Collaborating: Google docs has been the forerunner in this department allowing for multiple people to be on the same sight editing and writing on the same thing at one time. Students and teachers alike can be in different places working on the same thing, collaborating through technology towards a common goal. I would like to see more entities follow Google’s lead and make things accessible to many people at one time to continue to support collaboration through technology.
Connecting: This is a valuable skill for both teachers and for students. This has also been the scariest part for me as I have gone on this journey throughout this quarter. For teachers being able to connect to other people in different parts of the country or even world is key. Technology allows for us to shrink our world and make it more accessible. For students it is similar. Students can communicate with people from different parts of the world, learning about their cultures and their ways of live. Access through tools such as Skype of Facetime have made that possible. Google hangout is another intriguing way to communicate and one that I have not used, but have heard good things about.
Creating: Technology is the gateway for imagination to come to life. As kids, without the fast speeds of the internet we came up with ideas in our head, role played, or drew them down. Now technology has been able to bring that to life. Teachers can bring that creativity into the classroom allowing for students to climb the levels of SAMR. Elevating the boring essay into a video recording of students acting out scenes or making a comic version of what they read about in the book. Teachers can also be creative in the way they integrate technology into their lessons, assigning for technology based assignments instead of pencil paper tasks.