Twitter was something I was never interested in. I had an account but never used it and never saw the point of using twitter for myself. If I ever found myself of there, I would lurk and see what other people would be saying but never interact with them.
From this class I have learned how to use Twitter in a way that benefits me and my career. Now I see Twitter as a place to share my ideas and experiences, as well as to seek help with in my PLN’s and learn through others online.
Some of the things I do on twitter now is connect with other teachers and see how they run their own classes and connect and share ideas on twitter chats, which I would not be able to do without the lovely tweetdeck we all learned about.
Before this class, I knew I wanted to incorporate some tech into my classroom and I would do this by using Google Classroom to organize my information for the class. Besides this, I was familiar with using Google tools and YouTube in the classroom.
EDTC 300 has taught me so many awesome tech tools to use that I never thought would be a benefit for me as a classroom teacher or my students. I have learned about distraction free YouTube to help rid of the extra things going on on the screen that is not useful for my lesson. As well as ad-blocker to avoid those awkward adds and wait time for them to go away. I have also learned about awesome tech tools that will enhance my students learning in the classroom. A few of these are:
In EDTC 300, I have definitely changed my thinking about the digital world and what it offers. Previously, I thought that the internet was a cool place for students to go and learn AND that there were some cool and different ways students can use the internet to make presentations.
NOW, I know that I need to teach my students about the digital world before sending them out into it. I must teach them about being a digital citizen and to be aware of what they are putting out there into the web. Along with this come the issues of safety and how to act properly on the internet, or in other words: digital etiquette. I also think that it is important to teach your students about what is fake news and how to find it, Just like we did in one of our classes. I have learned that a lot of responsibility comes with using the internet and we need to be educating and sharing this information to our students too.
Beyond being critical about digital media, I have definitely have found some amazing tools to use to enhance learning beyond different ways to make a powerpoint presentation and that is very valuable information that will change how I create lessons.
Some new things I would like to try in the classroom is having students blog like we did. I think it was a wonderful way to express your feelings and ideas and learn new things. Maybe it could be a way to help with a final project for the students and to reflect on their learnings.
I will also remember that there are tech tools out there that can help aid students in their learning process. Things like different ways to take notes online, or even having a place for all of the students to put their notes and share them.
Lastly, I want to try to branch out of the prezi/powerpoint relm and find cool ways for students to interact with technology in different ways. I would like to consider using flipgrid, hour of code and civic mirror.