Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blog Post #15

an axe as a teacher shaping his log students into wooden people
Re-Dreaming My Future Classroom

Looking back on my first blog post, I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about my dreams for my future classroom. I still plan on teaching a deaf classroom. I still pull inspiration from my own teachers. I still love math and English and still hate history and science. I still want a chalkboard with colored chalk. And I still can’t positively say what my classroom will be like. Although I wouldn’t change my post, I would definitely go back and add to it.

Throughout this semester, I have learned much more than I ever expected to learn through this class. I have learned some wonderful new technologies that I will certainly incorporate into my classroom. For instance, my class will have a blog and I hope that each student will be able to have their own blog as well. The one thing I still am not sure about is wiki’s. I honestly don’t know what a wiki is to be exact. Throughout the semester they were mentioned many times, however I never found out exactly what they are or how they work. I plan on doing some research and figuring that out really fast, because they sound very useful in the classroom.

One of my favorite parts of the class was learning about the assistive technologies. We learned mostly about technology used for blind students, which was quite fascinating. This also led to my searching and learning about technologies I could use to one day teach the deaf students. For example, I learned about CART, a system which is sort of like subtitles but in real time. I explored some more and found a lot of blog posts and Twitter accounts to follow which I wrote about here.

As I have said before, it is difficult to say what my classroom will look like, however I can easily say it will include a lot more technology and both independent and collaborative learning than it would have before this semester.

Looking Back On Lessons Learned

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