Tech Task #8

For tech task #8 I have created a Prezi to guide you through my journey in ECMP 355. I talk about highlights from the course, what I was able to learn, some of the struggles I had, and where I plan on going from here with the information I have been able to gain. Overall, I have had a positive experience in this course. I look forward to taking more blended courses. I also look forward to using the information I have gained to assist me in my future teaching.

Journey Through ECMP 355

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Tech Task #7

For tech task #7, we were to create a rubric based on an outcome of our choice. I picked to create my rubric for a grade 9 health class with the outcome “Analyze the health, economic, and social supports and challenges of addictions (e.g., tobacco, shopping, alcohol, gambling, Internet, drugs) on self, family, community, and the environment”.  For my rubric I said that my students would be using a power point/hyper studio presentation, and that is what they are being graded on. They are being graded on their research, their originality, the effectiveness of the presentation, and their spelling/grammar within the presentation. Here is the rubric I created.

To create the rubric I used Rubistar. Rubistar is a website that assists teachers in creating rubrics. This is not my first time using this website, but it was a more positive experience. The first time I used the website I was confused and did not know how to create what I wanted. However, this time I found that I was able to create it easily without having to find someone to help me. I picked exactly what I wanted to be in the rubric, and what the rubric would be based on (grading a power point, grading an essay, etc). I would suggest this tool to other teachers since it is a great source to help you learn how to create rubrics.

Tech Task #6

I have created a lesson plan all about cyber safety for a grade 4 class. I am a health major, and one of the areas in health is learning about safety. Since we have been looking at cyber safety a lot this week in ECMP 355, I decided to dedicate my entire lesson plan to the topic. I think that it is important for younger students to learn about the dangers of the internet, not as a way to scare them, but so that they are aware of what is out there. Since people are being introduced to technology and the internet at such a young age, it is important to teach them at a young age. I used Google to help me find the ideas for my lesson plan.

Cyber Safety Lesson Plan

Tech Task #5

On Wednesday, a group of four of us had a Skype call where we discussed questions that were given to us and collaboratively created a Google doc, and then were asked to either create an audio or visual recap of our experience of learning in an online synchronous format. I have chosen to use Wordle as a visual representation of my experience of the learning session. The words shown in the wordle that I created are from the Google doc that my group and I created together.

Overall, I thought that the experience was very interesting. I have never used Skype before, or a collaborative Google doc. I was amazed when I was using Skype because I was sitting on my floor and was able to talk to three other people in the comfort of my own home. I did not understand how the Google doc was going to work at first, but once we started I was amazed! I was able to watch everyone else type on my screen, while I was also typing myself! I would love to be able to do more sessions like this because you are able to do it anywhere that has internet access, so do not always have to worry about finding a meeting spot.

I would use this in my future classrooms. A great way for this to be put to use would be when the students have group projects. They would be able to communicate with each other at home, or any where else they have internet access, and could add on information to the Google doc whenever they needed to, without always having to worry about meeting at a certain place and time.

Pros: 

  • Do not have to plan a meeting spot. Can do it on your own time.
  • Can access Google doc anywhere that has internet access so you do not have to worry about one person keeping track of everything.
  • Is user friendly (does not take a lot of time to get used to how everything works).

Cons: 

  • Google docs froze a bit when everyone was typing on it at once.
  • If someone does not have access to a computer that has the necessary tools for Skype (or a computer at all), this tool may a bit inconvenient for them.
  • Sometimes Skype did not work for the audio part which did not make it possible to hear other members.

I really enjoyed the use of Skype and the Google doc, and hope that I can find ways to use it more! Below you will see a picture of my Wordle!

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Tech Task #4

TED (technology, entertainment, design) is a nonprofit that is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out as a conference in 1984 that brought people together that knew about three major topics: technology, entertainment, and design. Because of the growth and demands that TED had, and after posting “TED talk” videos on websites such as YouTube, TED.com was launched in April of 2007. This website provides access to TED talks that have taken place, lists of events and conferences,  blogs, and tools for educators. The TED mission is “we believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other”.

You may be wondering, what is a TED talk? TED talks began as an attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Speakers would talk in front of an audience, as well as be recorded, about a topic that they have a lot of knowledge on, or something that they feel is important to share. The speakers are there to educate and most importantly, to inspire. Some people that have been speakers for TED talks include Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Salman Khan, Bill Gates, and Ron Finley. I am providing a link to a list on the TED website that shows the 20 most watched TED talks (so far).

When taking a look at what TED.com had to offer, I came across an amazing tool. It is on the TED-Ed page. The tool is called the “find&flip”. The “find&flip” allows for people to create lesson plans revolving around YouTube videos of their choice. By clicking HEREyou can view a tutorial I have created that shows you how to use the “find&flip” tool. The TED-Ed page also allows access to lessons that have been created by other teachers. There are lessons about math, health, psychology, etc. You are able to have access to videos that educators have used in their classrooms, as well as questions and other links that relate to these videos.

I think that this tool, along with the TED talk videos, would be beneficial to a classroom. I think that it would be a different teaching method that could bring in someone else’s perspective without having to actually bring the person into the classroom. The TED-Ed website tool also benefits students because it allows them to access the lesson plan on any computer. They are able to complete the lesson at school, at home, the library, etc. I think this tool is useful because it introduces students to new forms of technology, and is fairly simple to use. Teachers are able to give the students questions that are based off of what they should have learned in the video, and also provide a chance for students to start a discussion based on their feelings/thoughts towards the topic. Students are able to be the primary users of this tool because they can choose when they access it, where they access it, and how much they will take from the lesson (looking at additional links, becoming involved in the discussions, etc.).

I think that it is important to state that TED talks are not used as a way to teach an entire lesson. They should simply be used as an introduction, or to provide a support to what the teacher is educating the students on. Logan Smalley, TED-Ed’s director, stated in an article that “TED-Ed videos aren’t meant to be a substitute for what happens in the classroom. The videos, and the new TED-Ed platform, are resources that teachers can use to excite, inspire, and bring to life lessons that are already being taught. The great thing about TED-Ed is that educators can use these tools however best suits their – and their students’ – needs”. If an educator plans on using this tool in their classroom, it is important to know how to use it appropriately and effectively. The educator should make sure that the video is relevant to what is being taught in the class, and that the questions are to answer should be based off of what they viewed in the video (when using the TED-Ed tool).

Overall, I am a huge fan of TED.com. I think that the talks are inspirational and educational, and the TED-Ed tool is a great resource. TED is defiantly an Idea Worth Spreading. 

Tech Task #3

After searching for health lessons on the SMART exchange website, I was able to find five lessons that would work well when teaching a high school level health class. The five lessons I chose are listed below.

What is AIDS and HIV? 

Human Reproduction Vocabulary

Human Sexuality and Reproduction 

Reproductive System Review

Smoking

I have created a SMART notebook lesson that is for the Health 8 curriculum for the outcome ”assess how body image satisfaction/dissatisfaction and over-reliance on appearance as a source of identity and self-esteem affects the quality of life of self and family”.

My Notebook File by Jordan Grebinsky