The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…kind of : Online Self VS. Offline Self

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Hello ECI832’ers, 

First things first, what is digital identity?  As per Wikipedia, it is, information on an entity used by computer systems to represent an external agent.  This “external agent” could be a person, organization, or even a device!  What struck me with this definition was “information used by computer systems to represent”.  Our digital identity is a representation of ourselves – it is information about ourselves and our belief’s, shared online.  As brought up in our class this week, we need to be cautious of how much we separate our online identity from our identity in the rest of our lives as really, they should be one in the same – if you aren’t willing to say it in person, why put it online?  I work directly with the Red Cross of Canada in teaching their “Beyond the Hurt” and “Healthy Youth Relationship” programming and we show this video to kids to remind them of this…short and too the point.  Think BEFORE you type is a message that should be heard by the young and the young at heart.

When I think about my past digital identity I consider myself VERY lucky because I grew up in a time that, as Alec spoke about in class, my childhood could be forgotten and forgiven because I didn’t have the opportunity to have a digital identity.  My mistakes were fleeting and not documented and stored in a way that is around forever.  As the technologies began to advance I was at an age where I was able to make more responsible choices and was smarter with how I used the technologies.  As well as I was still on the outside edge of the technologies being used for “bad”.  While I was searching around trying my hardest to remember what my life was like before my devices, I came across the article, “20 Things We Don’t Do Anymore Thanks to Technology” and it summed up the things that made up my past identity!

1. Memorize and phone number.                                            11.  Record your fave shows on tape.

2. Use a phone book.                                                                 12.  Watch shows live.

3.  Used car on the side of the road with a “For Sale” sign.    13. Cut out of the newspaper.

4. Do math in your head.        14.  Run to the store for a last minute gift…thanks amazon prime!

5.  Call someone to ask where they are.    15.  Send a handwritten letter.

6.  Make photo albums.                                 16.  Look up spelling words in the dictionary. 

7.  Have a CD collection.                               17.  Use a phone booth.

8.  Make mix tapes.                                        18.  Carry enough change for the phone booth.

9.  Call the theatre for movie times.            19.  Use travel agents.

10.  Tell time on a clock with hands.           20.  Get old cheques back from the bank monthly. 

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Now we can’t be dwelling on the past…so let’s chat about my present digital identity.  I just took a session at my Teacher’s Convention that focused on “Looking Before you Leap” into social media and the consequences it can have outside the online world.  Again, it comes down to not separating our online self from our “offline” self too much because there are mutual consequences that can occur based on how we behave in both arenas.  The presenters fully admitted they did not use social media and didn’t really know anything about it, but they made some good points because of their positions on the STF protecting and supporting teachers who have either made questionable choices online, or whom have had something misconstrued online.  I feel as though my online choices and digital identity in my life now are based a lot on the profession I have chosen.  Most of the time I spend online is school related and when it’s not, I am very cautious of what I post so there is no chance for misinterpretation or misrepresentation.  Especially since taking these digital literacies classes I have been much more conscious of how am I portrayed online and therefore I will be perceived online.  I loved the activity Alec had you all participate in during class where you researched the names of random people online – although I wasn’t able to take part, it got me thinking of the way I may come across online and the importance of being careful, responsible and authentic online.

Looking towards the future for the kids I teach…I’m nervous but cautiously optimistic.  I can see the UNBELIEVABLE amount of opportunities if we teach kids to be safe and responsible online.  If we can teach them that they need to be authentic but wary and if we can teach them to understand that they are themselves online and IRL.  Not to mention to teaching kiddos how to wade through the online world to find truth and authenticity from others.  I really love this continuum that my classmate Danielle created to show the technologies and when we should be introducing them to our youth – as I mentioned in a comment to her, I love that this is not a fixed schedule, it’s a working document that is fluid.  The access both teachers and youth have to technology could easily dictate when and where on this continuum they start and end up.

