Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Final Blog Assignment

The list of what I have learned:
1. Google Docs and Google itself- I always just thought of Google as a search engine and where I received email, but it is so much more than that! Google docs and all that Google has to offer is awesome. I love to explore iGoogle.
2. PLN’s- My Personal Learning Network is really cool and I enjoy going through it. I mostly use Twitter, but I enjoy the websites and links that I have discovered.
3. Google Earth- The Google Earth tour confused me at first, but once I figured it out it became a fun tool to use.
4. Screen Jelly- I love this website. Screen Jelly is so cool and a quick way to show people exactly how to perform a task online.
5. How I can use technology in the schools- I won’t keep going on a list because it would be too long. Podcasts, Twitter, Videocasts, Wikis, and so many more things were used to learn in this class. I enjoyed it and if there was an EDM 310 pt. 2 I would probably take it. I know there has to be things that I did not hear about in this class, but now I know how to find these things myself.

I don’t think I know of anything else I would have wanted to learn in this class. I’m sure if I thought about it, I would figure something out. I would have loved to see more Skype sessions and create more things for the class, but I know that would take up more time that a lot of people don’t have. I think this class is great how it is.

I don’t see anything as not useful. I think all of the tools are very useful! I don’t know why people wouldn’t want to use these tools because the tools can help make teaching a lot easier and more fun. I like the organization tools and tools that allow teachers to share what their students are doing with the world.

I found this class to be exciting! I will admit, at first I was very overwhelmed. The list of things we had to do looked so large because I had no idea what the tools that we were going to use were. The only thing I knew before this class was Gmail and Skype. Once I told myself to just dive in and get started, I got into the projects and the learning experience. I found all these new tools exciting and fun and I found myself sharing my projects with my friends and family. I’m proud of the work I’ve done for this class!

I think some of the videos and blogs we read were “intellectually challenging”. Not challenging as in difficult, but challenging as in they made me think harder than I normally would when I read blogs. I was actually forming my own opinions and ideas through these blogs and videos and that was cool to me.

I was never bored in the class. I was always working on something so I was busy. I think the workload was a good one and the things we have been learning are things that we can use everyday. If students would take that seriously then they would not be bored at all.

I think it would be cool to have a Mac workshop during the course, but I also know that not everyone has a Mac so that isn’t really possible. Workshops outside of class time are normally missed because of work or other responsibilities. I would have liked to learn more programs to use in the classroom. I really would have liked a Smart Board lesson too. Even though I have seen people use Smart Boards, I don’t know how to use one and that would be good to know. I don’t feel overworked in EDM 310. I did my work ahead of time most of the time and it helped me to stay on track.

I think I’m Technologically Literate at the moment. I’m not great, but I think I’m good and I’m continuing to grow. The more I explore the web, the better things get. I will probably never be amazingly Technologically Literate, but I’m going to try my best. I would like to be a media specialist after teaching for a while, so I’m going to have to keep my technology knowledge up.

I will continue to grow my PLN as I go through school and continue to learn and use new web tools. I want to keep a blog and continue to share my ideas and thoughts throughout my college and teaching career. I hope that I will be a good teacher and that I will be able to use as much technology as possible in my classroom. I want my students to be prepared for the future.


  1. Thank you for your honest reflections Amber. Your ability to examine your thoughts and know what you want to do is impressive. And it sounds like you have learned that if you don't know you can find out and that is extremely important.

    Your overall attitude towards learning is refreshing. I think you are likely to be an outstanding teacher and I have enjoyed having you in my class. Keep up the great work! SS

  2. "...made me think harder..." Wonderful. That's what I intended!

    "it would be cool to have a Mac workshop during the course" I am planning one for a Saturday this summer and again next fall. A lot of Mac users were added this year!

    "...I’m Technologically Literate at the moment" that applies to me as well. Good way to put it!

    Good luck!