Tech Project Portfolio - BEDUC 437
Prior to this quarter, the only wiki I had heard of was Wikipedia. Thanks to this class, I have been made aware of the many uses of this technology.
This quarter, my cohortmates and I have contributed some valuable resources to our shared wikis. Of course, this has not come easily to some of us. I spent one morning working on the Families wiki, only to delete most of what my family members had worked so hard to add. Thanks to Beci, I was rescued and life has improved. (And I was not voted off the island).
I made eight additions to the cohort wiki and feel that my best contribution was the Arts4Culture web link. This website has a lengthy list of arts agencies in the Puget Sound Region that will be useful for classroom teachers. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics was something I learned about in my Math for Elementary School Teachers class at Shoreline. When I posted it, I didn’t realize that it was the resource that Jason and Bubba were presenting to the class. Oops. Two of the other additions that I made, Puzzlemaker and Artisan Cam are just fun.
My favorite of my seven additions to the Technology wiki had to do with art – the Texture project and Found Alphabet project would be wonderful to do with students. For my Families wiki, I believe my video, web links, and articles were helpful.
During the quarter I have found this technology to be slightly addicting. Many times I have found myself working on my blog or adding to the wikis when I really should have been reading or working on papers for my other classes.
Now that I have had the experience of adding to the cohort wikis, I see the value in having this tool available for classroom use. It has been inspiring to see all of the ideas and resources that have been added. I think that the many of these could be put to use in most any classroom, of course some are more appropriate for students in the intermediate to middle grades. I can see myself using this technology for a family funds of knowledge project or for journaling in the classroom.
Wikis have great potential for professional development as well; educators could make use of this technology rather than sit through boring staff development sessions.
I think I am comfortable with this technology and its use. I do, however have some concerns regarding Internet safety, especially for students.
The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work,
second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense. - Thomas A. Edison