In Anne and Amy’s video I found it really interesting that when Anne surveyed her students, they said that their parents were good online and that they rarely asked for support aside from identifying fake news and spam.  I also found it interesting that Anne suspected only about 1/20 kids were comfortable fully navigating a computer when she got them for graphic design.  I think in order for children to have safe, true, meaningful digital identities, it comes down to making sure they are educated!  Their parents feel fairly good on social media now because there is a tonne of information on it but less comfortable with identifying fake news and spam because it is only now that there are people or organizations offering tools to sort through the online world in this way.  Lots to consider but all I know with 100% certainty is that education is key to ensure our digital identities are authentic and SAFE!

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Thanks for reading,

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

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The Struggle is Real…but fun…but real.

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Hello #ECI832’ers and beyond,

Well..here it is, the official check in…yikes!  I think this week for whatever reason, I am feeling like my classmate Jessica appears to be feeling in her blog post this week.  I’m not overwhelmed, but I so desperately want to do this project justice and I need to think critically about how it is going to look, why I’m doing it, and how it will really benefit my students beyond the confines of this class.  My littles deserve the world, and everything I do in my classroom is centered around preparing them to be responsible, respectful, caring, empathetic citizens of not only our city, province, country but of the world both online and IRL.

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THE PROGRESS:

As I mentioned in my last update, I am working with 2 amazing organizations to put together a social action project for my grade 2 class to participate in.  Want to read all about it?  I got you covered, just click here.  If you remember and are up to speed, keep reading! 😉  So far, I have met with the main organizer of “The Chair Affair” and have received the adorable children’s chairs and table that we will be painting for the auction.  My kids are chopping at the bit to get started on the design and painting but I have to keep reminding them that we have lots of the “why” learning to do first!  I have also just finished leading a 2 day training session with the Red Cross on their Beyond the Hurt and Healthy Youth Relationship programs so it has refreshed my memory on all the hard work we need to put into this area in my classroom too!  We will again be using the hashtag #lionkidshelpingkids in our school and community initiatives.

THE CONNECTIONS:

One of the main areas that I saw my project connecting to the Mike Ribble’s Nine Elements was with feature number one, Digital Access.  My kiddos, because of the school, community and country we live in, sometimes have trouble understanding that not everyone has the same access and privilege to technology that we have.  They are very lucky to learn about digital citizenship and digital literacies at a young age so they need to use their privilege to help others.  Although our initiatives for this project will not necessarily help narrow the inequities of technology, I hope that my class will come away with the knowledge of them and then use their power as they grow to continue with the cause.  As Ribble suggests, the goal of any digital citizen should be to help expand and access technology – I think it it’s important to also note that this can be learned starting at any age where students and kids access technology. ❤

 

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The second connection I can make to Ribble’s 9 elements is, feature number 4, Digital Literacy.  Any project that I would have agreed to take on would somehow connect to this extremely important idea.  Ribble says, “Learners must be taught how to learn in a digital society.  In other words, learners must be taught to learn anything, anytime, anywhere”.  This piece is what struck me in particular as how we teach kids to learn now is so incredibly different than in the past – we need to teach them to find the information where ever they are, not just remember whatever we thought as the teacher was the most important.  With my project I am hoping to use digital technology in a way that is meaningful but also effective and worth while to the way my kids will learn and need to know in their futures.  My kiddos will be using technology and research skills online to help support their understanding of healthy relationships as well as the conditions and need for support in the developing world.

THE END

Overall, I feel like I have the skeleton of this learning project ready to get filled in and I’m so excited!  Learning about the world and being able to think globally are skills that I would LOVE to help my kids develop in their time with me.  Stay tuned…

This picture from Pixaby reminded me that it’s ok to slowly put the pieces together because if you’re prepared, the ACT piece can change the world.  One step at a time.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

 

Times They are a Changin’

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Hello #ECI832’ers and beyond,

