Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

I find that Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy holds a lot of information, but the part that interested me most was the information on “creating.” In this section, it shows different websites and programs that can be used to create a variety of works/assignments. I was particularly interested in is the Mixbook.

Mixbook

“As educators we must remember we don’t want to teach the technology itself, we want to use the technology to teach an outcome, and in achieving the outcome students will use their abilities to problem solve combined with peer and teacher support to figure out how to use the tool. The tool/activity is simply the vehicle to get to the final learning goal. Learning the tool should never be the goal.” – Milissa Gavel 

I feel that giving students the chance to explore and create can truly enhance their educational experience. They get show you what it important to them, and we must respect these aspects of our students. They have opinions and interests invested in what they do and how they do it. I feel it would be wrong to ignore their opinions and interests.

Now, for the question that was posed on our class blog:

“how is it that strong educators come to understand how to teach with technology at high levels as outlined in Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy where students are creating, evaluating and analyzing?”

Check out my tweet to answer this question:

Much like teaching itself, teaching with technology takes a lot of time and training. Perhaps that is what we need to build a comfortability with the numerous technological advances and devices we see today.

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TIM (Technology Integration Matrix)

I feel like the Technology Integration Matrix is very interesting and has a lot of information that teachers can actually use. I was profoundly interested in the Infusion category, as it seems to be the category where we place more choice/responsibility in the hands of the students. I like to give students the choice and freedom to express themselves, and I would say this should include homework and activities that involve technology. One example I can provide, is that I had found a Language Arts activity that a class was working on, in which they were working together to maintain and edit a magazine. They were using numerous devices such as computers, cameras, scanners, projectors, etc. Check out the page here and watch the video. It is such a unique and creative idea that I could see in my own classroom if I become a middle-school or high-school teacher.

“The teacher encourages students to use technology tools to make connections to the world outside of the instructional setting and to their lives and interests. The teacher provides a learning context in which students regularly use technology tools and have the freedom to choose the tools that, for each student, best match the task.”

I find the quote above speaks to my beliefs about freedoms and choices given to the students, because it helps to transform students into independent adults. Maria Montessori also spoke about freedom of education in her work as well:

 

I firmly believe that when you give students these choices and freedoms, they develop a higher level of learning that perhaps we could not even imagine ourselves. I am so looking forward to those days when students will be teaching me new things and I will say, “I never thought of it that way.”

This is because the time and energy students invest in schoolwork needs to be worthwhile and meaningful to them to take it to that higher level. It needs to be something that interests them. I myself find that I invest more time and energy in work assignments and tasks that I find interesting, and I find myself learning new or different things. This is what I want for my students.

An example I found on the TIM would be where a student was building a model of an Eiffel Tower. Click here to go to the page, and you will see in the video that she chose to do this project, and she chose what type of information was needed to complete the project. It is another activity that I see integrates student interest and technology use seamlessly.

To bring this post to a close, I just want to say that the Technology Integration Matrix is unique and interesting. It holds a lot of information that can be easily integrated in your own classroom.

Reading Response #5

Why Bother With #byod?

“BYOD creates ownership of the technology and assists with ownership of the learning.” – Learning Activist, 2012

This article provided great tips on how BYOD would look, and I liked that they were simple and easily understood, such as learning journals, research, creating webpages, etc. I especially liked it when this article said: “The questions of “how do you use a device in the classroom?” becomes “how do you not?””, further cementing my views that technology is a huge part of our lives now, that we now have the responsibilities of managing it.

With the way we see technology progressing, we need to help prepare this next generation to take control of technology, otherwise technology may take control of them. We may see students and adults who won’t leave their house because they’d rather stay on a computer or watch t.v. We need to show them that it is alright to be unplugged for awhile. Teaching these skills and managing them, using some of the tips that this article has suggested, builds up “useful skills that citizens of the 21st C will require.” It will help enrich all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher.

I also like that this article brings up how we will see that our students will probably be using a number of different devices, and I as a teacher would be comfortable with that. I know that students will want to use a device of their choice, and I also know that not all devices work the same way. The only stipulation I’d probably put in place is around distracted behaviour or use of the devices that is not beneficial to the learning activity/assignment, such as messaging, chatting, social media sites, etc. I would say you can try doing the assignment without the device if it is causing a distraction – other options I would present would be using books from the library, or interviewing someone who may be able to help, using a school computer that is monitored instead of using your own personal device. In the end, I see technology as a choice that holds a certain responsibility.

Bring Your Own Device – A Guide For Schools

Section 1: Why Bring Your Own Device? (Page 3-4)

“The reality is that web-based tools and resources have changed the landscape of learning.” is a statement in this educational document that I believe is true. The progression of technology has provided endless learning opportunities and has made almost anything possible – from sharing documents with classmates, to creating and editing videos. All that a teacher would have to do is facilitate these opportunities and guide the students through the assignments or projects that they are working on. Essentially a teacher should know what the students are interested in, and may work their lessons around that. This article brings up how the education system is becoming more student-centered, which is true. We probably wouldn’t be talking about BYOD if it weren’t. I think it would be great to allow students to use their personal devices in class, because they’d be comfortable with them and know how to use them. I would say we need to prepare lessons around using devices in class, and around a variety of topics that gain to students’ interests and expose them to new learning opportunities.

