My Journey Through Technology in EDTS 325

At the beginning of this course, when we were first introduced to technology in the classroom my initial thought was “I don’t think I can use any of this in my classroom.” As the class went on I definitely changed my mind and outlook on technology. I realized how important all of these different technologies really are and how I can incorporate them into my classroom.

SMART Notebook

This course opened me up to a whole new world of technology that I didn’t even know existed. Thanks to this class I can now say that I am able to use SMART Notebook software to create interactive lessons and modules. Learning to use SMART Notebook technology has prepared me for when I enter the classroom. All schools use this technology and learning how to use it will give me an advantage in the future. Learning how to create lessons using the SMART Notebook technology has helped me see how to create fun lessons that will get students involved and engaged. This will be a huge asset for organizing and running a classroom.

PLN’s

After taking this class I can now establish, maintain, and grow personal networking sites such as Twitter, Pinterest and personal blogs to communicate and share ideas. I learned that teachers for multiple different reasons and in multiple different ways could use these digital platforms.

With Twitter teachers can use it as a way to communicate with other educators and stay in the loop of the ever-changing technologies. We see this communications with the use of twitter chats and commenting.

With Pinterest there is so many different ideas and experiences that educators can share amongst each other. It is a great resource to use when you’re in a bind and need ideas for a specific lesson or even organization inspiration.

With blogs this is a great idea for classrooms and I had no idea before taking this class. I have learned that you can use blogs to send information to parents and students. With students you can keep a list of what you did that day so they can go back if they miss a day. You can also post videos of a lesson if students need a more in depth explanation. When communicating with parents you can have calendars for lessons or field trips along with announcements on the blog. This would be a huge asset for the teacher parent communication relationship. I can definitely see myself using blogs in my future classroom.

 Web2.0 Tools

I can now create quizzes and learning activities using interactive learning systems. A lot of systems I have never used before this class and quite honestly I really wish I had. Systems like Kahoot, Spiral, and Plickers are amazing technologies to use in classrooms. I feel that learning how to use these systems now has given me a huge advantage for teaching one day. Using these tools can enhance the learning system of students and make the environment a fun and engaging place to learn.

Google

One point I absolutely loved learning more was about Google and all that it has to offer. Before taking this class I just saw Google as a search engine and a drive to hold and share files. I didn’t know that Google has so many different layers and applications to it. Learning about things like Google classroom and forms was something that shocked me completely. I wish that we had gotten to learn about some of the other Google apps and what they have to offer such as Google sheets, vault, hangouts and slides. Learning about these and seeing what they have to offer could have been really interesting. I also wish we did more on Google classroom, we didn’t really do much with it so getting a more in depth picture might’ve made how to use it more clear. All in all though I really did love learning about Google because I had no idea all of that existed and I would definitely continue to use and explore the applications.

What excites me about entering the workforce?

This class opened me up to the opportunities and the ways that technology can be fun. I am most excited to use the movie and screen casting tools in class. As a teacher if you can go on and video of yourself with relevant information the students are most likely to have fun. If you are learning about something in history and you go and make a video about relevant history moments, and have fun with it the students will listen and have fun. I feel having a fun, as a teacher will allow the students to see that teaching can be fun. I am so excited to make the classroom alive and fun, teachers shouldn’t be boring and traditional at all times, they need to have fun with what they do.

 My Final Thoughts

This class was a great tool to get us Pre-service teachers ready to enter the real world of teaching. It showed us that there are so many opportunities and resources out there and we should take the time to keep up and learn about them. The one thing that this class made clear is that there is a reason that I didn’t get to use technology like this in the classroom growing up; this is because technology is forever evolving. I feel that we are not even at the peak of what technology will have to offer; it will continue to grow and improve the way we teach and learn. I am ready to embrace and continue to learn about all that technology has to offer. I am excited to see where it leads and how much it improves teaching in the future.

