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.