Should we teach what can be googled? A battle I did not win!

This week in EDTC400 my friend Aurora and I battled it out with the topic if we should teach something that can be googled? I decided to take the agree side, understanding that it would be a challenge since I was giving my argument to a zoom room full of future educators! However, I was able to gain a little bit of ground after I gave my argument so I think that is a success in itself! To begin, I was in for a good fight with me being the only one who voted that they agreed (I felt so much love).

But, don’t you worry I came in with some valid points and I won a couple friends over to my side!

To be fair, I think if there was a third option for the class to pick, the decisions may have been different! Aurora and I both made many valid points to begin which then blossomed the conversation into many different paths that I do not think either of us expected! Overall, it was a wonderful debate and I think I got some people thinking about why we are actually teaching something that can be googled!

So let’s begin:

I will start by summarizing up my side of the debate. I have to say that I found it very difficult to find articles that specifically looked at Google searches replacing education, most of the articles I found related broadly to technology replacing older teaching methods! The four main points I decided to address through my video are listed as follows:

  1. Having access at our fingertips helps us move from rote memorization of google-able facts to innovative thinking: Instead of spending lots of time in the classroom memorizing facts that can easily be googled, you can now use that time to further understandings of those concepts. The article linked above does a great job of explaining the importance of moving away from memorization and more towards exploratory learning!
  2. Current models of curriculum do not allow for personalized learning: Becuase our curriculum is focused on developing students to memorize facts and all think the same, there is no time for students to expand their knowledge on interests they may have. Using Google search engine allows students to realize a vast amount of knowledge that is offered to them at the tips of their fingers. This will then change the face of education to the teacher not being the information giver and the student to be able to regurgitate, we then move into the possibilities of the teacher becoming a moderator or facilitator in the class and students having the ability to self direct their learning! This point can also be linked to many articles that are linked above and below!
  3. Saving time for critical thinking: Saving time by googling facts that can effectively be googled allows time for classroom instruction on teachings that are not easily googled such as application questions and lab work! The article linked above not only reflects on how Google searches can be time savers but also many other advantages google search engines allow for students and individuals. This article states that by using Google individuals can learn mistakes of others through sharing of experiences, this not only allows students to make connections with other individuals around the world but also save them the time from making those same mistakes.
  4. Bringing teaching into the 21st century: With technology so vastly distributed throughout society, many of our students will be introduced to these forms of communication at a very young age. By integrating Google into the classroom we move away from structured learning and into learning that allows for problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. The article linked above really reflects on the different approaches that need to be done in education to allow students to be more stimulated in their learning as well as prepare them for life after school as they live in a technology-filled world.

To conclude my statement, I ensured to give pointers to help teachers understand how to use Google search engines to their fullest potential inside and out of the class. Kathleen Morris gave many great pointers on how to successfully teach students to make effective google searches that will give them true and real articles and information. I believe this is a very important lesson to be taught in classrooms as technology is becoming so integrated into today’s society!

Do you disagree?

I know Aurora did when she gave many great points to why she supported the side that teachers should still teach Google-able information in the classroom! Check out her video here to listen to the statements to support her argument:

Aurora’s four main points were:

  1. Information vs Misinformation: This reflected the abundance of information that can be found on Google. Some of this information yes is correct, however, a lot of the information that can be found online can also be incorrect. Aurora argued this is a main problem with not teaching something that can be googled because how do you ensure that your students are getting the correct and accurate information on the topic. This is a very valid point, but I just wanted to point out that the information we learn from our teachers may not always be accurate or correct. Teachers are human beings that hold their own values and beliefs and that is often shown throughout their teachings. In ECE 325 we focus a lot on becoming an anti-bias teacher, however, I think it may take a lot more work than just saying you are one, you must also be able to act on this as well! The TED talk linked above put this point into a very interesting perspective that there is a human behind the algorithm! An interesting thought that I never overly considered when I was stating my perspective!
  2. Stopping Points: The second point Aurora made was Google searches result in stopping points for students to further their knowledge about a topic. This can be seen in the article linked to this point. However, I disagree. In my argument, I stated that Google searches allowed for more exploration of a topic because it allows students to spend less time memorizing the basic skills one needs to further their understanding of complicated concepts!
  3. The Human Factor: The third point Aurora made was stating that technology can not give the connection and relationship as a human being can to a child. And if you were in EDTC400 class on Tuesday you probably noticed I did not touch on this point because I completely agree! I agree with this point, that yes there are many online resources that allow you to connect and build relationships all over the world, however, nothing compares to face to face relationships that can be built in the classroom between students and their teachers.
  4. Lack of Basic Skills: The last point Aurora mentioned to support her argument was stating that because of the integration of technology and Google in the classroom and at home students are losing their basic motor skills, as well as literacy and numeracy skills. The article linked above shows how young children are not as developed as they should be with their fine motor skills because of technology advancements which I completely agree with! As for literacy and numeracy, there are hundreds of online programs that allow students to further their knowledge in both literacy and numeracy as well as become more competent and confident in the online world!

