April 19, 2020

Year One #EdTech Must Haves - HoET155

Year One #EdTech Must Haves - HoET155

An AMA led by Chandler Ragsdale.


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Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine

  • What am I grateful for today?
  • Who am I checking in on, or connecting with, today?
  • What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
  • How am I getting outside today?
  • How am I moving my body today?
  • What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?

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I put the call out on social media to create Ask Me Anything (AMA) episode and while I didn’t get a lot of questions I did get two great ones!

Chandler Ragsdale – As a new aspiring elementary school teacher (I am eligible to be hired for the 2020-2021 academic year and have already submitted applications), what resources/supplies should I begin accumulating before the next school year starts? What are the things that I need to prioritize?

  • Twitter
  • Voxer
  • Remind
  • Loom
  • Presentations
  • Website
  • Podcasts

Emily Ross – https://mytechclassroom.com/ – What are your tips for adapting your traditional way of teaching to teaching online?

  • #1 Effective online instructors recognize that there are new writing and reading literacies that go well beyond the traditional five-paragraph essay and include things like building websites, recognizing misinformation on the internet, and building other kinds of interdisciplinary content.
  • #2 Effective online instructors are thoughtful about multiple modalities and the non-linearity of content in an online environment. For example, offer your students a video, audio, text, and game-based version of the same information so they can access on their own terms and in a format that works best for them.
  • #3 Effective online instructors model for their students the use of computers for play versus work because many times students need help figuring out what’s appropriate given the circumstance.
  • #4 Effective online instructors recognize different kinds of technological equity, whether that’s the actual hardware students use to get onto the internet, or the internet bandwidth itself, or whether students even have access to quiet spaces to be able to get online and interact with their peers. For individuals who have difficulty using a keyboard or using other kinds of internet interfaces — think of those with visual impairments — you need to think a little bit differently about how can present information. Maybe a podcast or other voice-based system, you students can listen as opposed to having to watch online.
  • #5 Effective online instructors recognize the different affordances of different kinds of video and audio communication technology. Are you open to communicating with other teachers and your students in non-traditional ways? I encourage you to do everything you can to explore new technologies and think about the novel ways they could be integrated into a classroom — whether it’s face to face or online.
  • #6 Participation in an online environment as either an instructor or as a student requires you to be a self-starter, which means being able to create a physical space so that you’re not distracted when you’re trying to participate positively in an online learning environment.
  • #7 Because you don’t have the same kinds of cues that you get in a F2F classroom you have to use other kinds of information to decide whether or not students are participating and to what degree they are engaged. How do you account for participation?
  • #8 Rather than have students complete something like a traditional 5PE or MC test, this is an opportunity to have them produce something that’s meaningful to them, that fits their community or personal learning environment, and actually takes advantage of the technologies that they’re using to communicate on an everyday basis.

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