Hello, hello, hello!
It has been a long time since my last blog so here's what happened since then:
THE TWITTER CHAT
This was my first Tweet-up so here are my widely anticipated observations...
I liked the flurry of Tweets at all times, posting GIFS, Jacqui posting her first GIF, and the pressure to answer questions in a timely fashion.
I had difficulty with the constant flurry of Tweets at all times, answering in the proper format, and having to sometimes manually refresh my feed when new posts were taking too long to come through.
I would definitely like to participate in a Tweet-up again with even more Tweeters tweeting tweets.
Lastly I posted three different digital tools to my Wiki. They were Weebly.com, abcya.com, and bitsboard.com.
I would like to take this time to talk a little bit more about Weebly.com.
Here are just a few reasons why I love it:
Goodbye and God bless!
Hello and welcome to my blog!
This is my first blog post of the 2016 summer season, and I am happy to be part of the Tech-Infused Teacher Professional Development once again with Jaqui Murray (Askatechteacher@gmail.com).
If you don't know me, I teach technology to Pre-K to 8th grade. I just completed my third year of teaching Technology, and this has been my most exciting year yet!(sorry for yelling) I love challenging myself and expanding my knowledge by learning from other professionals, then using that knowledge to relate and transfer it to my students and colleagues in a fun and engaging way!
For example, I use the very popular App and quiz creating website, Create.Kahoot.it! It is a wonderful website where you can create your own online interactive quiz, where students can answer the questions to that quiz from their digital device, whether that be a computer, ipad, or cell phone. Kahoot is a great way to to collaborate with subject area teachers. We can share what we are learning in class, and reinforce that information by creating a Kahoot Quiz about it. If we are learning about rain forest animals in 3rd grade, we will create and take a Kahoot quiz on animals that live in the rain forest. We not only used Kahoot to review and reinforce students' learning in Technology class, and from their subject teachers, but students also research topics of their choice, gathering that information, and creating their own quizzes, to later present, and quiz their classmates! This was also a real way to practice troubleshooting any connectivity issues. If the learner cannot connect to the Kahoot right away, what do we do? We reload the page, retype the pin, or sit and wait until the connection returns. But we don't panic! This is just one example as to why I find teaching Technology. Now on to the question at hand...
The tech infused classroom is a place where we use technology. We use technology. I know, that sounds too simple and too short of an explanation. We use technology for everything! I use technology to teach, the students use technology to learn and teach each other. Students run into a problem on the computer, they know how to solve it, they try to solve it, or they ask a friend next to them to teach them how to solve it, so they know how to solve it in the future. We always explain, step by step, how to do something, never taking the mouse out of someones hand. If you want to teach someone how to kick a soccer ball, you tell them how to kick a soccer ball, then they try and kick the soccer ball themselves. If we just kicked the soccer ball for someone then they would never learn how to become a good soccer player themselves.
If we there is work we want to save for later, we know how to do that in a variety of ways. We save to our flash drives, we save to our network class folder, we know how to name our file so that we can find it easily, and work on it later. We send an e-mail, we upload to the cloud, we know what to do! If the internet is down, we don't panic, if our app isn't working... we don't panic! We use it as an opportunity to learn. We restart the computer, we do something else until the Wi Fi returns. What is paint? Oh, I can use paint, or Microsoft Office, or whatever apps are found locally on my computer until the Internet is back up? That is fine. I won't freak out. To me, these are all examples of what a tech-infused classroom is. Yes, we are learning everything we can with technology as our conduit, but we are also not afraid of technology, we are not afraid of obstacles that sometimes interfere with our learning, we stay calm, we help each other, we learn from each other, we troubleshoot, we use dictionary.com to find out what a word means and we return to that article we were reading, or that document we were typing.
We are digital citizens! We know that the internet is like a pool, that has a shallow end and a deep end. We need to learn how to swim in order to get to the deep end. We need lifeguards, we need to protect ourselves. If the pool analogy does not work for you, then we can use a neighborhood analogy. Don't talk to strangers, make sure your parents know what you are doing, and you need to have some street smarts. Know that there are places that are not safe to go to, and we need to understand those warning signs. Who do we talk to if we accidentally see something we shouldn't, what are the proper precautions?
Finally, we are up to date. We are reaching out to the outside world, and constantly growing because of it. We may have used an app to learn something or create something, but is there something better out there? Is there something that we can learn or use that will make our lives easier, and allow us to be more efficient with our time? I used to have the students upload all of their work to my Weebly account, but now that I have network folders, that process has become obsolete! And I think that is wonderful. These are some examples as to what the tech-infused classroom should look like, and we should be tech-infused learners and teachers as well.
Currently, my personal learning network consists of my colleagues, mentor teachers, you the reader, Jaqui Murray, and as many coding, technology websites, and teachers as I can find! What I need to do is use social media to my advantage. I am missing out on so much because I don't use my Twitter enough to follow other engaged and knowledgeable people. I believe any person you know has an opportunity to be part of your personal learning network because they are bound to know something you do not. And that is such an exciting way to engage life and others. Every person you know is a fountain of knowledge! Isn't that exciting? I am so excited I could go on a 5 mile run. Actually, it is pretty hot, so maybe 3 miles and a half... 3 1/2 miles. Three and a half miles? I don't know... Moving right along.
Finally, curriculum maps!
