Blogging has been an interesting activity to be involved in, and i think that I’ve learned a lot about myself as a teacher and about the benefits of using technology in the classroom through this experience. My initial goals for blogging were to highlight specific qualities, experiences, and struggles that come with being a male teacher in a profession predominantly made of of women (hence the name of the blog ‘Teacher Man’). However, i decided that my interest in graphic novels and their use in the classroom was much more beneficial for the purposes of our class which was to highlight new literacy and its educational application. Discussing some of the many uses and sources for graphic novels has aided me in becoming more critical about what material is actually worth using and sharing with others. I know look at it through an editorial lense, thinking about whether or not other’s would agree with my beliefs about the medium.
The thing that has been most interesting to me in using the blog has been checking out how others in the class use multimedia. I’ve been making a list of some of the more interesting uses of technology that I’ve investigated through people’s blog’s and our class discussion. Things like Wordle, Prezi, and Glogster were previously foreign to me, and I have appreciated the opportunity to see how other’s use them. My favorite investigation was comparing Christian’s post of making online comics with pixton.com vs. my recent discovery of makebeliefscomics.com. I found it interesting to compare the features of the two websites and seeing how I would use each (pixton for older students and makebeliefscomics for younger ones).
While i find the ability to read and correspond with other teachers through professional blogs to be quite interesting and a practice that I hope to continue, I think that the way I will use my own personal blog in the future is to create a classroom blog to interact with my students. I used my blog as a safe place for students to go to to observe ironic images in my Strategy Tutor lesson, and would like to continue developing online activities that students could access through my blog. It would also be a great place for students to support each other with homework and for me to provide extension activities to what we do in class. I may decide to run too separate blogs. This one, which I will likely revert back towards my initial goals for it and document some unique features of being a guy in the teaching profession. And another that is purely for classroom use.
As a final reflection of the class I thought I would create a Wordle using the class syllabus to highlight what stood out as being the core concept of ENED 3400. I think the perfect things stand out. Read, learning, class, students, digital, media, and knowledge are all highlighted throughout this wordle. These are concepts that were at the core of our discussion this past year. Enjoy