Goodbye my EDTC Friends, ​see you in Sask Ed Chat!

I can’t believe that as I sit down I am sitting down to write one of the last assignment for my degree.  It’s astonishing that after 4 years I can finally see an end.

That being said, let’s not forget that these last 4 years were hard work and this semester was no cake walk! ERDG required quite a bit of discipline to remember to tweet daily, blog weekly and comment regularly.

In the final blog post, I will talk a little bit about my journey through this semester!

Twitter: 

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Twitter has been a great platform for me to grow my PLN, and it has introduced me to many great people! One of the coolest things I learned about twitter was #twitterchats and how using tweet deck makes #twitterchats so much easier to follow.   Throughout the semester I gained many new followers and hope that as time moves on I will grow my following as I move on to the next phase of my life as an educator.  Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 10.14.03 PM.png

I was able to use Twitter to share my blogs, my thoughts and some great tips I came across.  I used Twitter to stay current and connect with some great teachers.

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Blogging: 

Blogging proved to be some of my favourite parts of this entire class.  I really liked reading my fellow classmates’ blogs, especially my besties who were learning Africans and were creating delicious food that I loved to sample.   Watch out for my cameo experiences in both!  I loved commenting on what I thought when I read other peoples blogs too.

Here are some of the comments I left!

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This isn’t every comment I made but rather just a little sampling.

I really loved having Miss. Stoyko comment on my blogs! Lots of her comments were encouraging and I knew I could always count on her to leave me a comment.  I found people’s comments to be very encouraging and I always looked forward to hearing from others!

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I found each week I looked forward to responding to the questions posed and learned a lot about my own thoughts and ideas in relation to what I had learned, we well as what others had gotten from the same articles and ideas.

When posed with the question;

What did you contribute to the learning of others?

I think I can say, I contributed in many ways.  I regularly tweeted, commented and blogged about my journey and in response to the journey of others.  I made cameo appearances in my friends’ blog posts and most importantly I pushed myself to go beyond my comfort zone and try new apps, new ways to take videos and new ways to incorporate technology and for that, I think I’m all the better off.

I am very glad I chose to take this class and I cannot wait to use everything I’ve learned in my future classrooms.  Technology is the future and I am just glad I’ve hopped on the tech train and learned how to steer it.

 

For the last time,

#Edtc300

Madi

 

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up, down and that is the way you are supposed to code?

For this week’s blog post I went to Code.org  and tried my hand at coding.  Let’s just say it got a little interesting.

First and foremost,  I want to begin by saying I am not a tech savy person.  There is a reason I took this class and It wasn’t because I thought it would be an easy mark.  It is because I knew I needed to be schooled. Up until this point in the semester, I felt as though I was making great progress, really working towards my technological dreams.  This was until  I was faced with my match.  Coding.

Things started off great, I scanned through the different things I could do and quickly settled on a great looking Frozen game.  Frozen+ Figure Skating.  Sold.  I clicked the link and watched the opening video.  I practised my first ‘code’, I thought this is going great.  Screen Shot 2018-04-07 at 7.45.46 PM.png

 

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I tried, and I tried again.. I tried all my coding knowledge, and it had me stumped.

I think coding is very important to teach in future classrooms because I think coding will be very important in the future.  As our society progresses, the importantance for and of technology.  Coding is a type of literacy that is vital to success in the future.  I think coding is something that many teachers (myself) included will need professional development in order to make a reality in our classrooms.

 

 

Grammarly​ Saves Lives

 

For my app, I chose to install Grammarly on my MacBook, and let’s just say… It changed my life.

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Grammerly is an app designed to help you have better spelling and grammer when using any platform on our computer.  It helps me when I email, write blog posts, and anything else I do online.  This app is life changing if you are a tired University student like your girl is.  I am the human version of a snail crawling to the end of the finish line that is my degree.

Because I am all about miracles, I am here to give you step by step instructions how to download Grammerly for Macbook.

 

Step 1:  Open Google for Safari.

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Step 2: Google “Grammarly”

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Step 3: Click on the first link ( The purple link)

 

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Step 4:  When you search Grammarly and pull up this page.  You just follow everything that happens once you click the big green button!

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Step 5: Enjoy your beautiful new app that saves tired people like me.

The stengths of this app are that this app works well with every safari extension, which is great! The strenghs of this app are pretty obvious being that it helps with spelling and grammer.  The downside that I see is that that knowing its going to correct, I don’t try as a hard to spell everything correctly.  In a school setting this could be problomatic because students no longer have to practice proof reading.  It would eliminate alot of really good pratice that students typically get.

A Post is Forever

“The worst thing that happened to Justine was that no one supported her, everyone was against her.  That is profoundly traumatizing.” – Jon Ronson 

I am about the same age as Amanda Todd would be now.

I remember where I was and who I was when her ‘story’  played out for the world to see.

