In the last class of this semester in EDCI 336 we started by finishing the last of the tech presentations, which included place-based education, coding, podcasts, GarageBand, and FreshGrade. I found all of these presentations very informative and helped me dive deeper into topics I was already curious about, and I found it was worthwhile. The presentation I found most interesting was FreshGrade because assessment is something that has peaked my interest throughout this course. It was something I want to look into in the future because it is something that is being reconsidered in the education system now. Even after working with coding during the presentation, I still have many questions. The one takeaway is that the basics of coding are much more simple than I originally thought. Overall, each of the presentations I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’m really impressed with my peers. The presentations took up most of the block because we had five different showcases. After the presentations wrapped up we went straight into a brief overview of augmented reality. I never thought of augmented reality as a teaching tool, but after watching a quick video of how it can be used as a learning tool in chemistry it became clear. The remainder of class was a brief discussing about HP reveal, QR codes, and an app Skitch. HP reveal is an app that you can create an ora to a number of words or objects that can be linked to different websites for further information. I had previous knowledge on QR codes, but I never thought of them in an educational sense. It was fascinating to hear about different ways to use them as a teacher: bulletin boards, worksheets, and professional development connections. QR codes are very assessable and help direct someone to a deeper understanding of the topic. Lastly we touched on Skitch, and it is an app used to blur faces for privacy reasons, and it seems very useful going forward. I had a blast coming into every lesson this semester knowing that I was slowly growing so much in my own tech abilities. I am going to miss this course, but I will try to keep up on technology myself.
This week was focusing on video editing, audio editing, and screen capturing and I really enjoyed diving in completely and absorbing all the information I possibly could! After getting through a worksheet relating to video editing, and playing with iMovie I learned some basic video editing skills that I will take with me for years to come. The next thing we tackled in class was working with GarageBand to play with different audio files and edit different clips. Both platforms were quite different, but after getting used to each of them they were pretty user friendly. Screen capturing was the main takeaway from the class for me personally because I see the benefit to bring it forward in my future classroom. I believe screen capturing is a great tool to create different resources for students to learn and grow themselves, and as a future educator I want to be able to facilitate that in my classroom. I found this EDCI 336 class the most informative and it was the one I got the most out of thus far. The skills that I didn’t have background in before, are tools I can take forward with me into my teaching career.