As I sit here, finalizing my last project for my Technology in the Classroom, I feel as though I have taken a huge step in the right direction.
This week, I learned how to create an amazing Google Lit Tour with Google Earth. I decided to take it a step further. I know that there are students out there who may not have the access to Google Earth. I was able to convert the file and upload the .kmz file to Camtasia and add music.
I also learned that I made a great decision when taking this course this winter. Technology in the Classroom is fun and exciting for me. I have grown up understanding technology and web 2.0 tools most of my life. This course helped me bring together what I know about teaching with technology and taught me how to utilized them both.
With this winter term coming to an end, I am that much closer to graduating this coming fall.
What a difference one week can make.
This week, I experienced more than I wanted to bargain for. While time management was a major priority last week, this week it might take second when it came to my stress levels. What makes the stress so prominent now rather in the past was for the fact that it was something not to stress over when it was all said and done. I guess fear in the unexpected makes us think that there is something there that was never there to begin with. When I was faced with this situation, I thought the worst and I was only able to imagine my life changed forever. In the end, this was not the case and I was able to get back on course. I have been able to look at this moment in my life with gratitude and know that it is only as bad as I can make it. I also learned that I need to make the best out of my situations no matter how awful or amazing they are. Taking the change of situation with stride is probably the only way to respond to just about anything imaginable.
With all of that being said, I can say that the homework just may be simple and easy to deal with. I am finding pleasure in doing the homework because it helps me widen my ideas when it comes to classroom management and lesson panning. I found that a Flipped Classroom has been, by far, one of my favorite ideas that I have ever come across. I intend on making my classroom a flipped classroom because I know that as we move forward in education, we must adapt in how our children are learning new material. As for now, I will enjoy what is left of this week.
The second week of January and I have been able to take pride in one huge feat; writing “2016” effectively without any cause for change in the typical mistake of writing the incorrect date, as most of find ourselves doing. This week I have learned how to manage my time and work with copy right in education.
I was concerned in the beginning when it came to the rights of written work. I am glad that as a future educator, the freedom to use just about anything on the internet to teach young minds about the world around them is absolutely fantastic.
I can say that I will forever remember 2016 for the year I learned that I will be able to teach with freedom and technology.