Summary of Learning

HELLO!!!

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Well, Bloggers, the end of the semester is finally here. It is a bittersweet good bye for me, its sweet because this is my last university class for my degree, and also bitter because I have to say goodbye to ECMP355! It was a blast, and I have learnt so much! I want to thank Katia and the rest of ECMP355 class for a great semester!

My summary of learning is in two videos, I really hope that is okay! I couldn’t figure out how to put them both on the same file, not to upload the videos took forever. I kind of live in the middle of no where, so my connection is super weak!

For my summary of learning I have used IMovie, Keynote app for my presentation, and Screencast-O-Matic. It was actually my first time using all 3, I sure had fun in doing so! Ha-ha!

The first video is just a spooky trailer outlining my thoughts and emotions as I entered ECMP355, and the second video is my screencast going through my top 5 take aways from ECMP355. My second video is a little long, I really hope that it okay! 

Enjoy!

Trailer

 

Summary of Learning

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Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy my videos!

 

Until next time, 

Skylar J

 

 

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Contributing to the Learning of Others…

Hello Again Bloggers!

Week 13 Blog Post: “How have you contributed to the learning of others?”

At the beginning of ECMP355 we have been asked to keep documents, or some records that show how we contributed to the learning of others.

So, how exactly did I contribute to “the learning of others?” 

If I am being totally honest, I don’t feel like I contributed a whole lot, but others might think differently, I tend to be a lot harder on myself! I feel like I could have commented more on my peers blogs or help them out when they asked questions on our google community. I did however, contribute by using  Twitter and sharing my blog posts from my WordPress page! I did such by sharing relevant articles, videos, chats, weekly blog posts, reflections and just my overall thoughts, questions, and concerns about Education!

The Power of Twitter!

Before ECMP355 I never had a twitter account nor did I get the just of it. Now, because of ECMP355 Twitter is my best friend and I love it!

I believe twitter to be one of the most valuable tools on the web. I am a university student finishing up my last classes in order to wrap up my Education degree; and by joining twitter in just this short amount of time I was able to meet powerful people in the education field. I was also able to connect and share with my peers and instructor from ECMP355 on twitter, it was fun and a great learning experience for mr.

I believe I contributed to the learning of others by:

  • Sharing Education related articles
  • Commenting on my peers tweets
  • Contributing to their discussions
  •  Sharing videos and links about Education
  •  Sharing Educational resources from Pinterest and other sites

I made a short from Photosnack, then screen casted it on Screencast-O-matic and uploaded to YouTube to share!

It’s just a short video about how I contributed to the learning of others!

ENJOY!

 

Blogger fo’Life? 

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Another way I believe that I have contributed to the learning of others was sharing my weekly blogposts from my WordPress page!

Blogging was also something I had never tried before, it was a new and interesting experience. Blogging has proven to be another powerful tool for me. Blogging helped me to thoroughly reflect, research, and share relevant articles, videos, ideas with my peers. It has helped me to open up my writing to a bigger audience, improved my confidence, gave me an opportunity to practice my writing and communication skills, built a learning support community, furthered my PLN, empowered my voice, and most of all it motivated and engaged me to a higher-level of communicative learning!

Here are a few pictures of my posts that I shared with my ECMP355 class!

All screenshots taken from My blogpage!

Should of… Could of… Would of…

I think learning from your peers is super important, I think students learn a whole lot by explaining their ideas to others and by participating in activities which they can learn from. They develop skills in learning activities, working collaboratively with others, giving and receiving feedback and evaluating their own learning. Something I will definitely be doing in my future classroom, lots of collaborative learning!

I most definitely feel like I could have contributed to more than I have, but I won’t be too hard on myself. I came in to the class without knowing a whole lot about technology, and as scared as I was I still persevered and did my best. It was not easy for my, but I stuck with it and I am super proud of myself and what I have learnt in the class. I am taking away so much from the ECMP355 and I hope that some of what I did share have contributed to you’re learning somehow! I know you all definitely contributed to my learning, so Thank You!

Skylar J

Social Activism

Hello Bloggers!

Week 12 Blog Post: “Can online social activism be meaningful and worthwhile? Is it possible to have productive conversations about social justice online?”

