Through the Engaged Learning Project assignment in this course, we were tasked with selecting some of these tools to create an authentic, student-directed learning experience for our students. In my project, students use Finale composition software to create original compositions and use Skype videoconferencing to collaborate with a professional composer in order to learn more about the composition process. Through this experience, students will not only learn content standards (5th grade Music), but they will also have the opportunity to practice several of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) as well, including 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 5b, 6a, and 6d.
In addition to working on our individual projects, we were also charged with coaching classmates on their ideas and drafts. This gave us the opportunity to practice and refine our coaching skills. This coaching practice, along with the other materials we learned throughout the course, allowed us to gain experience with several of the National Education Technology Standards for Coaches (NETS-C). These include 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2h, 3a, 3b, 3d, 3e, 3f, 6a, 6b, 6c.
I very much enjoyed learning the content and materials in this course. I learned a lot about how to use technology to create truly engaging experiences for students, as well as how to coach fellow teachers to ensure that they are similarly successful in their technology implementation endeavors. Before this course, I was nervous about acting as a technology coach for my fellow teachers. Now, I am more comfortable with this concept because this course gave me the opportunity to practice these skills. I also know that I will get more practice with coaching in future classes. I am looking forward to learning more!