Accountability: How?

After reading, The Innovators Mindset; by: George Couros I am still left with one big question: How do I keep learners accountable on their devices?

I am going to link some different resources that I find that I believe will help in answering this question:

Free posters for IPad/tablet to print and hang in your classroom with reminders for tech routines and procedures.

Managing IPads in the classroom blog post and resources.

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$ 3.50 for posters that include all possible rules needed.

Tablet IPad Chromebook IPod Rules Posters

Great article on how to manage a classroom with technology fully integrated.

Classroom Management Tips for the Technology Rich Classroom

Digital Citizenship

Why Math Running Records?

 

Last year my principal gave me a book entitled Math Running Records in Action: A Framework for Assessing Basic Fact Fluency in Grades K-5; by: Dr. Nicki Newton. I took it home and decided to see what it was all about. As soon as I read the first few pages my mind starting turning with all the possibilities this reasource could create. In short, it is a method by which you can figure out what level each of your students are working at with their basic math facts. From there it then shows you what strategy they should be working on next. To me it was amazing to think of the potential of grouping students based on math fact levels and working within their instructional level. The similarities with reading running records were definitely present as well as the benefits and success I could see students would gain.

I teach grade 1 and so I decided to focus on the adding strand as my trial run for my first year. I created a template based on the one shown in the book and began pulling students to see what it would look like and to gain some experience/feedback.

Pros: Students got one-on-one time with me, I got to see what level of thinking each individual was at, I was able to teach each student one new strategy, I got to see the students feel excited to go back and tell their peers what they learned, the students got to practice thinking aloud and explaining their thinking.

Cons: I couldn’t figure out a way to make time for individual testing as often and as much as would be necessary to use the program effectively.

Sample of my first experience:

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Changes Looking Forward:

This year I am planning to collaborate with a few other primary teachers to implement Math Running Records throughout the year. I have done some research into how to find the time to do more running records. The way that I am hoping to do this is by incorporating it into my Math Centers. A friend of mine told me how she leaves 1 center open during her literacy centers so she can work with kids or wander the classroom. After hearing this simple but genius idea I realized that it could be the answer to my time problem with these running records. This year I plan to leave 1 math center open in my rotations and use that time to complete running records with my learners and work with small groups that are at the same level. I am so excited to move forward this year and implement not only the addition running records but also the subtraction running records!

Resources:

Template I made before realizing they have an awesome website with all the templates already made. (Feel free to use and adapt):

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 Website link to previously made templates:

Dr. Nicki’s Guided Math Blog

Website to more information:

MathRunningRecords

Link to buy book on Amazon:

Amazon

 

Guitar: Takes a Good Teacher, Time, Patience, and Tons of Practicing

Some of you may remember my SOLO from my groups Summary or Learning

So this semester I decided to take on the task of learning to play the guitar. Needless to say it was a lot more challenging than one (an inexperienced one) would think. I naively believed that I would become some amazing guitar player. GUITAR IS LITERALLY SO DIFFICULT. Even after all my practicing I still finished with only learning 1 song. Which I will play for you below….brace yourself.

Sorry for the lack of pictures….I look like crap today.

As you heard….it doesn’t quite sound like the official song but I tried my best haha…the struggle was real (and my hands hurt….a lot).

…….maybe someday.

Anyways…it has definitely been a journey. Although the journey didn’t give me the results I had hoped for I still learnt a lot about myself through this process.

  1. I am not a very good self-motivator…I need other people with similar goals.
  2. I learn better with face-to-face interactions.

As a result of the above two things, I am now looking into taking some actual guitar lessons in the next couple of months. I think that my learning style is better suited by having a time and place where I meet someone and learn the instrument. I still want to learn how to play the guitar…I just think I need a different process.

Pro’s and Con’s of Online Learning:

Pro’s:

  • Multiple perspectives (look at multiple different peoples posts)
  • Convenient (access the internet anytime you want)
  • Free (No cost for basic instruction)
  • Can chose to learn the way you feel you learn best (Learn through videos or sheet music)
  • Interactions with other people (you can connect with other people online who have similar goals)

Con’s:

  • Screen Time (Increases your daily screen time)
  • Solitary (You learn alone)
  • Challenging to know what to search (Hard to find resources that are reliable and accurate)

As you can see there are more pro’s than con’s. So I would definitely recommend trying to learn a new hobby online. It is a great way to learn new skills and try something other than watching Netflix when you have some free-time on your hands!

Here is a Summary of my Journey:

  1. Guitar Learning Plan Intro
  2. Guitar Lesson 2
  3. Name that Tune
  4. Learning the Guitar with 2-way Skype
  5. Do Guitars Have a Place in the Classroom
  6. Setting Smaller Goals to Achieve Bigger Goals
  7. Guitar Tutorial Videos; Pros and Cons
  8. “Music is a Great Thing”…find out Why
  9. Guitars on Pinterest
  10. DIY Guitar

You probably have noticed that I usually tried to branch out with creating posts about the guitar. I found that I needed to find ways to expand my learning project, to try and find different things about guitars to put in my blogs. This helped keep me interested and I hope it also kept you intrigued.