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First off, I don’t really participate in feminism or other important social justice causes, I mean don’t get me wrong, they are totally important causes to me but I just haven’t ever engaged or put myself out there much.
Most of what I do online is sharing articles, writing my own, discussing ideas on twitter/Facebook, and engaging in discussion in the comments of my blog. For obvious reasons, I avoid conflict!
I would however like to break out of this shell I have been hiding in, because I do believe activism is meaningful and worthwhile; both on and offline. I do have a voice and strong opinions about a lot of causes, I just need to embrace what I know, and have the confidence to step forward! I matter and so do my opinions!
I think online activism is just as meaningful as offline activism because for one, the web has completely changed the way people communicate. It is now a legitimate place to do something meaningful.
Discussing social justice issues online is a valid form of communication through which we can learn to be better activists! For example: myself, I believe by engaging on online forums, blogs, and other websites helped to further educate me. And don’t get me wrong, it is true that online activism may sometimes do more harm than good, with so much information being out there and all, its definitely possible to come in touch with fans information.
That is why it is super important that you thoroughly research what your cause is before discussing and sharing with others!
In my experience, with online activism it sometimes can be hard to have conversations because then you skip out the tone of the discussion, and some times what you say can be taken out of context.
Then comes misunderstandings, etc. People can also choose to NOT read things, kind of like “people only listen to what they want to hear”.
I would definitely in the future engage in more causes I care about. It would be nice to be more active in my community than I have been. I would support my causes offline and online activism, because I feel they are equally as important and useful.
Until next time, Skylar J

To code or not to code…

Hello World!

In our ECMP 355 class we were given two options to choose from for our blog prompt that week. It was either 1. Go on Code Academy and create a scratch project or 2. Go to Code.org and do a screencast to show your how you progressed.

I chose to go on Code.org and create my very own Flappy game!

Now, before I share my screencast and talk about more about coding, and why it is important, I think I should first talk about what exactly coding is. Because if you are like me and you’ve never heard of it before then you are probably scratching your head wondering what the heck I am talking about. Ha-ha!

There are other names for coding… like… scripting, programming etc. etc.

So what exactly is coding?

well…

The definition of Coding according to Merriam Webster is “a system of symbols (as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings”

Nonetheless, to code, is having the ability to read and write a “Machine language”; Just like other human languages that are harder to learn than others, machine languages can be the same. Some machine languages involve more trickier grammar and can seem very complex.

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After I understood what coding meant I then pondered the question…

                                                                                                                             “Well, okay why would kids need to learn this?”…

I didn’t quiet understand why kids would need to learn coding, I mean Its cool but just didn’t seem necessary.

It wasn’t until we had to do a coding assignment on our own that it began to dawn on me…

When we got the assignment I wasn’t to happy to do it, haha mostly because I probably didn’t understand it all too well. We were given sites to go on and try coding and it seem too difficult for me…

 

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So I sucked it up and thought I’d give it the benefit of a doubt…

I went to code.org, on Hour of Code and chose to create a Flappy Game.

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 Before you create your flappy bird game you must complete a series of puzzles by following the instructions given. In order to move on you must follow the code instructions, it’s actually cool once you get into the swing of things. 

At first, it seemed to overly difficult for me, but after a few days of going back and trying again I started to understand more. I didn’t do a screencast while I went through the puzzles but I did one after and just explained where I had difficulty and how I succeeded in the end…

Here is my screencast shared from Youtube!

Psssssttt… This was my very first screencast, so I hope it’s okay haha!

Here is my Certificate of Completion

 

Overall, I liked the coding exercise it really challenged me, but I did not give up! After all of that I can finally see the bigger picture. I can see why students should be learning to code;

  • it helps to develop important logic and problem-solving skills
  • helps them to better understand the world around them
  • challenge them to think analytically
  • it can also help them with their creativity and creativity expression

For me, I feel that it definitely boosted my digital confidence, and definitely challenged my analytical thinking skills! I would definitely utilize that website in the future, I think my students would benefit from it greatly.

Thats all for now,

Skylar

 

 

 

 

 

Formative Assessment Using Tech-Friendly Tools

 

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Hello again!

So, in our last ECMP 355 class we discussed “Formative Assessment” and were given a free blog post to write about what we were interested in (ed-tech related). I thought since we were talking about formative assessment and different tools we could utilize using technology… I thought I would further my research, reflect, and talk more about formative assessment using technology…

So…what exactly is formative assessment?

Well, Formative assessment refers to a broad range of approaches that teachers use to manage in-process evaluations.

For example: the students comprehension, there learning needs, and also their academic progress during a lessons, units Etc.

