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REFLECTING GROUNDS……………

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Summary of the project

GOALS-  To build a student -centred class with Technology integration in the learning environments.

Description: To lay an understanding of digital integrated classrooms and focusing on pedagogical changes in teaching by using technology integrated setting in the classroom environments and focusing on the true student centred learning which is created with technology by understanding education to new boundaries. To build in a way in which we can incorporate digital technology in everyday teaching.

To understand what blogging really means with the help of Edmodo which is a free online learning space designed especially for schools allowing children and the teachers to communicate with each other online. And finally  understanding the need of having a classroom website. Teaching and  analyzing that we need a proper mind set to take control of the content and to make meaning and creating knowledge from its multiple forms, styles, and, media.  

Target audience: Elementary teachers

Learning Outcomes-

Participants will;

Discuss the various patterns of teaching and learning which are seen in the field of Education.

Discuss pedagogical changes with technology integrated class.  

Learn different tools that can be initiated in the settings of the classrooms.

Learn strategies in using technology both in and out of the physical classroom

Discuss classroom management with blog and creating class website Weebly since it’s a free web-hosting service with a simple drag-and-drop web builder. Weebly is super user-friendly and supports basic features for blogging and embedding HTML codes.

Video Reflection : There was a sense of great achievements after finishing the workshops with the teachers as my motto was to help the entire school with the vision as per the needs of making teaching and learning to be effective than never before. As the motto of my NGO is NVLB (NO VILLAGE LEFT BEHIND) and we know improving quality of teaching and learning is the only way by ensuring that No teacher is left behind to finally leading to NCLB. There is a strong and evolving visions required where I find myself in a situation here I need to give in but at times succeeding to make it all happen. Surely I would say that this like laying the brick for bringing innovations in the field of teaching to the areas hard to reach.. If we will not change the traditional classroom set ups than we it will not be a Death by Powerpoint, but  it will actually be a Death of Educational practices  not reaching out to the rural child.

Introducing the concept of Blogging by   nurturing on the fact that Blogging helps in as to lay down creating a community of ripples as commented by Kathy Cassidy. Having a blog creates a community around our classroom. The articles, podcasts, images and video we post are like stones dropped into a pond. The first ripple in our circle of community is the circle of parents. Parents can watch their child’s blog and observe their child’s progress first hand. They don’t have to wait until our student-led conferences to see what and how their child has been learning.  The growth is obvious for them to see. The next ripple is the circle of the child’s extended family, friends and our local community. They, too can watch, encourage and interact.  Often, this circle includes students who have been in my classroom in the past and who come back to our blog to comment and encourage the younger students.

But the next question is as to why do we Blog. Victor Lee lays the grounds as per Jeff that after going over what Blogging really is, the next step in it is to ensure that we use it in a effective manner. Educators need to have their solid grounds to understand how to use this tool by benefiting it from the experience and in engaging in their learning process. A blog which is basically a Journal in which there is someone who writes and someone who reads it. The Blog allows the collaboration between multiple people and conversations which can be extended by evolving it right from an entry, then also bringing it back in the classroom for further discussions. At the same time commenting on the blog is also an important part of Blogs by pulling up our curtains of what our audience really is? Thus teachers to make children a critical bloggers by reflecting on

1. What strategies do you use in blogging?

2. How does blogging help you as a writer? As a reader? As a publisher?

3. What are some tips on how to proofread on a blog?

4. When you post how do you get the ideas to post about your topic?

5. What is your favorite blog, your favorite post, and your favorite comment and please give your reasons for your choices?

6. Has anyone given you tips about blogging? What would be the 3 most important tips you would give?

7. What is your favourite or the most interesting thing you like about blogging?

8. What makes you want to comment to a blog?

9. What is the worst problem you have in blogging?

10.  How does blogging help you in school or anywhere?

11.  How has blogging gotten better since you started?

12.  What is your perspective on blogging?

Whatdoesblogging mean to you?

13.  How have other people’s comments helped you in

blogging?