What else?

Aurora and I were not the only ones who raised many important perspectives and points that someone should consider when debating this very controversial topic! Lauren raised the point of access to technology and if schools and students do not have access to these resources is that going to set them even farther behind then students who have access to technology that allows them to do quick Google searches? Another interesting point that was raised was by Ashlee. Ashlee asked if there could be a middle ground, a place where teachers still could teach google-able information and then have the Google search engine as a resource to help students better understand the topic or learn from different sources! Another perspective that was discussed throughout the debate was where do we draw the line between what information should be Googled and what we should teach since almost everything can be Googled! The last perspective that was very interesting and something I never thought about was when Daniel made the comment that in his university classes he is not allowed to display his work or answers in any other way then how his professor taught it, this then takes away the opportunity to use the Google search engine as a second option!

Time to conclude! 

Before starting to research for this debate, I was heavily on the side of the disagree! I thought it was a crazy thought that we should stop teaching what can be googled, I mean what can’t be googled! As I began my research process, I thought it was very interesting to find the points that were being laid out to support my argument. As I continued, I began thinking about why are we really teaching information that can easily be googled? After I finished my video more connections were being made to the number of times I googled a simple fix to a problem I was having both in my studies and in my life. The points I have listed above to support my argument I agree with completely, however, I also agree with many points Aurora stated as well as the new points that our fellow classmates contributed. With that, I have come to the conclusion that I am not going to say that we should not teach something that can be googled but, we should use Google as another resource that we can incorporate into our classroom to give our students a variety of opportunities to further their learning and gain deeper understandings of the content. I am not here to make teachers obsolete, I mean I am in this profession after all! I just believe that there is much more to education than a teacher giving the information and a student retaining that exact information. To see a shift towards using Google and other resources in the classroom also requires a shift in the viewpoints that the education system is formed on. I believe one day we will reach this shift and it will make learning endless, and allow for knowledge to be accessed from all over the world. I am so pleased I decided to do this debate topic. I have not only learned new information about the topic alone, but also my future goals as an educator!

I thank all of my EDTC400 classmates for joining me on this new discovery of knowledge! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!

 

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The Great EdTech Debate: Why Teach Something that can be Googled?

Hello everyone! Aurora and I decided to take on the second week’s debate topic which looks at why teachers should teach information that can be googled! I took the agree side (which was a lot harder then I thought)! Here is the video! I am super excited to hear all the discussions on Tuesday!

Here are a couple required readings to help the class understand my side more thoroughly!

Why Learn Facts if you can Google?

This article focuses on why students are asked to memorize information and facts that can just be googled. Tapscott looks at the curriculum and then reflects that to the current age. Tapscott emphasizes the importance of Google in the classroom and states the importance of understanding and creativity over memorizing specific facts that may never be applicable to the student’s life outside of the classroom. Through this view of the curriculum then cuts back on traditional teaching and looks more directly to personalized learning!

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

This article specifically looks at the traditional forms of teaching and how students are underprepared for life after school. The article looks at changing the face of education to incorporate google searches in the classroom to enhance collaboration, self-learning, and deeper understandings. This will overall prepare students to become successful individuals in society.

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Does technology enhance or diminish learning?

Last night the EDTC400 crew took part in our first debate where Ashley and Raeann debated if technology-enhanced learning or diminished learning in the classroom. I was conflicted about this topic before entering the debate, and now after the debate, I am still conflicted about if I agree or disagree. However, I feel like I have gained more knowledge about the controversial topic that educational technology faces on a daily basis. Both debaters gave numerous examples and information that allowed me to gain a larger grasp about how I feel about technology in the classroom, and I have come to the conclusion that I agree technology enhances learning, with some circumstances that need to be recognized.

