During the summer of 2017 I learned a lot about innovation without thinking of it as just that. I was taught that technology can be used to a teachers advantage in education rather than a disadvantage. I think that if any teacher wants to continue to grow then they need to be able to innovate.
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To me, innovation means staying up to date with things that will enable me to become a better teacher. I never want to stop learning. I will always be a student who teaches what I know to other students. I think it is important to never stop learning.
Everyone is so different from one another that there is no right way for someone to learn. It is my responsibility to determine different ways to teach people so everyone is able to learn the way that works best for them. Technology is a great resource to use in order to research those different ways to make my teaching more helpful for students.
After this summer I plan to continue using my teacher Twitter account. I want to keep up to date with all of the different people who share things about education. I have learned a lot from other followers about different teaching styles and I really benefited from it. I hope that one day I will be sharing helpful things for those educators as well and we can both help each other out.
One thing that I know is super important is being able to collaborate with other teachers. Not only will I collaborate with teachers at the school I will be teaching at, I will be able to collaborate with other teachers over the internet. I think this is a great way to get different ideas a long with bouncing ideas off of each other.
One thing I really took from the article from George Couros is when he says, “I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask “what is best for learners”.” I want to always do what is best for my students and I will always do that. If I need to learn how to reteach something, I will do just that. I want to be able to be a teacher that can teach any student no matter how difficult it could be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class this summer and I learned a lot that I will take with me into the classroom.
Here is my digital story! It is is in powerpoint form! I hope you enjoy it and if you have any pointers on how to make it better, feel free to let me know!
I had a lot of fun completing this assignment. It was a great experience determining what metaphors worked best for me and how I could describe my teaching to you in a metaphor. I think the most difficult part for me was trying to make it into a video. I am not very tech savvy when it comes to making videos on the internet. I hope to learn more about that part of the internet, because I think it would be super beneficial for my students.
I really enjoyed looking for pictures to fit all of my metaphors. I am a visual learner and being able to find the right pictures was a lot of fun for me. I want to be able to give my students all the opportunities in the world.
One thing I plan to do as teacher is to continue to learn. I may not have a lot of time in the world, but I will make time in order to learn newer things each day of my life. I want to be able to give to my students until I die. The only way I will be able to do that is to keep up with information and be up to learning new things all of the time. I am confident my students will be teachers to me just as I am to them.
- Date: 7/18/17
2. Description of Physical Space and Device: On couch with Ipad
3. Duration of session: 20 minutes
4. What occurred: I was distracted by makeup videos and started to watch and scroll through makeup videos.
5. What you did: Put my feet on the coffee table.
6. How you felt: Content. Anxious to try new makeup ideas.
7. What worked: I could not lie down comfortably.
8. What did not work: I was able to sit with my feet resting on the coffee table.
9. Other comments: None.
- Date: 7/19/17
2. Description of Physical Space and Device: Car on Iapd
3. Duration of session: 25 minutes
4. What occurred: We drove through one small town in Nebraska
5. What you did: Read a book using the kindle app.
6. How you felt: Scared because the book I was reading was scary.
7. What worked: Shading my face from the sun made it easier for me to read with my Ipad.
8. What did not work: I had to stop after 25 minutes because I was beginning to get a headache.
9. Other comments: None.
- Date: 7/21/17
2. Description of Physical Space and Device: In the car with my Mac
3. Duration of session: 35 minutes.
4. What occurred: We stopped at a couple of houses because we were house hunting in Omaha.
5. What you did: I was surfing the web to try and find affordable houses to buy in the Omaha area.
6. How you felt: Stressed
7. What worked: Keeping many tabs helped me better choose which houses worked for us and which houses did not.
8. What did not work: Trying to understand which neighborhoods were safer and which were not on google maps really confused me.
