Having never done an APA annotated bibliography before, I found it to be quite a challenge; however, it was a challenge that I truly enjoyed. I created an annotated bibliography of resources for teacher apprehensive about integrating technology in the classroom. As someone who hopes to become an instructional technology coach at some point in the near future, I thought it would be helpful to create a list of resources for teachers struggling with the idea of integrating technology in the classroom. By giving teachers this document, I feel they can glean the information from the article without necessarily reading the entire article. Also, if the article sounds like it would be interesting, the teacher would have the necessary information to find and read the article.
In respect to the research, I enjoyed having time to read again. I feel I never get to research anymore, which is not how it should be. I do not want to be the teacher who uses the same materials for twenty years. There were some frustrating points in the research. There were times I could not retrieve the full text of an article or the doi once I found the full text. Eventually I put the link on the citation after shortening it using bitly.
I am excited to share this bibliography with some of my fellow teachers to encourage incorporating technology in the classroom. I feel that I learned a lot about successfully integrating technology in the classroom. This research has given me new life to try and bring in more technology than I already do. Additionally, I plan to share some of my findings with the administration to make sure that we can all be on the same page in respect to the support the technology requires.
I have not been formally reflecting on my website design for EdTech 502. At this point, I have created numerous websites using Dreamweaver CC. This class is the first time I ever used Dreamweaver or coded anything. To be honest, I love it! It is really hard at times, but I am learning from my mistakes. I cannot wait to incorporate some of these websites, and many I have yet to create, in my classroom. Feel free to check out my 502 page which will lead you to my other creations. Hopefully you can see the quality of the pages get better as I learn more from the class.
RSS is something that I was not overly familiar with before this class started. I thought of newsfeed only as something connected to social media sites; however, the research for this class has really been an eye opening experience. I learned an immense amount of information on what an RSS feed is, how it can be incorporated in the classroom, the information that can be found, and more.
The most difficult part of this assignment is that I feel there is still so much more to learn. Feedly has so much to offer that one week just did not feel like enough. I am looking forward to learning more about Feedly and how to incorporate it even more in the classroom. I feel like Feedly (or something similar) is a wonderful way to encourage reading articles in the classroom. If I had more time, I would have spent more time on Feedly. I feel like I could spend hours reading and posting articles. I hope that students feel the same loss of time in reading and researching the articles on Feedly.
While I have not yet incorporated this lesson in my classroom, I am excited to do so. I feel that the students will show growth in reading comprehension and analysis of text. I cannot wait to try this out. I may be able to modify it and incorporate it second semester only. I really like the idea of using Google Drive to create a portfolio for students to assess their own work.
Here is the link to my lesson: RSS Lesson Plan.