Final Networked Learning post

Where does time go!? It feels like this semester has FLOWN by. I remember when this semester started, I feel really overwhelmed and nervous for what this class will entail. Now that it is done, I feel like I have learned a lot this semester through online tools but also from my classmates in #EDTC300.

I have found that blogging is SUCH an amazing way to get new ideas and insights. Through this semester, I have loved having classmates and other blog followers show interest in my blog. Blogging became really fun when I noticed that other people were also following along and keeping up with what I was doing. One thing I could have been better at was creating posts in response to my peers instead of just comments. Some of my peers ping backed my posts but I didn’t do the same for them.. one thing I can keep working on in the future! Here are some examples of ways my classmates interacted with me through my own blog :

this comment inspired me to try new things every week on my blog!

My mom follows my blog!
Loved hearing my peers’ opinions on my blog
Who doesn’t love Maroon 5 am I right?

 

During this course, I also found myself adding to the learning of my peers by following their blogs! Reading blogs was something I found interesting.. I got to learn new things from my classmates and follow their learning project journeys. Some of my favourite posts came from those learning about ASL! I liked when they would post videos, I would sometimes try to follow along with them.  Reflecting on this, I spent a lot of time reading my peers’ blogs but definitely could have left more comments. Here are some of the comments I left for my friends on their blogs:

 

TWITTER

I started my professional twitter at the beginning of this semester. Now that I understand how to work it and how powerful of a tool it is when connecting with other educators, I will definitely continue using it in my career!

 

Here is a screencast I made walking you through my experiences on twitter!

 

  1. Google community 

The Google community was a really nifty tool in this class. I didn’t check it often but when I did I found it extremely helpful. At the beginning of the semester, I used it to introduce myself to peers in the class! It was good to go on there and review things like ” how to set up your screencasts” or go over little things we had learned in class where maybe I forgot certain details. Here are some of the things I contributed and appreciated to the community.

This post in the community really helped me when i couldn’t figure out adding giphs into blog posts.
getting to know you.

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Summary of Learning

I have learned so much during this course. Highlights of my learning process are put together in this youtube  video that I created with iMovie!

I had a lot of fun making this video but I also ran into some roadblocks. When I put it all together, I realized the footage is presented really small. I learned after my entire video was processed that I should have had the recorder hold the camera horizontally during filming to make it bigger! Now I know.

Throughout this semester, I learned how to use many great apps. Some of the things I showcased in my video was the use of Twitter, Screencastify, and Coding sites. I could not figure out how to get screencasts into my videos which was unfortunate. It wasn’t until after my video was finished and I was talking to a classmate, that I learned one way I could have included the screencasts onto iMovie. Again, this is something I know for next time!

Like I said, I had a lot of fun making this video!  The part that took the longest was piecing it all together. The filming itself only took about an hour but the time putting the video together and editing it took many many hours!

Got my code on!

Today I started exploring the coding universe! I starting on Hour of Code and played the Moana coding activity. I chose this because I love Moana but also because I wanted to keep practicing with screencasting! This isn’t the BEST screencast in the world because the Moana music is playing in the background, but I’m still learning!

At first I thought it was pretty simple but the higher up I got, it was a lot more complicated! This is just a very introductory stage in my coding experience! One mistake that I made while coding Moana was switching around the directions! I kept putting “turn right” but I should have been doing the opposite.

Once I made my screencast, I turned it into a youtube video so that I could load it onto my blog! Here it is… I will be doing more coding screencasts in the very near future.

App Review: Screencastify

For my app review, I decided to review the app Screencastify. This is an app I’ve been wanting to review so I was really excited to try.

FIRST, I had to download a chrome browser onto my computer. This was really easy and only took about 10 minutes.

Then, I downloaded the chrome screencastify extension onto my toolbar. It looks like a little rectangle. Once screencastify was installed on my computer, it walked me through most of the set up stuff. I had to click yes/no if I wanted it to access my webcam and microphone. It was really simple to install!

I decided to do a screencast of my professional portfolio! As I walked through it, I became more and more comfortable with using Screencasts. I started using the highlight feature to show exactly what I was talking about instead of just using the mouse icon to show!

