This class has done me a great service, pushing the way I view teaching in a more digital direction. I have always seen myself as a bit more forward thinking in the realm of education, utilizing a SmartBoard, student response systems, and digital video in my classroom, but, as many of us in the education system, have been handcuffed to the old ways of using pen and paper. Long have I wished for the days of not having to hear, “I forgot my homework at home!” or “My dog/turtle/baby sister ate it!” This PLE may just be a partial solution to this problem, among other things.
By November 2011, I will be three months into a new school year. By that time, I will have set up my PLE’s front page with articles having to do with each of my classes’ discussion topics, under their corresponding sub pages. By that point, I will have also set up the moodle section of my PLE so that their is a course for each of my classes, that my students will enroll themselves in, and we will have weekly assignments that they will be able to collaborate on, much like the classes we take here at Post. Hopefully, this will save me time on grading, and possibly save a few trees as well. The educational world seems to be going in this direction anyways, with the wide use of smart devices, and rise of the use of eBooks, mentioned in the 2011 Horizon Report. But I will still have a technology section on the PLE which I plan to use almost as a “hotline” for my fellow teachers at school, where they can post questions or concerns about their use of technology in the classroom.
By May 2012, I will have begun utilizing the PLE for showcasing and critiquing of my Media Arts classes’ projects. Instead of having to wait a full weekend to ask me a question of how to do something, whether it be about filming or editing, they can post the question with a video of their problem. I also plan on using Pixlr to add a whole new dimension to my art lessons. I know nothing can beat actually sitting down with a nice thick art paper and pastels, but digital art is starting to be used more widely, as I found out in this class.
I feel that I want utilize my PLE more for my students, rather for the general public. As an educator in today’s world, I am in charge of getting my students ready for this flattening digital world. I think this PLE will be a good start for that.
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.