While developing lessons, if we can keep that "sweet spot" idea in place, it can improve our teaching. There will be lessons that we do not use technology, but we are moving toward that middle spot, where our content overlaps with our practice and technology to engage all learners, and help make the content accessible to all.
As we have learned and discussed in class, that "sweet spot" is where we want to be as often as possible, but we have to keep in mind many factors. Student population is one such factor, we would not ask a Kindergarten student to use technology in the same way as a high school student, for example.
For my capstone, I have experimented with many new tech tools, and brought many of them into the classroom. For example: online surveys, infographics for instruction, links for students to access, online activities to learn content, and presentations using tech tools.
This program with Touro helped me in the Capstone work by exposing me to a variety of tech tools, with assignments required to use the tools. Some tools are easy for me to implement in the classroom, while others are not so applicable for my content. For example, the Kahoot game was very easy to implement and the students responded extremely well to this game for reviewing material. Of course, some students did not like this, as we know, not all strategies are going to work for all students, so differentiating is easier for me now because I have a greater variety of tools to reach students.
During the program, we share with our Cohort what tools we use and how, which also gave me more ideas and avenues to bring engaging tech activities to the classroom. I now feel like my "tool belt" is full and I will continue practicing and implementing more tech for learning in the classroom. I hope to get more comfortable with a few tools next year, and continue to improve my practice- heading toward that "sweet spot" more often!