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I will begin this blog post to why I believe technology enhances learning. As we have learned both in EDTC300 and EDTC400, technology used in the right way allows for endless possibilities both in the classroom and out. Specifically to the educational context, using the SAMR or TPACK model one can understand that yes technology can be used as an easy replacement to the pen and paper model. But, if technology is used to it’s fullest potential, technology can enhance learning and children’s interests in so many ways that the original pen and paper model could never do. Ashley gave many examples of how technology can enhance learning. The article she shared titled “Using Technology To Create a Dynamic Classroom Experience” stated that all means of technology can be used to enhance learnings. Different platforms such as audio, video, blogging, and many more are just a few platforms that can be integrated into the classroom to allow students to learn how to effectively use technology for their work as well as keep it interesting. Technology can also help close achievement gaps between classmates and allow for all children to get the education they deserve. With the multiple technology platforms that are available to teachers worldwide, it all comes down to if teachers are willing to put the time in to integrate these sources into their daily teachings.  Technology allows for so many different opportunities to allow children to learn in diverse ways that suit their learning needs, with that, I think it is very important to integrate technology into the classroom to enhance a child’s learning and school experience. Just look at these heartwarming videos of how technology in the classroom leads to such amazing relationships:

As you can see from the above examples, technology allows for so many different experiences that would have never been possible without technology platforms. However, technology in the classroom does have some disadvantages and negative impacts as explained by Raeann throughout the debate. Technology in the classroom results in some kids being advantaged, and some kids being left with disadvantages. Not all schools have the ability to supply technological resources to integrate technology into the classroom. With that, not all children will benefit from these integrations because they can not afford to have their own source to learn from. Raeann shared a great article that looked at how money and the widespread of technology can leave some kids behind. The article states that yes technology is great in the classroom, however, not all classrooms have opportunities to do so. Another problem with allowing technology into the classroom is multitasking. Multitasking may seem to be great, however, in an educational setting multitasking can lead to information not being retained and negative impacts to an individuals grade. This article does a great job of explaining the negative impacts of multitasking in the classroom.

Overall, I believe that done the right way, technology is a great resource to use in the classroom and can even enhance children’s learning. However, there would need to be some guidelines to ensure the enhancment of learning occurs. One would have to ensure that they were not using technology to replace other ways of learning but instead changing those ways of learning to make it better. If one was to integrate technology in the classroom they must also ensure that all students have an equal playing field so all students learning is improved. I agree with technology used to enhance learning and I hope in my future classroom I will be able to use technology to my advantage!

Is technology all that it is cracked up to be?

This week in EDTC400 we focused on some issues surrounding the tech world, and how these issues affect us individuals in society. We can understand that there are problems with technology when former Facebook executives are admitting to “ripping society apart.” So what are some of the problems society is seeing due to technological advancements?

Technology was first created to allow people to connect with the world in more manageable ways than ever before. The use of technology was also supposed to bring equality to all individuals but as the Verge stated in an article, The FCC just killed net neutrality. This meaning that now people can pay to get people to their sites faster, for example, Netflix can pay money to allow people to zoom to their site, which in turn slows the process for people who are trying to get to an individual blog, for example, my blog. From this, people who can afford to pay this fee will benefit from the advancement, and the people who are unable to pay the fee will not get the same results as when they started.  Neil Postman also does a good job of explaining these inequalities online. He states that yes, there are advantages as technology advances, however, with those advantages someone else also sees disadvantages. The way I visualize this is with new phones. New phones are always being released and people always want the fresh new phone on the market so they go and buy it, this is an advantage for the people who can afford the new phones because they are getting the latest software and advancements. For the people who can not afford a new phone, they stick with their trusty old one, which is perfectly fine until the phone companies start making software updates and other updates that these older phones cannot obtain, forcing an individual to get a new phone when their 2-year-old phone is in perfectly good condition minus the software issues. Check out Postman’s article for a more in-depth analysis of these inequalities.

