I don't get to use Google Classroom much (just a few times through these classes). Thanks for sharing your experiences with this tool - especially the rubric creator which is a nice feature. Glad you and your students are befitting from GC.
Absolutely great stuff here. I have tried to dabble a little bit in this area as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed the conversations I have. I think you have focused in on a target area that doesn't always get targeted, but also general enough that anyone could pick up a few things from your topics. Maybe you should reach out out to Kathy Cassidy in Moose Jaw ... she did / does some amazing things with her grade 1s and is internationally known for her work ... think you would have a good one there.
Again honoured to be on your list. Jennifer Casa-Todd is a great person with lots to share ... I'd recommend reaching out to her ... that would be a great podcast! That's the power of a podcast have a device and some ear buds and away you go ... can learn a lot while on the go or just kickin back. I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing more of your work.
Loved you first quote and totally agree that social media should be improving one's life not destroying it. You last one kinda caught me off guard ... if it's Antonio Brown the football player he might be the last one I'd take life advice from haha and his use of social media is pretty toxic imo. If you are looking a tik tok this may be a low risk high reward activity to do with your kiddos https://ditchthattextbook.com/create-a-tiktok-style-experience-with-google-slides/ Lots of great points in your post and good luck with improving your iPad effectiveness (have you looked at explain everything - might be a good one to compare to showme).
Great post. Really like how you organized each tool with bullet points and the digital citizenship element that goes with it. You know I'm a big fan of Wakelet. I found this activity and it may be of interest to you https://ditchthattextbook.com/create-a-tiktok-style-experience-with-google-slides/ I have thought about doing something with Tik Tok especially when I had my social 9 class ... I'll have to figure out something with my math classes - my figure out how to do a three act math play tik tok style.
Thanks for a great read and lots to think about. I have similar conversations with my own two kids (who are a bit older) but definitely attached to their devices quite a bit. I love the way you did your own survey and analyzed the results ... it would be very interesting to do with other demographics / sample sizes and compare results. I'm impressed with the way you are incorporating the resources you have found and creating your own conclusions and findings. Looking forward to seeing where this takes you next.
I always here the French Immersion teachers at my school talk about the same access to resources in French. It's great to hear about your interactions with your students and that they have come up with lots on their own (always what we hope for as teachers) and you may need to make adjustments based on what access students have. I'm staying tuned for sure.
Great post. This happened a lot before to in print magazines but definitely has changed quite a bit with social media and access to filters/photoshop. Unfortunately many take get their esteem from 'likes' now a days (especially) youth. Hopefully we can educate and support our youth to love the skin their in as is. Important information.
Great post.You model digital citizenship with your use, willingness to learn, and expectations. Good luck with your journey. Cool you got the 'Ditch That Textbook' author to leave a response too :-)
Glad you had an opportunity to recharge. Here's an option for to explore a tik tok style lesson without tik tok https://ditchthattextbook.com/create-a-tiktok-style-experience-with-google-slides/ I love Wakelet I use it a lot personally and have used in my class here's a wakelet that one of my students put together on the fall election https://wke.lt/w/s/_sN8RY and here's how I have used it as a school newsletter https://wakelet.com/@oneilltitans Thanks for sharing
Great work (especially when running on fumes haha :)) Glad you caught the Flipgrid Fever and that it has had a positive impact on your class. Common sense is a great source for sure. Youtube has certainly become a source for lots of entertainment and learning possibilities. I know my own kids don't watch TV at all but Youtube is a different story. Loved your vlog. Kinda reminds me of the teaching journals I used to do. A great place to share and collect your thoughts. Thanks for a peak into your classroom (learning community space) and looking forward to your reports on your Super Power Photo Booth (great idea).
Great post. In terms of the term of service, I had put this on extension on my browser from this site https://tosdr.org interesting how it tells you the class for many sites. Your breakout room looks like it will be awesome ... I used One Note to make one of these and it was a lot of fun. Good luck
That https://tosdr.org/ site is very interesting to see what class the social media you are using is at. I agree that it is super hard to to create that magical 5 minute video that captures what you need for the lesson taught. One thing I thought of doing but it would take some time is to put them all in ed puzzle and then you could put markers to get to the point you want need (even know who watched them). I really like your style of blog with many musings haha and rabbit holes to go down (such as your robotic club which is awesome). Keep up the great work.
Love the fact that is your project is creating so many important conversations. I like the positive outlook you see that social media can create. You should take a look at Jennifer Casa-Todd's work (Social Leadia). Honoured you like the image I created (used a lot of icons from the nounproject.com)
I love this data. I might even use it in my math class on our graphing unit (think there is a great three act math play opportunity). Even though it appears (to me) that 'tweets' still dominate the news its obvious that it's not really the social media of choice. I know my main reason for using social media share and learn from others about education (I don't really go down to many rabbit holes ... occasionally watch a you tube video I might not have and check insta, linked in, and facebook once in awhile). I agree that this goes through all generations as social media use is still relatively new in many ways. Thanks for making me think.
Great review of Instagram. I don't use it a lot (post pictures of sunsets and golf courses) but I know it is growing. At school we use Twitter and Instagram to share things happening and I know the kids check out way more on Instagram. The whole like counter change is interesting (can still kind of find out the numbers or at least who liked it) also interesting that Instagram is owned by Facebook. Looking forward to learning more about Instagram from you (maybe I'll expand my use on this).
Great changes. They show how much you have thought about what you hope to learn and how this class has helped you build on your understanding. I'm not sure if you have heard of https://twitter.com/kathycassidy?lang=en but she might be a great resource for you.
I will hang on to and share the Green Eggs and Ham slide deck for sure. I know essays are still pretty important but maybe we need to look at other ways to express understanding as well like video (writing a script), blogs (like these), podcasts ... Or does an essay need to be something done 'inclass' with check points ... maybe we need to guide students better with the process. The research for your project is similar to mine to I really enjoy reading your perspectives. Thanks
Like the fact you checked out a couple of sites that are used quite a bit with kiddos under 13 for sure in the classroom and bringing to light some of the terms with signing up for these. I've shared this a bit https://tosdr.org it will look through quite a few sites and let you know what class there terms are at. Thanks for the share.
I never really understood the digital native / immigrant scenario (even in my post millennium era haha) , maybe because I have kinda been there from the start and have always tried to keep my self current and looking for best practice with technology (among other education areas). I think schools need to change quite a bit and become more personal for the learner. They need to be able to learn at they pace and find out how they learn best. Also important to expose students to a multitude of opportunities to find out what they have a passion for. Some students it might take longer some shorter but we should provide opportunities to find out what they love and to love themselves and others. Teachers are even more important as we build relationships to help coach and mentor students to explore themselves and their world. Not sure the current way we do things allows for this.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.