Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 14th

Hope everyone can make it to the Christmas concert tomorrow December 15th at either 1:30 or 6:30.  Our class is supposed to wear black pants and either a red, white, or green shirt!

Winter break is coming soon!  Friday our biography project is due.  Next Monday our Me and 43 projects are due.  We will be doing a FUN Polar Express book/movie study next week.

Happy Holiday’s everyone!


Summary of Learning



Over the course of the semester we have taken a look at the history of educational technology through theories, how they have changed and reshaped education as we move forward.  Obviously some of the biggest changes to learning in course of history were the printing press, then the incorporation of radio, tv, and now we are looking at multimedia and the vast amount of ed tech options.  

The thing I appreciated the most from this class was how I was able to look at my teaching, what I am using within my classroom, how am I interacting with students, engaging students, developing a deeper understanding of curriculum through using or sometimes making the conscious choice not to use “ed tech”.  Compounding the theories behind the different tools we use as educators and gaining a deeper understanding for why I am using these tools has opened my eyes and changed my reasoning for my pedagogical stance on using ed tech within the classroom.

I think one of the most influential quotes that I remembered came from an early reading of Postman’s article on the 5 things we need to know about tech change.  
I feel that this quote defines my summary of this course.  Aside from the religious connotation to it I found that this has so many truths.     

After a riveting lesson on our favorite theorists, we began the semester by looking at educational television.  This made me look at why I am using videos within my classroom.  Prior to this class I felt that it helped develop a blended learning environment that enabled my students to review, relearn, or go beyond the classroom teaching and inquire themselves into a topic. After this class I realize that using videos plays an important role in the students learning, but only if it is engaging.  This is the part that I needed to learn.  Using the videos, or tv shows to enhance the learning is only one way, and that simply viewing only allows the students to learn at a low level because it is only reinforcing behaviourist expectations.  Showing the “engaging” video requires the students to sit, watch and listen.  If I am not extending this opportunity with meaningful constructivist or connectivist pre or post teaching concepts I am not teaching to the whole child like I should be.  

This realization led into the next two weeks where we discussed media and ed tech advancements. This is where I was able to take a closer look at the tools I am using within my classroom.  Specifically my Google Apps For Education centred classroom.  Critically looking at how I am using media, videos and the GAFE apps within my classroom  gave me the opportunity to understand why I use the tools the way I am using them.  I feel that through this critical lens I broke down my teaching and realized that I need to be improving my techniques so the students are getting more constructive and connective opportunities.  Through developing these opportunities it will allow more autonomy for my students to learn on their own while using the technology tools. Specifically I reflected on how I use my Google docs and the range of uses I have for them.  Whether they are used as a substitute for their pen and paper note book when answering short answer questions from a short story, to collaborating as a small group to develop a presentation, or into an ongoing independent research project where each student demonstrates their knowledge of a topic.  I found this gave me the chance to redesign some of the recurring projects we do at my school so they can be more influential for the students learning the next time we cover the topic.  

The autonomy piece began to frighten me as we discussed the development of the Web from 1.0 to 2.0 to the future of what 3.0 may look like.  Setting the rules and procedures for what is expected, allowed, and developing a positive digital citizens is very important but on top of my actual curriculum that is mandated by the province I feel like


When I look at the final weeks I think about the fun ways to evaluate and assess students.  There are so many different ways to fomatively or summatively assess, but I have to say, the one my students love the most is through kahoot!  The level of participation I have in these classes is amazing.  I can not say enough positives about this tool.  I do like plickers and we have to use pearson through our board, but when you can have students excited about a quiz, that's amazing!

When we looked at Assistive tech, I look to a definition within the reading “rethinking assistive tech” by Dave Edyburn.
Now Mr. Edyburn went on to dismantle and edit that definition.  Probably the largest piece for me would be the concept of AT being able to improve the function for anyone in need. 
In my classroom, I am focusing on how to incorporate and utilize GAFE Google Read Write.  It has a variety of functions that I am only beginning to become familiar with. This tool is very versatile and has the capability to help any person.  I have shared the basics of the Read Write program with the majority of my 7/8s in my school and I see a large portion of them using it to some capacity on an ongoing basis.  This is what makes this tool so awesome.  It is functional for everyone to use and therefore it has become a normal practice within our pod, so that the ones who “need” it as an assistive tool to improve their successes do not feel out of place when capitalizing on this opportunity. 