My PLN; What I Learned, Gained, and Gave Through Virtual Connections

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From HERE

PLN= Professional Learning Network

Well somehow this semester has come and gone. At the start of the semester I recall feeling slightly overwhelmed BUT now that I feel settled it is sad to think that I will be done University in only a few short weeks.

When I look back on my experiences in ECMP 355 I can think of many moments when I was in AWWW of what technology could do. I have compiled a google doc that I am hoping can show some of the moments throughout the semester where I engaged with technology. I organized these moments into 6 Major Categories that I believe summarize how I interacted online.

 

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When I consider the different ‘spaces’ I interacted with online I can’t help but acknowledge that I used Twitter the most. I felt that this medium suited my learning style the best. I also now realize that it is a space I will continue to use after this class is over. Although I didn’t interact with others as much on the other spaces, I feel that I compensated for this by the amount of time I spend on Twitter. Below I will break down some of the reasons I love the different spaces online….hopefully this will speak to why I use Twitter the most. (I wanted to try to use the other spaces as much as possible, but at times I felt I was only interacting on them because it was a criteria in the syllabus and not as much because it was a habit I would continue with. Unlike my use of Twitter which I know I will continue to use!)

Twitter

  • Fast response time
  • Free
  • User friendly
  • Short and to-the-point posts
  • easy to connect with others through hashtags
  • Great way to get resources
  • Fun to scroll through posts as if it was my FB or Instagram
  • Easy to get notifications
  • Also could connect to the News 

WordPress Blog

  • Share thoughts and opinions
  • Connect with others through deeper conversations
  • Collection of professional learning
  • Share your voice
  • Great way to reflect and connect with people who share similar reflections, gain support

Google+

  • Find answers
  • See other peoples work
  • Connect with classmates
  • Ask questions
  • Discuss topics
  • Learn through other peoples questions and answers

 

Learned

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From HERE

Here are a list of learnings that I got from interacting with others on online spaces:

  1. How to use technology safely: #digcit
  2. What hashtags can do, which hashtags were good/bad
  3. How to imbed images/videos into my blog
  4. How to use technology in classrooms
    1. Code
    2. seesaw
    3. Plickers
    4. peardeck
    5. socrative
    6. educreations
    7. Story board
    8. smore
    9. piktochart
    10. edmodo
    11. canva
    12. screencastify
  5. The power of sharing resources with others
  6. How to play the guitar and learn online!

 

Gained 

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Here is some of the resources and knowledge I gained:

  1. How to follow blogs I enjoy: Feedly
  2. A youtube channel
  3. Connections with educators
  4. A voice through my blog
  5. A positive online identity
  6. Greater access to the world and previously thought ‘unreachable resources’

Gave

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Found HERE

Here are some of the things I did to give resources to others online and to support others:

  1. Commenting on blogs
  2. Sharing resources I have used
  3. Sharing reviews on resources/tools
  4. Helping people on twitter
  5. Retweeting peoples work
  6. Talking face-to-face with people and helping them

Conclusions

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Found HERE

In conclusion I believe that the above picture is a perfect summary of everyone’s dream teacher. I know I still have a ways to go, but I do feel as though I have come along way since January. I now feel equipped to utilize these tools safely in a classroom. I know that for projects in a few of my other classes I decided to use some of the tools I learnt about in this class such as Wiki’s and Smore. Using these online tools not only helped me become more involved in my assignment but it also has allowed me to teach myself more about these apps.

As far as my PLN goes, I know that I have gained a better network of professional people on the web. When I have questions or need help I now turn to Twitter. I also LOVE looking through Twitter and becoming inspired by what other teachers are doing. As an educator it is my job to be a ‘life long learner’, I believe that technology is the place that this can truly take place. Staying virtually connected will not only help me stay current but it will also help my future students stay engaged. I personally love when I get new followers or have my posts retweeted. I can hardly wait to create my own classroom Twitter someday and watch and see the opportunities that it will provide for me and my students!

Learning Project: DIY Guitar

I have been working on learning the guitar and my younger sister is always wanting to join in. SOO I decided to research a way to include her in playing the guitar. I read this blog post that talked about the importance of children playing an instrument that is the right size for them. However, I do not have a guitar that is the proper size. So I then begin to research different ways that we could make a somewhat ‘real’ guitar on our own. I found multiple sites that take you through a step-by-step process for creating guitars (I have provided links below). I also recognized some of the websites, I had done a sound unit in internship were the students created their own musical instruments. Because of this previous experience I knew that the craft would work.