In my opinion, the title of my blog post this week as never rang truer…times are changing and we can’t fight it, we need to accept it and help those changing the most in these uncertain times to make mindful, safe and socially aware choices. My post this week is more of an opinion piece and a speculation of what the future might hold for the little ones I teach – what will their world look like?  What will they value?  How will they get educated and will it even be worth it to continue teaching them the way we are now?  What will my position as a teacher look like?  There are such an incredible amount of questions rolling through my mind around this topic.  I was thankful to be able to view Bree and Danielle’s 2 part video, Kyla’s awesome presentation and Brittney’s informative screen-cast to help refresh my memory on the complexities around the idea of being a digital citizen.  Although the definition of a digital citizen according to a compiled view on Wikipedia, “refers to a person utilizing information technology  in order to engage in society, politics, and government as well as someone who uses the Internet regularly and effectively” is to the point, it is also extremely broad and too overarching.  How I use the internet and technology as a digital citizen is not the same as the way my kids in school use it, nor how will they use it as time passes.

 Thanks Giphy!

As I was tooling through everyone’s blog posts from this week, I stumbled on Staci’s and she was posting on the article from the 2020 Future Work Skills Report and it had me intrigued to look a little further, and truly consider the skills our youth will need as they grow up and how this may influence what my classroom (should I get to keep it 😉 ) will look like in the future.  They identify the top 10 skills youth will need to know as they move into the workforce and beyond.  They identify these ten skills as sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, computational thinking, new-media literacy, transdisciplinarity, design mindset, cognitive load management, and virtual collaboration.  More or less, although other curricular areas are useful and will likely still be included for many, many years to come as education takes a long time to change and catch up, it my duty as a teacher to be doing more to ensure my kiddos leave me as critical thinkers, multi-taskers, digitally literate, cultural responsive citizens.  I believe, especially after reading this report, that these types of skills will be what get our youth jobs and positions of change in our society.  It is not enough to memorize and regurgitate anymore – there is too much information.  We need the skills to find the answer and adapt to it, rather than just knowing it.

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Alec posed the question, “what kind of world are we preparing kids for?” Never have I heard a more loaded question…it’s impossible to predict exactly, but all I know without a doubt is that it will absolutely not look like the world I grew up in.  The world is changing faster than I would like to admit and there are consequences (both good and bad) that will come with it.  Our youth are growing up with their world’s rose coloured, through the filters of social media.  They are sunshiney and perfect online even when things are not so IRL.  Social media is forcing youth to compare themselves to one another whether they are trying to or not.  I stumbled across an article that featured a Common Sense Survey called, “Children, Teens, Media and Body Image” that asked kids what they are most stressed about online and it showed it was mostly related to how they will be perceived – showing girls being most vulnerable.  Some of the most interesting information was:

  • 35 percent are worried about people tagging them in unattractive photos.
  • 27 percent feel stressed about how they look in posted photos.
  • 22 percent felt bad about themselves if their photos were ignored.

Scary stats when applied to the question, what are we preparing kids for?  The article goes on to show how differently children receive feedback now – likes, shares, number of views, “hot or not”, “pretty or ugly” videos, etc.  This is a huge change that we need to prepare kids for so that they can handle and wade through the barrage of information thrown their way – both about themselves and their world.

This is a lot to process I find it very overwhelming.  My sincere hope for the future is that people learn to be good people both on and offline.  Knowledge truly is power and I think teachers need to stay on top of the technology so that we can teach kids to be responsible digital citizens, even if they are technically literate.

Thanks so much for reading…sorry if that was a bit of a ramble, I had so much going through my head!

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

 

The verdict is in.

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Hello everyone,

I am over the moon to announce that I have finally made an official decision on my major project!  I have decided, after taking into account all of your feedback and doing a bit of personal soul searching, to take on the social action project with my grade 2 class! 🙂

Here’s the scoop…

The first part of plan is to work with the Grandmother’s 4 Grandmother’s organization in Regina to help support their “A Chair Affair” Fundraiser by having my class paint a children’s size set of chairs and a table to enter into the silent auction!  All money raised gets sent to reputable charities across the world to help support children and their caregivers who have been orphaned by AIDS and other diseases.  We will support this project by learning about the living conditions and needs of people who live in impoverished communities around the world.  I hope to document our process and progress online using the hashtag #lionkidshelpingkids once I receive the permission slips back from my families as this information will be on a public forum and not just on my classroom Facebook page as my other posts are.  🙂
  

This portion of the project will be combined with an anti-bullying and empathy piece using the Red Cross’ Beyond the Hurt and Healthy Youth Relationship programming.  I am a lead educator with Regina Public Schools in this area and feel passionately that in order to be able to think globally, we need to be able to understand the human condition.  Even at 7, it is integral that my kiddos understand that not everyone is as privileged as we are, both in Canada and in the developing world.  We will be documenting this progress as we move through the curriculum and use it to support our work.

