This has been a course that I have really enjoyed; I guess it is just one more confirmation of the importance of technology in education. The book “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms”, by Will Richardson, is a must read for every educator, new or experienced. In a personal level, it opened my eyes to new ways, strategies, and ideas for teaching. It helped me understand that is crucial to keep me up-to-date with the technology and Web tools that are being already used by many people, including students. I learned new concepts and ideas in teaching that are based on the technological world we live in. I learned that many of the tools presented in the book could potentially improve my practice, the engagement of my students, and the learning process if I am willing to learn about them, use them in my practice, and share them with my students, colleagues, administrators, parents, and even the local and global community. It also helped me to know about the history and development of different websites. I can see myself using and applying many of the tools and tips that we discussed in class. Listening and observing my classmates has been also a great way for learning, understanding, and gathering information about technology and the use of it in our practice/classroom.
If I could change something in this class, I would try to allow more time to learn to explore, play, experiment, and/or evaluate the different tools discussed and applied in the classroom. It just seems to me that we were rushing through the content without taking advantage of what we had in front of us. Perhaps it was just me and my lack of practice with technology. Maybe it was too much NEW information that I was overwhelmed with it.
In conclusion, I have to say I loved this class and offered me a great amount of tools for classrooms, just as the title of Richardson’s book states. This course has been a very good experience that allowed me to get “my feet wet” in an immense ocean of technology that could be used in education.