Week 2 of Educational Technology: Again, I walked away with some relevant and practical ideas that I can apply immediately to my classroom! I am really enjoying this class.
We focused most of our time on communicating with students (and families) using a new tool called OfficeMix. It is an “app” that can be downloaded to Microsoft Powerpoint and used to make interactive Powerpoint Presentations that include voices and quizzes.
I have decided that as an end of topic closure assessment activity for ‘Mi Rutina Diaria’ in Español 2, I am going to have students work together in groups of 2 to create a Mix Presentation of their daily routines. They will need to explain in detail their routines, describe them and compare how the two routines are different.
There are really so many possibilities to use Mix. I am hoping that once students become familiar with the technology, they will be able to complete a Mix Presentation in less time.
I also really like the idea of using Mix to present vocabulary. I can voice over images of new vocabulary with pronunciation. However, this will take time and is a goal I have for down the road.
I am feeling at times overwhelmed. There is always new tech coming out that could be incorporated into the classroom. However, time is so precious, and each new piece of tech takes time to teach students, assuming after of course I’ve taken the time to get really familiar with the new tech as well myself. OneNote, Office Mix, QR Reader, etc. These are just the tip of the iceberg, and I know it. However, in my classroom where face-to-face interaction is actually key to learning a skill (speaking Spanish), I want to incorporate technology when appropriate, but not run a tech-predominant class. Finding this balance can be hard, as I feel that to stay relevant and prepare my students for life after high-school I need to incorporate newer tech innovations.