Embedded above is my Summary of Learning video that I created using iMovie, Animoto, Phonto, and PicsArt. These are my final thoughts and what I have learned over the past four months squeezed into six minutes. I hope that you enjoy this video even half as much as I enjoyed this class.
Here is the script in case you would like to read along or would like to use it as a reference:
Hello everyone! My name is Sydney Kawa and this is my Ed Tech 300 Summary of Learning. I will be sharing information that I have learned throughout the past four months through slides that I have created and combined using iMovie, Animoto and other editing resources such as Phonto and PicsArt. Both iMovie and Animoto are resources that were recommended to me through Ed Tech 300, and have been put to use on many occasions throughout my learning project. Back in January I began my time in this course and quickly gained an understanding of the importance of using online tools to the best of my advantage. Before this course I did not have Twitter, Slack, or use many online tools that could be beneficial to me in the long run as a future educator. Now I am able to confidently say that I tweet multiple educational resources a week, engage with my peers through retweets and replies, comment on classmates blogs through WordPress, offer my opinions and suggestions through Slack, and put aside time everyday to absorb educational resources that my peers have also shared through these platforms. Before entering this course I primarily found myself scrolling through Instagram, sharing posts on Facebook, and pinning home decor ideas on Pinterest. I will admit that that was not very educational, however in my defence I never actually realized how reliant and important modern education is on technology. Ed Tech 300 immersed me everyday whether we were directly in class or not, and brought multiple tools to my attention. Not only tools that I can use to further my own learning, but the learning of others as well. Let me break them down for you.
Twitter, which took me by surprise when we were asked to create an account. is actually used for much more than just following and retweeting celebrities posts (who knew). Rather for myself, it is a platform where I am able to follow other educators within Saskatchewan, partake in SaskEdChats on Thursday evenings, be introduced to Ed Tech resources that I may have missed in my own searches, and meet other students in the education program. The resources and daily usage of Twitter were a huge part of my Ed Tech Journey.
Next we have Slack which allows us to also share resources, post reminders, ask questions, and share our thoughts. Slack was very immersive and if you needed a question answered you could rely on your fellow classmates to answer within minutes. With Slack I was able to rely on others and classmates were able to rely on me, a great example of us stepping up and being educators before we are even in our own classrooms.
WordPress was the largest part of my learning experience and take away from Ed Tech 300. My blog, Sydney’s Inquires, is where I posted weekly learning updates and used educational resources to help guide my learning project, I also responded to blog prompts such as digital citizenship in the classroom, my thoughts on a resource called Feedly, YouTube/internet progression, fake news, looking back at our digital footprint, and much more! Each concept brings positives and negatives to light such as the benefits of coding, but the downfalls of cyber bullying. Both very different aspects of technology, but both are just as important to talk about in the classroom. My blog is also a hub that provides the viewer with more than just learning project updates. Over this course I have learned to polish and make my blog aesthetically pleasing while also providing, possibly my future boss and anyone that comes across my blog, with the following posts: about me, my educational resume, my educational philosophy, my favourite education based quotes, examples of lesson plans I have created, achievements, and course work from over the past three years.
Ed Tech 300 has provided me with multiple tools, I am talking dozens! These tools include: a better understanding of technology and how to appropriately apply this method into the classroom, how to find reliable resources through blogs and twitter, technology tools such as iMovie, Canva, Anchor (which I have been diving into on my own time), Kahoot, Quizzes, an Hour of Code, and many more. I could not think of a better semester to take Ed Tech 300 as we used Zoom to meet every Wednesday evening, chatted through Slack, shared resources through Twitter, and poured our ideas and challenges into our blogs. Every single project and communication made over the past four months have only been through education technologies, and look at the relationships that have been made. I have learned that connection is more than just being together in person. We were all communicating from the comfort of our own homes, yet I have never felt so connected to a class before. That is the prime example for how important educational technologies are in 2021 and how I need to stay up to date and specifically make time to learn about these technologies so that I can pass valuable information onto my students.
A few topics stood out to me throughout this semester. Starting with digital citizenship and the importance of being safe online. Referring to Ribbles Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship I as a future educator must not only take into account everything I post online, think before I hit send, and understand that anyone and everyone can have access to my online presence, but also educate my students on the positives and negatives on using online technologies and resources. Through allowing our students the opportunities to use educational technologies we are teaching them to be strong digital citizens as well as helping them understand other sides of the internet such as fake news. Students will need to be able to understand the difference between what is real and what is fake on the internet, an internet lie detector if you will, which can result in a much safer and positive relationship with the online world. By enhancing examples of real versus fake and allowing for students to see different aspects of the online world is beneficial, this needs to be introduced into the classroom in order to sustain a safe and healthy environment and the ever changing online world.
Lastly, I would like to say a quick thank you to Katia for the passion she emits into this course, and all courses I have taken with her thus far. It truly resonates with me and enables me to push myself into new ideas and resources every single week. The learning does not stop here, Ed Tech 300 has truly been a course of connection.