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I’m feeling really excited to see both the process and what this final product will turn in to – I am going to try and hand over as much power to my class as I can because I am curious to see what my kids think and how they understand social activism – I will be there to guide, facilitate and ensure everyone is safe and cautious online.

Thanks for your help in making this decision,

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

Digital Native – Digital Immigrant and everything in between!

Hello #ECI832 and beyond,

Ok, I know it’s been said that it’s not polite to ask a lady her age…well I am telling you now, that I was born AFTER 1980 and would therefore technically be considered a “digital native” but I have a heck of a lot to learn and certainly would not consider the digital language to be one that I was naturally fluent in.  It has taken me a lot of time and energy to get to the point I am in this complex online universe we all live in now.  I found the readings this week very interesting and very eye opening to some of the biases I hold as an elementary school teacher regarding what I expect my kiddos to know without lesson.  It seems we truly do have a digital divide on our hands both through accessibility and knowledge.

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I was able to pull a lot of very interesting points to ponder from the video “Digital Natives” Exist? on Youtube.  Click this link or watch the video below if you haven’t had a chance already.

One of the first points that really stuck out to me was the fact that it is now believed that being born into a world full of machines and technology has actually changed not only the behaviours of kids but also, could actually have made changes to their brains from the beginning.  How curious?  Being born into the world and having evolution handle some of the headache in preparing you for the crazy, quick paced world we live in.  However, as interesting as I found this point to be, there is such an incredible divide in the progress of our world, I don’t think we are safe to make any blanket statements as the effects of technology are so vast depending on your location.  In the video it says, “kids are native speakers of the computer, video game, internet language” which, in middle to high class Canadian culture is potentially true.  In my classroom I would say this is true – the majority of my children are very technologically literate.  My kids have the ability to use and understand the functionality of a computer, phone, video games and the internet.  That being said, at the school I came from prior to where I am now, there would have been a much lesser population of kids that would have had those literacies for a variety of reasons – financial being one, and coming from places in the world that have not developed into the technological place that Canada has.  The assumption that all kids, because of the time they have been born, are speaking this “native” language will be harmful in my position because then you are not taking the time to teach kids how to use the technologies properly and safely.  Just because they know basic functionality absolutely does not mean that they know how to make good, safe choices on their devices or internet.  Another quote that got my attention from the video was, “access does not come prepackaged with knowledge” which I feel like helps back up my reasoning for not jumping to conclusions.  Canadians and my students who have access to technology regularly do not necessarily have the knowledge needed to work safely and efficiently on the internet or technology on account of being able to access it.

Prensky’s concept of the digital native cannot, as mentioned in the video be used to classify a generation of people like the terms millennial, or gen x’er because really, a digital native refers more broadly to a group of people based on their “intimate familiarity with technology” not necessarily just their age.

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I think the biggest hurdle that will affect me with technology in the sense of digital nativity and immigrants in my position as a teacher, is remembering that technology is still absolutely a privilege, not a right, and therefore is not accessible to everyone, and not accessible to everyone equally.  In education we are encouraged to utilize technology in the classroom and in the higher grades, encourage children to hand in work, complete work, etc. using technology but even in Canada, not everyone has access or knowledge.  Technology is a gift but can cause a divide in your classroom.  Children without access to technology readily can feel invisible, left behind and excluded from the rest of the kids.  In this video is says, “although it may seem natural, it’s all learned” and this has never rang truer in schools than now – we have children who have grown up with these technologies readily available (in many circumstances) and yet, all of the experience is in fact just mimicry – the same way they would learn any other kind of language.  Children see their families using devices and much like learning anything else, children copy our behaviour and produce their own version of the skill.