As you probably noticed Lydia was interested in created the guitar and decorating it. However, she KNEW that it wasn’t the real deal. As I am sure you noticed we tried a few times to sing songs, each time we would start she would get distracted by the guitar and get off track.

Different DIY guitar “how to’s”:

I know that some children start playing instruments at a really young age…I am curios as to how you would get a small child to focus enough to learn an instrument?

It was really fun to make, I think Lydia really enjoyed being able to engage in the guitar with me. It would be interesting to try it again with her when she is a bit older!

Hope you enjoyed my branch out from my learning project!

 

CODE-figuring out the ‘why’ to our techy world!

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Found here

What is CODE?

This was my first question. I view myself as fairly good with technology; however, I have no idea why or how it can do what it does. Here is a simple video that I used in order to understand the meaning and use of code:

What now?

So then I decided it was my turn to try my hand at coding.

3/4 of the way into my HOUR OF CODING

TEST-20, my final project

My certificate!

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Final thoughts:

I honestly was dreading doing coding. My boyfriend knows a lot about it and I always find myself changing the topic when he starts talking about it. SOOOO when I found myself enjoying the coding and having fun with it, I surprised myself!

This is definitely something I will encourage my future students to participate it. I may even include it through a subject area. It definitely tested my own brain abilities and I think it will help students find challenges and better understand the world of technology!

Benefits:

  • fun
  • free
  • challenging
  • interactive
  • modern
  • engaging
  • great directions

Concerns:

  • How can I engage students that cannot read?
  • Where do I go next after I complete the Hour of Code?

Further Research:

 

 

Guitars on Pinterest

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Pinterest is one of my greatest addictions. I have many times found myself lost in the world of Pinterest for more hours than is healthy I am sure! So naturally, when I started my learning project I decided to create a Pinterest page about guitars! I also have started to follow guitar accounts:

Following these pages has helped motivate my own learning project on an online domain that I regularly visit. I have found that this is essential in order for me to find new ideas for playing the guitar and to be reminded to practice.

Today I decided to try out a new collage making app I heard about the other day at a PD event. It is called Kizoa. This collage-maker worked really well. However, I didn’t like how you had to make an account in order to access the collage. Does anyone know of any easier-to-access collage makers? I tried a few before deciding on this one, although I still am not a huge fan of it…it worked better than other ones I tried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Identity and Sexualization

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I just finished watching the documentary; Sext Up Kids by Doc Zone. As soon as it started I realized I had already seen it a while back. However, I was just as interested about it the second time watching it. I believe that it brings up a lot of relevant issues around technology and sexuality. I also find it scary to think how some of the statistics referenced in the documentary may have gotten worse since it’s release date. As an older sibling with 4 younger siblings I find that this documentary really scares me for their online safety.

1. Chained too our Online Identity

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I think this photo depicts two very scary realities about digital identity. The first being that we are so reliant on technology and our identity that we do not know how to break free from it. The second being that our digital identity can trap us and hold us down. In the documentary it focus’ on how a negative digital identity can literally follow us every where we go. It also worries me to think of all the possible problems these kids might face when they grow up and want to get jobs, and have such a documented past online for anyone to access.

2. Reality Barrier; Healthy or Not?

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I love this picture because I feel like it so clearly depicts some of the biggest problems with technology. People now have a way to exist and communicate with others and the world through a screen. This can be a positive thing, if used responsibly. Sadly, as stated in the documentary, many people do not know how to properly use technology. Many people are finding it impossible to balance their lives both on and off the web. I think a lot of people do things online and forget that they can have negative repercussions in the real world. What we are learning more and more is that these negative repercussions can be detrimental to people.

3. There is more to BEAUTY than sex appeal

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This documentary really upset me. It showed how so many girls de-value themselves in order to make themselves appealing to others. It is scary to think that media and pop culture can so negatively influence the thoughts and actions of youth. I think there definitely needs to be a lot more changes in terms of standards of beauty and worth in order to stop this terrible cycle of girls undervaluing themselves.

MORE THOUGHTS….

Here is a video I found on my Facebook feed. I think it speaks really well to the topic I have been talking about. I also think that it connects to online social movements as well. Please watch it and tell me what you think of the #WOMENNOTOBJECTS.

 

“Music is a great thing”: find out why…

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Found HERE

Take a look at this news article that was published just this month. It tells an unique story about the ‘Syrian Refugee Crisis’. It shares an important perspective on this popular topic.

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Read the WHOLE article here

 

It grabbed my attention because it really connected to my own personal learning project. It made me rethink about the power of music. It also made me think to not take this time in my life to learn the guitar for granted. Recognizing the community, security, and language it can provide was really eye-opening. I think that music is so universal and I love how it can bring ALL people together!

This story definitely pulled at my own heart strings. If you have any personal stories to share….maybe a time when music played a bigger role in the outcome of a situation…or when music was used to connect with others…please share below!

Thanks!