 

Nearpod, Digital Citizenship, and My Digital Footprint

Part 1 Sites we used in the Classroom and Digital Citizenship

Nearpod

Today in my EDTS 325 class we used the site nearpod as a class. I have to say I loved using this site. As a teacher I loved how the questions/instructions and all of the information was on the student’s computers and they could follow along with the teacher. This would be great if students are sick or miss a day. The way you could get students from home to participate is to have the time and code on a blog like this that students can and know to access where they can log on and follow along.

I also loved the variety of questions and activities you could do. You could have the students draw a picture; use multiple choice and even long and short answers. The one downfall to this app was the price $$$ it costs a bit of money. If the school had this program I would most definitely use it in my classroom, but if I had to buy it on my own I cant see myself using it. The app spiral (which is free) is much similar to this one.

Informational race/Digital Citizenship 

Another app we used in class was spiral where we got to go on a bit of a race for information. This experience taught me a lot about digital citizenship and really triggered some concerns in my teacher point of view. During our experience we were told to go to several sites where we would find certain information to fill in the answer to certain questions. One question instructed us to go to a site for Mankato Minnesota where we were told to go to find some information on what you could do there for fun. Now if you visit that site you would see stuff like “come see our riverfront” not everyone was quick to realize that in Minnesota there are no riverfronts, we were in a race and were focused more on winning.

If you look closer at the links at the bottom of the website there are crazy links to crazy places. One being a link saying “the end of the internet” and once you click it you are taken to a page with lots of stop signs. Another crazy link on this site is one that says “Martha Stuart behind bars” which takes you to a picture of a magazine of Martha Stuart being behind bars.

The Website here

The reason that this as a teacher concerns me is because when students are in a rush or on a deadline they don’t always stop to read the fine print and explore the credibility of the site. If us second year college students who have sat in over 20 library sessions on how to tell credibility still got caught up in it for this experience whose to say that our students will too? As future teachers it’s good that we were able to experience this so we know it happens and we have to teach our students that not everything we learn online is credible. We also need to show them how to find the information and sites that are. I learned that even under stress of a deadline or winning we have to stop and read and think about what we are reading/repeating because this could get in the way of our teaching and learning. We have to think about it before completing it. I can definitely see myself using this website and activity as an example of what non credible sources looks like in my future classroom to ensure that students read first.

Part 2 My Digital Footprint

In class today we got talking about our digital footprints. We talked about the fact that everything you put out there stays out there, and when employers look to hire someone they look that person up on the Internet. This got me thinking about my digital footprint. I came to the realization that my digital footprint doesn’t contain a lot of Personal Networks but I do have a few that I could improve my teacher image.

I keep strict privacy settings on most of my personal networking sites so a lot of people cannot see anything on my profiles unless they are my friend or have permission. The reason I have this set up is not because I have horrible things I don’t want others to see but the fact that I like privacy from the internet, the way that the whole world even strangers can see my profiles freaks me out a bit. For this EDTS 325 class I have had to set up a teacher twitter and blog so those are completely teacher friendly.

I have a personal twitter but I do not use it at all, I have no posts and have an egg profile picture. I would definitely continue to use my teacher twitter account in the future. Students and parents would mostly see on my teacher twitter I use it as a resource for information and educational wisdom. There is nothing bad on it at all and I would be okay for a superintendent or even parents to see it.

The second teacher friendly resource that I have set up from this class is my blog. This blog I am definitely going to use in the future for my students and their parents to access information on the classroom. I am going to keep it 100% student teacher friendly and easy to access and go to for questions and information.

The next personal network I have is Facebook. This is one I have locked tight. I feel that if anyone did see my profile (if we had a mutual friend and the mutual friend could see my profile) I would be okay. I really don’t post anything bad at all even in my past. I was never big into using facebook as a place to air dirty laundry but to rather keep in touch with family and friends. When I become a teacher I may do it differently than just keeping privacy settings like maybe change my name or make another profile and keep teacher friendly (Miss Mathieson) have assignments as my status updates. If I have two and I give them my one handle they might think that I only have that facebook account. Again I don’t know if I will do this for sure. My facebook is locked tight and there really isn’t anything unprofessional on there. I would have to be in that classroom to see what I would do for sure.

