Availability of materials- I can access the materials I need from any computer with internet access. I can have all the things I need at my fingertips with the click of a few keys strokes
Sharing Information- I have a chance to share information with others and others have given me opinions on information.
Creativity- I have been introduced to a variety of Web Tools that can be beneficial to me. Not only in the classroom but all areas of my life. I have the ability to merge old ideas with new web applications and create a new and improved version of the material. The accomplishment of being able to accomplish something I wasn't before is empowering.
Wealth of information- There are a variety of resources available to me. The possibilities of what I can do are endless.
Availability of the Technology - Having the ability to make sure the material will always work when you need it is worrisome. The web page could be down or unavailable to you and there is not much you can do but have a Plan B just in case.
Learning New Materials- Learning how to work new materials can be a bit frustrating at first. You are pretty much teaching yourself and you have to be able to have patience and understanding.
Safety – The safety of my personal information is very important to me and I have to be cautious of what I publish online.
Credibility & Validity- I have to be cautious when I get information from different websites. I have to make sure that the information is true.
HOW WILL YOUR EXPERIENCES IMPACT YOUR FUTURE TEACHING?
My experiences will help me be more creative and be able to get students more involved in the lessons. By allowing me to be more creative I can give students options and give them a way to be a part of the planning. By learning new ways to use web tools I can learn new ways to present old material. My experiences will help me learn a variety of ways to teach and be more knowledgeable. As I learn more I can teach students more. I can learn more and help students improve their use of technology but help them learn the lessons they need.
HOW WILL YOUR EXPERIENCES PUBLISHING TO THE INTERNET IN OUR COURSE IMPACT YOUR FUTURE STUDENTS?
Technology is always growing and it will continue to grow years to come. By publishing material for my students I can help keep up with the growing pace of technology. The knowledge that the students will help learn new skills that cam help them keep up with the growth of technology. Students can also be able to see information that they may have missed in class. If the student had to be out sick they can view the information online and the students have it available to them at their own pace.
WHAT GUIDELINES WILL YOU BE SURE TO PUT IN PLACE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN STUDENT SAFETY WHEN PUBLISHING ONLINE?
As a teacher I plan to:
Set understandable rules and guidelines for computer and internet use.
Have parents and students sign an Online Agreement Contract
Make sure I take responsibility for what students are doing on the internet by monitoring their activity.
Have adequate filtering and blocking programs.
Inform students how to be safe when online by not giving out too much of their information
Teach students how to evaluate web pages and give the criteria for evaluating those pages.