The Last Howrah

Welcome to my last blog post of EDTC 300, where ill be wrapping up my learning project. As you may remember from a previous post my goal was to learn a few songs from a designated playlist I made. I managed to learn one of my favourites; Sweet Home Alabama. Check out the video of me playing below.

Learning guitar was something I’ve always wanted to do but, something I never found the time for previous to this taking EDTC 300. As someone who had previously never thought of themselves as very musical I was nervous to start. With the help of some great online resources and the motivation form my class mates it turned out to be a lot of fun. Playing guitar is now a regular part of my life and something I plan on continuing to improve on.

Though my goal was to learn 3-4 of the songs from this playlist I’m still happy with learning only one. I was brand new to guitar at the beginning of the semester and underestimated the time it took to master a musical instrument. I was unaware of the basic skills I would have to learn first before catapulting myself into learning songs. With that said, with those skills now under my belt I will be able to progress a lot faster.

From this project I also learned the value of becoming a life long learner. Here is a great article on the importance of teachers committing to life long learning. I had gotten my self in a rut from my previous 3 years of post secondary education of only learning for my classes and not for my enjoyment. This lead to me being well versed in my science classes but, left me missing out on some important life lessons. I’ve decided to carry on taking on a new project every year to keep me out of this rut.

Favourite Resources

I used a lot of great online resources to in learning to play guitar. The magic of the  internet really does make it possible to learn almost anything. The following list shows the resources I used listed in order of my most to least favourite.

  1. Yousician: This app takes 1st place for it’s in time feedback and simple instructions
  2. Marty Music on YouTube: Marty deserves second place for his to the point, easy to follow instructional videos. He has tons of videos available for any skill or song you want to learn on guitar.
  3. Thomas Michaud on YouTube: Thomas Michaud is second to Marty music only because he doesn’t have as many videos available or as wide a variety of song genres to learn from.
  4. Guitar Chords Scales and More: This site has some great diagrams of chords. I always found it helpful to look at chord diagrams to see the exact placement my fingers needed to be in.
  5. Fender Play: This resource gets last place due to the fact that even though its a paid for app its missing a key feature; in time feedback. Though it does have some good instructional videos you can find most of the same information on the internet for free.

Greatest Inspirations

I had a lot of great inspiration in learning guitar. Some I had had previous to learning and were what made me want to pursue learning in the first place and others motivated me well I was learning.

  1. The school of Rock is my all time favourite movie and the my biggest inspiration to learn guitar. Who can resist Ned schneebly’s guitar solo in Rock Got No Reason.

2. Ian Munsick, an up and coming country singer has some mad guitar skills. he has an great ear for music and can make any song sound great on an acoustic guitar.

3. Ben Crosby or @confetticoordinates on Instagram is an awesome guitarist who posts a cover on his Instagram daily.

That’s a wrap folks! I hope you enjoyed following my learning journey this semester. if your looking to read up on some of my other classmates learning projects ill link a few down below. You never know what might inspire you to learn something new!

 

Communication: The key to Success

Over the past four months in EDTC 300 I’ve contributed to several platforms to build my personal learning network. In contributing to these platforms I’ve gained valuable connections and resources. I’ve also been able to share what I consider to be valuable resources and perspectives of my own to these platforms. I believe the key to both personal and career success is communication. Thus, I tried to contribute as often and as much as I could the platforms used in EDTC 300 via a course blog, twitter, and a slack community.

Course Blog

On my course blog I was able to receive as well as give feedback to my classmates. I followed as many of my classmates journeys through the course blog as I could. I commented words of motivation and encouragement on learning project posts, shared my perspectives on blog posts, and gave honest feedback if I saw an area that could be improved. I replied to comments left on my own blog as well, answering any questions they had or simply thanking them for their feedback. I also ensured to add pingbacks from my other classmates posts if I particularly liked their post, as well as share them to twitter to get more notoriety outside the EDTC 300 course blog. Check out the slide show below to see some examples of my contributions to the learning of others via my blog.