14.  What are some verbs you would use to describe

blogging? Some adjectives?

15.  What inspired you to do blogging? Do you think you will

blog later?

16.  How do you feel when you get comments?

17.  What have you learned in blogging?

18.  How does blogging help you make friends?

19.  How have other people’s comments helped you

in blogging?

20.  How did you feel when you first started blogging? Were

you nervous, scared, happy? How do you feel now?

21.  Does blogging help you learn more in writing and

language?

22.  What do you think of your blog?

23.  How has your blogging gotten better since you started?

24.  Is blogging a part of your life?

25.  How do you respond to other blogs (what sequence)?

 

What’s Next: To have meeting with the technology coaches of few other branches of the school. Apparently at this stage we have 122 schools running in various other locations. Though at this point I must say  that Reaching Out to them is going to require more persons understanding at my side of the graph which at least at this stage is not easy. But I am sure with time it will   become better but   not perfect.

To go step by step by

1. Professional development

1. Lead professional development for faculty, staff and administration

1. Just in time

2. 1-1

3. Small group

4. Monthly workshops

5. Bring in and facilitate the presence of outside voices

6. Create digital How-To guides and step by step tutorials

2. Present and share at local, national and international conferences

2. Life Long Learner

1. Practice what you preach: You want your teachers and students to be learners, you have to be the model.

2. Continue to take classes, attend workshops, conferences, meet with colleagues, skype with experts in the field

3. Avid reader of educational blogs, wikis, twitter, podcasts, professional journals

4. Stay abreast technology AND education trends and how they relate to student learning

3. Plan and Co-Teach

1. Plan regularly with classroom and resource teachers.

2. Be informed and able to reference curriculum across grade level

3. Support teachers by co-teaching with them, then let them fly

4. Teach

1. Teach at least one class (a tech club or after school activity) to keep it real

2. Don’t loose touch with what it means to teach real kids and not to just theorize about how teaching and learning should look like

5. Personal Learning Network

1. Create, actively grow and nurture your own PLN- local as well as global

2. BE a part of a personal learning network for others- (you get out of it what you put in it)

6. Model 21st Century Skills

1. Communicate and Connect with other educators (local and global) in order to Collaborate

2. Take active steps to make connection for your teachers and their students around the world to open the classroom walls

3. Write, reflect, and grow  on my own professional and school blog

4. Share resources on the blog and/or wiki

5. Create new opportunities for myself and for colleagues and students

6. Be flexible with curriculum or calendar related changes as well as guaranteed equipment failures

7. Be part of school’s Technology team

1. Participate in and make hardware and software purchase decisions

2. Participate in and make budget decisions

3. Attend Technology Committee meetings

4. Present to school board

5. Work closely with network administrator, media specialist and other team members

 

Must reads:

Blogs as web based portfolios

Nets for teachers

When I become a Teacher

Thinking stick

Effective BlogsEdublog

Kathy Cassidy Blog

Resource:

Technology facilitator job plan by Langwithches

 

COURSE 5 FINAL PROJECT……

 

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Well welcome to the Grand Finale. It is the right time to insert the video in the post for all to watch.

I think with great euphemism and a sense of achievement trespasses me after the end of the course. I think the Blooms taxonomy worked more than ever on me than on anybody else at this juncture. With great delight I am at the commencement of the project and though it is just a beginning as marked by my Coach, I am surely going to move ahead on the path of blocks. Well you must be wondering WHY?

Well coz the fact that I have changed my job profile to join at this point of my life and NGO and life is surely not easy or organised as it was back in AES. Well I am sure of one thing that this blog has definitely changed my profile and now will speak more by itself than a CV,not that at his point I am looking for one…but one never knows but until then I have promised myself to try my best in my place to cut the invisible handcuffs at times to thrive to EMPOWER FUTURE.

I am also inserting link for your comments. I really appreciate the invaluable time that you all take out to look at it.

