Being able to bring technology into my classroom is something that I am always excited about. After the first session my excitement grew as I knew there would be countless ways that I can have my students get immersed into technology in a school setting. They all know about video games and what input to put the tv to in order to start playing, what I hoped to do was harness that excitement and knowledge and bring it into a classroom learning setting. After the first session I was able to fool around with the iPad and come up with some cool ways to use it in my class getting my students into it right away. This only confirmed that it was a great decision to join this project, to benefit my students in many different ways.
I had joined Twitter a while ago and to be honest wasn’t that taken with it. I kind of felt it was more for letting people what you were doing. I didn’t (and still don’t) think anyone cares that I went to the grocery store and then the gym, so I didn’t use it. What I failed to realize is that it is a great way to communicate ideas and gather resources from other educators around the world. After the first session I tried to put up articles that I had read and found interesting to see what other people thought, and it was awesome to get some conversation going, especially with our new report card and the article that I found denouncing the report card as a whole. It was perfect timing. I also posted a couple questions to the twitter world with regards to some resources I was hoping to use. Within minutes in both cases I had an answer. It was incredible. Even though we are all so busy with report cards, parents, sports teams, etc I know that I am going to try and utilize this tool more and more.
As for moving on and what I hope to gain from this experience, I think that I am trying to keep an open mind and roll with the punches to use a cliche. I am interested in what there is to learn and excited to implement it into my classroom as much as possible.