Roxanne hit the nail on the head in my opinion when she says, “digital citizenship skills need to be taught, they are not embedded in our brains” – it is still the adults job when working with children and youth, whether you consider yourself a digital native or not, to be using technology safely and responsibly so that good practice can be imitated.  It is absolutely our job, no matter where on the spectrum you fall, to help kids understand the in-depth functionality of the technologies we have access to and not only use them to their fullest, but do so in a safe, respectful and responsible way.

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

WELCOME TO THE SHOW!

Hello beautiful #ECI832 people,

For those of you joining me for another semester of fun with the amazing Alec Couros…welcome back to the organized chaos that is my blog! 🙂  For those of you just popping by for the first time, welcome to the show!  If you’re interested in getting to know more about me, please take a quick second to peek around my blog or at least check this out!  Still have questions?  Feel free to be in touch.

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For those who don’t know me, I am the worlds most indecisive person so as per usual the struggle was real with regards to what option I was going to pick for my major project.  If you scroll back in my blog you’ll see that I spent a good portion of the last term trying to decide between two final projects and more or less doing both for the duration.  Ugh.  With hopes of not having the same thing happen I am still considering two different ideas which I will narrow to one next week.  WHICH I WILL NARROW TO ONE NEXT WEEK…#itsonlineforaccountability.

 

     

 

Option #1…well technically option number #2.  As an educator I feel like there are so many amazing tools right at my finger tips but I never seem to have time to learn to use them properly!  I feel like I do an okay job integrating technology and digital literacy into my classroom but I know there is SO much more I could be doing if I knew how to use some of these technologies to their full capacity.  I would love the opportunity to explore apps that I could use in my classroom to enhance the curriculum and make it fresh, exciting and more accessible.  I would also love the chance to try out a couple apps that I could use in my personal life to help me get more organized and to widen my digital footprint and PLN in a positive way.  Maybe Kelsie could be my first snap chat friend? 😛

Option #2…otherwise known as number #3.  The other idea that I had was potentially exploring the idea of tackling an online activism project of some sort with my grade 2 class!  This seems like it may be biting off a HUGE chunk of something…but I think it would be so meaningful and engaging for my students.  I teach at a school where the majority of my students come from homes with loving families who engage in their lives and learning and I feel like it’s my duty to help them understand that not everyone has these privileges let alone the basic human rights we are so blessed to have here in Canada.  Last term I did a project that directly incorporated my class and I found it so rewarding to see my hard work at school paying off directly in my classroom.  I have two different thoughts rumbling around – first is working with the Stephen Lewis Foundation through Grandmother’s 4 Grandmother’s and raising money and awareness for children orphaned by AIDS and other diseases in Africa.  I think this would be a meaningful and eye opening experience for my class, plus they are helping kids directly which would be so cool!  My second thought is launching an anti-bullying campaign online that would be spear-headed by my class!  I am a fully trained, lead educator with Regina Public Schools in the Red Cross’ anti-bullying and healthy youth relationships programming and I would love to put that training to good use!  I was thinking of potentially looking at the importance of hashtags, what it means to raise awareness, how can we help, etc.  I would need to decide how we would quantify our findings, or come up with the final “goal” of this idea but I know my kids would have great ideas and it’s such a relevant and worthy cause.

So much to think about! 😉

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS!  

 

Please feel free to pop a comment below and let me know what you think!

❤  Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

Well my friends – the time has come…

…To talk of many things. – Lewis Carroll

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I am so thankful for the immense amounts of knowledge I gained throughout the duration of my time in EC&I 831.  I am thrilled to announce that I will be taking EC&I 832 next term so please stay tuned to my blog for new posts in 2018!  I can’t wait to continue my online learning!

