Even though I have had some ups and downs with this course…I can honestly say I have enjoyed this online learning experience. I can officially say that I have finished my second year of the Bachelor of Education program! YAY!! This week I have been at home healing from my surgery. I am still a bit sore but I’m glad it’s over! I don’t have much to say this week because I already said it in my final summary. I hope everyone has a great Summer! 🙂
I thought I posted my thoughts for this week but apparently I didn’t so here it is..I have heard people talking about how this was our last module and I hope they are right! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed learning about technology but the school year is coming to an end and I need a break! Module 6 was pretty easy to follow. I think it was one of the easier ones we have worked on. I enjoyed learning about TIM and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy because it gave me some ideas on how I could incorporate technology into my future classroom. Technology can be quite overwhelming but with the help of TIM and Bloom’s I think I will be able to survive. My favourite part of this module was creating the voki. I thought it was a neat idea and it was fun creating our own characters. I don’t have very much to say this week. Everything is going well and I am still working on my final project. I hope to have it finished by the end of next week.
This week I had fun working on Module 5 and everything seemed to go smooth. No stress… YAY!! I still enjoy technology and this class has taught me a lot about incorporating it into your classroom. I have never heard of BYOD until this class and it is something I am not too sure about. I can see why it is becoming so popular in our education systems now a days but I have concerns about it as well. (I go into more detail in my reading responses.) Feel free to read my thoughts! I enjoyed being able to create my own module this week because it is something I could use when I become a teacher. It also allowed me to see the different ways I could use BYOD in my future classroom.
My final project is coming along and I am enjoying learning how to finger knit. The link to my final project blog is posted below as well as on my final project page. The blog is still under construction so bare with me! Please leave comments and give me feedback on what you think of my project! Thanks in advance. 🙂
Final Project Blog
I thought I would share this with you all. It really opened my eyes and showed me that students are learning the proper ways of being online.
The other day I was helping out with Special Olympics and one of the students brought up Facebook. He instantly told me that he is not getting Facebook because it can be dangerous. He also told me that we need to be aware of what we put online because we can’t erase it, even if we try. I was surprised at how much he knew about digital citizenship. He told me he learned about online safety from his parents and at school. He had so much to say about being online and I learned a lot from him.
I responded to this question on your blog but for some reason it disappeared so I thought I should post it on my blog as well.
Now that you have had an opportunity to explore issues, ideas and thinking around BYOD, what is your opinion and or experiences regarding students bringing their own devices to school?
There are so many different opinions when it comes to the topic of BYOD. Like I said before in my reading responses, my feelings are mixed. Before this module, I have never heard of BYOD and I can see why it is popular in schools today. I like the idea behind bring your own device because it benefits the students as well as incorporates technology into their classroom. Students need to learn about technology and the proper way to use it. The downfall of BYOD… are the distractions that come with smartphones, IPads, etc. People don’t realize how fast it is to switch apps and make it seem as though you are doing your work when in reality, you were just texting your friend in another class. There are pros and cons when it comes to bringing your own device to school and as a teacher it is up to you to see what works properly and what needs to be changed.
I hope that overtime I am able to understand BYOD better and become more comfortable with it in my future classroom. Technology can be scary but sometimes we need to embrace it… even if we might not want too.
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