After participating in EDU 350, I now have a better understanding about the functions of technology in the classroom. Coming in, I was unaware of the vast amounts of resources we have available to us as teachers. I have learned so much and I will continue to experiment with technology.
I have learned how to use several different sites and resources. I found Digo, for example, to be extremely helpful because it allowed me to bookmark several different resources that can be used in teaching, whether it be lesson plans or information. I also learned how to make a screen cast and use recordings in power point. I had never done anything other than a simple slide presentation before. Finally, a big take away I have from this course is the importance of technology in engaging students. Technology can make boring instruction-based learning more stimulating for students, keeping them engaged and interested in what they are learning.
I have a much more positive outlook on technology now. Previously, I had little experience with technology other than basic operations like Microsoft Word. I now know how to integrate technology into my classroom using a variety of different resources. This course has helped to bring up my confidence level immensely. I would like to continue to find new technology resources and ways to integrate technology into my lesson plans. As a future educator, I found this course to be extremely helpful in that it enabled me to develop greater technological skills and collaborate with other teachers online to learn more about how to create an effective classroom.