Sunday, September 11, 2011

Module 6: Final Reflection

There have been many lessons for me throughout this course. Some of them were embedded in the course itself but others came about because of the personal situations that coincided with the course. This course allowed me to reflect educationally and personally as I worked through the requirements. My passion for the use of websites as instructional tools became more apparent to me as I researched and found objective support for the academic tool that I found so successful in my own classroom. I knew it worked for me but finding that this concept was based on a strong foundation of parental involvement and differentiating for students gave me a deeper understanding of why the process worked.

STANDARD 2: DEVELOPMENT
Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies. The materials throughout this course and the discussions with our professor and peers helped to provide unique perspectives and an opportunity to share thoughts about the role of educational technology. In addition, I am beginning to differentiate between quality integration and that which is more trivial through the readings and research that I have done.

Education is founded on the concept of sharing information, whether that be from teacher to student, peer-to-peer, or administrator to teacher. The importance of continually seeking out opportunities to share and learn from peers as well as share discoveries that have made a difference in the academic success of students is at the core of education. Education without this component would simply not exist.
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Final Video Project


References

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Durrington, V. A., Berryhill, A., & Swafford, J. (2006). Strategies for enhancing student interactivity in an online environment. College Teaching, 54(1), 190–193.

McMillen, P. S., & Pehrsson, D.-E. (n.d.). EBSCOhost: Improving a Counselor Education Web Site through Usability Testing: The Bib... Retrieved June 19, 2011, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=10&hid=107&sid=38ad2503-14de-4c66-a849-1d6d0525169a%40sessionmgr111

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What Research Says About Parent Involvement in Children’s Education In Relation to Academic Achievement. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Final_Parent_Involvement_Fact_Sheet_14732_7.pdf