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Week 10

It’s been a while since I last posted… We have been doing a lot of presentations and group work in class the last couple of weeks so it wasn’t relevant to posting here as much. IF you’re interested the lesson I did is linked under the assignments section; it’s a Bio 20 lesson on the digestive system that integrated technology.


So this last week we also did presentations but talked about social media in the classroom.

We did a google docs for pros/cons in class and it brought up a lot of really good points for both sides so I decided I should link it for you all. Here you go!
Pros and Cons for Using Social Media in the Classroom 

We also linked in some articles that talked about this debate and I just thought I’d highlight my favourites for both sides. If you haven’t had time to check out the google docs, here’s the links to two articles that sum it all up pretty well.
Article for pros of social media
Article for cons of social media 


Class notes Week 4!

We talked about SAMR ( Substitution -> augmentation -> modification -> redefinition) model that talks about levels of thinkings; similar to Blooms but different
Video: Overview of SAMR model (if your going to watch one video, watch this)

Key questions to ask:
– What Will I gain by replacing the older tech with the newer tech? [Substitution]
– Have I added an improvement that can not be accomplished at the lower level?[Augmentation]
– Does this new modification fundamentally depend on the new technology? [Modification]
– How is the new task uniquely made possible by the new technology? [Redefinition]

SAMR model video – How to use tech to get to the upper levels of thinking; don’t just use tech as a tool to replace pen and paper. It wants you to push students to a level of thinking that redefines what they know – learn from an author through skype about their book and get their thinking started that way for example.

Video on how to apply the SAMR model – a teacher who graduated from Harvard talks about how to feel comfortable and use tools in order to make the SAMR model work. Some key points:
* you don’t always have to be in the upper levels of thinking – it’s ok to have teaching that enhances learning while also having some that transforms knowledge
* what could you do without tech to get them into upper levels?
* make it a learning experience that changes it from something they would do personally to something they would do socially. Tech can help to bring things that were once inconceivable into the classroom.
* teach students how to take charge of their own education; tech can help you do that easier .

Website blog post with info on SAMR and EXAMPLE LESSONS (from 8 different subject areas, pretty neat)! 

Video: The impact that SAMR model has – why it’s useful and a good model to use; tips on how to start out
*not everything you try at the upper levels will work out, but that’s normal and you’ll learn from it
*as tech rapidly changes, we have a rapid array of possibilities that open up



Microsoft word – using tools like thesaurus, text-to-speech, etc.
Google drive (used at a basic level)

Google drive (used at a high level; conversation boards and more)
Skype conversations
Interactive blog/website made by students where they interact with others
Biodigital human