During this semester our courses we focused heavily on Deeper Learning, Project Based Learning, Academic mindsets and student work. All of which were very interesting and engaging. I learned how to use more online tools as well as become more comfortable with tools I had already used in past courses. I began to use Twitter more and more as we were required to tweet responses to some of the learning we did in the DLMOOC but I also tweeted other educationally related material and found myself seeing Twitter as a very valuable tool. I also became very comfortable with using Storify as that was the tool we used to record and reflect upon our learning for the week. I also felt as if I learned even more about the various topics by reading my classmates Storify posts.
I feel that I could use these tools as well as others with students and be very comfortable embedding this technology into my lessons. Starting tomorrow I will be guiding a group of students through the book Crossover by Kwame Alexander, and the first assignment involves an activity using the online tool Glogster. I am looking forward to the task and seeing what the students create.
I have also realized as a learner that perseverance is key, especially when dealing with the unknowns of technology. What I mean is that by sticking with a tool or topic involving new technology and learning I now have a more confident outlook as I see the many benefits of e-learning. You might say that I have a “growth mindset” when it comes to exploring new areas of teaching and learning. I have begun adding another unit to My Digital Learning Hub and along with a classmate have created a website titled NHPS Math Media Hub where teachers can post and borrow math performance tasks.
When I look forward into my career as an educator with a background in IT & Digital Media Literacy the future looks exciting. I know as I experience more topics and tools involved in blended learning that I can become a more proficient online educator. I will continue to encourage both the teachers at my school and the students to use a more 21st Century approach to teaching and learning. I hope to share what I have learned about blended learning with them as well as others in my district. I plan to continue curating my online identity through my Digital learning Hub and my Blog page. It has been such an eye-opening experience.