In our tech inquiry project, we are planning to discover and learn more about assistive technology. To learn more about this, we are planning to research and interview outside sources. Throughout these blog posts, we will post weekly progress and ways we would use assistive technology in a classroom. By the end of our research we hope to have more knowledge about this topic and ways to use assistive technology in a classroom.
In our weekly EDCI 336 class I had the opportunity to video chat with Ian Landy the Principal from Edgehill Elementary School in Powell River. During the hour long video conference, Ian discussed formative assessment and what that looked like to him. I found the conversation to be very eye-opening in the way I think about assessment in general for a couple reasons. The main point being that report cards don’t show the full outcomes of student learning. For me personally, growing up with report cards and that type of assessment was the norm, and it was phenomenal to see it done a different way completely. The idea of E-Portfolios that Ian pitched and explained how it works in a practical setting made so much sense, and changed the way I look at formative assessment. Now, what are E-Portfolios one might ask? E-Portfolios are a type of assessment to create a better understanding of where certain grades are coming from, and the justification which is proved by adding student work, sort of like a showcase all in one place. The other focus of the conference call was how student engagement increased after implementing E-Portfolios because it reflected progress in student development, as well as the final product. I love how E-Portfolios focus on the individual learner instead of the class as a whole. After this video conference I am at ease knowing that there are educators like Ian Landy that are pushing everyday to create a better method for assessment.
The first week of training I wanted to focus strictly on teaching both of them how to sit. Beau and Theodore are seven months old and know sort of how to sit, but they still aren’t 100% sure what I mean when I give the command, so that was my focus. I started with Theodore because he is very food motivated, so with some good treats in hand I got started. It became apparent that he was a fast learner, and before I knew it he had mastered sit (with a little help from some treats!) Next was Beau, and I knew this was going to be more challenging because he is a very timid pup. Beau learning sit took probably double the time it took Theodore, but I didn’t give up and stuck with it. At the end of the week I realized they now both knew the command and the basic skill of mastering “sit” had now been complete!
After much thought and deliberation with my parents, I think the most beneficial and engaging inquiry for me is to train my two puppy’s at home! What better way to have an excuse to hangout with my pups for my school project? Throughout the next couple weeks I plan on training my two puppy’s, Theodore and Beau, how to sit, stay, lay down, walk well on a leash, fetch, drop it, and come. I plan on spending a week or two working directly on the new training skill, in hopes that by the end I can seamlessly integrate them with both puppy’s no problem! I have my work cut out for myself, stay tuned.
I just experienced my first Edcamp session. It was a super interesting and helped me engage with my peers. After the four groups were chosen, I decided to join the group discussing special education. I found it to be very informative and helped further my knowledge into the subject. My group of discussed a variety of topics which also included each individual learner and their specific needs in and out of the classroom. This is a topic I have many questions about for a handful of reasons. What designates each individual student? Why is there still such a stigma around having a different need within the classroom? These two questions weren’t solved in the Edcamp, but it is something I look forward to diving into in the future, potentially with my tech inquiry project! Overall, this was a positive experience, and I am already thinking of how I can incorporate the Edcamp style of learning into my teaching, and learning in the future.
Before I begin this journey, I want to make sure I’m choosing the right topic. I have a couple different ideas going and I want to investigate more, and also have time to think deeper and process exactly what I will be diving into. Below I will list a handful of possibilities, and a description of each. I plan on deciding by next week, so I can move forward with my inquiry.
Healthy Eating – Working on meal planning, investigating what healthy foods are and the benefits, and holding myself accountable by documenting my journey.
Fitness Journey – Working on different body parts and how to become physically fit, holding myself accountable by documenting my journey.
Puppy Training – Working with my two puppy’s and work toward certain training goals throughout.
Yoga – Teaching myself yoga, and holding myself accountable by documenting my journey.
The first class of the semester, I came away overwhelmed with all the new information and how this whole blog thing works. After a couple hours and a clear head I finally figured out how to figure it out! Here is to the future of blogging!My personal learning goals for EDCI 336 are simple. I want to have a better understanding for how to manage different platforms, and I also want to create a space where I can foster creativity with my future students. With that being said, I hope to develop my own skills and abilities. I’m excited to increase my knowledge in a safe environment with my classmates along the way. I can’t wait to see what this course has in store!
My first blog post! Ready to get this started!