Right, finally finished with the first part of the course, and now for some reflection. I am very conscious of not mixing my frustrations with the IT situation here in Luanda (which is a bit of a disaster considering the internet speeds) into the general discussion, but it’s a little difficult to keep things separate when doing a course specifically about technology! I often found myself sat in my classroom, head on the keyboard, thinking of Dilbert:
Things I Liked about the Course
- I found out what a useful tool Google Drive can be. In fact, a colleague is currently migrating all of our Humanities resources onto it from our server. I am going to get my students on there as well for some paperless units, something which our Secondary Principal has already had a go at I think.
- I spent a lot more time thinking about how to incorporate technology into my lessons, and saw some really good examples from other people. While I have contacted other teachers at other schools before, this forum seems to have been much more productive.
- I was pointed in the direction of some great RSS feeds (also with useful stuff for my lessons), written by some highly qualified people.
- Getting set up at the beginning of the course took a while. I was not particularly clear on what was required of me, and jumping back and forth between the various sites we use just led to more confusion!
- Video based instructions took a long time to load. I guess that’s an Angola thing.
- The blogging format felt a little bit arbitrary at times. What if you don’t have five things you want to share with the world by the end of the course? I find that I tend to read a lot more than I write in forums, yet this activity is not tracked (at least not on Google Drive). I would rather not post something than post an unconstructive comment. Maybe that’s the British side of me worrying about what people will think of what’s been written…