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Closing Note about Blogging

My Blogging Experience

At the beginning of the fall semester, I walked into my EDM class feeling uncertain due to my other classmates telling me how hard it is. On the first day of class I knew it was going to be work. As the determine person that I am, I knew I could adapt to this technology class. I usually do not care about technology or think that is a necessity. I have to say by taking this class and writing excessive papers about technology has educated me.

I know now that some children love to blog about their feelings, experiences, and more. It will enhance a child’s writing, spelling, reading, and more. I think this is a great way to reach out to other people and different cultures. Blogging is something someone can do to express their thoughts without being embarrassed. Some people may think it is hiding behind a computer screen and a keyboard, but really it is creating liberty for people who are not comfortable with other people.

Although we blogged what was required from my EDM course and not my personal experiences in my life, it has extended my tree branches. I may have complained about making a video or writing a paper about technology but it has all served as a purpose. As my reflection on the class is that it has been a learning experience and has opened my eyes to a different technological word out there. My future students will know more about devices and technology than me most likely, but this could be a doorway for me to motivate them.

Although this reflection is not a requirement for the class and something that could go unread by people, I know that I can go back and look at this small writing as a motivator for me to be a continuous learner with technology.  Maybe somethings could change to make this class go smoother but I would do it all over again. It is these classes that makes me become a better teacher, person, and student; which makes me grateful that I did all of this work at the University of South Alabama.

Alyssia Dunham

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“Being a Teacher in a Digital Age: My Philosophy”

Technology is something we use every day. As illustrated by Loveless and Williamson (2013), “Digital technologies afford opportunities for thinking differently about how, when, and where we engage with networks of knowledge, expertise, experience, practice, feedback, and challenge” (p. 138). By using technology, it can make tasks easier and quicker to complete. For a teacher to use technology in their classroom it could enhance learning. As growing teacher, I would use technology to help keep learning fun and interactive for each student. I think it is important for teachers to remain up to date on new technology, since some students will have it available to them. Technology will be used in my classroom, as it should be expected from parents and students. Technology can branch of into different areas for teachers; which are educational games, interactive learning, personalized learning, and many more. All of these branches will extend further and I will use technology to be a forever learner.

I will use digital technologies to create relevant and meaningful learning experiences for my students. I will use different types of educational websites to create a personalized learning for students. This way each student can focus on something they are struggling in and need extra help. In my classroom I will use interactive learning devices for students to build problem solving skills and collaborative learning. I will integrate multimedia to show, videos and pictures to expand a student’s horizon for different experiences around the world. Explained by Loveless and Williamson (2013), “Teaching demands imagination, value, purpose, knowledge, ability, practice, reflection, and perseverance”(p. 139).

Different types of technology can be available and suitable for each student. By using technology in a classroom, it can engage students to become an active learner. I have learned from my multimedia class is when I have a good video my peers notice. It provides a positive feedback and makes me more motivated to do better. This experience in this classroom has given me the necessary skills to plan for technology difficulties and have a backup plan. I also think it has provided a great way to connect with different parents and provide a more elaborate instruction about the classroom using the internet. Technology can make communication more accessible.

Some parents and students are not good with using technology so I would help them along the way and give them detailed instructions. Most people, who do not like technology, usually refuse to use it under any circumstances. To address a digital divided with a classroom for parents and students is to explain why this is so important for our students. It is just like learning something new, we have to practice at it and we also do not want to fall behind. It is a demand that people know how to use technology and expected from future careers. As illustrated by Loveless and Williamson (2013), “Understand a place of learning with technologies, but also recognize how digital technologies have played a role in shaping our ways of knowing in the subject domain themselves”(p. 142).

References:

1.      Loveless, A., & Williamson, B. (2013). Being a Teacher in a Digital Age. InLearning identities in a digital age: Rethinking creativity, education and technology (pp. 138-155). New York: Routledge.

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Teacher Interview: Helpful Tips

During my interview, I realized that a teachers are devoted to their job because of the care they have for future generations. Although Miss Erington is inexperienced in some aspects she has some valid points.We both agree with having more of a personalized learning in public schools; which will help students to not fall even further behind. I agree with being organized in the classroom because we want our students to have a structure environment. My interview has showed me that it is hard work and takes more than just loving children to want to be there. I know I am up for the challenge and cannot wait to start in a classroom.