For this post, I want to take a moment and reflect on my experience in the Introduction to Educational Technology class. I received my Bachelors Degree three years ago and began teaching right away, then decided it was time to go back to school and technology has always been something that has fascinated me so I went for it. I decided to take this class and another as my first courses in the program during the Summer session of 2015. I wanted to begin during the summer session because I felt that since I am on summer break from work, I could really use this as an opportunity to experience the program without the distraction of work. However, one of my biggest challenges was simply getting back into the swing of managing the idea of homework and setting time aside to read, learn and explore. I can’t imagine if I had been away from the school setting any longer! I had to setup times (just as Chris suggested) to “go to school” and have conversations with family to make it clear that “mommy was working” and needed to be alone. Another challenge that I faced was in the realm of research. I have never been a fan of writing research papers or conducting research with peer reviewed articles and such and the annotated bibliography really pushed me full force into this world once again. I am happy to say I survived and the information provided that allowed me to explore how technology has really facilitated research and writing helped my attitude shift. The artifact that I feel was my best was the Tech Trends assignment where I explore the idea of podcasts and enabling students to create their own for their classmates. I was so proud of this project because I think I felt that it reflected exactly what I wanted while exploring this program. To develop skills in order to help my students use technology effectively in the classroom to increase their learning. I plan on using blogs in the classroom such as I am in this program because of this course, I think it will be extremely beneficial for my students to have a technological tool such as this to monitor their growth and learning. I am very excited to see what else this program has to offer and am very grateful that this course provided me with a strong foundation on which to grow.