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The next problem or concern I would like to address with regards to technology is thinking about multitasking. Sherry Turkle states:

“Technology promises to let us do anything from anywhere with anyone. But it also drains us as we try to do everything everywhere. We begin to feel overwhelmed and depleted by the lives technology makes possible”

~Sherry Turkle~

Technology has allowed so many people to learn to multitask and evidently get more things done. However, multitasking can also be very overwhelming as Turkle states. She acknowledges that yes now with technology individuals can get so much more done, however, they may now feel obligated to get more things done than ever expected before. This can be seen in the old example of the invention of technology-driven cleaning products brought into the home around the years of the 1960s. The technological cleaning supplies allowed for the homemaker to get their work done more efficiently, however, now with these new advancements the quality and amount they got done in the day rose much higher than before. This places a lot of stress on the individuals in this predicament. A study was done on university students that banned laptops in the classroom also show that since students are able to multitask so much on their laptops in class, they don’t retain as much information from class lectures because they are preoccupied with other apps on their devices such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Here is a short article that shares the risk of multitasking on your brain, they state as did the study that doing more than one thing at once puts a lot of strain on your brain and results in less knowledge being gained.

The last issue I want to talk about is what Eli Pariser defines as “filter bubbles” which he essentially describes as what an individual sees on their social media accounts. Companies such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google filter what we as consumers see because they believe it is what we want to be seeing. These companies leave out topics we do not search and grasp at the topics we search and work with that. They take our online personality and find articles, posts, pictures, etc. to shape our news feed. With this process, everything becomes interconnected. I search something on google, and the next day my whole Facebook account will show me ads and posts that reflect that google search (creepy, I know). This is not just on my laptop either, I search something on my laptop (which my Facebook is not even logged into), and I see ads for that google search on my phone within my Facebook account! I personally do not like this filtering technology at all, I now barely use my accounts because I no longer truly know what I am seeing. Many of my friends on Facebook post something, that I will not see unless somebody else shows me the post. Not only do I not get to see my friends and families posts, but it also does not allow me to see much of the news releases or other topics I am interested in because they have the algorithms decide for me that I do not care about those issues. It makes me uneasy that with the technological advancements being introduced these days, they have so much control over what we can see, and ultimately what we believe in or value. Invasion of privacy can also be seen throughout people being open to bringing Google homes or Alexa’s into their house. Many people love these tools that allow them to talk to this small device that will then direct it to their house, however, I believe it could cause some problems in the long run. Check out this article on how people are responding to their Google Homes.

What’s next?

Now that I laid out some of the problems the technological world is facing I thought it would be a good idea to see if there are any moves towards changing or recognizing these problems. For net neutrality, some say the fight is not over and people are trying to get the old rules back. For more information on what people are doing check out this article! Looking at multitasking and using technology we can look into how these tools can be integrated into the classroom properly. Educators must understand the concerns around technology in the classroom and look at ways in which they can teach about how to properly integrate technology into students learning by following models such as TPACK or the SAMR models. Both of these models are used to not only use technology in the classroom but use technology in the classroom in a way that benefits the individuals learning that previous models such as pen and paper could not do. This will help students not only concentrate on their work but help them effectively incorporate technology in the classroom. As for the last topic of my discussion, I am unsure of the status of if large corporations and companies plan to change their algorithms so they do not impact what we see and do not see on our social media accounts. I now open the question to you: Have you heard of any headway with this issue being resolved? Let me know in the comments below!

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What the world can see…

This week in EDTC400 it is expected of us to scan our social media accounts to see what the world can see about us. I have never been big into social media, however, I am on many social media platforms such as WordPress, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram. All of these different social media platforms all serve one common function, and that is to stay in contact with people that I do not have the luxury of seeing or talking to every day. Although I do not post often, as a future educator I still need to be conscious and aware of what I am posting and being tagged in because my future students and employers can one day search me on the internet and find information I maybe did not want them to find. After reviewing the Professionalism in a digital world website created by the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, I decided, it is best to go through all my social media platforms and investigate at this moment to see what I deem as professional and not professional.