I kind of noticed a little bit of lag as I scrolled and changed pages throughout my screencast. I’m wondering if this is just the app or my actual wifi, but I found it to be a little bit of a weakness.

I could totally see myself using this app in the classroom, especially for parents! More and more, we are seeing the use of technology in the classroom. Out students are growing with technology, but sometimes there is a gap with parents. I think this is something schools often forget… We need to remember that not all parents are going to perfectly understand the websites/apps/programs we are sending home online. I think this is where a screencastify could come in handy to walk parents through! I could also see myself teaching a new concept online/with some form of tech in the classroom and making a screencast for students to refer to when doing homework or working on projects on their own time!

Here is my screencast!

 

Seen by Many, known by few

The title of this post comes from Monika Lewinski’s TedTalk. In this video she said so many impactful things but one in particular has stuck with me. She referred to herself as a woman who was seen by many but known by few. At first when she said it, I only had a somewhat understand of what she meant. By the end of her speech, I fully understood. When she was plastered all over the internet, she was talked about by so many people ( many of which were very mean). These people did not know her though and were pretty much ruining her life.

This idea of seen by many and known by few can be related to so many other aspects of the world wide web. Take Amanda Todd for example; One person screens hotting her in a not-so-good moment lead her to being exposed on the internet which eventually lead her to taking her own life. The person blackmailing her along with all the other bystanders participating in this exposure did not genuinely KNOW this young girl at all and just took pleasure in trolling her. The only people to truly know her are her family members and close friends. From listen to her mother speak in the documentary, I gathered that people know that Amanda was worth more than what the people on the internet were saying about her.

This quote from Monika Lewinsky really stuck with me and it made me think about how it applies to millenials using the internet and the idea of “creeping” someone. For example, a girl sees a boy walking down the halls in the university and tells her friend she thinks he’s cute. The girl knows NOTHING about this guy but her friend says she follows him on instagram. Together, they ” creep” his profile. They see that he has a dog, so this means he must love animals! The girls notice that he posted 5 pictures with a girl a few months ago, but he hasn’t posted anything recently with this girl.. Does this mean it was his girlfriend and one time but he’s now single?! ( the girls will probably assume so). From this quick “Creep” on the strangers profile, the girls feel like they have this guy figured out without having even MET him! So many people these days think they can figure everything out about someone just by looking at their profiles. This is a problem because there’s a potential for rumours to start about others and having people getting hurt. If people would just actually take the time to get to know people genuinely before jumping to conclusions from what they seen online, I feel like this world would be so much different.
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My first ever #saskEDchat

 

Well I finally did it! Tonight marked the first time I’ve ever participated in a SaskEd chat on twitter. I used Tweetdeck to navigate through the tweets. When the ed chat started to really pick up, I felt overwhelmed! I’ve never felt like such a lurker in my whole lif ( see giph attached for accurate depiction of me during my first #saskEdChat).

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This week, i really just used this EdChat as a starting point to get comfortable with it and get a sense of how it works. I was really scared to even send it my first introductory tweet. Looking back on it, there was nothing to be scared about because everyone was super welcoming!

The replies I got from people that I don’t know made me realize that the sask ed chat is a welcoming environment for all!

I didn’t really reply a lot tonight but I was really engaged in following along what other people had to say.  I feel a lot more comfortable with it now and I am really excited to participate more next Thursday. As good old Arnold you say…
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Finding Common Ground

Well, I never thought I’d see the day but Conor and I are settling this debate once and for all and finding a common ground on our debate on the use of cellphones in the classroom. It wasn’t easy but after long and serious conversations, we have found a common ground. After long argument and discussion we have come to the conclusion that we are okay with cellphones as long as the teacher is in control of times and terms of use.

Something students, parents and teachers must understand is that cellphones are a privilege and do not need to be out constantly during learning time. We have come to agree that if a student is abusing the privilege of cellphone use in class, they will not be able to participate in class tech-activities for a given amount of time until they can regain the teacher’s trust with their cellphone.

