The Final Take-Aways

I learned so much in this semester. This was such an interesting and fun course. With the growth of technology in education, I feel that every educator could benefit from this course. Throughout the course, I had three big take-aways. The first one was how important it is, as a teacher, to be educated in educational technology so you can develop lesson plans based around standards and technology. The second thing I learned as a teacher and as a student is how important it is to take time to reflect on the work and skills you have learned. The third thing I learned and was also a huge take-away is how to better navigate ALEX. When I can better navigate and understand technology tools, I can better teach my students how to utilize technology tools.

My absolute favorite assignments (yes, I had two) was the Video Creation and Digital Story assignment. I can usually talk to anyone about anything, but when the camera comes on I freeze. I was kind of impressed with how well the video turned out and how I was able to “decorate it up” with Fall leaves falling to separate my sections of the video. I ended up not being nervous at all when I got started with the video, which was a relief. I was shocked to find myself enjoying the Digital Story assignment, but it tied for one of my favorites. Once I was able to navigate the Anchor tool, I practiced a few times on my husband, then went to recording. I feel like I will be using this tool a lot in my classroom, whether it be reading directions to them for virtual days, reading books to them, giving them a word problem to solve, or highlighting our main learning topics for the week so they can listen to them with their parents over the weekend.

I can use the Video Creation at the end of each semester with my students. I think this will be a fun assignment for them. I will have them video themselves reading a book, working on a science or history project, working out a math problem, then closing the video with the main skills they learned each semester and why they think those skills are important for life. I plan to also use the Anchor tool for the students to start summarizing books they have read in my room. When they finish a book, they will need to record their voice summarizing the book. At the end of the year they should have a stream of different podcasts with different books. They will be able to go back and listen to them to reflect on each book they read.

Prior to taking this class there were very few technology tools I used. Now, after taking this class, I will for sure be using the Miro tool for meetings and the KAHOOT tool with my students (if I can figure out how to publicly share the KAHOOTS with them). We have so many ideas and plans during our meetings that everyone is writing down and it would be a more successful meeting if we had Miro pulled up on the smart board for everyone to put virtual sticky notes on there as we conduct the meeting. The students are going to love KAHOOT. I will use this tool for short assessments to monitor their retention of skills learned.

Personally, I would like to do more PD with the use of technology. I would like to incorporate it more into the classroom with my students, with data collection, and lesson plans. I want to understand the use of each technology tool to make sure it aligns with the ISTE standards. If I can teach the students how to successfully utilize different technology tools, while following the standards, they will become more successful in their present and future educational careers. It is easy to implement something you feel comfortable with, but it is a challenge to implement something new. All teachers should be allowed PD time to grow as education grows, and right now, education is growing and changing. Even the blogging every week in this class has been a huge help and resource to me as a teacher. I was able to read other’s complications and successes with the use of technology tools and from that, be able to choose which ones I would like to try.

Quick Assessments

KAHOOT! https://create.kahoot.it/preview/3a1e9bcd-820c-402e-add3-38bc33988760

Click above to play my KAHOOT! This will be such a fun program to incorporate in the classroom with my students. Since I am a resource teacher for the special education department, this will be another fast fun way to collect data on each student. I can individualize the assessments for each student specialized for them specifically. I had a difficult time trying to share my KAHOOT with everyone, I hope it works. I tried it out and it pulled up, but I hope it does for all of you. This was the hump in the road I ran into while working with this program.

QUIZIZZ https://quizizz.com/admin/quiz/6160f21797b917001d95f1cb

Above is my quiz I created for a quick assessment for my class. I hope you all find it fun and entertaining, too. This is another program that is fun for the students. I tried it with them and they loved it. We also tried a live quiz. My students told me about that feature, they enjoy the competition. Quizizz is another program where I will be able to collect data and progress monitor my students with their IEP goals. I ran into the same issue with this program as I did KAHOOT. Sharing the assessment with others may and may not work. It didn’t share with my students at first and now I’m hoping I have worked out the kink. This is a great program to use and I highly recommend it.

Anchor

https://d3ctxlq1ktw2nl.cloudfront.net/staging/2021-8-29/221221458-44100-2-fa720ef738786.m4a

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yTlcxw1NjiF6aOKW_aps5Aqq3LdPzzGH/view?usp=sharing

Above are my voice recordings. I tried to upload it two different ways and I am hoping at least one will work. I used the Anchor website to create my voice recording. This was a super easy tool to navigate and to use. VERY USER FRIENDLY. I clicked on the link Dr. Gaston gave us and it took me straight to the website. I signed up and clicked on start recording and recorded myself. I then downloaded the recording and uploaded it to google drive. I’m telling you, this was a super easy process. I am so glad I was introduced to this tool because I am going to try and use it with my students with math and reading. I am going to read the instructions to them and them give them examples of what skills I want them to perform before they begin their lessons for the week. I think this will help them feel more prepared for the week and be able to connect on personal level that builds student teacher trust. I hope all of you try it, I cannot tell you how simple this was! Have a good week!

Instructional Tools

https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_ltiVar0=/

I used Aww Whiteboard that is now called Miro. I’m still not sure if I used it correctly, but I hope I did. I created a multiplication facts game using a board that looked like sticky notes. This tool would be great for PLT meetings. It was fairly easy to use and to navigate, once you got signed up. I think others could benefit from this tool in many ways. Maybe in reading take notes of a story you are reading as you go as a whole class. Like I said above, it could be used for meetings. Students will be able to use it like playing a game, like the multiplication facts game I created. I didn’t have any challenges, but I am probably missing something about the tool and need to research and play around more with the tool. I look forward to using it in the future with teaching and PLT meetings.

