My Summary of Learning

This will be my last blog post as a student of ECMP 355 and also as a student of the University of Regina! This class was such a rollercoaster ride and I am so grateful to have had the learning experience! I have come out of my comfort zone, grown as a future teacher and have integrated technology into my pedagogical practice! I am excited to continue my learning in this area as a practicing teacher as well.

I hope you enjoy my summary of learning for ECMP 355. I have imbedded some of what I have learned during my learning project within the video. I actually loved making this video and being able to show more of my creative side in a new setting.

Thanks you all for the great semester and helping me along my learning journey!

Here is my summary of learning!

Pictures from:

http://elementarylibguides.spsd.sk.ca/content.php?pid=289252&sid=4922933

http://www.stateofthenet.org/strategies-for-encouraging-ethical-digital-citizenship-can-it-be-taught/

https://www.emaze.com/@AZITQZIR/Digital-Citizenship

http://lingomedia.com/stages-of-edtech-the-samr-model-for-technology-integration/

Cheers!

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Creating a Professional Learning Network

How have I helped others in the class? This question scares me a little bit. I come to this class with very little knowledge about a lot of the technology that we have used. I also had a very weak social networking system. So how would I be able to help others? I wouldn’t say I was the most helpful in terms of helping my peers with technological problems but I knew that I could be helpful in other ways such as using encouraging words and providing them with resources. BUT I have my strengths and I still have things to work on.

So a strength of mine was helping my peers with their learning journey would definitely be Twitter. I became more and more involved with Twitter as the semester went on. There are were a fews times in other classes that I would remember a resource I saw on Twitter or shared on Twitter that became useful to me. I think that I grew a lot with Twitter and is something that was my go to in order to help my peers. I was able to talk to peers about their learning projects and share resources back a forth. Although I was only able to take part in #saskedchat one Thursday due to other commitments, it is something that I will definitely try to do more often as a practicing teacher.

Reading, reading and more reading. Reading those blog post somedays took me so long to do. I really enjoyed reading what my peers were doing for their Learning Projects as well as their thoughts for the weekly blog posts. I was often inspired to write my own blog posts after reading through some on the blog hub. I tried to comment on as many blog post as I could throughout the week. I was commenting on blog post but some were more meaningful than other. Here are a few of conversations or post that I felt like I contributed to the learning of others in my class.

The Google Community was something that is something I could have been a part of more. I will explain why I wasn’t. I checked it quite often and would read through the discussions but I often couldn’t help answer those questions. I ask a few questions of my own that I hope helped other people continue on throughout the course.

So throughout my own learning journey I do believe that I helped others in the ways that I could help. The idea of helping each through the aspects of this class such as Twitter,  the Google Community and the blog posts was amazing. I think that it created a community of people even though most of the people I have never met in person, which I think is pretty great. This part of the course really reinforced the importance of Professional Learning Networks in teaching. Teaching is such a collaborative profession in which we are always working with people whether it is other teachers, students, Educational Assistants and other professional. I think that learning to ask for help, sharing resources and being a life-long learner is an important aspect to being an amazing teacher.

Cheers!

Online Social Activism: Let’s Find a Balance

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I believe that the internet has open up a lot of doors when it comes social issues, whether it is to get the news across, help those in needs or stand up for those in turmoil. I think with everything we always need to be critical of what we are reading and how we respond to it. I look on Facebook at times and there are people having heated arguments over the craziest things like what to eat for supper or how to raise their child “properly.”There are also new campaigns everyday that are put in place to bring awareness over the social issues surrounding us. What I am getting at is that The internet can be used in positive and negative ways. I would like to talk a bit about both, I will start with the negative and end with the positive.

Social media and social activism within that, can become a slippery slope. I think that this goes along with Digital Citizenship and in teaching everyone the use of social media is positive ways. In class we talked about the ASL challenge that was all over social media a few years ago. It was great but people would do that challenge and not send in the money. So pouring ice water over your head became a form of attention rather than going towards a useful cause. I think that there are a lot of people that think they are being an activist by simple sharing something. Although this is wonderful that you can share something and for it to be seen by a whole new group of people, we may not seen the importance of also taking this activism elsewhere.

As for the positive side we see that the Internet is great in connecting people as we have seen throughout this course with our Professional Learning Network. Those working towards equality and change for groups of people can work together in completely different parts of the world. This is great! There are challenges and information that go viral on social media that can bring awareness that i don’t think was possible before.

I do believe that online social activism is a positive thing in today’s society. I think that we must find a balance in how we use social media and activism. We need to have conversations about it so that people realize that social activism is only meaningful when it is done in positive and useful ways. I think balance is key. To ensure that we are making meaningful connections between online social activism and “real-life” activism, to make sure our online actions align with our offline actions and to help people understand this as well.

