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Module 5 Reflection

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I am reflecting before I write my reading response because I found so many useful resources this week that I was really excited about.  Most of my reading response will come from the innovative principal in this video:

 

The BYOD articles our instructor, Milissa posted for us to read are great.  However, I found so many others articles that also sparked my interest and appealed to my learning style, that I wanted to share them.  I debated in my own mind about whether or not this was the scope of our assignments for this week or not.  At this point I had a bit of a revelation; an “ah-ha” moment.  This is EXACTLY the reason why we need to encourage technological learning through BYOD.  As a self-professed skimmer, I skimmed the readings we were given, latched onto the 2 that interested me most, and then began exploring the topic on my own.  I found some good stuff and now I am excited to share it.  That my friends is called ENGAGEMENT!  I learned something, became excited about it, and now I want to share the resources that helped me learn.  I can picture an excited 11 year old telling the class what he/she found and becoming the teacher as they pull up the information on the classroom smart board.  How empowering is that for this student?  Perhaps this new 11 year old teacher will cover a couple of my other outcomes and indicators in the process.  – HOORAY!

Here is some additional info I found that taught me more about BYOD and got me thinking.

This is an easy to read, pro and con list of BYOD that contains links to other BYOD articles.
Learning on-line becomes a bunny trail, you hop here, and hop there, enticed by your individuals interests.  It makes learning relevant to individuals.
Click on the picture below to go to the article.

byod in education, pros and cons of byod in school, school wireless network design, wifi service providers,

The K-12 Blueprint website has many great readings (including the lengthy one we were given from Alberta).  It has case studies, ideas to get started using BYOD, and a teacher readiness checklist, which I thought was good.

I came across 100 things when searching for ideas for the learning module, I have yet to design.  Here are some of the learning tools I found so far that could be implemented into a lesson plan.

Lucidchart:
Allows people to create flowcharts, venn diagrams, mind maps, and various other charts and diagrams which can be shared or worked on collaboratively.

Works the way you do

Jeopardy Labs:
Allows teachers to create a jeopardy game about a topic in any curriculum area as a way to assess what students have learned.  It would be a great pre-test tool.

JeopardyLabs

Edmondo and Moodle:
I do not know much about these, but I signed up for Edmondo so I can explore it a bit.  It looks like an on-line classroom for teachers and students.  They can log in, do assignments, check marks, collaborate, and …?  I don’t know what else.  I’m learning about it, but it did say in one article it becomes an addictive useful tools for teachers!

Give teachers the tools to educate students in their classrooms with Edmodo.

I hope some of my fellow classmates post tools ideas/links like these as I could use a few more ideas for my lesson plan.

Please post links, videos, aps, etc. you have come across that you will one day use in a classroom in the comments section at the bottom of my Treasure Trove page, so I can continue to grow my resources.  Collaboration is the name of the teaching game.

Thanks!

 

Update on my final project:  I have begun ripping newspaper, looking for tutorials, gathering fabric and accessories to decorate the sculpture, and have stocked up on balloons.  I plan on tackling the project during the Easter break.

Now That’s WhaT I’m Talking About!

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Digital citizenship and cyber safety; now those are topics future teachers should be concerned about!  This week’s module was very informative and arrived at my digital doorstep at the same time as my sister shared online safety information she gleaned from a recent seminar she attended.  My sister is a mother of four, and a member of her school’s SCC.  Her SCC recently had guest speakers, Lyle Miller and Valerie Caldwell, present to parents in her area.  Lyle’s son was abducted in 2010 by a pedophile from Whitewood, Saskatchewan.  See the amber alert issued ay the time this story broke here.  My sister was very impressed with their informative presentation which included a lot of information about keeping kids safe in today’s technological world.  As a member of the SCC in my home town, I think this would be a worthwhile presentation to bring to our community for parents, teachers, and future teachers.  I will keep you informed.

One thing that sticks out in my mind from that my sister shared with me from the presentation, is that child predators are tech savvy because technology has made it easier than ever for them.  Knowing how to keep children safe and teaching them how to keep themselves safe online, is paramount.

