Some things I have learned about effective teaching strategies when integrating technology are that technology should assist curriculum in being as barrier free as possible, according to the Universal Design for Learning. When planning lessons, it is important to consider all learners, and learning styles to ensure that the material and lesson is not disabling some of the learners. Another thing I have learned is that it is important to use technology to share your knowledge and lessons with peers. With all of the resources available such as wikis, Merlot, and blog sites, it is easy to share and reflect on each others lessons and contributions to education. Using these web-based technologies, it becomes more second nature to think about and constantly evaluate uses of technology and how they can be helpful to me in the classroom.
I feel that I have made adequate progress on my personal technology goals while completing this course. Mainly, my goal is to simply become more familiar with more areas of technology, and to be able to effectively integrate those into my classroom. In particular, I really enjoyed the Stair project, as I think that will be something I can easily create for my students for many science curriculum standards. My new goals, or continued goal I should say would be to continue on my path to technology certification, and to perhaps set an instructional goal for myself to integrate one new technology piece into my lessons each week. This may be as simple as a Teacher Tub clip, or even something more complicated like a Stair. Either way, I think this will really help me to constantly grow in my technology abilities.