I learned the sixteen Engaged Learning indicators, which included recognizing and incorporating them into instruction and applying them in a lesson I designed. While many of them I had heard of, the way they were packaged and presented in this course, and the practice we had with them in assessing lessons, made them much clearer and meaningful. Of particular value for me was learning and demonstrating how I can make lessons more authentic and culturally responsive. (ISTE NETS-C2.C)
Additionally, I learned what LoTi was, how to assess a lesson for its degree of LoTi and was able to practice incorporating it into my own lesson. (ISTE NETS-C 2A) The EL Design project provided a learning experience which incorporated these (LoTi and EL indicators) and other research based practices in instructional design. (ISTE NETS - C2.F)
The book and the activities in conjunction with the readings were very helpful. The frequent examples were helpful, along with instructional software, productivity tools, e-reference materials, web-based learning activities and much more. My knowledge with respect to these tools has increased, and I practiced them to the point I felt comfortable including them in my EL project. I feel that my effective use of the digital tools and resources with enhance higher order thinking skills. For example, the students will be analyzing data on spreadsheets created by the probeware data. This supports ISTE NETS-C, 2.D. and 2.H.
I believe that the learning experiences this course provided will help equip me to be an effective technology coach. I am not ready yet, but I believe that I’m further along than at the start of the summer thanks to this course and other courses in the Ed. S. Instructional Technology program. I appreciate the instructor’s time and efforts, and my fellow classmates’ encouragement and helpful feedback this semester.