Wow, it feels as though the first week of this course just flew by! I confess, I feel like I’m a little overwhelmed from trying to keep up with all the different places to communicate. All the threads on the discussion board, the SLM Cafe, and each classmate’s blog (while also trying to make time to read the sites in my GoogleReader).
I am somewhat familiar with some of the content we have already covered. Copyright laws, Skype, and blogging are not new to me. However, wordpress, GoogleReader, and Creative Commons licenses are. Although it feels like a daunting task to learn so much about how to use technology in the classroom and for our students’ learning, I am very excited about it. Last semester I talked to my mentor teacher several times about how to use technology in the classroom and the pros and cons of it. As an RLA teacher, her classroom was not as equipped with newer technology as the science and math classrooms were. However, she often made class trips to the media room or computer lab to allow the students to work on the computers and use some of the resources available on the internet. My mentor teacher did not seem to be especially computer savvy, but she did have a desire to integrate new technology into the classroom, knowing how important and useful it can be. After my internship with her, I am even more excited to learn about technology for the advancement of my students. I am lucky to have the chance to take a class dedicated to this subject (as my mentor teacher sort of had to learn as she went), and I hope to make the most of it!