While I read through and watched the videos on this week’s topic, I have to say I feel pretty confident in my knowledge of the basics of web 2.0. Many of the models discussed like the SAMR model and Bloom’s taxonomy are topics that I have discussed in previous classes. Not only am I exposed to them in graduate courses, but my school district is also pushing for these ideas to be incorporated in our classroom. For classroom observation, I had to show evidence of the SAMR model and how I’m using technology in the classroom. One thing I took away from the articles was appropriate uses for blogs. I’ve always been up in the air about using blogs in class. I thought it was interesting how students were hesitant to post school related things on their own blogs due to the fact that it was public. I often tweeter back and forth between my thoughts about blogs. These readings have given me a lot to think about when it comes to blogging.
One pedagogical model we use at my school district is Bloom’s Taxonomy. My school district’s big focus this year is how to incorporate technology in the classroom while keeping this model in mind. As stated previously in another post, when being observed we must show evidence of Bloom’s Taxonomy at work. As a district, we are pushing for new ways for students to apply the knowledge they are gaining. In the beginning of the year at our faculty meeting, we were told that learning has become more the memorizing the facts for a test and then dump the info when finished. Instead we must think of new ways to assess the students that would prepare them for the future. With this new push, we are currently pursuing to become a school where each student will have their own device kindergarten through 12th grade. This year is the pilot year and only a few grades are currently 1 to 1. We are asked to use the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to create assessments for student devices. The grades I teach are not 1 to 1 this year but I am already thinking of assignments to create for the students instead of the pencil and paper method. Once the summer begins I hope to sit down and begin modifying my classes to better assess my students knowledge. I am eager to see the possible changes this new movement will create. I would be very interested to talk to someone who has had experience with a school district that has gone 1 to 1.
Out of all the topics that I have covered during my graduate courses this was the first topic that had me scratching my head and saying “WHAT?!?!”. Personal Learning Network (PLN) was a new term for me. I had to do a bit more research on the topic to fully understand what a PLN is. After I figured out what a PLN is, the next question to myself was, did I have one? On first instinct the answer was no, but after digesting the idea a bit more I actually do! My two main PLNs are Facebook and Twitter. I use my Facebook for personal use, but I do find myself reading educational articles and reading posts about education from friends all the time. I never really thought of it as a learning network until today. I have to confess I do not use my Twitter account all the time, but I do get on occasionally to read some recent updates dealing with education and government. I like to follow Edutopia for some new ideas also. My Twitter account is for professional use so I tend to follow many accounts dealing with education. I would say I’m still a novice at this whole PLN idea, so if I had to rank myself I’d say I’m at stage 0 on Utecht’s scale. After this week’s topic I believe I’d like to take some time and start with stage 1 and immerse myself into a bunch of networks. I’d like to compile many different networks and then have to evaluate which ones are important to me. I do believe that adding a PLN to my arsenal of educational ideas will help me improve as educator by bringing new ideas into my classroom. My first step in building on my PLN is researching people of interest in education and begin following them on Twitter. I believe this will be a great way to start bringing new ideas in my classroom. I’m ready to start really focusing on my PLN. Wish me luck!
I was pretty excited to see that Twitter was the topic of Unit 2. I was excited because I was familiar with Twitter and have known about it for years but I was truly surprised of the full capability of it. My experience with Twitter was just posting feelings or thoughts of the day nothing professional. This unit I learned that Twitter can be used for professional use and I have to say I’m in love! My school’s principal in the beginning of the year was asking all teachers to create a Twitter for their classroom. I was a bit leery to do this because I’m still a bit unsure of social media in the classroom. I think experimenting with Twitter this week has really opened my mind about using it in my classroom. My Twitter start was a bit slow. I posted my first tweet asking for suggestions on people to follow in special education and had no response. I only had a few followers so that could have been the issue but I think that first post was my most frustrating things this week. I did not give up and tried another tweet and had a response. After the one response I began talking back and forth with fellow classmates about certain ideas and projects that had be done in their classrooms. This is when I finally saw how useful Twitter can be in educational world. I thought it was the coolest thing that educators from around the world can collaborate without even seeing each other. I’m interested in continuing to collaborate with classmates even after this class is over. I would like to continue to research professionals on Twitter and expand my PLN.
