Ed Tech Feud!

Another class come and gone in this Master’s program. I do love these classes that have a focus on education technology and the issues surrounding the topic. This is my third class of ECI with a focus on Ed tech and probably my last one for a while as I cross back over to EDL in the fall. I was fortunate enough to work with Kelly Ziegler again in her final class in her Ed Tech Certificate! Congratulations Kel! We had fun making this slideshow and then putting some funny twists on it. Hope you enjoy the video and the journey we went on.


When we started with this idea a simple search on Google of “Family Feud Templates” lead me to Ditch That Book. From there I went through many of my notes on the debates, read blogs, and re-listened to make sure I was doing proper justice to all my colleagues hard work. Once we had all the information it we began typing it into the template from above. However, when I played it through I was not satisfied with the overall fell of the slide show.

  1. From there we went onto Kelly’s favourite, Canva! We began to make a template there along with the red X you will see in the video. Canva made it easy as it works similar to Google docs where you can both work on it simultaneously with auto saves. We downloaded the files and were able to plug them right into PowerPoint.
  2. We did use PowerPoint to collect all our information on. Kelly and I live in different cities and we wanted to the video not feel like another zoom. There is nothing wrong with that, we have just done it before and we like to create something new for each class/project.
  3. While listening to the video you will hear sounds that may be familiar to a Family Feud fan. I found these on YouTube and then used FLV2MP3 to download the audio files from the YouTube videos. I recommend if using this with students you have adblocker on because some of the ads are not appropriate for schools or a younger audience.
  4. Once we had the show set up we wanted to record our voice which you will hear for the answers. I was wishing we had a third person because we wanted a different voice for the host. I remembered something I saw on TikTok where you could use text to voice using a famous person’s voice. After a quick Google we were able to find fakeyou down and they had Steve Harvey’s voice!
  5. Then we had a split in the road as we were trying to figure out of to get us into the PowerPoint. As I said we don’t live in the same city. The idea hit us to use BitMoji extension on our Chrome browser so there was at least a visual representation of us! This is where we had a good time putting in some funny BitMojis.
  6. After we had everything we were able to mess around with transitions till we had it working just by starting it and having good timing along with all our little plug ins.
  7. I then used OBS studio to record the PowerPoint. I’m sure there is an easier way I am just familiar with OBS and find it easy to navigate for exactly what I want.

Now please enjoy the video!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read this blog and watch the video. I want to thank Kelly again for agreeing to partnering up with me and having fun! I appreciated everyone’s point of view throughout the class and found it a rich experience to hear everyone’s thoughts on some hot button topics!

The End of Ed Tech Debates

I’m notorious for going over time limits on assignments, so I am quite proud of myself for not going over this summary! Although I do have to admit, the first recording was over the 9 minute mark. Whew, I’m a little emotional as this is the final assignment for my M.Ed. It has been a great opportunity to connect with upcoming leaders in education through this program, and I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you in person someday!

I’m late to producing a podcast, but it felt right to try something new for my final (for now) assignment. It’s never too late!

I wish all my classmates the best of luck in continuing their education and to those that are done this semester, we made it! I can’t wait to see the difference you all make.

Happy Teaching,

Leah

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My Summary of Learning!

Good Afternoon!
After some technical difficulties with the Weebly website, I was finally able to get my summary of learning posted. I wish to thank all of my colleagues for all of the class discussions, interactions, debates, and informative blog posts over the course of the semester. Enjoy the well deserved summer break!
Best wishes,
​Chris

Summary of Learning: EC&I 830 Contemporary Issues in EdTech

Welcome to my summary of learning. This is the first EdTech class I have ever taken, and it felt important to me that I take it. I teach middle years students and we use technology regularly in the classroom, and because of that I’d like to make sure that we are using it appropriately and effectively for learning. I also recognize that the world is swiftly moving into a technological age, and as a teacher, this is something that I would like to help my students be prepared for.  Please take a moment to watch the video below for a summary of the topics covered, and my subsequent learning from this class.

