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EDIM 508 Unit 5 Summary Posting

Student Publishers
Ive enjoyed reading your discussions this week. I hope that the readings have
better opened your mind to the way students connect outside of the classroom and
to the content they create and share.
Id like to highlight some thoughts from this weeks discussion.

Amy- Another way to help students gain a deeper

understanding of topics skimmed online would be to utilize more problem based learning
opportunities for students. We know that they can quickly grab facts and data from
online resources, but how can we get them to think about this information on a deeper
level? I think we have to set up situations for them to inquire, test, collaborate, and
problem solve, then give them ways to showcase and teach others. Technology can be and
should be used during the entire process. Thinking about the SAMR model when planning
instruction can be helpful for teachers as well. :)

Angela- Moving forward, I'm thinking about

ways to tie in some reading comprehension lessons,

perhaps about character traits or point of view, into
more of a social media-like context. Though I teach
third grade, and I'm not aware of any of my kids using
social media independently, I think it's pretty important
to teach and model positive social media habits.

Catherine- When using technology to create

something I have found that for my class it's usually only done for a homework
assignment, not something of their own accord. They are still of the age where they do
a lot of creating with things around the house, legos, playdough, or other art
materials. Even their writing is mostly done pencil/paper even with having the option to
do it on the computer. I don't know if this is the students' choice or whether or not
the parents are limiting this because they feel students should use old school
methods. My students interact with each other just through play and sports usually. It
doesn't even seem that when they get together they do a lot of digital media.

Hannah Personally, my district often discourages teacher social media sites as it

blurs the boundary between personal/school life, and there are some legalities with
online publishing that can complicate matters. This is a big reason why I have not used
Twitter or any other social media in my curriculum, although I feel we are missing out on
a potential way to greatly relate to and influence our students!

Jessica- I really do feel that incorporating

technology into a presentation, lecture, project does

help keep the interest of the students' piqued. I know
my students always perk up when they see me opening
up Youtube, or using my projector. My students have
also scored better on tests in 7th and 8th grade
general music when I had digital presentations, videos,
and even projects for them to use. This tells me that
for most students, they are getting a deeper
understanding of required content in my classes.

Kathryn- Moving forward, I would like to use it

more to allow students to collaborate and and create together and utilize the learning
apps available. These apps would definitely appeal to the gaming mindset of some of my
students. I haven't really noticed a huge difference in gender reception or success with
these activities. For the most part, my students are all just so excited to use this
because it is often the first time they are able to participate in something like this.

Kevin- By creating a clear goal, and sharing our goal with our students, both

teachers and students are on track to arrive at the appropriate destination. Now, as
educators, nothing I am saying is foreign. However, I emphasize this knowledge of
instruction because we as human beings thrive on efficiency. We put great effort into
finding the easiest ways to accomplish difficult tasks. After all, technology exists on
that very mindset.

Kheila- I think that we can encourage students to use platforms they are

already comfortable with to share content knowledge. Many of our middle school and
high school students use twitter as a way to share out information and to connect with
"experts". Our elementary students use a class twitter page to connect. This early use
allows them to become informed digital citizens. Students of all ages can form
connections with students from around the world. This technology knocks down the four
walls of the classroom and allows students to gain new knowledge and perspectives.

Krista It's great that students are able to use the latest and greatest to do

just about anything, but can they have face to face conversations and build meaningful
relationships? Can they problem solve with a team? I suppose the list goes on, right? I'm
of the mind that technology doesn't matter if you can't do these things successfully.
Maybe someone could argue that technology can do these things for you (???) but I will
never change my stance on the importance of human contact.

Lindsey- Their desire, passion, and sometimes need for that constant social

networking is a teaching opportunity. While its important for us to teach them how to
network face to face, its also important for us to take something they do on a daily
basis and show them that its also a great way
to learn. The use of Google Classroom,
classroom blogs, Edmodo, and even Twitter and
Instagram are great avenues to allow students
to have monitored academic discussion using

Michelle- I believe the answer to this

is that teachers must be very careful to ensure that technology is being used to enhance
and complement their teaching, not replace it. We must engage our students in
collaborative conversations, class discussions, and written assignments which foster
analysis and thorough examination of the material.

Requiring students to compare and contrast information gleaned from multiple sites, and
teaching them to evaluate the validity of their sources is also an important way to
ensure that they are thoroughly examining and comprehending what they are learning
from digital media.