Understanding what a curriculum map is, I see that I already do much of what a curriculum map asks for. I eat pepperoni, cheese, sauce, and bread! I just haven't made a full pizza yet! I constantly document what I am doing in class, and what goals we want to achieve with that particular lesson. What I need to do is consistently do it for the entire year, and allow other teachers to contribute to it. I want a living breathing curriculum map, that specifically reflects all of the wonderful things we did over the course of the school year. I want a principal, teacher, or parent to look at it and be amazed by what we did! I want to look at it, have a blue print for the next year to grow and expand upon! I want to leave a legacy! That is why I must be better at keeping a more detailed curriculum map!
Thank you for reading. Please comment with anything I missed, or anything you liked, also, if I have typos, or bad analogies that you thought did not make sense, call me out! It will be fun! I will get defensive and delete my blog. Just kidding. But not really. No but really, I am. God bless and thank you in advance for loving my first entry!
Sincerely my best regards for all the best,
So, this is my last and final blog about my professional Development with Structured Learning.
I want to start by talking about some of the things I have learned from this Professional Development. I really enjoyed the idea of having my students use Minecraft to learn. The articles I read on Askatechteacher.com about Minecraft were very helpful. I enjoy how Minecraft allows the students the freedom and flexibility to problem solve and create their own worlds. I love games, and I think games are a great way for my students to learn.
The information on Google images, and copyright law is very helpful! The more I am educated about Copyright and images on the internet, the better I can prepare my students for the dangers they could face in the future. The idea that there are people that create images just so they can find people that downloaded it so they can sue them was shocking. It really opened my eyes to what the internet world is like! And it is even more amazing how easy it is to track someone who downloaded your image illegally.
The final thing I want to take away from this experience is my new desire to create my own blog website! It may not be based on technology, but the education I received from this professional development, will be very helpful to me creating a blog in the future. For example I know there is only a certain percentage of content you can quote form someone else's blog. Any more than that percentage you can be in trouble.
So thank you Askatechteacher.com! And thank you structured learning for all of the valuable resources and support. God bless!
I went on to my fellow bloggers website, Alice, and learned about a nice little tool I can use with my classroom! (The blog is located here: alicefayebrown.wordpress.com) The website is called eduplace.com. You select Wacky Web Tales, and you can create your own Dad Libs. You choose words based on the categories provided and type them in. Then you click "See My Wacky Web Tale" and it generates a story integrating the words that you chose. I love games like these, because I have a very silly sense of humor. Seeing words that I put in make sense in some odd ways, really makes me laugh. So here is my story, I hope you enjoy, and thank you Alice!
"An Odd Animal"
The Freddy is an animal that has Blue fur with Yellow spots on its Legs and Knees. Its tail is shaped like a(n) Ferret which it uses to eats Submarines. An adult Freddy may weigh more than 7000 pounds and stand over 8000 feet high.
The Freddy can be found only in Peru and Canada. Although its favorite food ispretzels, it also likes to eat sticks. If you ever see a(n) Freddy, be sure not to ever sing “I Want it That Way.” That song makes it hairy. Instead, give it a few pretzels and be on your way.
I hope everybody is well! Here is a silent video tutorial on how to use the web tool Storyjumper. It is a cool website that allows you to create your own stories! I loved the amount of props I could use! I am a very visual person. I love animals, dinosaurs, monsters, and I know children are into that too. So I am very excited to use this web tool sometime in the next school year. I apologize for the video being silent, but once I find my webcam, I will hook up that bad boy, and we will have some awesome, fun, memorable tutorial videos. Can't wait. Enjoy!
BTW I used Snagit Pro to record this screencast!
My name is Matt, I live in Queens, New York. I just completed my second year of teaching technology. I teach grades Pre-K to 8th grade! At first it was a frightening experience, because it was outside of my major. Now with a second year under my belt, I have to say, I love what I do, and I am thankful to God for the opportunity. Teaching technology to such a variety of age groups has taught me so much, and it has inspired me to improve my understanding of technology and also my proficiency in teaching it to young people. Which is exactly the reason I signed up for this professional development, or PD, as the people on the 'in' would say.
First and foremost I would like to learn an effecient and effective way to assess my students' work. Printing is not an option, unless I want to hang up exceptional work in the classroom. From what I learn in this class I want to expose my students to a variety of methods of assessing one's work, such as twitter and google drive. I just want to expand my world, so I can expand the worlds of my students. How cool would it be for a student to go home and tell their parents that they were able to self assess on a Google Spreadsheet like our professional development? Actually that doesn't sound too cool, but for a 7th grader, just getting them to save a document into the correct folder is amazing, so you know what? It is cool! And since I teach 400 students, this would take away some of the work load from me, and allow me to focus on creating and implementing new projects.
Secondly, I would like to expand my knowledge on teaching students how to type correctly, and teach different levels of coding and computer programing in my class. I introduced myself and the students to coding last year and it was a success all around. I used websites liked code.org and playcodemonkey.com. When my students were able to code their own Flappy Bird, it didn't matter what age they were, they loved it! I would definitely like to open my mind to the possibilities of coding not just in blockly form but inputing commands like playcodemonkey.com does.
Overall I would like to come up with an assessment system that works, and is slightly unique to each age group. I want to use cool new projects with computer programming and have the understanding to help my students problem solve and be independent learners. And finally, I want everybody to have fun, including me, hopefully. Okay! I hope you enjoyed my first blog entry. Pretty basic, but hey, we all have to start somewhere!
Enjoy your day/evening depending on when you stumbled upon my humble blog!