Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wanting more instruction

When I thought about this class I thought that we would be learning and practicing lots of new tools and software during class time. I looked forward to practicing with the guidance of the professor. While we talk about some new tools, I do not really feel like I am learning a lot of new things. For example, the professor wants our PowerPoint presentation to be better than anything we have ever done. However, we have not practiced anything new to be able to enhance our presentation. I could probably figure out some things by myself, but I want to learn the intricacies of the programs and be efficient as possible. I think this class is extremely applicable to our future careers and I hope that we will take the time in class to practice more and to learn new tools. We write about tools we do not know, but we do not actually practice using them in class. For me, it is important to actually practice the steps it takes to get to a certain result. If I need to use a certain tool in the future, but I have not used it in a while, I would hope that I have enough background to remember the steps to get there.

2 comments:

emc2teach said...

I came into this class with the same assumptions. I feel as though we aren't really learning anything new. I would rather spend several days working on powerpoint with the project as a final project to demonstrate the things we have learned. I wish we did have more instruction then just setting us loose.

BasSoc320 said...

I completely agree! I'm not sure how we can be expected to create a really good PowerPoint presentation without having really learned anything new about the program. Yes, we did watch a few videos on TeacherTube, but that only taught us a few things. Shouldn't we spend more time becoming familiar with a program before using it to create a lesson?