Wow! EDTC300 just flew by. Anyone else agree? Crazy! I don't think I'm ready for this class to be over, but I sure am ready to fully enjoy summer (and work).
When creating my summary of learning project I had so many ideas - almost too many actually. So when it was time to put my ideas together, I really didn't know how to start or what to do. I continued to brainstorm, but creating a completely online presentation was much harder than I thought it was going to be. Now that I know all of these new cool apps and add-ons I assumed this was going to be a breeze. I was very wrong. Not only is this my last project for this class, its actually my last summative project for my undergraduate degree, which made me feel the pressure even more. This really pushed me to try something out of the box, but I just didn't know what to do. Before I would of just stuck to a PowerPoint or a google slides with audio over top. This was my comfort zone. It really took a lot of thought and procrastination to end up where I did, yet here we are.
I wanted to make sure to include so many of the important things I learnt through this class - however, I thought this could easily be done in a blog post. I wanted to do something that focused more on the process and creative rather than mostly informative. In my video I focused on overcoming zoom, digital identity and the Professional/Personal Learning Networks (PLN's) encouraged to partake in the class, and lastly focus on getting over the hesitations of using technology in the classroom. I also got to incorporate my #learningproject as well and attempt to 'sing' AND play the ukulele at the same time, which is still a little too advanced for me.
Somehow through all of this I landed here... Have you ever seen Dora the Explorer? Well I have.
Now after all of this.... It's time to enjoy my summary of learning project!
I don't think this video expressed this enough, but I truly did learn so much in EDTC 300 and I look forward and excited to bring technology into the classroom.
The main aspects of this episode/semester:
Zoom - I had to get over zoom bridge by signing up and realising that this is an awesome platform for online class and so easy to participate.
PLN - Professional/Personal Learning Network
Twitter - I had to (re) learn how to use twitter to enhance my PLN. I thought I was going to hate it and feel forced, but I have now come to love it. There are so many cool chats and people to connect with, it truly is an amazing resource.
Blogging - One thing I was worried about throughout this entire class was blogging. I have now come to blog, but I found it VERY easy to fall behind. But as I type this I am out of the forest and still enjoy enhancing my portfolio with blogging.
Digital Identity - When going through the Dangerous Forest of the Internet, I talked about the importance of thinking twice before going in, just as one should do with posting on the internet.
Technology: Apps and Resources - Through this class I now have HUNDREDS of resources for every aspect of teaching. I have always found that finding good apps and resources to use have been difficult, but with feedly, twitter, and all of my peers it made it so easy.
My learning Project - I am still learning how to properly play the ukulele, this project really made it a priority and I did enjoy it. I'm not quite a ukulele star like I planned, but there's still time.
Overall, this project really made me ..... have fun? That seems weird to type, but I truly did. I got over a few of my fears and create something completely different. Even though, I was stressed with how the project would turn out (which is nothing like I saw in my head... oh well), I am still pretty proud of what I could pull together.
Also, how beautiful is Big Hill Springs? The perfect place to explore, besides the internet.
Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed my parody of Dora the Explorer!
Well we made it to the end and I couldn't of done it without all my awesome colleagues. I always find that U of R education classes have a great feel to them where relationships and connections can be created and nurtured. I was not expecting the same through an online class, but I could not of been more incorrect. The connections and relationships built through a screen, especially zoom and twitter, were very valuable.
As I am reflecting back through the class I truly feel as though I benefited much greater from everyone in the class much more than the other way around. I did try my best to interact with my peers, but with life being crazy I found this was sometimes a challenge. The google community was the place that I found myself lacking in the most. I got used to checking Twitter very frequently and from their I could quickly get to others blogs and posts that they have shared. But to read what was on the google community I had to remember to check it. Usually by the time I went and checked, others had answered questions. I made it my goal to contribute something on the google community at least once and I met and went above that goal. I found myself sharing my own post and commenting on few others.
When connecting with people on twitter and during the class, I wanted to focus on one thing... Staying positive. I wanted to share the good things that will benefit the individual for the better. Construction criticism can be really great, but sometimes it is nice to share opinions and thoughts that are positive and encouraging. I think by sharing encouraging comments was the best way I contributed to my peers learning!
My personal goal throughout the class was to make sure I connected at least once on everyone in my class. This was a hard task as I found I kept looking back at the same peoples blogs as I was interested in seeing their progress. Also I found that the people I seen sharing more on twitter I found I was drawn to their work. This is exactly why I made this my goal. I focused on commenting at least once on everyone's blog and connecting on twitter was more free.
