As this course come to an end, my use for technology in the classroom will only begin. At the beginning of this course , I did not realize how much you could use technology in the classroom, and how it could be used as an effective way of teaching to students. I started this course a bit hesitant on having a classroom so heavily involved with the use of technology, but I can now see the benefits it can have on students learning and engagement.
My Top 5 Takeaways From ICT
Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship
Being digitally literate has become an increasingly important skill to have in life, as technology is evolving and becoming the predominate way of communicating, staying up to date on the world around us, and so much more. Being digitally literate means a person has the skills to navigate, communicate, and create on a digital platform. Being digitally literate, is not the only important characteristic to have when being on technology, it is just as important to be a good digital citizen. Being a good digital citizen means people know how to use technology in a safe responsible manner. It is important for everyone, including our students, to know that whatever is put on the internet is there to stay, even if we don’t think it is.
- Once you post something, it is impossible to erase.
- Just because you share information with your friends, does not mean other people you do not know will be able to see what you have posted.
Since technology has become a major part of our society, our students are having access to technology at earlier ages, and some may even have their own device at a younger age compared to in the past. Due to this, it is important to start teaching students how to become both digitally literate as well as a good digital citizen. As teachers, it is our job to teach students about the importance of how to properly use technology and how to be safe while using it. Even though it may not always be clearly stated in the curriculum how to incorporate technology into the classroom, there are a variety of different ways to incorporate it into the classroom. As much as technology in the classroom can be used as a way of teaching students about digital literacy and digital citizenship, technology can also be brought into the classroom to enhance students learning on a variety of topics.
- Being a respectful digital citizen is an important aspect of digital literacy.
- There are many positives when using technology, but there are some things we need to teach students, in order to be safe while using technology.
- Your digital footprint is online and you may not even realize how readily available it is to the public.
- We need to teach students what to do if they are experience cyberbullying online.
The SIFT method can go hand-in-hand with both digital literacy and digital citizenship. This method can be used by anyone to determine how valid or reliable an online source is. This four-step method includes:
Stop: Before reading, sharing, or reacting to the information provided to you, stop and think about the motives of the source as well as if you have heard of this source before.
Investigate: Use other sources to learn more about the validly of the source (Ex. use Wikipedia)
Find better Coverage: using other resources try and find more coverage on the information
Trace Claims: Trace the information back to the source, click through the links and investigate.
Teaching students the SIFT method, is teaching students how to find reliable and valid information. We want students to be learning and reading valid information and we want them to be able to determine fake from real. As technology evolves, unfortunately fake news stories and content has remained. There are many different resources out there that students can use to practice their skills at determining fake from real news. For example, Fakeout! Could be a great activity to teach students how to utilize the SIFT method.
- This video provides you information about how to perform the SIFT method.
Throughout the duration of this course, I have both developed my skills on how to use technology in the classroom, as well as I have learned so many new things. Lumio, Nearpod, Mentimeter, and Pixtotn were some of my favourite platforms in which I learned about that I had no prior knowledge on. Being able to share and develop my skills using these platforms in other classes have been very useful and fun.
Lumio is a game-based learning tool which allows for a variety of uses. For example, Lumio allows for formative assessments, collaboration, content creation, and so much more!
Nearpod is very similar to Lumio. Nearpod can be used both in class or in an online setting, it allows for an interactive experience for both the educator and the students. Nearpod allows for a more engaging learning experience for students through access to quizzes, polls, videos, collaboration boards, and so much more
Mentimeter is just like Lumio and Nearpod. Mentimeter is an integrative tool used to enhance engagement and interaction during presentations.
Pixton is a digital story-telling tool. Pixton allows both students and educators to create comic strips. Within this website there are a variety of content packages to allow for the creation of all kinds of comic strips.
Part of being a teaching is continuously learning with your students. As technology evolves, it will be important to stay on top of the different technology, so I can inform my students of the dangers as well as the benefits of technology. It may not always be easy to stay on top of the latest technology, but that is where talking to colleagues can come in handy. By working with and talking to others, you can see what works for them and what doesn’t, so this can help you determine what can be useful in your classroom. After completing this course, I feel much more confident to being in technology into my classroom. With endless number of resources in my back pocket, I will have many options to incorporate them into my classroom to allow for a more engaging learning environment for my students.