From the article, Gibbons Collaboration like Never Before: Reading and Writing through Wiki, I could identify his interest for becoming a connected educator. He was able to use an online platform that was cost accessible and engaging to his students. Gibbons was able to carefully calculate a happy balance between authentic audiences, collaboration and ownership for his assignment in his test group. The Wiki project worked for his students in many aspects of their learning. As his students, I too become more engaged when the assignment has an authentic audience. While I write this blog post assignment, I worry how others will read it and how it will affect my digital imprint. Yet, instead of skimming through the readings I felt pressure to read the articles carefully and take notes. The value of the assignment has increased because my audience has a larger presence then the walls of Maher 224.
Additionally, I do agree that teachers must push themselves to becoming connected educators. As a novice teacher, I realized the power of a well-selected three-minute clip on Youtube was more effective in activating prior knowledge rather than beginning with a paper and pencil activity. During my experience in Mexico, I had a projector and an ipad as technology in class. When I returned to the United States, the implementation for 1:1 devices had begun. My experience with being connected blossomed. I got to work with Joseph Kemery who motivated me to be a risk taker with my lessons and involve app smashing any time I could. I could see the transformation in students learning and application of skills. Students who struggled writing and reading began pushing themselves to blog and comment publically. Shy students began to participate more through online platforms. Embedding technology correctly, referring to SAMR model, in lessons supplements any curriculum.
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Michelle Villasenor is a elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction from University of San Diego.