After taking this class I have a greater sense of curiosity and accomplishment when it comes to technology. Throughout the course I have been given plenty of food for thought, and ideas for new directions to take with technology for both myself and my students moving forward. I have learned how to blog, podcast and make videos, which I can now incorporate into my lesson delivery, as well as pass on to my students. The insights I have gained will help me to embrace technology more excitedly and  purposefully in my teaching. I can now move farther down the continuum of EdTech from digital citizenship and online safety, to exploring different technologies with my students like 3D design and printing, robotics, coding and Digital Leadership. We can also examine what the future holds for technology, how it can benefit society, and examine technology based skills and careers.

Maarsii for joining me on my summary of learning for EC&I 830.

Debate #8: Is Online Education Detrimental to the Social and Academic Development of Children?

Debate #8: Is Online Education Detrimental to the Social and Academic Development of Children?

The last class debate, and certainly one that I was looking forward to. The Covid-19 Pandemic thrust the education world into an unplanned version of emergency online learning. While this unprecedented time was certainly a change for everyone, the high majority of our population now has some experience with online learning. Although emergency pandemic learning and properly planed online learning should certainly not be compared as equals, the growth in the student number and discussion on the benefits of online learning have grown exponentially. Therefore, educators, policy makers and the public are starting to ask, Is Online education detrimental to the social and academic development of children?

Kayla, Britney, and I certainly enjoyed debating with Kat, Chris and Arkin. I appreciated several of their insightful points, and in particular starting their opening statement a land acknowledgment. Within the last few years, I have become quite interested in Treaty and Indigenous Education, and I appreciated the respect and time given to read the land acknowledgment before their side of the debate.

 Throughout the debate, my conclusion was drawn from a mixture of one of our points, and one of Chris’. To me, online education can be a good alternative to a brick-and-mortar classroom for a small percentage of the overall population orused as a supplement to traditional education courses. The main points that led to this are outlined in paragraphs below.

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Online education benefits affluent, mature, self-motivated students, who are capable of learning and working with little to no direct supervision. Unfortunately, this means that online education remains nearly impossible for those of a lower socioeconomic status, young students (particularly those in early primary years,) and those who run into internet speed/access issues based on their location. Through one of the articles our group shared, a study was done in 2013 (important to note as it’s prior to the pandemic,) in which the research team investigated the lack of access for Indigenous Australian students. They found that “online learning will in fact be hugely detrimental to this section of Australian society and will see the potential for a widening of the gap in education.” It is important to notice the parallels between this study and the lack of quality internet access found on some reserves and rural land here in Canada.

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Throughout Britney’s portion of the debate, she touched on the differences in mental health supports and concerns in an online teaching environment. The online environment, with a possible lack of webcams, makes it easier for students to ‘disappear,’ while also make it difficult for teachers to pick up on the behavioral cues of their students. The lack of recognition of what could be considered obvious cues within the traditional classroom, can result in less teacher directed support for mental health issues. Additionally, counselling or learning support looks very different in the online world. It is much easier for students to avoid/hide from tough conversations, which can make it difficult for all supports to be confident in knowing how a student is truly feeling.

For students with disabilities, technology and online education can have a large variety of affects. For students who are able to engage with computers and technology with a high degree of independence, online education can be extremely beneficial. Apps, software and assistive technology, can be extremely helpful with communication skills, diagnoses such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, while being in a separate environment may also help those with high amounts of anxiety. Furthermore, as written on onlinedegrees.com learning online allows the “ability to work at their own pace, reviewing materials and video lectures as needed. For students with certain types of disabilities, like dyslexia and visual processing disorder, the ability to manipulate digital texts — by, say, changing the font style or size — can help them process and retain written information more effectively than they would viewing PowerPoint presentations in class or reading through traditional textbooks.” However, students with disabilities that affect their life to a higher degree physically or cognitively, can find great difficulty engaging in an online environment, particularly without the numerous direct or one-to-one supports that are common in a traditional school setting. This can also be tough for parents, as many are not prepared or able to fully support their student during typical school hours.

