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Coding – Week 11

Coding – Week 11

Prior to this week’s class I had some, but VERRRRRY minimal experience with coding.  I have never been someone who is drawn to these types of activities. I tried taking computer science in high school and struggled to grasp the concepts, but looking back now, I’m not sure I gave it an honest shot.  This is where my mind goes immediately when thinking about coding, but I feel that there is a much larger world of coding out there and…

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Assitive Tech – Week 10

Assitive Tech – Week 10

My Experiences with Assistive Tech When thinking about assistive technologies, my mind often goes immediately to electronic technologies that help students learn.  But, like in the early stages of this class, when we were asked to define technology which helped me change my personal definition from one that is electronic based, to one that is any piece of new technology that enables the user to complete a task easier.  This new understanding and definition of technology is crucial when it…

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Quizizz – Week 9

Quizizz – Week 9

First off, I am going to start with a disclaimer…. I am currently on Paternity Leave so I will have to wait until January 5 to be able to use this new assessment technology with my class.   With that said, I am going to do a review of Quizziz as a possible assessment tool to incorporate when I am back in the classroom.  I choose this tool because of its similarities to Kahoot in the sense that students would be…

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The Social Dilemma – Week 8

The Social Dilemma – Week 8

It has been sometime since I had originally watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix!  Before I set out to watch it again, I tried to remember any sort of specifics regarding the show.  I couldn’t remember many specifics, but I do recall how I felt after watching it…. OVERWHELMED, DEFEATED and GUILTY.  I felt overwhelmed with finally understanding how these social media apps work.  I felt defeated and guilty as I am a frequent user of these apps and find…

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Halfway Point – Week 7

Halfway Point – Week 7

WHOOP WHOOP – we made it to the halfway point of our semester!       This also means that the end of the tunnel for my Masters of Ed – Curriculum and Instruction journey only has 1.5 classes left – crazy to think about!  Over the first half of the course, we have been exposed toa ton of information (some of it new and some of it old) surrounding Educational Technology.  It is always great learning from and alongside…

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Productive or Distracted – Week 6

Productive or Distracted – Week 6

When thinking about the internet, I often think I like what it has to offer, but the one thing that always gets me is how easily distracted or off task I tend to get! This results in longer than expected timeframe to complete tasks (if they get completed at all).  A lot of the time I just have a multitude of tasks started, but unfinished tasks litter  my Google Chrome browser.  With that said, I have often thought to myself…

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Sesame Street – Week 5

Sesame Street – Week 5

We now know that “Sesame Street” encourages children to love school only if school is like “Sesame Street.” Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.” To begin with, I tried to remember a time when I was young and could actually recall watching Sesame Street…. I could not.  So I had to enlist the help of my parents and low and behold I was a frequent Sesame Street watcher. …

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Learning Theories – Week 4

Learning Theories – Week 4

To begin with, I think it is important to define what learning entails and how learning occurs to properly  do a deep dive into my own teaching philosophy, classroom practice and changes or shifts in my 8.5 years of teaching.  Ertmer and Newby define learning in their article Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism: Comparing Critical Features From an Instructional Design Perspective  as “an enduring change in behavior, or in the capacity to behave in a given fashion, which results from practice or…

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Educational Technology – Week 3

Educational Technology – Week 3

The group that I was a part of during last week’s class discussing educational technology discussed what TECHNOLOGY really entails.  We discussed that many people (me included) jump right to the electronic component being the sole determinant that something falls under the technological umbrella.  This idea was quickly countered by Kirsten who made a great point.  She said that technology does not need to be solely electronics based, and brought up that when the settlers began using the wagon, that…

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EdTech Rundown – Week 2

EdTech Rundown – Week 2

What are your early memories of using technology?  Thinking back to my earliest memories surrounding technology seems to be a greater task than I had first imagined.  I don’t have a lot of memories to be honest, but I do remember our family having some form of technology.  I remember getting our family’s first desktop computer with the huge screen, tower and speakers.  I remember the dial up internet and the sound of the computer connecting to the web.  I…

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