Begining the course with a motto, “Technology is a must for educators. They cannot neglect its existence in order to teach sth. especially English in the classrooms.” As many of people, maybe educators, or prospective ones, I would know this reality before. I would feel deeply in my side. There is no doubt that the love of technology has canalized me to think and feel these feelings. However, these things that I said are not enough to make your wishes real. Then, How could you achieve? You know well the reality of that technology may help you, but you don’t know how to do it, or you know that you know.
There are no “knowns”.
There are a little things that we know, but there are many things that we know about the technology.
I started the course with an expectation “I am not full, I need more. I’ll fulfil myself about that.” When thinking extensively about the sentence, everybody can show my confidence. I think this is a bit prejudice for the course just like “Actually I know..” Yes, I would know, but know what? Typing in Words, writing some formulas and calculate my marks in Excel? Creating a presentation via Powerpoint? We know what?
Moreover, just having a bit knowledge is enough for our fields, educational purposes? How can you benefit from those kind of old-fashion tools? In real, we like using technology, we know the necessity of it. Is it enough? Unfortunately, It is not.
Here I just want to confess that before the course, I’d know nothing. If I never had have this course before, I could not have been a modern teacher. Just teaching grammar by using blackboard, or at the most using Word to improve writing skill. What about the others? Listening, speaking, reading…?
Fortunately, I know many tools to teach English effectively now. I can even create a website. What else do a student want from a CALL course? Beginning the course with a prejudice like “Again Word, Excel, maximum making storytelling videos.” and now many things that I have.
Furthermore, the scales fell from my eyes. Teaching and making the lessons amusing by using the tools for each skills is very easy for me now. Because I also learnt thinking critically. To develop “Writing Skill”. How can I overcome? Storyjumper, Pbwork (group writing), etc. are the examples that I count now. And more.
To sum up, I have just realized I’d not know anything. Knowing how to use the technology effectively in classrooms is not knowing how to type in Word or Excel. Thanks to this course, I found a chance to fulfill my technological side. I learnt how to adapt the tools I know. It met my expectations well. Actually my expectations would were nothing beside I learnt. 🙂 (At last I finished this course running, not creepily. )