The last personal network I have is instagram. This is also one that is locked up tight. Again not for a particular reason other than the fact that I do not like sharing a lot of my personal life out there. My instagram is really lame I have maybe 4 pictures for some reason I update and add content once every year. I don’t even know if I will do anything with this because there isn’t anything on it and I am not too worried about mutual friends because there isn’t anything to see.

I do have a youtube but I don’t enjoy using it. I feel that when I become a teacher I may make that more teacher friendly by only adding content like screen casts for information if needed. I think I might just stop using it all together there are so many other ways to get information out there like using the blog and posting videos on there, that is something I would rather use than youtube.

I did a test and I looked up my name on Google none of my personal sites popped up at all. I did this because I wanted to see what others see if they looked up my name. The only image that popped up under Google images is my avatar, which is okay for me. The reason it is good to look yourself up is to see what others see. You want to give yourself a good image online especially while looking for a job or maintaining one. You need to be aware that everything you do online is permanent and that it could bit you in the butt later in life.

If the superintendent looked at me and asked “What social media are you on and what does it tell about you?” I would answer honestly and say I’m not on a lot and they all say I am boring. I use twitter for information and rarely post anything on facebook and instagram. I am a boring person when it comes to my personal networks.

Using Storybird in the classroom

The app I used to create my project was Storybird. I found this to be really fun to make, I love reading and writing so it is definitely something I can see myself using in the future. In this app you get to explore illustrations from artists that they put on there and create a story around those illustrations. The illustrations are beautiful and the possibilities of stories are endless.

The one downside to this app is the fact you can only use one artist’s illustrations for your work. You cannot mix and match different pictures, this makes sense because as a real writer you would only have one, but was very difficult for the writing process. For example the first picture I found I really wanted to use and had a completely different view on how to go with the story. But I found out that the illustrator only had two other photos and I really wanted my story to be longer than only three pages. As a writer it is very difficult to write from pictures, and can almost be seen as a challenge. I was very time consuming looking for an illustrator who had multiple and similar pictures to carry on through a story. but even with this hiccup, it was still fun to create with. One more downside was that I couldn’t really find away to add anything within the app. I tried to add a video or even a link to something to my story but I couldn’t seem to be able to.

An upside to this app is how you could use this app in a classroom. This has the capability of being a great assignment for students. The amount of creativity this could express or even creative writing would be great to use. For example students who are learning about poetry could each go on there and find a picture that they like and write a poem about it. (there is a teacher’s account available for inviting students to create separate parts of a big assignment) After the book is created the teacher can then print it out and buy the book containing the student’s work.

The way that the app itself is setup is great. It has the instructions right on the page and was clear and easy to follow. I was able to look through the photos and easily put my story together. The second most time consuming part of the creative process next to finding a illustrator is writing the story itself. This is bound to happen because you can’t really practice or prep before going the website. Another thing I really liked about the layout was that teachers can create classes and invite students. This makes it really great learning tool. And finally the layout was great for storing your books and creating an open space for teachers to share stories with other educators.

The way I would use this in my classroom in the future is determined on what grades I end up teaching. If I become an early elementary school teacher I will use this to create relevant stories for students and topics I know they would enjoy and understand, and then read it to the students. If I were a higher elementary teacher I may do what I mentioned above, I would have students find a picture and write a poem or story. There are so many possibilities with storybird and I know I will use it in the future.

My final product from this assignment turned out great! I created the book with storybird, I then used a screen casting site I never used before to record me reading the book. finally I downloaded it to a quicktime player and added music in through quicktime player as well. I think It turned out great, and some students may find it easier to read and follow along to a recording than reading themselves, especially if they are still learning. I hope other future teachers decide to use storybird in their classrooms as well!

link to my final product video!

QR Scavenger Hunts in the Classroom

In my EDTS325 class we completed a QR code Scavenger Hunt around the college using the app Goosechase. Personally I loved this experience. From a student’s perspective, the layout of the app itself was amazing. It had the tasks you completed disappear and this made it easy to keep track of the ones you had to complete still. This enhanced the student’s ability to move to the next one faster, like a race. From a teacher’s point of view, it was awesome that the teacher could see submissions as they come and even mark them along the way. This would make marking and seeing participation a much faster process.