 

Link for the assessment form.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

TO USE OR NOT TO USE …………..IS THE QUESTION

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As a part of our COETAIL COURSE final project evolved us to upload our own YouTube account and to make it public, but my hardest journey is that our administrators are still not Ok with using You tube in the Schools so I started doing my bit of research as to what choices I have on the platter other than using You Tube and then came across various others to use. Out in this post I am putting some choices which you would like if you are also sailing in the same boat as mine.I think the post by Endudemic has listed out great material for teachers to use in the classes but I have chosen a few out of them. 

Vimeo 

 This is one of my favorite one as it was used right from the start of the course. As it was created by filmmakers, Vimeo shows a very holistic and welcoming approach to video sharing. Vimeo tends to attract more professional filmmakers than other sharing sites; the video is of higher quality and the design. If somebody wants more inputs about the COETAIL, then don’t forget to watch these one available for viewing it. 

Current TV 

Current TV is a website that is also a TV channel, but unlike all other TV sites, that post their content from tv on their video sites, Current plays the content from their website on TV. 

TED 

I think TED has been like an oasis in the desert especially when I looked back the talk on Schools kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson.I think after looking at it inspires each n every teacher who still is teaching in the traditional set up to build up a change and to really pause and think as to are we killing creativity in our students? TED is unique in the world of streaming video, and it is brilliant in its own way. TED’s whole concept is to spread ideas, and to accomplish that, it has enlisted some of the most brilliant minds in the world to create “talks” about topics as diverse as Eve Ensler’s “Embrace your inner child”Murray Gell-Mann’s  ”Beauty and truth in physics” or Bill Gates’ “Mosquitos, malaria and education”  Also enjoy viewing 15 TED Talks for Teachers

Big Think 

Following a very similar style to TED, Big Think takes an interview approach to its video instead of a prepared talk. The most interesting theme for the educationist is the interviews and discussions by Howard Gardner

Blip.tv 

I think we all have come across Blip but what I really enjoyed was seeing a video on Gamification in Education. Mostly, the site consists of series of shows, much like television shows, with genres like technology, animation and a diverse group of fiction stories. 

Ustream- I think it is very interesting especially when one wants to view Wild Earth. There is lot of interesting stuff available to look and even upload.

BlinkX

This is great to watch as it covers themes on topics related to technologygamingscience and naturefilm and animation. 

  School Tube

 It is a website dedicated to the sharing of videos created by students and teachers. School Tube allows teachers and schools to create their own channels for sharing their students’ works. School Tube also provides excellent how-to resources, copyright-friendly media, and lesson plans for using video in the classroom.

 Teacher Tube 

It has been around for a while now, but I still run into teachers who have not heard of it. Teacher Tube provides user generated videos for teachers by teachers. Many of the videos have teachers sharing lesson plans in action. Some videos are simply inspirational. And other videos don’t have teachers or students in them, but contain educational lessons none the less.

 Teachers.tv 

It is a UK- based website of videos for teachers and about teaching. Though it has now closed down but there are links for the teachers to get connected with to view for all grade levels and even teaching practices.

 Next Vista

 A nonprofit, advertising-free video sharing site run by Google Certified Teacher Rushton Hurley. Next Vista has three video categories. The Light Bulbs category is for videos that teach you how to do something and or provides an explanation of a topic. The Global Views video category contains videos created to promote understanding of cultures around the world. The Seeing Service video category highlights the work of people who are working to make a difference in the lives of others. 

 

 Academic Earth 

There are videos for individual lectures and entire courses from some of the top universities in the United States. Visitors to Academic Earth will find lectures and courses from Yale, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford.

 Snag Films

  Snag Learning are great places to watch full length documentaries from producers like National Geographic for free. Snag Learning provides a catalogue of educational films that are accompanied by classroom discussion questions.

 How Stuff Works

It is again a video site that I have spent hours exploring at times because I was sucked in by the quality of the educational content.

 Viddler

There is a service that I enjoy using because of its integrated in-video commenting system. Viddler also allows you to record videos directly to the site through your webcam. 

