Although I have a long way to go in my quest to become sufficiently digitally literate, I feel confident that I have accrued a significant number of technological skills which I’ll use in my classroom next year and in all of the years to come. I came into this course feeling self-conscious about my lack of fluency with all matters tech, but I realized that implementing ed-tech does not have to be intimidating. Rather, it is okay to, at times, substitute digital media for paper, as long as you aspire to grow in your understanding and implementation of tech. I think I’m somewhere between the augmenting and modifying levels (probably closer to the augmentation range, if I’m being honest), but I’m trying hard to use it with more frequency in my classes. It’s been hard to do so with regularity, as my school site does not have a lot of access to digital media (we share two carts of Chromebooks with several large departments and, thus, they are hard to come by), but I’ve been bookmarking a lot of great ideas to use next year.
Some of my favorite tools which, in this class, we’ve gotten to explore include EDpuzzle, Pear Deck, Canva, and Padlet, each of which is unique and offers students means of creative and collaborative digital expression. I’ve also enjoyed blogging much more than I thought I would; I’m typically not one who enjoys self-reflective writing, but doing so has shown me that I’m able to learn a great deal more about specific content by verbally and linguistically dissecting it and sharing it with other readers. Most importantly, it’s essential to use technology in class in order to show our students, who come from a generation of digitally literate individuals, that we can engage them and communicate with them on a level which resonates with them. Technology opens doors and windows to students by allowing them to share their ideas with their peers, their teachers, and the global community.