I can definitely see myself using Goosechase in my future classroom. The possibilities on how Goosechase could be used in the classroom are endless. I would find ways to use Goosechase to make boring subjects fun! One way I could see myself using them is for spelling; I could have words on the QR codes and have them find objects that go with the words. For example, the QR codes would say pencil and the students would find a pencil and take picture with it and so on. First group done wins. Goosechase is a great way to keep your class engaged and ensure the students are having fun.

Interactive Learning Tools in the Classroom Review

In my EDTS 325 class I have been introduced to so many different tools and technologies that can be used in a classroom. These technologies can be used to help students be engaged and test their level of understanding within the subject. While exploring these technologies I got a better understanding on what works and what doesn’t work in terms of the student’s interests and the teacher’s presentation. I have learned that there are so many different ways to present the same ideas. I am going to reflect on the resources I have learned about and why they either work or don’t work for me as both a teacher and student.

My top choices for resources are blue and my bottom choice is in red.

Teacher use:

 Socrative:

in order to use the tool Socrative the teacher needs to create an account, which is free and easy to get. The app itself was really easy to follow and create your quizzes in. It has a great layout was all included into one quiz. You pick the type of question you want and write in the question and answers right on the page. They also give you an option to write an explanation as to why the answer is in deed the answer. You can also mix the type of questions up giving variety and fun. Another great quality about Socrative is that you can print out the quizzes on paper and hand them out this can be a great fast and easy way to create a quiz for your students to do on paper as well as through the Internet. It is also really easy to share and use with the students. The students can have fun with these quizzes making it a win for the teachers.

Plickers:

For Plickers the teacher needs an account which is easy to get and easy to use. It takes a little longer to set up this app because the teacher needs to have the list of students in the class ahead of time and be able to assign each student to a certain card. But it is worth the longer time. The teacher’s can assign and print out up to 63 cards. Its very easy to set the questions up but you need questions that can be a and b answers at least. The teacher can set up more than one class onto the site. This would be very beneficial for high school teachers who teach the same course to multiple students/classes. The free version is definitely worth using.

Padlet:

For Padlet the teacher needs to have an account. Padlet is really easy to set up you just pose a question or subject, set a background, and add instructions for the students to follow. It is not timely at all making it simple to make in a matter of seconds. It is easy to upload your own background and even pictures as well. You need to have open-ended questions, which require a long thought our answer with an explanation.With Padlet a teacher can see what everyone wrote, and assess them off of the site. The one downfall to Padlet is that it does not have an automatic grader, or a progress report. The Padlet is my bottom choice is because it really isn’t even quiz it is a place to create information almost more of a blog where students can post questions and answers to a question or subject.

Students Use:

Kahoot:

This tool is so easy to use for students to access questions. All the students do is go on the Internet and look up Kahoot.it.com and they receive a room code and put it into their device (computer, tablet, phone—tablets and phones are the easiest) once the students get in with the code they put their name in. The teacher has access to deleting names that are not appropriate. Once in the students get their name put in they have immediate access to the quiz. Students cannot be anonymous when responding but the only names the students will see is the ones in the top 5 spots. The students see the questions and answers on the board only on the device they will see the colour matching to each on their phone.The teacher can decide if they want to do teams or individual players. The students in competition will be more likely to try and play. Some would say the music is distracting but I feel the music actually gets the students more pumped up to play. There is one tiny down fall to this app and that is with the jumble feature. It is really hard to look at the board and at the device while writing in the right answer.

Plickers:

Plickers is really easy for students to use. The students do not need any accounts or codes all they need is a piece of paper or card as Plickers calls it. Each student is identified with their own special card with their name and pattern on it. When the teacher scans in their card with their answer of a, b, c, or, d. The letters are located on each side of the paper. The only type of technology you need is a tablet for the teacher to scan the answers on.The teacher can see what you chose as your answers but the to the other students on the board you are completely anonymous. It is definitely made for more specific answers and all of the set up is on the teachers end. There could be the distracted element of not so much distractions but rather the way it is easy to copy other student’s answers so the teacher should make the cards smaller so it is harder to read off of.