Throughout my section, I explained that while some classes can be taught to a high quality online, many classes that contain a major practical component, such as practical and applied arts, physical education or science classes, cannot be matched to the same degree online. While it is possible to teach a large portion of the theory online, practical, or hand-on projects that require specialized equipment are nearly impossible to replicate in every home. This fact alone can greatly affect the academic development of students, as it has the potential to affect their decisions for postsecondary schooling, along with potential career choices. Good points about hybrid learning were brought up in the debate, and while I recognize that this cannot be beneficial for every student, the possibility of seeing hybrid models increase in the future certainly interests me.

I also touched on extra-curricular involvement, and the differences in the online world. As many extra-curricular programs are athletic or performance based, it is quite difficult to replicate this in an online setting. Athletics and the arts alike vary greatly when you try and replicate them virtually. Additionally, many students learn and develop social, group and life skills while participating in extracurricular activities. Not offering these same opportunities to online students can certainly affect their social development.

To wrap this up, I’ve come to believe that online education, or a hybrid of such, can be beneficial to a small percentage of students, but also has the potential to be detrimental to many. Students that are mature, affluent, self-motivated, and self-disciplined may be able to succeed online, while granting themselves the flexibility that comes with online learning. However, students that benefit from the traditional supports within brick and mortar schools, struggle with motivation, lack access, or are simply are younger in age/grade, will benefit from the utilizing the traditional school system in comparison.

I’d like to thank Dr. Katia Hildebrandt and all the members of EC&I 830. This class was extremely enjoyable to be a part of, and I’m happy to have shifted some of my own teaching philosophies as a direct result from the meaningful discussions this term. Good luck to everyone going forward in their programs, and congratulations to those who are finishing their degrees! Have a great summer all!

Summary of learning!!

“Learning without reflection is a waste, and reflection without learning is dangerous” – Confucius

It’s hard to realize that we’re almost done with this course. This was my first class with “Katia” and I’ve already learnt a lot from her and my classmates. This course was very different from other Edtech courses, and from this class, I found the debate format very engaging, especially when I got an opportunity to participate. From our debate discussions, I have learned a lot, and have been able to apply in our day-to-day life!

Throughout this course, i have gained so much knowledge about the issues and problems of educational technology that students as well as teachers are facing. Moreover, in the past few weeks, I have learned much about the issues and benefits of using technology in the classroom, role of social media in enhancing our teaching-learning process, and view and understanding of technology in the classroom which has changed my viewpoint and will continue to change in the future!

Furthermore, again in this course, I collaborated with Amanpreet for the Summary of Learning, and it was a wonderful experience for me to work with her.

Thank you very much everyone!

Click the link below to watch the video:  

Thank you

Lovepreet kaur

Fence – Final Thoughts

As I sit at my desk marking final exams I’m certainly glad to report that our internet services are back up and running. The last week with students will be stress free. Technology in education is a wonderful opportunity that truly can enhance learning, creativity and allow many teachers to be more productive. However, when it’s not working or there simply isn’t enough to go around it truly is more of a headache. It has been a pleasure to hear so many different perspectives from my classmates of EC&I 830 this spring session. If I have solved anything – I am not a great debater – much more of a fence sitter.

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As we continue to embed new technologies into our classrooms I truly believe it’s okay to learn and respect those that came before us. There is a time and place for pen and paper. Our final thoughts put together in video format from Bret, Reid and myself – Enjoy!

EC&I 830 Summary of Learning

Wow. Time has flown so fast. It was a short journey but a wonderful one. I am grateful to Dr. Katia and all my classmates for such a knowledgeable journey. I have learned a lot from EC&I 830 course. The debates were very interesting and we all worked hard to critically bring the views and recognise others’ views and ideas in the debates.

I worked with my classmate Lovepreet and together we have completed our Summary of Learning. I am also thankful to Lovepreet for her time and efforts in this assignment.

Below is the link of my summary of learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi5tMaGtUCU