My relationship with technology in the classroom.. it is very on and off.
I love technology and am enthusiastic about the possibilities, but sometimes hit a wall when something malfunctions and I have to resort to plan b! I am excited to learn through thins class some tried and true applications of technology that I can use when I teach.
A goal of mine that I have ALWAYS wanted to do in life was blog. I absolutely love reading posts others have made about food and fashion. For about two years now I have been very interested in Youtube channels created by teachers sharing resources, everyday work, and vlogging their daily lives. It has been an incredible source of encouragement and motivation for myself. My favourite teacher Youtuber’s to follow are The Lettered Classroom and Pocketful of Primary). I love these channels so much because it acts as free and valuable professional development for myself. Instead of creating videos, I would love to blog. Blogging regularly would be an easy way for parents to check in what we are doing in the classroom, provide resources to other educators, and act as a communication tool with all.
The article, Five Reasons Teachers Should Start A Blog only solidified my want to blog. The first reason to blog, discussing sharing knowledge with others, made me think about reinventing the curriculum in our own classrooms. We are learning the importance of learning content with our student in various ways. Blogging, google classroom and digital storytelling are only a few methods that will meet the same curricular outcomes but in a different way. Society is changing and becoming much different than traditional ways. Students are going to be evolving with technology, and teachers should as well.
During internship, I was quite active with twitter. I found sharing the activities the students were doing and showing my prep work incredibly fun. I had a parent thank you for having a professional account and sharing these stories. I realized how important it is to communicate with parents and how it stretches beyond to connect to educators alike. A goal for using twitter, is that I want to participate in ed chats. I have been following #saskedchat for quite some time, but have never have build up the courage to involve myself (unfortunately I missed my chance, as I have a night class during these times). I want to seek out another chat that works with my timetable and that I feel is a right fit for me.
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