Peardeck:

When using Peardeck students need to have a Google account in order to participate. By using it with your Google account you get an automatic account for the tool. The students then get a code that they insert into their page. The teacher does not see your name as you are anonymous which can be good for the students. The teacher only gets an overall look at the students understanding. With their accounts they are identified but not to the teachers. This could be used on multiple devices (computer, phone, tablet.) The responses available are either choose whichever answers are already available or short answer the numbering one is weird and these ask for either specific answers and open-ended questions. The reason Peardeck is in my bottom choice for this category is because on the students’ device it doesn’t exactly explain how to use it; for example the number question doesn’t explain what the number one does. It just gives you the space on the phone as if you would know. It makes it very confusing at times for the students.

Flexibility/Variety of Questions:

Socrative:

Socrative allows for a number of variation concerning questions. You can have multiple choice, short answers and have the questions where you can get more than one answer you like best. There does not seem to be a limit of questions or words with Socrative. With Socrative you can shuffle up the questions and answers order so that students will have a difficult time cheating off of one another. You can also choose if you want the quiz to give instant feedback to the students, or to be teacher paced or have an open navigation. Students do not need to be in the same physical locations because the questions are on your device. You just need to be sure that each student has the codes to the room. Teachers cannot have more than one room going at once, but can only have 50 students (with free version) and 150 students (with pro).

 Polleveryhwere:

It allows quite a variety of different question types it gives you options for multiple choice, word cloud, Q&A, rank order, clickable image and surveys. With the word cloud you could do a couple of different things you can ask what words come to mind when you think of this subject and what are your favorite… the with question and answer you can ask open-ended questions and opinions, the rest cant be too flexible with questions. The amount of people who can answer the questions is the amount of your audience size meaning everyone can only vote once. (the amount determined from plan) 25 people plan is the free one. You use this technology with the students at the same time so you cannot shuffle up questions and answers when creating this. Students have to be in the same location because the question is on the board.

 Peardeck:

You can do multiple choice, and even a graph of excitement (1-10) it groups it and gives an average of the graphs and ideas in a calculated averageThe student can also have a write in question (short answer.) Students can use the ball to choose where they feel fit like thumbs up students can draw whatever they want. Peardeck allows for a few different types of questions for the free ones along with a few with the pay ones. The free ones available are multiple choice, write number, and write text. With the plan you can get drag a dot, drag a line, draw on a picture, and draw something. The reason that Peardeck is in my bottom choices for this category is because the one that you pay for is way more fun rather than the one for free. There is not a word limit or question limit. You do this quiz with the class so in order to read the question from the board you need to be in class to do it.

Diagnostic/Feedback

Socrative:

The one aspect I love especially as a future teacher about Socrative is the information that can be recorded about the responses. The teacher sees variation in responses and has the ability to turn off and on names of the students if they want it to stay anonyms. It gives you the options to save data and information that you can use for report cards. It also gives you pdfs of the individual students. The pdfs’ tracks their progress and would be great for parent interviews to print and show the parents the students’ growth and understanding of concepts. It also gives an overall percentage of the grades from the students, which shows you as a teacher what you need to go over and change the way of teaching it. This is extremely handy and is all averaged out for you. This is something that any teacher would love to use.

Plickers:

I really like the format of this learning tool. When the students are given cards it is programmed under that persons name so when the students answer a question the data gets put into the system of Plickers. After the students answer the questions a score sheet gets put onto the teachers account. The score sheet function gives teachers access to a score sheet with the questions hey had gotten wrong. The score sheet gives each student results along with an overall percentage letting the teacher know what the majority got wrong.

Padlet:

Like I said above Padlet is a lot like a blog rather than a testing tool. The questions have to be open ended and the system does not grade the student’s work for you. By not having an automatic report or grader can make it more time consuming for the teacher to read through and grade. One more downside is the students have to manually put their name in the answer and a lot of students forget to add names making it impossible to grade and assign marks to.

