Reflection

I have to say I am sad to see this course end. One of the things that I liked about this course was that I felt it was really relevant to what I would be doing in a public school.

 

I think my best work for this course was my Bookmark on Robot Assisted Language Learning http://pacecommons.org/bookmarks/view/1016/robot-assisted-language-learning-through-games-a-comparison-of-two-case-studies. I choose this because I really enjoyed the article and felt like it opened me to a whole new side of computer science. I’m also a big fan of connecting multiple subjects and the paper discussed the importance of that.  I believe that in schools we should be connecting subjects more cohesively, which could potentially engage students in a productive manner.

 

Even though I felt that my review of the article was my best work I was most proud of my Robot Dance. For while I was convinced that my robot was broken, so when I was able to fix it (by myself) it felt amazing! My sister even went as far to call it a Passover Miracle.  While my dance wasn’t as elaborate as I would have liked I still very much liked it.

 

From this course I feel that I can critically analyze coding software to decide which is the best for a school. I don’t feel confident enough to teach coding yet but I think with more practice I can get there. I believe that I can confidently research trends and decide which ones are important and going to last, which should be applied in schools. I am also hoping to branch out into education technology research. I have previously done research for my MA in Language Learning and I’m hoping I can combine my love of teaching ELL with my love of Ed Tech. Our readings in the class have really opened me up, I feel like I’ve learned so much about computer science history. It makes me appreciate it more but also be able to understand where computer science is going in the future.

 

More now than ever I believe that computer science is essential to teach in schools. After all the readings and research we’ve done in this class I can say that computer science is going to be extremely beneficial for students. What I’m hoping for is that more schools start to understand this. As Education Technology Specialist I believe it’s important for us to advocate about the benefits of computer science. 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Rebecca,

      I really appreciate your reflection and the commitment and fun you have brought to this course. I, too, will had to see if go.

      I especially enjoyed this quote:

      Even though I felt that my review of the article was my best work I was most proud of my Robot Dance. For while I was convinced that my robot was broken, so when I was able to fix it (by myself) it felt amazing! My sister even went as far to call it a Passover Miracle.  While my dance wasn’t as elaborate as I would have liked I still very much liked it.

      Have a great summer.

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