In module 3 we talk about collaborative communication throughout the classroom and how technology can transform this. Something that really stood out to me was google docs. This is something I use almost everyday and have been using since high school. I never realized how useful this tool could be in the classroom when taken advantage of. With this platform, students and teachers can keep a collective set of notes or directions and with permission from the owner, others can add to this document. This idea of collaborating learning is a breakthrough. Padlet is a platform that I was introduced to in this module. Padlet is almost like a fancier version of google docs, students and teachers are able to upload notes, videos, links, pictures, and much more to a shared document to enhance the collaboration and communication between students. Global collaboration is another idea that module 3 introduced to me. This is the idea that with technology, students can gain communication and ideas globally and receive information from outsiders. This is something that wasn't even an option when I was a student and I think it could be extremely helpful and eye opening to my future students.
The website "Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment" informed me of new ways to include students in what is being taught in the classroom. This article has a set of ideas to change the energy of your classroom to be more collaborative. https://learn.teachingchannel.com/blog/2014/09/26/case-study-of-a-teacher-part-2/
Another article found within this module that I found extremely helpful is "7 steps to starting a global collaboration project". This article lists out steps to follow in order to assist your students in learning globally. After the step is announced it even explains how to take action with the steps. https://www.iste.org/explore/In-the-classroom/7-steps-to-starting-a-global-collaboration-project?articleid=608
A question I still have is how will I know if my school and parents are okay with global learning? This sometimes involves facetime or skype calls and without parent and school consent this could be difficult to navigate.
From the beginning of this module all the way to the end there was one largely stated common theme going around, they ask the question of what deep learning experiences look like in todays world. This is something I had to step back and ask myself over and over again while going through this module. To stay up to pace with the rapid advancements of todays world we see deep learning experiences through technology. Using technology in the classroom is vital to children's learning because it is something that is used in everyday life now. Another takeaway from this module I gained was technology enhanced learning. This type of learning incorporates technology into the students daily activities to enhance the level of learning being done in the classroom. Different platforms used on technology assist students in analyzing, judging, and problem-solving. Lastly, my biggest takeaway from this module has to do with problem based learning. This method encourages students to think outside the box, the student takes control of their own learning by creating solutions to real world problems.
The youtube video "The Shift From Engaging Students to Empowering Students" was extremely helpful and let me understand this module in a whole other sense. This video opened my eyes to how impactful a teacher can be on their students when encouraging them to not only be engaged in the classwork but be empowered and do something with the knowledge they now have. https://youtu.be/BYBJQ5rIFjA
Another youtube video provided in this module called "10 Ways to Empower Students With Choice" gave me so many ideas on how to provide for my future students. This video guides teachers to letting their students be empowered by the information they are learning. What really stood out to me in this video was when they suggested to let your students choose their scaffolding. To me, this means let your students determine what platform they want to complete their work on. This allows to students to have more freedom and enjoy what they are learning. https://youtu.be/L08wNizulOY
One question I still ask myself is how can I make sure my students are getting the most out fo my class? There is so much technology and so many new platforms to work from, I want my students to be able to learn from all of them.
In module 1 we talk about how technology can be used in the classroom and the benefits to come from it. Three different topics stood out to me and were clearly important to the advancements of technology in the classroom. One of these topics is that technology has always been apart of the classroom. As technology evolves and changes, the classroom moves along with it. Technology itself in the classroom is not new to students, what's new is the rapid advancements of technology in todays world. The second topic I want to address is the expectations of students. In this fast paced and quick to change world expectations for students rises almost as quickly as technology is. Educators set their students up to face the challenges of tomorrow and to be ready for an unplanned event. Lastly, the biggest take away from this module for me was the incredible ability children now have to switch from device to device and understand how to navigate each separately. This is commonly practiced at a young age with video games and different pieces of technology in the home. This skill leaks over into the classroom when technology is present and becomes almost a second nature to the students.
The resource, "Technology in Education" will be extremely useful throughout this class and in the future because it talks about methods and how they have turned out. This also points out what can go wrong. This will assist me in the classroom because I can look back and see specific methods used in the classroom and try to avoid making mistakes along the way. https://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/technology-in-education/index.html
The resource "The Promise of Digital Learning" shows how specific schools are keeping up with the advances of technology and what exactly they are doing to keep their students on top of these advances. I chose this resource specifically because they have examples from different types of schools. Examples from rural schools without as much technology as they would like, all the way to extremely wealthy schools with more technology than they know what to do with.
One question I repeatedly asked myself throughout this module was how educators can stay up to date and educated on the quickly advancing technology.