Throughout this course I have learned many new technology tools and resources for implementing in my classroom. This week presented many ideas for using social networking and online collaboration to engage students and allow them to express their creativity and learning. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace, and tools such as bolgs and wikis help students and teachers "interact with their peers around the world", "give and receive ongoing feedback", and "easily manage work" created by groups of people (Laureate 2009).
In following through with my GAME plan I feel that I am still working toward certain goals. I am still working with my students to teach them some of the technology I have learned recently. I am still concentrating on being patient with my sixth graders, knowing that they all learn at different rates. I am improving my ability to differentiate instruction in a manner that accommodates these varying learning speeds and styles.
Although I am headed in the right direction toward my goals, I am not ready to set new goals for myself. It has been my experience that I should not set new goals until I have accomplished the originals ones I set out to meet. Instead of setting a new goal I will try to extend what I have learned thus far. I will continue to seek out better and more efficient ways to apply the concepts I have learned so that the implementation of it in the classroom becomes second nature.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Program 10. Spotlight on Technology: Social Networking and Online Collaboration Part 1. [Educational video]. Baltimore: Author.