Tuesday, August 2, 2011

WEEK 14 Final Reflections

My Final Reflections

During this last semester I had the chance of taking a course on ICTs. I must declare that at first I had no idea what this meant. Before this, I must truly say I knew nothing about it. In fact I didn’t even know what the word stood for.
As the course started I remember the first meeting we, as a group, had with teacher Evelyn. As she started to mention all the things we were going to do during this course, I thought I was not going to be able to do any of them. Everything she was saying sounded as if she was speaking in some unknown codified language.
Glogs???? Blogs???? Wikis???? Podcasts??
I kept asking myself what she was talking about. So as it always happens to me, I panicked and freaked out. I honestly believed all that was an impossible mission.
The course started and I began reading about Digital literacy, I searched in the net to find out a little bit about Glogs, Blogs etc.
Our first assignment was to create an e-portfolio so I asked another course mate to work together, more for confidence than for knowledge, for I must confess, we were both rocking the same boat. I indeed created an e-portfolio and I as it was coming out, I became thrilled. I Then I went home feeling very proud of myself, and even bragged about it. As my other classmates started posting their e-portfolios, I got horrified because theirs were awesome and what I first considered to be great, was in comparison, lame and extremely basic. But no, ….. I wasn’t going to let that happen. So I started all over again, until I finally got it the way I wanted. After that first task, I thought things were going to become smoother. Oh! Silly me!. If I had known what was awaiting me…. I don’t know what I would have done.
On the contrary we started working with the podcasts and I got on pins and needles.Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one going nuts. I have to admit that being able to share these feelings of frustration, despair, and impotence with my classmates, was what made the difference, between keeping on, or quitting. Little by little I started becoming more confident about what I was doing.
One of the things that really pushed me to keep on, was imagining my students faces when I introduce all these amazing resources to improve my classes. I absolutely fell in love with the Glogs. Now, I not only know what they are, byt I know how to use them, and I will definitely include them in my classes. I am sure that my students will love this and I will take the most of what Glogs have to offer.
Another Web 2.0 tool I fell in love with, was the Windows Movie Maker. With it, I was able to create my own movie. I felt very enthusiastic about the idea of using it with my students. Proof of that is that I have included one in my final project.
Finally, I must thank teacher Evelyn for all her efforts to make me a better teacher, for being patient with my tantrums. Yes, I had some of those …. and now I laugh. But I specially want to thank her for being there and guide me through this difficult journey I decided to take, to become a Digital Literate person, catch up with the world, keep the pace of my students and of course……..Bragg a lot about it with whomever is around me.
Thank You Evelyn!!!!!

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