EC&I 833: Summary of Learning
A Jeopardy-Style Game
Okay, team, I know we didn’t have to post anything for this, but I wanted to say a few things about my Summary of Learning. When I was thinking of what to do, I wanted to try something that was more mid-tech, as last semester I tried doing something a little bit more high tech with my second ever attempt at making and editing a video (watch here) and I wanted to do something different. However, with that being said, I didn’t take into account that making a Jeopardy-style game using PowerPoint would make a file too large to embed in my blog post. Before I panicked, I reached out to our EC&I833 discord group, and Raquel was quick to try to help me out. Although none of our ideas ended up working, I decided that I would upload it to a Google Drive Folder and make the folder open to anyone with the link to view. Does this work? Yup. But are there a few things that aren’t ideal? Yup.
Recollections of Online Teaching
(Week 2: Post 2)
Integrating Tools for Online and Blended Learning
Jacquie, Mike, Fahmida, and Josie presented Distanced Learning Tools and Online Learning, and discussed tools such as Microsoft 365, Scholantis, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and mentioned a few other LMS that they had researched more about the tools I used for online learning in my Grade 6/7 classroom. They also talked quite extensively about anti-oppressive education, epistemology, and ontology, and provided a few readings to support this: Ontological and Epistemological Foundations of Qualitative Research, A guide to ontology, epistemology, and philosophical perspectives for interdisciplinary researchers, and Anti-oppressive pedagogies in online learning: a critical review.
Although I feel pretty comfortable with using Google Workspace for Education, I was limited to some of the things that I could do because many of my students shared one piece of technology amongst the whole family, some struggled to find internet access, and some struggled with the basics of technology, even though we had practiced it for months, even though I had prepared how-to step-by-step documents with both pictures and words.
“Technology is not just a tool. It can give learners a voice that
they may not have have had before.”
Learning Theories, Perspectives, and Transformations
Reading this week’s blog prompt, sent me through a flashback of writing my thesis (what feels like 100 years ago) and trying to define what an adult learner meant. Similarly, there are a lot of altering definitions of educational technology, however, like the term adult learner, there isn’t one universal definition that is accepted by all as a guiding definition of what it means. Therefore, there are many ways that educational technology has been defined, and is highly dependent upon one’s familiarity, place, time, and many other factors.