My Final S7S

It is with a Heavy Heart and sad final week of classes that I have to report my last S7S for this term.

1) I appreciate all of my teachers this term, and their faith in my and I thank them for never giving up on me.

2) I appreciate my Where I am From poem that I have made as my make, and my books of quotes that I started this term. all of the positive vibes I received this semester has stuck with me.

3) I appreciate Christina Cantrill sharing with us her Six Images. It seems like an amazing idea that I can introduce students to when I start teaching.

4) I appreciate the teacher who asked her what they wished that she knew. Because I think it’s important that every teacher do this in all of their classes. I feel like this could be a way to give kids a safe haven or an outlet or anyway for the teacher to help them. .

5)I appreciate Badges, and Connected Learning in ways I didn’t think I would. Finding new ways to set up meetings and group meetings and different place to come together for a common purpose.

6) I appreciate Clequity, Techquity, and the ability to learn and teach through games.  I Lost the game AGAIN!

7) I appreciate that technology, and connected learning allow  teachers to teach children that the World Is round, and that I can hangout on google with someone in china via technology. I love technology and all it does to help us and our students.

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Connected Learning Week 10

Wow, Week 10! It seems like the semester just started and we are already past the half way point. When I started this Journey into connected learning I definitely felt like I was taking these classes to not only get better at teaching computers, but helping my students do better work with technology.  Technology is a friend, not the enemy, and I find as I work with other teachers that are not tech-friendly they decide against using technology in their own classrooms. Heres what I have learned. Technology is an amazing way to connect with each other in so many lessons. I love the fact that in my class I’ve met several people from the many different Writing projects, as well as people who use Games to teach their classroom. ( I just lost the game)!  I am finding that when I was younger and wanted more than anything to just make different things whether it was cooking or baking, or a bead bracelet/ necklace, Now i can use technology and search for different communities of practice. Take for example author Jane Austen. If you type into your Google search box: Jane Austen, there is a Jane Austen Society. You can also search for Jane Austen groups on twitter and Facebook and meet new people that way. I love that technology gives us freedoms to express ourselves as well as connect with amazing people. Connected learning is an amazing tool to have in every school and classroom.

Amy

What am I passionate about?

Hi Everyone hope everyone has had an amazing weekend.  My prompt this week was what am I most passionate about with connected learning, and I have to say that truthfully I am most passionate about the fact that in my time as a teacher I will be able to give my students a way to connect with each other in class and out of class. I can create group chats, and hangouts and also a way to connect with their parents. Connected Learning is the future, and I think that being able to connect with the students parents is just another way to make sure that the parents stay active and involved in their child’s education. I also find it truly amazing to teach my students that with one google hangout they can speak to someone in China about one thing our class is discussing. I think that being able to remind our students that America is not the only country in the world, as i said previously the world is round, and I love being able to teach that to my students.

Enjoy your Monday

Amy

REMINDERS FOR MYSELF!!!

Hey Everyone I really really really need to set some reminders for myself to remember to blog. Sorry this is so so so late. Our prompt was: What are you making? And what you noticing about your making? What questions does it raise re: connected learning, equity, and teaching?

I am currently crocheting  a blanket. I have noticed that as I make it, I wonder what it would be like to teach my students an activity. For example, I would love to teach them how to make  potholders, and connect it to making how to videos, I would also love for them to teach each other one thing that they know how to do. I want them to connect to each lesson and take from it that they are able to succeed in each lesson that they are given.  I want to discover how I can teach children to use safe searches in the classroom to locate information for their classes. I want to teach my children #Techquity, #clequity, and teach them to use their connections for a positive outcome in their own futures.

Enjoy your weekend’s

Amy T.

Forgotten s7s

Our prompt this week was our journey in Ed 677 as well as our life and I’d like to take sometime to reflect on that.
1. I am grateful for my  amazing for family pushing me to go back to school. I’m never confident in my ability and they always say the right things to make me more confident in myself.
2. I am actually grateful that I was let go from my last job because if they hadn’t let me go than I wouldn’t have my amazing job and I wouldn’t be back at school.
3. I am grateful to  Arcadia university for making sure  that we have the tools we need to be successful  student’s.
4. I am grateful for my high school English professor for pushing me to read as much as I can, because without her I wouldn’t be where I am today.
5. I am truly grateful to have the most amazing friends a girl can ask for. They tell me what I need to hear not what I want to hear.
6. I am grateful to all of my Arcadia professors,  all of whom have helped me grow professionally as well as personally.
7. Lastly I am thankful to God for giving me the direction I needed in my life. Without his presence in my life I’m not sure where I would be.