In our last class we explored a lot of web tools we could use for formative assessment, most of them I haven’t heard of, so it was a fun new experience. We played around with a few like pear deck, kahoot, plickers, mentameter, and seesaw to name a few!

Among the many tools we explored I have to say Kahoot was my fave; I think mostly because it was more like a game, it had a little bit of competitiveness, and it really challenged my critical thinking skills ha-ha!

But ultimately, I thought all of these tools were great because they all  really encourage good communication and collaborative skills, they enhance students tech skills, increase their critical thinking skills, and most importantly it assesses them on what they have been learning about in a fun and motivating way!

I thought I would look up more tech-tools that other educators are using, looking at what they used them for, the pros and cons, and how it worked for them!

Take A Look…

I came across an awesome list for the top tech tools for formative assessment on commonsense.org I thought I’d share!

For interactive lessons and videos there is:

Or quizzing, polling, and getting student responses:

For discussion among students:

Of course there are many other tools out there that can be used in the same sense. But I thought i’d share this page for now! If you go to the page and click on either of these tools they will show you the rating they have gotten from other educators, what grades they are recommended for, what skills it gives students, the purpose, pros and cons, how teachers can use it, what its like, and how its good for learning! I thought that was super neat and something I will be definitely utilizing in the future!

Pssst… Another great site nwea.org  (Take Three-55 digital tools and apps for formative assessment success)

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With the mass variety of technology tools out there for teachers, it can definitely be daunting to locate and find the accurate one. Especially when thinking about the appropriateness for you, you’re students, and the School. I found this great article on Edutopia that talks about “Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools”; Thought I’d share! The article talks about formative assessment itself, and then formative assessment using technology. The article also talks about choosing the right tech-friendly tool for your students, how to gather formative assessment data, and how to plan with purpose. I liked the article!

Overall, I think formative assessment using tech-friendly tools is A-mazing! I enjoyed exploring the different tools and getting ideas on how to use them in the future. Definitely wish I used more tech-friendly assessments when I was in my internship!

If I knew then what I know now… 

Anyways, by for now!

Sky

 

Welcome to FlipGrid!

Hello everyone!

In last weeks class for ECMP 355 we were asked to find an app or tool that we weren’t familiar with, and then to write a blog post about it.

I thought I would go with Flipgrid since it was an online tool I was just exploring. Robbi Keller and I partnered up last blog post and we used Flipgrid, I thought it was cool and this was a great opportunity to talk more about it!

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Flipgrid is a cool web tool that was created and designed by the University of Minnesota LT lab. Its designed to foster students classroom conversation and discussion in a fun, encouraging and interactive way! It allows you to have a video discussion community for your classroom. Flipgrid helps your students to have a voice, and it gets them interacting and engaging with one another.

Below is a quick video of Flipgrid that I got from YouTube

Here are some strengths and weaknesses that I found using Flipgrid…

Strengths:

  • There are definitely a lot of strengths when it comes to using FlipGrid. I find that the short video responses can help to push the students to plan their responses thoughtfully and speak considerately.
  • Students will be very engaged by seeing and hearing their peers responses and vice versa
  • Its fun and very interactive
  • Great way to share ideas
  • Can enhance students critical thinking skills
  • I think Flipgrid can help to motivate freedom of expression and enourage creativity
  • Flip grid also has a good admin system- Teacher can choose security and privacy settings accordingly. Ensuring that it is a closed community and our grid and questions are secure. (Private Community)
  • There is even a moderating grid that will let you privately view videos on the admin site before they are posted to the grid. (so just ensuring that the students are staying on topic and not posting anything inappropriate)
  • I also love that as an admin you can turn social links on to block the students from sharing any of their videos to social media sites. (like FB, Twitter etc.)

Weaknesses:

  • Flipgrid is more for an older crowd, like high school
  • Some students might not have access to a device with a camera
  • Kind of wish the videos could be longer then 90 seconds
  • Another weakness I found while using Flipgrid is that you are limited as to what you can do without purchasing your own classroom

As you can see, I found way more strengths then I did weaknesses while using Flipgrid. I think flipfrid is a great tool; It’s such a good way to interact and engage with your students. If all your students have access to a device with a camera I think it would be a great web tool to utilize. I would totally recumbent FLIPGRID! 🙂

Until next time!

Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging Inside The Classroom

Hello Bloggers!

For our ECMP 355 class we have been ask to group/partner up and create a two-part blog post/video of a conversation responding to a specific online resource/tool.

I have partnered up with Robbie Keller, and we decided to talk about Blogging inside the classroom.