This week’s assignment allowed me explore blogs that I have never heard of. To be completely honest I have never really read many blogs or understand how they could be incorporated into the classroom. As I dove more into this week’s content, the more I realized there is a place for them in the classroom. “Blogging stretches all kinds of mental muscles, and it affords limitless opportunities to expand your knowledge” (Banner, 2016). The three blogs I chose to look at was Aside Blog (http://theasideblog.blogspot.com/), The Daring Librarian (http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/), TeachThought (http://www.teachthought.com) and the required blog Discovery Education blog (http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/),. All four had a very different style and feel to it but all contain great information and resources.
All four blogs to me felt that they were all built around what educators would want to read about it. Discovery Education Blog and TeachThought had a professional feel to them and I feel would not appeal to students. The Daring Librarian and the Aside blog had a very relaxed feel and I think would appeal to students in some way. Also, The Daring Librarian blog seemed to reach out to other librarians with ideas on things to do in their classes. Her ideas could also be modified for any classroom. Aside Blog had videos that go along with its posts. One thing the all blogs had in common was the amount of great resources to bring into the classroom. TeachThought had several posts about incorporating new apps and technology in the classroom. I enjoyed all four of these blogs and wouldn’t mind adding them to my RSS feed to see what new ideas come from them.
One thing I enjoy about blogs is the style of writing. I like how when I read a post it feels personable. The style of writing helps pull me in and I want to read the whole article through. There are many educational articles out there that I read that will sometimes put me to sleep (no offense). The Daring Librarian was the most enjoyable to read because it felt like a conversation and you could get a sense of the personality of the author. The Discovery Education blog had great posts on educational research but written in a professional manner. All four blogs allowed people to comment on their posts. I think that helps with collaboration from around the world. You can see if other people have tried this idea or have one of their own. Sadly, Aside Blog was the only blog that had comments with people’s input on the article posted. Many comments applauded the author on their findings.
I believe blogs are a great way to seek out new information and ideas for the classroom. Blogs can be for student use and teacher use. Blogs can enhance student learning because teachers could use the ideas and new research to help improve their classroom. All four blogs that I looked into had great ideas to bring into my classroom and were interesting to read. I look forward to continue to follow these blogs and learn new ideas to bring into my classroom.
Discovery Educator Network National Blog. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2017, from http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/
How to Get Started Blogging in The Classroom. (2016, May 14). Retrieved March 26, 2017, from https://www.onblastblog.com/blogging-in-the-classroom/
Russac, M. H. (2011). Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE. Retrieved March 26, 2017, from http://theasideblog.blogspot.com/
TeahcerThought. (2015). TeachThought, LLC. Retrieved March 26, 2017. www.teachthought.com.
The Daring Librarian. (1970, January 01). Retrieved March 26, 2017, from http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/
This week’s assignment about making a podcast made me a bit nervous. Last time I made a podcast it was about 8 years ago when I was a freshman in college. After creating this one, I don’t feel any more confident in making one. My main hope is that you can actually listen to the one I made. My trouble did not arise when recording my podcast. My problem arose when uploading my recording. When I recorded my podcast it saved as a wma file. Thankfully I found a free converter site to help change my file to an mp3. I made the podcast live so I’m hoping it actually can be heard. After this experience I am not a pro at making podcasts.
Even though I might not be a pro at making podcasts, I can see their use in schools. I think they would be a great way to record a lesson in any subject. If a student is not in school due to a sickness, the teacher could make a lesson into a podcast and then the student at home can listen to the podcast and get an idea of what they missed. “Podcasts can also be kept in an archive so students can easily go back and listen to lessons throughout the school year” (Fransen, 2016). If all podcast are archived students can go back and listen to topics they still might be unsure of. In the state of Pennsylvania there is a state test called the PSSA that my students have to take. This tests covers everything that should be taught in a year’s time. Many students feel pressured to do well on these tests. In order to help relief stress students could go back and listen to old lessons. It would be interesting to see if teachers did archive podcast, would students go back and listen to them? I would be interested to see what other teachers do with podcasts. I’m very open to new ideas for my classroom.
