A challenge I encountered in this class was determining the correct APA format. There are a lot rules and formats that are a part of APA and different types of publications. I used the book once I received the copy of it. The Purdue OWL websites that were suggested during our research projects were also very useful. I can better understand these rules and formats when I have examples. I also looked over peer’s papers to determine their format, but I was not always sure they were correct.
I feel that Technology Trends artifacts were my best products. Anytime a person is given a choice, the ambition to learn and produce are much greater. I was driven to research, read, and write about the topics because it was relevant to me. I choose Problem or project based learning because that is the direction our school is going next school year. I wanted to have a more solid background in this pedagogical approach so I can be a better coach for my teachers. In this module, I also chose to analyze blended learning at my school. I coached 2 of my teachers with this teaching approach and wanted to present it to my staff at a recent meeting. The 2 teachers and I were able to reflect on the process and successfully inform the rest of the school what blended learning is, the benefits and possible barriers. Since that presentation, we have had more people ask to start in this process.
The one thing I plan to do at my school as a result of this course is review the school evaluation tool, Maturity Models Benchmarks, with the Technology and Leadership Committee. As a team, I would like them to explore issues of technology use and read through our district’s technology plan. If teachers can see the vision of where the district wants to go, I am confident my teachers would put forth more effort into their own learning and technology use. If I can get them involved in more of our planning process, it may encourage them to become self motivated.
The information I learned about project based learning will be utilized next school year when my school is being trained by BIE. I have already shared one article with my Administration Team. The article I shared discussed the the barriers a school encountered while they were first implementing this process. If we can have a plan for barriers already researched, we can hope to be more successful in our rollout.