We recently discussed the idea of this new world of participation. In the YouTube video by Wesch he discusses the idea that we don't just sit back and watch, but we participate. He used the example of the Numa Numa video that went viral on YouTube and how many people remade videos of the dance and put their own spin on it. I think it is kind of neat to see so many people getting involved in new trends.
Back when I was growing up we did not have things like cellphones or apps like TikTok and Instagram that quickly make things go viral. I received my first phone when I was around 14 or 15 and I was only allowed to use it when I was babysitting, to text my mom to tell her I was ready to be picked up! It is kind of crazy in today's day and age how young these kids are when they receive their first phones. Like Katia said in her presentation, kids around age 10 are receiving their first phones and making their social media presence known.
Technology is an amazing tool that can definitely be used proactively in the classroom. There is quite a few questionable things out there on the internet that make you wonder if you should really be bringing in technology into the classroom. Kids today are on some sort of social media platform when they are first born! Having technology in the classroom can prove to be extremely beneficial for students who are growing up in this world full of it. They are already digital geniuses by the time they reach grade level, so having something in the classroom that they are familiar with can help them in the learning process tremendously. Technological/online learning may be our new normal, so I think it would be beneficial to us all to use it for our advantage to be able to better support our future students!!
Let me know your thoughts on this topic, or if you agree or disagree with anything!!
I have had a twitter account for quite awhile now. I think it is a great app for finding hilarious content, keeping up to date with the new events going on in the world and it is very simple to use. I have never used Twitter professionally, or for school so that aspect of it is new to me. I had no idea about "Tweetdeck" or how the live-chats worked. The #Saskedchat was my first experience with a live chat. I actually really enjoyed my time in the #Saskedchat and I thought it was a unique way to do a Q&A to get so many people involved. I answered most of the questions but I could not answer the questions regarding my students because I do not have any students! I would definitely do a live-chat again, I thought the time went by really fast and it was pretty interesting!
What are your projections for teaching & learning for this Fall? This current situation we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing. We are still learning new things about this virus everyday. It concerns me that the province of Saskatchewan and other provinces are starting to re-open when we have not got the virus under control. The UofR and the UofS both released statements yesterday discussing the fall term. It is looking like we will be continuing with distanced learning and online learning. This concerns me a bit as I am going into my pre-internship in the fall. I noticed in our zoom class last night that a lot of the comments in the chat were positive regarding the fall term. A lot of people were saying that it might actual benefit those going into pre-internship and internship in the fall as it will be a new challenge and hopefully a new way of teaching that these future educators will get to experience. I wish I could look at this current situation with such enthusiasm and excitement, but unfortunately the opposite is true. I am very nervous for the upcoming fall term and I feel like I won't be able to learn how to become a teacher to my full potential if everything is online. I guess we will just have to wait and see!
What do you think teaching and learning will look like in 2025? As for 2025, I am not sure what it will look like. I am barely sure what this fall term will look like, let alone 2025. I do believe there will be a lot more technology in schools than there is today, and maybe even staggered learning where students come to school on different days to limit the amount of time spent in the classroom. Whatever the future may hold, I am excited to hopefully be apart of the new and improved classrooms!
My name is Hailey Sills. I am twenty years old and going into my third year of elementary education. Ever since I started my journey in education I have been blogging. It started in ECS 100 and has continued for almost all of my education classes since then. I have experience with blogging, but I am still learning how to do new things with it everyday. This class will definitely challenge me to try/learn new things that I will hopefully be able to use in my future classrooms.
Side note: I really love cats and I currently have four living in my house with me as my sister is home from school because of covid-19. She brought her two bengal cats home. I am going to try and add some photos of them! The silver bengals name is Titan, the brown bengals name is Fez. The big grey cats name is Hobbz and the Siamese cats name is Pip.
I am also going to try to add the link for my Twitter profile.