“the range and effectiveness of technology use in augmenting learning varies considerably depending on the types of tools and software used, the context within which they are used and the degree to which student interest, motivation and engagement is triggered.” – Government of Alberta, 2012

The Benefits of Mobile Devices In The Classroom

This article covers most of the benefits of having devices in your classroom, such as portability, increased student engagement, convenient uses for studying, etc. I also like how this article showed some stats for students who use devices for their projects/assignments.

It leads to the question of “What’s next?” It shows an increase in this type of learning. This article had a link to another one that I found to be interesting as well.

Mobile Learning On The Rise

This article mainly depicts how devices are becoming smaller and more affordable, so they are becoming more popular. Which is true, I mean if you think back to some of the stuff you used when you were younger, than you are probably remembering bigger systems and even bigger prices.

I like that this article also has an infographic which shows statistics for the use of google apps, click on the image below to see the infographic:

mlearning-apps infographic

Reading Response #4

At the beginning of Module 4, I was a little overwhelmed. It just seemed like there was a lot to do, but once I got started, It wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed looking at the videos, and reading about net standards, netiquette, and being safe online. The topic of being safe online is one that is close to my heart, as I have seen this type of stuff happen, and have experienced it firsthand. I feel that cyberbullying, as well as not being protected on the net, are all too real.

They were real when the internet was first invented.

They are real today.

They will continue to be real for as long as the internet is operational.

I feel that taking a step towards educating this new tech-born generation shows how far we’ve come as a society, and how important our children/students are to us. Their safety should always come first, and this is done through information and knowledge for both children and adults.

A Girl Like Her Movie

I am glad that this class did bring up the topic of cyberbullying, and how we should conduct ourselves online, because without that, the internet can be a very dangerous place.

I feel that some children and even adults may not realize how easy it is to get hurt or to hurt someone else online.

Click on the picture to the left, to watch a trailer for the movie “A Girl Like Her,” It seems like an interesting movie, and it shows what cyberbullying can be like. Things like this movie as well as videos, pictures, campaigns, all help to build awareness and makes us realize that we need to do more – do more to protect ourselves and our students.

I even commend websites like the ones we have viewed in Module 4. Sites like Common Sense Media and Media Smart all play their part too in building awareness around internet safety. I hope that they continue to build awareness to keep children and even adults safe on the internet.

I really feel like the video that was shared on the ECMP 355 blog was an especially important part of this message, so I wanted to share it too:

I also found the “My Online Neighbourhood” video just adorable and informative. I liked the guidelines for children that are on it:  #1. Ask your parents first, #2. ONLY talk to people you know, #3. Stick to places just right for you. I think after seeing the video, kids would agree that these rules make sense.

I also liked the “Digital Citizenship Survival Kit” Thinglink that was shared with us. I had to laugh when I seen the Pet tie-out cable that was included in it. It was meant to represent how parents should set limits for their kids, but It was funny too.

Reading Response #3 ( …Continued.)

How To Use Social Media In Education (Part 1 of 2)

I like the way this article covers things like the change we have experienced in education, regarding technology use. I like that it referenced the past, where all we had as resources was our teacher and our textbook. I feel that this is very true, because even 10 years ago when I was still in school, this seemed to be the case. I can see the dynamics of education, and the view of technology, shifting. For myself, personally, being at an age where I have experienced both sides of the fence – having an education without technology, and then going over that fence, to the world where you see and experience all these advances taking place – It really makes me wonder, which side do I prefer? I would like to say that I prefer the less technology side, just because it holds a certain nostalgia for me – a simpler time, that was care-free and easy to maneuver. But I do see how much technology has shaped and changed a generation. I see children using phones and computers and other devices like they were born with it. At this rate, I would say that they are born with it, or will be soon enough. I always say: pretty soon you will see babies with cellphones the day they are born 😀

On another note, this article brings up “Respect.” I feel this is rightly chosen wording. I mean, you look at this new generation that adapt so quickly to this “new” and “ever-changing” world, that you have got to respect that.

This brings me to the idea of the changing classroom, and the part where this article discusses the shifting roles of educators. I feel that this true, we see different types of classrooms now, and there are some changes that I love, and some I still haven’t decided on yet. For instance, I love that it is so easy to do research now, but everything is so fast-paced that you see a change in behaviour itself, and I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not.

How To Use Social Media In Education (Part 2 of 2)

This article also takes an interesting approach on social media. It shows us what exactly different types of social media are, and what they can do. It also shows a video that puts a positive spin on social media in the classroom. It shows how social media apps like Facebook can be used for group discussions, homework assignments, and so on, that it made me think, “Hey, this is something I could do.” It made Facebook look different in my eyes, and opened doors to a new perspective of technology in the school setting.

I feel perhaps this is what I need more of – a description of social media and how to use it (positively) – in order to change my own personal viewpoint of technology and social media (I wouldn’t say my viewpoint is negative, so perhaps cautious would be the right term).