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Twitter

I was new to twitter at the beginning of the semester, but was quick to catch on. Twitter to me, was the most helpful platform in growing my professional learning project. I typically tweeted 3-5 times a day about topics on class content, education in general, or anything else I found interesting that I thought others could benefit from. I explored the use of different hashtags such as, our course hashtag #EDTC300, DigLN, DitchBook, EDChat and many others in hopes of reaching a lager networking platform. I also used the platform to ask questions, take polls, and gain new perspectives to course and some non-course related material . I was sure to contribute to these areas in others tweets as well whether they were classmates, or other professionals I followed.  I was able to share my own blog posts to twitter for those not in our course to see, and my other classmates as well. My favourite part about twitter was the twitter chats. I completed several throughout the semester and made valuable connections from them.Check out the slide show below to see some examples of my contributions to the learning of others via my twitter.

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Slack Community

I used slack often to ask and answer other classmates  course related questions. I also  shared relevant articles to the course that I didn’t feel targeted my twitter audience as much as the slack community. These were often scholarly articles on topics relating to the course. I also had private messages with people in the course such as Danica, where I shared some inspiration I found for her learning project. Check out the slide show below to see my contributions to the learning of others via the slack community.

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Thank you to everyone that participated in helping me grow my Professional learning network! I hope I was able to contribute something valuable to yours as well!

 

Learning E Minor

For this weeks EDTC 300 learning project post I’ll be doing a how to on the E Minor chord, or EM chord. This is a pretty beginner chord. It does not take a lot of complicated hand and finger twisting to perform.  Despite this it still took some time and a few different resources to perfect.

To start I looked up a picture of the finger placement I was to use. I’m a very visual learner so the more visual content I can get my hands on the better. The picture gave me a start to what I would be learning. I learned from this that only two fingers, my middle and ring fingers would be placed on the second and third string of the guitar along the second fret, Looking something like this:

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I also used a Thomas Michaud video on YouTube. Thomas Michaud is an excellent guitar player/teacher on YouTube who has great instructional content. His video “3 Ways to play EM (E Minor) on guitar” was very helpful to me. I used the first and simplest way to play the chord. His video was an excellent resource as he explained it thoroughly and left enough time to follow along with his movements.

Lastly I used my yousicain app to help me perform the chord. My yousican app did little to teach me the skill, but did help ensure me that I was playing it correctly. In it there was an practice chord option for each new chord presented. It shows the correct finger placement along the strings and when the chord is played the strings light up in green if the chord is correct and red if incorrect.

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I put all the useful information I leaned from the above sources to make this E Minor how to video. I hope it helps! Let me know if you have any questions I can help you with down below.

If you prefer to read on how to do the skill or supplement your learning further follow these steps:

  1. Place your middle finger on the second thickest string, slightly above the second fret.
  2. Place your middle finger on the string directly below the first right along the second fret.
  3. Ensure all other fingers are of the strings to ensure a clean sound.
  4. Strum all six chords.
  5. play your favourite George Strait tune!

 

A Coding Conquest!

This Week in my EDTC300 class we discussed coding! I previously had no experience with coding, or even knew what it was. For those of you like me “coding is basically the computer language used to develop apps, websites and software. To put it very simply, coding is what tells your computer what to do.” (Computer Science).

To explore the world of coding we were tasked with spending  some time on Code.org and participate in an Hour Of Code. Code.org is a great website that describes itself as “a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.” (Code.org). It’s also really fun! The Hour of Code featured on the site is “a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.” (Code.org).

I had previously thought coding was just reading and typing java script…BORING! Code.org made me realize that coding is so much more than that. Its using creativity and logic at the same time to create whatever you want. Check out my screencast below to see me code the Moana: Wayfinding With Code guided tutorial.

