Being able to choose my own learning path this semester not only made the learning fun but also so personal and applicable to what I actually need to become a better teacher. When I first decided to enter into my Master’s my focus was on reading and writing but since those classes are not being offered I have had to veer in other directions, and I am sure glad I veered to this class. I chose Option 2: Personal Journey Into Social Media. The apps I have been working on learning more about this semester is TikTok (personal) and Edsby (educational). I should note that on my blog page I created the category Major Learning Project but then created sub categories to help organize my project:
I chose TikTok as a personal platform to get to know better because of my daughter; she has been wanting to download it onto her phone I had reservations about it mainly because I did not know how to use it myself. I have definitely learned a lot through My Explorations and my understanding of learning how to use TikTok from embedding the videos has grown since my first post of attempting the hair and makeup tutorials to adding sound, voice, using visual effects, adding simple text, adding visuals, using slo mo effects, combining videos and pictures, playing games, changing my voice, playing with durations of text, multiple layers of text, and transitions. The amount of time that goes into creating some of these videos was staggering to me but I felt as I became more fluid with the platform it would come quicker.
An important step to understanding TikTok was to learn what TikTok was so take a look here to see my summary of the app.
This semester I have been introduced to Common Sense and I have really enjoyed looking through the educational tools they offer parents, students, and teachers. I came across a page within the website that rates the platforms privacy safety, and in this case TikTok Privacy Safety evaluation falls short. In addition to discovering the evaluation I also came across a “Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok” I found this tool particularly helpful as a parent and a new user to the platform.
I still have more to learn about the app and its relationship to the teaching profession, however that was not to purpose of my learning at this point in time. I was wanting to learn how to use the app and understand some of the ins and outs before giving my daughter the go ahead. I believe I have accomplished the task I was hoping to achieve and am happy with my learning! I had a great time!
Edsby is a platform that was introduced to our school division about 2 years ago; just as we were shutting down for COVID we were instructed that coming in the new year we would expected to implement and use this new program. I always felt that I can easily pick up on the systems our division gives us but learned quickly that Edsby is more than just a place to put your grades and take attendance but I was NOT READY to take it any further than just the basics. This is where my professional learning journey for this class came into play. I knew there was more to Edsby then what I was using it for; the teachers in my upper grades use the platform for a lot more than I do and at some point in my career I know 2 things: 1- I want to teacher upper elementary and knowing how to create assignments like I do on google classroom but on Edsby is going to be a must and 2- I want to eventually make my way into administration and I believe knowing the systems we have in place inside and out is vital to being able to support my colleges. The learning about the capabilities of Edsby was vast throughout this project and I am so glad I was able to learn more in-depth about something that is directly correlated to my job requirement.
Now I have to say I have been so lucky to be able to show you the platform from 3 different views, the teacher view, parent view, and the student view. All these views offer similar looking platforms which has its benefits but also its downfalls. Edsby has worked with our school division and many divisions in Saskatchewan and has made changes to the platform when complaints are being brought up. One that I have noticed that has made a significant difference is the update mobile app; it was extremely difficult to use, you couldn’t access certain information on the app only on the computer, etc. Anyways positive changes were made and now as a parent I can access everything from my phone and from a computer; we can’t assume everyone has both a phone and a computer (digital access right? Mike Ribble’s 9 Elements). My hope is that the next big change they do to their platform is to make a more child friendly version!
Thank you for stopping in and looking at my major learning project this semester!