ABC’s of ECMP 355
This is my Personal Summary of Learning for ECMP 355, which can also be viewed here. I used Prezi to present the alphabet and movement in a storytelling format, and then Screenr to record my voice and actions. It was so easy to click among the web pages while speaking to my audience–it only took a couple minutes to get everything set-up beforehand. However, it took many many MANY tries to get my words right and make my explanations clear. But, I finally got it! Enjoy!
In this class, I learned so much information that will benefit me as a networked teacher – a teacher who can access curriculum and deliver it through advanced tools such as digital media, photo sharing, wikis, blogs, podcasts, and video conferencing. However, there is so much more to learn about educational technology, as it is always growing and evolving. As a student myself, it was so interesting to learn about and “play around” with all of these tools, but now I know about their relevance in the elementary classroom. Through the use of these tools, young students are engaged, motivated to learn, interact with the topic under study, and in the end, can become critical thinkers in a technologically-advanced society.
As you can see, it was difficult to decide a “starting point” for this project as I have learned so much information that has benefited my teaching for a lifetime. So, I thought that presenting my knowledge through the alphabet would be a great way to get my points across in a 5-minute video:
A – Animoto – Animoto is a tool that allows you to make video slideshows with personal photos, videos, music, and a hint of creativity. This is a tool that I will definitely use in my personal and professional life!
B – Blog – For me, blogging was a great way to stay updated with current information related to the field of education and technology. Blogging has really helped me develop as a more insightful and reflective student teacher and lifelong learner.
C – Cyberbullying – How can we teach our students to use these tools responsibly? This is a question I’ve been asking myself quite frequently, and I don’t think the answer is very easy. However, I really think that my own modeling and personal use of these tools will give students an idea of what I expect from them.
D – Diigo – Through Diigo, you can organize online information so easily! By using bookmarks, highlighting, notes, and screenshots, information becomes easier to navigate and understand.
E – Elluminate – I can attend virtual presentations that allow me to communicate and collaborate with my peers. Audio and visuals are included to support students’ learning and growth.
F – Facebook – This is a well-known tool that most people use quite often. However, a future employer may search you through Facebook to find out who you are, where you’re going, and who you want to become.
G – Google – Before this class, I had only used Google for searching and browsing. Now, I can stay connected with other bloggers through Google Reader. I can also work off of Google Docs to see what others have been writing.
H – Honesty – As future teachers, we always need to be honest about content that we post online. If we are dishonest about ourselves, then we are not using technology responsibly or to our best advantage.
I – Identity – As a teacher, there are two identities that I would like to develop…my digital identity and my professional identity. As a networked teacher, my digital identity should not get in the way of my professional identity. It should only strengthen it.
J – Job – Since my blog and digital footprint are a positive image of my growing interest in teaching, I hope that a teaching job is the result of my online presence.
K – Kiva – Kiva is a non-profit organization that helps alleviate poverty all over the world. This website has helped me realize that technology can help people connect with others in such a meaningful way.
L – Learning – Technology can be integrated into many aspects of students’ learning and development. Technology is becoming so much more advanced and important in our society. I would be doing a disservice to my students if I didn’t include technology in the classroom.
M – Media Literacy – Media literacy involves reading and analyzing the information we see and hear in the media – for example, to assess whether content shows forms of discrimination or bias. Media literacy can also involve the creation of one’s own media.
N – Networked Teacher – As a networked teacher, I continue to use (and learn more about) many tools that will engage my students’ learning. I need to be aware of these tools, so that my students are ready for 21st century learning and living.
O – Open Thinking – This class has allowed me to think in an endless world of technology and online collaboration. I should not limit my teaching to “how I was taught”, but openly think about what the future holds for my learners.
P – Prezi – This is a fun tool that can make your presentations come to life! This is something that I will definitely use in my classroom, as a means of engaging my students and helping reluctant readers.
Q – Quest – Essentially, learning about technology is a never-ending quest. I have only started to learn about educational technology and I know that there is so much more out there…not to mention that technology is always growing and evolving.
R – Resources – There are so many online resources that are at my fingertips and just waiting to be discovered. These resources can allow me to become that networked teacher who is willing to share and collaborate with others.
S – Screenr – Screenr allows you to develop screencasts in five minutes or less! Nothing needs to be installed and videos can be uploaded in a variety of online spaces.
T – Twitter – Before I took this class, I had only heard of Twitter. Honestly! Now, I know that I can connect with teachers from all over the world, receive lesson plan ideas and resources, and even follow Charlie Sheen. Just kidding!
U – Understanding – Even though we have so many tools to discover, we need to understand how to use them as teachers. This involves understanding how you and your students can benefit from these tools.
V – Virtual Choir – This is a video that really caught my attention, as I have sung in many choirs myself. In this video, the choir sings together even though everyone is from all over the world. Technology is the one thing that connects them so well.
W – Wikispaces – I developed a wiki last semester for a grade five social studies unit. Through Wikispaces, teachers can organize lessons and information in an organized and creative fashion. Parents can also visit the wiki to get homework or additional learning resources for home.
X – ???????? – X was just way too hard…but ECMP 355 is definitely an Xcellent class to take. In fact, I believe that it should be a requirement for all education students.
Y – YouTube – This class allowed me to think about YouTube on a much deeper level. It is definitely a space where I can learn and discover more information related to the teaching profession. However, I need to be Internet-savvy and only search for reliable information.
Z – Zeeeeee End!