This was defiantly the most fun homework I’ve ever had! I’ve never been someone who’s enjoyed computer games but I defiantly spent a large amount of my day on the website. I also did an Hour of Code on the Code with Anna and Elsa guided tutorial. It was also really fun and a bit more challenging than the  Moana: Wayfinding With Code tutorial. Below are some screen shots of the different images I was able to create with code.

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During my coding experience I found that I actually had a tougher time with the more beginner levels than the higher level ones. It took me a while to adjust to the logical yet creative way of thinking needed to code, but once I caught on I was off! I can see how coding would be a great tool in the classroom to use in developing problem solving skills for students.

Coding In The Classroom

Speaking of the classroom I feel very strongly that all students should get an education in at least the basics of coding. In this day and age our digitally based society depends on coding. We need to ensure students have the skillset to not only participate in this world but help to create it. There is also a very large gender gap within the tech industry that can be corrected or at least helped by implementing coding opportunities in the classroom for all students. Linked here is a great article that I’ve previously tweeted about that highlights this problem  and how to solve it.  A lot of my fellow pre-service teachers feel the same way about the importance of coding in the classroom. Below is a twitter poll I recently tweeted regarding the topic.

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Here’s a list of some other benefits of classroom coding:

  1. Establishes problem solving skills.
  2. Practices logical thinking.
  3. Promotes perseverance.
  4. Familiarizes students with technology, something they’ll be using for the rest of their lives!
  5. Prepares students for possible future employment opportunities.
  6. Helps creative development.
  7. Creates good analyzing skills.
  8. Its really fun!

If your looking to learn more about coding check out some of my other classmates posts! There all excellent reads and good beginner coding resources.

 

How To Help Students Combat Fake News with Digital Literacy

Today’s students are growing up in and being fully submersed in a digital world. There’s a lot of benefits to this such as, the enhancement of communication and millions of resources at the touch of a button. One MAJOR disadvantage of a digital world is the “fake news” epidemic that has rather recently become a major issue in society. From reading “Developing Critical Literacies: What We Need To Know in a “Fake News” world” I learned that the “fake news” explosion, along with the internets is no coincidence. The internet has allowed for anyone, anywhere to create and post realistic but false media to any digital platform. In our consumer hungry world this has turned dangerous. The same article points out that in the 2016 U.S. elections the top 20 fake news stories outperformed the top 20 legitimate news stories on Facebook.

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Our society is constantly digitally consuming 

This is a particularly concerning topic for students, as we need future generations to be able to disconcert real from fake online! Research done by the Stanford History Education Group concluded that students from elementary school to college “ability to reason about information on the internet can be summed up in one word: bleak” (Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone Of Civic Reasoning). What can we do to change this however? I think the obvious answer is students need to develop skills early on in their education to detect fake news, and false information in general. I believe this important issue can easily be tied into the curriculum in almost every grade level and subject area, while also including the goals of the NCTE’s framework for 21st century curriculum and assessment.

The article “How do we teach students to identify fake news?” has some great ideas for just that, and ones I defiantly plan on using in my future classroom! My favourites were prioritize helping students develop investigative techniques and bring real world examples of fake news into the classroom. These also both meet the NCTE framework in regards to developing proficiency and fluency with technology in regarding  research and finding reliable sources. To help students prioritize investigative techniques the article recommends information verification websites such as Hoax Slayer, Verification Handbook, and Snopes. I did not know most of these websites existed myself and immediately bookmarked them for future use.

By bringing fake news examples into the classroom students can see the forms in which fake news often takes (think political!). Its also a good way for students to check their own fake news identifying skills by comparing a fake news source to a real news source. We did a similar exercise to this in our EDTC300 class, and I found my own skills needed some sharpening. Below is a video I previously tweeted (@Glascockennedy) that shows some good examples of fake news and tips on how to detect it.

