Summary of Learning EC&I 833

Hey everyone,

Check out my summary of learning by clicking the link below (hope it works let me know if not)!!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uSw8Q60wdxDlogz1DXvbf-5XByuvBOVP/view?usp=sharing

Hope you enjoy:)

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Assessment CAN be fun sometimes!!!

Kids can have fun AT the same time as being assessed!!! Did you know?!?!?!?

To be honest, I don’t use assessment technology tools a whole bunch because of the availability of technology in my school. So although I wish I could use it all the time and have a lot of experience, I can’t! In saying that, I have used Kahoot (https://kahoot.it/)  in the past and absolutely loved it as well as the students!

I really enjoyed the presentation by week by Melanie, Sage, Sonja, and Justine. I found it super informative and learned a lot about assistive tech. In saying that, as described in the article posted called  Fantastic Comprehensive List of Assessment Tools for Teachers :

“With kahoot teachers can create fun quizzes and add content that in turn is played by students in the form of competitive games. It works as a student response system, which turns the basis for the assessment of the students. Kahoot is helpful for students of all ages from kindergartento older students. This tool can be used to assess any subject and any class. Questions, along with answer choices, are projected onto a classroom screen while students submit responses using a personal device. Teachers and students over 16 have access to publicly shared quiz templates, which can be used as-is or edited. Alternately, teachers and students can create their own new kahoots (games or quizzes).”

Below, are the reflection questions in which I will answer to the best of my ability!

 

Why did you choose this tool? I choose this tool because I have used it before and the kids loved it as well as me!
Challenges to getting set up to use the tool As long as you have the technology available to do kahoot, there are not many challenges. The website is very simple to navigate and setting up quizzes, or looking for quizzes is also easy.
Student response to the tool In my experience, student are mostly engaged.

They enjoy learning using the tech

How did you use the tool for assessment

I have only ever used this for formative assessment. I can get a pretty good idea from the responses of what students know and what they don’t know.
Pros/Cons to using the tools Pros-student engagement, working together, learning together, free to use

Cons- tech availability

Is its purpose more formative assessment/summative assessment or both For me, the purpose is definitely formative


What are your thoughts on Kahoot? Have you ever used it? Do you enjoy it?

Another app in which can be considered assessment technology is flipgrip. In Colette’s blog this week, she describes a few examples of how she uses it in her classroom. I LOVE it. She has a video of one of her students as an example. I suggest you check it out!

Assistive Technology

With all the challenges teachers are facing and have many diverse needs in the classroom, I can’t imagine the classroom without assistive technology. Although it can be timely and costly, the benefits can have a huge impact and the barriers that may come in the way, are definitely worth fighting for.
In my 5 years of teaching, I have to say that my favorite assistive technology I have used and am currently using is the FM system (if you want more info about the hearing system, check this website out http://www.hearingloss.ca/fm-systems/)

If you have never used or heard of an FM system, it is basically a headpiece that the teacher wears that has a little mic on it. In the room somewhere there is a speaker hooked up and my voice projects throughout the whole classroom.

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I often get told I look like a superstar-singer (LOL)!!!
Anyways, The reason why I need to wear it is for a student I have in my class who has a hearing impairment. I absolutely love it.  In fact, I believe it does not only benefit the child with the hearing impairment but the entire class.

Below, are some reflections questions (that were used for last weeks prompt) that I thought were good reflection questions for this week too!

Why did you choose this tool? I chose this the FM system because I am currently using it. I also got the opportunity to use it in my second year of teaching.
Challenges to getting set up to use the tool In the past, I have had a few challenges with the FM system. However, usually, when I do have a challenge it has to do with the on and off button. It often gets stuck. As well,  I have had an experience where the batteries blew up in the system and that part needed to be replaced.

This becomes challenging because when it is sent away to get fixed, the student with a hearing impairment is without the adaption.

Student response to the tool The student loves the tool. The student can hear instructions, and not miss out on anything said in the class.
How did you use the tool for assessment n/a
Pros/Cons to using the tool Pros

  • All students can hear instructions more clearly.
  • Teacher does not need to raise voice at ANY TIME during the day (before using this, I often found my voice hurting at the end of the day)

Cons

  • When something breaks, takes a while to get fixed. Therefore, the student with a hearing impairment may have difficulties learning during that time.

In saying that, I think it’s safe to say that some limitations to assistive technology in the class can definitely be the cost, as well as the process in which it takes to actually get an assistive technology.

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Budgets in education continue to be cut and therefore funding for things such as this become more and more sparse. As well, the waitlists for referrals are extremely LONG. What should take weeks to get something may take months, in which learning time is sacrificed.

I appreciated the section on Universal design in this weeks presentation by Channing, Kelsey, Jill, Haiming. I think it’s important for all teachers to recognize just how much UD can benefit our students. Below is a snippet from the article Universal Design for Learning in BC: that they posted that outlines the many implications it can have on teachers and students.

“UDL provides a framework for addressing the diversity of learners in our classrooms. Rather than individually adapting for each student’s needs, teachers create student-focused environments by designing curriculum that is accessible to a wide range of learners. This systematic approach removes learning barriers by clarifying learning intentions and providing fl exible instructional environments.”

 

Sage could not have said it any better. “With advances in assistive technology, the classroom has become more and more accessible to students.  It allows for “flexible and differentiated learning experiences [and increased] student engagement and independence” (Source). “

Overall, I think using assistive technology in our classroom to meet the needs of our diverse students is very important. Children are so much more comfortable and confident when they know their teacher is doing everything they can to help them be successful in class despite what their needs are.

Thanks for reading:)

What is your favorite assistive tech that you have used?!

 

Changes in OUR Tech World!

!!Initial thoughts on the quote by Gerstien!!

In terms of change….Change is inevitable! Change is continuous! There is no argument there. I think life would be boring if everything stayed the same.

In saying that, change has the potential to be very difficult and stressful for people. Relating this back to the education of our students, I definitely think it’s important for education to continue to change and improve, especially to keep up with our current changes in society, specifically technology. If the goal of education is to create future contributing members of society, then we must continue to update and change our teaching practices.

So much has changed in the last 20 years in the tech world. Exposing and introducing productivity suits and web tools to students is very important and can have many positive impacts. The following of all the examples of what web 2.0 and web 3.0 has to offer for yourself as well as our children.

I use so many of these already in my everyday life, and try to incorporate them as much as I can in the classroom. In not incorporating these into the classroom, I at least make an effort to talk about the the web 2.0 and web 3.0 apps. Jana, Katie, Brooke, and Kyla O did a fantastic job discussing the benefits and barriers of the web. I definitely think these are very important to consider when introducing different aspects of tech to students. Below, are some of the ones the outlined.

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I also found the article The Role of Web 2.0 Technologies in K-12 Education  that was posted by the group helpful in terms of all the ways in which you can use the web in the class. In the section Classroom Examples of Web 2.0 Applications in this article, you will find many great ways to use web 2.0 in the classroom. Blogging, social networking, wikis, and social bookmarking are all great examples mentioned in the article. As well, and as I mention before, “Our students will be living and working in this networked environment in which they must be able to locate, manage, create, and communicate online content. Even now, Web 2.0 tools are being utilized in the workplace, media and home” as stated in the the section Relevance for Teaching and Learning!

On a side note, I LOVE the image Sage posted in her blog! Great way to picture how a teacher can view web 3.0.

Thanks for the great presentation ladies!

 

What are your favorite web 3.0 apps?!