Final Summary

After creating and using each of these learning tools I have learned so much about what you can do in a classroom. There are a couple of tools that have stuck out to me that I would like to talk about one last time. The first one that was my favorite tool to use as a student was Kahoot. Kahoot was so much fun and got the whole class involved and ready to learn even the music set the tone as being fun. Everyone wanted to get the right answer and it was the competitive tool that every classroom needs. Kahoot was also so easy and fast to set up as a teacher I will definitely be using this tool in my future classroom. The second tool I would like to talk about is Padlet. I don’t really like padlet very much because if you have a blog, you pretty much have Padlet. As a student I found it hard to use because when everyone is posting everything is moving around. As a teacher I would dread having to go through all the posts and read/grade them when you can use another tool to post and do instant marking for them. If I did an activity where students would post pictures and comments to themes I would use a blog or something a bit different.

Educational Blogs

My Thoughts on Educational Blogs

I have viewed multiple education blogs and from looking at these blogs I learned quite a lot. The first thing that I learned is that there are so many blogs out there and they are all so different. There could be two blogs on the same subject but they are never the exact same.

Another thing I learned from looking at blogs is that that there are so many different uses for a blog. For example one person used their blog to only make resources for teachers available such as apps for teachers to use. A few blogs were used to share their classroom stories and experiences/work. There was also a couple that shared solely their opinions/ views on all things education for example technology, classroom settings, lighting being connected with learning etc. And I came across a blog that gave out some suggestions and advice on juggling a classroom and personal life.

The main thing I learned is how much we can actually learn from other’s blogs. By using their advice, information, opinions, experiences, and views we can get more information on how we can use/do things in the classroom. It is a great way to share things from one teacher to another and by using blogs and gaining ideas we can better connect the community to technology such as blogs.

My 3 Favorite Blogs I Have Viewed

Blog 1 “Madly Learning” madly learning

 This blog is worth the time to read and follow because of the amazing advice it gives to teachers. She talks about the many different situations you can have when you are a teacher such as “how to teach a split class.” She also talks about how to set up a classroom, and how to make it through the first day of school.

Another reason I really like this blog is that she has advice on how she teaches multiple subjects of math, science, language arts, and social studies. Having advice on how to teach and do activities for multiple subjects could be very beneficial to be able to access in one spot.

Another thing I really like about this blog is that she has available resources you can buy directly from her blog. This is really neat you are looking for something to spice up your classroom or just looking to see what there is, that you can use for your class and it’s all seen being used in the blog. So if you like it you could purchase it.

This blog is a good example of getting ideas and advice from someone’s blog. This is definitely a blog I could see myself coming back to when I become a teacher and am looking for a little advice or some ideas.

Blog 2 “ Mrs. Keller’s Kindergarten” Mrs. Keller’s Blog

 This blog is worth the time to read and follow because it is a great example of sharing your ideas and what you do in the classroom. This is a blog I could see myself using just to gain ideas off of her when it comes to teaching and the classroom.

This blog contains a lot of pictures and descriptions on what they do throughout a day. There are so many different fun explanations on activities and lessons they have done that I could see myself wanting to use in the future. For example there is a bunch of activities they had done on the 100th day of school that I would consider using in my future classroom. Another lesson she posted that I would consider is when they learned about nouns; she posted the video they used along with a picture of what they came up with together as a class. This is something I would consider using if I ever have to teach nouns.

Another feature I noticed and loved about this blog is she has a blurb at the bottom of the newest blog explaining what they are going to learn about next week. I like this because this gives parents an opportunity if they so wish to introduce the students to it or get the students excited. It’s nice for the parents to know what their students are learning.

And finally the last thing I liked about this blog was that it had a resources page. This page contained a schedule for the parents, a parent packet, community resources connecting students to bus routes and community information. All things that parents and students should be aware of.

This is definitely a blog I will use in the future.

Blog 3 “Runde’s Room” Rundes Room

This blog is one I feel is worth the read and follow because there are such great ideas that a teacher can take from it. Just like the first blog I wrote about there are multiple subjects and ideas on how to do activities and different techniques that work for this class. She has Literacy ideas, math, and arts. This gives a great variety of different things you can do.

