Today’s blog is going to be a focus on some conversations we’ve been having in my EdTech 300 class as well as a presentation by anthropologist, Michael Wesch about YouTube and the progression of technology in the past 60 years.
I always find it extremely interesting to learn about the history of technology and how it affects us as human beings. Technology is an extremely fast moving machine that I don’t think will ever slow down... it seems as though everything is shared online now whether we like it or not. Technology and the communities we build online are also changing the way we interact with each other. In the video I watched, Michael Wesch talked about the idea of a participatory society, where people follow other people and participate in whatever they are doing or participate in whatever happens to be popular at the time.
The biggest take away I have from our conversations and this video are that we are increasingly individual but with that we are craving community and relationships more and more. He also talked about how there are more negatives to these online communities and one of that Michael said was: “anonymity + physical distance + rate & ephemeral dialogue = hatred as public performance”. I do agree that this is true, but I also see these online communities as a positive thing. He went on to add that it can also be a place where people have “humanity without fear or anxiety” and their followers know exactly who they are and have no judgement.
We also talked in class about how much technology can affect us as people and how we tend to follow trends just like Michael Wesch mentioned. We discussed the phenomenon of memes and what those have done to our society.
In general, for my future classroom and schools in general, knowing how to manage our online footprint and appropriate behaviour is extremely important. Students will need help to navigate the complexities of the internet and technology and how we can safely use it. Not only this, but how to use it for good and to help us out in our every day lives.
I think it’s important to discuss the fact that we live in a networked, technological and participatory world with our students and learn together about how we can use that.
I look forward to learning more about technology in the classroom through this course as well as for my future classrooms so that I can implement everything I am learning and discussing.
So, as I have stated in a previous post, I wanted to learn Cree because of my future experiences in Northern Saskatchewan as a teacher. I think it might be nice to try and learn some of the language before I move and then I can try to immerse myself in the culture, tradition and language there.
In this first week of practicing, I mainly worked on finding some resources to begin learning the language.
I first searched google to see what would come up and I found the Online Cree Dictionary, which is an awesome resource to help translate words you would like to learn from English (in my case) to Cree. I also found nehiyawewin.ca which provides step by step videos in learning the language and it is done extremely well and is easy to follow. I was also lucky enough to already have a Twitter account that I use as a professional development tool and so I tweeted out one day asking for help in finding resources and I received some helpful comments:
So far, I have been reading through and studying from a textbook titled: Mâci-Nêhiyawêwin: Beginning Cree by Dorothy Badry. So far, I have learned the 10 consonants in Cree and how they are pronounced differently from English and the short and long vowels as well as some vocabulary words.
I look forward to continuing my learning journey with all of you! I hope to make a video next week to post about my progress!
Today I wanted to talk about the benefits of Twitter in a professional sense. I have had a professional Twitter account for a few years now, but in the past year I have truly used it as a tool to grow as an educator.
A lot of people look at me funny when I tell them about my Twitter account being a professional development tool because it is generally used as a social media outlet for personal communications and friends sharing friends posts.
My Twitter was slow and i never looked at it much until one day I followed a couple of my professors from the University of Regina's faculty of education. I started reading their retweets and comments and following the people they were following and soon I was following hundreds of educators from around the world. There are new posts daily that are focused on the progression of education, current events, controversial topics around education, tips and tricks for your classroom and so much more! There are endless resources being shared and amazing conversations going on that push me to think deeper and question my own teaching strategies.
I also love using Twitter as a space to ask questions because so many people/educators will respond with their knowledge and experience that I do not yet have. This is such an amazing thing to have as a new teacher! The community of educators on Twitter is incredible and so helpful.
If you are looking for some awesome people to follow, you are welcome to go to my page and check out who I follow! I currently follow 702 accounts, which are mainly educators and Education related accounts.
