In this week of EDTC 400, my partner Sarah S and I presented a mini-lesson of Digital Identity. I didn’t know very much about digital identity so I was learning as I was making the lesson. Sarah on the other hand had great knowledge on it and taught me all about it when I had any questions. Making this lesson was so much fun, me and Sarah had called each other multiple times to go through our plans and goals for our presentation. We began with discussing what area we wanted to focus on the most, deciding with a focus on digital identity. After getting an idea of where we wanted the lesson to focus we began searching for an engaging way to teach 4th grade students.
In our lesson we focused on digital footprint, teaching students actively that everything they do online is recorded. We compared pictures of footprints and fossils to what a digital footprint is, making a connection between real life and your online presence. We used an introduction game to get the students thinking about what a digital footprint is and then discussed things like previously mentioned about the footprints and fossils. Next we watched a video on digital footprint and had multiple discussions based on the information we learned. We gave a short quiz at the end to get a better understanding on how well students understood the topic of digital footprints and if they feel confident in knowing how to be safe online.
I found that our presentation went well, we didn’t have any challenges planning the lesson as we spoke frequently and often asked each other questions on anything we didn’t fully understand. The lesson was rich in information and the students, along with ourselves, had fun. This was my first ever time teaching a class through Zoom and thankfully I have had lots of practice with Zoom so I wasn’t too nervous about the use of it. My main concern was time, we were either going to have too much stuff to teach or we would have too little but we managed time well and were able to create a well thought out lesson, in the future I may have added a bit more just to help keep time even more manageable.
I had a great time working with Sarah S and it was a lot of fun to teach such an engaging lesson!
As technology keeps progressing, so does the need for schools to be readily prepared for this change. Throughout high school, my teachers all thought phones and technology were more of a nuisance to the classroom than a benefit. We were made to put our phones in the top corner of our desks so that the teachers could see it at all times. I often wondered if this was just a reaction to not knowing much about technology or if they just really didn't like the idea of adapting technology into the classroom.
When it comes to a school preparing students for a new upbringing of technology, it needs to be brought into the classrooms. Having a classroom that doesn’t use any sort of technology can affect students in a negative way as engagement and skills are not being learned. In order for students to have a successful life after schooling we have to teach them the importance of being digital and how to adapt to these changing times. The internet is a wide range of why we teach about digital identities, citizenship and etiquette. It is full of dangers and anything can be lurking around.
In our class (EDTC 400), we debated on the topic of whether we should go back to times without the internet or whether we should stick to the technology we have growing today. It was an important discussion as it raised a lot of questions on our internet safety and about how beneficial an online presence is. As technology continues to advance we as teachers need to continue to incorporate these new technologies into our classroom to create a more inquiry based learning experience for students of any age. There is always a risk trying something new but without risk there would be no opportunities.
If I am going to be honest with Twitter, I usually like it. The term usually is key, I love looking at other peoples tweets, their tweet bring me slight joy and I am glad to be caught up on everything but I despise tweeting on it myself, I feel like I can never think of anything to share, even on Feedly, and when I do I have no idea what to share about the link or tool I am sharing. I often don’t mind commenting on other peoples tweets as it comes from the heart with what I am writing to them. After EDTC 300 ended I was glad to take a break from tweeting, I didn’t feel stressed to find content and have to share multiple things per day. I could only imagine what a blogger or content creator feels like and you won’t be seeing me doing it.
Twitter has a lot of potential for being a professional development tool. I personally would not use it in my classroom as students may feel more pressured to use it then to willingly use it. With that being said I would teach students about their digital identity, digital citizenship, and digital literacy. Showing them the benefits to using twitter and other major platforms, along with where to be cautious in posting things. Giving them the idea to grow their PLN in a positive way throughout high school rather than just University and that’s something I wish I was taught about.
Last night we participated in another Saskedchat, I had previously done one last semester in EDTC 300 and it was a lot of fun. This week we touched on mental health, which is an extremely important conversation to have. I really enjoyed reading everyone's ideas, seeing how similar everyone's answers were. Mental health is slowly breaking through stigmas and it's important to continue the conversation to further that breakthrough. It was also interesting to see everyone's perspective on what can/should be done for mental health awareness in the classroom and amongst other teachers/staff.
This week we were given the task of looking at ourselves online. As I have completed EDTC 300, I was informed of many new tools and ways to grow my PLN (Personal Learning Network). Growing up I was always taught to be careful of what I posted, although I was told this I never realized the importance till I started University. My digital identity tells others that I am passionate about what I am learning, it tells others that I am on my way to change the way of learning.
The accounts I use everyday are more public than private. My Instagram, student Twitter, ePortfolio accounts are public, my Facebook, Youtube, personal Twitter are all on private. I don’t post anything on my personal twitter, along with my Youtube but they do tie into my everyday life. The reason I do this is because I find that some things are better kept private from others. I share the important facts about who I am and what I inspire to be.
I would like to work on how I approach digital identity, keeping my life separate from the student's life. All throughout my high school, our teachers would not accept any friend requests or questions about their social media until after we had graduated. I plan to keep my personal life separate from my students, using only public accounts that show my teaching abilities and ideas. This step of separation will create a better balanced digital identity and show a journey I am proud of.
My name is Paige Sterzer and I am 22 years old! I am originally from a small town named Kamsack, where my mom, dad and 2 siblings are. I am currently in my 4th year of University and my 2nd year of Education. I am in the Secondary program with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry.
I have a passion for technology and I love to try and incorporate it in the classroom. My three goals for this course are:
I have always wanted to be a teacher throughout my childhood and middle school days. After 2 years of pre-Pharmacy I switched over to Education to pursue my passion. I have been blogging and keeping up with my ePortfolio since I started this journey. I recently started tweeting and have found many useful resources. Check out my Twitter page!