Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Is Classroom Computer Applications Worth the Time and Money?

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Is Classroom Computer Applications (CCA) going to be worth your time and money? I think the answer to that is an overwhelming yes! I have had Dr. Z before last semester for an online class, which was a little tricky for me, but very worthwhile. Dr. Z definitely knows his stuff, and he is really easy going and fun to work with. He is very helpful if you don't understand something, and he doesn't usually like to move on until everyone is on the same page. This is something that I expect won't change for this class.

Technology is something that I've been learning a lot about from my minor classes, but it's still something I'm not totally comfortable with. I know how to do a lot of things... Or so I think anyways! I expect this class to give me more practice with the things I already do know how to do, as well as teach me new things. One thing that I hope we get to do is discuss opportunities for integrating technology into the classroom. So far, in each of my Ed Tech classes we have only talked about the WHAT of technology, but not the HOW or WHY. I mean, I have my opinion, but I would love to find out how Dr. Z would integrate the things he's teaching us into an elementary classroom, and why it is beneficial. 

I expect a lot of great things to come from this class. As far as my understanding it seems like a lot of time spent will be doing projects, which is the best way to learn. I expect Dr. Z to challenge us to think outside the box, and to push us to create some amazing things. I'm getting a minor in Educational Technology because I want to learn what technology I can integrate into my classroom, as well as how I can do it, and why it is important. I think this class is really going to help answer those questions.