Reading Response #3

9 Essential Social Media Tips For Educators

I really enjoyed this article because it gave advice that I feel are taken for granted. It is easy to say “Jump Right In,” but do we actually do that? I would like to say yes, but it is difficult to do so. It really depends on the person and the circumstances.

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Protect Your Kids on Facebook, by Tuki.com

The only thing I was wondering about, is regarding tip #6. I wondered why it would say policies aren’t needed for the use of social media. I get a little worried when children are on social media sites, so I naturally believe that standards and expectations should be put in place. This would help our students understand what it means to be safe and responsible on the internet. I firmly believe that we as teachers are guides and mentors, and a big part of our job is to ensure the safety of our students. I believe this should include online safety. I feel it may be too easy for children to get wrapped up in things like games, Facebook, and perhaps even cyber-bullying. Theses things could impact a child or their learning. The article tells us to “jump right in,” but are we expected to ask our students the same thing? Again, it brings me back to my questions about how far does it go? How far do we take technology use?

Other than that, I think the other suggestions make perfect sense. I see more and more of these ideas being put in place, that it is starting to feel like second nature. For instance, tips like “train teachers for today’s classroom,” make sense for the way society seems to be functioning right now: trying to make a difference through educating our teachers, … With all the questions I have, this seems to be a pretty good solution. To think that if I have concerns about social media or technology use, It would make sense for me to learn more about it, so I can figure out what would help enhance learning or hinder it. I also like the way that it uses the word “for today’s classroom”, because to me, this is saying that we don’t know what the future will look like. Let’s start with today and make it a great!

Reading Response #2 (Continued…) 

32 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom

9 Things Every Student Should Be Able To Do In Google Drive

I feel that these presentations are incredibly informative. I didn’t realize all the stuff you could use the apps for, such as the collaborative aspects and sharing capabilities. I realize that technology is vastly increasing in our schools today, all around the world, but it makes me wonder if it is getting safer? My main concerns being privacy and safety concerns, and general amount of time spent on technological devices.

The only thing I need to remind myself as a teacher-in-training is that these programs are meant to better the education experience… So once again, I say be responsible and make a plan when it comes to technology. Seek advice or additional training when first learning how to use different programs. This should make it run more smoothly not only for you and your fellow teachers, but for your students, as well. I believe that if you are not comfortable with the technology you are using, then how can your students be?

Perhaps, it sounds like I’m being negative towards technology, but I assure you I am trying not to. I love the advancements being made in our modern world, and I am a big fan of technology when I know what I am doing, but at the same time, these programs are aimed towards educating future generations, and I only want the best.

Reading Response #2

What Do Schools Risk By Going “Full Google”?

I feel this article brings up the discussion of how far should we take technology use in our classrooms. I would like to say first off, that there are always pros and cons to using technology,  but the most important thing to do is to be responsible and critical when making decisions about what we bring into our classrooms. This article states that “Google’s business motive here is to expose young users to the Google brand. To hook them early.” I feel that a business like google, should not be targeting young students, especially children under the age of 16, any younger and students would be too vulnerable on the internet. I myself, certainly, was not born during a time when there was a lot of technology, but I was born during a time when technology seemed to come to a break through. Computers were introduced to the classrooms for typing and computer games; Televisions got flatter; music devices and cell phones starting becoming smaller and more plentiful. This was also during a time when we were unaware of just what technology was and what it could do, so we were cautious. What I see today is a completely different picture. I see a connection with technology that we have showcased in front of our children. The cautious nature we once showed has gradually turned into comfortability. I would even go to say that this attitude almost numbs children to the concerns of technology. They have grown up during a time when they see everyone using cell phones, devices, and computers, and they do not get to see what kind of questions should be asked about technology. They see adults with a device programmed for social media, and they may think it is normal. Perfectly fine. No questions asked. There are now even children who have social media accounts, when we should be asking how far does it go? Perhaps some comfortability is not a bad thing, because I personally know that there are apps and computer programs which are becoming more and more learning or education based, and designed to make life easier, including google, which is an app that can do a lot of things for the classroom, such as conducting tests, tracking assignments, and reading books. But this article brings the question to mind: how far? What are the standards we want to set? The main thing I would say is be responsible, follow safety tips, and keep technology use varied and optional. I would also say to stay current and alert in regards to different programs, especially when you are bringing them into a classroom of 20-30 children that are looking up to you as a role model.

My First Reading Response

Anatomy of a Highly Successful Non-Traditional Student Infographic.

When I read this article, I realized how important the tips being offered were, and how easy it was to overlook them.

One of the tips listed was scheduling sleep, and I was surprised at the simplicity of it. It really spoke to me, as I feel that I do not get enough sleep or that my hours are so varied that it is hard to maintain a routine.

I feel that this is the most important tip since I myself know what it is like to be a little sleep deprived, and let me tell you, it is not fun. So if you are like me: a person who has a job, goes to school, and has three “fur-babies” to care for, I hope you pick your moments, and revel in those stolen nap times. 🙂