 CNN Student News

Great one to choose for showing highlighting a handful of stories. The stories covered by CNN Student News range from old to contemporary  news topics and how-to stories appealing mostly to students to light and fun stories. CNN Student News provides printable maps and a daily news quiz to go along with each episode.

 Untamed Science

It offers a collection of videos and podcasts about biology and Earth science topics.

 FORA.tv

It is similar to Big Think in that it presents videos relevant to topics in the news and in the public conscious today. The videos feature well known personalities and experts talking about the important issues of the day.

PopTech 

It is a conference similar to TED that features leading experts from a variety of fields sharing their knowledge and passions.

The History Channel and the Discovery Channel 

They both offer a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their respective television networks.

  

  

There is a  collection of videos featuring experts sharing knowledge and how-to tips about the topic of their fields of expertise. MonkeySee.com, like many other video websites, has channels or categories. The channel most useful to teachers and students is the Careers & Education channel.

 Europa Film Treasures

Again it  is an online archive of classic European films. The films in the archive can be viewed for free on Europa Film Treasures. You can search the archives by dates, genre, and country of origin, production method, and director.

  Explore.org 

It produces and hosts high-quality documentary films and photographs. The films and images focus on exploring the world and the work of non-profit organizations around the world. The section on endangered animals is great to see. 

 I like websites whose names say exactly what they offers. Free Video Lectures is one of those sites. Free Video Lectures is a library of more than 18,000 video lectures from more than 700 courses offered by some of the world’s top colleges and universities. The library of videos can be searched by subject and or university. The video sources are a mix of YouTube and other providers. Many of the videos are available for free download.

 Kids Tube

There are video sharing hosting and sharing site designed for hosting content produced by kids and content about kids. Kids Tube monitors all submissions and monitors comments left on videos. To encourage students to develop their videography skills, Kids Tube holds weekly videos submission contests. The contests are arranged around a theme and one winner is selected by the Kids Tube team.

ESL Basics

One of the learning site that provides short video vocabulary lessons for beginning and advanced ESL students. For teachers, ESL Basics has a small collection of suggestions and ideas for teaching ESL. ESL Basics is adding new content on a regular basis.

 Art Babble

There is a video website designed and maintained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The purpose of Art Babble is to provide a place for people to learn about the creation of art, artists, and collections through quality video productions. Visitors to Art Babble will find videos related to many forms of and format for art.

 
Math A Tube

  It is a compilation of videos from a variety of users and other websites. Videos are categorized by mathematics topics and sub-topics. The videos demonstrate everything from basic addition through Geometry. The videos on Math A Tube are user-generated so some videos are better than others.

 The Kids Know It Network 

Cool one it has educational interactive games and movies intended for elementary school students. The Kids Know It Network hosts a number of animated videos explaining and demonstrating concepts especially the science ones are really amust watch.

 The Futures Channel 

One of the channels  to the rescue of Math teachers who are constantly asked the question, “when are we ever going to use this?” On the Futures Channel there are many lesson plans and lesson ideas relating math (and other subjects) to current “real life” situations.

  Wired Science 

There are hundreds of videos addressing a variety of science and technology topics. In addition to the library of videos, Wired Science, has great articles and lists of science resources.

Brightstorm

It is a provider of online study materials for mathematics as well as ACT and SAT preparation. The ACT and SAT preparation materials are not free, but the mathematics tutorials are free.

The Week in Rap

It is produced by the same people that produce Flocabulary. Each Friday The Week In Rap posts a weekly news summary in the form of a rap music video. The videos cover stories from national and international politics as well as sports and entertainment news.

 WatchKnow 

Intrestingly it has bank of resources for the teachers to use and I totally enjoy going through Language Arts Educational videos which are free to use.  Though there is vast variety available on different genres. 

I think after viewing all of them my mind became a little settled that even if my administrators are having all negative notions to use You Tube in schools there are lot others to use in the classrooms which are more OK for viewing in the class scenarios. Though we all know that closing out something is not the solution, but to ingrain Digital Citizenship is the right way to move on.

