EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY ENHANCE TEACHING

 

Change is a part of life and it happens to all of us.  Once you manage to start looking at change as a good thing, you will be astonished at some of the benefits that can follow.  The big change has come to my life when I have begun my master program.  It has been an eye-opening experience and I have learned many things so far.

First, I have learned to adapt in different ways I have never experienced before, which I believe will be a major effect of my personal-professional growth and development.  I remember, at early years of my life and ask myself “Why I am not where I want to be? “  answer is coming from my deep-down ,maybe  because I didn’t have a sense of urgency and couldn’t keep consistent progress .Like many other people , I liked  staying in my comfort zone.  I was happy with instructional strategies that match how I grew up.  Even though I was a very diligent, passionate, and successful teacher, something was missing in my teaching.  I could not face the fact that integration with technology would be better for me and for my students.  Changing my style came to me as if I would change my personality.  Technology tools always seemed to me strange.  Implementing technology in my classroom was the scary idea.  It was whether a fear of letting go of control or a sense of did not have the right skills; I could not get along with technology at all.  Now, my approach to technology has totally changed.  Assignments, discussion boards, and projects have helped me to understand the technology is not the thing I should afraid that embrace.

Throughout the course, I have penetrated how technology literacy is important, as pedagogy.  I have learned what the disruptive innovation is.  In addition, how social networking and sharing has led a new generation of today?I have understood that Blended Learning is gaining considerable popularity through introducing more technology based learning and providing flexible learning options for students.  As I have looked at my homeschooled daughter current progress , I have seen that using traditional teaching models does not fit the needs of my child.  Therefore, I want to take advantage of blended learning and make my organization more powerful and effective with Blended Learning.  For last few weeks, I have been working  on improving my proposal outline    .  After reading articles and analyzing the current trends, I have prepared Literature Review.  Then,   according to my project, I have created plan overview.  To support my argument I have developed video presentation .I will continue to develop my project.  I am planning to read two books Blended Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn & Heather Stoker and Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 by Catlin Tucker.

There are also some articles  to read to improve me.  I will continue to learn and develop my project.  My goal is to raise my child engagement, learning and achievement by utilizing Blended Learning.  I am aware of the fact that I have a long way to go but I will try my best to reach my goal.

References

Christensen, C. M., Reynor, M. E., & McDonald, R. (2015, December).  What Smart, G. (2013, November 14).  10 Best Practices to Enrich the Blended Learning Environment.  Retrieved May 5  24, 2016, from http://gettingsmart.com/2013/11/10-best-practices-enrich-blended-learning-environment/

Christensen, C. (2015). Blended Learning Definitions. Retrieved May 5, 2016, from  http://www.christenseninstitute.org/blended-learning-definitions-and-models/

Harvard Business Review.  (2008). “The Importance of Urgency.”  Retrieved May 02, 2016, from https:// (Placeholder1)/watch?v=zD8xKv2ur_s

Postma, A.El Condor Pasa -George Zamfir .(2009, August 18).[Video File] .Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbVfBk9GdhY

Articles

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/12/10/blended-learning-is-about-more-than-technology.html

https://thejournal.com/articles/2015/09/01/13-keys-to-successful-blended-learning.aspx

http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/tag/blended-learning

http://www.learndash.com/5-must-read-blended-learning-articles/

http://www.talentlms.com/blog/top-10-articles-blended-learning/

http://www.districtadministration.com/article/different-faces-blended-learning

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar13/vol70/num06/The-Basics-of-Blended-Instruction.aspx