Last Day of Class Before….

Today is officially my last day of class before my summer break. I am super proud of what I have accomplished this semester.

I expect to pass both of my classes with As.

I got to tutor an amazing foster child.

I completed my Credential Application and all the testing components and letters of recommendation.

So now, it is just a waiting game. Waiting for that letter from CSUSM on whether or not I will be accepted into the program this year for Fall 2017. In the meantime, I will spend my time off spending much needed quality time with my family.

 

Instructional Video

For the last couple of weeks, my peers and I in my EDUC 422 class have all become movie makers as we all have embarked on this journey of making instructional videos for the class room. I worked with my peers Caitlin Timney and Liz Garcia in order to complete this task. This was by far the most demanding assignment so far in my EDUC 422 class. The time and planning it took to complete a 4 minute and 30 second video was unbelievable. I can see now why some educators can be completely against the entire idea of the flipped classroom model, especially if each video were to be this involved while making. The process of making this instructional video really involved almost all areas of the ISTE standards for teachers in one way or another. I feel that for every process involved with the making of the instructional video, we touched on one of the ISTE standards.

Please enjoy our instructional video below! It is a video about plural nouns and it is aims toward the Kindergarten demographic. Please let me know what you think!

 

Instructional Video Pitch and Story Board

After watching the video, please make sure to fill out the Google Form

 

Reflection

Recently in my EDUC 422 class we were given the assignment of creating WebQuests. The WebQuest that my partner and I created was on Stranger Awareness and it was geared toward lower level Special Education students. Creating the WebQuest was somewhat complicated, but completely doable. It was essentially the first ever lesson plan that I have ever created. For this assignment we also worked with fellow partners in our class who were planning on teaching the same subject material. Working with a partner can be challenging sometimes because communication can get mixed up. My partner and I agreed to make our WebQuest through Google Docs. It was very convenient for both of us and our busy schedules to break up the work and work together on the online platform. Once I was completed with my portion of the assignment, my partner completed her portion and then decided to present our WebQuest via Google Slides. I feel that this was a huge missed opportunity for myself and learning how to use Google Slides. Don’t get me wrong, I think that our WebQuest turned out really awesome and was very visually appealing. But I can’t help but feel a little bummed that I missed out being part of the decision to change the tech tool we were using and missing the opportunity to learn about a new tech tool as well. In the future, I would like to try to make another WebQuest and have a bit more control over the decisions of it.

As part of this assignment we were also tasked with viewing our fellow classmates WebQuests. After completing our assignment and participating in my fellow classmates WebQuests, I can say that I enjoyed the concept of WebQuests very much. I think that it is a great way to utilize the internet to learn about different topics. I think that overall I found all the WebQuests to be very engaging and helpful. I participated in a few WebQuests about the Solar system and one very interesting one on the cycle of water. These topics were very appropriate for the WebQuest. There were some topics that I personally thought the WebQuest format didn’t help me learn the material very well. For example, I reviewed a WebQuest on learning Spanish. Learning a foreign language is very difficult and I thought that having it in this setting was perhaps not fitting for it. It made me realize that for my future classes I will need to be very observant and aware of the topics that I will be able to teach and not teach utilizing WebQuests. I think most of all WebQuests is a great teaching tool that teaches students how to utilize the internet which is a vital piece of technology to master in this day in age.

Digital Citizenship

According to Mike Ribble, “it is imperative that you teach them the rules of the digital world, and how to be safe and responsible with technology.” Ribble is referring to the importance of teaching students the proper use of technology and how to be an appropriate citizens of the digital world.

As part of our assignment in my education technology class, we needed to make a presentation using one of the tech tools that we have learned about in class. I decided to utilize Prezi since I am a little more familiar with it compared to other tech tools such as Piktochart and Powtoon. I wanted to make my Prezi as if it were for one of my future classes. I tried my best to make it fun and interactive and possibly from the perspective of a high school level/college level class. I want to teach Special Education, but I don’t feel like I have the tools yet or resources to be able to make a presentation from that perspective. Plus the information is very technical and would require more technology knowledge in order to understand. Take a look at my Prezi below and let me know what you think?

Don’t forget to click on the link!

digital-citizenship

http://prezi.com/d_e6bqbtszpr/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

 

#Connected #Educator

what-is-a-twitter-chatAs an educator and thinking about the technology tools that I will one day use in the classroom, Twitter was the last tech tool on my mind that I thought I would utilize. Twitter is an online news and social networking service. Users can post messages, communicate with other users and even post images. These posts are called tweets and they are restricted to 140 characters each. For my EDU 422 class we were assigned with the task of participating in a Twitter Chat. I personally have never participated in a Twitter chat and was curious to see how the experience would play out.

