Mid-Point Reflection

 The past six weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me.  I have been equally frustrated and proud of myself.  But as each week passes, I become a little more confident and I know as I learn more, I will be able to utilize my new skills to help students.    So, is what I am learning in class connecting to my Essential Question?  My Essential Question is “how can I use technology to promote student reading and increase their background knowledge?”  Yes, I absolutely think there is a connection.   First, after to reading Andromeda Yelton’s Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services, I’m more aware that many students and their families’ ability to connect with the internet is largely centered around their phones.   This effects what can be completed at home versus what needs to be accomplished at school.  Second, after the introduction of the SAMR model, I see the different levels of  student engagement in learning and how moving from the substitution and augmentation into modification and redefinition can increase that engagement.  Third, as I am learning new technology skills, I know my instruction will reflect my new skills and I can educate teachers how to utilize these resources in the classroom.  Am I 100% sure how it will look?  No, but it has been stimulating ideas. I might have a “good reads” blog, and bulletin board of infographics based upon books, or creating tutorials on how to use the online catalog system.

And speaking of the blog, writing the blog supports my learning as it has in other courses where I have had to complete similar exercises on blackboard.  Utilizing wordpress allows me to learn another medium and work on more technical aspects, such as embedding images and videos.  I must say that I would not have tried to create a blog at this moment if it was not for the class.  I don’t seem to have a problem with posting on time but I am not able to review others before class.  Because of this, I have only followed at few of my class mate’s blogs unless something catches my eye.  I wish I had more time to review all of them.

The assignments have not been as time consuming as I originally envisioned when we went over the syllabus and rubrics.  I am glad that we have time in class to experiment with the tools and ask questions about assignments and to discuss ideas with colleagues.  This helps me with managing my work load at home.

The accomplishment that is Home Brew Hobbyist scoop.it and tutorial that I created with Catherine.  I was more comfortable with this assignment because it was the second curation project that I have completed on Scoop.it and I felt there was more opportunity to be creative because I already understood the basics.  In addition, because I used screenr for another class, I did not have to learn something new to capture the tutorial.  Finally, I enjoyed having a team mate to bounce ideas around with because producing the project with someone who has a similar vision makes the work enjoyable and more creative.  My goal for the remaining weeks is how I respond to colleagues blogs.  As I stated, I wish I had more time to review them all.  The blogs that I respond to receive general agreements and a few personal insights from me.  My goal is to provide comments that add value. 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzy Collins
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 00:24:14

    SuAnn: I felt like I was reading MY midpoint reflection when I read yours! I too find it difficult to respond to others’ blogs in a substantive way because there other class requirements to attend to before each session. The connections we’ve made with other class members has been invaluable to me. I think it is so important to connect with others entering the same field. I know we can help each other

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  2. Amy Snyder
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 21:40:40

    I’ve had the same experience with the blog supporting my learning. Writing the blog has had a more substantial impact on me than Blackboard Discussions or other strictly word assignments because aspects like embedding lead me to think about the word-thoughts in different ways.

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  3. Caven
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 21:46:18

    I think I’m another guy who don’t know how to leave a comment in a substantive way. Because it is very important to have a good communicate with classmates, so my biggest goal for the next half semester is try to learn more not only from professor but also from others!

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  4. ggrana6
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 22:02:39

    In your reflection you said “…I felt there was more opportunity to be creative because I already understood the basics”. I think this will be key in addressing the completion of lessons and plans towards answering your Essential Question. Think about the students, what do they already understand? How can you build off of that? This is a pretty common way to approach relevance, but I thought it was worth pointing out to you considering your first-hand experience with it. I too approach topics best when I come at them from a personal interest first, and it’s one of the things I love about this class- we have the opportunity to learn first using what we know enough about to make it meaningful to us. The more interesting part is to consider how you can bridge your interests with those of your user base. I said “students” earlier, but this could be whatever population you’ll one day serve as a librarian. I’ll tell you, the way I wrapped my mind around a difficult learning objective I needed to teach as a middle school teacher was to just use my own interests to inform the lesson. The kids found it odd, but when you communicate your passion, it can become contagious. And from that enthusiasm, real learning happens. So, how do you think you could share a passion of yours, using one of these tools, with your user base?

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