Well, I can’t believe another semester has come to an end. This semester went very fast. IT 644 proved for me to be a typical Dr. Yuen class. By typical, I mean that it provided exposure to many things that I had never heard of and challenged my technical skills to figure things out. As usual, my mind was working throughout the course thinking, “How can I use this in my classes?” Many of the tools and ideas learned have a definite place in teaching and learning. From my perspective the most valuable tool we learned was Prezi. What a great alternative to the standard, usually boring, PowerPoint. Prezi is a great tool for instructors who want to spice up their lectures. It is also a great tool for students, allowing them to present information in a fun and creative way. Just don’t flip too fast you will become dizzy!!!
With some of the tools I had to wonder how I would ever use them in my classes. In particular I thought Fuzzwich and Video Toolbox were not so useful. These were my least favorite tools although I could envision teachers with younger children possibly using these. The problem with all the available Web 2.0 tools is that there are so many and each one may do something that would be of value in the classroom. I think IT 644 did a great job of sorting through a large selection of these tools and pointing out the value of them and how they could be used in teaching and learning.
I liked the design of the class. The use of Mixxt, a social network, went a long way in bringing the class closer. I liked how our projects were posted on the Mixxt network and then we could look at other class members’ projects. This was a great way to get to know the other class members and to establish a relationship beyond merely seeing them in a classroom. Also getting further ideas on how to use the various tools by seeing how each person integrated them into their various projects.
I am always looking for new things to integrate into my classes, especially my online classes. IT 644 provided me with a lot of ideas and things I would like to try. I think definitely Dropbox, Audacity, Prezi, Showbeyond and video editing would be great tools to make an online class more interesting and engaging to students. I am looking forward to integrating these tools as well continuing to look for new and innovative tools in the future.