I can’t believe we only have one more class together coming up! This class has felt very worthwhile and I’m walking away a better teacher and definitely feeling more comfortable using technology. Before this EdTech class, I felt overwhelmed by the options available, and I was also stigmatized by the poor tech trainings I’d had in the past. However, actually having the time to interact with new, relevant options for my classroom has been really refreshing and worthwhile.
Today we learned about using Skype in the Classroom and we experienced a “Mystery Skype” with a class we eventually found out was from Australia. I’m so excited to set up a Skype lesson with a classroom in Latin America. I hope to do this in the next month or so.
We also practiced the “See 0ne-Use one-Teach one” model to collaborate with colleagues and share new technology we had researched and could see ourselves incorporating in our classrooms. It was interesting to see what others would choose to use in their classroom. However, I don’t think I would use the majority in my classroom. As I wrote in my blog post last week, I’m feeling fairly saturated with new technology at this point. New (to me) things I’m using in my classroom at this point, related to technology are:
- OneNote Classroom Notebook (This has been a big shift! We’ve been using laptops every day for the last 2 weeks. This is a big change compared to the *almost never* we were using them in class before!!)
- Teaching (some) digital citizenship: Students worked in OneNote to collaborate in groups and create a list of norms to follow when working with others online. NOTE: I’d like to go a step further with this and now have students read over each others’ lists and choose the most important norm to them, then create ONE class list of norms for collaborating online.
- Recording my lessons and sharing this video clip online (For Accomplished Teaching class)
- Skype: I haven’t used yet but will use in the future to connect to other classrooms
- Twitter: I was already using some, but I’ve definitely started paying more attention to my Twitter feed and also now I’m actually POSTING tweets about my classroom instead of only re-tweeting. I’ve also started following more education-related tweeters.
- I’ve made a marked effort to communicate more often with families, especially through email, but also using Haiku. I’ve started sending out monthly update emails to all families about what’s going on in the class, upcoming assessments, and important reminders.
- I’ve worked to incorporate ISTE Standards and ideas about 21st Century Learning (ie. improve student knowledge construction). For me personally, this naturally manifests itself in my classroom simply because we are now actually using technology! Before students rarely pulled out their laptops in my class.
- Office Mix: I was excited to use it, but after learning that students can’t download it, I don’t see myself using it again in the future.
- Google Cardboard: Would love to use in the future, especially when we enter our travel ‘unit’.