Now check out the slide show below to see only a few of the interactions I made to my peers through twitter, the google community, and blogs.
One of the most exciting experiences I had on twitter was when I shared my blog post about the app Drop Task and they replied to me then retweeted my post. This was so exciting to see.
Now to end the class off I wanted to do something that could connect my peers in regards to what they have learnt through the course. I initially wanted to include this into my summary of learning, but I ended up taking a whole new turn. I found that this would also be a great way to wrap up the class as well. This is where I went onto twitter using the #edtc300 and asked my class a question. I find that twitter can be awesome, but I know it is easy to miss tweets from people you follow. I was hoping for the best to get a few responses. To up the chance I put the question and link to the tweet on our google community as well.
From here I got multiple replies from my class mates, which I was so happy about. Check out all the awesome responses here.
I am so thankful for this class and their willingness to participate and become included wherever they can. What I found throughout asking this question is that everyone took away something so great and unique from the class that I can truly relate to.
The biggest thing I have learnt and am taking away from the class is to try new things. There are so many cool things out there on the internet, that it shouldn't be scary, but exciting.
Since you have already found my blog, as you are reading this. I have linked all my other colleagues blogs/portfolios down below if you are interested on reading about their experiences.
Thanks to you and everyone for helping me contribute to our learning throughout this class. Another big thank you to @kbhildebrandt for teaching me some more about technology in general and how to bring/teach technology into the classroom. I can't wait to share what I have learnt with my future students.
* Don't forget to take care of yourself - school and life can get stressful, especially when other things are going on. If you are needing some information on mental health, check out this website https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health
So... coding... I always thought coding was something for only incredibly smart computer people. Turns out ANYONE can do coding *gasp*. I was shocked. When I seen coding on my #edtc300 classes weekly plans I truly let out a groan. I had no clue how this was going to work and didn't think I'd actually learn anything. I was very wrong. As soon as we talked about coding I realised I knew nothing about it. In case you don't either, coding is the computer programming that assigns and identifies actions. For a better explanation, check out the video below.
In our class, we together created code for a few different programs, including a Star Wars game. Poor BB-8 didn't know what was coming. However we did figure different steps out and ended up having fun. The biggest thing that made coding possible for us was by using these different programs and by doing an Hour of Code on code.org.
After looking through all the cool projects possible on this site, I decided to do my own Hour of Code.
When doing my Hour of Code I started by finding a comfy spot on the couch and made sure to have a snack handy. I was ready for the worst. I first decided on what kind of program I wanted to choose. I decided on classic maze. To my excitement I was able to code (or play) multiple games like angry birds, a bouncy ball game, ice age game, and more.
Find some of my attempts below.
Now that I have tried coding out, I am all for bringing it into my classroom. In the article "This is Why Kids Need to Learn Code" emphasises that coding is actually an important skill. There are three basic skills in this article that I can now fully understand and support coding. These three reasons as to why coding is important are:
1. Problem solving - "Writing, debugging and remixing your own and other people’s code are fundamentally problem-solving activities." While blogging I found myself constantly problem solving and become successful on a task.
2. (Digital) Confidence - I find that confidence is very important for ones self in many different aspects. The article compares coding to a type of literacy, stating the importance of literacy for students. "In digital (or blended) environments, this means people not only being able to decode what they see, but encode it too: reading, writing and thinking computationally instead of merely elegantly consuming what others have produced."
3. Understanding the World - "In a world where almost everything has either a digital component or is somehow digitally mediated, being able to both read and write our environment is more important than ever." This again relates to literacy. Technology has become an overpowering factor in the world and what students are interested in. This ideally will help students in the world as everything is dependent on technology and coding.
Throughout my coding experience I found that coding can be fun and a valuable lesson. There is much more to coding than I ever could of thought. Bringing in this type of activity in the class will not only meet the needs of the curriculum, but also connect directly to the students (and the real world). I am now so excited to bring coding into my classroom and see what both the students and I can learn together.
Here are a few examples of activities for bringing coding into the classroom:
If you are interested in trying some coding for yourself, check out these sites:
- Hour of Code - https://studio.code.org/courses
- Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/
- Code Academy - https://www.codecademy.com/learn
Here in education, we all know how important an individuals identity is. But here in #edtc300 we have taken it to a whole new level and been talking about another type of identity - DIGITAL IDENTITY! A persons digital identity is the information (pictures, posts, usernames, etc) about an individual on the internet.
