ETEC 647e – A reflection on the semester

What a semester this has been! This blog has been a way to reflect on my journey as I muddle my way through emerging technologies as experienced in ETEC 647e. It was definitely a roller coaster with many ups and downs represented by successes and challenges. However in the end, I must admit, I’m exhilarated and I can’t wait to delve further into the many different tools and topics touched on in this class. Some of the things high on my list are:

Flipped videos – with many different tools available now, it’s easier than ever to convert teacher-centered instruction to flipped classrooms. I hope that this will allow me to free up more time in class to interact with students and allowing students to spend more time dialoguing with each other.

Mobile technology – Tablets and smartphones are definitely not going away. And I am continually amazed by the quality of the apps available on the iOS devices. The task is finding the right way to integrate them into the classroom. I would like students to use the iPads as tools to create products to demonstrate their learning and thought process. I think students will also find the iPads to be a wonderful tool to curate and consume resources as well.

MOOCs – Even though it was a very passive learning experience to take the Coursera Nutrition course, I’m hoping that I will be able to learn basics of computer science through MOOCs. I would like to learn more about HTML and CSS as well as other new and emerging computer languages in order to keep up with the trends in technology. Maybe through coding assignments, MOOCs will turn into an active learning experience for me.

As I look forward, there are still yet so many unknowns as to how all these emerging technologies will play out. However, I feel that I have a good grasp on how and when I can use these technologies to further challenge my students while engaging and motivating them to be 21st century learners.

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