I created a topic on Flipgrid “Blogging inside the Classroom” and we responded to each other by video. Robbie played the role “concerned parent” and I responded as the “Teacher”.

Blogging in the Classroom

Robbi played the role “concerned parent” I did my best to transcribe her video.

Robbi Keller– Concerned Parent

“Well, I will start by responding with my concerns as a parent, um with the blogging in the classroom. My first thing is that I am worried about my kids privacy… um how public is their blog going to be? Are their any controls and privacy setting that we could follow up on so that my child is not exposed to online predators? Um with the horrific story of Amanda Todd a couple years ago I don’t want something like that happening to my kid. Um another thing that I am really worried about that everything is public and if my kid is anything like me sometimes she says stuff that she doesn’t mean and just kinds of comes out; and it might be irrelevant, it might be mean, it might be funny, or it might be inappropriate. I really don’t want my child to make mistakes that will follow them for the rest of their lives. For example Justine Sacco where her one tweet that she thought was funny ruined her life, she had to change her name, she got fired from her job and I don’t want that kind of thing following my child. Another thing is, is blogging really necessary? Do you have the time to put the effort in to monitoring their blogs or is it just another tech fad?”

Blogging inside the Classroom”Robbis main concerns about blogging in the classroom were.

  • Privacy, safety, and control settings:  will be her child be safe and protected from possible predators?
  • Everything is public: the potential of her child writing something that could hurt them down the road.
  • “Blogging in the classroom” is in neccessary?
  • or is this just another Tech fad

The main points of my response as the “teacher” were:

  • The importance of privacy and control settings: privacy and control setting are an important part of the teachers job when it comes to blogging online. The teacher must be careful when choosing these options looking out for the safety of their students
  • Educating the students on digital identity: introducing the students to blogging is  good way to educated them on digital citizenship
  • discussing the digital footprint they may be creating
  • Having parents/administrator involved

Unfortunately we only got 1 minute and 30 seconds to respond so I would like to add more to what I had addressed in the video.

  • When it comes to the pros and cons of blogging inside the classroom, I definitely think the pros out way the cons. I also think that it can be the perfect opening for the teacher to educate their students on digital citizenship and the digital footprint that they may be creating. Our students are growing up in a digital world, whether we agree or not they need to be educated on digital citizenship and their digital identity.
  • Obviously privacy and control settings will be an important step for the teacher, the teacher must ensure that they are monitoring students blogs excessively and keeping track of what the students post and who can see it. I think creating a closed community could be key, especially when first introducing blogging to your students. Having parents involved could help as well, having that parent involvement may motivate students learning. 
  • I think that blogging is both student and teacher-centered, they share the focus and interact equally
  • Students will have access to their work anytime, they also will be able to share it with their peers, teacher, and even parents.
  • I think the students will have consistent, purposeful reflection, how to direct their own learning, and completing their tasks independently
  • Students will learn important and collaborative skills

I found video on Primary Tech that I thought I’d share!

With that being said, I think blogging in the class is cool!  I also believe that blogging in the classroom can very beneficial for students and teacher. As long as we are educating our students on internet safety and taking the appropriate steps when it comes to privacy settings/controls and  monitoring our students blogs.

Until next time,

Sky

Digital Citizenship

Hello again! So our task for ECMP355 was to blog about “Digital Citizenship”; Of course the topic is pretty complex so I decided to focus on what digital citizenship is, why does it matter, and how it related to my future in the classroom…

This post is a little late, I had to  research a lot on Digital Citizenship and educate myself more.

When I heard the words “Digital Citizenship” I was like WHAT? What is that? I probably heard it before but never really clued in to what it actually meant.

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Digital Citizenship

So, I had to educate myself a little on what exactly “digital citizenship” meant. According to Teachthought.com Digital Citizenship is “the quality of a response to membership in a digital community” would be a good first crack at the definition.” The article is actually pretty great, it gave me a break down on what digital citizenship is and why it is becoming the hot topic in todays generation. Now that our younger generations are becoming more and more digitally literate it is so important to educate ourselves and our students on Digital Citizenship and practicing its 9 principles (or elements).

The Nine Elements: 

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health & Wellness
  9. Digital Security (self-protection)

All nine elements are super important, especially when educating your students on what “Digital Citizenship” is. Technology is becoming more and more with each generation. Many teachers including myself use different sources of technology inside the classroom already, and I think it is so important for us to learn and practice digital citizenship.With each day passing technology is definitely changing the world around us. It seems today that the digital world has vastly grown from when educators first started their teaching careers.