In regards to teaching students in my future science classes I have some ideas on how I could incorporate combatting fake news. Research papers are an important part of the secondary curriculum and a great way to get students to focus on finding valid sources. Finding good research sources requires lots of cross referencing to ensure validity, much the same as finding the validity of any other real news versus fake news sources. The assignment description could run along the lines of “find an article that make claims that climate change is fake. Search for valid resources that disprove this and write about it in a APA format paper.

The assignment focuses on being able to identify fake news or research and showing the ability to find valid research as well. It also follows NCTE’s framework in regards to students locating and synthesizing information from a variety of sources, publishing writing in a way that meets a specific audience (science community), critically analyzing a variety of information form a variety of sources, using technology for research and many others.

In todays world its critical students are able to identify fake news. Its not enough anymore to trust what we simply read and hear from the digital world around us. Gaining investigative skills to detect this in the world is more essential than ever. Epistemology is under risk and we need are future generations to be able to challenge this.

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Show Me, Show Me! Yousician vs. Fender Play

Yousician vs. Fender Play

In our EDTC300 class we were tasked with finding a new tool/ app to document our learning project. I chose the “Show Me” screen casting app. I used the app to compare two apps that I’ve been using in my guitar journey so far, Yousician and Fender Play. Both apps are geared at learning guitar, and in Yousicians case several other musical instruments. Both have been helpful in my journey so far, but since there paid for apps, I thought a review comparing the two might be helpful, in order to help you save some $$$$. Click the link below to check out my review on the two apps.

https://www.showme.com/sh?h=hXClT6m

Show Me Review

As you saw from the video Yousican was the clear winner of the two apps. Now it’s time for a review of the “Show Me” app, which ill be honest from the start,  was a BUST!

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“Show Me” describes itself as an “interactive whiteboard”, in which teachers can create lessons for students and post them online using an iPad. A good idea, that I can see myself finding useful in the future, unfortunately the apps interface was not up to par.

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A screenshot of  the app as it appears on the App Store.

Though I did not find the app to be user friendly there were still some things I did like about it, including:

  1. the ability to record voice memo’s
  2. the app deign is easy to navigate
  3. the ability to add photos to a presentation
  4. the ability to watch and make lessons from anywhere
  5. videos can be organized into multiple subject categories and sub categories
  6. there’s a limited free version

The following video is a short screencast I made of a how-to lesson explaining the features of  “Show Me”.

Now for the disadvantages of “Show Me”.  Though the app was easy to navigate, its missing some key features that would make it a lot more useful. The app does not have the ability to add graphs, charts, or shapes too it, a key feature in creating math or science lessons. The apps “draw” feature is also flawed. It is constantly misinterpreting demands and turning on at inconvenient times. Its quite glitchy as well, an Apple Pen is a MUST for anyone who plans on using this app to create even semi-neat lessons (hint: the neat diagrams and lesson seen on the app stores page probably aren’t going to happen!) . Below is a list of a few more things I dint like about the app.

  1. it is only for iPad
  2. you have very limited amounts of presentation time before having to buy the app (1 hour)
  3. Even with premium you are limited to a certain number of presentation hours.
  4. the premium version is $12.49 a month.
  5. You can not upload presentations to YouTube or download them to your own device (hence only the link to my Show Me presentation above).
  6. The voice memo recorder is hard to use as its tricky to delete and restart without losing progress on the presentation if you make a mistake or background noise interrupts (I lost progress and had to restart several times because of this).
  7. From comments on the App Store it appears many people are having problem with the app crashing.

Overall, the apps main idea of an interactive whiteboard is a good idea. The ability for students to watch and re-watch lessons is great, but the apps hard to use functions and limited presentation hours make it a no for me. My final feelings on Show Me can be summed up by the picture below. Its ok, but there are better alternative screen casting tools.

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What Does Your Digital Identity Say About You?

