When I first saw that I was enrolled into the class Literacy in the Digital Age, my expectations for it were nothing too spectacular because I am not a huge fan of online classes. I thought that it would just be another online class where the professor does not communicate well and the assignments will all be pretty generic and easy. When I first started on Module 1, I learned that this was not going to be my average online class. I had a question so I emailed my professor, and she had replied within 30 minutes of my email! That NEVER happens! I was a little overwhelmed at first because I will be the first to admit that I am not the greatest with technology. I have never blogged before, I had no idea what “widgets” were, and I have never really been an avid Tweeter. Although I was timid and a little afraid of the unknown, I took a leap of faith and dove into the digital world!
I have learned so many new things these past eight weeks it’s crazy! When I look back at the 7 modules that I have completed throughout the last 8 weeks, I see challenges, successes, failures, and feel so many different emotions about them. The most challenging module, for me, would have to be Module 5: Building Your Personal Learning Network. This module was not challenging in the aspect of the assignments being difficult, it was challenging in a thinking way. What I mean by this, is that this module made me sit down and think long and hard about where to begin with my personal learning network, and who all I wanted to be involved with it. I spent much more time on this module than the others simply because I wanted my network to be as close as perfect as possible, and I wanted to try to include everyone and everything that was going to be beneficial. I found myself being a lot more picky than I ever thought!
My favorite module, and one that I thought was the most interesting, was Module 4: Passion Based Learning. I loved this module because I really learned a lot about how I want to teach my future students. Researching passion based learning and reading articles on it really opened my eyes to a whole new outlook on education. This module also helped strengthen my Individualized Learning Project immensely and really made me remember why I am going into education.
At the beginning of this class I realized that I am going to be going into a whole new world of teaching full of technology, which scared me. Now, this class has also made me realize that I can do this, and that I can be confident in learning new things! The more I learn and experiment with digital learning, the more excited I am to becoming a 21st Century teacher. This class is giving me the tools that I need to become educated on how to best educate my students, using all resources that will be available. What I am looking forward too learning in the next eight weeks, is hopefully continually learning new things each module, and more class discussion! I am so excited to see what else will be in store for the future of this class.