It has been an amazing and fast semester, cannot believe half way through the program. The internet tools class has been an eye opener in many different ways.
Through the course, I have learned many new tools and at the same time it has provided new ways to integrate tools which I had use and knew in past. The course has also further validated my belief it is not all about the app. So many people see apps as the greatest things and not realize in most cases they do not have the full functionality and benefits of Web 2.0 tools. Understanding this has helped me grow as a user of instructional technology and as a leader as I guide my colleagues at school in their integration.
Outside of the great tools, as a leader and a coach, I must reflect the proper ways to integrate technology. I must practice with my student’s internet safety and stress the importance to my peers this importance in their classrooms. Our students are digital citizens and must be aware of their internet presence and how this presence will be with them always. Since I teach at a Title 1 school, I must plan my lessons with technology to ensure everyone has equal access and time to complete assignments. I must offer any type of assistive technology I can to ensure all students have the tools they need to ensure their academic achievement.
This semester and ITEC 7430 is definitely a course to grow as a technology leader and coach.
Christa Evans Heath