Calling all remixers!

I began the next course in my MAET journey this week – CEP811! I am so excited to be starting another class and to have the chance to further develop my educational technology knowledge. 🙂

We explored the concept of remixing this week, watching videos and reading online all about the remix culture and thinking about it in terms of our own learning. For our “create” activity, we created a remix using Mozilla Popcornmaker about one educational buzzword – I chose “lifelong learning”. We had to deliver the essence of the buzzword to our audience in one minute or less. Lifelong learning is something that I have always felt very strongly about; I think it is important for everyone to continue learning, even if they are not in a university or taking a class. I think we all have a personal responsibility to further our education, on our own terms and by our own means. The big thing about lifelong learning is that it is completely VOLUNTARY – no one is telling you what course to take or what to do. It is purely student-driven, and that definitely contributes to your level of engagement and motivation within the learning aspect.

I absolutely loved how creative I was able to be with this project and with Popcornmaker. I enjoyed seeking out media (video and images) that were protected by the Creative Commons – while it took me longer to find what I wanted to use, the fact that I was building on someone else’s idea along with my own was very empowering. Talk about furthering the power of education (and the idea(s) behind those buzzwords!). However, I was definitely frustrated when shortly before completion, I “previewed” my remix to see what it looked like full-screen and discovered my video clips wouldn’t work. After searching online, tweeting Mozilla, seeking out help from course instructors, and forcing myself to walk away from the laptop for a short amount of time… I discovered that the videos would work as long as I was using Firefox. That being said, if you wish to view my remix, try using Firefox first. I can’t guarantee what will happen with other web browsers – they may work, they may not. The video clips may delay their start, so sometimes they get cut off before they are finished. However, you can feel free to watch it multiple times to see if that makes any difference. 🙂

You can view my remix here. Enjoy!

(embedded link: https://whitneycornelli.makes.org/popcorn/2e1q_)

References:

Cornelli, Whitney. (26 October 2014). “Lifelong Learning”. Retrieved from https://whitneycornelli.makes.org/popcorn/2e1q_.

Fryer, Wesley A. (28 October 2013). “Good Teachers Make A HUGE Difference – and PD is VITAL!” [photo]. Moving At the Speed of Creativity. Retrieved from http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/10/28/good-teachers-make-a-huge-difference-and-pd-is-vital-video/, retrieved further from Morrison, Rebecca. (5 December 2012). “Education Plus – collaborating” [photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/csd-stl/8803690296/.

Krebs, Denise. (10 October 2013). Life Long Learning [photo]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/10191190673/.

Lindemann, Bill (Director). (2012). Lifelong Learning Academy – Dr. D. Terry Williams [Weekly Public Access interview show episode]. In Keith Roe (Producer), Monday Night Live. MI: Monday Night Live Production Company.

Listenman2. (28 August 2011). Explosions In The Sky – Your Hand In Mine (wstrings) from Friday Night Lights. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/listenman2/02-explosions-in-the-sky-your.

Manning, Lauren. (29 February 2008). “Classroom” [photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenmanning/2318943806/.

SkillsYouNeed.com. (2014). Lifelong Learning. Retrieved from http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/lifelong-learning.html.

Tribe, Michelle. (28 September 2008). “Water Drop” [photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/greencolander/2894619515/.

A final reflection

I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by – I’m already writing my final CEP810 blog post. This week we were asked to reflect on the course and what we have learned about teaching for understanding with technologies. This course really opened my eyes to all that is possible with technology, yet it has also shown me how much more there is to learn about teaching through technology integration.

One of the most important concepts from this course that I will forever carry with me through my teaching is the idea of being more deliberate with my choice of technology and WHY I am choosing it. It is so important to instill a sense of urgency in your students. They need to understand not only how to use the technology, but why they are using it in the first place. Without a sense of urgency, our students are simply using technology just to say that they’ve used it. Our students will begin to make progress and grow as independent learners and thinkers when we help them to see and understand the specific reasoning behind why we teach with, and they learn through, different types of technology.

I’m left wondering what kinds of opportunities will be available for our English language learners in our classes. Will they understand our sense of urgency if they do not understand our language? How can we use technology (aside from Google translate or other translating websites) to build bridges between those students and their families, to help them feel more connected with a school environment which they may not be accustomed to yet? Right away this makes me think of our TPACK activity and I definitely understand the importance of re-purposing our tools before handing them over to our students. What other opportunities exist for our students who do not have access to technology at home? How can we help them to be successful in an environment where their peers hop on the iPad after homework is completed? What resources exist for teaching the parents of our students about these incredible technology programs? Sharing my knowledge with the families in my classroom is something that I am determined to accomplish. I want to make sure they are just as up-to-date as I am.

I can’t wait for the rest of my journey through MSU’s MAET program. This has been an incredible course, and I hope you’ll follow me as I blaze my own trail on the technology front!

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(photo credit – http://www.flickr.com/photos/dekade/2191566819/)

Cooking with TPACK – It’s peanut butter jelly time…

In CEP810 this week we were introduced to the TPACK framework – technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge. It’s a lot to think about, but without all three working together, you aren’t fully equipped to work with your students from a technological standpoint. It is not enough to give them a tool – you must show them how to use it, and why it’s important.

We were asked to complete a quickfire activity in which someone would pick tools for us and give us a task to complete with them. My husband picked a dinner plate, cereal bowl, and spoon, and pulled “make a pb&j sandwich” from the choices for me to make. You can see from my video that the tools he picked for me actually worked quite nicely! The spoon made it easier and quicker to spread the toppings once they were on the bread. I didn’t need to use my bowl (though it could have acted as a cover if I wanted to leave it out on the plate for a while, I suppose). The dinner plate was better than my other options in the cupboard (saucer, soy sauce dish, etc.). This activity really showed me that there is more than one way to do just about anything. You shouldn’t limit yourself to what you are used to doing. It is definitely worth it to take a risk and try something a new way!

When I think about my teaching, and the students in my classroom, I think about all of the times that we work with technology. I want to make sure I am more deliberate with my explanations as to why we are using a certain program. I want to instill a sense of urgency in my students so that they will see the importance, too.