Living Life Like a Video

Hope you like my title. If you used to or currently listen to rap music, this was a line from a song I used to listen to as a traditional college student (LOL). Click on the link below to enjoy the video.

SHORT VIDEO

I used iMovie to create my video and then posted it on YouTube. The video for you to watch is posted below. I really enjoyed this activity and thought it was fun to do, aggravating at times, but over-all fun. I have used iMovie before, but not for making a short film. I have mainly used it for a slide show for my cheerleaders and some short clips were included, but not as detailed as the one we were assigned to do this week.

One of the problems I ran into after creating my video was I thought on the video y’all were seeing the words backwards because of what I could see, but when the video was complete, the words read normal and not backwards. Another thing was when doing the activity outside, I needed something flat for my colleague to write on because the bench was bumpy. I will remember that for my activity with the students tomorrow.

I started by introducing myself inside the classroom to some of my colleagues and shared my teaching story. I also added a few personal things that I thought was important for them to know about me. I then took them outside and demonstrated the Fall activity I have planned for my students, in hope my colleagues would want to use the activity for their students. I went over all of the materials needed and demonstrated the process. They really enjoyed the activity and plan to use it as well.

My credits were added at the end of the video including the narrator, music added, colleagues involved, and the producer. Hope you enjoy reading and watching the short video. Have a great week!

Web-Based Tool

https://show.zohopublic.com/publish/2zd72a00a5c23dc1849f9bc8704196c8fc77c
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The above links are to view my presentation “The Web and Education”. Please view it and leave a comment below about your thoughts. https://show.zohopublic.com/publish/2zd72a00a5c23dc1849f9bc8704196c8fc77c

I used Zoho Show https://www.zoho.com/show/ as my web tool for this assignment. I hope I did it correct. If so, it was not too hard to use and figure out. The program walked you through each step and each slide. It was my job to figure out what information I wanted to use for each slide. Once I was finished with the slides I clicked share and copied the links to add to this post for you all to view it. The bump in the road I ran into was uploading images. At first, I could not figure out how to format it so the whole picture was there, but then I saw an icon below the image I clicked on to make it fit the format provided in the slide. Once of my realizations was I need more practice with technology and implementing it into my teaching / classroom and with my students. If technology is this big now, imagine what it will be in 5 – 10 years? This tool could easily be used in the classroom while presenting lessons as a teacher and/or completing a project as a student. This is a user friendly tool that you could even use to present a presentation.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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Week’s Matrix

  • How you anticipate this information regarding learning theories will influence your professional practice: The more I learn the more comfortable I will feel about putting it into practice with my students.
  • Resources you used to complete the matrix: https://ozobot.com/blog/27-tech-tools-teachers-can-use-to-inspire-classroom-creativity ; https://www.grin.com/document/111062  
  • Challenges you encountered along the way: It was a lot harder than I imagined it would be. Finding technology tools for students with each theory was the hardest. It might be because our district doesn’t use a lot at this time and we have only been exposed to a few, but that was the toughest to me.

A brief description of each theory

Behaviorism: the theory that human and animal behavior can be explained in terms of conditioning, without appeal to thoughts or feelings, and that psychological disorders are best treated by altering behavior patterns.

Cognitivism: Cognitivists argued that the way people think impacts their behavior and therefore cannot be a behavior in and of itself.

Constructivism: Constructivism is a theory in education that recognizes learners construct new understandings and knowledge, integrating with what they already know.

Connectivism: accepts that technology is a major part of the learning process and that our constant connectedness gives us opportunities to make choices about our learning.

 

Notable theorists associated with each theory

Behaviorism: John Watson, B.F. Skinner, Edwin Guthrie, Edward Tolman, Clark Hull, Kenneth Spence, Singer

Cognitivism:  Daniel Kahneman, PhD., Lev Vygotsky

Constructivism: Jean Piaget

Connectivism: George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism.

 

A general statement on how each theory could guide technology use in the classroom

Behaviorism: You can have your students work collaboratively as a group to come up with advantages and disadvantages of the use of technology in the classroom. This is the student’s opportunities to act out on their feelings about technology being used in the classroom. 

Cognitivism: When students are already used to working with different technology it is easier to use it in the classroom for projects and assignments. It is satisfying to students to be able to go home and show their parents or grandparents how to use their technology devices.

Constructivism: By using technology to incorporate their presentation of their work they are more likely to be successful. Being able to construct their own models of work for a specific topic, the students are incorporating their knowledge with previous experiences.

Connectivism: Using connectivism in the classroom could promote student group learning, allow students to take control over their learning, and build confidence in their academics with a support teacher available to them.

 

An example of a specific technology (or activity involving technology) which could be used in the classroom that aligns with each theory

Behaviorism: One tool would be Class Dojo. In this program the teacher can give positive points and/or negative points to a student for their behavior. If the student receives a negative point, they can change their behavior and receive a positive point.

Cognitivism: A calculator can be used as a cognitive technology tool.

Constructivism: Smart boards are a great way to collaborate as a class with each other and interact using one technology board.

Connectivism: SeeSaw allows students to show what they know with tools like draw record, collage, video, and more. Educators report that SeeSaw is intuitive for students to use, so minimal support is required to use this tool!