mLearning Reflection

For my reflection, I was asked to review a lesson plan and write down where I could incorporate mLearning. In addition, I must write down 3 things that needed to be considered if I were to use mLearning.

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From the lesson plan, Google Docs would be a perfect way for the entire class to contribute on a book together for the “collaborative writing” component. Not only will each student know who contributed what, but it is easily accessible to everyone at once. I believe that if everyone is able to view the document together, rather than passing it along one by one, students will be more interested. Some things that would need to be considered are:

  1. Do all the students have a form of technology that will allow them to access this document?
  2. How can I organize this collaboration in a way that will be active for students waiting to write
  3. Do students have a Google account? Although sign-in is not required to access Google Docs, the student will be anonymous if they do not sign-in which will make it difficult to keep track of who is writing.

Learning Management Systems Reflection

For my reflection, I have been asked to consider 4 tools (communication, assessment, content organization, and content) I would use as a teacher as well as why I would use them and how it would enhance the course for both teacher and student.

As a teacher some features that I would use in my classroom would be:  email, rubrics, folders, and web links. Emails would be used to contact the students if there are any changes to the class plan and/or if I need to speak with the student directly.  I hope to become a food studies teacher and since my students will be doing a lot of hands-on work, I will use rubrics to outline my expectations of what their finished product should look like and what my students should expect.  Folders would be used for students to organize and keep their recipes in an orderly manner, and web links would be used for students to explore and learn about what they will be doing next class (and then completing a quiz), on their own time allowing for more time in class to cook.

I believe that these tools will enhance the course for the student because many students enjoy food studies because they are able to experience cooking in a fun way. The less time spent sitting, listening, and writing, the more the student will enjoy the class. As the teacher, I hope that these tools can make the class more efficient and allow me to spend more time focusing on the students while they cook. I can also utilize web links to possibly allow students to complete the theoretical component of the class online, which would help minimize time spent on marking.

Here is a screenshot of my home page from the website Course Sites.

Home Page

Where am I now?

Philosophy of Teachnology

The least effective way I have seen teachers use technology in the classroom is either poor presentation or zero technology use. I have had teachers create a very dry, boring PowerPoint resulting in me having absolutely no interest in learning the material or paying attention to the professor. I am a visual learner so to me, it is very important that the presentation be as interesting as the speaker.

The most effective way I have seen teachers use technology is in my spring Education Technology course. I have not had a teacher or professor utilize Google Docs where the students take surveys and have the results shown quickly or editing a document with my peers to share ideas without having to move around the classroom. This is something new to me and I was very interested and intrigued to see it in use.



Reflection on Learning Theories

Here is my first reflection assignment. I have been asked to reflect on two questions:
1. Which of the three learning theories covered in this module best reflect how you learn? Why?

2. Identify and explain three ways that technology could be used by a teacher to help you learn in this way.

I believe that connectivism best reflects how I learn because I tend to be more attentive when technology is involved. I find that I learn much more effectively and quicker through hands on experience. Although there is the possibility of hands on work with constructivism, I am not a very creative person; I have difficulty brainstorming ideas of what I would like to study or do an assignment on. It is sometimes a struggle for me to learn when placed in a constructivist environment. However, I have always found myself enjoying technology and using it frequently. I may not be the most tech-savvy student out there, but I do enjoy immersing myself and learning about the technology itself.

When teachers involve technology participation in the classroom, I am more likely to participate in class than if there was none. For example, my current education technology spring class: my professor will often have students write in Google Docs or a program similar where we can all edit the document at the same time, so that participation is easy and interesting; especially for large classrooms where it can be difficult to communicate with your peers. Another way that I think teachers can use technology to enhance learning (for me) would be interactive activities or assignments, such as iClicker questions or creative, online assignments. When new technology is introduced to me, I try my best to learn as much as I can about it as well as how to use it. My personal interest in technology can help me to become motivated in taking control over my learning in my spare time. Lastly, teachers that introduce new programs or websites that can be useful during the course of the class can also help my learning as I will spend time introducing myself into learning how to navigate and make full use of the resources that the teacher has made available to me. Once I have familiarized myself with the program or website, the ease of access will allow me to easily come back to use it over and over again.

Although this will probably not be my best reflection, I am hoping that through more and more reflection, I can develop a deeper sense of critical thinking to produce a better and more thorough reflection.

Dear Scarlet

I was browsing through Tumblr the other day and I had scrolled past this interesting post that someone had reblogged.
The post comes from the Tumblr user: dearscarlet where the parents of Scarlet have decided to document their experiences with their young daughter online.

The post I read was very interesting because the parents talk about Scarlet being able to make her own choices and learn from her mistakes: ” I will let you learn your own lessons. I will allow you to make choices, and I will be there to teach you about consequences.”  They end the post with a quote by Piaget, a cognitive theorist, as a way to support their post and for me, something to think about after reading.
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I found this interesting because as a student studying to be a teacher, this is not something I would have expected from a parent. I believe many parents (including myself in the future) would rather save their child the pain of experiencing the consequences of their poor decisions and “force” them to do what is right/better. However, this post makes me think: would my child be better off learning this way, if I allow them to make a decision, even though I know they will regret it later?  This may be a more effective way for them to learn, if they experience the consequences first hand, than if I were to repeatedly tell them what will happen. Of course, with this choice of teaching, you have to take into consideration that your child may hurt themselves, whether it be a minor or serious injury. Either way, this was very interesting to read.

I applaud the parents for being patient and letting Scarlet choose for herself. Of course, in the classroom, this may not be something that I could apply. However, this has been something that is definitely thought provoking as well as eye opening, especially with the quote by Piaget

I would like to find more posts by mothers/fathers/families about their children and their method of teaching. There is always something to learn from the way other families teach their children.

Padlet Reflection

My first ePorfolio assignment!

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The link will lead you to my Padlet Reflection where I share 4 thoughts on how ePortfolios can potentially benefit students.

Until I began attending class, I had never heard of an ePortfolio. Thankfully, this week I read and learned all about what an ePortfolio is as well as the many benefits it has for students! Personally, I would much rather create and design an ePortfolio to manage my projects, ideas, and thoughts than using a notebook. I am quite forgetful and unorganized… Perhaps my ePortfolio might be just what I need to keep everything in order!