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Another point we both agree on is the importance of teaching digital citizenship. Until students have proper digital citizenship education , devices will not be welcomed and used in the classroom. We agree that if students are bringing these devices into the class spaces, they need to be educated on how to use them and act responsibly in the digital world. If issues come up in the classroom around technology, they will be addressed immediately in a meeting with teacher and involved students. If issues persist, devices will not be allowed any longer in the classroom.

Although cellphones in the classroom is still a hot topic, I am glad Conor and I were able to come to an agreement. As part of this debate, I turned to twitter and made a poll to see what my followers thought about this subject. We were both pretty surprised to see that 100% of people who voted answered yes.

This post was co-written by me and Conor Woolley and will appear on both of our #EDTC300  blogs

The Great Debate: Technology in the Classroom Part 1

In my last post on cyber sleuthing, I wasn’t able to dig up that much dirt on Conor Wooley. This week, I’m back with full force to destroy him in a debate on technology in the classroom. I am going to be arguing against the use of cellphones in the classroom.

  • As I read Conor’post about why he thinks cellphones are good, I started seeing some red flags. The first red flag that flew for me was when Conor said, ” Many students lives revolve around their cellphones and can become very uncomfortable when they don’t have it”. Kids these days are SO wrapped up and attached to their phones. Allowing kids to bring their phones out in class so that they feel comfortable is just going to feed their addiction. The classroom is time for learning, you do not NEED your cellphone during learning time. I feel that kids need time away from their phones where they are unplugged and focused on in-class learning.

2. Conor goes on to say that, “Another very powerful feature that teachers are able to use when students have their cellphones is to quickly and effectively complete formative assessment“. I thought he had me on this one but that I began to criticially think this one through as well as doing some research. Yes, there are tons of apps that lend well to formative assessment in the classroom HOWEVER, I have seen first hand how students can abuse this.  For example, students getting off track, using non-academic apps, and texting when they are supposed to be doing a Kahoot.

In an article I read, Richard Freed states the following, “High levels of smartphone use by teens often have a detrimental effect on achievement, because teen phone use is dominated by entertainment, not learning, applications”.  I think the idea of using apps for assessment in class is fine and dandy but unrealistic. Kids care more about snapchatting and how many likes the insta they posted before school got than participating in a Kahoot.

3. In another article I read, it talked about cellphones being used in instances of bullying. This is another reason I disagree with cellphones being allowed in the classroom. In my own experience in school , I remember hating the feeling of people whispering about me. I can only imagine how it would feel knowing people are texting about you/ snap chatting you behind your back in class. Yes, I understand that bullying is inevitable and can be found in almost any classroom but I feel like having cellphones allowed in classroom would add an extra layer of bullying and intensify situations. 

4. Cellphones can be used for cheating. The thought of snapping a quick picture of your notes and peaking at it sounds appealing and it is my fear that young students would turn to this option during an exam if they felt unprepared. Not having cellphones in the class would eliminate the urge in students to cheat during exams. 

These are just four starting points in why I think cellphones don’t have a place in classrooms. I could go on and on but I will save some of my key points for a later date. Stay tuned for future posts where I yet again prove Conor wrong!

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Slithery Cyber Sleuth

This week in #EDTC300 , we learned what it means to get cyber sleuthed. For this weeks post, I have chosen to cyber sleuth the one and only Conor Woolley. I know Conor outside of school but this post will strictly include things I was able to dig up about him on the world wide web.

the man, the myth, the legend…

I know Mr. Woolley has a personal twitter account which he uses on his down time, but in terms of professional networking, he uses the twitter handle @MrCWoolley .His tweets are really really professional. He is active on twitter with ed chats and in sharing useful articles for the classroom. Through his twitter, we see his passion for politics.

Short and sweet bio that gives us a feel for who @MrCWoolley is.

Conor also has a LinkedIn profile. His profile showcases Conor’s accomplishments and job profile.This linkedIn profile shows professionalism and would give employers a good sense of Conor’s involvement in the community, with children and with politics at the U of R!

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I must say… I thought I would be able to sleuth more on this guy but I found that he does a good job of protecting his personal social media accounts and puts forwards a professional digital footprint on his school accounts!

 

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