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Concluding Contemplation

Final thoughts on Final Project:

You Video, I Video, WeVideo!!

What is WeVideo you ask??

Well, it is an interactive tool where you can record and edit your own videos. OH ok, how can I use this in the classroom?

Kids these days look up to “YouTubers” as role models and I wondered how I could tap into this kind of learning to engage my students in a safe, online way? Well, let’s just say I am not ready for my own YouTube channel BUT I am having fun making my own videos which Regina Public Schools has a license for. The videos are saved in my Google Drive and can be shared with my students via Google Classroom-love that feature!!

Here is a quick video that explains how to use WeVideo.

I made a series of videos for math with each one on a particular multiplication strategy. I love how easy it was to edit, add music and transitions to the video. My students LOVED watching me on video and this was something I will definitely try to use in other subject areas.

Check it out:

I also discussed how I used the app EDpuzzle in this post “Exploration of EDPuzzle” to assess student understanding while watching videos. This blog EdTech Awesomeness (love the name) highlights how you can use this tool to:

  • flip your classroom
  • differentiate your instruction
  • encourage creativity and mastery of content
  • engage learners instead of being passive consumers of information

I would recommend trying this to any teacher in elementary or high school as you can control how difficult you make the content.

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I chose both of these apps based on the ability to integrate them with the Learning Management System that I already use-Google Classroom. I am mindful of how much we are asking students to access with all the different tech tools available and I LOVED that both of these apps were easily accessible to my students through their “home base” that they were already familiar with.

The final piece of my project was starting a classroom Twitter account which I discuss the beginnings of in this earlier post. I expected all my parents to be excited about this new communication tool but was met with some resistance and concerns. This mostly stemmed from students pictures online and the fear of online bullying which after we discussed what my intentions were, their initial concerns were eliminated. I can see the potential for connecting with other classrooms and experts around the world and agree with Jana’s post “Going Global!” that in today’s world we must show our students how to connect globally. I can see the great potential of using this tool to connect to others and wanted to empower my students to find their own voice to create their own tweets. This is definitely an ongoing project that needs modelling by the teacher and encouragement(and reminders) for the students that their thoughts or questions are worth sending out to the world. I plan on continuing this project for the rest of this year and hope we make some new connections with other classrooms and individuals from around the world.

This old gal did learn some new tricks and going forward I will continue to add to my “tech toolbox.”

EC & I 832 that’s a wrap!!

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Exploration of EDpuzzle

I love to use videos to engage my students and have used KidsHealth videos when learning about “Body Systems” in Science class before but was searching for a way that I can make them more interactive.

Enter EDpuzzle 

This app makes “videos into lessons” by enabling you to crop videos and insert questions to check for understanding. Our next body system in Science was the Nervous System so I found the video that I usually use via YouTube and created 5 questions for students to respond to which included a True/False question, a multiple choice question, and an open-ended question.

Here is a short video explaining EDPuzzle:


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The students were not only engaged in this task but actually said they preferred this assignment independently rather than watching it as a whole class. The feedback from students included: “I liked that it was easier to watch it on my own and having questions during the video instead of after so that you don’t forget at the end”. and “It was better to use my headphones on my own so I could listen to the information better”.

The results are even scored for you if you select a correct answer but you can score the open-ended answers yourself. Here’s an example of how I could see my students answers:

Oh and if you are a Google Classroom user than you will LOVE that assignments can be posted to your account for students to easily access. This is a great feature and one of the reasons I chose this app for my final project.

When reviewing the Privacy Policy I found this information interesting:

How does Edpuzzle use the information it collects?

First and foremost, you should know that Edpuzzle does not sell or rent any of your, or your student’s, personal information to any third party for any purpose – including for advertising or marketing purposes. We use the information we collect from you to provide you with the best Edpuzzle experience. More specifically, this information is used to:

  • Provide and improve the Service, for example by developing new products and features
  • Respond to your requests for information or customer support
  • Customize the Service for you, and improve your experience with it
  • Send you information about new features and Edpuzzle products we believe you may be interested in
  • Most crucially, to protect our community by making sure the Service remains safe and secure

We use automatically collected information (described in the “Information collected automatically” section above) to provide and support our Service, and for the additional uses described in this section of our Privacy Policy.

Can I opt-out of providing information

You can always decline to share personal information with us, or even block all cookies. However, it’s important to remember that many of Edpuzzle’s features may not be accessible, or may not function properly.

Although I don’t like the idea of an app collecting information about the user or your use of the app, I do see the value of companies using the information to improve their product.

How do you use videos in your classroom? Will you try EDpuzzle to improve your lessons?

Twitter Time

Part of my Project for this course was to implement a classroom Twitter account. We have had the last few weeks on Twitter and have added a few more followers and a couple tweets(1 from a student and 1 from me) but my students need reminders that they can be writing “tweets” on the forms I have provided them in our class. Give us a follow here.

Our latest tweet:

We have had some feedback from a parent that did not want their child learning about social media at a young age so I have been cognizant of their wishes. Unfortunately, that means that I haven’t been promoting student involvement as much as I would like to. I would like students to utilize this as a resource to “ask an expert” on a topic they may be studying about either in curriculum or genius hour topics. I would also like to connect more with other classrooms both in Regina and around the world. Should we host some sort of classroom “tweet up”?? What sort of planning and organization would that include? I know there are not many classrooms at my current school with an account and wonder how we can encourage teachers to try something new? How do you share your enthusiasm with your colleagues without them feeling like it is one more thing added to their already full plates?

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Do you have any ideas how to use Twitter in the classroom to empower and engage my students in learning Media Literacy through this kind of communication tool?

Learning to Fly

When I told my class we were starting a classroom Twitter account, they were VERY excited!! I showed them their current school account, as well as my own, and gave them a few pointers about what “followers”, “retweets” and “likes” meant(they seemed to be well versed on what “hashtags” mean). We decided to use a name that identifies us that you are welcome to check us out YQRClassroom @MYVI2018 but SPOILER ALERT we haven’t “tweeted” anything yet. In the following weeks I plan on encouraging their ownership by giving them opportunities to write the tweets. This may be a question they have or comment about what we are learning with the intention of linking to the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship focusing on communication, literacy and etiquette. I will be leading the tweeting so to speak. If you are new to Twitter this website can give you the basics Twitter 101.

PICTURE CREDIT

Next up on my exploration of Social Media apps, I decided to ask my students what apps they currently use. A few mentioned Snapchat but the most common app was YouTube. At first I even questioned if YouTube was even a “Social Media” app but after further investigation, I discovered that it sure is!!

How do I use YouTube as a platform to engage the learners in my classroom? I already use videos in Math and Science but I have never created anything myself. Well, the first thing I did was search for videos that could help me out. This video that I found from Edutopia explains the basics of how to use YouTube but I am left with questions about how I can create videos that will have an impact on learning. Well I now have a direction……find the tools that will help me CREATE my own videos on YouTube. How do I do that?!?! Further investigation and probably some bumps in the road are anticipated. I guess I am “learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings”(Ode to Tom Petty RIP).