Class facilitation and resource creation

This semester for our ECMP 455 class we were giving the opportunity and asked to facilitate and teach our class about a resource we have found. When first given this project I was very intimidated, I never taught a class or lesson online. It was weird at first teaching this class online, I felt like I was talking to myself most of the time. It was a neat thing to do but I think being in the same room as my students, and having their energy and presence to get me through the day. For my presentation my partner and I decided to teach our class about Storybird. Storybird is a visual story telling community which combines stunning visual art from accredited artists with english outcomes that allow students to make long stories, short stories, and poems, and allows them to share them to their peers and save them as keep sake. The artwork in this website lends itself really nicely to the stories and has a lot of great features such as making assignments, grading, and descriptive feedback for your learners. Students not only can create in Storybird but they also can be inspired by others from reading other students projects that they have made on the website. This website is great. I have provided a S’more that we created that touches on all the benefits of Storybird and how it connects to the Curriculum. Storybird is an online resource that I would love to incorporate into my class one day and I really enjoyed being able to share its benefits with my viewers as well as my peers.

I have created a screen cast in Screen Castify, where I give you a short tour of Storybird. In my cast I take you on a tour of what Storybird will look like both as a teacher and a student. Through this process I learned so much. I never did a screen cast before other than in my web lesson on the resource. I was a bit nervous to do the screen cast, but in the end I see Screen Castify being a great resource in the future. I really recommend you take a tour and try it out!

 

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Contributing to the Learning of Others

It is the end of the semester, and through this class I was asked to reflect on my own learning as well as my contribution of learning to others. During this class I was giving the opportunity to learn more about blogs, I was able to reflect on the blog I made in ECMP 355, and make several improvements throughout the semester in 455 in order to improve my blog identity. At the beginning of this class I had very few blog posts. Even in ECMP 355 I had trouble creating posts based on my fear of technology and sharing my words with the world. This semester I believe I improved in this category. Although the blog prompts assisted through topics, I feel I began to develop more confidence in myself and sharing my thoughts and reflections to the world. Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 9.50.14 PM
In class I was constantly learning new things from online resources to new techniques I can use in my own class. I was able to comment and hear from other people from as the class as well as people from other communities who contained new knowledge to share. I have provided a Google Doc which focused on my contributions in this class.

For this class the resource that I used the least was Google plus Community. I did not like using google plus, because it seemed like we had so many implementations we had to focus on. The resource I found the least helpful, received the least attention.  Although I love google and all it has to offer, and did not find the community useful other then for when I needed to check on the recording of class to remember a specific part that was said.

Through twitter I shared things that I was learning through my education that I found useful to share to other educators, I shared articles that helped me and that I felt relevant to teaching, I celebrating my learning with others by sharing my accomplishments, and I helped others by sharing post that they were passionate about with my followers as well. From day one of ECMP 455 I had only four tweets. At the end of this class I am now standing at 63. I never seen the benefit;s of twitter until now, and even though I cannot see myself becoming the new face of Twitter anytime soon, I now have a appreciation for it. I hope to continue to use twitter as resource in the future, by constantly learning new teaching methods through the sharing that is occurring in the teaching community, as well as share what I am learning through my internship that I will be attending in the fall.

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Summary of Learning

 

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For our summary of learning final project we did a group video. We we inspired by a video that has been streaming over the web. We thought our reflections on our learning in this class would be great to mash into the lyrics of a variety of different songs along with costumes.  We started out by reflecting on the things that we learned from this class, the things we will never forget, as well the useful information that we will take with us in our future careers.

As a group we decided on themes of genre’s of songs, and hunted through our houses on costumes that we felt went with genre’s we picked. When we got together, we sat down as group and sorted what we learned in class into themes, and combined them into genre’s that we found fitting.  When creating the lyrics we collaborated our ideas, and made sure it sync’d well with the song. Some things we discussed in our video was twitter, blogging, cybersluething, and the presentations we each did in this class throughout the semester.

Some of the challenges we faced were syncing the music and songs with the video, making sure the lyrics meshed well with the songs, and since we all did not have singing backgrounds we may have had challenges in vocals. Although the words did not mesh well with the video, I believe it just added more personality to the video. It reminded me of an old Japanese movie where the words do not match the voices.  We choose the video because we wanted to show our love of learning and laughs we had along the way. We might have struggled with the technology, but that just goes to show that we are continuing to learn and grow everyday from the new resources and information we have been given. Sometimes as teachers you have to go with the flow, and go for it. 

As educators we are continuing to learn and grow. I look forward to using what I learned in this class to educate students on digital citizenship and provide them with engaging resources in my future classroom.

 

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Charis

Cyberbullying

It may not have been a thing of the past, but it has become much common in the future. Technology over the years has been constantly changing and continually become more of our everyday lives, but what have been the consequences. Yes, we have all seen the movies of the world turning to ruin, or having technology become so advance that it thinks and acts on its own, knowing every step or action we take, and trying to take over the world because its program mind thinks its best for our future.  In today’s world we are not fighting off robots or trying to save the world, but what consequences has resulted in today’s technological advances? Cyberbullying has been an issue that has been occurring over the past years. I have heard many stories of cyberbullying occurring. To many it might be a new terminology, because in the past we did not have our devices to hide behind, rather we had to say it to peoples face, which many would not choose to do.

In class we learned about Amanda Todd, and her story of cyberbullying. During class we had the opportunity to speak to Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol on cyberbullying and how it affected her daughters life. Carol spoke to our class on the importance of teaching students on digital citizenship, and what we can do as teachers, students, and parents to create a change. Carol Todd is currently using her tragedy to make a change by creating support groups, talking to educators and universities such as ourselves, and other organizations.

We may not be fighting robots, be we are at war against ourselves. This is not the only situation I have heard of. Did we not learn from our parents, that if we do not have anything nice to say do not say anything at all, and this does include the internet. I believe  this presentation has this opened my eyes of teaching students about digital citizenship. Technology is new, so it has not been incorporated as much in the past. Now that is becoming more of a part of our everyday lives, we much educate the next generations on this issue.  Teach them how permanent  something that you post can be. A picture or message can change your life and how people perceive you by the click of your fingertips.

I hope that in the future that we do not have to fear technology, and the people behind the screen, But we can teach generations on how to smart. In the end we want to use technology for our benefit, and not fear it and let it take over our lives.

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Charis