Learning Is Social #1

Prep Tech Update

Prep Tech Update

March 7 · Issue #1 · View online
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It is my hope that together we can bring our ICT philosophy to life by exploring ideas that relate to our school’s mission and the technology skills we hope to develop. If you try any of the ideas in this newsletter, discuss how it goes with a colleague. What worked? What didn’t? By sharing with others, we have our ideas pushed and/or clarified, get feedback and deepen our understanding.

How might we achieve our goals?
How might we achieve our goals?
ICT Philosophy
When we revised our ICT Philosophy in 2016, we included the following statement about how we intend to achieve the school’s Mission through technology:
At our school, we use technology to nurture creativity, spark imagination and learn from failures. We strive to develop highly effective, self-directed, and ethical learners who make a difference to their life or the lives of others. Devices such as laptops and iPads are used as tools to take an active role in constructing understanding, demonstrating learning and interacting with the world. Teachers and students seamlessly integrate technology as objects to think with, to deepen understanding and innovate in ways not previously possible.
We said: Every member of the school community shares a responsibility to foster technology literacy in all learners. The following standards reflect the fluid, ever-changing nature of technology. Though specific software and tools will likely change from year to year as new technologies become available, we aim to teach the following skills:
  1. Self-management
  2. Communication
  3. Research
  4. Social
  5. Computational Thinking
  6. Responsible Digital Citizenship
You will see these, as well as ideas from the statement above, as as titles for the sections in this newsletter. Following the headings are blog posts and articles I have come across that might relate.
... includes reflecting on what has been learned
It’s Time to Get on the Digital Portfolio Bandwagon - Weston Kieschnick
I particularly like the part of the following blog post that describes traditional vs. digital processes for portfolios and the sample questions/prompts for promoting reflection. It’s all about the process of reflection and using them to share the story of yourself as a learner.
5 Tips to Getting Started with ePortfolios
It's as much about the process as it is about the product
It's as much about the process as it is about the product
Learn more about using ePortfolios to support learning by taking part in webinars conducted by Seesaw PD in your PJs over March Break or watch a recording on of their recordings. Details can be found in the link and applied to any ePortfolio platform.
... by Thinking Critically
It is important to think critically when conducting research online. Fake news isn’t new but when students don’t even know what the reputable news sources are it becomes even more challenging! This blog post provides a few tips on teaching students to separate fact from fiction and links to more.
Teaching Kids About Fake News
In media literacy, it all starts with asking questions: What do you see and hear? Could it be true? Who else says so?
News Literacy 101 | Common Sense Media
... with Virtual Reality
Smartphone + VR app + Viewer = Virtual Reality
Smartphone + VR app + Viewer = Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is making it’s way into classrooms. There are many apps that allow you to explore new environments by simply turning your head. The New York Times has adapted some of their news stories for virtual reality. You can “Embed with Iraqi forces during a battle with ISIS. Take a meditation journey to the California coast. Climb to the top of One World Trade Center. Set foot on a planet three billion miles from the sun. Experience stories in an immersive, 360-degree video experience, reported by our award-winning journalists.” Daily news clips last 1-5 minutes and longer stories are also available.
Virtual Reality by The New York Times
To move beyond pure novelty in education, virtual reality needs to shift from a platform of purely consumption, to one of creation and immersive storytelling.
- Greg Kulowiec, edtechteacher
Create Immersive Virtual Reality with Storyspheres
With the StorySpheres app you can create and upload 360° images. These immersive experiences can be created by teachers or students.
Try a New Way of Doing Things
We know that memorizing and repeating facts is no way to go through school. However, there is vocabulary to be learned… Might gamifying learning make memorization a bit better?
Tinycards — Flashcards by Duolingo
How might we make use of collaborative highlighters and highlighted text that can be exported?
The Highlight Tool - Google Doc Add-On for Writing and Feedback - EdTechTeacher
It’s a pop-up world where information comes to us 24/7. How might that impact home-school communication?
Using Timely Text Messages To Curb Missed Assignments and Class | MindShift | KQED News
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