I have taken a course at Medicine Hat College, called Educational Technology in the Classroom. We covered many topics in this course germane to technology and its applications for educators.
Skills I have Learned
I am proficient in creating interactive and engaging lessons. I can use SmartNotebook to attach and save files, videos, links, and worksheets for my classes.
Twitter and Pinterest
I use Twitter and Pinterest to build and grow my Personal Learning Network (PLN). I share my ideas with other educators and learn from a variety of their perspectives. I can find tools and techniques to improve my teaching and classroom management.
I have an educational blog, Pragmatic Paradigm, where I can reflect on my teaching opinions, and share my own experiences. I love adding posts to my blog because it becomes a time capsule of my beliefs and experiences, documenting my journey as an educator.
I have experienced Google Classroom and other applications of Google such as:
I have also added Pear Deck to Google Slides for a formative assessment tool in the classroom.
I can create videos for student’s learning experiences. For example, to supplement a lesson for homework, to create a fun study music video, or to screencast a presentation in a flipped classroom.
Interactive Systems for Formative and Summative Assessment
I have extensive experience with many different interactive systems. Some of these include:
- Pear Deck
- Poll Everywhere
My experience with these systems has enabled me to problem-solve when dealing with other interactive systems and technology. Many of these systems have a certain niche in the classroom, and I can assess which will suit my needs effectively.
I can find ways to integrate iPads and their apps into the classroom. For example, Storybird is a fun app that could be used for journaling or creative writing for any age group.
I can use QR Codes (the square barcodes) to make my physical classroom interact with the digital world. They can be used for student presentations, as Breakout Boxes/Escape Rooms, or to connect books with information on the authors.
Coding: Hour of Code
Coding is becoming increasingly important in a digital world because code is the backbone of everything online. Hour of Code is a great way to teach students of any age how to code. It is a free website and instructional technology.
This is the most important concept to consider when using technology in the classroom. As a teacher, I will always ensure that my students are safe when using technology. I will demonstrate the proper use and presence online to my students so they can make their own responsible, informed choices when on the internet.