Reflection

April 25, 2010

As I finish my last class for my masters I am again reflecting on the things I learned. This last class has really helped me pull together all I have learned throughout the program. I learned new technologies, as well as, better ways to use the technologies discovered during other courses. I continued to see the possibilities for using these tools in the classroom and how they will increase student learning. During this course I created a lesson, developed a presentation for colleagues, and wrote a grant proposal for a digital game. This is something I would not have been able to do before for several reasons. The first is lack of knowledge. I knew that gaming would benefit the classroom; I just did not have the resources to back up that information. From this class I have gained the knowledge to explain how and why gaming should be used in the classroom. The second is fear. I was afraid of trying too much in my classroom, I was afraid it would be over my students heads, I was afraid the parents in my classroom would not approve of the lesson, and I was afraid of the opinion of the administrator. Now from this class I know how to share my knowledge with them, and I have resources to back up my opinion on using these tools in the classroom. I am no longer afraid of bringing in this technology to my classroom, and I look forward to trying my lesson next year and sharing it with my colleagues.

Voice Thread for Online Learning

March 28, 2010

http://voicethread.com/share/1025561/

I was having trouble with my microphone so all comments were typed!

Reflection

February 28, 2010

I just finished a class on differentiating instruction and using technology to assist the instruction. I feel like I learned so much from this class. We discussed so many thing and ways to help students learn in the way they learn best. There is so much I want to take back to my classroom. I plan to start small. I already do small groups with my students, and I would like to bring in more technology to those activities. I also plan to start offering several options for assessment, since not every student can show what they know on a test. I plan to start my differentiation with individual lesson plans a few at a time. Unfortunately I only have a month left this year that I will be teaching before going on maternity leave. For the upcoming school year I will be in a new school in a new district and possibly a new grade level, so as soon as I know where and what I will be teaching I want to begin creating a Universal Design for Learning. This will help me to build my classes curriculum based on their levels, interests, and needs. I will start next year with student surveys to help me create my UDL for the year. I look forward to differentiating my classroom and hope that I can help other teachers understand how much technology can help them in this process also.

Reflection

December 27, 2009

During my most recent class I have been exploring incorporating technology in my classroom. I have learned many new tools to use with my students. The most important of these is a GAME plan. A GAME plan is a step by step way to reach goals. When teaching my students to use technology it is important that we create goals and steps to reach them. This class required me to create my own game plan to reach two goals. My two goals were to use blogs more in my classroom and to create a technology support group at my school. I have begun both of those goals. My class has started a group blog and they are working individually on it each day. This gives me a chance to work one on one with them on how to work a blog while still in a group setting. Hopefully after some time with this my students will be able to work on individual blogs. I have also sent out surveys and I am planning the first meeting of my schools new technology support group. In edition to using blogs with my students I plan to begin using other things such as ePals and digital story telling.

Using a GAME plan

December 20, 2009

I was very worried to begin with that creating this GAME plan would just add to my list of things to do and get pushed to the side. However, the way the GAME plan works a little at a time really kept me focused. I have wanted to create a blog for my class since we were first introduced to blogs, but I just felt so overwhelemed. Using this GAME plan I created a whole class blog that is step by step becoming more student directed and less teacher directed as they learn about it. This step by step process can lead to the students have their own individual blogs.

It will be important for the students to understand the GAME plan and how it works so that they do not become overwhelemed with a great idea that has some many steps to get there. I think it will help my students to become lifelong learners that will continue to make goals for themselves.

GAME plan

December 12, 2009

I waited to post this week, because I presented to the faculty Monday my wish to start a technology support group. I sent out surveys and asked them to return by Friday. I wanted to see how much interest I had before I posted my blog this week. My entire 1st grade team is interested and I also got a lot of interest from other grade levels. I am going to spend the break planning my first meeting, which I will have when we return to school. I plan to do two meetings a month. My goal, since I will be taking maternity leave in April is to get this group started and hopefully it will become more a sharing group and less of a in-service led by me.

GAME plan update

December 3, 2009

This week I started a class blog. I decided to do a blog that we would complete everyday as a class. Most my students have little access to computers outside of school and being in first grade they have had limited time at school. We are blogging about our morning meeting and sharing our daily routine with the world. I plan to expand this as the year continues. We will add special events that occur such as field trips. I would also like for the student of the day to add a sentence about something we learned the day before. This will give them an experience reflecting on learning. My kids are really excited about the blog and enjoy completing the template I created each morning. I think they will really enjoy it as we add more to it. Please stop by and visit, also they LOVE to receive comments: mgillenwater.edublogs.org

GAME plan update

November 25, 2009

I have been continuing to work on my GAME plan this week. It has been a different sort of week since the last post. I spent the Thursday and Friday of last week at a conference for first grade teachers, and then had a short two-day week this week. I used my conference to continue my research toward creating a group of teachers to discuss technology. One of the sessions I attended was on technology and the speaker gave 312 web resources for teachers to use in the classroom. This is the kind of thing I could use as a topic of discussion for a group meeting. My goal of creating a group at my school is my top priority right now because I feel that this will help me toward reaching my other goal of having students begin to blog. I think it will be easier to set this up if we have a support group and multiple teachers trying this together.

GAME plan

November 22, 2009

I want to begin this post by apologizing to my classmates for it being late. I have been sick this week and blogging was the last thing on my mind.

In order to implement my GAME plan I will need to research using blogs in the classroom. I will need to find a website that is accessible from my classroom and that is first grader friendly. Also, I will need to help my parents understand what a blog is, how I will make it safe for their child, and how we will be using it. I have begun researching blog sites that our technology department will allow us access to.

The second part of my GAME plan was to begin a group at my school to encourage technology use. In order for this idea to come to life I will have get permission from my administration, post any meetings for professional development credit, wait for that to be approved, and find resources to share during our first meeting. In order for this to be successful long term I will need to find experts willing to come and share with our school and video lessons we will be able to watch. So far I have discussed the idea with my principal. We will be mentioning the idea at our December faculty meeting.

GAME plan

November 12, 2009

After viewing the NETS-T’s I have developed a GAME plan for better reaching those standards in my classroom. I developed the GAME plan specifically for the standards I feel are my weakest.

NETS-T 1 Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
Goal: Encourage students to share their thoughts on the learning process.
Action: Make use of blogs and wikis during projects and model for students how to express their thoughts on learning.
Monitor: Regular review of the blogs and wikis being used. Revisiting the modeling several times.
Evaluate: Determine if students are responding to the blogs and posting on a frequent basis about the process throughout projects.

NETS-T 5 Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
b. exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.

Goal: To form a group of teachers to train and focus on integrating technology into the curriculum of our school.
Action: Invite teachers to join me for weekly meetings. During meetings have teachers share methods of using technology in the classroom and lesson ideas. Also integrate these ideas into our county curriculum map.
Monitor: Regularly update the rest of the school on our progress with a weekly email and information during faculty meetings
Evaluate: At the end of a term I will look back to see how many uses of technology we have added to the curriculum map and how many new tools we have trained teachers on in our school.

National Education Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) located at http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2008Standards/NETS_T_Standards_Final