CEP811: Final Reflection

CEP811 caused me to rethink the way I view the world of education by exposing me to “maker culture” and pushing my thinking on purposefully designing my lessons and learning environment. The maker culture has made me think of new applications for current technologies.

Professional Assessment and Evaluation

I liked the maker culture and how it relates to the theory of constructivism. I think learning is made more meaningful when students learn by doing. As a teacher, I need to make sure I am providing those experiences for my students. I will definitely be incorporating elements of maker education into my classroom.

The Maker Kit I chose to use for my maker experiment was the Makey Makey. I had a lot of fun playing with this kit, however I am still unsure if I can justify using it in my classroom in a way that aligns with my curriculum. I had a hard time developing my Maker Experiment in week 2. I found a way to integrate it into my curriculum, however I am not sure I can justify the time spent creating the Makey Makey activity. I will definitely keep searching for ideas because I love the maker movement and hope to find an appropriate use for the kit in my classroom. Perhaps I can teach my students how to use the Makey Makey and challenge them to find a way to incorporate it throughout the year.

In a blog post titled On assessing for creativity, yes you can and yes you should, Grant Wiggins discusses the importance of evaluating students’ creativity (2012). While reading this blog post, I couldn’t help but think how I could tie Wiggins’ ideas about assessing student creativity to incorporating the Makey Makey into my classroom. Wiggins suggests using the Creative rubric. I like this idea because it makes “being creative” something students can improve upon. I feel that now, students either see themselves as creative or not. By using a rubric, students can see what they need to do in order to be more creative thinkers and learners. If I used this rubric with my Makey Makey assignment, I believe I could help students develop their own creative thinking.

Personal Assessment and Evaluation

Going into CEP811, I did not know what to expect. My only hope was that by the end of this course, I would feel better equipped to integrate technology into my classroom in a meaningful way. I can definitely say that CEP811 has exceeded my expectations. Through this course, I have been exposed to movements of and aspects to education and to technologies I never knew existed (maker movement, Makey Makey, Mozilla Popcorn Maker, MOOCs and mMOOCs, Sketch Up, and EdCamp). In the beginning of this course, I had trouble thinking of innovative ways to use technology aside from “digitizing” my teaching. Now I have been exposed to so many great resources that have expanded my thinking where I now see more possibilities even with the everyday technology I have always used.

Something I really liked about CEP811 was the organization of the course. The “learn, explore, create” model of our weekly modules made it easy to follow and also easy to see what the objectives for the week were. Feedback was also a helpful component of this course. All of the feedback I received was specific and constructive. This helped me to see areas where I did well and areas where I could have made some improvements.


References

Wiggins, G. (2012, February 3). On assessing for creativity: yes you can, and yes you should. [Web log comment]. Retreived from http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/on-assessing-for-creativity-yes-you-can-and-yes-you-should/

 

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