This digital identity is now a very important aspect of ones identity. Have you googled yourself lately? I have. Anything on the internet about you contributes to your digital identity. Digital identity is different than one's 'real life' identity in many ways. There is room to create a professional or personal digital identity that will perceive you in the way you want. However, your digital identity can be taken out of your hands faster than a funny dog video goes viral. There are many different stories, including the video, How one tweet can ruin your life by Jon Ronson, shows how one negative thing, either in or out of context, on the internet can drastically impact one's life. This is a reminder that the internet can be a wonderful, but scary place and more importantly... everything posted is permanent!! In one of my classes, a colleague said something that really stuck out to me. They said "think twice, post once". This is such a great lesson to bring into the classroom. Now with social media becoming second nature to so many people, we may forget that what we tweet, share, and post go directly to one's digital identity. Now people can share anything in seconds. We sometimes post before we think, which can be a bad idea. Even things we do as children, will stick with us within our digital identity through life. This is why teaching about digital identity and citizenship and how to use the internet safely is so valuable.
As I am an elementary education, I want to focus not only how to bring these topics into schools in general, but specifically for young elementary students. I have found that most my experiences with technology in schools was more focused on scaring students away from using it, which obviously did not happen. It was always seen as a dangerous place and was only used for research and some videos. I was never taught about how to safely use the internet, which I believe is something that everyone should know how to do. I look at my digital identity now and see that all my privacy settings are really high so hardly anything can be found about me. This is what I knew and thought was a great thing because this is what I learned through school and older adults. Privacy was key. This year my viewpoint totally shifted. I now agree that the internet is a wonderful place that is full of tools, personal and professional connections, and even entertainment. The catch is, if one knows how to properly use it or not. There is so much that can go wrong, so fast, on the internet that is it crucial to teach our students the safe way to be using it because, lets face it, everyone uses it. Even in an elementary setting, almost all students know how to use or something about the internet. For example, my seven year old brother has been showing my grandparents new things on their iPad for years now. This is great as children and students are interested in whats online, but without knowing the possible dangers can be a problem. From beginning in the early years, there is many different activities and lessons that can be done to teach students about the permanence of the internet and having a positive footprint. As long as teachers aren't afraid of technology, there is room in the classroom to explore and learn more together in a safe way.
I have attached multiple images and resources below. As a new teacher, I find it so helpful to include as many resources that could enhance lessons, especially about teaching about digital identity and digital citizenship.
*hint* every image is a link to more information
This next poster below would be a great resource to teach and display in an elementary classroom. It is child friendly language that connects to school very well. This could be a S.M.A.R.T lesson for students just beginning to learn how to use the internet for more than YouTube and social media.
After looking at one's digital identity, it's now time to touch on digital citizenship. I thought these two terms were the same thing for very long, but they are not. As said above, digital identity is the information about the individual on the internet. While digital citizenship is much more than that. The citizenship aspect focuses more on the students digital identity to bring forward different type of social issues.
One blog I found with lots of information about both digital identity and digital citizenship that is really helpful is theory.cribchronicles.com/2017/04/21/digital-identities-digital-citizenship-houston-we-have-a-problem/ if you want to learn more.
As mentioned once or twice in my #edtc300 class, there are 9 elements of digital citizenship. Here are some images and resources that go in more depth.
After looking at more teacher based resources, here is a more child based resource that connects specifically to students in schools.
I found this image on Pinterest and thought it would be good for older elementary to high school students. This goes through a checklist on what to do when sharing a picture of a friend. My favourite part of this checklist is at the bottom where it talks about self-reflecting before self-revealing online. Another great thing to think about before not only posting about yourself, but your friends or family as well.
This image was also found on Pinterest. I thought this could be a fun bulletin board activity to have either in the classroom or the hall way to talk and get students thinking about digital footprints
Now to end off on a humorous, but serious note...
Passwords are a huge aspect of ones digital presence. I thought this picture was funny and would appeal to students, while still sharing an important message. Passwords need to be private and protected. Even though we just talked about how what stays on the internet anyways, creating a password and keeping personal things such as social media and email accounts is a vital aspect. Now with passwords having requirements (although sometimes ridiculous) it is much easier to create more complex passwords.
Either way, it is important to teach our students about protecting their accounts and identity in the digital world.
