The first half of the semester is winding down! It has flown by for me, especially because our course is only a few weeks long. However short the class was, I feel I have gained an extensive amount of new information about tools I will use in the future. Throughout the course I was surprised by all the resources available to educators to help make lessons engaging. I am not the most tech savvy person, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I was able to navigate the different tools.
I decided to use one theme over the past few weeks, the Cold War. For each assignment I was able to present the same information about the Cold War in a different way. I found this to be extremely useful, I was able to compare the different ways I could present this lesson and important piece of history. Additionally, I was able to envision which tool I would find more beneficial for the students to learn this topic. I think the interactive PowerPoint combined with a follow along worksheet would be a good way to present the Cold War. I worked hard on my PowerPoint, and believe it is an already prepared tool I could use in the future.
The tools we learned about this semester also have proven to be great means of communication with parents. I can see how a weekly newsletter or updating a blog that parents and students can access anytime would be extremely beneficial. Parents can help keep their students on tack and be aware of their progress and the progression of the class, while students also can find resources to help them with assignments or easily note updates.
Again, all of the projects we have done I believe I will find use for in my own classroom in the future. I also now have access to resources and information on how to create and teach to a very visual and “tech savvy” generation. It also has helped me to appreciate all the work my teachers have done to help enhance my experience in their classroom.
Overall, I think I have gained a lot from this course and am looking forward to learning more and using these tools and resources! :-)