Big Shift – Mastery is the Product, Not the Test
This shift has affected my teaching practice in the area of expected end result. I no longer look only for paper-pencil responses. I challenge students with options in how they feel most comfortable in providing their individual end result to a project.
I think that providing students with options in lieu of one standard way of showing what they know allows them to take ownership of their knowledge. I will definitely utilize this tool for more lessons in the future.
My view of the Web 2.0 tools has changed toward the positive and the possible during this course. I had previously assumed ideas of Wikipedia, wikis, and blogs but thru the work and learning in this course, I have grown to utilize them and appreciate the ease of use and the overall variety that can be provided by these.
Technology will become a more consistent utilized tool in my classroom in the future. I am finding that technology can make learning more concrete to students who struggle with writing and or reading. I have firsthand knowledge that students who struggle with some academics can easily excel at using technology to get their point across. I like the idea of my students being able to do whatever they want in school thru technology.