Between this weeks #edtc300 class and the readings and TedTalks provided it was a real eye-opener. The first resource I looked at was the TedTalk, The Price Of Shame. This TedTalk was given by Monica Lewinsky and the effects of complexities of digital identity, digital citizenship, and our culture of constant documentation and the ways it affected her life. The culture of constant documentation almost destroyed her life. Her private life, pictures, and conversations were made public and were criticized in everyway imaginable. This would be one of the most extreme cases because of her circumstances. In her TedTalk she mention Tyler Clementi. Tyler Clementi was a young male who took his own life after an intimate video of him was posted online. Amanda Todd is another example of this. These three people are all victims of cyberbullying and our culture of constant documentation. None of these people deserved how they were treated and it wasn’t their own postings that they were criticized on.
In the cases of Monica Lewinsky, Tyler Clementi, and Amanda Todd the complexities of their digital identity and digital citizenship were destroyed by other people and cyberbullying and weren’t able to recover from it.
One of the suggested article I looked at was The IRL Fetish. This article talks a lot about how often students spend online. It is an everyday occurrence and is growing everyday. It connects to our culture of constant participation.
One article I looked at was Voices from the Classroom: A peek into the amazing things students are doing with technology. This article was given by the perspective of a current teacher who teaches a technology class and she says in her article she talks about teaching students about digital identity and how to be safe online. I think that it is really important as teachers to teach your students about digital identity and how to create a positive online profile. As we talked about it in class, it is important to speak from experience and t ‘s why it is important for us now to create a positive digital identity.
Another article I found is The complexity of Digital Identity. This article talks about building your digital identity and building it for future employers. It discusses marketing yourself. It also touches on the culture of constant documentation as it talks about how even if you delete things they are not always fully deleted.
I believe the most important thing for a teacher to teach their students would be how to be safe online and how to create a positive digital identity. In the classroom you could have conversations like we did in our last #edtc300 class about the negative posts and the consequences of those actions. As teachers it is our job to help students understand a negative post can have consequences and to help students understand how to make a positive impact instead.
This week was very tough I’m not going to lie. Like most of you there was lots of homework, tests and work. I found it hard to find the motivation to bring myself to work on my learning project. I decided that I just wanted to learn something that a kind of fun, so I decided to learn how to sign Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Yes I realize that it may be for children but it was something a little different and something that allowed me to learn something this week without adding to much more stress to myself.
In learning how to sign Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I found quite a few videos on how to do it. I found it interesting how they were all a little different but overall were pretty similar. The video that I learned from seemed helpful and seemed to be similar in some words that I had already learned.
Another video that I looked at seemed to be good but it probably would’ve been better for younger children. This video provided me with a website that would be helpful for parents or teachers with young children trying to learn how to sign as it is geared towards children with things like games and song such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
I also wanted to learn a couple practical things and looking back at my lovely classmate Kendall’s previous post, she posted a very helpful video that showed how to sign the months of the year. If you remember I mentioned how I was struggling to find a good resource with how to sign the months of the year so the video that she showed helped! Along with Kendall’s post I found a helpful website that provided flashcards of how to sign the months. Although I’m still struggling with the actions of the months I’m going to attempt to show you guys what I’ve learned (Next Week)!
Before I started my CBSL I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous about starting my CBSL experience when I heard what it was all about. If you recall I am working at SCEP which is a therapeutic training and play Centre. Most of the students that go here are students with either learning or behavioral problems. My initial impressions were that the students wouldn’t want anything to do with me and that it might be a bit of a challenge to connect with the students. In a way I was correct and in a way, I was wrong. Some students wanted nothing to do with me as they have their favorite staff and are pretty connected to them. Some students really enjoyed my presence and wanted me to play and work with them. Each time I have volunteered I have seemed to bond with a different student. I have become more confident each time I have volunteered. One thing that kind of surprised me was how willingly some of the students wanted me to work/play with them. One of my greatest areas of growth with my placement is realizing that you can’t always please everyone and you can’t let it bother you too much.
With this CBSL experience I have learned many things. The top three things I have learned are:
1. It is sometimes best to give students space if they are upset rather than trying to talk to them right away. When students are upset they don’t want you constantly asking them what is wrong but would rather have some space.
2. Its okay if students don’t want anything to do with you sometimes. Students wont always like having you around especially if you are telling them they are not allowed to do something.
3. You can’t always please everyone. Not everyone will be happy with the decisions you are making but you can’t let it affect the way you teach.
Two connections I have made are:
1. Once again the importance of a strong support system for students.
2. Another connection I made was how making school enjoyable for students can help them want to actually come and participate in the classroom.
One question I still have is how can we help students with an unstable home life overcome that adversity and want to come and succeed in school.
The last couple weeks I have been working on learning how to sign some common words. While I still have a lot to learn with just common words I plan to continue using the MSH Dictionary to work on these common words I also have decided to learn how to sign some common phrases. I found this YouTube video that provides some common day to day conversation and also provides how to sign the answers to those questions.
This week I looked at MSH Dictionary and at the category for manners.
Check out my videos to see what I learned this week!
I used the site Start AlS to find some phrases for my learning this week.
Next week I’m going to continue working on common words as well as more common phrases.