Finally I would like to thank everyone in this semesters ECI 833 class and to our leader Alec for running another great ed tech class. 

Summary of Learning



Over the course of the semester we have taken a look at the history of educational technology through theories, how they have changed and reshaped education as we move forward.  Obviously some of the biggest changes to learning in course of history were the printing press, then the incorporation of radio, tv, and now we are looking at multimedia and the vast amount of ed tech options.  

The thing I appreciated the most from this class was how I was able to look at my teaching, what I am using within my classroom, how am I interacting with students, engaging students, developing a deeper understanding of curriculum through using or sometimes making the conscious choice not to use “ed tech”.  Compounding the theories behind the different tools we use as educators and gaining a deeper understanding for why I am using these tools has opened my eyes and changed my reasoning for my pedagogical stance on using ed tech within the classroom.

I think one of the most influential quotes that I remembered came from an early reading of Postman’s article on the 5 things we need to know about tech change.  
I feel that this quote defines my summary of this course.  Aside from the religious connotation to it I found that this has so many truths.     

After a riveting lesson on our favorite theorists, we began the semester by looking at educational television.  This made me look at why I am using videos within my classroom.  Prior to this class I felt that it helped develop a blended learning environment that enabled my students to review, relearn, or go beyond the classroom teaching and inquire themselves into a topic. After this class I realize that using videos plays an important role in the students learning, but only if it is engaging.  This is the part that I needed to learn.  Using the videos, or tv shows to enhance the learning is only one way, and that simply viewing only allows the students to learn at a low level because it is only reinforcing behaviourist expectations.  Showing the “engaging” video requires the students to sit, watch and listen.  If I am not extending this opportunity with meaningful constructivist or connectivist pre or post teaching concepts I am not teaching to the whole child like I should be.  

This realization led into the next two weeks where we discussed media and ed tech advancements. This is where I was able to take a closer look at the tools I am using within my classroom.  Specifically my Google Apps For Education centred classroom.  Critically looking at how I am using media, videos and the GAFE apps within my classroom  gave me the opportunity to understand why I use the tools the way I am using them.  I feel that through this critical lens I broke down my teaching and realized that I need to be improving my techniques so the students are getting more constructive and connective opportunities.  Through developing these opportunities it will allow more autonomy for my students to learn on their own while using the technology tools. Specifically I reflected on how I use my Google docs and the range of uses I have for them.  Whether they are used as a substitute for their pen and paper note book when answering short answer questions from a short story, to collaborating as a small group to develop a presentation, or into an ongoing independent research project where each student demonstrates their knowledge of a topic.  I found this gave me the chance to redesign some of the recurring projects we do at my school so they can be more influential for the students learning the next time we cover the topic.  

The autonomy piece began to frighten me as we discussed the development of the Web from 1.0 to 2.0 to the future of what 3.0 may look like.  Setting the rules and procedures for what is expected, allowed, and developing a positive digital citizens is very important but on top of my actual curriculum that is mandated by the province I feel like


When I look at the final weeks I think about the fun ways to evaluate and assess students.  There are so many different ways to fomatively or summatively assess, but I have to say, the one my students love the most is through kahoot!  The level of participation I have in these classes is amazing.  I can not say enough positives about this tool.  I do like plickers and we have to use pearson through our board, but when you can have students excited about a quiz, that's amazing!

When we looked at Assistive tech, I look to a definition within the reading “rethinking assistive tech” by Dave Edyburn.
Now Mr. Edyburn went on to dismantle and edit that definition.  Probably the largest piece for me would be the concept of AT being able to improve the function for anyone in need. 
In my classroom, I am focusing on how to incorporate and utilize GAFE Google Read Write.  It has a variety of functions that I am only beginning to become familiar with. This tool is very versatile and has the capability to help any person.  I have shared the basics of the Read Write program with the majority of my 7/8s in my school and I see a large portion of them using it to some capacity on an ongoing basis.  This is what makes this tool so awesome.  It is functional for everyone to use and therefore it has become a normal practice within our pod, so that the ones who “need” it as an assistive tool to improve their successes do not feel out of place when capitalizing on this opportunity. 

