I have enjoyed the learning leader project, learning many new apps that has benefited my teaching and learning of my students. The first app I have found to be a great benefit for myself and students is Dropbox. Dropbox is an app that allows you to store pictures, video and files on the cloud enabling you to obtain your files with any device you have Dropbox on. Many students use it instead of using the school server to save their work which they can only access at school. Students can place their projects and notes on Dropbox at school and work on them from home. They can create notebooks to save their studies on and share their notes and projects with others. The second app I really enjoyed is Google Drive. Google drive is another web based app that allows you to work on Google docs efficiently with your ipad. Google has many free programs that emulate software on regular PC’s such as word, excel, etc. These programs can be used by any technology that you can access google chrome on.
Although I have seen the benefit of connecting with others through social media, Facebook and twitter, I have found that it take a lot of extra time. For many people who spend much of their time on social media it might not be much of an issue. I will still use social media in times when I feel it may be useful in a situation but I can not currently see myself prioritizing Twitter or Facebook, however I do see the value in blogs with sharing information and learning as well as the positive influence commenting on learning through blogs with in the classroom setting.
I have shared learning and information with staff and students during PD days, after school meeting and classroom lessons. Although these sessions have had a positive impact on students and staff the impact is stifled with the lack of technology. The information giving in the sessions is found to be useful and exciting by others learning the new programs on the Ipad, or PC and teachers want to use their new knowledge. It is not for lack of trying that teachers are not using their new knowledge, myself included, it is the lack of computers, Ipads, and technology that is hindering the progress of using the new knowledge in student learning. I will continue to share and help others use technology in meaningful ways regardless of how much technology we have however there is so much potential waiting to be discovered in all of our classroom.
I have enjoyed learning leader and have found many programs to be very useful in my lessons and student learning. I look forward to learning more.