During the last few weeks in my EDTC300 class we have been focusing on the topic of digital identity. There’s many different ways one can explain digital identity. One I think reflects it best though is “Your digital identity is a permanent collection of data about you that is online” (BinaryTattoo). Digital identity can be contradictive to ones True identity. The definition of identity being “The distinguishing character or personality of an individual” (Merriam-Webster). In other words, the way many people live their lives offline is different to the way they portray their lives online.

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What do you think your digital identity reflects?

A sad example of the false or seemingly different identities one can have online is Madison Holleran. In the article “Split Image” by Kate Fagan I learned Madison was a young, pretty girl who ran track at Pennsylvania University.  Her digital identity  displayed a very positive, happy person. She had many pictures of her smiling and laughing with friends and enjoying time with family on her Instagram. Her online persona, unfortunately was not an accurate display of her life as on January 17th, 2014 she committed suicide.

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A few smiling pictures of Madison

The above example is an extreme, but not an uncommon theme of the differing identities one can have online vs. their real life identity. The article “Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think”  by Nicole Lee (Twitter: @nicole) goes beyond just having one identity online into several identities or personas. She mentions the idea of a “finstagram”: a fake Instagram separate from your real, and tailored to perfection real Instagram to take the pressure off having a perfect feed to present to the world as “you”. Nicole did a poll on her twitter regarding how many of her follower’s had more than one twitter account , and to my surprise the results were fairly even.

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The results from Nicole’s Twitter Pole.

I was curious to see what the results of this same type of poll would be among my own age demographic and peers. I tweeted out my own poll, via my  twitter account(@GlascockKennedy). My results yielded an even greater number of multiple accounts among the same platform, not surprising due to our digital obsessed generation.

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Thanks to everyone who participated!

I asked the voters to respond with their reasoning for having more than one of the same social media platforms, there was defiantly a trend in their responses. All the voters that responded mentioned having a professional account, besides having a personal account. Defiantly understandable in this day and age, when a google search of someone’s name goes hand in hand with a resume when applying for jobs.  There was also some accounts used for different interests, such as pets!

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To go along with our discussion on digital identity this week in EDTC300 we got a fun assignment to Cyber Sleuth (creep) our classmates! Me and Justine Garret partnered up for this. This happens to be a speciality of most of me and Justine’s generation so I’m excited to see what she can dig up!

I started cyber sleuthing Justine the same way any rational millennial would, A Facebook search. It took me a loooong time to find Justine’s Facebook, and a fair amount of hardcore creeping. When I Finally found it though I realized she had her privacy settings locked up tight, the only way her account was identifiable was her profile picture.. She even subbed her last name for her middle name. not a bad idea for a teacher.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I took this assignment so far as to make a fake Facebook to find this out, as I don’t have a profile at all…talk about a false online identity. Next step, Instagram.
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I was shocked to fin out Justine wasn’t on  Instagram. How does she stay up to date on her friends selfies, food pics, and nights out?! I wouldn’t be surprised though, after the lengths she went to make her Facebook private if she did have a very private account under a different name. Either way, a bust on that account. Next I tried a place I knew I could not fail, her twitter.

Justine’s twitter is very professional. Her tweets and likes are almost entirely connected to education. From her twitter feed it seems she passionate about Agriculture, anti-bullying, being a life long learner and educational technology. I was able to read some great post regarding “The Power of Life Long Learning” and “Chrome Tips For Teachers” and a few others. If your not following Justine already I Suggest you do (@msjgarrett).
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Justine had her blog address linked to her twitter bio, so I headed their next. She has a really great professional blog. I loved her blog design! I headed to her “About Me” page and found out a lot about her!

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I read that she grew up on a ranch in Cabri Saskatchewan, which I already had an idea about. She has a passion for sports, dance, her family, and owns a Clydesdale horse named Diesel…COOL! I also read her reasons for becoming a teacher and found that there very similar to my own. She wants to inspire students and provide as many opportunities as possible to them.

