I have taken a lot of information and skills away from ITEC 501. ITEC 501
has provided me with teaching resources, lesson integration and technology
skills. The information and skills are extremely important due to fact of the
growing technology learning community that my current student population is
During this semester, I had the opportunity to gain substantial skills in
educational technology. I believe that I have been adequately trained to enter the
classroom and to integrate technology into my content area of teaching. I have
acquired knowledge and confidence in my ability to bring the tools of technology
into daily learning. Also, I learned to reflect on how and when to use technology
to improve teaching and learning. There are powerful tools for differentiation in
information technology. One explanation for this is the intense focus on
technology both in our culture and on our Internet. Technology is a world of
images and sounds that have become increasingly manipulated.
The resources I learned throughout the semester are evident. I am able to
search the web with ease, narrow my search and use different search engines.
This comes with great pleasure because I had such difficulty during the school
year trying to find websites for review games, strategies and summer time work. I
am relieved to find so many great resources that I will be able to share with my
students, colleagues and parents.
I am glad this class provided me the opportunity to build on the technology
skills I already had. I think to often teachers don’t want to use something in class
they haven’t perfected yet. Teachers tend to feel vulnerable when their
uncomfortable and it has a ripple effect on classroom management. However, I
feel more comfortable with all the Desktop Publishing, Excel, PowerPoint and
Web Authoring. Microsoft Access is a skill I desire more training with.
Telecommunication is something that I do outside of the classroom every day, so
I found it very easy to incorporate this skill into any lesson. I am going to enlist
myself to help other members of my team.
I am amazed in the student participation with technology integration during
a lesson. I am so interested in using some of the integration lessons in my
Language Arts class. The lessons seem to come a live if you will. I teach
students that are always stimulated and entertained with technology. The lessons
I created during the semester will help bridge the growing technology savvy
student population I see. I will create more lessons and share them with my
colleagues (that may not welcome technology so much).
Though, as a Language Arts teacher, I feel tempted to regard technology
as a threat to the good old writing, culture of books and classics. As a Special
Education teacher, I feel tempted to regard technology as a great thing to
reinforce differentiation in classrooms. No matter for better or for worse, the prior
knowledge of students includes a lot of visual and audio media. It would be
unjust to ignore technology and pass up a valuable opportunity to bridge the
I believe the task before me is to continue building a bridge between the
technology and the older traditional forms of teaching. As referenced in the
articles we read in class, we must prepare students for the future. This doesn’t
mean we don’t teach about the past…it means we teach the material in a
different way. Chats, Podcasts and Web Authoring present the possibility of
actually reviving the relationship of students to text.
Overall, it has been a very informative semester. I hope that these skills
have found their way into my long-term memory and will emerge in relevant ways
as I plan my lessons for the fall. Personally, I think I would benefit from staying
connected to tappedin.org and other technology websites during this journey.
This will aide me with practicing my new skills and staying connected to a