Hi Everyone, I'm Tiffane Pierce and I'm currently a sixth grade teacher who incorporates technology in her classroom every chance she receives. As a sixth grade teacher I have the opportunity use a plethora of Internet Tools. So, I'm excited about adding more tools to my toolkit and repertoire. This is my tenth year in education and I'm truly honored to be entrusted with the education of the today's youth. They are indeed our future. I've had the opportunity to work in grades 2-6. And I can say I've enjoyed something different about each grade. I'm also the proud mother of a beautiful three year old who is having the time of her life. Juggling being a full student, mom, and wife can be challenging. But I wouldn't change it for the world. Each year I meet new people teach them things, and sometimes they even teach me too. I've uploaded a video I did from one of my first classes, "Digital Story Telling" because I think it also captures the essence of who I am a person. Thanks so much for visiting my page and I hope you will return to gleam nuggets of knowledge to help you on your educational journal. I look forward to learning with you all.
Click here to view: "Who Am I"- An Introduction of Tiffane Pierce
This week I have learned many things about Web 2.0. The first thing I have learned is that there are a multitude of Resources available for students. Whether it’s using word clouds or Canva to creating powtoons to display mastery and synthesis of content. There’s something out there for all learning styles and levels of students. I particularly enjoyed the connections made between Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and Internet Tools.
One of the main pedagogical tools I will use is the SAMR model. This will allow me to clearly identify whether the technology task is simply substituting, augmenting, modifying, or redefining. Ultimately my goal is to allow student learning to be transformed through the utilization of Technology. This is why I hope to include infographs and videos created by students and ultimately flatten classrooms.
Twitter, Twitter, where for art thou? This week I logged in to twitter. But, not to tweet the latest activity from my school hoping the superintendent will see it and like it. Instead, I followed actual teachers who share common experiences with me. And...I...loved...it! I found out that I @techwithtiffane had more to offer than I realized. One of the main things I loved doing was following classmates from my EDIM 510 classes and contributing to their twitter feeds. I only wish I would have initiated a thought provoking tweet that facilitated a thoughtful discussion among my peers. In addition, I posted the incorrect twitter handle in a discussion board. Thankfully, a classmate reached out to me and told me the link was incorrect and I rectified the situation. All in all, my first week viewing Twitter as a Learning Network for Educators was highly profitable.
Week 4- Educational Blogging 101
This week I had the opportunity to read a few articles on educational blogs. Who is the audience for the blog you are reading and does the content, writing style, and navigation meet the need of that audience?
Question: Is reading a blog different from other types of reading? Why or why not?
Reading a blog is more enjoyable. Blogs are written by everyday people who are passionate about their careers. For example, the blog by Jonathan Wylie was fantastic. I took a class with him here at Wilkes and was fascinated to learn of his credentials. After reading his post I was curious to find out more information about the author. In the same manner blogs foster facilitating the opportunity to continue learning. If you want to know more about the subject you can keep clicking.
Question: Is there anything similar in the blog-writing styles across all the blogs you read?
Similarly all of the writing styles I read across the blogs were indeed similar. They were written in everyday vernacular. Does it seem that writing blog entries (not comments) is different from other types of writing? Yes! In all of the blogs I read I felt like to bloggers were speaking directly to me! The tone was less professional and more conversational. I felt as if the writers were more like mentors or facilitators instead of hard to reach experts. Do the comments from others on a blog post help make the blog post more meaningful? Yes, the comments add value to each page. As I read the comments, my own learning was enhanced. For example, on the blog Blogging in the Classroom I noticed a commenter was from Argentina. Hearing his perspective made the world seem a little smaller. I was fascinated to hear that he shares the same experiences I have in my classroom.
Question: What aspects of a blog would enhance student learning and why?
I believe adding images, bullets, colorful text, captions, comments all would enhance student learning. These features would draw attention to the most meaningful portions of the text and help the reader become focused as they read the blog. The comments are important for organic discussion. Students can respectfully challenge one another's opinion and be forced to justify their own. This would increase the rigor of any online blog. Another thing that helps is catchy phrases like in the Daring Librarian's post. I love the word "shelfies" and I know students will too!
Tiffane’s Podcast http://media.ipadio.com/22150845_20170326141916.mp3
This week I had a great time recording my very first podcast. The hardest part for me was finding a quiet place to record the podcast. I started in the wee hours of the morning before my little one woke up for her day. And that was challenging. I had to do about 8 takes before I was pleased with the result.
Week 5 Usefulness of Data Aggregation
Aggregating data in this day and age is a necessity. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with information. And let’s face it, who really has the time to comb through every single website or app seeing what’s going on. And simply put, It’s annoying to receive alerts from the Washington Post, The NY Times, and anything else every few seconds.
