I am enrolled in EDTECH 501 and 502 this semester, which will be my first in my Graduate School adventure. This week was challenging to say the least. In 501, I had to familiarize myself with a new blog/website creator and then create an online learning log, which you can find here! Then I had to read up on the definition of Educational Technology and create an original graphic about the definition. Keep in mind that I am not a graphic designer in any way. I can barely illustrate my writer's workshop stories in front of my first graders. Even though I was weary, both assignments turned out to be fun and engaging! My graphic is the image posted above.
In 502, we had to HTML code a basic website using Dreamweaver. This sounds simple but it was not. It is not an exaggeration to say that coding is like learning another language. You are trying to speak to a computer who can not interpret or infer anything you are trying to say. It has to be straight to the point. It has to be clear and concise, which is something I struggle with daily in talking to real people. LOL. I was up till midnight 2 nights in a row watching videos and reading how to code the site. When I finally validated it with no errors and uploaded it to the assignment showcase page, I literally jumped up and threw my hands in the air. It was such a rush! Click below to see the my finished product!
Jake Lee Plain 502 Page
My life outside the Grad School bubble was chugging along as well. It was my first full week of teaching and I also had my school's Parent Night, which takes a lot of preparation. Dillon is almost a month into Kindergarten and we are very proud of him. We know the academics are going to take some time to develop this year, so we just want him to come home happy. Happiness is what we are getting. He loves school and his teacher. He woke up this morning asking to go to school and he was a little bummed to learn that it was Saturday.
Come Monday, it will be rewind and repeat. I hope I can post next Saturday with the same feeling of accomplishment!
Till Next Time,
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