Finally I would like to thank everyone in this semesters ECI 833 class and to our leader Alec for running another great ed tech class. 

Summary of Learning by: Heidi and Holly

Yet another great Ed. Tech class.  Holly and myself decided to work together to create an imovie.  This was my first every movie, therefore I was extremely grateful to work and laugh alongside Holly , as we stumbled along creating our summary of learning.  I would also like to thank her for feeding me as we worked well past dinner time for many of nights.

We attempted to demonstrate that we are constantly training and evolving as teachers in a world of technology.  We have to be willing to try things out and take risks.  In this course, I felt exposed to a wide array of tools that I can use in my classroom.  I felt the constant desire to test these tools out each week.  I was constantly trying new things with my students.  We have played and created Kahoots, connected on twitter, created flipgrid responses, discussed a novel on Today’s Meet, took a virtual fieldtrip on nearpod, created a google slide, used google docs to work through the writing process by sharing work with each other, I opened up my blog to families, and used google read and write during research.  My confidence in using technology in my classroom has improved immensely. Student are directly benefiting from technology being used as more than a research tool.

During writing today my students were commenting on a peers work using google docs, when a student yells out, “I love using the computers to do this!”

This might seem simple, but it meant the world for me to hear.  Editing work of peers became fun!  I seek to teach through engagement.  Technology is very valuable in our classrooms and I am so glad to be building my skill set and confidence in this area.

Sit back and enjoy watching us train our bodies and minds in the area of educational technology under the direction of @courosa!


Summary of Learning 2016

Another semester has quickly gone by. This fall and past semester started out a bit slow at first. I was feeling overwhelmed with the start of school and this class. I was counting down the weeks but in the back of my mind remembering what my grandmother used to say, “Never wish for time to pass quickly! Enjoy every day because you never know how much time you have.”

This is very true!

For other Summary of Learning vidoes, I used Videoscribe and Animoto to post videos on my blogs. After watching Tyson’s summary of learning video, I decided to try SparkAdobe. It turned out to be very user friendly and I only had a few glitches to deal with. Much better than the amount of time I initially spent on Videoscribe!

Thank you to Alec and everyone in EC&I 833! Once again, I learned a ton!

I love the learning but I don’t always love the amount of time it takes me to write/create/edit/formulate thoughts/research my blog! At least, once it is said and done, I am happy with the end result.

See you on Tuesday for pizza night and sharing of our learning!

Here is the link to my Summary of Learning Video!

https://spark.adobe.com/video/MkQwkyuUUACwA/embed

 


Friday, December 2nd

I cannot believe it is already December!  We have so many fun events happening around our school this month.

In literacy we are studying biographies of famous people.  We have been very excited reading a book we have individually selected in order to learn more about people from the past and present!  We are also working through the writing process writing our own autobiography.  Our 2nd draft is to be typed onto a google document by Monday.  Next week, we are going to learn how to share documents with each other and comment on the work of our peers.  We will also improve our own autobiographies.  Feel free to read and improve your autobiography from home!

Santa store is next Thursday.  Please bring $2.00 before Thursday to pay for gifts for your whole family!

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 


Summary of Learning

Originally for our summary of learning Roxanne and I decided to try out this videoscribe that everyone is talking about.  We struggled with it for a while before talking to a colleague who encouraged us to try a podcast.  He had this super awesome microphone for us to use and walked us through a program that was very useful in creating our podcast.  I’m so glad that we changed our idea of how to present our learning from this semester as we were able to enjoy, reminisce, and laugh while putting our podcast together… all of this was possible with our super awesome microphone!  Last semester we figured out animoto, and now we  have had a great experience using welcome to cast to create our final summary of learning.  By clicking the link below you will have a chance to travel back in time with us as we discuss our learning from the semester.

Summary of learning