I am very happy to be typing my last blog for my master of education program. Transliteracy has influenced the way I think and plan my teaching. I know the importance of having my students exposed to all forms of education, and it's critical that my students are updated on all digital forms of literacy. I have also seen that it's important that I continue to educate myself in this ever changing world of education. I feel proud to be a part of the innovative learning program, it has enriched my professional career.
Now it is time for my final blog. It took me over a year or so to really think about joining the master program. I went to a couple of meetings that was hosted by Touro and Napa Learns in the district. After each meeting I'd go home and think, "Maybe next semester". The time was never right. I realized the time would never be "right". I just had to jump right in. I'm proud of myself for sticking it thorough. I almost quit a couple of times within each semester for various reasons, some good and some just because I was exhausted. I am proud of the example I have set for my nephews and my students. I talked about persistence with them and that anything is possible. My parents are proud of me, because they came to this country with an elementary and middle school education, yet they are hardly "uneducated" because of their life experiences.
Entering the program, I would say that I looked at technology as something that I didn't really need to incorporate into my classroom. When looking at the SAMR model now, which I didn't even know existed prior to this program, I definitely was in the substitution stage where I used tech as an enhancement but that was about it. In less than a year, I use technology in by classroom daily. Students are working on math, using tech tools to bridge a gap in their learning. Students are creating presentations to interpret their learning in science, and increasing their reading comprehension through daily use of reading on computers. I would say that I still have a long way to go, but I have moved into the redefinition stage.
I'd like to think that all the time spent in this program has led me to become an innovative teacher, and a lifetime learner. Thank you Touro and Napa Learns for guiding me trough this journey.
As I am completing all the necessary projects to get my degree, I have noticed that I can spend a lot of time going over my projects to perfect, but they will never be perfect in my eyes. When it comes to creating something unique, such as the poster, as much as I might feel that I need to add, change, rearrange, it's probably best that I just continue to follow the requirements and let it be.
I am very excited to be close to the finish line. This is an accomplishment that I never thought I would be able to complete. Although daunting and overwhelming in the beginning, I have been able to complete my projects with the support of everyone in my cohort.
Creating my capstone video at first was a challenge. I didn't know where to begin. What really helped me was to see the capstone videos from my peers. They had some great and soffisticated ideas, which helped be gain some confidence to where I should go.
Working on my capstone site also helped guide me more to where I needed to go with my video. I was able to add more details to the video, but I kept it really simple. I wanted to use Adobe Spark, which I have become very comfortable with. I did have one technical issue. As I was recording, some slides would pick up my voice and other slides wouldn't. It became frustrating, and I thought it was a wifi or adobe site issue. It turns out that it was my computer case cover that was interfering with the microphone. I had to google the issue, and after I removed the case, I was able to record clearly.
Now I have a video that is a little over 2 minutes long. I don't think I need to trim any of the "fat" yet. My one "concern" or "frustration" that I have is about the creation of a second video. Why do we need to create another video which technically is about our journey through the program just like the shorter video? I think that one video should be enough, maybe combination of the 2 videos into one 3-4 minute video. It's just seems like repetitive work to me that might not be a good use of our time.
C'est la vie.
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Reading some of the assigned articles to support our capstone video was helpful. I like how the article from "Psychology Today" said that the brain is an image processor, it can remember images because they are more concrete. Words are abstract and harder to retain, which explains why I forget peoples' names quickly, but I never forget a face (most of the time).