Reflections of AC230

As I’ve always said, this course was a great experience and actually a breath of fresh air. I was able  to throw on  my thinking cap and let my thoughts and ideas take over when it came to blogging and researching for each particular post. I came into this course with a open mind and praying that these 4 weeks wouldn’t be dull, boring or a drag. From the moment I stepped into the class and the professor outlined the course and what he expected from us, I already knew this wasn’t going to the typical course and I was super excited and enthused, which can be rare when it comes to higer education courses. The methods and material was more open and hands on, and fun at the same time.

The things that were most important to me with this course was definitely the creativity aspect. I LOVED the digital storytelling assignment, I learned how to create a montage and a Meme. I also LOVED the makers assignment and working along side of Reyawesome, because as future educators we will find ourselves working together. There were so many I wanted to try and I’m sure that I will in the near future. This course definitely has me preparing for my debut as a Educator and the many things I would like to incorporate into my curriculm. I can’t really say that I thought anything was of least importance because I was able to benefit from every assignment and post. I’ve even shared them with with friends and family and they called me their “sexy nerd” and asked “What aren’t you good at ?!?” I just laughed because I really enjoy what I do and I put effort and passion into every assignment.

I’ve also created my own blog page called “Rants and Raves of Eve” I look forward to anyone who would like to follow and keep up with by blogs. Page is still underconstruction but it will be tweaked over time. I would like to thank Professor Smith for the wonderful experience and wish the rest of my classmates the best of luck in their future endeavors!

A New Awakening

Truly I can’t  find the words to describe my new found excitement for technology and how it can be used in the classroom.  I feel a sense of liberation and freedom because all this time I was trying to figure out how to make my future classroom more exciting and innovative without technology because I am not that experinced and bright when it comes to new media, but that has all changed.   Instead of avoiding the constantly evolving technology in my classroom I have chosen to embrace it.  I have chosen to get a hold of this Bag of Gold as Gardner Campbell mentioned.  This class has truly taught me a lesson that ignorance is a bliss, because I was one of those who agreed to an extent with teachers who were complaiig about learning new media to enhance their teaching and students.  After taking this class I will tell them that if they do not include these new medias in their classroom they are starving their students and are becoming a hipocrite because we are educators its our job to learn but yet we are refusing to learn and keeping the title as educator, dont that sound strange.  Well to me it does and I am glad I took this class especially with the professor I have. He was down to earth and he did not spoon feed us every  single detail but he made us learn it on our own to make sure it leaves an impression and lasts.  I love the way that this course gave me an excitement to become an educator.  I also love how this class created oppurtunities for creativity and new experiences.  I will definitley cherish, value and use mostly everything I learned in this class,especially the new Blog I created. I can only say Future class look forward to a new exciting and ground breaking experience in your education, thanks to all and I know this is not the end to my new passion for learning and experiencing new media, Thanks Professor, Whoo!! 🙂

My final thoughts on AC230 and blogging

Here is my Blog.

This is how I thought I would end up feeling before I ever started AC230, by just knowing it was “some computer class like 4 hours long in the summer”:

This is how I feel now, to say (express) the least:

Before I started the class, I really thought that it was going to be some boring computer class that would either try to teach me things that I already knew, or things that I would never use again.  I was totally wrong. I will really say that the things I have learned in this class has actually had more of an impression on me than many other classes I have had (yes a bit sad in a way, I know).  This is the first time I have actually blogged and used any type of photo editing, photoshop, youtube video making programs.  I wasn’t even thinking I would use any of that any time soon and less in this class.  Again, I was wrong; but it’s good to be wrong sometimes.  I love the way Professor Smith went about creating ideas for our posts and providing some info/guidelines for us to do so.  There were a couple of times where I did’t know how to use a certain program, but I had fun playing with it and worked my way around things and got it done! What was even more neat, was that I was kind of waiting eagerly to see what the next post woule be about.  I also enjoyed commenting on everyones posts and seeing how much feedback I was getting on mines.  I was checking my email more than the 3 or 4x’s daily I was already used to doing.  It’s great to be able to have a network of people that can share similar interersts, or even of they don’t, they can contribute new ideas and give feedback on something that you’re working on.  I can go on forever about how much I have really enjoyed this class and doing all the things we have done…

I have gotten a lot more than expected from this class.  I have realized by taking this class, that there is a lot more than just going out there in the classrooms and just talking, talking, talking. There’s endless things that one can do and teachers can learn as they go along.  Learning is a process for everyone, it’s endless, a continuous circle that widens as one continues to transform his/herself.  Transformation, adjustments, contributions and change are things that will help one help others. One can never be “Comfortable” once you become “comfortable” as an educator, then the rest is history.

Thanks to professor Smith, my fellow classmates and all the feedback, ideas, and comments, I am now more “comfortable” with knowing that I will need to be “uncomfortable” as a future teacher and in order to reach all the goals I have set up to reach=)

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