Summary of Learning

This is my summary of learning.  I created it using Powtoon which was a pretty interesting experience!  I remixed and created some of the images.  It allowed me to have graphics specifically for what I wanted, but this was also very time consuming.  I know a lot of my summary was based on questions, but I think that question sometimes have more meaning to them than the answers.  Most of the questions I asked were explored throughout my blog posts.  I wanted to record audio, but later found out that this is a feature that doesn’t work so well with Powtoon.  You are supposedly able to record voice overs per slide, but I did not find that the function worked.  I did add my voice add the end; however I found that it distracted from the overall flow of the video.  As a result, I included the transcript of my final thoughts below.

Final Thoughts…

One of the major things that have changed in this course is my attitude towards online spaces.  Sherry Turkle mirrored many of the concerns that I had with the way our society is now connecting with one another.  I was definitely one of those people who viewed being online as time spent disconnecting rather than connecting.  But what really resonated with me was the idea of an augmented reality. This is the notion that online life is shaped and augmented by what happens in everyday life.  The two are so blurred together that they have become impossible to separate.

My favourite part of this course was the readings and blogs.  I enjoyed how blogging allows you to express your opinions, link to other perspectives, and include images and videos to supplement your ideas.

I signed up for Twitter and spent a lot of time exploring various hashtags.  I appreciated how you could follow professionals and organizations that were of interest to you.   I did find myself gravitating more towards google plus, though.  It felt like a more private community.  I enjoyed being able to read other’s blogs and learning from the different perspectives people would have on our readings.

Overall what I have learned from this course is the importance of staying current with technology, to really look at the way I am using technology in the classroom and to consider the digital citizenship skills that are required for the technology we use.  Many readings and videos also made me rethink what education could and perhaps should now look like.  Digital technology has enabled students the ability to both consume and create content if provided the opportunity.  I really do think it is the role of schools and teachers to provide students this ability to cultivate both skills in a safe and meaningful way.


Professional Development

This will be my final post about my final project!  The final project process has been such great professional development for me as a teacher.  It has forced me to take the time to learn and update my teaching repertoire as it relates to digital technology.  I was starting to feel complacent in my use of technology in the classroom and had subscribed to the notion that I was somehow using technology by putting my lessons on a SmartBoard.  I am now excited about the different avenues I have explored for having students create information.  Gone are the days of student PowerPoints and posters.  There are so many more interactive and engaging ways for students to show what they have learned and to publish their knowledge for anyone to see.  For example, I have no idea what an infographic was until I created one.  Why would students make a poster when they could create and publish an infographic that also links to their sources.  The infographic below is my attempt for one on digital citizenship.  It made me think that this would be a great way to summarize lab data at the end of an experiment.

I initially thought publishing information was a little terrifying, but I now think that there exists this opportunity for student projects to have a greater meaning.  They can be published in public spaces, with no cost, and be viewed by anyone around the world.  I think this is so exciting for students.

Photo Credit:  Joowwww via Wikimedia Commons


At the same time, the whole notion of digital citizenship needs to be at the forefront.  My perspective on digital citizenship throughout my final project is that it can be incorporated easily into many existing lessons.  It is not about teaching a digital citizenship unit, but more about have the necessary discussions when actively using technology in the classroom.  Although my unit plans did specify which of Ribble’s Nine Elements was the focus of that particular lesson, the reality is that I would hope to get to a place where these conversations and ideas are ongoing with my students and myself while we are using digital technology.

I have now completed the scope and sequence for Science 10 and Health Science 20.  The lesson outlines I created were based on the idea that I would try to incorporate digital citizenship in a lesson I would actually teach in the course.  The lessons developed are all new lessons, but definitely ones that I plan to use in each course.

HS 20

Overall, I feel this project was a success because it forced me out of my comfort zone and I was able to design lesson plans that I would actually use in my own classroom.