I Feel Old
I’m turning 40 this year, THE BIG 4-0, and although I don’t think 40 is particularly old, when it comes to technology, at times, I feel absolutely ancient. I remember the very first time I tried the internet. I remember the year we got a Commodor 64
for Christmas, and the excitement of buying our families first microwave. I remember my dad and uncle fighting over which technology was better, VHS or Beta, and my uncle saying “Beta was the way of the future.”
The Times they are Changing
So here I am teaching in a classroom where every student has a laptop to use during class, and 99% have cellphones at their fingertips. They are on Twitter, and tumblr, snapchat, facebook… in all honesty, I really don’t have a clue what forms of social media my students are using. Technology is changing so quickly it feels impossible just to keep up.
The last class I took with Dr. Couros I was able to take so much away from the course, in regard to technology, that I could implement into my classroom. The knowledge that I gained helped me grow as an educator. Now that I am implementing so much more technology into my classroom I am hoping that this course helps me to gain a better understanding of digital citizenship.
My Project plan
Considering my earlier admittance, to at times feeling ‘digitally old’, I decided the project for this course would be a great chance for me to expand my digital media literacy.
So for the big project I am going to focus on looking at some of the different forms of social media that my students are using. I am going to focus on Snapchat and Facebook for the more social media aspects of the project, and I am going to focus on Seesaw and Flipgrid for the more accademic aspects of the project.
Teaching high school and having a 17 year old son, I see teenagers on Snapchat constantly, but I know very little about the actual app. Although Facebook is something I am fairly comfortable with I am interested in looking at it from a more critical lens.
Both academic apps, Flipgrid and Seesaw, I have had the opportunity to use a few times, but in reality I know very little about them, how they work, and how I can incorporate them into the classroom. I’ve used Flipgrid for university classes and some inservices, and Seesaw as a parent.
The Puppies, because who doesn’t love a good puppy pic??
Just to increase the awesome factor of this blog I thought I would share some puppy pictures of the puppies that were born during class on Tuesday.