Down Go the Debates – Rounds 7 & 8!

Down Go the Debates – Rounds 7 & 8!

Educators and schools have a responsibility to help their students develop a digital footprint. Who’s Responsible? Again, another loaded debate topic! Initially I began to think that well maybe it is our responsibility to help students develop their digital footprint….then I thought to myself would I place that responsibility on my son’s teacher? ….I would not. That made me rethink my initial thought to it is our jobs as educators to EDUCATE students on digital footprints and developing their own. …

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Rounds 5 & 6

Rounds 5 & 6

Debate #5 – Social media is ruining childhood Again this week, I find this topic very difficult to answer.  Both sides of this debate did a great job outlining their stances which made it difficult to pick a side.  I believe that social media can impact childhood, but to say it is ruining it is hard for me.  I think that if children are not taught the proper way to engage with these platforms or the skills to be critical…

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Ding….Ding…Ding… EdTech Debates Rounds 3 & 4

Ding….Ding…Ding… EdTech Debates Rounds 3 & 4

Debate #3 –  Schools should no longer teach skills that can be easily carried out by technology (e.g., cursive writing, multiplication tables, spelling). In a world where the progression of technology and its capabilities will continue to advance at an alarming rate, the many simple tasks that were once required of human beings will go the way of the dodo bird.  I do believe that there is still value in teaching certain tasks that are easily carried with technology.  Humans…

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The Great EdTech Debate – Round 1 & 2!

The Great EdTech Debate – Round 1 & 2!

This has been an ongoing, internal issue I have been struggling with for the last few years… Does tech enhance learning in the classroom? Somedays I think it does, and some other days I want to SMAAAAAAASH every piece of technology in my sight!  But to answer the question honestly, I think if technology is implemented properly and used effectively, with a distinct purpose (not just to say you use it) it can enhance learning.  Technology is an entity that…

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The Daily Tech Adventures!

The Daily Tech Adventures!

When I sit back and think about my day in the life relating to technology, I begin to feel overwhelmed and somewhat embarrassed about how much I use technology in my personal and professional lives.  My days usually start and end the same way – in bed immediately reaching for my phone.  There really isn’t a good reason to do so, I am not doing anything productive, just a habit that I have developed.  I interact with most of the…

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ECI 834 Summary of Learning

ECI 834 Summary of Learning

It is hard to beleive another semester has come to an end. I was lucky enough to collaborate with two great friends and colleagues of mine – Thanks for the great work Brianne and Leona! Hope you enjoy our Summary of our Learning! Cheers, Bret

The Final Piece – Coming Full Circle

The Final Piece – Coming Full Circle

In collaboration with my colleagues Leona and Brianne we have come to the end of designing our blended online course. The experience of collaboration, peer reflection and self evaluation has been a success. The final goal, a finished product that is usable in our teaching whether it be in a typical face to face classroom, a blended classroom or strictly an online version. Through the use of Google Classroom as our LMS we believe that we have developed a course…

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Module Feedback!

Module Feedback!

A Reflection of the Review Process An experience in the peer review process. This past week Brianne, Leona and I had our course reviewed by our peers in EC&I 834. We all appreciated this experience as it provided us with valuable suggestions on how to improve our course as well as it gave us positive feedback about the work that we had already completed. Positive Feedback  Let’s start here. Thank-you to all of our reviewers that noted that our course…

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Module Update: Classroom Community!

Module Update: Classroom Community!

As we continue to plan our Course for Grade 8 – Cells and Systems, Brianne, Leona and myself are looking at ways in which we can implement online tools that will help increase the interactions between those involved in the course (students, teachers, parents, community members), creating and fostering a positive classroom community, albeit online. There are several different LMS and Online Tools that could be used within our course (Google Classroom, Google Sites, Forums, Edsby). However, we do want…

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