Today I had the opportunity of supply teaching a history class that was completely self-directed. The students were creating blog posts on a particular topic in World History. The teacher left the link in the supply notes so that I could look at the posts if I was interested. I found that because the class was working hard I found myself captured by the posts and topics that the students wrote about. I even found myself reading these throughout the day because I was interested in the other posts that were available. Some of the students shared their view on the EU, Terrorism, Torture, and Global Warming, based on the research they have completed to show their new understanding. The class made me think about how much we have changed in terms of teaching and learning.
Teaching math I have found that I did not think of ways or redefining my class and then integrating technology into it. I have mainly used it for substitution and modification (through the use of new apps so students can continue to learn outside of the classroom). But from this class and the computer science class at my current school it has made me start to think about how to foster the power of blogging in my math class. I feel that this would be a fantastic way to have my students truly think about what they have been learning.
In my future classes I feel like I am going to use blogging or even forms more often so that we are using the power of technology to positively enhance student learning. I know that this year I have learned a lot about integrating technology and have tried to use it more often but I am still learning and growing like my students are when they learn something new.