The next part I like about this blog is the tab for family fun. This tab gives out fun activities, crafts, Thanksgiving and more ideas in which parents can do with their children at home.

I also love how you can shop from the blog to find resources and things you can use in your classroom. This blog doesn’t have pictures and shows you don’t actually need pictures of your students (though that not a bad thing to have either) to make the blog an educational blog. So if parents say no to having their pictures online you could always just post the work without the pictures. I would definitely come back to this blog in the future.

 

EDTS 325 Classroom Technology and Blogging

screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-2-53-40-pmSection 1: Using Technology in Education (My Thoughts)

I believe that technology in the classroom is a great asset to this current generation. In every school and classroom technology is used as a main component and tool to complete lessons and examples in a engaging way. Because it is used in so many different classrooms it is important that teachers know exactly how to use it.

I am very excited to learn about the many different apps available for teachers to use so the students continue to learn in a fun and creative way. I fully believe that teaching using technology in your classroom is a must in the time we live in because everything is turning to technology.

Technology in a classroom can actually save time in the class. A lesson in which a teacher is lecturing the class while students take notes and sit there can feel like it takes forever. The students don’t grasp the information because they are not engaged, making the teacher repeat themselves in hope that the students will catch on. When you teach with technology the students will be more engaged and willing to learn therefore, grasping the information better and quicker. This can shave some time off of a lesson because less students will be lost and confused.

A huge benefit of using technology in the classroom can be quite cost efficient if you do it the right way. For example, if students have cell phones or tablets in your classroom, you as a teacher can easily use an app that allows for students to connect on their phones. If the students have phones this can be essentially pretty cheap to do and allows students to have fun and be fully engaged in the lesson. If students do not have phones they can go on the computers to do the same thing. Technology in a classroom isn’t always an expensive tools like the SMART Board there are many different options to use as simple as apps, recordings you can do on a CD, or even a video to show. This could be just as effective when teaching students.

I feel blogging will be incredibly useful in the classroom. Blogging doesn’t only benefit the students it benefits the parents as well. I can definitely see myself using a blog for my future classroom. The main thing I can see myself using it for is for updates in the classroom and a outline and lessons on it for those who missed the class. I would also have students comment on questions I post about the lesson and get them to comment on other students’ comments. This allows students to get an idea of what the internet can do and to let them communicate and share thoughts with others.

Section 2: Response to Articles on Blogging and Technology

There are tons of different articles out there that bring out good points as to why technology in the classroom and in education is considered to be a good thing. This post will have a few of them along with the main points from the article.

Article 1: “4 reasons People Don’t Blog and Reasons to Change Their Mind” 4 reasons…

This article is written by George Couros. Couros talks about the excuses people make about not wanting to blog and why those are just what they are “excuses.”

Summary: The first excuse Couros talks about is the perception that blogging is useless. He goes on to say that everyone he has heard mention that blogging is useless has never actually given blogging a try. he then goes on to say “The only people allowed to criticize or challenge this idea are people who have blogged for at least one year and written at least 50 posts.” (Couros, 2014)

Response: He is very right about this, if you have never used a blog before and do not know what a blog does, then you should not be able to criticize it. Blogs can be beneficial for teachers, students and parents.

Summary: The second excuse Couros talks about is the excuse of having no time to blog. Couros talks about how the main point of a blog is to help the students and to teach them and yourself the art of “open reflection.” Finding the time to create a space for the students to be able to reflect openly is very important and as educators you should find the time to do so.

Response: I agree with what couros is saying, it is very easy to find time for things you find important. If you prioritize what you think is necessary than you will always find time for those things and open reflection is a much needed tool for students to learn how to use. There should be time for that.

Summary: The third excuse Couros talks about is that people worry about putting their private information on the the internet. Couros starts out with saying that you choose how much personal information you put online. He then goes on to say that as teachers we spend all day with other people’s children, it would be nice and curdious to at least post information and ideas of what you do in the class so the parent’s have an idea what they do in class all day.