Critical Evaluations Slide Show
We live in a popcorn culture. New facts, new independent news reporters are popping up new day by day. But, we have a duty to insure the information we see is relevant before include it as a citation in our paper and before we press the share button on social media. For the slideshow I decided to mirror Kathy Schrock ABC to Critical Evaluation. But, instead of calling the ABC’s I titled my slide show Pierce It!. I selected all of my images from Discovery Education and tried to pick images that conveyed the message of the entire slide.
Finding creative commons is a dream come true. I’ve known that people do not have to copyright their information. I also watched a video that put it in a new light for me. Let’s say you are an artist and you have an art show. Suppose someone takes an image of the painting and then distributes it to their friends…would that be appropriate? I think not.
Organization of RSS feeds
I'd like to be updated with information but mainly when I wish to be updated. Having RSS feeds organizes your most relevant news stories and you places in charge of receiving the updates. You can follow people and traditional news on twitter or by using an app such as feedly. I know a teacher who made it mandatory for students to read a newspaper article every week and then write a summary about it. We can use technology to make this more effective by having students create and organize their own RSS feeds and then comment on each other’s feeds causing them to be more engaged through discussion and critical thinking.
In the classroom this would be most helpful. If students are conducting research project or trying find a suitable math game to play during math class using RSS feeds can help aggregate the websites. In addition, students can create their own RSS feeds and take ownership of their own education. The content is instantly differentiated as the user chooses the items to read and learn. Overall all aggregating data organically fosters an environment conducive to construction one’s own knowledge.-
Week 6 Ratio Thinglink
Online Presentation Reflection
This week, I enjoyed creating the Thinglink and Adobe Spark online presentations. I tried to be deliberate in choosing links for Thinglink that would actually benefit my students. We are preparing to take the PARCC examination. This thinglink would be highly beneficial to my students.
Also, I will be using the Adobe Spark Video with my students after Spring Break. One thing I noticed is that when students saw the sign was on green they thought they could peruse instagram or snapchat during instructional time. This was never my intent and these students are not awful children. Some teachers do give them free time and allow them to be on their phones at the end of class if they have them. However, I would show them this video by posting it to Edmodo. Then, I'd make students complete a quiz ensuring they understand the contents of the video. Students could also create their own Spark Video about using Mobile Devices appropriately in school. We are a BYOD school so students are allowed to use their own devices. If they do not have the devices then I would allow them to use one of the school's laptops or ipads.
This week I had a difficult time completing this assignment. However, after contemplating potential lesson plans I had an epiphany. The photos I used are truly grab your attention. In particular, this image is incredibly evoking. My first thought is where was this photograph taken? The second thought if what are they wearing and why are they wearing these masks as they go about their daily activities. Then after doing some research I uncovered these are pupils in London during 1940 who feared for their safety yet continued to reach play with their friends outside. To me this is an extremely paradoxical situation. Normalcy in the time of war. It seems as if these students are used to wearing the gas masks as if it were a part of their daily life. Here is the link to the images .If you hover over the image, the textbox link with the citation will pop up. I chose ten year increments due to the nature of my topic.
As I continued to find more images to depict how children played during the 1900s. I was not in the least bit surprised that as the years progressed students games became more technology based. I also noted that in the 1960s the featured school had an integrated class. One of the things I’d probably ask my students is why don’t we see images of black people in most of these images? My hopes would be to spark a conversation about segregation, brown vs. board, civil rights, etc. We could also take an image of the cars and compare them with the cars of today. Perhaps I could even interview my mother and add her voice to the infograph to truly enhance it.
In addition, I would also allow students to create their own infographs. Kathy Shrock has a wealth of information and ideas on her page “Kathy’s Guide to Infographics…”.
The Great Social Media Race...
Part 2: PSA :)
I truly enjoyed making this video. It wasn't easy! But, I truly enjoyed it. A few semesters ago, I took a digital story telling class. I used what I knew about storymapping and tried to have a clear problem and solution throughout my PSA. I also wanted to choose a music that wasn't distracting to my theme. Originally I tried to edit a few songs, but those simply were not loud enough and didn't sound professional. So, in the end I went with the music already provided by Adobe. In addition to the Adobe images, I also included a few photos I took my IPhone and they worked seamlessly with the other photos. Using words was not particularly easy either. The timing had to be perfect, and I tend to read rather quickly so I had to rely on the expertise of my friends and family to critique the assignment for me. All in all this may be my favorite assignment I've completed here at Wilkes. I'm definitely adding this to my www.tiffanepierce.com portfolio/website.
PSA Part 1: I thought it would be more fun to try a little acting. I can also use this a model for my students :)