This week I had a conversation about bringing the internet into the classroom with Savannah. When having this conversation, we each decided to step into a different role to make this chat really come to life. I had the opportunity to take on the roll of a teacher, while Savannah took the roll of a concerned parent of a child in my class. We each expressed different concerns, opinions, and thoughts on the topic through a Facebook message conversation. We chose to use Facebook as it is very commonly used within almost all people and people who are maybe less tech savvy are still able to use it. It is also a quick and easy way to communicate.
I used a random site I found through google called prankmenot.com to create this conversation, so we could avoid using our personal Facebook accounts.
Read the conversation here.
As our conversation was more geared towards the use and time of technology in general, we didn't talk too much about about digital identity. The teacher did reply on how the class first learnt how to use the internet in a safe way. Both Savannah and I thought that this is a typical conversation that a teacher and parent may have. Technology seems to bring in a sense of uncertainty as expressed throughout this messages and one of the conversations we are expecting when we become teachers.
Here are the links that the teacher shared within the conversation to help the parent with SeeSaw, google docs, and technology in general:
Seesaw overview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=tlw-tUKvnNc
How to use google docs - https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/docs/get-started/#!/
Tips on technology for parents - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Tips-for-Parents-Digital-Age.aspx
Lastly, check out the TED talk about blending technology into the classroom.
This week in #edtc300 we got to do something I am very comfortable with - cyber sleuthing or creeping. So as I creep others on the internet lots, I decided to take this prompt a little different. I decided I wanted to creep myself, with the help of people close to me. I asked my mom and a few friends to check me out, like we weren't friends or incognito, and see what they could find.
I chose to do it this way because I am constantly creeping myself and want to see what others can see about me as the internet adjusts everything you see (check out my last post to read more). I actually began seriously creeping myself during my pre-internship (2017/2018) when my grade three students decided to google my teaching partner and I. They went straight to images and to my surprise there was a very old picture of me (which was not inappropriate) but I was standing close to a male. Students then started asking me questions and I was just so shocked that this image was on google. This situation really had me thinking what else I had made available on the internet.
2 good things did come out of this:
1st - I started to become more aware of my digital identity and presence online
2nd - I realized you can request to get an image taken off the page, which is exactly what I did. My request was approved and removed. Woohoo! So if you have an inappropriate or image you don't want to share/see on google, you can send in a request to remove it - click here to find the page
Back to creepin' ...
When my mom started to creep me, she wasn't really sure to start. She asked if just googling me was good and I just encouraged her to look wherever she could - but not on Facebook as we are friends. Right away she found my twitter account and followed me "just to really make sure" that I was being appropriate and for her to do her creeping job. With googling me she thought she found a youtube account, but turns out it was not mine. Another thing she came across was pieces of my educational portfolio, which took awhile to find. According to my mom - my digital presence is approved.
Next I asked a few of my friends, which all happen to be very great cyber stalkers, to find all they can on me - I was prepared for the worst. However, they all came back with very little information on me. They found my educational twitter account and my twitter profile picture on google, but not much else. By their standards - my digital presence is approved.
Lastly, when I creeped myself I started by going incognito, which 100% made me feel like a spy.
I began my sleuthing by googling my name followed by Regina to try get the right one. I first looked at images. The first image that came up was my current twitter profile picture and that was about it.
After looking through the images on google, I decided to search up my name followed by education next. The first thing that came up was a link to Facebook profiles of people named Kyla Wolfe, so that is where I looked.
So this is what came up... which is definitely not me. I scrolled down to find more profiles with the same name as me as well.
Even with scrolling through others with the same name I could not find my picture and account. I know my Facebook privacy settings are very high and this truly showed that.
Next I decided to check out YouTube. I know I have an account where I can subscribe, like, comment, and post videos on it. But when searching I only found old dance videos of me that I was unaware were on YouTube. Besides those few videos I couldn’t see or find my account.
After basic social media checking, I dug deeper in my education presence. When searching through I found old assignments from previous Ecs classes and different pieces from my educational portfolio. I thought this was great.
The only part I didn’t find easily was my educational portfolio. After some digging and adjusting my searches I did come across it, but this is not something I want to be a challenge when googling me.
Overall, along with my friends and family, my online presence is approved. I would of continued to agree and think that way, until last weeks class. It appears I am an undersharer. Now my opinions have changed and I want to change my digital citizenship and presence online. When investigating others, I realized that I enjoyed being able to find basic and professional information online. This has me thinking that I need to adjust my own privacy settings to build more of a professional and personal online identity. Without this class I would of thought the more private the better. Now my opinions have completely changed and I plan on becoming more open, but still safe on the internet.
