A Final Summary of Learning
A Few Quick Thoughts
I have to say, the Summary of Learning project is always a task that I feel the least comfortable with. Luckily, Durston came to the rescue and brought me on board for a second time to work on our Summary of Learning together. I’ll get more into the details soon here, but I just wanted to send a quick mention out to him first1 Anyways, back to the point here, the Summary of Learning is the project which I always feel the least satisfied with. Not because of the project itself, but more so because of my incessant need to get better at them, and to one day eventually make the list. This is my last course in the Master’s of Educational Technology and Media Certificate, so although I didn’t make that goal (yet), I can say for sure that I have progressed, learned, and got more confident with the task at hand now. A special thanks to Jennifer, and Alyssa for checking in often and seeing how my Summary of Learning is going. Their support and positivity do not go unnoticed and are greatly appreciated!
Debate #8: Online Education is Detrimental to the Social and Academic Development of Children
(Week #6: Post #2)
This, or That? I’m Still Not Sure…
Okay, team, I know that this probably isn’t what you want to hear about our last debate topic, but this was one that I really feel indifferent about. I wasn’t really pulled to one side or another, and I think that I really fall right down the middle (exactly what teachers want with persuasive writing, right?). With a lot of the debate prompts this semester, the wording itself made me feel very strongly maybe too strongly at times. I wonder if I feel less strongly about this topic because I think that we need to separate pandemic teaching from online teaching, to begin with. Pandemic teaching isn’t a great reflection of online teaching and learning—online learning is a choice—pandemic online learning was an emergency plan to try to keep kiddos learning and engaged. The only other thing that I would change about the prompt would be to specify an age range, as some people were thinking really young children, and others were thinking high school kiddos. It does change perspectives on things quite a bit, or at least I think so anyway.
Debate #7: Educators and Schools Have a Responsibility to Help Their Students Develop a Digital Footprint
(Week #6: Post #1)
Feeling the Calm-er Vibes
To be quite honest, I quite enjoyed this debate topic. Even though people seemed to really be on one side or the other, it wasn’t heated at all. I wasn’t fired up, and I was able to communicate ideas quite clearly. There were a lot of great points that were brought up on both sides, but something that kept coming up over and over again was the idea that teachers are unprepared for teaching kiddos about digital citizenship and footprints, and many people are using the two ideas interchangeably. However, before I get too far into summarizing my own thoughts on the idea, take a quick peek at some of the main points I gathered from the debate.