am better prepared myself because of this course. At the end of the course I was able to evaluate my progress and say without hesitation that I can teach all of the concepts listed in the post evaluation. <br />The information that I gained through this course is very relevant to the work that I am doing currently and will continue to be. As a teacher leader I will use my knowledge gained to help my colleagues incorporate technology into their lessons. I am going to start creating a database of technology infused lessons to share with others. I am on various committees where I have the opportunity to evaluate campus curriculum and new initiatives. I will make an effort to look at the technology component when evaluating these areas. The STaR chart is also something that I will look at more closely in the future. Before this class I really didn’t understand the importance of the STaR chart and how it affects my school and teaching. I will now use this information to evaluate my technology skills on a yearly base. I will look at my weaknesses and personally try to find professional development opportunities that will help me address them. Technology will always be relevant to my teaching and learning. I know that students are technologically savvy and I need to tap into this resource to help my students and myself achieve academic goals for my subject area. <br /> I believe that I achieved all of the outcomes that I wanted to for this course. I was able to rate myself high in every category on the post assessment. I really felt like this course taught me all of the things that I didn’t know on the pre assessment. One area I could improve would be working on my current lesson plans and finding ways to incorporate technology into all of them. The only thing really preventing me from doing this is time. I feel so overwhelmed with work and my family obligations. I think it’s easy for me to keep doing the same thing I have done for the past five years. It would help if I had a workday where I can spend the whole day working with my colleagues and making technology infused lessons. I think this would help all teachers not just myself. I think that planning time is the biggest barrier that all teaches face when dealing with technology. We need time and a support staff to help us. <br /> I was very successful in carrying out the course assignments. I thought the assignments were very long and hard. I spent a lot of time evaluating and looking up information. One problem I ran into with most of the assignments was trying to get the interviews done. This is a very busy time of year and most of the people I talked to could not find time to meet with me. I decided to do on-line interviews through emails. This helped out but not a lot. I still could not get the information I needed back from the contact person. I found myself asking a lot of different people questions to try and get the answers I needed for my week four assignment. I am very proud of the work that I turned in during this past five weeks because I spend more than twenty hours a week completing the assignments. My principal asked to see my week four assignment because she wanted to see what the technology structure looked like and what the roles were for each person I listed. I think that the information we gathered during week four should be listed somewhere on our website or CIP. I think teachers need to know what the responsibilities are for each person listed on the flow chart. I also think it’s helpful to have a flow chart that represents where teachers can go in order to get technology help. <br />This course taught me a lot about myself and my students. I feel that I am more like my students in regards to technology. I don’t consider myself a technology immigrant or a native. I have always grown up around technology but I am not as advanced as my students. I also feel that I am a lot more advanced than the technology immigrants. I am very capable of working with technology successfully by myself. I believe that I can make my class more exciting and fulfilling for my students if I just tap into how I personally like to learn. I do not enjoy lecturing or reading from the textbook. I like hands on activities that relate to real life. I am already doing this in my classes. I just need to add the technology component to enhance what I am already doing. I feel that I am very prepared to be a leader in regard to technology. I feel comfortable working with technology and teaching others how to work with it. I am going to continue to model the use of technology in my classroom. I feel that when I do become a principal I will be capable of modeling effective technology use for my staff. My attitude toward technology is welcoming. I would love to see every student in my school with a personal lap top with internet capabilities. I think technology can only enhance our student’s lives and our teaching. <br />One of the aspects of this class that was new to me was blogging. I had never posted a blog before this class. I do believe that blogging can have a positive impact on education if used properly. Blogging can help learners because students are reading other peoples thoughts and adding their own. Students through blogging can practice their writing and reading skills. Blogging also is helpful because it allows students to collaborate and discuss things. One student can write a response or answer and the other can add their thought to it. Then we have a compilation of ideas. Blogs can also encourage students who wouldn’t normal participate in discussion to get involved. When students can respond to information on-line it can help them feel more comfortable than face to face interactions. Another benefit that I saw from this class is the ability of students to communicate with each other from different parts of the world. Through our blogs we were able to view other people’s thoughts and ideas. We each are different in our own way and when we share these thoughts with each other we get a greater understanding of the information. Through blogging students can learn from different cultures and beliefs. Another benefit for teachers is that blogging can replace the traditional web page. Through a blog a teacher can update homework information and other information that parents or students may need. Teachers can also communicate with their students while they are at home to help them with assignments or questions they have. <br />The concerns I have for my students and blogging is the information they are sharing. I am concerned that my students some times give out too much personal information about themselves through the blogs. Blogs can expose children to predators because they can be accessed by anyone who has the link. Blogging also can be used to bully other kids. Through blogs a series of students can make nasty or vulgar comments about another student. Once the blog is up and running the bully has the ability to keep verbally harassing the student with the help of his or her peers. Cyber bulling is a serious problem that educators have to deal with on a regular base. Blogging can also interrupt homework or studying. If students get on a blogging site that is a social network they can spend a lot of time chatting with friends instead of completing assignments or studying for tests. They may get additive to chatting on-line. They don’t want to miss out on what their peers are saying. Last there is a false sense of privacy with blogging. Kids believe that information they reveal or pictures they might post are only seen by their friends. Parents have to be careful with what is going on while their child is blogging. <br />One benefit of blogging is that it allows you to communicate with a mass amount of people. Teachers can post information to a blog site and parents can make comments or ask questions. This is similar to having a web page where you post information that parents or community members can view except that this way allows more interaction between the teacher and stakeholders. You can also use a blog to communicate information pertaining to school events that are taking place on campus. You can have the results from a school contest. Then people can comment on the game. This can create a sense of school spirit. Administrators can use blog to get stakeholders thoughts and opinions about new initiatives or activities. The blog is an easy way to get a lot of people involved in the decision making process. People can log into the blog whenever they have time. They don’t have to attend a meeting or set up daycare. This is just another resource that administrators can use to get more people involved. <br />

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