I think that this video would be great to use with students!

Cheers!

This is frustrating…

Sooo coding….

I tried out Scratch as well as Hour of Code for this blog post because I felt like I needed to try both out because they are both very new to me.

Now this is not something that I have particularly liked. The first time I tried Coding in class, I used the Hour of Code game, Moana. I felt so frustrated because I could not get it to do what I wanted it to do. So when I did the Screen cast I decided to do the Star Wars one because it was a little easier. I also did not want to record myself during the Screen cast, I just wanted the screen BUT that didn’t happen. I did not feel like recording it all again so you have the pleasure of watching my concentration face the entire time.

During this process I also tried out Scratch and made my own little thing! It was also quite difficult for me. Every time I thought I had it figured out I would press the flag and it didn’t work. I did end up getting I short little dance going on but it may not have been what I envisioned.

I did not personally like Coding at all. I felt frustrated and  I was angry while I was using it saying “Why do students need to know this?” So instead of complaining I asked that exact same question on Google and was blown away with the many articles encouraging coding for students. I went through a few of them and realized that there are some amazing benefits for students, including this one about the 8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code.

There are many benefits to exposing students to Coding and why this is something that can be integrated into the classroom. Just as we would give a variety of opportunities for students to be literate this is simply another way that students can do this. Coding will help students who are interested in computer science to thrive. The article also states that Coding helps students with problem solving and creativity. I think that this is another way to prepare students for future jobs in ways that could not have been done before. I do advocate for bringing in Coding into the classroom but I think I will have to do some practicing myself first!

Miss. B

Twitter as a Teaching Tool

I understand the resistance of parents when it comes to Twitter. I know at the beginning of this class I was a bit resistant as well as I have stated in previous blog posts. I think that I have learned a lot in this course that has able be navigate ways that technology and social media can be used effectively within the classroom.

I worked with Janae and Keilyn on this group blog post. We decided to look at Twitter and have a conversation between a parent and two teachers on the use of Twitter in the classroom. The parent is concerned about the safety of their child and does not feel it is necessary to use social media within the classroom. Here is our conversation:

Parents: As a parent, I am concerned with online predators with the use of Twitter. I also have a concern with my child being able to access things unrelated to school.

Teacher #1: I understand your resistance to the use of technology within the classroom but learning has taken a turn in this direction. There are many technological tools that can be utilized to enhance student’s learning within in the classroom, including social media. I will admit I was quite resistant to it at first but once I saw the benefits of it, I was hooked. We teach Digital Citizenship within our classrooms to ensure all students are aware of the dangers and to promote Internet safety. Twitter allows students to connect with other students as well it is a way to show parents what they are learning. I have taken the precautions to ensure the safety of your child and our classroom. Linked here are some reasons that technology is beneficial in the classroom for a variety reasons. https://elearningindustry.com/benefits-technology-integration-education-sphere

Teacher #2: Technology is becoming more and more prevalent within schools and classrooms. Here are also a few Twitter channels that use Twitter effectively: @ClaireKreuger and @_msdobson. Please check these out. Thank you for your support in your child’s learning. If you have any questions feel free to let me know. I would love to discuss this further and put your mind at ease.

Parent: What sort of precautions are you taking so that my child’s identity is safe on twitter? Also what precautions are taken so my child is not exposed to anything inappropriate on the Internet?

Teacher #1: Thank you for your question, as I’m sure other parents share the same concerns. As your child’s teacher, the safety of my students is my first priority, both in and out of the classroom. If I felt that using Twitter in our classroom would jeopardize their safety in any way, it would never be utilized. However, we are now living in a time where the world around us is heavily integrated with technology. Although we can do our best to control what is being accessed, the best thing we can do for our kids is to teach them how to be safe online. Through the use of digital tools such as Twitter, I can supplement my lessons of practicing digital safety and help my students become empowered digital citizens.

Not only is Twitter is an amazing tool to interact and share ideas with other classrooms, but it is also a way for parents to stay connected and in the loop. I will do my best to keep our account updated so that you can see from home what we do throughout the day, in a way that still respects your child’s confidentiality. The use of Twitter is completely endorsed and encouraged by Regina Public School (@regpublicschool), as an initiative to promote local and global digital citizenship. Our account will be modelled after other Regina public school classroom accounts such as @mrkorpan and @tcam36, I encourage you to take a look at their pages and please let me know if you have any further concerns! 🙂

Teacher #2: Of course the safety of all of the children is important when it comes to this. I think that technology is becoming a part of our life in a variety of ways. I think it is important for students to learn Internet safety and Digital Citizenship. We are able to teach this in our classrooms and allow students to work with different technology in appropriate ways. The Twitter account will be checked regularly to ensure the content is student-friendly.

