Everyday technology is being updated and created. This for some can be scary but also exhilarating. Growing up I had access to online material, whether that was a computer, iPod, phone, tablet, etc. In elementary school we had a computer lab that was shared amongst the school with one computer in each room for students to share but were often not used. Some classes had access to SmartBoards but at the time not all rooms had them and if you were in the class with one you were amazed by it. Getting into high school we had multiple computer rooms, a google chrome cart, a library with computers, some iPads, and every classroom had a SmartBoard. I had gotten my first laptop before I even got a phone, and I loved playing around on it, often on Youtube watching funny videos. In Grade 5, I was able to get my own cell phone and was so ecstatic, but the types of phones back then had very little access to online and social media.
As we continue to age and the world continues to grow, we can only see a growth in technology use as well. In my future classroom, I plan to incorporate appropriate technology where necessary. Not heavily using it but enough for students to understand the importance of technology and what it does in our daily lives. In the video by Michael Wesch, he states that everything is connected, not all separated by the website we post on. Information continues to be passed on and spread from network to network. This is called participatory culture, as mentioned in class. We discussed how participatory culture has overtaken networking, spreading around the world with recreations and celebrations. In the video, Michael Wesch talks about how a meme of a song became so big that everyone else around the world began copying, posting their creations, not to mock but to celebrate and show how interconnected the networking world is.
I have always grown up around Youtube and the videos people post, whether it's vlogs, gaming videos, Chef Ramsay, car accidents, cooking videos, etc. I have also followed along with the participatory culture of networking although I have not yet posted my recreation of these trends. As Michael Wesch mentioned the Souja Boy dance that took over the world I wouldn’t help but think about how to this day I still do the dance whenever that song comes on. It's amazing what impact technology has on our lives!
I have always had a twitter account, when I first got twitter - this was back in middle school - I wasn’t very sure how to use it or what the purpose of it was. I barely went on it and never tweeted anything. About 6 months ago I started to use twitter a lot more, finally understanding and becoming more interested in what it had to offer. For this class I made a new account, ready to start my PLN and show myself as a future educator. I don’t believe I will use twitter in my classroom, not that I don’t enjoy twitter and find it useful, I just don’t believe the students would use the app as needed and it would cause more of a distraction than a tool. Within university classes I could see twitter being useful, as some students are more mature and use it in a more professional way. My experience in Saskedchat was amazing! I loved hearing and seeing what other people thought about different things. It brought me more perspectives, things I probably wouldn’t have thought by myself. This was a professional and fun way to develop ourselves and open up our PLN to others. Without participating in Saskedchat I would not have learned the things I did and I wouldn’t be able to apply it to my future classroom. Although it was extremely fast paced I was still able to keep up with it and monitor others that were posting. Twitter has really challenged my mindset and continues to inspire, provoke new thoughts, and grow with others.
I started using Feedly! It’s been great so far and I have subscribed to a bunch of accounts and can’t wait to see more from the website!
I found many of the sources and blogs from looking up #edtech, it came up with so many options to follow. It was a really easy process as it gave a little description of each source and what content they shared. So far I have found the source Tech & Learning to be extremely helpful. They have mentioned just about everything about education and using technology within the education system. They post around 6 articles a week, all updated and filled with useful information. It also educates others on the evolution of education, showing us how teaching has changed dramatically. It is constantly evolving and using technology that is up to date is a great start. The next source that I have found is Free Technology for Teachers, providing technology ideas for teachers to use in their classroom. These articles can be extremely important when it comes to a new teacher finding resources, or even a teacher who needs a refresher on adding technology to the classroom. This source posts 16 articles a week, giving you plenty of options to look through and find suited to your needs. These sources are only some of the beneficial resources I have found so far, and I continue to find new and better ones every day!
My name is Paige Sterzer and I am 21 years old. I was raised in a small town named Kamsack with my 3 other siblings. I am in my 4th year of University but my 2nd year of Education. I am a math major and chemistry minor, pursuing my dream as a child to be a math and science teacher.
I love technology! I have always been a technology person since I can remember, always having the most recent software and devices I can get. People in my family also tend to come to me if they need help finding or fixing something on their phones/computers and often I can help, if not a quick google search and I’m back to helping again. I have used all kinds of education technology: Smartboards, Chromebooks, laptops, desktops, iPads, Macbooks, projectors, speakers, phones, etc. I have used also educational websites as well: Weebly, Google, Youtube, Canva, WileyPLUS, Library databases, Google docs/slides/excel, educational gaming sites, etc.
I have been blogging my education classes for 2 years now and I often don’t mind the blogging aspect, as long as I can have some fun with what I am posting and it is not all homework and reading reviews. I personally wouldn’t blog in my day to day life as I would rather enjoy the moment than spend it typing all-day, even just taking pictures/videos at that moment is enough to relive it later.
Link: CANVA - this website is the best for making worksheets/posters, etc!