We were asked to give a presentation on where we were in the process of change in relation to our learnings from the Theory Into Practice sessions. Below is my part regarding intervention changes in our school.
I will continue to edit and update this post as I dive into more chapters.
The Formative Five Chapters 6 and 7
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Module 8 – Reflect and Plan
Without a doubt this has been one of the most helpful courses with regards to technology. It was organized in a way that was a gentle push, but not overwhelming. I was able to connect what I already knew with new learning. Thanks to Jennifer and all the supportive members of my group. I know Voxer tapered off as July wore on and we all were at different points, but I knew there was the safety net there and hope we can reach out with questions as we continue our learning beyond July.
I have two favorite modules. One being WordPress. I would have never guessed. It will become a sort of online diary for my learning – but Diary3.o. I also think it would be great to create a site to possibly to connect with families and my new teachers. I don’t know, still thinking on that one.
My second favorite module, again with surprise, was screencasting. Blew. my. mind. I had recorded a couple things in the past with capture and quicktime. I can’t wait to use the features of screencast-o-matic and have youtube channels for my new teachers, for students, for families and teach them to create their own. Just so easy. I think a fun way would to use it to pose questions, or provide a clue to a breakout.
Tools I’ll be Using
I will be using Voxer, twitter in better ways, thinglink and screencasting. I will be documenting my learning in wordpress and maybe creating another site. I have spoken to my school counselor and administrator and are already have discussions about how voxer will be a valuable tool with staff. I will hone my knowledge about twitter and venture back in (probably need to take Jennifer’s twitter tutorial). This post would be miles long if I began brain draining my thoughts about thinglink and screencasting possibilities.
New Tools to Explore
I will be exploring Collaboration tools as I get ready to teach a course to new teachers in about 4 weeks. Some I am familiar with. Some are new. Here we go… I am embarrassed to say that I have not gotten into coding yet. Ugh! I know! So that will be my next step. I’m glad this guide has a place to start. Thanks again, Jennifer. There is so much more in the guide that we didn’t touch on. Step by step.
One goal would be to explore collaboration tools before August 20. Another would be to create any screencasts by the end of September that the new teachers might need a link to (or to the channel) after their new teacher training/orientation. A third goal is to continue through The Teacher’s Guide to Tech by the end of the school year and have a few new tools under my belt. Thanks again, Jennifer!
Module 7 – Screencasting
Lights, camera, ACTION!
Wow! Screencast-o-matic was so easy! My practice video is nothing to be excited about, as I was just playing and it doesn’t even make sense. However, here is what I learned.
- Screencasting can be a valuable tool for me to record and review what I learn.
- Screencasting can be a valuable tool for student to also record or to review a given lesson.
- Creating a classroom “channel” of lessons could be invaluable to families. No need to google something when they can go directly to your class youtuble channel of lessons or tutorials that you have created.
- etc…more to come as I play more. (online stories for my cherubs to hear a story on their parents phone as they wait in line at the grocery store)
I also learned (through this process and through another online course I’m taking) that planning what you will say and planning your steps are critical! Clearly I didn’t do this as I was playing on my first attempt 🙂 Sometimes you have to dive in 1st.
I really like the features of screencast-o-matic that allow you to record frames and type the words across the bottom. So many free options.
My first unplanned attempt: youtube screencast-o-matic test
On a side note, I need to revisit thinglink. My original thinglink has other options to add different types of tags, but when creating this screencast, I could only add url links. I’m confused. Time to back up. My original:
Module 6 – Take Your Pick
Flashcard Creators, Mind Mapping Tools and Survey Tools
Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! Goodness. This assignment is why so many teachers through up their hands and get overwhelmed. One could spend hours digging in tech to decide which tool is “the one” to use. Thank goodness that’s not me. I picked one from each, took a peek, noted what to return to later and decided upon the one to dig for this task (I’m lying. It’s been hours through breakfast, snacks, lunch, and afternoon drinks.)
