Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Educational Technology Journey

A.INTRO


My name is Deirdre Keane and I am a librarian for a Chicago Public School called LaSalle II. My school is located in Wicker Park. I teach students from kindergarten through 8th grade. I have been teaching for fifteen years. I am taking this course, Foundations of Educational Technology through the University of St. Francis to get my Technology Specialist Endorsement. As I have been teaching, I have found that technology plays an ever increasing role in my career and I am finding I like technology a lot. I hope to learn more and expand on my technological knowledge from this course. My favorite tech tools so far are using Kahoot and Google Docs! Students love Kahoot which I am glad I have utilized. Tech does not always work as I have had problems with iPads not connecting or one day , the Internet is down so you must always have a backup plan. My funniest Ed Tech moment was when a student came up to me and was like :" Ms. Keane, my computer shut off!" I went over and the computer was on and for the life of me nothing appeared on the screen! I figured it out. The color/brightness of the screen was down! Duh!!! I have a a four year old niece and a 1 year old nephew. I am constantly amazed at how tech savvy they are. I give them my iPhone and they know immediately what to do!! Almost scary!! Looking forward to this class! 

B. TWO ARTIFACTS

One of my artifacts that I will definitely incorporate next year is my TES lesson on digital citizenship! Before this class, I totally forgot about this website and did not know how to use it correctly. Now I do!

ARTIFACT 1:
https://www.tes.com/lessons/f_tAO0tNzj-D5w/digital-citizenship-by-ms-keane

REFLECTION ON ARTIFACT 1:
I chose this artifact because it allowed me to pull so many resources on digital citizenship in one place. Digital Citizen is standard number two under ISTE-S. The standard states:"Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical."Using TES as a tool allowed me to design a unit that would incorporate digital citizen standard two. I wanted a tool that would not distract students from my main objectives of what it means to be a digital citizen. The article, MultiMedia as an Educational Tool: "A primary application of the interactive multimedia for instruction is in an instructional situation where the learner is given control so that he/she may review the material at his or her own pace and in keeping with his/her own individual interests, needs, and cognitive processes."
      I loved using TES because it was easy to drag and drop all of the resources that I wanted students to use as part of my digital citizenship unit. It was easy to move the squares around in the order that I wanted the students to follow. What I missed was the little white space below the square where you can add directions. Once I realized that, then I put directions for the students in each activity so they would know how to navigate it better! I also realized that sometimes it looks like the links work but I learned you have to double check those links and make sure they are working links!
      I teach computers once  a week. Using Today's Meet, I would ask students what do they know about staying safe online. Then I would have my students click on the Tes link on my library webpage and start with the directions . Students can ask any questions that confuse them about the directions via Today's Meet. They then start square 2 activity on Tes and follow those directions I have typed on there for activity two. Students can do on their own pace and speed as long as they complete all the directions. 

ARTIFACT 2:
The second artifact is reviewing digital tools and learning how I can incorporate a new tool in my classroom. I learned about plickers and this is something I can utilize in my library lesson plans. 

https://www.plickers.com/library

REFLECTION ON ARTIFACT 2:

I picked plickers because it incorporates the standard number one of ISTE-S as students as Empowered Learners. This standard:"Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. I always have used Kahoot but I use that when I know I will have the computer lab and iPads available. However, that is not always the case as other teachers use the computer lab and iPads too. Using plickers will allow me to assess my students learning in the library with only the use of my smartphone! Students will be able to use plickers to demonstrate their learning. Plickers will give me immediate feedback and allow me to easily see where I need to reteach concepts. I only have an hour with my students once a week in library and so immediate feedback saves me time! According to the article, Perspectives on the Integration of Technology and Assessment:" Technology-enhanced formative assessments during instruction can provide immediate, contingent feedback and adaptive coaching for reteaching of problematic knowledge and skills."
        Signing up for Plickers was easy and free! Inputting students names was easy as well but it will be time consuming to input more than 30 names as I teach more than one class but at least I will only have to do it one time. I like that students cannot change their names versus Kahoot where they can. Being able to see the questions they got wrong was easy to navigate to. I also liked how it saves the scores automatically so I do not have to quickly download anything. I did have trouble scanning the plicker but I think it was because my paper was not laminated. So I will order the laminated plickers from Amazon for easier scanning purposes. 
      I do a  lot of read alouds in library where we discuss  characters, setting, climax, problems and conclusion. I will design a series of questions in plickers based on the book we are reading and based on the above terminology. Plickers will help me to see if students understand who was a character, what is a setting, climax, problem and conclusion of the story!



C. REFERENCES

ISTE Standards FORSTUDENTS. (2016.). Retrieved July 04, 2017, from https://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-students

MultiMedia as an Educational Tool[PDF file]. Retrieved from http://cemca.org.in/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Section2.pdf

Pellegrino, J. W., & Quellmalz, E. S. (2010). Perspectives on the Integration of Technology and Assessment. Journal of Research on Technology in Education,43(2), 119-134. doi:10.1080/15391523.2010.10782565







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