Assignment: At the beginning of this class we were asked to write a Professional Goal Statement, and put the words in a tag cloud that illustrated how often various words were used.
Reflection: Creating the word cloud helped me understand where I had placed my priorities in terms of my professional goals. Clearly technology is one of the standout points, as that word was used more often than any other, and other words such as educational, instructor, ethical, and learning are also very important to me. Seeing this visualization was an interesting way for me to understand whether my goals matched up with my perceptions–if I did not care much about education and technology, I would not have written so much about them in my goal statement. I think doing visualizations like this can be an invaluable part of any school curriculum, as it allows students to see and understand how they use language, and make sure that what they write is in line with what they are actually thinking.
Standards Addressed: TL-III.A. Facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards.