This semester has come and gone in a flash! Ed Tech has become one of my favourite classes from the semester! I loved how engaging it was and all the amazing people I got to meet. I still remember logging into zoom for the first time and seeing so many unfamiliar faces! Throughout the course of this class, I began to slowly meet the people from when we got divided into breakout rooms and through reading people’s blogs! This class is filled with many knowledgeable and talented human beings.
I feel like I contributed to many of my classmate’s learning through the 13 weeks of this class! I felt like I contributed lots to my classmate’s learning from commenting on blog posts. I tried to at least comment on 3-7 blog posts a week. I loved being able to watch my classmates grow through their learning projects. Through reading the blogs I was also able to find knowledgeable information that I could use in the future.
I feel like I also got to contribute to my classmates learning through Twitter! I just began using twitter at the beginning of this course and found out that I really enjoyed it! On Twitter, I was able to share valuable information and resources with all my classmates for them to use whenever they need! I love that on Twitter you are able to connect with anyone from around the world. It is a place to build a big community.
I loved being able to contribute to one of my classmate’s learning from doing a group assignment! I was placed with Ashlyn Helmeczi and got to cybersleuth her social media accounts! I got to allow her to know what I could see on her account and gave her feedback on what she could delete or change!
I am very upset that this class is now wrapped up but I am thankful for everything I have learned from everyone! This is going to continue to be a learning journey for everyone! The learning never stops! Thanks for following along with all of my learning! Hope to see you again soon!
This week to try coding by myself for the first time I attempted to make the game Flappy Fish on Code.org. I spent way more time on this website than I probably should have hahaha! I enjoyed it a lot more when I got the hang of things. I played around with a lot of the different coding options before I decided that the flappy bid was my favorite choice.
I loved how this coding program on code.org was very straightforward! Since I have never done coding before it made it easy enough for me to figure it all out! I learned how one little thing can change the whole view on how your fish or object was to move. When coding you have to be very specific on what you put in your workspace! I did watch some videos to help get me started but after that, it was a breeze! I learned that there are so many different things to add to your games such as sounds, points, obstacles, and also the speed that your animal moves. In my Flappy Fish game, my fish flaps through the water and goes through the plant obstacles with the click of the mouse. It keeps track of how many obstacles you are able to get through and once you hit one the game ends and you have to restart the game! I love how these websites can be fun for all ages since they have so many different categories to choose from! The best thing about it all is that these websites are FREE!
I think learning about coding is important because it allows the children or anybody to experiment and to test out their creativity! When looking through different websites I found one that explained eight reasons why you should teach your children to code. It also has different online courses for every age-linked on how to code.
I have posted in the picture above the link to my Flappy Fish game! If anyone is interested in trying out the game on their smartphone the website makes it possible for that to happen! Just comment your phone number and I can send you the link! How AWESOME is that?!?! I am very excited to see what coding everyone else decided to try!
Teaching about digital literacy in the k-8 grade level could be somewhat of a challenge. Not so much with grades 5-8 but more so with the little ones. Most of the smaller kids won’t understand what you are talking about nor what you are trying to get them to notice when looking on the internet. Most of the little kids from K-1 can barely read so this type of information wouldn’t really phase them at that age. If I was being placed in the age range from grade 5-6 I believe there are many ways to incorporate this into the lessons.
As I read on the Ed Can fact sheet that Katia is an expert on, I took note of the many great strategies that were listed. I believe that when teaching children for what websites they should gather their information from they should remember to use verification websites so they are able to only read resourceful information. As teachers, we should continue to give the students examples of fake news websites and real/ resourceful information and have their minds determine which is which and explain how they know. This will allow the children to get practice on what to look for when they are trying to stay up to date with everything going on around the world. The would fit great into social studies in the curriculum with the current events.
I googled tips on how to properly teach students about digital literacy and the tips that showed up fit perfectly for the age range I needed them for. The students are usually 10-11 years old in the grades and are using technology a lot when they are at school and are at home. I believe the most important step is to teaching the students how to be safe and responsible online. Most importantly to teach them the importance of critical thinking and them not believing everything they read that may be on the internet.
Reading the comic article I love how it states that “I let the emotional cortex fight its little fight, And then I listen. And then I change. Because this universe of ours is so achingly beautiful. And we’re all in it together. We’re all going in the same direction. I’m not here to take control of the wheel. Or tell you what to do. I’m just here to tell you its okay to stop. To listen. To change”. To me, this indicated that everyone is going to have their own opinion but you should never force people to believe in what you believe in. News is constantly coming from everywhere and not everything is going to be true. We need to stop, look to make sure its REAL news and then try to find other articles on news websites to confirm.
In the TedED video, they state a lot of very useful information. I found it interesting when they stated: “if everyone is a reporter nobody is”. Many sources may only come from people that didn’t read the real information/ stories and are anonymous sources. To keep in mind it is important to teach our students to separate the facts from opinions. The video encouraged us to try checking for the latest information at several points in the day rather than every few minutes. Allowing for complete details to emerge and false reports to be refueded. We need to remember to verify the news before spreading it. We have so much freedom on the internet in today’s society. But with the freedom, we need to remember that it comes responsibility.
Being able to act as a spy and see what we could find out our partners was a lot more fun than I thought. It is crazy to see what others can see that you may have known was visible!
I had the chance to friendly sleuth on Ashlyn’s social media. I have her on every social media except for Facebook so I pretty much had full access to all her posts. I believe it would have been a lot different if I didn’t have her on everything and wasn’t able to access everything throughout her accounts. Here is what I found out about Ashlyn while looking through all of her social media!
I thought my social media accounts were a lot more private then they came out to be. Even though Ashlyn doesn’t have me on Facebook she was still able to see all my photos including the ones that I was tagged in. This got me thinking and realizing that I have to make my accounts a lot more private, especially since I am going into an education career where the little kids are like a little spy’s finding out anything they can on their teacher. I can admit that I live a pretty interesting life with traveling lots, going to many different events, and always being involved in different activities. I feel like with being a teacher it is important to keep my social life away from my students. I need to keep a professional figure around my students and their families.
I read the article Split Image about the girl named Madison. A heartbreaking article to read since no one in her family knew that Madison was upset or planning to kill herself. It’s sad to read something so tragic but the sad thing is that it happens all the time. A line in the article that really stuck out to me was that “everyone presents an edited version of life on social media”. Even though some people have a hard time admitting it, it is 100% true. My social media makes it look like I live a perfect life full of traveling, activities, family, and friends. I am not the one to post my struggles or my feelings but I can admit I go through tough days just like every other human on this planet. I strongly believe that no life will be perfect because without struggles or obstacles we could not make ourselves the strong people we are. As this article states that “it is OK to not be OK”. This line will always be an important quote to remember. As teachers, we need to make talking about mental awareness a normal thing. Letting the students know that there is always someone that is willing to talk and things do get better. Everyone needs to know that they are not alone and that there is always help available. As teachers, we also have to remind students to be careful about what they post on the internet. In the video One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life it knows you what kind of impact social media can have on a person. It shows that no matter what you post on the internet will be there forever. It is important to watch what you say and what you post especially if it could be hurtful or inappropriate for others to see. The internet is a crazy thing.
This week me and Ashlyn decided to have a conversation between a parent and the teacher regarding using social media in the classroom. The parent Karen is very unsure of using social media in the classroom since she doesn’t know to much about it and thinks it will take away from her child’s learning. The teacher sees Karen’s concerns and assures Karen of why they are using it and the benefits it may have within the classroom. We used a website called Fake text message to make this look like a real life conversation and something you could experience as a teacher. We all know that there is both pros and cons to using social media within the classroom, but if you are only using the media for the right reasons you could avoid having problems. It is very important to have internet safety talks with your students no matter what age they are. Technology is a part of life now and everyone including kids have access to it all the time. Even though in this situation the teacher is not allowing the students to have access to the social media account in the classroom, it is important for the students to know what and what not to do when they are using the sites on their own time. I found a great website that has all the tips and tricks to practicing safe online and social media safety!
This week I had a difficult time deciding what I was going to photograph. I decided to take a look at Google and see what other options I had to choose from. Landscape and animal photography really caught my eye as I was going through the different types of photography.
I was determined to get photos of the great amounts of wildlife behind my acreage but those animals are scared of me for some reason(or I’m scared of them, not sure haha). So sad to say every time I tried getting close enough to get a photo of them they ran and the picture became nothing but a blur. I find Saskatchewan’s variety of wildlife beautiful. So instead of wildlife, I decided to take more photos of my dog (I am OBSESSED with him), and my boyfriend’s dog. Both of our animals are very energetic which makes it difficult to take a good picture of them sitting still. For these pictures, I kept my camera in portrait mode so it would focus on the dog’s faces. I will admit that more than a couple of treats were needed for them to cooperate.
One reason I love living in Sask is being able to see the gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. Sask is known for the sunsets and sunrises which is why it has gotten the name “land of the living skies”. I honestly can say I will never get sick of seeing the skies. I decided to take a drive around my acreage and see what type of landscape photos I was able to capture. My favorite pictures were the abandoned barn in the middle of a field and the railway car beside the abanded house. I felt that these photos had the most character to them. I found different websites on how to take great landscape photos. I also watched a video on youtube on how to properly put my camera into the right setting. I really enjoyed taking these pictures and there wasn’t much to learn besides putting the camera into landscape mode and keeping the flash off. Very straightforward for this type of photography.
I took quite a few pictures this week so I decided to use an app called slideshow on my phone. I had to import all the pictures from my camera to my phone so I could make a video with them. This app is free for the first seven days but after you have to pay $3.99/ per week. I decided to give it a try since it seemed to have some pretty cool features to it! Using the first media icon on the left I was able to upload all the photos I took and was able to rearrange them in any order I liked. They give you different options on what “mood” you want to put your pictures in which is just like changing the filter on the photos. I choose to not change the mood since the colors in my photos were very beautiful by themselves. This app also allows you to add in music by clicking the music note icon and also allows you to change how long the photos will be shown using the timer icon. I decided to set mine to 1.5 seconds so it didn’t seem like the video was dragging. I loved how this app gave a good variety of things to do when it came to making a slideshow. When you are completed you are able to share it to almost any social media site using the share icon on the right. This app is very easy and straight forward to use for beginners like me. I really enjoyed using this app for making a slideshow of my pictures and will definitely be using it for other projects in the future!
Before taking this online class I can admit I was never on Twitter and it was something I disliked going on. I think the main reason was that I did not know how to properly use it! After getting some help on how to use Twitter I finally have got the feel of it and have started to enjoy it. I find it so convenient for many things, especially shaping my internet identity!
Twitter has become a lot more fascinating to me over these past few weeks. After joining edtc300 I have realized what a great tool twitter can be. After joining in on the Sask-Ed chat on Tweetdeck my mind was blown away. I had no idea that a chat with teachers from all over Canada was possible. It was such an unreal experience where I was able to hear from very knowledgeable people. I think these chats are amazing to be apart of because not only is it good to hear others’ opinions but I believe it will be a place where you could build a big community for teaching. In teaching having somewhere to go and people to contact when you need help with resources or anything in the teaching world is key. I have noticed that everyone teaches with different strategies and getting different perspectives on things can lead to us becoming stronger educators.
Twitter in the classroom I think could be considered a good thing if the parents in the classroom are willing to use it. I think with avoiding putting the names or faces it could be used as a reminder system letting the parents know what is happening in the classroom! One internship that I was in the teacher used it for main reminders and used seesaw to send the parents pictures of the students’ work! I feel getting the parents more engaged in their students work is a way to build a strong community and relationships with not only the students but parents as well. With the students knowing their parents or caregivers will be seeing their work I think will make them more motivated to do good and not slack off. I’m not saying it’s always going to work like that but it’s just my opinion!
The changed world has turned to everything electronic. As Katia said in class “we are fundamentally changing with technology”. In some ways, this could be good but in some ways, it can also be bad. I find it bad because everyone’s heads are on their phones and no one really knows what’s going on around them. They are so caught up with what’s happening on social media that they forget how to verbally interact with others around them. In other words, technology is a huge benefit for people to interact around the world. As Michael Wesch states in his video on youtube that “the web is linking people”. The web allows people from all over the world to connect with each other and for the most part share useful information/ things with one another. I agree that without technology life would be extremely difficult. The internet has become a very popular place for everyone and everything.
When looking at technology in the classroom, I believe you have to build that boundary for only using technology for educational purposes. There are multiple great resources that children can use to help them or allow them to learn in every subject area. I still believe it is important not to base your entire teachings around technology. In the Indigenous ways of learning, I believe it is important for the students to get away from technology and learn from hands-on and experiential learning too. For all the students that will be using technology and the internet, I feel it is so important to remind them of internet safety. Making them aware of all the crazy things that can happen instantly when posting or taking a picture they only want that “one” person to see.
This week I got myself signed up for an account on Feedly! Feedly is a feed reader that gathers information from around the web and puts it into one convenient place. I personally have never heard of this website but for my needs and interests it has become very useful and handy! I love that there is such a great variety for everything you may need!
I have followed quite a few pages already that caught my interest. I was able to find some photography pages to help intrigue me with different ideas for my learning project. I was also able to find a bunch of great teaching resources! I always get excited when finding good resources because it gives me new ideas to try in the classroom with my students. I followed some news pages as well to keep me updated of any important things going on in our province and country.
One page that I have found very resourceful was The Curriculum Corner 123. I found this page while searching and scrolling through other educational pages. This page I found to be very resourceful for all teaching needs in the elementary years. It has everything from classroom games, activities to different teaching strategies. I believe this will come in handy once I am back in the classroom again and have new ideas and new ways to teach the students. Variety is always good and makes learning fun!
I believe there are so many benefits to this Feedly website! It also comes in an app which makes it more convenient to always have resourceful information right at your fingertips! The greatest benefit I found from Feedly is that you get to see all the information you want in one single place rather than having to visit each website , blog , etc. I plan on using this website/app a lot because I believe it will come in handy.