Let the investigating begin…

To start simply, I will first investigate my blog. I created this blog in my first year in the education program. It is intended to build my professional portfolio that one day I will be able to show my future employers instead of a resume that does not give as much detail to who I am and my accomplishments I have made that will be shown on my blog. If you need more evidence to why a digital portfolio is more beneficial then a resume please check out these two articles:

  1. Forget the resume: Online profiles the tool of young job seekers
  2. 5 Reasons why your online presence will replace your resume in 10 years 

Now back to my blog. My blog is designed to be simple for anyone to guide there way through it (I know I got my grandma to go throughout it), and to be appealing to the eye to make people want to continue reading. My menu bar allows visitors to find exactly what they are looking for without scrolling through the whole blog and my side widgets also allow for people to see who I am, my recent posts, and connect with my twitter account as well. When people first open my blog they instantly get a description of myself and then can move on from there if they wish to continue reading. Right now my cover photo is a picture of my grad dress and shoes, however, I think it is time to change that picture to be a little more professional, I am just waiting to find a picture that fits before I change it (because I truly do love those shoes)!

Understanding that I am still pretty early into my program, I will continue to upgrade and embellish my blog as I gain more content to add. As I continue on throughout my years, the areas I want to focus my time on is: developing a strong personal philosophy, continue adding content from my classes, begin creating my lesson plan section, and furthering my teaching resources section. I think my blog gives off a very professional and positive identity for myself. My blog portrays my hard work, beliefs, values, and my personality which allows visitors to get a sense of who I am as an individual and my goals as a future educator as well. At this moment, I am very happy with how my blog is coming along and I am excited to see where it will go as I continue to move forward in this amazing program!

The world of Twitter…

I think of myself as still being very new to the Twitter world, however, I think I have a good grasp on how to run the platform as well as what I get out of the app. I made my Twitter this spring specifically for the purpose of building my PLN. Twitter is a great place to learn from others in the profession and to lend and receive resources, I mean just look at all the educators you have access to through twitter and this is just in Saskatchewan! Here are even more worldwide!  To start, let’s investigate my Twitter account:

I keep my Twitter account public to allow myself to receive more connections with other educators and allow other educators to connect with me. My profile picture is just a headshot of myself so visitors can see who they are connecting with, and then my cover photo is a picture of a sunset on my farm, the place I hold close to my heart, I believe that this picture also allows my viewers to see a part of me and my interests. A part of my Twitter that needs some improvement is my bio, I feel it is lacking in content and connections and with that people may be uninterested in following my account due to the dry bio I have created. I plan to embellish this section of my account throughout the semester after looking at other educators bios and gaining a grasp of how I want to portray myself on this platform.

As for my twitter activity and tweets, I need to do some serious improving. As Katia said in class the more tweets somebody does throughout their day, the more connections they will be able to make, which will then help you in the long run. After I completed EDTC300, I used my Twitter account at a bare minimum. Now that I am back at it with EDTC400, I want to set a goal of posting at least 5 tweets a day, whether it be original tweets, replies, or retweets! I also want to start participating in Twitter chats to build connections with educators around the world.

Overall, I believe I have a good start on my Twitter profile and now just need to continue making connections with others and building my PLN. If you want to help me continue to build my PLN go give my Twitter account a follow! Both my Twitter and WordPress accounts are open to the public eye, however, I believe these accounts give a positive and professional digital identity to my name and allow visitors to see my true passion which is education.

The world of endless videos… YouTube

Out of all my social media accounts, my YouTube account is used the least amount. The main purpose for my YouTube account is to upload videos that I can then transfer to my blog. I have never used YouTube for watching tutorials or any kind of videos other than “how to” videos of course. As for my account, it is extremely underdeveloped and could use some work to make myself appear present on the platform, maybe even be a good role model to my future students who are interested in making a YouTube account to showcase their talents or as a hobby.

Most of the videos I post on my account are categorized as unlisted, meaning that people need to have the link to access the videos, however, if a person was to look through my blog they would be able to access all the links from that source. Overall, I realize my YouTube channel is pretty bare, with that being said I took it upon myself to look up the benefits of YouTube in the classroom and there are many benefits and uses that I never knew about! If you don’t know the benefits of YouTube check out this article! After learning this new information I am now intrigued to build my account on YouTube and learn more about it so I can successfully implement this tool in my future classrooms.

“I wonder who’s birthday it is today”

You guessed it right, Facebook is the next social media platform I will be investigating in this blog post. To begin, I have my Facebook account as private just for personal preference, however, I still use my first and last name and have a picture of myself and family on my profile and cover photo that anyone can see. Interesting enough, however, when I do a quick google search to find my Facebook account it doesn’t show up! I am not sure if that is good or bad, and I am still undecided if I should have my privacy settings on. I know the STF states it is important to have your privacy settings maxed out, however, I have nothing to hide in my account, so why should I hide a positive and professional digital identity from my future students and employers? We are taught that it is important to lead by example with our digital identities so should I be hiding this platform? If you too are conflicted about what to do with your privacy settings, check out this article that gives you some insight on how to be professional teachers online!

