Innovation and unlearning were two interesting topics to read into. They were also a solid note to end this course on.
This summer I think my innovation has come to my through the different ways that we completed assignments. Coming into this course, I was pretty comfortable with technology so I utilized that familiarity to get through the assignment without loosing my mind too much!
On that note, that is what innovation looks like in learning. Using what we have and what we know to understand and process new information. Furthermore, working with this background I was able to build on it and be more open minded to new digital tools.
In addition, I have become an innovator for how to make assignments at least slightly more appealing to the students that I will have.
I have unlearned a number of things in this digital literacy course. I have unlearned what a classroom should look like. I have unlearned tradition education. I have also unlearned how a college course can be conducted, and I loved that!
With this unlearning, I will be better off when entering the classroom. I will bring with me a fresh perspective that has a better chance of appealing to today’s students.
When it comes to being a teacher, I still need to learn what works best for me. As for learning, I still need to better understand the true meaning of learning itself. And how I can consistently reach all students at once. These are things that I don’t think I will ever be done learning. They will be a constant ongoing discovery.
Where do I go from here?
Up. Onward. I want to keep getting better in all aspects. As Walt Disney said, “keep moving forward”.
I can have this continuous growth in my classroom when I “unlearn that [I am] the sole content expert in the classroom” and that “[I] know more than [my] kids” (Richardson “The Unlearning Curve” 2007).
Tech Tools in my Toolbox
Some of the social media and other technology tools that I will continue to use myself and with students are: Twitter, Podcasts, Canva and digital stories. Twitter and Podcast are ones that I will strategically use with the right age of students. I think this is important because I want to unsure that the students I have are getting the most out of the content we are accessing. Canva and digital stories are simple to construct and they also produce worthwhile work.
Throughout this course I have surprised myself a few times. The biggest area in which I surprised myself though was how creative I was. I know that all of my work was not top notch as far as creativity but it was much better than I thought I would do. On a related note, I was additionally surprised by how open-minded I found myself on various assignments.