I am so truly thankful for this particular assignment because it is very rare that I get to think about everything I’m grateful for and what I appreciate in my life. So thank you Professor for this assignment it means more to me than you realize
Enjoy your week everyone.
Amy T.

Amy T.

#S7S Take 2

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had an amazing Valentines day and are going to enjoy your Presidents day. Today I am so excited to share my week with everyone.

1. I appreciate getting the amazing chance to meet several people in our class this past Friday Evening.

2. I appreciate the chance that I get to discover through our posts, and through our collaborative learning that I have discovered that trying to explain to young children what technology is and connected learning is trying to tell them that the world is round.

3. I appreciate the posts from my classmates, with many different quote. A friend of mine taught me a valuable lesson in one quote : “Life as a teacher begins the day you realize you are always learner”. I connect with this post on so many levels. As a teacher my students teach me new things everyday. As a Student my Teachers teach me new things everytime we meet, and it simply amazes me and moves me everyday.

4. I appreciate my Professors input in very many ways without their guidance I would not be the student I am today.

5. I appreciate that with my working hands I can give back to my community in so many ways, but with my 2 working hands I can give my crying student a hug, or teach her that 4 toy gorillas is the same weight as 24 toy bananas.

6. I appreciate that I am able to meet new people in my class each week to teach me something new related to technology. I.E. Book hacking, game hacking, book jams, techquity, and Connected learning.

7. Last but Certainly not least, I appreciate that with everyday my students ask me a question and I am able to answer it because I actually get to tell them that the world is round and watch the reaction on their faces. I can teach them book hacks, and games and connected learning and tell them they can talk to their family in another country.

I love Technology, and the power it gives to child learners.

I hope everyone has an amazing week, and that Everyone is well.

Amy T.

Fine 5 Sunday

Hello Everyone, I am 2 days late for my fine 5 friday, so here it goes.

1) I truly appreciate our Twitter chat, It was a first for me but I 100% truly enjoyed our collaborative teaching and working together.

2) I appreciate the leader of this twitter chat @onewheeljoe for all of his support, and his feed back for our comments. Also for his article http://digitalis.nwp.org/site-blog/i-found-five-entry-points-techquity-conversation/6221, in which None of the topics we discussed would have been discussed.

3) I appreciate the feed back from my classmates for this project of #techquity and how we can come together for the purpose of the students.

4) I appreciate that because of this project when I get inside a classroom, I will truly be able to treat my students as equals and give them the respect that they deserve.

5) I also appreciate that without this class I don’t think I could truly appreciate Techquity, or Clequity and be knowledgable of Connected learning at all.

Techquity & Communities of Practice

Hi everyone,  I realized I haven’t posted in quite awhile but last night I got to experience my first ever twitter chat as well as my first Community of Practice event. For those of you who don’t know what community of practice is, it is when people come together either online or in person for the common goal, theme or product. Our topic yesterday was Techquity, Equity in technology.  I found it interesting that  so many of us in the chat had many of the same opinions, but it was also gratifying to see our differences and why we support that opinion.  For example one of the statements made yesterday was “If we want students to learn how to act in the digital  world responsibly and safely, we need to engage them as partners in this endeavor rather than subjects to be acted upon.“- Nicole Mirra-2014 This particular  quote stood out to me. Not only as a soon to be  teacher but as a student, I want my professor’s to treat me like an equal. In a classroom, you are only as good as the student. If you teach your students to be learn how to be responsible, than we need to teach them but treat them like an equal! Stop talking down to them. Be respectful, and responsible, and hold them to the same standards.  However with all of the positive there was some constructive criticism. When you didn’t agree we were asked to explain why or why not, for me I discovered that while I agree with my own opinions, I sometimes forget that my opinions are not always correct, and I need to see the argument from al sides before making a decision. I am truly amazed at how well yesterday went, and I wish there could be more days of collaborative teaching, and talking like there was yesterday. I think a Twitter chat in it self was a learning experience, it is also an amazing way to connect with others in your own classrooms, as well as get opinions from people that in the same community of practice.

Enjoy your Friday, and stay warm,

Amy Toll