Lastly I finished up with the ultimate test of an online sleuth, a Google search. I found little else that I already had about Justine. A few results came up showing her involvement in her high schools SRC as Prime Minister, and some sporting events she participated in including track, and volleyball. 

Justine’s overall Digital Identity is a very clean one. Though her identity is minuscule, when she does have accounts made public their very professional and positive. Her passion for agriculture, education, and sport is evident in almost all her online foot prints. She comes of as very put together, compassionate, and kind!

 

 

A YouTube Reminder

YouTube has turned into the largest online video sharing platform in the world. YouTube enables easy and fast video uploading and sharing. This allows for a large variety of content to be made easily available to the public. Teachers have zeroed in on YouTube as a great source to find educational content for students and promote digital citizenship. Like any widely used internet source though, it can often be abused.
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The following Remind conversation highlights some of the many advantages and disadvantages of YouTube as an educational resource. This conversation takes place in regards to a fictional grade eight social studies classroom. Ms. Glascock (me) has assigned students to find current event topics to watch and discuss briefly during the beginning of class. Two parents, Jocelyn and Kaitlyn have learned about the assignment from their kids and have some concerns about the YouTube.

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Both parents are expressing a concern for the use of YouTube in the classroom. The believe that their children have way too much screen time already and they don’t need anymore while they are at school. They are also very concerned with the current challenge that is all over the internet known as the Momo challenge. This challenge instructs the viewer to share the post in a certain amount of time or else they will die. It also gives instructions on how to self harm and commit suicide. Both of these arguments are true and are valid reasons why students should not be allowed on YouTube at school, but there are many benefits of it if it is used properly.

The teacher is using YouTube as a way to engage her students with current events. They are given the assignment and must critically search through YouTube to find valid, concrete sources. This task not only promotes critical thinking, but it also contributes to their digital citizenship. Digital citizenship is how you interact with the internet and other users on the internet.

Through this assignment, students are interacting with both political and social current events that affect them in one way or another. They are then able to connect with other people who are also interested or affected by these current events and discuss and ask questions. This builds a good relationship with technology and encourages students to use the internet for good and not in a way that might get them into trouble.
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Remind is a free text messaging App, aimed at teachers, students, and parents. It allows for fast and easy communication, while keeping personal information such as phone numbers private.

The Momo Challenge uses a very spooky photo of a chinese based character to coax people on multiple different internet platforms, including YouTube into acts violence and self harm. Scarier yet, much of the Momo content is targeted at children. Click the link to learn more about the Momo Challenge.

The Distraction free YouTube extension allows you to remove distractions in the form of ads on YouTube, as well as inappropriate content such as the Momo Challenge.

Twitter was also used in gaining valuable opinions of YouTube in the classroom from fellow educators, and education students. Thanks too everyone who participated!

YouTube was also used in the making of this blog post, for searching up information such as digital citizenship, and the Momo Challenge. This proves how useful it really can be in education!

A Digital Classroom In a Digital World

Picture this. Its 2004. I’m a very curious six-year-old who has just laid eyes on their first iMac computer. I’ve never seen anything like this before. This is futuristic, its cool, it has a ton of buttons I’d love to push. I nervously glance over my shoulder at my mom, who has instructed me that this is her special work computer, not a toy. I can’t resist though. I go for the first button I see. The power button it turns out. The mac’s startup chime echoes throughout the office…busted.

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This story is really my first experience with technology. Now days, by the age of six most children have mastered the ins and outs of surfing the internet, communicating via texting or Snapchat, and have developed a social media presence. This is a far cry from my experience with technology at six, but nothing compared to what my parents experienced or even children growing up in the early 90’s.

Technology has taken over our worlds. It changed everything from the way we communicate to the way we carry out our daily tasks. Most millennials wouldn’t even know how to function without high speed internet, let alone without the latest and greatest smart phone. The thought of millennials with the first mobile phones (or bricks) slung over their shoulder desperately trying to reach out to friends to get the most up to date information is comical to say the least.