The first thing that I learned about through this week’s reading was about women and administration. On page 193 of the reading it is said, “Currently, more women than men complete advanced degrees in educational administration, yet their numbers in administration positions overall are disproportionate to their representations in the field of education,” (British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, 1996; Gill, 1995, 1998; Reynolds, 2001). I found this interesting even though more women than men have higher schooling more men are in the administration roles. I have often noticed this throughout my own schooling, especially in high school, as most administration in schools I attended were all men.
Another thing I learned in regards to Academic Freedom on page 208 in the reading it is said, “As employees of a school district, which is governed by provincials regulations and curriculum requirements, teachers are not free to teach whatever content they want. In universities, professors are recognized as having academic freedom, which means they are able to teach their classes the knowledge they consider to be most important and worthwhile, even if these ideas are controversial or unpopular.” I think that this shows in how in university how even if two people are taking the same class with different professors the students may learn different things depending how what the professor finds important.
One last thing I learned is about how some schools are often giving a new teacher a sort of orientation to help them. I found this interesting and thought that it was a good thing because at least the teacher would feel more comfortable with their new job and allow everyone in the school to be on the same page.
One connection I made can be related to one thing I learned as well as my own school experience. On page 194 of the reading it is said, “For instance, women are more apt to hold assistant positions (vice principal or assistant superintendent) than they are to hold chief positions (principal or superintendent). They are also more apt to hold elementary principalships that middle or high school principalships,” (Wallin, 2005; Young & Ansara, 1999). This is very relatable to my own school experience as the only time I had a female administration was in elementary school. All of the high schools where I grew up had an all-male administration where there is more female administrators in elementary schools.
Another connection I made was about the evaluation of teachers. I think that this is similar to how students are being evaluated. Both teachers and students are evaluated on their performance. I think sometimes students forget that teachers are also being evaluated have they do have more things in common then you would think.
One question I have is how come there are more male than female administrators is females have more education?
During class this week we were asked to put our names into google to see what we could find. When I put my name into google I wasn’t too surprised to not find much about myself in the top results. When I was younger my parents often didn’t let me have social media accounts when all of my friends had these accounts. I often felt a little jealous that my friends were allowed to have these accounts and I wasn’t. When I got older I never had any interest in getting these accounts. I guess if someone was trying to look me up I’d be one of those people others would think something was up. I often thought about how I wanted to become a teacher and often thought about how it would be best to stay off of social media but in taking this #edtc300 I now realize that, that is not the case. Since starting this class I have being trying to build a positive online presence for myself but I now realize this will take some time.
When I put my name into google it tried to get me to auto correct it to “Rebecca Romney”. Just putting my name into google there was nothing that came up on the first page. When I put “Rebecca Roney Moose Jaw” into google somethings came up on the first page but they were from several years ago.
I don’t have a Facebook account so I can’t find myself on there.
Twitter tried to correct me to “Rebecca Romney” as well and I was able to find my Instagram account even though I haven’t posted anything on their in probably two years.
When I put “Rebecca Roney Moose Jaw” into google I found a Prezi I created two years ago, my EDTC blog was the second result, and then I found newspaper articles from several years ago, as well as my twitter.
Obviously when somebody looks up my name I would want my twitter and blog to be the top results. If somebody was to look me up today they wouldn’t find much about me. I realize that it will take awhile to build my digital identify but I believe that work is worth it!
This weeks readings made me realize that our lives our changing and how our phone and social media are playing a large role in our lives but sometimes don’t tell the whole truth. I would want to share professional growth and development on my social media and try to avoid sharing too much personal information.
From both the resources this week we are able to see how the culture of participation has changed. From this week one thing I took from both is the connections that can be made online. From the Wesch video we see how far technology has come. The example provided is the Numa Numa video. We saw how the video became a trend and how after one person created a video, many others created a video. One thing that I can think of is other trends. When I think of these trends I think of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge that was meant for a good cause and then there’s things like the Kylie Jenner lip challenge that doesn’t really serve a purpose. People use the connections to relate to people all around the world. People participate in the challenges to relate to others and to feel connected.
With Alec’s presentation I found a lot of statistics very crazy, in particular the statistics of how so many children have a digital footprint before they are even born. I found it crazy how many fake accounts have been created using both pictures of himself and his family. I think through Alec’s presentation we saw both the positives and negatives of online presences. You can see by example of Alec’s children how advanced children are with technology. I found an interesting article that you can read here about how students nowadays are born into the world of technology and it’s in their nature.
The Wesch video discusses the beginning of the technology and how far technology had come. We can’t even imagine how far technology will change throughout our careers and how much it will change for our students, classrooms, and schools.
For my future classroom this means that students will be more connected with each other and people all around the world. I think that while this is a good thing it can also cause some problems that would need to be addressed to make sure students are safe online. I think that for my future classroom it will mean that all my students will have a digital footprint and that they will be fully immersed on the internet. I think that students will have a better understanding of what is going on in the world. I think for schools in general it will require a lot of change to become more connected. I read a news article that discussed how classrooms were going on virtual field trips. I think that schools will be able to experience so many new things. I think that this new culture of participation will allow schools to have many new possibilities for assignments, projects, and presentations. The way students will be able to learn in the classroom will be more in depth.
Looking at both resources this week one think that kept popping into my head is watching older TV series now. One of my favorite shows is Friends. Through watching Friends now you can see all the technological advances. The start of the series had no technology and gradually through the series they got the ginormous computers and then they started to get the large cell phones and then finally the phones got smaller and smaller to be something we would actually consider a cell phone.