:This week in EDTC 300, we were asked to start looking at some blogs that we are interested in and following them. I truly believe that learning is leading, and by that I mean that as teachers we must always be learning and trying to grow as people. I was a reluctant blogger, but in recent years I have grown fond of Twitter and the educators I follow on their. The majority of these same educators also have blogs that are full of amazing resources, conversations, and knowledge. I wanted to share some of these resources and blogs with you today in the hopes that they will help you in your path.
I started by creating an account with Feedly. Feedly is an awesome website that you can search any word or phrase and it will come up with all kids of resources and blogs that fit your search.
I wanted to begin my blogging by following some that are focused on education. I decided to search the hashtag, "education", "edtech", and "educational leadership". What I found was numerous blogs from a variety of different teachers and websites. Some of the blogs I followed were:
1) Free Technology for Teachers
3) Getting Smart
4) A Principal's Reflection
5) Cult of Pedagogy
6) Education Week
9) Engage their Minds
10) Upside Down Education
I will talk a little bit more in depth about the first two blogs I mentioned above.
Free Technology for teachers is something that really interested me because I am fairly new to a lot of educational technologies. I found many different articles and resources to help with EDTC such as, "Five Ways for Students of All Ages to Make Animated Videos". Animated videos seem to be quite popular nowadays and are a great way for students to bring their written stories to life. This resource provides some great ideas that will benefit me as a teacher in the future as well as my students.
There were many other great articles and resources on this particular blog, so if you are interested I definitely recommend following "Free Technology for Teachers", on Feedly.
"TeachThought" was the other blog I wanted to talk about. There were many interesting reads on this blog such as, "12 Tips for students to manage their digital footprints" and "10 Ways traditional classrooms punish mistakes in learning". I thoroughly enjoyed the articles on this blog and they got me thinking about my future classrooms. How will I teach students in a digital age how to safely and appropriately use the internet and how can I create a classroom environment that is beneficial and inclusive to all students.
If you are interested in educational technology, as well as challenging yourself as a teacher, then I suggest following "TeachThought" on Feedly.
I'm excited to have Feedly, this new resource in my ever growing backpack. It is a great way to find all sorts of resources and blogs to help you grow as a teacher and leader.
For my EDTC300 (education technology) class, one of our assignments is to choose something that we want to learn and learn it the best we can in the six weeks we are provided. Another thing is that we must only use online resources to learn the skill. We must also share our progress each week in our blogs or another online space. I have decided to learn about the Cree language.
I currently have zero understanding of the Cree language, but I am going up to Buffalo Narrows for my internship which is very Northern Saskatchewan. In Buffalo Narrows, they speak Cree and so I thought that it may be useful for me to attempt and learn some of their language. I have taken French classes in the past and found out quickly that learning a second language is a huge challenge! I know that I won't be able to speak Cree very well in only six weeks but that is a good start and something that I hope to carry on after the conclusion of my course.
I think that I want to start by just researching about the Cree language and trying to find some resources that I can use to learn the language. Then I will use those to guide me but in my mind I think I will begin by learning some vocabulary and just practice pronouncing words. I have no idea how this is going to go, but I plan on spending a few hours a week on learning Cree.
Do you have any suggestions or resources I could use to learn this Indigenous language?
My name is Reagan Fedak and I am just finishing up my degree in middle years education at the University of Regina. I am also on the University track and field team and have competed for them for the last four years.
I wanted to take this Ed technology class because I wanted to learn more about certain technology and how to incorporate it into the classroom. I have minimal experience with educational technology and would love to be able to bring it into my classroom in the future without being afraid to. I have used smart boards, laptops, some apps and iPads in the classroom before. I have also used blogs, but in previous years it has always been because of a course I was taking. I want to be more confident in my blogging abilities so that I can use my blog as a professional resource.
I think blogging is a great thing to do as a teacher because you can share your great ideas, but also get ideas from other educators. It is also a good way to meet new people and learn new skills. Blogging can also be extremely beneficial in the classroom because you can use it as a tool to communicate with parents about what is going on in your classroom.
I look forward to learning more and building my online presence and confidence.
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