Technology has changed the culture of our lives. Its empowered so many people who have created jobs as bloggers, online influencers and IT personnel among thousands of others. It’s created a platform for people to better project their voice into the world. One of the main platforms in use online today is YouTube. In watching An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube by Michael Wesch, I learned just how YouTube has come to change so many aspects in our world.

From Michael’s video I learned that YouTube was really the first place that made uploading and viewing video content online accessible. YouTube changed how we view content and participate in an online world. Videos of anything, from anybody could be posted, opening the world to a ton of new content. This meant anyone could find themselves the latest star of the internet with even the simplest videos. Michael deemed YouTube “A celebration of a new form of empowerment” and that’s exactly what YouTube has increasingly become.

Technology has also changed the way we educate our children. Educational technology really has opened up a new world for teachers and students alike. From the time children are in their early years of elementary school their using the latest technology to connect them to their learning material. It acts as a limitless resource. All the information in the world is available at the click of a button. This means students can use sources such as YouTube and Google to help with a tough math problem or chemistry concept. Thus, students can be more independent learners. The use of technology in the classroom can make learning more exciting for students. The interactive and visual proponents used in academic learning are undoubtedly more fun for students than looking at a piece of paper.

Teachers have also put technology to use in almost all of their daily classroom tasks. They use it for attendance, to communicate with staff and parents, for lesson planning, and a teaching tool, it’s even replaced the whiteboard. Computers are also the most optimal way to store information. Teachers can now save all their work on one device, cutting down the amount of important information they have to lug around from class to class. It can all be stored on one device.

Though technology has benefited schools greatly there are also some disadvantages. Obviously with all that information at the tips of your fingers some inappropriate material might be found too. The viewing of violent or even pornographic material is of serious concern for educators, and you never know just what’s going to pop up on the internet. The recent epidemic of “fake news” is also of growing concern. Often everything children, or even adults read on the internet they take to be true. This is no the case however and we need to ensure we teach children this. The act of cheating has also become easier than ever with the use of smart phones. A smart phone can be a tempting tool to use during a test or homework assignment. There also a relatively easy tool to conceal and with all that information at the touch of a button it can be hard to resist.

With all the young people using social media apps and websites to connect the problem of cyber bullying is a growing problem among school aged children. Kids often use devices as a façade to hide behind when using technology for this tragic purpose. The lack of face to face connection makes cruel remarks easier to send. It’s also hard to find an escape from this type of bullying, as everyone seems to be connected to a smart device at all times. Just like regular bullying, cyber bullying has a great effect on children personally as well academically. Teachers constantly need to be on the lookout for cyber bullying, even though it can be hard to see the signs.

Despite some of the more prominent disadvantages in educational technology, it will definitely still be an important part of my future classroom. With technology still increasingly on the rise I think its important to prepare students for this. I do believe it’s important to educate students on being safe digital citizens however to avoid the dangers of living in a digital society. As a secondary teacher I will also be teaching some difficult content matter I believe, from personal experience that students can benefit from learning from multiple resources. For example, Sources like YouTube have awesome subject based content that can be very helpful for students. I feel it would be detrimental to students learning in this day and age not to supply them with helpful technology sources.

My Main Points for Using Ed Tech in The Classroom:
1. Students need to learn how to use technology in the classroom so they can continue to thrive with it out of the classroom in a digital based world.
2. It’s a limitless resource. Having another platform to learn from is a huge advantage, especially one that’s available 24/7.
3. Educational technology can make lesson more exciting via the fun visuals and ability to be more interactive with apps like Kahoot.
4. Helps classroom organization. Teachers can save documents and information on students on one device.
5. Communication. Teachers can easily and safely communicate with students, and parent via apps like Remind, that allow for messages to be sent without sharing personal phone numbers.

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yay for Ed Tech in a digital world!