Today, after some serious prep on codecademy (and lots of reading), my very first web page using Dreamweaver CC. Since I received the invitation into the course last week, I have been working on codecademy to increase my knowledge of HTML and CSS. It has been like learning a new language. Easy to use in the classroom, yet hard to apply out of it. When I first started my plain 502 page, I jumped into Dreamweaver to try and figure things out. Bonehead move… The instructional videos on the course page made it all so much easier than handwriting the code as I had learned it on codecademy. Dreamweaver has so many cool functions that the assigned text’s explanation and activities do not do it justice.
Suffice to say, I feel like I have figured out how to succeed in EdTech 502 today. The instructional videos are the key. The questions on the pre-course survey got me thinking about the role of instructional videos in the classroom. During EdTech 501, I researched flipped classrooms and digital badges, both of which utilized instructional videos as a key component for learning. My experience today proved the importance of said videos in online or blended learning environments from the perspective of the learner.
I am excited about my new ability to code and build websites. I think this skill will help me to create custom activities for my students as well as provide depth to my educational technology skill. Who knows where coding can take me? I am incredibly excited to find out!