Wow, I cannot believe this semester is coming to an end. I have actually enjoyed this class more than I thought I would. I am not one to write a lot if I don’t have to. When I do have to I find it hard to think of the right things to say or the right research to put in. I really enjoyed how this class let you write as yourself and you were able to express yourself and what you thought about the topic we were learning about that week.
There was no right or wrong answer. Looking back at my blogs I did not really notice too much of a change in my actual writing. I do recall not stressing over them as much as the semester went on. I found them to get easier and easier as time went on. I don’t know if that was because of the material or that I was just getting in the routine of writing every week and I was just getting used to it. In all or at least most of my post I tried to include how I would or how teachers should use what we were talking about. For example, Learning The Digital World talks about how teacher today have the responsibility to teach their students about technology and how it works and how to be safe while doing so. They should incorporate the use of technology in their lessons so the students have the opportunity to use the computers or iPads or any other technology that is available to them because they may not have those opportunities at home.
I feel that for the most part I found myself agreeing with every topic we discussed. I never really found myself in conflict or making an argument on any of the topics. If I were to go back and do all of this again knowing what I know now I would try to throw in some counter arguments to the topic. I found my blogs to be pretty broad and I didn’t see myself getting into too much detail. Although, for a blog post readers do not always want to read a full on research paper. Most read blogs for entertainment and quick information.
One problem I think I have in some of my blogs is sentences that seem to go on a little to long. I have always had this problem but feel I may be getting a little better and more aware of when I am doing it.
I think a lot of these post will be worth revisiting, especially when I start actually teaching and want to go back to some of these ideas. When I am doing lesson plans and want to be the innovative teacher I plan to be. I can look back on digital storytelling and figure out a way to have the students now make their own digital story. I think that is one great reason for having put the links into our blogs so we can reference them two years down the line.
I liked the blog writing because it didn’t seem so formal. I felt like I could type to my readers like I am talking to them. At first I had no idea how to write a blog post. I did some looking around that is what I noticed most is that it is like you are having a conversation with your readers. Then add the fact that they can send comments to you to keep the conversation going. I also liked that you can add humor. Although, you should be careful you are not being sarcastic because you can’t type with a sarcastic tone in your words.
With blogging not only did we learn about digital citizenship, ethics and copyrights but we also had to put those into practice. We had to be aware that we are leaving a digital footprint every time we posted something online. Every time, our opinions were put out there for everyone to see. Not only in the blogs but in the comments and in the twitter feeds as well. We are subjecting ourselves and our work and thoughts to others to judge and make their own opinions based off what we post. We also have to remember that those digital footprints don’t go away just because you delete them. If something is posted chances are someone somewhere has read it and shared it with their friends. So, now even if you delete it, it is still out there in cyber land.
We had to practice being ethical to our classmates and followers. Realizing that they are putting themselves out there just as much as we are. The good comments help boost and reassure confidence to the original poster. When we used a photo or quote in our post we had to learn how to properly site that photo to follow copyright laws.
When I wrote the blog Management Enforced it was about what I was actually dealing with and I was able to tie it into what my independent learning project was for classroom management. This blog was almost a way for me to put my thoughts down on paper and be able to think through a process I was dealing with at work.
The last few modules of this semester really opened my eyes to how education needs to change. Reading about the Sudbury Valley School and how the kids basically learn how they want through experience and with each other just blows my mind. Where I work in an elementary school and see first hand how some of the kids behave. I could not imagine having 200 students and only 10 adults.
I also really enjoyed the last interview with Peter Gray about Learning Through Play I thought he had a lot of good information on how kids want to learn. They don’t want to sit in a desk all day and be lectured at. They do not retain information given to them that way. They want to get up and move around and explore.
One last thing I noticed I do in my blogs is I try to get the readers to put themselves in the example. For example, in my blog Activism in the Digital World I try to get the reader to think back to before internet and social media were invented. Trying to get them to think about how much we use this digital world to send out invites or share pictures. Think about how different things would be if we all of a sudden lost the internet and all other digital devices. Sure we have done it before but can we go back and do it again?
All in all I think this class has been very useful and I am sure I will turn to it again when I am looking for ideas for my innovative classroom. I honestly do hope that I can take some of these ideas into my classroom, even if it is just a couple. You got to start somewhere, right? And after all my blog is now a digital footprint and a digital story I created of Eng 361 that is going nowhere.