The final assignment for #edtechcc is here. You must summarise what you have gained or achieved through participating in The Educational Technology Creative Collective.
Here’s what I said at the start and what I set out to do:
I hope this proves to be a great vehicle for investigating and experimenting with digital technologies that ultimately enhances the education of those we teach. Where I have knowledge I hope (want) to share and where I don’t, I hope you will share with me. My goal, in all this, is to be a better teacher; to gain experience of different digital technologies that will enhance what I do and so the learning of my pupils. And I also hope it will be fun!
First and foremost I have Thoroughly enjoyed the experience: it was fun! #edtechcca coincided with me entering the 21st century’s Digital and Social Media arena, which in truth I was a little hesitant to do at first. Now, it’s very much part of my teaching pedagogy, with me looking for every opportunity to enhance my teaching and by extension the learning of my pupils via digital means. A real good example of this can be seen here http://goo.gl/5HyiQ or http://prezi.com/y2i4mixcvgjr/renewable-energy/ It was through using Audacity and AudioBoo as part of this that I had the confidence to use them in this blog.
Although online presentation software Prezi was not part of #edtechcca it was through my contact with Colin (and others in it) that I was introduced to the software – and it has had a big impact. The Prezi viewed here – http://goo.gl/hRkYM – was my presentation to my professional association: the up-shot of which is a motion being put to the SSTA Conference in May in support of teachers using social media (I’m really chuffed about this).
In participating I’ve become more confident in using the Web as a teaching and leaning aid and use it when I can and when appropriate in my lessons. Has it made me a better teacher? Time will tell! I certainly believe that it has enhance my teaching and the experiences of the pupils.
Finally, it has rekindled my love and passion for photography and for this (and the rest), I thank you Colin!
Audio to follow