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Before the start of the class I was your “average joe” on social media – I had a personal Facebook page and an instagram that I posted the odd photo or update to, and a classroom Facebook page that I used to convey information to my families about our day, upcoming events, etc.  Check out my summary of learning in my learning project category for more information on that Facebook page and to see how I used it throughout the course! I’ve also attached the permission slips I used to facilitate the program if you want to adapt them and try them out! Find them here and here! Aside from that aforementioned life line to my families, I was rarely doing anything of note or purpose on social media.  I am ashamed to admit I didn’t even dabble in Twitter and didn’t really understand Snapchat.  My world as completely blown when I learned of all the Online Educational Resources that were right at my fingers tips – all I had to do was reach out, online that is, and grab them.  This course pushed me out of my comfort zone and into a whole new world of opportunity.  I am so thankful to my classmates and Dr. Alec Couros for the support, patience and wealth of information throughout the term.  This really made my first Master’s class enjoyable, usable and WELL worth every hour spent on it.

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We learned about OER’s, digitial identity and citizienship, PLN’s, social activism and slacktavism.  I think throughout the term each of my classmates in their own amazing ways, did wonderful jobs summarizing, explaining and exploring these topics enriching not only my understandings, but those around them too.  I would like to take a minute and highlight some of my favourite posts as well as my own to wrap up the term.  First, how can I not give a shout out to my friend Jaque for her amazing review of Ted ED.  This post was thorough, in 3 separate and equally amazing parts and did such a nice job explaining all of the wonderful parts of Ted ED.  I also reviewed Ted ED and found out what an unbelievable OER it is.  You can check out my post here.  I was so pleasantly surprised when we had the chance to explore these resources because I actually took away a list of sites that I either want to explore myself, or take directly into my room.  As I mentioned in my summary of learning, I am so excited to see where my kiddos end up with their secondary, and post secondary education with such a great number of resources being available online for free!  I still have questions about what a post secondary degree will mean, if you’ll need one, etc.  The kids I teach are in a very unique position – much, much, much different than when I grew up!

Next up, the dreaded digital identity and footprint piece.  This part of the course really resonated with me because your digital footprint can absolutely make or break a person as they transition from young adulthood into the professional world.  I feel like it’s my obligation as an educator to ensure my kids are being safe and are getting the information they need to be safe and informed online.  Before I started my learning project I did a workshop with my grade 2’s on what it even means to be safe online and how important it is to think about what were searching and posting and exploring BEFORE we do it.  We made a fun video to help others understand what we learned.  Check it out below if you haven’t already.

I have to give a shout out to my classmate Coralee and her post on digital identity.  I felt like Coralee asked meaningful questions and posed some great pros and cons.  I think there are unbelievable things that can happen if we allow kids to explore and partake in the online world but they need to understand, even at a young age that actions have consequences and they need to be careful and mindful!

The Personal Learning Network’s we had the opportunity to build in this course were amazing!  I had no idea that a blog, twitter and using my personal social media in a more professional way could award me with so many learning and development chances.  In this section I would love to just say another thank you to everyone who was willing to share so openly throughout the course.  It was because of you guys that I was comfortable to do the same – I mean this whether you were sharing educational information and resources or something more personal.  I have to shoutout Steffany and Christina for their personal and open posts throughout the class.  They are inspirational and I appreciate you guys sharing your more intimate stories of health and the road to happiness.  I would also encourage (and beg! 😉 ) everyone to follow me on Twitter, I have learned so much from tooling around the site and engaging with fellow friends and educators.  Next term, I am hoping to try out some more of the #saskedchat stuff!  I still have lots of learning to do so I can fully utilize my PLN but I know the future is bright!