15 year old me

Me @ 15 

Actually,  I remember quite a bit about who I was when I was 15, but there is plenty more I have chosen to ‘block’ or forgot to remember because I am embarrassed by the choices I made, and some of the things I chose to do or say.   The choices I regret have not had any lasting impact on my life.  (other than my fried hair because I thought I needed pink and purple hair), but my facebook memories are a constant reminder of how terrible of a digital citizen I was as a teen.  I think I am not alone when I say that I am horrified by some of the selfies and song lyrics I chose to share on social media, and am regularly deleting posts I find from my previous self.

 

 

Carol Todd talked quite a bit about her desire for us to educate our students about digital citizenship.  Educating students about digital citizenship isn’t meant to push them to not use social media, but rather it is about helping them to understand that there are implications to what you post and the settings you use, etc.  One thing I didn’t understand as a teen was how permanent the internet was.  I am guilty of believing deleting something gets rid of it forever.  I know now that isn’t the case.

Monica Lewinsky, talked at length in her TED talk about the price of shame.  How shame and humiliation is a feeling like no other.  As educators, we need to understand how powerful the feeling of shame and humiliation is so that we understand the magnitude how much our students can be feeling when they feel they have been shamed, especially when social media is involved.

Social media is such a grey area in schools.  Social media is like air, it is all around us, you can’t always see it but you know its there, its apart of everything we.  How often do we stop whatever we are doing to capture something for social media, we edit this post to reflect the type of person we want to be seen as.  Social media in many senses is not reality, but what is said and shared on social media can become very real when it is laced with shame, humiliation and hurt.

Recently I watched Audrie and Daisy.  This is a documentary rooted in the shame and relates all too closely with Amanda’s story and countless others.  For me, it put it into perspective just how common this scenario is, how easily this could have happened to me, someone I know or someone I will teach.  I would implore you all to take the time to watch this, I found it incredibly sad but also very eye-opening.

 

 

Be kind to one another.

-Madi

Mathletics yay or nah.. a dialogue

This week Amy, Hailie and I all worked together to create this dialogue demonstrating how we might talk with a parent who had an opposition to using mathletics in the classroom.

Parent → Teacher: Concerns of excessive use of Mathletics
Context: Parent meeting with Teacher

Parent: Hi, I am concerned about the lack of teaching in my child’s math
class. Brady said that all he does is play Mathletics. Mathletics looks
like math games to me.

Teacher: Thank you for coming to me and sharing your opinion. I value
all my student’s parent’s opinions. In education we are working on
incorporating technology and digital citizenship in their lives. I
believe that students all have a digital identity, or will eventually. A
way to develop the foundations of digital identity is through
educational resources. Mathletics is an educational website that we do
use on occasion. May I log into my account and show you the benefits of
Mathletics and how we use it in our class? If you are interested I can
show you Brady’s work!
Parent: Yes, please. Thank you.

Teacher: So here you can see there are different options of focus, here
we have Patterns. When I click on Brady’s account, I can see his
progress, what he is doing well in and what he needs to work towards.

Parent: Well is this all he does? How can he get better if there is no
teaching.

Teacher: This is only one of our math centres. We have 5 stations that
the students work on, so using this technology is only one of them. They
are also using blocks to create patterns, working on worksheets, and in
small groups with me and other students.

Parent: So this isn’t all you do then?

Teacher: Our school made the purchase to use Mathletics and all grades
from Gr.1-5 use this site. We find it quite educational and the students
really enjoy it. It provides another way for students to learn the
content at their own pace. It is a great way to track progress and them
working independently helps build stamina and competence in their own
ability.

Parent: Oh! Thank you so much. I didn’t realize the context it is used.
Is there a way I can see Brady’s work too?

Teacher: Of course! I will give you Brady’s username and password so he
can work on it at home and you can see what he is working on.

Parent: Great. Thank you!

While I have not yet had the experience of having a parent opposing technology in the classroom, I have had the pleasure of working alongside and shadowing Susan Barton, a high school teacher who is a technology consultant for Christ The Teacher School Division .  Susan’s job role includes sharing new forms and uses of technology as well supporting teachers exploring technology in the classroom.  In shadowing Susan I saw the endless benefits of using technology in the classroom as well as the endless possibilities of using technology in classroom.  I saw students doing book reports on Adobe Spark  , students using seesaw  to track and post their progress, amongst many other things.  Because I have seen these instances and many others, I do absolutely see the value and will make sure I take the time to explain this to my families so that they may also see the value.

I also found a great ted talk that talks about technology in the classroom that I thought related well.

 

Digital Teacher Vibe

My digital identity as a teacher is on going because I am new to the profession and still building my presence.  My digital identity as a teacher differs from my digital identity as a non- teacher.  In our lecture we talked about what comes up when we google our self and when I googled myself I was surprised to see just what came up;

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What I did not realize is how many other Madisson Shearer’s exist on the internet.  I was surprised to see how little of myself came up.  As was mentioned in class I think I will begin to start taking control of my digital identity.  I have already began this process by tweeting using a public account and by blogging regularly.