After having experienced the Twitter Chat environment, I can personally say that I didn’t think it was anything special. I found it very like other social media tools like Facebook. Regardless, I learned a lot about the Twitter Chat environment and especially the use of hashtags to connect all relevant information pertaining to certain topics. That was pretty much the most interesting aspect to me. What I found most challenging while in the Twitter Chat was the speed of the chat itself. I found it to be very fast paced and because it was such, I couldn’t enjoy most of my classmate’s responses to the questions that were asked by our professor. I was very afraid of missing the next question that my professor would ask, that I only engaged in minimal side conversations with my peers. I wish I would have tried to venture out more with the side conversations, but it was a difficulty for me. I did enjoy the fact that there was a 140-character limit to tweets. Sometimes it is nice to just get to the point and not have a lot of fluff in a posting.

Although I found Twitter a bit difficult to keep up with, it still has its benefits to me as an educator and lifelong learner. Twitter has the potential to keep me in contact with several educational resources. Resources being other educators, administrators, my peers, and so on. As a lifelong leaner, Twitter can help me connect with these resources to become a better educator myself. They can offer me advice, suggestions, and tools to become the best educator that I can be. Twitter can also help me keep in contact with future students who would like to stay connected for educational purposes.

The last part of this assignment was to connect with my fellow classmates by following them on their social media networks: Twitter, LinkedIn and their own blogs as well. As part of this assignment I read all their posts in ISTE standards and left the following links on their blogs in response to the questions that they posted. See the links below and feel free to read up on what some of my classmates posted about the ISTE standards. I am very lucky as a future educator to have my classmates in the same boat as I am. It has been very beneficial connecting with them using tech tools like Twitter, because I learn more about them and I can establish my own Personal Learning Network with them in it.

These activities relate to the ISTE standard of Professional Growth and leadership. By doing these activities we are setting up a foundation for lifelong learning. By participating in Twitter Chats, we model the standard by participating in our local and global communities. Talking with one another about how we can use technology to further education and lifelong learning. We are building a foundation to grow professionally by having a Twitter account where we can connect with other educators and do what we do best, which is learn.

Arthur Cook Blog: https://thecooklife.wordpress.com/

Relevant Website Link: https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=330

Brandon Warner Blog: https://logblog2017.wordpress.com/

Relevant Website Link: https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/11/14/how-to-develop-mindsets-for-compassion-and-caring-in-students/

Cherifer Cruz Blog: https://cherifercruz.com/

Relevant Website Link: https://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-history

Caitlin Timney Blog: https://timneycaitlin.wordpress.com/

Relevant Website Link: http://www.washington.edu/teaching/teaching-resources/engaging-students-in-learning/teaching-with-technology-2/

 

 

Collaboration and Tech Tools

Collaboration is an essential skill to possess as an educator. At one point in your career as an educator, you will have to collaborate with your peers in order to achieve certain tasks. As part of an assignment for my education technology course I worked with a group of my fellow classmates on a group project. We were tasked to work together collaboratively on a project about Tech Tools. Tech tools are technology resources that can be used in the classroom. This project was very informative because not only did we learn about the technology resources available to us, we also utilized them while collaborating with each other. I can say for certain that we will be able to use all of these tool one day in the future. Check out our Google Slide presentation below and don’t forget to give us some feedback on our Google Form!

Here is our Google Slide Presentation on Tech Tools

Please participate in our Google Form

Wait….What is ISTE?

For a break down what ISTE is, please check out my Prezi presentation below!

Make sure to click on the link!

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http://prezi.com/9-9egobi3-tv/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

How would you rate your skills/knowledge for each of the standards?

I would have to say overall I would rate myself on the lower range in terms of my skills and knowledge of these standards. On a scale from 1-10, 1 being low and 10 being high, most of my answers on the self evaluation sheet were on the 1-3 range with a few scores in the 10 range.

I have some experience facilitating and hopefully inspiring student learning and creativity. In the past I have been an AVID mentor to middle school students, it was always a challenge coming up with new and exciting ways to teach math to the students I was tutoring, but somehow I managed by playing games.

I have a lot of experience in professional growth and leadership in my previous work history. I have always made it a point to learn as much as I can about a position and then more. I have also engaged in different leadership opportunities when they were presented to me, so that I could expand more on my own leadership skills. I did this because it was important to me to be a successful leader in any capacity.

Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. I think this is an area that I can definitely become better at. What comes to mind when I hear this standard is the appropriate use of social media. I think as an educator, you have to be that much more mindful of the content you are sharing/liking or commenting on the internet. As an educator you are much more susceptible to put yourself in danger of getting reprimanded if you aren’t careful. So I think this standard is a good reminder to us all to be mindful of the content we put on the internet.

Design and develop digital age learning experiences/assessments and model digital age work and learning are definitely two standards I need the most improvement on, since I have the least amount of experience in these areas.

I did not know that there were standards in place for the use of technology for teachers. It makes sense to hold teachers all accountable to the same standards so that technology is being utilized the same way by all educators. It is my hope that after taking EDUC 422, I can be a bit more versed in technology and utilize what I learn in my own classroom one day. I hope that I can also take these standards that we have learned and apply them to my best of my ability as well.

What are you looking forward to learning the most in EDUC 422?