 

 Resource:

http://edudemic.com/2012/08/best-video-sites-for-teachers/

 

 

COLLABORATION CONTINUUM….

 

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  I think when I was asked to assist my tech expert I started doing my research work as much as I could and then came across a post by Kim the Collaboration Continuum and got myself connected to it thoroughly as we are always going over the Reading and Writing Continuum in Language Arts. It made me visualise that I needed to reflect the need of pre and post assessments and to carry on the path to dwell on consistent professional development and the emphasis on learning and assessment. Like Jeff commented that it takes a rock to start an avalanche I think joining COETAIL program has been like that to me.

Though I realized that my major roadblock was the fact I also had to introduce lot of new concepts to the teachers to gear up their understanding and made full use of first introducing them to various links to dabble and them to learn at their own pace till we finally met for the workshop All these sites I have put forth are just few to lay the basics for Digital integration in the classroom.

Social Learning

These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.

Edmodo: Teachers and students can take advantage of this great tech tool, as it offers a Facebook-like environment where classes can connect online.

Grockit: Get your students connected with each other in study sessions that take place on this great social site.

EduBlogs: EduBlogs offers a safe and secure place to set up blogs for yourself or your classroom.

Skype: Skype can be a great tool for keeping in touch with other educators or even attending meetings online. Even cooler, it can help teachers to connect with other classrooms, even those in other countries.

Wikispaces: Sharing lessons, media, and other materials online with your students, or to let them collaborate to build their own educational wiki on Wikispaces.

Pinterest: You can pin just about any image you find interesting on this site, but many teachers are using it as a place to collect great lesson plans, projects, and inspirational materials.

Schoology: Through this social site, teachers can manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators.

Quora: While Quora is used for a wide range of purposes, it can be a great tool for educators. It can be used to connect with other professionals or to engage students in discussion after class.

Ning: Ning allows anyone to create a personalized social network, which can be great for both teachers and students alike.

OpenStudy:Encourages students to work together to learn class material by using a social study site like OpenStudy.

ePals: One of the coolest benefits of the Web is being able to connect with anyone, anywhere. ePals does just that, but focuses on students, helping them to learn languages and understand cultures different from their own.

Learning

These educational tools can help you to make lessons fun, interesting, and more effective.

KhanAcademy: Many teachers use this excellent collection of math, science, and finance lectures and quizzes to supplement their classroom materials.

MangaHigh: MangaHigh offers teachers a wealth of resources for game-based learning in mathematics.

FunBrain: If you’re looking for a great collection of educational games, look no further than FunBrain. On it, teachers can take advantage of fun tools for math and reading.

Educreations: Educreations is an amazing online tool for the iPad that lets teachers (or students) create videos that teach a given topic.

Animoto: Animoto makes it simple to create video-based lessons or presentations for the classroom and to share them with students or anyone else.

Socrative: Available for computers, mobile devices, and tablets, this student response system engages students through games and exercises on any device they have on hand. Even better, teachers can easily assess student progress and track grades.

Knewton: Adaptive learning has been a hot topic in recent months, and with Knewton it’s something that any teacher can access and use. The site personalizes online learning content for each student according to his or her needs.

IXL Math : On this site, teachers can take advantage of a wide range of math learning games, giving students practice while they have fun.

Lesson Planning and Tools

Use these tech tools to pull together great lessons and design amazing and memorable student projects.

TIM- An excellent website to integrate technology in the classroom with lessonplans.

Teachers Pay Teachers: Have great lessons to share? Looking for something to add to your classes? On this site you can do both, selling your own class materials and buying high-quality resources from other teachers.

Planboard: Make sure your lessons are organized and that your day runs smoothly with the help of this amazing online tool designed just for teachers.

Compfight: A site to be used for downloading the photos for presentations.

CC Mixter: A site to download free music for building up presentations.

