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Monday, June 30, 2008

Final Blog for ETEC 524 - AHA!

I have tremendously enjoyed this course and all of the technology skills that I have acquired. This class is exactly the reason that I chose Educational Technology as my Master's degree. I was able to build a repertoire of technology skills that I can not only incorporate into my library curriculum, but share with teachers on my campus. I have enjoyed learning all of the advanced features available in blogs, and I have also really enjoyed getting to explore all of the various Google tools and features. I have been able to take skills such as Wiki building and immediately put them to use in my Book Club preparations as well as my personal vacation planning.

One of the aha moments I had was when doing research to support the educational uses of my artifacts. I plan in the future to use my Google webpage and e-portfolio as part of my resume and professional application process. I think that this has been a very enlightening course.

Another aha process in this course was realizing that there are SO many tools and technology features available for free use. Many of the programs that I thought were paid sites offer programs for free. This is fabulous! I also came to the realization that many of these tasks and skills that I previously thought were hard and scary, are in actuality very user friendly and easy to learn. Most of the programs and technologies offer step-by-step instructions and tutorials that walk you through the skills. If you don't know how to do it....you can bet You Tube probably has instructions :)

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