Fransen, C. (2016, February 24). Podcasts: The Latest Trend in Education. Retrieved March 26, 2017, from http://www.simplek12.com/podcasting/podcasts-the-latest-trend-in-education/
Podcast link: http://www.ipadio.com/broadcasts/Arielle_Slingwine/2017/3/26/ShowMe-app
RSS link: https://www.ipadio.com/channels/4a7OtdUuNhE0Abqjcw_pnA/rss
Channel ID: 193272
One of best sites to help compress information all into one is Feedly. I have had some experience with Feedly in a previous graduate class. I used Feedly to help follow multiple people’s blogs. Every new posts that each person added would pop up and I could read what others’ ideas were about the topic at hand. It saved a lot of time subscribing to everyone’s blog through Feedly and going through the information that way instead of going to each and every blog. I could see this site being very useful with a classroom full of student blogs. If teachers would have their students submit an assignment on their blog, teachers could easily go on Feedly and see all the posts and go through them all on one site. “In the classroom, teachers who have students create their own Weblogs can easily keep tabs on what those students are posting by subscribing to their students' feeds and simply checking their aggregators regularly” (Richardson, 2004). By adding students blogs to a RSS feed, it makes check ins some much easier.
I believe Richardson said it best when he wrote “First, start your own Weblog, and start aggregating RSS feeds” (Richardson, 204). In order to help share information with our students about aggregation of information is to have experience with it. For teachers to get experience they must interact with it. I know personally it helps me share information with students if I have done it myself. When I introduce the topic I would love to provide examples for my students to help them better understand what an RSS feed is. I think by experience how an RSS feed works it will help students learn it easier.
Richardson, W. (2004). Blogging and RSS— The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators. Retrieved March 31, 2017, from http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/jan04/richardson.shtml
While I explored this unit I thought it was interesting to see how many checklists were out there to help see if a website was creditable. I have used my instincts in the past to see if a website was useful or not. I understand more now the importance of teaching students how to see if a website can help them. The strategy I chose to talk about was the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, why). I thought this method was very easy to understand and thought it would be easy for my students to remember. I believe it breaks down all necessary components needed to figure out if a website is a good fit. I hope to use this presentation one day to help my students understand questions they should ask themselves while browsing the web looking for information to use in a report or any assignment. After state testing, I would like to present this to my students who are writing biographies. They are searching for information about their famous person and I feel this would help. I do think the checklist are very useful and hope to use them after presenting the information first. My hope is that students will remember what I present and use them in future endeavors.
Creative Common Licensing has always felt like a slippery slope to me. My motto has been when using others material is, when in doubt cite, cite, and more citing. I always thought if I used something that was not my own better safe than sorry and I made sure I gave credit. I believe this is one of the hardest topics for students to understand in middle school. I feel like every time I go over an informative writing where we research facts it is hard for the students to understand that they cannot copy and paste all text and pictures as they command. This topic should be discussed with all students so they understand they can’t use other works without giving credit to the author. I also think it is important to teach the difference between all the licenses out there. I do think this will be very difficult at first, but if they practice it, they students will understand it in time. In order to make my students understand this lesson I always talk about how they would feel is someone use their work and claimed it as their own. Most of my students agree they are not ok with someone getting credit for their own work. This is teachable topic and with reinforcement, students will pick this up quite quickly.
Google Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1z5FwnRe4UZ0wdJ_Vuu_JSPAvQxK6QZBXnkCcPlTfPlA/edit?usp=sharing
A reflection on creating presentations. Two websites highlights is Thinglink and Adobe Spark.
Google Photo Timeline
I thought Google Photos was quite easy to use and organize photos. I could see myself using this in my classroom. There are a variety of ways this could be used in the class. The most obvious use would be to use this in a social studies class to do exactly what we did in this assignment, make a timeline. I think timelines help make history come alive and show cause and effect relationships in history. I also think this could be used when reading a story. Students could create a visual sequencing activity to retell the story they read. Students could use clip art or take pictures of their story. I could see myself doing this activity next story we read in class. This by far was my favorite thing to do during this class.
Below is the Canva I created for the year 2001. I have to say I'm not a big fan on this site. It was difficult to use and I think my timeline looks awful. Felt like I couldn't figure out options to make this look better. Anyone else have problems?
This is a blog post about using/implementing infographics in my classroom. I have a few ideas but would love to hear more. If you have one post on my blog. Thank you!
This blog post talks about two Public Service Announcements: The Essay and We Think. I attempted to think like a school administrator while viewing them.
Public Service Announcement
I created this PSA as an introduction to a district wide technology push. I wanted to get people interested in the topic without loading in a lot of facts. I wanted this to raise interest without scaring teachers, students, and parents. I think this gets people talking about technology in schools. Hopefully, you enjoy this PSA. Be sure to push technology in your school.