The main purpose I use Facebook for is simply to stay in touch with my friends and family that I do not have the opportunity to see all that often! It is a great platform to communicate with people, and of course, keep up with all the birthday wishes! With that, I believe I have a positive Facebook account that allows individuals to see what is going on in my everyday life!

Last but not least… Instagram

The last social media platform I will be discussing is Instagram. I have been on Instagram for quite a few years now. When I first got my account, my mom ensured I had all of the privacy settings maxed out, and that is how my account stayed ever since. I am not sure if this overly matters, but just like Facebook I can’t help but feel torn between if I should or should not have my accounts private or public.

My Instagram account consists of posting pictures with my family, partner, and friends to let people see what I have been doing or anything exciting going on in my life. It is not like I have anything to hide, I just simply allow my friends and family to see my posts!

 

Overall, I believe I have a very positive and professional digital identity that does not include anything I wouldn’t want my future employers or students to find. As I continue throughout my education program and my career, I hope to continue building a PLN by using the templates listed above as places I can connect with others. I have listed some specific areas above that I see fit for improvement, however, overall I just wish to continue updating my social media accounts as I move along and gain new knowledge. I still am unsure of how I wish to perceive all of my social media accounts on the internet, knowing that people of different generations and understandings will have different opinions no matter what I choose and how I choose to portray my accounts. For now, I am happy with my platforms and am excited to see how they change as I continue using them.

 

 

 

 

 

The start of something new!

I am very excited to be starting my new journey throughout EDTC400 this semester! After doing EDTC300 with Katia over the spring semester, I am eager to start furthering my knowledge around the topic of educational technology!

Now, a little bit about myself. I am Sydney McGrath, a second-year elementary education student here at the University of Regina. I grew up in LeRoy Saskatchewan, a small town with a population of 500 people. Throughout high school, I took part in many extracurricular activities such as dance, volleyball, and curling. I also was involved in school committees such as the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) as well as our student leadership group. All throughout grade school I loved attending school and was involved in as many programs as possible. My inspiration for becoming a teacher started in high school when I became an assistant dance teacher at my local dance studio. I knew for sure I was on the right career path when I began teaching at the dance studio as the main choreographer. I also did volunteer work in the younger classes in my school and fell in love with the joy those young individuals brought to me everytime I stepped into their classroom. From those moments, I knew that I wanted to become an educator to inspire young individuals to shoot for their dreams! Now that I am in Regina I spend most of my time doing school work, volunteering with Sports for All, and spending time with new friends and family. Through my volunteer position, I have grown a very strong interest and love for working with individuals with varying abilities. I began volunteering my first semester of university, and now am looking forward to finishing my degree a semester early and moving on to complete my after degree program in inclusive education. My love for school has led me through this amazing journey and I hope one day I can spread my love for learning to my students.

As mentioned previously, I took EDTC300 with Katia and absolutely loved the experience! I learned so many valuable tools and gadgets that I can incorporate into my classroom and my life in general. Going into EDTC400 I believe I have a well-grounded understanding of how to use most technologies and gadgets. Having that previous knowledge of educational technologies, there are a few goals I want to work on throughout this semester. The first goal I want to accomplish is continuing to build my PLN and making more connections with educators all over the world. To kick start that goal here is my twitter account if you would like to follow it, it would be awesome to make connections and share resources through this media source! My second goal with regards to this class is to take the different technologies and programs that I learned in EDTC300 and learn how to successfully apply these sources into the classroom, I hope this goal will be accomplished throughout the sharing of our mini-lectures that my fellow classmates will complete throughout the semester. This goal will allow me to become confident and competent in incorporating technology into my future classrooms. The final goal I would like to gain from this course is how to successfully teach my future students about creating a safe and positive online presence. We began talking about this in EDTC300, but I was somewhat confused about how I would do that in such young grades. Overall, I want to take my previous knowledge around EDTC300 and gain a larger understanding of the topic of educational technology in general.


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I am super excited for what this course and semester have to offer, and I am eager to be working with amazing pre-service teachers doing great work!