Prezi: Want to build presentations that will wow your students? Make use of this online tool that makes it simple to do all kinds of cool things with your lessons, even allowing collaboration between teachers.

Wordle: Create stunning word clouds using Wordle, a great complement to language lessons of any kind.

Quizlet: Quizlet makes it easy for teachers to create study tools for students, especially flashcards that can make memorizing important.

GoogleDrive: Through Google Drive, teachers can create and share documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on student-created projects.

YouTube: Not all schools allow YouTube, but they are missing out as the site contains a wealth of great learning materials for the classroom. There’s even a special education-focused channel just for teachers and students.

TED-Ed: TED isn’t just a great place to find inspiration anymore, the site also contains numerous videos that are organized by subject and can help you to teach everything from how pain relievers work to Shakespearean insults.

Glogster:Glogster is a social site that lets users mash up music, photos, videos, and pretty much anything else you’d like. It’s a great way to create learning materials and a handy tool for creative student projects.

Creaza: Want to bring your student projects into the 21st century? Creaza can make that possible, offering tools to brainstorm, create cartoons, and edit audio and video.

 All these links help in staying connected, and to be more organised and help in increasing students learning by making it feasible to enjoy the process of teaching and learning.

Evernote: Capture great ideas, photos, recordings, or just about anything else on your Evernote account, access it anywhere, and keep it organized. A must-have tool for lesson planning.

Twitter: There are so many ways Twitter can be used in education. Teachers can connect with other educators, take part in chats, share their ideas, or even use it in the classroom to reach out to students.

Google Education: Google offers a number of great edtech resources for teachers, including email and collaborative apps, videos, lesson plan search, professional development, and even educational grants.

Dropbox: Easily store, share, and access any kind of data from anywhere with the easy-to-use and free Dropbox service.

Diigo: Diigo lets you treat the web like paper-based reading material, making it simple to highlight, bookmark, take notes, or even add sticky notes.

Apple iPad: One of the most widely used, though expensive, tech tools being used in today’s classroom is the Apple iPad. With a host of educational apps being developed for the device, it’s become a favorite of teachers and students alike across the nation.

Aviary: Aviary is a suite of tools that make it easy to edit images, effects, swatches, music, and audio or to create and modify screen captures.

Jing: If you’re teaching kids about tech or just about anything else, a great screenshot program is essential. Jing is one great option that allows teachers to take screenshots as images, record up to five minutes or videos then edit and share the results.

Popplet: You and your students can use to  brainstorm ideas, create mindmaps, share, and collaborate.

Google Earth: From geography projects to learning about geological processes, Google Earth can be an amazing and fast way to show students anywhere in the world.

SlideShare: With SlideShare, you can upload your presentations, documents, and videos and share them with students and colleagues. Even better, you can take advantage of materials that other have uploaded as well.

LiveBinders: Like a real-life three ring binder, this tech tool allows you to collect and organize resources. Much better than a binder, however, the site also comes with tools to connect and collaborate and a virtual whiteboard.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREPARING FOR LANDING………

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Aha moment is reaching to its destination. As I find myself reaching in the last lap of the COETAIL course I am constantly cutting down the leashes as my job became as a Tech Coach to the teachers coming from the rural background. It almost made me feel as if I have climbed the Mount Everest as I had found myself grappled in the situation where there has been constant pressure to make full use of the resources available and also to bring up the quality of the teachers so that finally as we know that our main goal is to improve the student learning as much as we can. 

 I do not think that it could have been ever possible without the guidelines of our “COETAILers MASTERS”.I thought that by I would be able to manage EAL class along with taking over as a Tech consultant for the Elementary teachers but that was almost inevitable as I also needed to travel down to our main office which is up in the hills. My plan shifted on step by step to initiate the thought process of my co-workers to enjoy and understand the world without walls to them. The most positive step which made the whole past months interesting was the yearning and the sheer confidence that they had on me and  their eyes were full of positivism and a deep desire to make the IMPOSSIBLE to I’m POSSIBLE like the old  Nemo in the ocean. 