The final piece I would like to quickly chat about is the social justice piece of the course that we touched on with Katia.  The concept of “slacktivism” was one that stuck with me.  The online world is a busy place and unfortunately, lots of people are like me – just on here surfing around, liking posts but not necessarily acting on the causes that I am sharing about or reading about.  I like to try my hardest to see the good in people and I do believe that people have the best interests at heart when they are sharing and liking items online, but we need to do more!  Sharing and liking do make a difference as you are getting a cause out to the rest of the world but unless you are willing to take the next steps to advocate for the causes it isn’t effective.  We need to remember that above all, we have power online and that the choices we make (or don’t make) are extremely important.  We need to research and weed out fake news and stay informed so we can put our money (or time) where our mouths (fingers typing) are. 😉  If you want to read more about my feelings on social justice, check out my blog post here.  I titled that post, “Imagine a World” and I still do – everyday I wonder what it would be like if we had fairness for all…not equality, but fairness.  I had to include my favourite image showing exactly what I mean for fairness not equality, this picture articulates the mindset that I try and pass on to my kids everyday.

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Overall, thank you so much for everything throughout the class.  If anyone has any questions, please visit my contact page and get at me!

 

 

Have a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year.

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❤ Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

Summary of Learning ECI831

Well Folks,

Here it is – my final summary of my learning!  I am so proud of all the work my little ones did!  Overall, I am so happy with how the project turned out.

Thanks for watching…I hope for a second you could just take yourself back to the silliness and fun of a grade 2 class.

Ps.  The music was all free and usable from Itunes and the artist was not listed!  The songs are called, “The Only Girl” and “Sophomore Makeout” if you’re interested.

❤ Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

Is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

The polls are in…on Plikers!

Hello #ECI831’s and beyond,

It’s no surprise to me that the world of assessment and “quizzes or reviews” has moved into the digital world for our littles, but I had no idea how many tools were at my disposal to help these kiddos tell their stories and share their answers in new and exciting ways!  As my classmate Channing mentioned in our Tuesday class, it will be a great excuse to try out some of the apps that get pushed through on our school Ipad’s that I just never seem to get too! Or an app that I know would be awesome if I had the time to explore it and use it properly!  I decided that for this review, I would pick an app that I had used a long time ago but never explored to its full capacity – Plickers.  As Roxanne says about the app Socrative in her blog this week, Plikers is a fun and engaging assessment tool that utilizes a live time feature that is different and exciting.  We have 5 Ipad’s allotted to our classroom and between 24 and 29 kids depending on integration, so I also wanted to explore an Ipad app that could be used when I don’t have enough devices for each student.  A HUGE bonus of Plikers is that you only need one device to be able to use the app. 😀

 

So…you’re probably thinking, get to the point Hackel – what does this program actually do for me?  Well, there are many features I loved when I took the time to explore this program!

First – The freedom!

Plikers allows you to create your own question content so it’s

awesome for any subject!  I created a little math quiz as a trial but the sky is the limit!  A negative would be, that there doesn’t seem to be a bank of pre-made questions to select from which means that you are on the hook for it all!

I loved this feature regardless of that because it’s so versatile – much easier than an app limited to one subject!

Second – the cards!

These babies are super unique!  Each card is labelled with a number that gets assigned to each student in your class on a roster – this way you can track who is responding and more importantly who is responding correctly and incorrectly so you know what to focus on with who! 🙂

On each side of the black shape their is a letter A, B, C or D.  For kiddos to answer a question, all they have to do is turn their card to have the correct letter facing up!  Fun, engaging and simple to understand.

Three: Paper saver!

In the past, to formatively assess, we might think paper and pencil – print a quiz and have kiddos complete it to show their knowledge.  I printed the cards, 2 to a sheet on regular paper, put their name on the correct numbered card and laminated them for durability!  This way, I used 12 pieces of paper and can quiz and review without ever printing another piece.  Yay trees!

Four: The results are in!

There are so  many cool features with tracking progress and answers through Pliker’s!  You can see graphs and charts that are personalized with your kiddos names and track their responses so you know exactly where everyone is at!

 

To finish off, here is a quick video about the program and how to use it if you want an even closer look at the functionality!

Overall, I am so excited to continue to use Pliker’s in my classroom!  My kid’s loved the trial we did and were already asking when we were going to do it again.  I can see so many uses for this app in my classroom including quizzes, reviews, jokes or riddles for fun, and using it as a “Show what you know” when introducing a new subject.

I would ABSOLUTLEY suggest checking Pliker’s out!

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❤ Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

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