9. Other comments: none.
- Date: 7/22/17
2. Description of Physical Space and Device: In the car on my Ipad
3. Duration of session: 15 minutes
4. What occurred: We stopped at several stoplights.
5. What you did: continued reading my book.
6. How you felt: A little carsick from the stopping and going motions.
7. What worked: I was able to take medicine to help my headache.
8. What did not work: Looking around and trying to continue reading my book.
9. Other comments: none
- Date: 7/23/17
2. Description of Physical Space and Device: Mall on my Mac
3. Duration of session: 15 minutes
4. What occurred: I ate a salad while looking at the Internet.
5. What you did: I was looking for places to stay for the night in Omaha.
6. How you felt: happy because I was able to find cheap hotels that looked decent.
7. What worked: It was better for me to use a website that found the cheapest hotel rather than me looking at the hotels websites.
8. What did not work: I needed to find a place that was close enough that we were not driving a long time.
9. Other comments: none.
I learned a lot while I did this attention log. I had no idea how many thoughts ran through my mind while I was doing certain things. It is so crazy to think about the different body positions I needed to be in in order to keep my attention to the technology and how much my mind was thinking. My mind was literally wondering all over the place and I would need to stop and tell myself to focus on one thing. I would then focus on that one thing for quite awhile before doing those steps all over again. I think everyone should do an attention log just to learn a little more about themselves. It was a really fun and challenging thing to do. I would recommend it to anyone.
Throughout this summer class I learned a lot about exercising and dieting. It was hard at times and a lot easier than I anticipated at other times. I know people always look for a specific answers on how to lose weight and I believe there is no right answer. It is important for every single person to get out there and research on their own in order to find what works best for them. I did not choose just one diet and one exercise, I mixed and matched a bunch until I found what was right for me. Below is the poster I created that I want to hang on my wall to continue my motivation for becoming a better me.
Not only is this post about journey becoming healthy, I want to talk about the website I used to make the poster. I think it is important to use as much creativity as possible and http://www.Piktochart.com gives you that ability. I had no idea there were these kinds of websites out there that offered so much for free. It really amazes me. I am really excited I got to use this tool because I am student teaching in the fall and I will be able to implement this in my lesson plans.
I loved that there was so much you could do for free and it made me want to upgrade to be able to use all of the features, but I did not considering I am a poor college student. I think every school should be a part of some sort of designer tool online that they either pay for or find for free and incorporate it into the classrooms. I am not very creative and being able to use all of the features this website had to offer I was able to become a bit more creative than I usually am. I really liked that about this.
I believe visual images help some students learn better than others. I would never want to take that opportunity away from a child. If they wanted to use a chart to explain their reasoning I would openly accept that and support it. I want my students to be able to learn in the easiest way possible for them as individuals. I plan to use websites such as this one in my classroom one day. I can’t wait to see the creativity my class will have to offer!
After reading the first article by Zen Habits and the second article by Katrina Schwartz, a long with watching the Ted talk video I feel that I have an idea of whether or not I am addicted to technology. While I was in high school I constantly had my phone with me. There was never a time that I was not sneaking a text during class or checking social media whenever I had free time in the halls. It consumed my life at the time and I had no idea. As I think about it now I can’t believe I risked getting detention or my phone taken away all because I was worried about replying to a text I might have received.
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When I went to college I started to feel differently about my phone. I was living with my boyfriend so there was no one I really needed to constantly be talking to on it anymore and nothing on social media was changing when I would look through it for the 3rd time that morning. It was getting to be the type of habit that was a pain in my butt. I wanted to get away from my phone, but I was still in the habit of always looking at it. Sometimes I would find myself scrolling through things not even actually paying attention, I was just going through the motions. I decided that it was time I take a few steps back and not rely on technology.
To this day I still have social media and I spend time on it. But I am able to leave my phone at home when I go to class and not feel a sense of urgency or depression because I do not have it. It feels good not to have my phone connected to my hip and my constant feeling of wanting to check to see if I have enough reception to surf the web. The one thing that I find myself doing is leaving my phone at home even when I don’t mean to. The only problem with this is if someone needs to get ahold of me it isn’t going to happen because I leave my phone at home.
I don’t think someone needs to completely disconnect from social media in order to be healthy and happy. But I do know that people need to know what feels right for them and what they need to do. While kids are in elementary and high school I think it is good for the parents to step in and control the time spent on social media because all kids need guidance. I would have really benefited from that. Below I have attached a short film that will give you an insight on what being addicted to social media can do to your life. It is really fascinating to see this film.