I wonder what my EDMT 602 self would think if she was able to fast forward to today. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and wondering how I am going to learn everything that I need to know. I am different than most in this program because I have no education background. I have learned so much and have been trained so well in this program. I am confident in calling myself a true trained higher education teacher. Moreover, I can now call myself an Educational Technology Specialist. I think that with hard work and continual improvement, I can take on anything that comes my way.
All of the assignments in the EDMT Master’s program have lead me to where I am today. Each assignment had a distinct purpose in my training. I understand the various components that go into appropriately using technology and implementing it into the classroom. I feel confident in creating technology enhanced lessons in my own classroom and training my coworkers to do so as well. I have a new realization on assessment and evaluation of students. Coming from completely test and quiz structured assessment to reflective, critical thinking type assessments in my graduate studies, I have realized that assessments should promote higher ordered thinking. I used to just memorize information for a test and I would be very stressed in doing so. In my graduate studies, I learned more than I ever thought possible and I was not scared or stressed out by my assessments (most of the time!). I will incorporate more reflective and critical thinking assignments into the courses I teach because I have seen firsthand the results in student learning. I have such a solid foundation from my graduate studies, but have made a commitment to continually learning myself.
I have learned so much in this program and have the knowledge I need to move forward. I believe that using technology in education can make for a very powerful learning experience if used appropriately. Now that I am trained in doing so, I will share my knowledge with others. I am very excited for my future and am thankful that I had the opportunity to have such a sound education in educational technology.