Here is my summary of learning video! I have included the script below for reference.
Hi, my name is Laura Fiddler and this is my EDTC 300 summary of learning. I decided to share my learnings through a comic strip I created using Canva, one of my favourite resources I became familiar with during EDTC 300. When I began this course, I knew very little about educational Twitter, blogging, Slack, and educational technology in general. While I would consider myself to be technologically literate, I had not yet adventured into the education realm of the internet. This course, delivered through distance, not only introduced me to this realm, but provided me with an in depth understanding of the potential it has to help me grow as an educator.
The 3 major platforms we used during the course were Twitter, Slack, and WordPress. Twitter, as I mentioned in one of my first blog posts, was my primary source of Bachelor drama before I was shown the #edutwitter side of the platform. This class has broadened my horizons and shown me the amazing network of educators that are very active on Twitter. I now follow a number of educational accounts that share EdTech resources, words of encouragement, and overall, very enriching content. I also follow my classmates, all of which share great articles and retweet each other’s posts. As for Slack, I did not even know it existed before taking the class but it was an absolute life saver. Being able to ask our classmates questions and get an instant reply was so much better than having to email and expect a response in the next week or so. The final platform was our blogs. I have had a blog since my first year of university but during this class it underwent some serious upgrades. The aesthetic was improved by using the tips and tricks that we were given during our lectures. The content was enriched by responding to blog prompts, showing my learning project process, and by receiving comments from my classmates. The interactions among blogs were so much fun and I really enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts and learning project process throughout the course.
One of the most profound topics we explored was the concept of one’s digital footprint. In today’s day and age, we learned that your digital footprint can make or break you. Your identity online is just as important as your identity face to face. We partook in a cyber sleuthing activity where we creeped a classmate’s digital identity and blogged about what we uncovered. Previously, I thought my digital footprint was flawless but my partner uncovered some photos that I would rather my future employers not see so I was able to remove them. When discussing this topic, we were reminded that once you post something, it can be seen by anyone which was quite sobering to hear. This course taught me to THINK before I post and consider whether it is something I want the world to see.
The next thing I gained from this course is an overflowing EdTech tool box. As time goes by, technology becomes more and more prevalent in schools. As a teacher I need to be responsive to these changes and use technology to my advantage. EDTC 300 has given me more EdTech tools than I know what to do with! Whether they came from the spreadsheet provided by Katia, the constant sharing on Twitter, Slack, and WordPress by my peers, or simply from my own sleuthing, I have obtained a plethora of resources. This class also encouraged me to explore EdTech resources that I was unfamiliar with. Even outside of the class requirements, I found myself researching EdTech tools to try out in my classroom and creating far too many accounts. Some of my favourites that I discovered are Quizizz, Canva, Screencastify, and Anchor, to name a few. There are so many more that I intend on trying out in my classroom, like Flipgrid!
Another concept that we explored was how we are going to teach about the digital world in our classrooms. Being that it is 2021 and we use technology for nearly everything, this topic is more important than ever. We learned the power that one’s digital identity has and that our students need to be made aware of the benefits and risks of sharing their lives online. The internet is a great place to find communities you feel welcome in and meeting new people but we need to remind our students that each time they post, message, or comment, they are adding to their digital footprint and they need to determine whether that footprint if going to benefit or harm them now and in the future. We need to remember to do this is a way that doesn’t scare them away from using technology, but rather, how to use it appropriately. We also need to teach our students about the unrealistic identities people create online and to not buy into it or hold themselves to that unrealistic standard, like college athlete Madison Holleran did. Another unrealistic side of the internet is fake news. Our students need develop a built-in lie detector when it comes to analyzing sources of information, seeing as false information is so prevalent nowadays. This can be done be incorporating the NCTE’s 21st Century Literacies Framework into our curriculum.
The final concept that I learned in this class that I would like to mention is digital citizenship. This course showed us the internet through the lens of online communities and how important it is to act appropriately as a member of these communities. This means always being conscious of Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship yourself and bringing these elements into your classrooms so that we can provide our students with the knowledge they need to be strong digital citizens.
To be honest, this course provided me with far more knowledge than I can describe in 4-6 minutes so this is definitely an overview. Overall, though, I feel as though my knowledge of educational technology as a whole has provided me with the confidence I need to enter the increasingly digital teaching profession.