Prior to taking my AP US Government course, I had never taken an online class before. Naturally, there were a lot of things I wondered about. I had owned a laptop since the fifth grade. I knew how to create a Googledoc and edit footage on iMovie and GarageBand. Still, I never considered myself to be a technology whiz, so I was a little anxious about taking a course online. The first thing that I was required to do for the course was to set up accounts on a plethora of programs, including VoiceThread, WordPress, and Vimeo. It was a lot of technology to take in at one time, but I had no choice but to do my best and see where I would go.
Surprisingly, things ended up not being so difficult. I successfully uploaded a recording to Vimeo. I sentout my first “tweet” on Twitter. The only program that really gave me any difficulty was Voicethread (I occasionally had trouble with the “comment” function), but by asking questions and learning more about the program, I was able to figure everything out. Overall, I don’t find it frustrating to work with new technology. Although I may occasionally run into difficulties, these challenges are also a part of the learning process. By overcoming these challenges, I know that I’ll be more prepared to function in a highly technological world. Today, knowing your way around technology is a must in the workforce, as businesses and governments are communicating with one another in whole new ways.
This brings me to my final point of what I like best about being in an online class. Taking an online course enables me to discuss important issues with people from various locations who have different experiences and opinions. Just a few weeks ago, our AP US Government class watched the State of the Union Address and discussed it on Skype. We have also had several engaging written discussions on different political issues. Overall, I feel that the technology in an online class really helps to facilitate meaningful communication, and I can’t wait to see what we’re going to learn next!
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