It always astounds me how quickly classes fly by. I cannot believe this semester is over. Here at Kennesaw State University it is obvious that the instructional technology department of Bagwell College of Education wants its students to be well-informed on the web 2.0 sites.
I see myself using the Adobe Spark more than anything. It combines videos and text exactly the way I expect it to. I am hoping to use it one more time with my Spanish II students before the end of school. I am disappointed to hear that some school systems are taking Quizlet from their curriculums due to student confidentiality. I am assuming it came about in those Live Quizlets. I never use it, so I do not think anything about my students has been compromised. I will forever love my Kahoots as formative assessments. They are very addictive.
I am attracted to podcasts now. I had not been before this course. So many students do not enjoy seeing themselves in a video, so a podcast of the students explaining what they have learned is an awesome piece to check for mastery of understanding. I am still not a fan of Twitter for students to share information, but I do see its use.
I was “blown away” with Google’s use of Extensions and Add-Ons. Since I have been at Dalton High School, we as a faculty have not had staff development where Google documents have been taught and asked to be implemented. Google is awesome for educators and students. As I wrote in my ELL module, I have shown several of my students how to use the Scroll and Text to Speech for practicing languages, and my favorite add-on was the cloud. I have placed the Cloud link into the curriculum and pacing guide for Dalton High’s Spanish for Native Speakers.
As I leave Dalton High and its computer to student ratio of 1:1, I will be relying on the BYOD more often. I need to return to my ITEC 7430 blog often to refresh myself. The Bloomin Apps are now #1 on my list of “go to” for any future apps that will be developed.
I spent a lot of value time trying to find some MUVEs, but, like wrote in my blog, the failed attempts discouraged me. I hope to experiment more this summer so I can glean something from their usefulness in the Spanish classroom. The Google Tour Builder will be one of the first technology tools I will use this coming August in my Classroom. I expect students to give us tours of the capitals of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries.
Making sure our students are protected while using the web is a must. We teachers should be constantly reminded that our students are engaging in digital safety and citizenship. Collaboration tools are such wonderful assets to global learning. My number one choice of collaboration is Skype.
To wrap it up:
This was an awesome course for implementing Web 2.0 tools into our classrooms. To Dr. Dias, thank you for your patience with me, and please keep up the good work with guiding your students. To my fellow ITEC 7430 classmates, keep up the good work. I hope you all achieve your goals in your academic and career endeavors.