“Survival Kit” MOOC Unit 4 Challenge

The next challenge in the MOOC is to create a “teacher survival kit” in case something were to come up and the students need to continue learning but the regular plan is not possible for whatever reason. I used Padlet to design this survival kit for US Government. I focused on collecting resources that would be applicable to most if not all of the course and are delivered in varied formats (text, games, podcasts, videos). For each of the resources, I designed a different learning activity that could be accomplished during the class period; I also varied the formats of those activities. The thought being, this survival kit is then flexible and practical. The link to it could easily be posted on our classroom LMS or a short link to it could be on the emergency lesson plan and then written on the board for the students to easily access.Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.09.13 AM.png

MOOC – Unit 3 Reflections

This unit’s challenges, exploring a digital teaching theory and learning more about student digital footprints aren’t really changing how I approach my teaching, rather, they affirm it. I will continue to use Bloom’s verbs when designing learning activities for students of all levels, and will strive to push them to the higher order thinking skills. I will also always reflect on how I am using technology (SAMR). I love the things that the internet, webtools, and a device can allow our students to do beyond basic research and paper writing, so it has become second nature for me to push the envelope and design what I hope will be engaging, meaningful and rewarding learning activities for my students of all levels.

Regarding the digital footprints, I will continue to remind the younger students that I work with that posting is permanent (I always liked this video, some might think it is a bit hokey and I know it was published in 2008, but it sends a powerful message). At my current school, we are working on digital citizenship curriculum and these reminders will help remind me of the importance of our work. Finally, for the graduate program I work with, we will continue to keep this subject in the curriculum, work to update the information, and keep the conversation going with the educators who participate in our program as learners.

Digital Footprints – MOOC Unit 3

Since I am not currently teaching a class, my English Teacher friend agreed to ask his class to take the MOOC’s short survey on their digital footprints. All of the students were either 15 or 16 and ten of the students self-identify as he, 6 as she. Overall, the results weren’t shocking, but a few things did stand out more than others.

The first point that really stood out was the age at which they first joined a social network. 14 of the 16 students joined their first social network before they reached 13.

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The second point that stood out was that 15 of the 16 students use both Instagram and Snapchat. Additionally, I knew that students are leaving Facebook, but this was more than I thought. The same trend is looking like it is happening to Twitter, and in this group, just under half use Twitter. I should have added Spotify on the list, I’m guessing many would have said yes to that one.

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I was also surprised at the mixed results on how many students send photos of themselves, or don’t, on a regular basis.

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With all of the above, the biggest surprise, or perhaps better stated: disappointment, for me was that not all of the parents have talked with their children about internet safety.

Screen Shot 2018-03-07 at 2.19.39 PMI know my husband and I are hawkish about protecting our little guy’s image and digital footprint, but we will also be talking to him about being safe online, not just ensuring physical safety where possible, but thinking from the start about one’s personal digital footprint.

Digital Learning Theory – MOOC Unit 3

One summer almost 25 years ago, my employer brought the entire middle school faculty together for a workshop led by a woman from Florida. Our focus was exclusively Bloom’s Taxonomy. We created Bloom’s cards, Bloom’s Sheets, and for years, I LOVED my Bloom’s verb sheet (sort of like this one) to help with lesson planning. I even shared Bloom’s verb sheets with future student teachers and grad students.

Flash forward to about 12 years ago, I wanted to design something that merged the Blooms Taxonomy levels with digital tools. I got busy, and Andrew Churches created a masterpiece. I love Andrew’s work (and am sad that Wikispaces is closing, I hope Andrew has a migration plan for his work!!)

With this background, and since I’ve spent a lot of time with SAMR and TPAK while teaching grad school and design theory was a big topic at a recent conference I attended, I decided to go back to Bloom’s and see what I could design for Unit 3’s first weekly challenge, creating a mindmap capturing six concepts relating to the (digital) learning theory.

Using Canva, I created the background design, then I exported it to Google Drawings, where I added the branch text, graphics, and hyperlinks. Any of the underlined text in the drawing is hyperlinked as are most of the images. I’m having issues bringing the drawing with hyperlinks into this post, so please click here for the interactive mindmap.

Overall, it was an interesting exercise, I really liked finding and exploring some of the original publications about Blooms (1956) and the first revision (2001). “Official” content on the conversion to “Digital Blooms” was a little more challenging to find.