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ED 792-Session 1-Blog -"reflect"-Goals, cohort member support, positive cohort cohesion, group norm importance
My main goal of this master's program is to become better at incorporating technology into the classroom, learn new technological tools to improve my teaching and better prepare students for the 3D/4G/social media world that we live in.
I look at the Capstone as the final project where I will be able to incorporate everything that I have learned and apply it to a meaningful, informative, and originally created website. I don't look at the Capstone as a final project needed for graduation, although, without the completion of it I don't graduate. For me, this program is much more than a certificate of completion. This program, and this Capstone, is about broadening my technological horizons not only as a professional educator but also as a curious individual with interests in learning new technological tools.
I am very excited to create my own website and to learn how to make the website interactive, stimulating, and useful.
I look forward to the Cohort support this semester. This is the first semester that we have had "study buddies", and I think that there is power in having colleagues collaborate and offer feedback. I already have two study buddies in this cohort, although, I feel I can rely on anyone in this cohort to offer assistance and support. This cohort is a positive and strong cohort. I feel that this cohort understands the difference between constructive critique and destructive critique. I think it is vital for the study buddies to maintain the positive culture that we have created and established in the first two semesters of this program.
My only group norm is to maintain contact with each other. We need to give timely feedback and stay connected within a reasonable time frame. For example, it is important that we respond to each other's e-mails and texts within a reasonable time period, such as 24-48 hours, and that we don't virtually disappear for weeks on end. This last semester is going to go quickly and the homework assignments need to be finished quickly as well so that we can give timely feedback.