My philosophy of technology use in the classroom is: 21st century technology and tools can be key in differentiated instruction. Learning to research, explore and utilize the tools that are available through technology is also an important part of using new tech in the classroom. Keeping students aware of what tools are being used in the world for different tasks is preparing them for real world experiences. Holding students accountable for their learning, behavior and use of technology will encourage responsible practices. I do feel that if it does not serve a need pertinent to their learning, then it is a distraction and not a useful tool. As for my classroom there are a few Web 2.0 tools that we discussed over the course of the semester that I can see incorporating into my instruction and management. Programs such as Google classroom, Schoology and Edmodo for an online presence that students can access assignments at any time, ask questions and review requirements. I would research more possiblities for e-portfolios and in that vein I would incorporate wevideo into lessons as a way for students to reflect on their work. This and many other video editing tools could be used for clean and polished documentation of their processes, as well as creating their own videos as a form of expression. So many possibilities. I can also see myself using poplet or some of the SMARTboard plugins to review art learning habits. In the art room most of the tools I learned about this semester really do not apply, so there are limitations to the use and effectiveness of some tools, but there are just as many out there that really cater to the artist and expression. Such as 3D printing and design, video editing and animation to name a few. Incorporating assistive technology in an art room could really change the way the students create and interact with art. One really big possible limitation is funding availability. There are ways to raise money for technology purchases, of course. I have two more semesters of exploration and learning before I will be looking for a job, during that time I will continue to research what other 21st century learners are doing in their classroom to incorporate technology, as well as keep an eye on the industry and professional development sites for new resources. I will also begin to plan how to really incorporate, with meaning technology resources into my instruction and classroom environment. I really like the twitter feed for EDUC, ARTed and a few others. Some of them are really all about tech in the art room. I also keep an eye on Pinterest people are doing amazing things every day. I strive to be one of them.
I am an artist, full of love for natural and unnatural beauty. I hope to encourage young minds to utilize their creativity in a productive and healthy manner.