I think that Twitter is an excellent tool to create a Professional Learning Network. I think it is also important for students to use it as a Learning Network as well. I love the idea of teaching students on how to use technology in positive, effective ways before they actually are using it on their own terms. Learned habits that are positive will definitely help them become better Digital Citizens.

Endless Possibilities

This week we had free choice for our blog post as long as it is ed-tech related. So what I have decided to do is talk about my learning within the technology so far. It is also why I now advocate for the use of technology within the classroomI think that there are so many benefits with using technology in education. I would like to share some of the things that I have learned and some things to think about when it comes to technology in the classroom. . These are just a few of the things that I have learned throughout this class so far.

1. You may be resistant now but be open-minded.

At first I thought it was a bad combination: education and technology. Now this is totally normal response but I would advise that you learn and look into positive ways to incorporate technology in your students learning. There are so many ways to incorporate it. It is always changing and evolving so it is important to stay up to date.

2. Take the time to learn and work with the different tools

It will be frustrating at first but I think that taking the time to learn the tools is useful. I am amazed at how fast I am catching on to the basics of certain tools. I really struggled at first but I think that after taking the time to learn a few tools and to see how beneficial they can be in the classroom, I was motivated to learn more. I am always excited to tell my friends and family the new tool I learned about in class.

3.There are a variety of tools and tools within tools.

There are tools for EVERYTHING! If you want to make a video there are so many ways to make a video. If you want to screencast there are several tools to do that. If you want to give your students quizzes in class for assessment there are several ways to do so. The possibilities are endless. It is almost overwhelming at first to see how many different tools you can use. AND the great thing about the Internet is you can always find reviews on each tools or app to help you utilize it in appropriate ways or to not even bother with it. There are tools to create portfolio’s, for classroom management, for assessment, to connect, to show learning and so much more. In using technology in the classroom the SAMR model is great to see the different levels.

4. Take time to learn something new using technology based inquiry practices.

Something amazing about ECMP 355 is the fact that you could learn something new using the Internet. Now this is a pretty awesome assignment if you ask me. It has helped me in learning other things as well. I wanted to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and used Youtube videos to learn (well I am still working on it). You can learn anything and everything from searching the Internet using videos or articles. It is quite a convenient way to learn and I love that you can share your learning on the variety forums of social media.

5. There are so many reasons that technology in the classroom is beneficial. 

Now I could explain the reasons but I think this video says it all.

Cheers!

 

A New Tool in my Back Pocket

Hey all!

So I reviewed Videoscribe for this weeks blog post. I have seen people use it for presentations in other classes and I was always super curious as to how it works. I was happy that I had this opportunity to take the time to learn it.

I am always intimidated to try to learn something new, especially when it comes to technology. But this was so easy to learn and navigate through. So I went to the website and you get a free trial. I was curious as to what was different between the free and the paid Videoscribe.

There is also another part, similar to Video Scribe, it is called Tawe that you can get for $12/month. If you are wondering what the different between Videoscripe and Tawe is, watch this!

Video scribe is easy to download. I went to the website, clicked on the Free Trial, put in my information and it started to download. I have a Mac and this is how it downloaded to my computer which I think is very convenient.

<—– Right there on my dashboard!

So what is Videoscribe? It is an easy tool that you can use to present information. There are easy to use tabs at the top to help navigate what you want to do.

You can add pictures by searching for whatever you wish to use. You can also add text in different fonts. You can add charts, music and voice over. I think that these are all excellent features. You can also change the back ground to have different textures.

Another part of Video scribe that I liked was that you could really personalize it to how you wanted it to look and do. After each “slide” that you create you are able to say how long you want it to go for and how you want to transition into the next slide.

After I created my Video Scribe I wanted to know how easy or difficult it was to post on websites. So there are a few ways you can present Video Scribe. There is a tab on the right- hand side with a few different features. You can turn it into a powerpoint slide, share in online on Facebook and Youtube and create a video file.

So what are the pros and cons?

Something I struggled with a little bit was placing a chart on the Video scribe but that was my only problem with it. I had a hard time figuring out how to put the information into the boxes so that it would present properly.

I like the variety of features that it has on it so you can really personalize the Video scribe however you want. There are so many different tools within the Video Scribe and the icons are quite easy to understand. It is so easy to learn. I think I played around with it for 10 minutes and I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on it.

Overall I think that this is an excellent tool that can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used to present specific information such as statistics such as in a staff meeting and business meetings. I think it would also be useful for students and teachers to use in the classroom as well. I think that teachers could use it to present information to the students. Students can also use it to personalize their learning experience and can be used as another tool to show what they have learned.

Here is my Video Scribe that I quickly made!

Cheers!