A. Grace Martin

Author, Student Teacher, Optimist and Promoter of Self-Empowerment


Ed 3508 Reflection on Technology in the Class

Posted by agracemartin on October 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM

As teachers in the 21st Century it is important to stay updated on the latest technology, but it is also important to ask if  it enhances student learning or the objective of the lesson. 

In our communications technology class, Education 3508, we covered the following topics:

- Blogging and technology integration

During this module we covered the ICT Program of Studies, which is the curriculum that goes beyond just computers class, and the Alberta Technology Policy Framework. 

- The three C's: create, communicate and collaborate

Techonology in the classroom is not just about using it and viewing it. Classroom technology is a tool for the creation of media, which can enhance communication and enable students to connect with other people using the internet. 

- Google drive and Google presentations

Since Google drive can create files that can be accessed, viewed, and edited by multiple parties, this application is a great collaborative tool to make student groupwork easy and tangible.

- Remind

Our instructor used the Remind application to send out memos to students.

- Social media to create

In my technology class I learned the importance of using social media as a teacher. I can stay involved with the technological apps that students are currently using, and I can also use social media to connect and collaborate with other educators.

-Inspiration and mindmeister

While I prefer to do concept mapping with a pen and paper, online concept mapping software can be accessed by multiple parties in different locations. You can make the concept map interactive and embed links within it to make it a great learner resource.

-Online presentation tools

My class has done a lot of uploading videos to YouTube to share our ideas on subjects as well as teach those concepts to one another in a frienldy format. We have authored professional teacher portfolio webpages (such as my "Teaching" tab on this website) to communicate and present information online.

- Web Awareness and Digital Citizenship

We went over the importance of personal safety, privacy, and leaving a professional digital footprint. As educators, we need to pass this information on to our students so that they do not get into trouble from inappropriate activity on the internet.

- Effective searches, social bookmarking, and citing Information

These are all tools that every student should have in his or her toolbox, as researching topics on the internet can take them to places that they just simply should not go. However, when students find good resources, they should bookmark it in a way that works for them (such as pinning it to a board on Pinterest) and then cite their resource properly to avoid copyright infringment.

- Interactive White Boards

We developed lessons using the Notebook software for SMARTboards to bring more excitement to the classroom and to enhance student learning by relating interactive activities to the lesson objectives.

- Video and Web conferencing

There are so many more content providers than I was aware of! I love using the internet as a resource for information, but having a life interaction is even better. Not every class can take a field trip to the space station, the Great Barrier Reef, or even Alberta's own Royal Tyrrell Museum. But you can take a virtual field trip there instantly and for a fraction of the cost!

- The Flipped Classroom

Our last module in this class was a "flipped" class in which we read up on material at home and then arrived at school ready to do the assignment. We did not technically go to school, because we had a field trip destination that day, but it was certainly effective and a lot of fun!

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