Saturday, February 25, 2012

11 Tools #11 Self Assessing and Reflecting

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
My favorite tools are all of the Goolge opportunities, Dropbox, and the iPad. Diigo is very handy and Big Huge Labs is just fun. And I'm a huge Atomic Learning fan. If I had a classroom, there are all types of activities that could be created with any of the ones listed. For almost any lesson in any subject, students could use the digital tools that they felt would best fit their idea. Choice becomes a given.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?
Having completed both 23 and 11.5 Things several years ago, I've been watching teachers make changes in their classrooms to include many of the Tools listed in this project. Classrooms are becoming more student led; teacher are becoming facilitators to students as those students used the digital world to demonstrate their mastery of the curriculum.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Not really; in spite of the fact that there's always a little trepidation when beginning something that is not completely comfortable, I was sort of looking forward to working on 11 Tools since it had been so long since 11.5 Tools. It gave me chance to dust off some of the skills from before and add some new ones to my repertoire. Now I just have to practice using them.

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