My careful planning was to ensure by going back to the NETS for the Coaches and to be as much available to the teachers round the clock, well thanks to operation called BLOGGING and I was reading time to time the posts and found myself in the shoes of as Jeff mentioned in his posts  COETAIL, Softball, and Apps and  the need to balance out. I feel so enthralled to the fact that I am a tying up all the loose ends and cannot fathom that the journey to be a part of the group has been at times successful failures now I can categorically say that it has been only after COETAIL that I could take over confidently my job not only as Tech coach along with EAL expert.

I have managed to connect with other teachers teaching in the world thanks to twitter along with my Face book account. I have been able to exchange ideas with the teachers who were working with me almost six years back. Earlier we would find ourselves professionally connected only by exchanging mails but now we off hand exchange personal and professional stuff at the same time to be on Facebook. There is a special bond connected with it than ever. I think we are learning from our Digital natives.

My approach to learning and experiment has speeded much more than ever. I find myself occupied reading more about COETAIL bloggers along with Jeff’s and Kim Cofino and not to forget the Langwithches Blog. My days of being called a Tech expert are GLOWING than ever before.

I must admit that I am worse than my own Learners as I procrastinate of doing things on time so that I can help them better but when it comes to my submission time, I still have more posts to finish and the deadline is almost there.

Along with course coming to end there is somewhere a thought in mind if we could keep asking our Coaches to help even later. By collaborating an sharing and understanding thereis intangible  knot between us and our Coaches and at the same time I hope we keep our connections stronger than ever coz as we know that the only thing that remains constant is change.

I think the best part of this whole process was that we encouraged and pushed others to make our teaching and learning practices without any boundaries to dive in the ocean and coming out as snorkelling experts of touching and understanding and at the same time to ensure that we need to teach right ways and methods to sift and to learn to choose what is best suited and appropriate to our needs.

I am at the same time reflecting back at our learning’s. I have understood that Blogging has been one of the quintessential elements to be a 21st century teacher. I love going over with my Blog to my teachers as it helps in practicing role modelling to them. I am surely making my digital footprints stronger than ever.

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REFLECTING ON COURSE 4 AND MOVING TO 5 (BELLS RINGING)

 

 

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Reflecting as my COETAIL COURSE 4 is now coming to an end I am remembering the days when I first started on the first one, I just dived in the pool not knowing where I was leading to. In my mind there was a lacuna which all the time made me wonder if I would be able to do justice to the COURSES that I will undertake in the coming time. Even now I was not able to vision that my undergoing this Course will tantamount to a level where I will be one of the mother of the goose in my learning environment. The feeling to share and collaborate with others and then authentically move on with it in the classrooms has been a victory in my teaching career. There has been great findings and I have just picked venturing into new innovative learning and teaching methodology. Not to forget the fact that COETAIL 4 and 5 are definitely the roller coasters and winding all what we have learnt over the time. The experiences and thoughts and crossfire’s of learning each and every perspective with each and everyone having their viewpoints is the whole essence of renewing our Education system.

I could not help just to make another YouTube though a very short and picking up just a few out of the whole Pandora Box.

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I have felt moved and pushed at times to understand the in depth of the whole scenario and though we were given just few readings to go through. I am sure we all read much more and enjoyed understanding more. I cannot at this time not mention as to what Jeff wrote about Really? It’s my job to teach Technology? Yeah for sure he had pointed that he wanted to put forth that Remember should come last in that “Oh do you remember when we created….” sort of way while discussing about Blooms, And to add to put in his quote that

“The crazy thing is if we focus on skills that we want students to have we will hit a lot of different technologies and expose students to a lot of tools that once they leave our schools they will be able to use in their life moving forward. It is not about making every student have the same standard set of tools; it’s about giving them the tools they need to be successful in whatever they decide to do after their formal education is over”   Is what I totally gel with.