If you decide to creep yourself - decide what kind of digital identity you want to be sharing with the world.
On May 24th, I participated in my ordinary zoom conference with my #edtc300 class. However, this class we had a guest lecturer talk about the 'selfie generation' and the emerging culture of technology. This guest lecturer was none other than University of Regina professor, Dr. Alec Couros. I had never taken a class or experienced a lecture from Alec before and needless to say I was very engaged and impressed.
When beginning this #edtc300 class and even more into this lecture, I always assumed I knew a lot about technology. I feel as though being in my early twenties that I grew up with technology as it became more advanced. I went from researching using encyclopedias to now literally googling everything on my phone in seconds. So in class when Alec reminded us about the dangers of putting stuff on the web and the internet in general, it made me take a step back. I use the internet and social media in general way more than I'd like to admit to, so I have become so accustomed to it that I forget it can be a scary place.
As an adult I feel as though I can be aware of certain dangers such as different spam and catfishing, but when children and teens are on the internet they may not understand this. Teaching about the internet and digital citizenship safety is extremely important to start at an early age as most children encounter and use technology before they start kindergarten. As a future educator, I want to use this technology, but in a safe way. Some sites I found very useful to do this are:
- Tips for Kids and Parents About Internet Safety
- 10 Things to Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety
- How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students
Along with teaching about being safe on the internet in my future classroom, I am planning on bringing multiple aspects of technology into the learning. There are millions of ways I can bring technology into every aspect. Participation is something we discussed in class and I immediately connected to. I am not normally one to talk in class discussions (shocker I know). But it is common for people to feel stronger when they are behind a screen. This is where different chats come in. Even in a zoom class it is much easier to chat than speak in person. Technology can ease this anxiety that comes with class participation. One option for this can be using Kahoot!. I find that participation and technology can be a huge positive in a future class. Another positive I find with technology in the class is to connect with students. In Alec's lecture he talked about connecting and building relationships with students through aspects such as memes, vines, and youtube videos. It is so important when connecting with students to speak their language through different technology. I had a professor last semester that included memes in the slides and it sparked the whole classes interest. I have seen this work with university students and am very open to including different types of technology in my classroom. Done in the right way I believe technology is a huge positive to the future classroom.
Lastly, I want to talk about something I find spooky on the internet. This is the advertisements everyone views. When you use social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more, the ads you see are not what everyone sees. They are completely dependent on you and your interests. I find that my phone can read my mind. I can think about something and not say it out loud, then all of a sudden I will see advertisements and sponsored posts about it. Or else I will google something or even talk about a certain product or movie, then that's all I will see. Technology is insane. So next time you are on social media, pay attention to the ads you are seeing. It's quite creepy.
If you're interested in learning more - check Alec Couros out on Twitter here
Deciding what app to talk about this week was much harder than I thought it would be. When finally stopping to decide I instantly had a long list of apps that I have used in class or just myself that I absolutely love! Things like Kahoot, google drive and all the extensions, google classroom, onenote learning tools, seesaw, factile, and the list goes on and on. However, I wanted to share something that I didn’t know too much about. So this is how I ended up diving into DropTask!
I first heard of this app through one of my colleagues in another spring class (EPSY 400). I recently did a presentation all about students with ADHD and when discussing assistive technology, this is an app we shared to the class. I thought it looked so cool and wanted to learn more about it!
AND this app is free to sign up, which is fantastic.
Check out this video below for a quick explanation of the how DropTask works.
Now that you can see how awesome DropTask is, I am going to talk about my experience with it.
Basically DropTask is a mind-mapping and task management app. Instead of using normal calendars or lists, you can organize your thoughts in a different and colourful way. This is also great for collaboration (like google docs and slides). Multiple people can be There are so many things you can do with this app.
I began by signing up. I connected it to my google account and I had an DropTask account set up in less than a minute. Next the site quickly walks you through how to use it. Next I started to create my mind map. I added a #edtc300 and EPSY400 category and tasks within each of these larger category circles. I was able to move everything around very easily.
Next I started adding more detail to my tasks. There are many different options available. This includes the progress made, importance, urgency, effort, notes, and due dates. For example, on my eIIP task I added a due date and made it both very urgent, very important, and with maximum effort (the red flags and size of the task were altered when I did this). For my blog task I chose to play around with the progress and marked me at 20% (which is that additional circle around the task bubble).
Overall, I think this app is really great! It works awesome for time management and students would easily be able to manage their tasks, group projects, and homework. Plus it is a fun, colourful, and interactive way to move around and visually see what needs to be done. There is truly so much more that can be done as well. I plan to continue using DropTask myself and highly recommend it to everyone and anyone.