 

 

I Hear-by Declare you a Digital Citizen!

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To be honest when I read what this post was about I couldn’t help but smile and laugh to myself as a remembered and reflected on a time I attempted to teach digital citizenship.  Some might be wondering what happened? Was it a smashing success? Did it blow up in my face? But have patience I will explain to you the story of the time I taught how to be a digital citizen without digital.

In my per-internship I was placed in a lovely grade 4 classroom with a great coop and good kids.  Everything was going great as I was trucking along, week after week my coop would give me a topic or outcome and I would deliver what  I thought to be the greatest lesson  I could muster.  A time came when I received the following outcome:

Outcome: USC4.4

Determine basic personal responsibility for safety and protection in various environments/situations.   

She requested I teach a lesson on digital citizenship, and thus I took off looking for fantastic resources and create ways I could use technology to teach about being safe when using technology.  I was so intent on creating a good lesson I even made a facebook status asking for help.

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Both teachers who commented suggestions were very helpful and gave me great options! I was so excited to do my lesson and have all my students be amazed at this great lesson using the chomebooks where they got the play a game but actually learn about cyber safety ( this was a time when I thought the best way to teach anything was through a game, I have since changed my ways) I was full steam ahead until I texted my lovely coop to ask how many chomebooks we could use when she informed me there are none, that the waiting list was at least a month long.  I thought minor setback, I’ll use one of the moving SMART boards.  Ah, alas that too was booked a month in advance.  Now I had to create a lesson on cyber safety with no cyber.

I have included my lesson plan just so you can see what I did end up doing but I will give you the forewarning it was not a great lesson and I mostly just learned that they knew more about technology then I did and the app musically was quite huge and in my option quite unsafe.  (look it up, very weird premises)

But hind sight is 20/20 and this failure of a lesson taught me something about challenges. Assess to technology still remains a huge obstacle in many classrooms.  I learned it is hard to teach about something without being able to physically show, or model what you want them to do.  So it is with this mindset I move forward toward my own classroom and my own incorporation of technology.  I see how much it is being used by students and how unsafe some of their practices are and I see the absolute need to model and teach positive digital citizenship but I also know that access to technology can be limited and sometimes you need to get a bit creative in your approach but it should still always be taught.

grade 4 health lesson pre internship – Full disclosure this is not a great lesson plan and nothing like the lessons I create today, but we all have to start somewhere!

I am a Tech Filled Girl, in a Tech Filled World

Required Post – reflect on our changed world and the new culture of participation as described in lecture and by Wesch – what does this mean for your future classroom? What does it mean for schools in general? As I asked in lecture, “How do we capture the spirit of open, networked & participatory communities in our learning environments?”

Everywhere you look, every person you see, every aspect of your day is connected to technology.  It is everywhere, and intertwined with every aspect of our lives.  Technology  is equal parts innovating and fantastic, as it is terrifying and intrusive.  Technology pulls our society forward towards new things but we also lose old parts of society as we climb, some of these parts, perhaps we should have held on to a little harder.

I place myself in an interesting sect of technology web.  I grew up almost 50/50.  With half of my life not really using technology and half of my life, using technology daily.  This position places me in a space where I can see both the benefits and the hardships.  The video we watched makes an interesting point because this man posted a video he meant for 100 people to see and ended up being viewed by millions.  He placed it on the world wide web and watched it take off.  How often do we place things on the world wide web and not intend for many people to see them? I know myself I would have a few choice words for my 16 year old self about  over sharing on twitter and that probably I could have done without tweeting lil wane lyrics once a week.  I think this serves as a good lesson to both myself as a citizen and as a educator that is good to be cautious of what we post, especially to sites such as youtube.

In classrooms we are bound to see online trends like bottle flipping, dabbing, Charlie bit my finger to name a few.  In my time in the classroom I have seen students are obsessed with youtube, children as young as 6 are watching videos constantly.  I think we should harness that interest and have our learners creating their own videos to explain topics and ideas they learn.  Adobe Spark is a great program that is very user friendly.  I am wary of posting these videos because like I said and like we saw, you never know what’s going to take off!

 

 

Week 3: What’s up with Feebly?

This week we were asked to explore the blogging site Feebly.  As a blogging newbie, I was excited at the opportunity to see so many great blogs in one site.  The prospect of going to many blogging sites seemed time consuming, which is why the premise of Feebly is great!

I found in actuality the website confused me initially.  Early on I ran into issues with adding too many blogs and the site asking me to pay to add any more blog.  I waited a few days and tried again and found it worked much better!  Based on my interests I created a few categories.  Indg content, feminism and education.  I found the most blogs for education and have seemed to be reading mostly education blogs.

I found sources by searching key terms and cruising through lists of different blogs.  Using what I learned in our last Zoom lesson, I looked at the pictures and looking to see how interesting the blogs looked.

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