Response: I agree with everything Couros is saying here. It is important for parents to know what their children do at school. Having a blog is much like having a website or Facebook, you share information of your choice on each. You are in charge of what you wish to put out there, it doesn’t have to be something very personal.

Summary: The fourth reason and excuse couros talks about is that a lot of people feel that no one wants to hear what they have to say. To this he answers that blogs can be used to give ideas to other teachers and schools, we all learn from each other and we always want to learn new things. If you have a blog you can potentially use it to help other educators which is what this community does.

Response: It is important for you to share with educators what you do so everyone can gain ideas from one another. Building ideas from one another is a big part of being an educator, it is important to participate in your community. Blogs are wonderful tools and every teacher should at least try to do one.

Article 2: “Bring your Own Device” BYOD

This is an article from the government of Alberta.

Summary: This article is about how there has been a rise in how many students own technological devices (laptops, phones, and tablets) and how they should start bringing them to school to help with learning. It says that students now a days are so familiar and able to navigate through devices that they own so by having them bring in their devices you are saving time by not having to explain to them how certain things work. Having enough devices for everyone can be quite costly but by having students bring what they can this is saving money.

They then go to say that it not always is a good thing because not all families in schools can afford technology, therefore, leaving those students out this is not fair to those children. Although these kinds of issues arise, many schools and educators participating in the BYOD program, have found it has worked wonders for them. and this is a great thing to hear.

Response: Technology in classrooms can be a great thing. By encouraging students to use their own devices you are opening them up to a world of technology they had no ideas they could access at home or on their devices, from the palm of their hands. Like mentioned in the article there are problems with equality when not every student has a device at home. I have been at a few schools for practicums that have a couple of tablets available for use so if children don’t have their own let them use school resources. Like tablets or a computer, by having the students that can bring their own, bring their own we are allowing more resources to be available for those who can’t which is great in the end.

Article 3 “Teaching Quality Standard Applicable to the Provision of Basic Education in Alberta”TQS

This article is from the Government of Alberta website.

2J Summary: This section of the article is saying that use of technology in the classroom as a teaching tool should be about engaging the students and to teach the students how to communicate with others and to find information, research, world processing, manage information and keeping records.

Response: I feel this is what school is about we are told to write papers and find information. Knowing who to access this information is very important for when you get into a situation where you need to research. Technology is a wonderful tool and it really helps students to be engaged in the lesson.

2O Summary: This section is saying when you are a teacher you need to find your own ways and techniques of teaching. It is up to you as a teacher to come up with your own ways of executing development activities. They should also work with other’s who are responsible for supervising and evaluating teachers.

Response: The use of technology can be used for teachers to find other teachers’ ideas on how to do things. Using other educator’s ideas as a base to creating your own teaching techniques can be a huge benefit for being a teacher. This is a part of the job and it shows the use of technology can be useful.

3H Summary: This section is saying that teachers use technology in the classroom everyday. You see this with SMART boards, computers and visual media. The job of a teacher is to keep the use of technology in their classroom up to ate. It is up to teachers to decide what is right to use in their classroom and what they think would be most useful for student’s to be using.

Response: There is no specific “must use technology” in the classroom. I feel by giving the teacher the option to use what they want and they see most fitting in the classroom better helps the teachers teach. If the teachers chose the technology they bring into the classroom based on the group of students they have and how they learn, the students will retain the information better while being engaged.

3K Summary: This section of the article is saying basically what I said above. The teachers choose the teaching style that they like and it is up to teachers to chose what they see will help the students’ learn best. They use their knowledge of the classroom, along with the past experiences to help form an idea of what works and what doesn’t. They constantly keep up with advances in education rather than just the “traditional” way.

Response: Having teachers keep up with the advances in education, is a great benefit for the students. Students need to be kept up to date with what is new and most effective. Not all technology is going to work in your classroom, it is up to you to know what will work better and to use what is the best to your knowledge. Teachers have a big responsibility, it is up to us to ensure that it will be the best learning experience to the students.