 

image from www.theagoraphobicfashionista.com

One thing has become very apparent to me in this course and that is people are skimmers.  I am a skimmer.  When I read something online, I skim for the important parts.  (unless it is the expectations of a module, then I read every word twice just to make sure I am doing it right!)  So, in my courteous effort to help you skim less, I will recap all the information covered in Module 4, by placing thoughts in three categories; liked, loved, and lesson plan material.

LIKED

  • the concept of DCMOOC.  As a teacher I would absolutely use this.
  • the Sue Scheff blog post about parents sending mixed messages to their children.  “Do as I say not as I do” remains a fail in modelling appropriateness to children.
  • social media is a useful tool when used as a collaborative tool.
  • Joanne Sanders slideshow.  I skimmed it.  It was long, but I did glean some useful information and resources.
  • # 58 of Joanne’s slide share is setting the stage for the school year as far as classroom expectations surrounding technology.  It is laid out in a 5 day format.  Great way to kick-start the year.
  • # 61 on her slide share is about making digital citizenship survival kit, which presents a great visual.  A padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker, and toothpaste are memorable and would provide younger students and those with exceptional needs with a way of remembering how to be responsible online.  
  •  Another take on the survival kit is this impressive version on Thinglink created by Lisa Johnson.
  • Netiquette, now whoever came up with that must feel so clever, online etiquette.  Here are the core rules of netiquette.
  • Respect other people’s time and bandwidth which is a complicated way of saying “don’t waste other people’s time by sending them unnecessary stuff.”  (netiquette rule)
  • Keep flame wars under control, which attracted me because I am a bit of a pyromaniac.  Turns out it has little to do with fire and is more about unfair monopolization of bandwidth. (another netiquette rule, if you don’t understand click on the link you skimmer!)

LOVED

  • Technology is a tool, not a learning outcome.  Thank you very much!  This lets me know my previous reading responses have not taken the route they did simply because I am old and outdated.
  • Digital citizenship week.  I didn’t know it existed.  Parents, teachers, students, communities should be aware and promote this.  What a great week to have those key note speakers I mentioned at the beginning come and present.
  • Text it forward. Love it!

LESSON PLAN MATERIAL

  • Challenge your students to write their own ABC’s of digital citizenship – #63 of Joanne Sanders slide share.  (told you it had lots of ideas!)
  • The jigsaw youtube video is a FANTASTIC video for children 8-10 years of age if you want to make a lasting first impression.
  • The previously mentioned Thinglink created by Lisa Johnson called the Digital Citizenship Survival Kit, would be a useful classroom resource.
  • The Common Sense Education website seems full of fantastic ideas to implement into the classroom.   A toolkit is available to help students reflect on gender stereotypes: where they come from, how we learn them, and how they can shape the media that we consume and create.  Thank you very much!
  • Media Smarts is another teacher friendly resource that even includes games. F-U-N !
  • Kids in the Know – a website that has tons of resources for all ages including story books for children, puppets, KWL charts, sample lesson plans, and much more.
  • Cybertip.ca which is Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children.  The presenters my sister listened to were advocates for the last 2 resources listed here.  i-am-a-digital-citizen-poster

(Above visual fits under “like”!)

Remember Why You Started In The First Place,… and Keep Going.

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Inspiration from my friend and colleague, Rubyann.  It’s good to stop, breathe, reflect, and put it all in perspective.

Rubyann

I read this quote one day, posted on a classroom door, “Remember why you started,…” I remember thinking: “I know why I started – I want to make a difference,” So, I chose to pursue a career in teaching. I feel that education is the very foundation of society that changes lives.

When I first started this program, I believe I was expecting something different – something easier. I may have had some preconceived notions that this would be simple – do the four years, and get your degree. I realize now that it is not like that at all – assignments, computers, programs, fees, bills, work, and so on. There are times when I feel like it may be too much, like as if somethings got to give.

Then, I noticed that I tell myself, “No, you can’t quit.” This is a part of life –  Your life

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