When reading about digital citizenship and how it relates to my future in the classroom I was surprised at how little I knew and how much I need to learn about it. I think it is so important for our educators (schools) to help steer our students in the right direction when it comes to this new world. I think whether we agree with having certain tools of technology inside the classroom it is important to educate our students because they will encounter it one way or another.

So what should we as teachers should know about Digital Citizenship?

Well, we should educate ourselves on Digital Citizenship and ways to Educate our students on it. And most of practicing it ourselves! PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH… RIGHT?

The most important thing about educating on Digital Citizenship is making sure that we are teaching our students how to be “responsible, respectful, kind and safe online”.

 

I had come across a tweet by @Kevinhonecutt that I really liked!

“Our kids are growing up on a digital playground and no one is on recess duty.”

Kevin Honeycutt

I thought this quote was deep and so true. So many educators/parents (myself included) are not educated on how Important Digital Citizenship is. It is important to educate and pass this knowledge on to others!

Anyway, until next time bloggers!!

Sky 🙂

Thinking Out Loud…

In response to Carol Todd’s visit to the ECMP 355 class:

First of all I just want to acknowledge Carol Todd’s strength. I think she is an amazing and brave woman. As a parent, it was hard to watch Amanda’s videos, and listen/read documentaries on her story; especially the comments and lack of sympathy that some people had towards Amanda’s story. It’s hard to imagine what Carol has been through with not only the loss of her daughter but to still has to battle with the media, and cyber trolls. I admire Carol’s strength to hold on to her daughter precious memories but still managing to seek justice for Amanda, and also spreading awareness about her daughters Sextortion and cyber bullying.

As a parent this topic of “cyber bullying” has got me to think of my own child. He will be 9 this year and is already so acquainted with the digital world. It is horrifying to imagine my only 8-year-old baby coming across cyber bullying or harassment online. As much as I try to protect him I know that there is whole other world out there “cyber world” that he is going to one day explore. Carol sharing her daughter’s story and spreading awareness means a lot to me, and I am thankful for her visit with our class. It has really opened up my eyes and educated me on cyber bullying and just how serious it is, and any other bullying for that matter. It is so important for us to spread awareness of not only Amanda’s story but other cyber bullying victims as well.

It is so important for us as Educators/parents to teach our students/children about the safety in technology/ social media. It is also important for us educator/parents to create that trust and respect with our students/children so that they can come to us if/when they ever come across bullying (cyber-bullying).

I have come across an article on Edutopia.org and they talk about “Why teaching kindness in Schools is essential to reduce bullying”. I thought it was a good read and thought I would share it for anyone else wanting to read it! The article talks a lot about the benefits of teaching kindness and how it reduces bullying inside schools.

I feel that the more we speak of stories like Amanda’s and spread awareness around the world the more kids will reach out and seek the help that they need.

Sky

 

Whats twitter good for?

Twitter is new for me; I never really understood it and how it worked, so I just didn’t bother. Over the last month and a half I have been exploring twitter and to my surprise, I actually really enjoy it. I found that twitter is a very strong social media device. If you have the time to just explore, reflect, and listen to what other people have to talk about, it’s astonishing how much you actually learn.

 

The more I explore twitter and other sites online I am becoming more and more familiar. I was nervous at the start of this class because I am not a technology genius, but I wanted to take it and familiarize myself more, and make sure that I had it inside my classroom. I think it’s important to learn because the younger generations are becoming more and more digitally literate.

 

As a teacher, I think twitter is very good tool to have. I see twitter as a way to help me grow as an educator, especially by sharing ideas with other educators. I think twitter is very beneficial for all educators; it can also help teachers to really reflect on things they do inside their classrooms by discussing with other teachers. Twitter helps to widen the possibilities by seeing other approaches that fellow educators are doing inside their classrooms etc.

 

I am now following quite a bit of educators on Twitter, I enjoy scrolling my news feed, and reading what everyone is sharing, or has to say. Every day I log in, I learn something new. I love to read about actual news, and things that matter. I look forward to my twitter journey, and glad I am getting more familiar with it!

 

Here’s a link to a site I found. It’s kind of funny… Yes I needed to find a twitter tweet sheet ha-ha. It helped me though! 😀 (Twitter for dummies cheat sheet)

 

http://www.dummies.com/social-media/twitter/twitter-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/