This week has been very, very time consuming, I really felt overwhelmed with everything that needed to be accomplished before the end of the week. Every time I read over the weekly overview and the rubric, I would find something else that needed to be done in order to get all the parts of the assignment completed. I learned several things form this week’s assigned readings and videos, I particularly liked all the different examples that the Web 2.0 New Tools, New Schools book presented and how they could be successfully integrated into different subject areas. I particularly liked the following quotes “As soon as you learn a new tool and feel comfortable enough to begin teaching it in your classroom, that technology is old and you are moving on!” “Be brave and take a risk, our new digital learners have different strategies, different needs and totally different outcomes that WORK!” Technology continues to improve every day; equipment, software, and new tools are continuously evolving. If we want to continue to engage, inspire, and motivate our students we need to continue to move forwards with technology. We need not to be afraid to try to integrate new technology into our daily lessons; our lessons need to follow the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn the lesson’s objectives and goals. We must include strategies that will enable students with different learning styles and need to learn and successfully complete the assigned activities.
Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2007). Web 2.0: New tools, New schools. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 77-98.
Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Available online at the Center for Applied Special Technology Web site. Chapter 1. Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/
Lessonbuilder.cast.org (nd). Principles of Universal Design for Learning. Retrieved from http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/window.php?src=videos
Lessonbuilder.cast.org. (nd). Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. Retrieved from http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/window.php?src=videos
Lessonbuilder.cast.org (nd). Diversity of Learners. Retrieved from http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/window.php?src=videos