IT 465 came with many challenges, triumphs, joys, trials, and other mixed emotions. After months of hard work, I can say that I have learned a great deal from this class. I think this class is very useful and will benefit me greatly in my future as a teacher and communicator in society. The class was a step by step process that incorporated several unique tools to improve my skills relating to technology.
Like I said, the class came with challenges and triumphs; therefore there were both strengths and weaknesses. The hardest part of the class to me was the level of communication. I was terrified about working in a group with people that I would never even meet. I am a very social person, but sometimes I can come across rude and demanding if someone does not know me on a personal level. I worked hard to make myself a better communicator throughout this course. On the other hand, I have a lot of experience with technology. Between working in the computer lab at school, tutoring my dad when he is miles away on travel, and taking all of my classes online, I would say my strength is with technology. I know how to type efficiently and how to navigate many of the resources that we used in this class.
The interaction between my peers and instructor was a bit frustrating at times. I did not like having to sign in on a Friday night especially when I had already completed my work. I worked hard to be proactive in this class, but I found that many of the other people did not submit posts on time or completely dropped. I became weary of commenting on other people’s post because I felt like it was just a rush. I did not feel that all of the interaction was genuine, but it was just a way for people to come out with a good grade.
There were several assignments that I liked, but I found the greatest pleasure in creating the website for my classroom. I spent several hours on the website, but I do believe it will be one of the most essential tools in my future career. On the other hand, my least favorite assignment was the Turnitin assignment. I felt like it was more busy work than anything else, and it did not teach me how to use it at as a teacher. All of the other assignments were a great part of the learning process. I would have liked to have seen some of the assignments rearranged such as the group work towards the end, but overall, they were all effective.
There were several different tools used throughout this course. There were some that I had heard of and used and there were others that were new and exciting to me. The only software I was completely blind to before this class was Inspiration 9. I fell in love with the tool, and I will probably end up buying it in the future. Tools such as the test, rubric, answer key, Turnitin and movie were things I had heard of, but I had never actually used them. I think all of those tools will be very helpful in my future as well. Tools like the website and assistive technology are things that I use every single day. I try to have an environment that promotes education for all people in all walks of life. The blog as a tool was also very beneficial as it allowed me to see other people’s work and to communicate on a unique level. I use a blog regularly regarding my own life, so I did not have problems navigating the software. The tool I used mostly throughout the class was the Google drive. It was the easiest way to communicate with both my classmates and teacher. The only disadvantage was making sure that it was submitted and used properly to share with other people.
By and large, I found the blogfolio very useful. I feel like this class taught me several things to improve my communication skills especially through technology. I enjoyed most all of the assignments and spent a large amount of time on each one of them trying to make them as beneficial as possible. The tutorials and examples were very helpful to understand the projects that were assigned, and I always felt like Dr. Wang was a great help. I know that the many tools and resources used with benefit my future as an educator and make me a life-long learner in society.