1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
I like forms in Google Docs. I can use them for questioning and assessing students quickly. The kids like using the forms because they are new. I also like the links for making videos, they are easy for the third graders to use. I used Animoto to have the kids make short videos that emphasis the contributions of our historical people third grade is responsible for teaching. The kids then emailed the videos to their parents easily.
2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner? I think I do a great job of integrating technology into my daily lesson plans. I need to work on synchronous learning. I would like to have my kids work globally more often in a way the enriches their progress. I will definitely make changes in my classroom. Having more devices makes it easier to integrate technology even more.
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you
No I wasn't surprised by anything. I enjoyed the course the first time. I am a little disappointed by the fact that the district demands that teachers differentiate for our students but when it comes to staff development teachers do not get the same respect. Many of us took this course but were made to do it again with our schools. Some of us have taken all the library courses starting in 21 things.
I do enjoy these courses and of course I learn something new each time I complete them. I also go back to my blogs to refresh my memory of sites I want to use in class.