Looking back at some old goals that I had made for myself, I realize that I have reached many of them. I have become familiar with technology tools that have increased my knowledge strong enough that I can share it with my students and colleagues. Over the past few months, I have attended monthly technology meetings held by the PLC technology support group at my school. One thing I would like to still do is share some of the ideas I have learned during this course. The first thing I would like to share with my PLC group is the Jing presentation I made on how to use Edmodo. The group can really benefit from this tool and perhaps I can share it in a larger staff meeting in the future.
Some goals I am still implementing because I have come to realize that they take time to put in to action. One thing that I am still working on is increasing my students’ knowledge with technology so they can do things inside and outside of the classroom to become better language learners. I still need to continue to encourage my students to use technology (for educational purposes) outside of the classroom. I have give them some apps to help with Spanish, but I want to do more. Also, I plan on growing individually by continuing to create my personal learning network (PLN) by staying connected with twitter, MACUL, Classroom 2.0 and educational blogs.
Another goal is to use technology to help my students become global learners. I want my students to use the Internet to be creative, connect & communicate with the Spanish speaking world, and to see traditions of other cultures. I also want to become a global learner myself by using technology. I want to connect & communicate with the Spanish speaking world so I can show my students the world without leaving the classroom. I want to use the internet to connect with other teachers throughout the world and learn new ideas of how I can use technology in my classroom to make my students global learners and 21st century learners. I have started to implement this with the research of online pen-pals. This idea is going to help my students and myself to connect with the Spanish speaking world while increasing their confidence in using Spanish.
Next year, I want to start off the year by applying for different grants. This way I can try tools like VoiceThread in my classroom. Along with VoiceThread, I would like to learn how to add video and audio on Google sites so my students can add these features to their online portfolios.
My personal goal is to finish the MAET program by next spring! I know that I want to continue to stay up to date as technology is being integrated into more classrooms. I know that MSU and the MAET program will fully prepare me to be a great educator that is able to integrate technology into my curriculum. Go green!
One aspect of being a teacher, is that you are always learning. Whether you are taking a class, going to a PD or PLC meeting, discussing things with colleagues, or sharing and learning ideas from your PLN. I am excited to continue the program through MSU this summer and want to continue to integrate technology into my classroom next fall.