Saturday, February 20, 2010
Overwhelmed! Where to Begin?
Monday of this week was a fantastic learning experience for me! I learned so much; however, I do feel a little overwhelmed. I want to try everything I saw, but realistically, I do not have the time to experiment with all of the technology and implement what I saw into all the different classes that I teach, especially when I learned that a sixth class will be added to my already busy schedule. I have decided that I will try several of the new technologies and spend my summer deciding how I can incorporate even more for my classes next fall.
I was really impressed with Glogster, Voicethread, and Ipadio. Thanks, Sara Kajder, for a wonderful staff development day. My experimentation and implementation for this week was creating a Ning for my English IV class. Next week, I want them to create profiles for for their favorite Canterbury characters, and I thought this would be an awesome way for them to express their knowledge and understanding of character and characterization. In addition, they are going to begin work on a multimedia travel project in connection with The Canterbury Tales. I'll post more on how this turns out next week.
I've also taken some time to play with Jing. I was surprised at how easy screencasting is. I still hate the way my voice sounds when recorded, but the uses for this technology are endless. I had to train some teachers last week for our online SAT/ACT prep software, and by using Jing, I was able to create some how-to videos which really enhanced teachers understanding during the staff development. Not only did this tool help teachers prepare for the staff development, but this will also give them something to go back to when they feel lost or can not remember how to get where they need to go in TCA. I love it!
I love all this new technology! I only wish I had more time to learn and more time to implement what I'm learning in the classroom. Slowly but surely, I'm trying to get there.