I loved taking this course and following along with the modules. I’m not sure about my favorite….maybe module 7? Okay, definitely module 7. I know this is repetitive, but I never knew I had it in me!!!! I am so excited to know how to video via screencasting! And, it was fun! I think I may be becoming a techie….
I would say tweeting and creating this blog were my biggest challenges. I think I have the basics of tweeting down, but I still need to learn how to join a chat. I love the idea of a blog, I just don’t know yet what I will do with it in the future…I am thinking of making my portfolio/evidence notebook into a blog. In Massachusetts, we have to turn in evidence that we met standards and goals and this may be the way to do it. I still need to work though on the categories piece to a blog. I just am not able to wrap my head around it.
So, looking to the future, I would like to continue tweeting and joining some twitter chats and start a new blog here on wordpress based on my goals for this coming year (I may even start a blog for my gardens….I am an amateur and I may want to start documenting what I have). I will also continue to create video tutorials to use in my classroom using screencast-o-matic.
As I look through all the possibilities of tools to use, I would like to try several. ThingLink, Edublogs, Edpuzzle, and Prezi are the ones that jump out first. I have looked at ThingLink already, but I need to figure out how to make one, so that I can have my students make one. I have also played around with Prezi a bit, but not a lot and I’m not sure yet how to incorporate it into middle school math classes. I love the idea of Edublogs…I was even thinking that the school newspaper is already on-line and not published via hardcopy anymore. Could it be turned into a blog site instead? hhhmmmm….. Edpuzzle is an app that a friend of mine told me about. She uses it to flip the classroom in a way. I don’t know about 6th graders flipping…so many are not responsible enough just yet, but I do like the idea of having a video that they could watch attached to the homework and they could answer questions on the Edpuzzle app. I think I still need to play around with that idea.
Having said all that, I think I have a lot of goals!
- I would like to set up a blog for my professional goals/portfolio which would be turned in by May 15, 2017
- I would like to start a personal blog on gardening…now. 🙂 I will be planting a new plum tree when we return from vacation and it will cause the front gardens to be changed. I plan on documenting this.
- I would like to join some twitter chats, just one by September. I think they will begin increasing in numbers as school time approaches.
- I will be exploring ThingLink, Prezi, and Edpuzzle by the end of August to determine their possibilities….more on that goal in August. I will also be looking again at Moovly…not mentioned in our book, but a great site. It is free and you can sign up with your Google Account, which keeps our students safe (they all have a school Google Account).
- I will be creating one video tutorial per chapter by June 2017 using Explain Everything and Screencast-o-matic.
- Finally, in September 2016, I would like to explore with my principal the idea of turning the school newspaper into a website or blog using Edublogs. I think if we allow the students to create the categories, they would have a lot of ideas.
I have truly enjoyed all the learning that has happened with this class. I really didn’t think I had any of this in me. It was fun, it was fun to meet others and share ideas, and I enjoyed looking at others’ pages, creations, and ideas for usage. Thank you very much for this!