As a fourth grade teacher I have found that my students often struggle with organization. They are quite forgetful and the parents have trouble keeping up with upcoming assignments, projects, and events. By creating a classroom website, I am helping students to improve in this area. If they forget to write something down, chances are that can be found on my website. This also helps parents to be able to keep up with what we are doing in the classroom. Even though it takes a lot of time to update this website, I know that I am providing my students and parents with an online tool that will make a difference in their learning. In addition to daily things such as assignments, etc., I also include websites that are based on the skills we are learning.
In addition to my website goal, I am also working toward a professional development goal. I want to continue my learning as well. I hope to attend a technology conference in the spring that may help me in integrating technology in the classroom. As I strive to meet this goal, I have discussed this with other colleagues as well as my principal. Our school system is providing technology training during an in-service day at the first of the year. This will help me in achieving this goal as well. In our text, I learned that technology “offers a powerful resource for engaging students in authentic experience, typically increasing both their motivation and their learning” (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009, p. 51). I want to make sure I am learning all that I can in order to engage my students in learning.
Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use: A Standards-Based Approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.