Reflection Blog post
As I reflect on the resources I’ve come across in this course, I think first about my group’s social networking site. Prior to this course, I was unaware of social networking in venues other than Facebook or MySpace. Social networking is a hotly debated topic currently in the education setting, but I believe it definitely has a place in schools.
Our site was beneficial as a “meeting” place for us to share ideas. However, as busy professionals, I don’t think it was any more beneficial than personal blogs or a wiki. Although the site had a chat feature, it was difficult to schedule times to “meet” in order to chat.
The group shared many ideas, but because of the nature of the site, I would have to click on the member, and then each individual post to find the resources. I think the site would be more useful to a busy educator if there were one page for all of us to use to add the resources that we found and a short description of each.
That being said, our group found some great resources that will be very helpful to implement DI and UDL in the classroom. The CAST website (www.udlcenter.org) is a great all-inclusive source for any teacher wanting to implement more UDL and DI into his/her classroom. Theo shared a couple of videos from Youtube (www.youtube.com) that were not only informative, but ground-breaking as well. I also liked being able to see Kelli’s presentation on UDL. As a student, it is always helpful to see how others respond to an assignment.
Personally, I will not use our social networking site to locate these resources, however. I have a resource file on my flash drive. In order for the information to be more accessible to me, I will copy and paste the applicable or helpful information from all the different posts and different pages into one word document and save it as “Ideas for DI” in my resources file. I know that I will access it more easily this way.
In all, I enjoyed the experience of being a part of a small, exclusive social networking group. Although I did not think it was the best fit for the objectives of this course, I do think it would be extremely beneficial in a classroom setting. I can envision using it for book discussions with students. Most schools block social networking sites like Facebook. I think that I could probably get my technology director to allow sites such as Ning. As always, with technology there are infinite possibilities, and we are only limited by our own narrow thinking. I will begin by asking the students how they think we can use it! In this way, students begin to be responsible for their own learning (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009), a cornerstone of differentiated instruction.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore: Author