Since we are a Google district (and I have already spent hours and need to move on), I chose to think about Google forms/surveys in a different way. I created an exit ticket for my elementary students learning how to identify the theme. What was especially thought-provoking about this is that this particular creation could be used as an exit ticket in class, an assignment, or even a flipped pre-assess before another lesson or for an absent student. (you can click here to see the live form Exit Ticket)
The tool itself is easy to use and customize. I have used different survey tools for just that – surveys. Thinking about this tool in different ways opens interesting possibilities. Students could easily use this, embed and collect data to report on later. I could use this in a flipped way with my new teachers, with parents, as well as students now that google has improved it to embed video content pictures as well as text. I also like how google has added different choices for responses besides just text and multiple choice. Checkboxes, dropdowns and linear scales are among a few new additions that will be a novel way to gather information, assess, or have participants think about something.
Below is a list I want to play with (or have students play with and tell me about):
Mind mapping: popplet vs. bubbl.us vs. coggle (I’ve used Lucid chart and like, but so expensive. sigh)
Flashcards – hmmm…not my thing so I need to explore quizlet vs studyblue
Module 5 – Social Media
Social Media Frenzy
I’ll admit social media has sucked me in, spun me around, then spit me out. After regrouping, I began to find my why for different platforms and some possible uses for student learning. I also had to set some parameters for myself around constant connection.
I have looked at most social media sites out of curiosity. Here’s what I have come up with as of now:
Facebook: I am guilty. I use it to connect with my family all over the U.S. and a few contacts outside the U.S. It’s purely social for me. I may post some educational links but only because so many of my friends and family are also educators and education is our interest. The only students I connect with are ones who are grown and have been out of school for a while. This course has been hard for me in facebook since that has not been my platform for professional development.
Twitter: I used to be #FrustratedandOverwhelmed with twitter. Now I love it. It, along with google+ is my professional development. It’s been a while, but Tuesday nights used to be #EdChat time for me and #edTech Chat was Monday’s. I could find a chat every night! But what is really powerful are the hashtags. #ISTE16 would have been a nightmare if I had to sort through billions of tweets. With hashtags you can find anything you want at anytime. There is also twiducate that we used when I taught 2nd grade. By using hashtags, you can pull a conversation into one place. As a staff we toyed with the idea of a selfie summer with the hashtag #EastSelfieSummer16 to connect with each other. The same could apply with students. Take an elementary math unit in geometry for instance. How fun would it be for students and their devices to be taking pictures and tweeting about shapes and geometrical concepts they find in the world that is easily brought back together through the hashtag – then add other students from all over the world and BAM! I could go on for pages. Now with Periscope and Twitter – you can be live with people all over the world, too, at anytime of day or night! Hence, my personal parameters I set so I actually see the world not live through the media and others.
This is an example of using hashtags at ISTE16 during a workshop about using video for coaching teachers, students, and self reflection. It was going on during the workshop like a backchannel such as TodaysMeet.
Instagram app: I have played with instagram a bit, but I didn’t get why I needed instagram, fb, twitter, snapchat, etc. This is the platform I will explore more since I know it works like twitter with hashtags as well. I wonder how to capture a meaningful 15 second moment for instagram? I went to a selfie session at ISTE and also had an Inspire session where they spoke about snapchat and education. It’s ok if our pictures are only there for 24 hours on our story. We captured a moment in time, now it’s gone and that’s ok. They talked about some ways to use with students. Maybe instagram becomes that only longer lasting. I don’t know yet. Connect with me @trevy4 on Twitter or ttrevenen on Instagram and find out if I figure it out.
My first attempt at clipping a 15 sec video. WOW! These two were amazing!
There are so many, but I sticking with these for now. I also know they can be connected so one post goes to other platforms. I’m not into that. I like things separate right now. I don’t need to inundate my entire family nor friends outside of education with my professional development learning. I don’t need to share my family photos and personal endeavors with my PLN. Student do not need to be a part of either of those. Separation for me for now, unless I can be convinced otherwise.
The other separation I make is with my time. Angela Watson recently had a challenge called A 21 Day Challenge for Teachers about #IntentionalConnectivity. Changed. My. Life. No, really, it did. I’m free. The tech fog is gone. I use the tools when I need to just like a pen or a spoon, not as a drug to fill spaces of time. We don’t walk around with a pen or a spoon in our hands, so why look down at your device all the time. Sit with boredom, it’s fine, you’ll love it. I highly recommend this challenge if she offers again.