Well what can I say about Twitter? Let me take you back to when I first got Twitter in approximately 2011 (give or take a few years).
First getting Twitter was so exciting! I’ve heard about it through my friends and wanted to see what it was all about. So one day after school I went to my grandparents house, sat in their computer room with my friend, and signed up for Twitter. Once I was all signed up I started following my friends and very random accounts with funny stuff. I remember having so much fun looking through everything on Twitter. This excitement lasted for about 2 weeks. I have never been one to post lots on social media, so my twitter days were spent just browsing through other people’s tweets. I also kept my twitter private as I knew the internet could be dangerous and I didn’t want just anyone to see what I was sharing. I had the occasional retweet and like, but I kept mine pretty plain. When I did tweet though I used very long and strange (and kinda funny if I do say so myself) hashtags. I remembered my friends complaining that there wasn’t enough characters, but I never had that problem! Eventually, I just stopped tweeting all together and became locked out of my Twitter completely. I ended up just deleting the app.
Then I enrolled in a class that needed a Twitter account, UGH. I really hoped that this time Twitter would be better than before. I talked to my good friend @erin_zinger and she told me that Twitter can be a great educational tool and she encouraged me to create a new professional looking Twitter. I just went for it and deleted all my old tweets from my old account (hiding the evidence of my youth) and made a new one completely. But this time my Twitter experience was much different. I now LOVE Twitter.
My second round with Twitter was a little different. Instead of following funny accounts and my high school friends, I started following my colleagues and educators. I already liked Twitter much better! Now I tweet about educational topics and things I am passionate about! When I heard we had to tweet approximately two times a day I thought this would be the most difficult thing, yet here I find myself adding Twitter into my social media scrolling mix. Instead of just Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, I now find myself on Twitter more than the other apps (besides Instagram, I can’t stay away). I truly do love Twitter and with using #edtc300 I can expand my educational community and learn new things from my colleagues and complete strangers. I didn’t realize how big of an educational community is on Twitter, but now I am finding it so beneficial.
To end of my blog (so I can get back on browsing Twitter) I just want to mention one of the coolest things I had experienced so far in this app. Just as I mentioned, I discovered that Twitter has a huge educational community. So when I participated in my first #saskedchat it was very overwhelming, but truly enhanced my Twitter experience. This was the best and quickest way to engage with my classmates and educators from all over. This was extremely fast paced, but the questions and conversations built were very insightful and interesting. This is something I recommend all my fellow future and current educators join in on and experience the crazy wonderfulness of a #saskedchat yourself!
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Today I became friends with Feedly. If you haven't heard of it, Feedly is a cool website where you can read different feeds and articles, also known as a feed reader. This meant absolutely nothing to me until I first checked it out during my #edtc300 class. So let me share a little bit about what I know and have done on feedly so far.
First on feedly you will need to make an account, which is free, HOORAY! Once I became somewhat comfortable with the site I began following feeds specifically related to education and technology. As of right now my goal for this site is to use it for educational purposes only. After following specific sites (that are linked below), I began getting into the good stuff. This is when I started to pin things to a #edtc300 board and read/save multiple feeds. There is tons of information, articles, and tips for educators. I could stay on feedly and read forever. Thankfully, there is a read later button, which is a really useful tool. Now before you get too excited and want to go check out feedly for yourself, I am going to share two different sources that I found very useful for an educator with a passion for technology.
The first source I have been loving is Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. This is a great source worth following because it directly relates to teachers and technology. Looking through the page there is tons of articles with all kinds of tips, apps, and websites for teachers and students to use. They post twelve articles per week, so there is always new content to explore. My favourite article I recommend to check out is Some of The Best EdTech Websites for Teachers and Educators, but there are tons of others worth looking at.
The next source I want to share for the fellow educators out there is Teach Thought. This page posts eight articles per week surrounding the topics of education, technology, and teaching. There is content for teachers to reflect and improve upon their teaching, along with bringing technology and new strategies into the classroom. Some articles I suggest looking at is An Alternative To Google Search That Focuses on Privacy and 20 Questions To Reflect On Your Teaching This Year So Next Year Is Better.
Blogs I'm subscribed to:
Digital Education - Education Week
EdTechReview RSS Feeds - All
Education Week - Technology
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Educational Technology News -- ScienceDaily
Emerging Education Technologies
Educational Technology and Life