Technology Integration-Domain 4.5 and 4.6
This year I have attempted to not view technology as a means to an end, but rather as a tool to enhance all aspects of my teaching and my students' learning. Rather than view technology integration as a box to check on my portfolio, I have made technology a necessary element of my daily activities. Throughout the year I have attempted to modify assignments to increase my own technology skills as well as my students. With nearly every assessment I administer, I use technology and I ask my students to do the same. I have used technology to meet my 2012-2013 GOALS, to ASSESS my students, and communicate with students and PARENTS. After attending the MACUL 2013 Conference my eyes were opened to the potential of increased technology use and project based learning. One of the keynote speakers at MACUL described a certain type of aquatic animal that uses its brain for only a very short time in its life cycle - it uses its brain when it needs to move. When the fish stops moving, the brain dissipates and the fish dies. The analogy was clear to me. I do not want to be the teacher who allows the 21st Century to pass her by. I want to be the teacher who is moving forward, navigating the murky waters of the 21st Century with fearless enthusiasm. When I stop, then I will know I am done.