The course, Multimedia Tools in Education, has been both a reminder of the importance of using multimedia tools and a step outside of my comfort zone as I had to create some forms of multimedia that I normally would not choose to use in the classroom. Module 2 was a favorite of mine because it was a great reminder of the importance of using bellringers and incorporating audio and video into my bellringers. The Youtube channel CriticalPast is definitely a resource that I will be using during my social studies class. My favorite resource was in module 8 and it was about augmented reality. I found the TedTalk by Meron Gribetz to be fascinating. The video was about the Meta 2, an augmented reality headset. The headset makes it possible for users to see, grab and move holograms just like physical objects. I can see this becoming our future both in education and in our jobs.
How I have grown as a connected educator is through the use of screencasts. Creating the screencasts made me step outside of my comfort zone. Being forced to create a screencast showed me how easy they actually are and how they can actually make my life easier. Certain lessons that I tend to repeat throughout the year can easily be made using a screencast that students watch as a review. This would save valuable class time.
After teaching for 21 year, I have seen a shift in how students learn and the importance of keeping up with new technology. Having my students use multimedia tools to create book trailers, infographics, screencasts, and podcasts to name a few will help my students to become 21st century learners who can be successful in the workplace. I have now completed half of the classes necessary for my technology endorsement, and I plan on continuing this school year.