1. How would you describe this course to a colleague?
This is an online course that introduces you to various online tools, encourages you to play around with them, and helps you implement them in your classroom. Along the way, you get to see other teachers use the same tools. This helps answer questions and get ideas for your own classroom.
2. What was the best part of the course and why?
The best part was that it was completely online. I was able to work when and where I wanted to.
3. What will you take away from this course to use in your classroom?
Because of this course, I have started a classroom blog. I wish I would have thought of doing that years ago. I used to teach kindergarten, and I know it would have been a GREAT way to communicate with parents. I have always used classroom webpages, but a blog is much easier to keep updated.
4. What is one thing you would change about this course for the next group?
I think the only thing that I would change would be a face-to-face meeting at both the beginning and the end. It would be nice to see everyone that is in the class at the beginning before getting started. We could start the first lesson together to make sure that everyone understood the expectations and how to begin. Then we could do the rest on our own before having one last meeting at the end.
5. Would you recommend this course to anyone else? Why or why not?
I would definitely recommend this course. I learned so many new things that are available to use in the classroom. I don't think I would have spent the time learning about these things on my own (or even how to find them!), so it was nice to have the guidance. I look forward to Web 2.0 Course 2!