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I need input for my final project! (Survey)

Hey everyone, I need some input for my final project! I plan to use all the feedback I’m provided and put it into a resource i’m creating for all post secondary students in Saskatchewan! Your feedback would help me out immensely as twitter does not seem keen to replying to my messages. And it would be FANTASTIC if you could retweet me at the bottom of this post.

 

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Door Scene / Tech Task

So my partner and I had to do a ‘door scene’. Page 17 details what a door scene is and we decided to go away from the first thought of horror, and swap to comedy. I feel like we pulled it off well!

My personal learning network and its growth

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My personal learning network is currently expanding at a much more rapid rate than previously though.  When I was a kid, I uploaded around a hundred youtube videos and received about fifty followers over around three years. My videos are now the top videos when one searches for a specific video game. I received thousands of views on my videos, and yet I only received around twenty to thirty subscribers.

I thought that twitter would be the same thing, meaning that my hours of effort would not be rewarded with what I deemed appropriate. and that I would receive very few followers and that my PLN would grow as slow as Regina’s traffic work (I wish I could say I was joking here). I am surprised and satisfied to say that my  PLN is growing at an alarming rate, and logic dictates that it will only grow at an increasing rate over time. And while we’re on the subject, why not give me a follow?twitter-bird-white-on-blue Just click the link to the right!

My tweets are getting responses, I’m responding to others, and most importantly, I’m learning. I was very skeptical of twitter at first simply because many of my friends use it to follow Will Ferrell and nothing more, and because when anything important came through twitter I would hear about it through other online communities and news stations. But my eyes have been opened to the possibilities of twitter. I am seeing peoples summaries of articles or retweets of educational content, and if I have time and the subject is interesting I find myself urging to read them.

Glogster, the online blogs for kids

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Today I will be reviewing the educational tool known as Glogster. This is a blog that allows the admin (Teacher) to invite students to an online community to upload their notes, lesson work, and assignments onto the website in an easy to use manner that is visually and educationally pleasing.

Glogster is a very useful tool for the students, the teachers, and the parents. It allows the teacher to remain organized, send reminders and upload to do lists online, and have a paperless or reduce paper classroom. The students are able to keep on task and be creative with their creations by adding any video or photo that they create or find, while at the same time having fun, reexamining the material to upload, and gaining important technology skills for the future. Parents are able to follow along with teacher updates, as well as their own childs progress and learn exactly what they are learning with the same notes or created material by the students

The software is so simple that I have seen ten year olds create pages that are more complex and visually pleasing than what I was able to make when I was sixteen and working with website creation software and photostop! In just twelve minutes, I was able to turn this into this. It only takes a few seconds to learn how to do and the creativity is incredible. One can hyperlink any text, video, picture, or animation with ease. Furthermore, students can look at other blogs for inspiration or for fun.

Glogster is very affordable for a single teacher to use for their entire classroom, and is an evnironmentally friendly way for students to get their work done while introducing them to important skills in computer literacy.. ..If I was doing this when I was ten I would have been ecstatic to complete my lessons and upload them to my blog!

Personally, I have only seen GLogster used in math class, but its implications are limitless for almost any subject of all ages. This is a tool that I am very likely to use in my classroom, assuming nothing better comes along until then! I would highly recommend this product to any educator that wants to teach their students technology and force them to reexamine the content taught while the students have fun!

“Back in my day…”

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Society as a whole seems to be afraid of change and advancement of technology, and it does not just apply to the “old folks.” My seventy year old grandpa consistently tells me that “the internet is a fad” and that “there is no sustainability on computers.” He is so afraid of change that he denies advancement and sticks to old routines. He is afraid of even DVD players, satellite TV, the internet, and cordless phones. And he’s not alone.

Any twenty-something year old that one converses with seems to be of the common opinion that elementary and middle years students do not need phones, laptops, and so forth. In my opinion, we assume this because of two things:

  1. that these new consumers are limited to using the technology the same way that we used it (text messaging and calling)
  2. that something historically defined as a nuisance for education (“NO TEXTING IN CLASS!” is engrained in our heads) can’t have learning and real world value.

When I first went into the classroom and had a mentor teacher, I was shocked to see students running around with laptops, digital cameras, cell phones, ipods, and tablets/ipads. These students used these tools to write down notes on a tiny screen with a tiny notepad and take photos of their blog.

My initial reaction was of me being appalled. I thought to myself “how could taking a photo of notes possibly stimulate learning and remembrance of lessons?!” But after a short time thinking of it, I began to see the benefits of considering the possibility of these as tools, rather than hindrances.

The students had to create a blog to upload videos, photos, text, and other methods with the goal of teaching the viewer (their teacher and parents) how to multiply 3 by 2, for example. The students would open their ipod to the notepad and start to re-write the material (which is, of course, re-engaging the material) and re-wording it so that not only they understand it themselves, but the viewer does as well. They would upload photos with classroom laptops and computers onto the web and embed it into the blog with a video or text explanation of how it works.

I see nine and ten year olds learning guitar with an iPAD, skyping with their smartphone with their friends, documenting every moment of their life with photos, and while it’s scary what this technology can do with a misspelled word in a google search, it’s incredible how these technologies are shaping everyday life and how people, but especially the newest generation, is learning.