How have I contributed?

I was most able to contribute to the learning of others through blog comments. I did not interact much through discord, I did find that people were super quick to answer the questions of others which is great! Each week when we would have breakout rooms, I was always answering questions that people had, especially at the beginning about the creation of the blogs. There were three instances where I felt like my blog comments went above and beyond the…

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Magic School AI

I have heard about Magic School AI, but I have never tried it. I set up an account and got started! The first thing I noticed was that there was a toggle at the top that could switch to be MagicSchool and MagicStudent. The resources for students were plentiful and could be used to engage in many topics. The ones that seemed coolest to me was the book recommendation tool, math review and social stories. The Book Suggestions gives ideas…

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Cyber shaming: Is it warranted??

Cyber shaming is  a complex topic, because I do think that at times it is necessary to create change, but I also think that it is often taken too far. The extent that people will go to attack someone else online is far, and with the anonymity of the internet they do not face consequences. Now, I realize that every single person makes mistakes, however people must realize that what they put on the internet IS FOREVER, it will be…

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Is coding fun? No, Is it important?? Yes!

I used Hour of Code to create a google logo. I made the letters frogs and had fun playing around with it, but I have never enjoyed coding. My computer science classes in university were some of my least favourite and although I recognize that these are important things to be teaching kids I can’t frankly get the appeal. I do think that coding is an important skill to have some awareness for at the very least. I taught with…

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Teaching Digital Literacy

My grade range/ subject is high school sciences so one website that lots of teachers use is DHMO which talks about the dangers of Dihydrogen monoxide (water) seriously check it out. It’s a great example for why we should always seek further answers and make inferences about why information is being presented. It is super outdated like the octopus one we viewed in class but could be a great resource once its revamped. I know that many teachers use it…

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Let’s Get Digital!

I hope that students in my classroom will be using technology for good. What I mean by that is teaching students how to access tools that will enhance their learning instead of doing it for them. I use technology often in my learning in University and so why should students in a high school setting not be offered the same courtesy? I remember my grandpa used to always say that using a calculator was cheating in math, when really we…

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Cyber Safety!! We Should all Know About it

The topic of cyber safety was actually never addressed (that I can remember) in school. My parents and friends’ parents would talk to us about how to stay safe online when we played games and such. My parents used the education in proper use approach and I do think that it has helped me to have a limited digital footprint. I think that the scare approach would be one of the worst ways to teach about cyber safety, to me…

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Our Changed World

In the video Wesch talks about how as an anthropologist he is always looking at how things can be reconsidered, things meaning concepts like authority, love, privacy and identity to name a few. The new culture of the inclusion of the digital world has had notable impacts like the creation of new laws and bills to protect the things mentioned above. In particular when I think about the classroom that I may have one day I am brought back to…

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NearPod – A New Way to Teach??

I decided to check out NearPod this week. I actually found it super easy to use, and it has so many tutorials built into the site. NearPod can create interactive presentations where the teacher is able to see the answers that students are giving in real time – including the data of what is/was understood, essentially providing instant diagnostic assessment opportunities. It can take the typical slideshow and elevate it in ways that would never be possible without technology integration….

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My Experience With Educational Technology

Hi all! My name is Sarah Sweet and I am not strong with technology, when I was in high school one of my teachers made us use technology constantly and I had a hard time using it. This class will hopefully help me to be better at understanding the use of technology in the classroom and help me to teach using technology. In my most recent ESCI course, my profs showed us some great places to find science activities online….

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