I am glad I revisited the T-Pack model because this time it made more sense than the first time I read it. As hard as some of those readings have been, things are starting to make sense. Technology does change the way we think and teach. I have been teaching 2nd grade for 13 years and feel very comfortable with the pedagogy at that level. I also feel comfortable with CK; however, it's been two years that I knew that something was missing in my teaching. I know understand that 21st. century teaching requires technology integration. We can no longer teach like in the past when the world is using technology for everything.
I still don't have a smart board nor any of the fancy technology in the classroom, but I can manage with integrating some technology with the 1/2 hour or computer lab we have every day. I also have access to four chrome books in the classroom. I was also uncomfortable because I was using old curriculum made to fit the old standards, but now we're piloting new curriculum adapted to CCSS, and it has some technology embedded.
As far as the evolution of T-Pack for me, I have a long way to go with TK. Thanks to these courses I have read the "why" of things and why technology is necessary in everything we do. I am very far from reaching the "Sweet Spot" but I now have a goal to become more acquainted with the resources provided in these courses so I can integrate technology in my teaching practice. It is needed that students learn 21st. century skills. I have that responsibility in front of me and know that I need to start designing lessons and units with integrated technology rather than technology as an enhancement as I have done in the past.
I have been apprehensive about technology not only because of my lack of knowledge, but because I didn't have a clear goal and it wasn't part of the program or pacing calendar in my school I thought.
I don't know exactly how I am going to integrate this technology into my capstone yet. I am barely on the very rough draft of the mind map. I believe the next step is starting to evolve as I add to my mind map. I will need a lot of support and ideas from my cohort peers and professors.
Building a bridge between my practice, action research and what I am learning...Elements of SITE in relation to my audience and me as a learner...
The book that I continue to enjoy is Baggio's The chapters are easy for me to understand and it relates to teaching. To be honest, I didn't quite understand SITE. I read it several times, but it was very difficult for me to understand. In every reading, the author talks about the importance of visuals. I can relate to the title in chapter seven. "If It Doesn't Go In, It Can't come out." (Baggio) I very much felt like that this week. I read the material over and over, and only a few things made sense. One thing I understood is to have our audience in mind. What do we want our learners to know, and what do we want our learners to do? This stuck with me all week. I have gone into the classroom asking myself: "What do I want my students to learn today? " rather than what am I teaching today? It is important to pay attention on intention. As far as visuals, I learned to keep it simple, keep it clear, keep it focused, connect with the learner, and connect with the content. Having a connection with the students is probably one of my favorite things about teaching. It is important to have that connection for the affective filter to go down and for the learning to happen.