My name is Matt, I live in Queens, New York. I just completed my second year of teaching technology. I teach grades Pre-K to 8th grade! At first it was a frightening experience, because it was outside of my major. Now with a second year under my belt, I have to say, I love what I do, and I am thankful to God for the opportunity. Teaching technology to such a variety of age groups has taught me so much, and it has inspired me to improve my understanding of technology and also my proficiency in teaching it to young people. Which is exactly the reason I signed up for this professional development, or PD, as the people on the 'in' would say.
First and foremost I would like to learn an effecient and effective way to assess my students' work. Printing is not an option, unless I want to hang up exceptional work in the classroom. From what I learn in this class I want to expose my students to a variety of methods of assessing one's work, such as twitter and google drive. I just want to expand my world, so I can expand the worlds of my students. How cool would it be for a student to go home and tell their parents that they were able to self assess on a Google Spreadsheet like our professional development? Actually that doesn't sound too cool, but for a 7th grader, just getting them to save a document into the correct folder is amazing, so you know what? It is cool! And since I teach 400 students, this would take away some of the work load from me, and allow me to focus on creating and implementing new projects.
Secondly, I would like to expand my knowledge on teaching students how to type correctly, and teach different levels of coding and computer programing in my class. I introduced myself and the students to coding last year and it was a success all around. I used websites liked code.org and playcodemonkey.com. When my students were able to code their own Flappy Bird, it didn't matter what age they were, they loved it! I would definitely like to open my mind to the possibilities of coding not just in blockly form but inputing commands like playcodemonkey.com does.
Overall I would like to come up with an assessment system that works, and is slightly unique to each age group. I want to use cool new projects with computer programming and have the understanding to help my students problem solve and be independent learners. And finally, I want everybody to have fun, including me, hopefully. Okay! I hope you enjoyed my first blog entry. Pretty basic, but hey, we all have to start somewhere!
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