- What attitudes, skills, and concepts have you gained from participating in the course so far?
My attitude towards technology was never negative in the beginning of this course, but throughout this course I have learned about much more technology that would be fun to incorporate into my classroom. It would be able to make some concepts in my room interactive for my students. I have learned that sometimes, you just have to try out different forms of technology, play with it, and you will be able to teach yourself. I need to not be scared to try something new.
- What have you learned in the course that you will not forget tomorrow?
Besides my new found love for Wiki’s, one of the neatest forms of technology we have used and I will not forget is VoiceThread. I think that program is incredible! I would be able to post math assignments and walk through equations, use my voice to explain them and post them on my new Wiki. This would be a great study tool for some of my students.
- How will you apply what you have learned to your teaching and future learning
I will now be more comfortable incorporating technology into my classroom. I will be able to conserve paper and have students turn assignments in via the internet. Many of my students are more comfortable with internet usage than with traditional pen and paper, and therefore, hopefully, they will be even more successful. I will even be able to open up my students eyes to other forms of technology.
“4. Use Course Data To Identify At-Risk Students
I will consistently and regularly check student statistics and data, to identify which students might be at-risk from the get-go. Students who do not interact or check course content are at a higher risk of failing the course. I need to be right on top of these data and contact these students right away.
This is another benefit of having students add me to their Google Chat contact list–I should be easily able to contact them back! If they are not online, then I will send them emails. If they do not respond to those, I will call them.
We are doing our students a disservice if we do not at least TRY to follow up and contact those who are not attending class or struggling with assignments.”
All of your suggestions and strategies for having an interactive and successful online class are amazing. The school district I work for is beginning a 1:1 initiative this upcoming school year and I need to begin thinking about incorporating features of an online class into my classroom.
I really like the section about using course data to identify at-risk students. Do you use a specific program that will show you students activity on your website? I also really like the Google Chat idea. How did you go about setting up a “secret” phone number so that students don’t get your actual personal phone number?
You have offered some great suggestions that I definitely plan on using!