Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thing #11.5: Evaluation

I'm DONE! I gave myself a deadline of July 1st to complete this, and I'm surprised that I finished ahead of my personal schedule!

Reflecting on this experience:

1) What was my favorite discovery?

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED screencasting. I will definitely use this in my classroom (with a mic, I promise!) to show students how to navigate certain things that we do on the computer. I will also be using it to have my students this year make screencasts to share with my students the following year, as I'm a big believer in having peer to peer tutoring in place when needed.

2) How has this program assisted my lifelong learning goals?

Library2Play2 has forced me to learn new things, regardless of how many years I've been out of college. It has shown me that you can't give up if something doesn't go the way you think it will and to always try again and/or look/ask for assistance when you need it. Also, you guys got me back into my family blogging, which I had put on the back burner for months, so I appreciate that! :)

3) Were there any takeaways or surprises from this adventure?

I was surprised that I disliked Second Life so much. I thought I would have enjoyed it, but in the end, it turned out to be my least favorite thing. My takeaway is that I need to challenge myself to use more technology in my classroom. Maybe I'm hindering my students because of my own fears of technology, so I need to get into the trenches and learn how to use things with them instead of just limiting the technology use to what I feel comfortable with.

4) What could L2P2 do differently?

Not much- maybe just check that some of the links on the things are actually linking to what was originally intended. Some of the links to particular blog posts were to the blog but not to the specific post, and seeing as this program was set up last year, most of those bloggers have blogged a whole year's worth of stuff, making it hard to find the intended post to read. Also, the majority of the things can be used with ELL students, but I think any extra goodies you guys could find that directly benefit ELL students would be super appreciated by all teachers.

Thanks for everything, L2P2!

Now, I'm off to read textbooks, manuals, and lesson plans as I delve into a new year of teaching a new subject at a new school!

3 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing! I'm anxious to make good time on my 11.5 Things, too. You have mentioned great points along the way that I look forward to experiencing. Have a great time with the new subject and new school!

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  2. Congratulations on finishing and so quickly too! Hope you find the tools useful in the upcoming school year.

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