This week I am taking stock in how I am progressing in my goals for becoming more technologically diverse as a teacher and educator.
My objectives are as follows:
1. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
2. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
As a I work through my objectives for this project, I am finding that the resources I have sought out and the information I have found have certainly proven useful and allowed my to arrive closer at my final destination for learning about technology and technology resources.
After researching and reading, I have found that I do not need to modify my plan at this point. The plan I have created has proven realistic and attainable.
Some things I have learned so far include the use of web quests as a means of providing real life issues and solving authentic problems. These types of tools allow the students to explore and engage in different locations and situations they would not normally be able to take part in due to monetary and resource restrictions. For example, the students may go on a web quest where they need to explore the Vatican and answer questions pertaining to the location and content. Realistically, most students will never visit this place, however, through the use of the internet and technology, students are able to “walk” the streets using Google Maps and fully explore parts of the Vatican only accessible to a minimal group of people.
I have also learned about several different reflection sites the students can engage in where they can discuss thoughts, ideas and questions with other students from around the world. These are also places where the students can get creative inspiration and ideas for their own projects and assignments. Collaboration is such a crucial aspect of learning and with the internet and message boards, students are not confined to their own school when it comes to reflecting on their ideas alone and with the help of others.
I have not formulated any new questions regarding my plan at this stage in the game.
More to come!