Now as far as the project to undertake in my Course 5 is what I am dabbling between the two units one with going on with making additions and changes in the

*Personal Narrative Writing I which I can refer to the Jason Ohlerand work my way through.

*Poetry Unit as that I will be doing during that time.

I am challenged in some ways that probably it may not turn up to my expectations or I would make a smooth transitioning from not embedding technology viably and hoping that my learners would be more satiated by there whole learning process. I am sure this whole would need more commitment and also to ensure that all the nuts and bolts are tied up properly. But then who is worried as we say to our learners that Its OK! to make a mistake. We only learn from them.

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FROM BYOD to UTDA (USE THE DEVICE AVAILABLE)

 

 

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I remember when I was in the sixth grade that we started to have computers in the schools, and there was a sudden commotion and sparks in the whole school and from the top to the lowest level, there was always a drive to peek in the lab and check on as to what was happening.  There was an air of discipline and structure that eventually though with more flexibility and the relationship improving between the Educator and the learner has changed, but so also the number of tools in our hands. Though with times when I started to teach we still followed the same system of sending off the students to the computer labs and relaxing during that time and would just once in awhile check out as to what they had learnt in the class.

Then there was a gentle shift in the education paradigm from first getting laptops in the classes and arranging the place of keeping them in the carts and moving them back in the pod area. Then there came the invasion of smartboards in the classes and then integrating digital cameras in the lessons and using flip cameras for recording, from animoto and even voicethread in the ESL lessons. The exhilarating experience to work with the technology coordinator in the regular classroom was definitely great, not only do we teach, but we learnt a lot from each other, communicated and exchanged ideas.  Then reaching a point where there were discussions about the BYOD program.

But there comes the hard part when I changed to a traditional set classroom where I found myself staggering and wanting resources for the smooth running of the teaching methodology that I needed in the learning environment. I am glad to still be a part of the metro and able to teach the students from the rural towns. But times have changed even here and convincing the top management to meet the needs of the future my hopes are high. When the whole world is carrying the mobiles in their hand whether rich or poor there are gadgets available which can be in the budget too. 

 My learners are using both laptops and desk tops. We have just managed to get tablets for them to use. They use digital cameras, and I do the recordings and even try and make them explore on I-pads. But for sure in both the arenas that I have discussed above classroom management techniques has to be followed carefully so that we can enjoy the technology in the classrooms. But one thing remained similar which was of handling the tools wells. I think what became suitable in my class was from BYOD to UTDA (Use the Device Available) so I have divided them in groups in which each group gets to explore and share devices and I am glad that I have help with my tech support for carrying on my lesson but I overall think that moving on and embedding the technology in the lessons has been a great one.Though we keep hoping that we are able to meet the demands of the twenty first century classrooms I wonder if I am able to do my best ? With lots to learn and lots to move on with we educators hope to make a difference for the better.

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INFUSION WITH FUTURE EDUCATION

 

 

 

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“The only thing that is constant in the world is change” is one of the best quote that has had a profound impact in my life .When I started to listen to Dan Pink video, I was more than connected and found my relevance to what he was saying, as it showed and talked about the changes and decisions purposely taken by me. First it did talk about the fact that I am right now living in India and if you happen to go to the rural side 50 dollars or 60 does make a difference in the wages and the salaries of a person as there are many who live in the level of as we call it BPL(below poverty line).Then at the same time I was privileged enough to be the part of AES community  for and then moving on  to provide  my time and services  to the Women rural Empowerment Program. Though this I knew for sure would not be an easy task but the satisfaction to see that one can deeply change the life of people who are underprivileged is more than words can tell. So not only am I glad to learn and to be guided well with the plethora of knowledge and learning that I have got by being a part of the COETAIL community at the same time to actually see it happening to touch “the future of Education” in rural parts too. 

When someone ever questioned me as to what do I do to earn   for  a living then my first reply to them is that  I am an ESL  teacher and  the cynical looks that I get tells me more to what they really want to convey. Though, my inner voice is thoroughly embraces  to be a part of Education sector as I guess nothing else can be as good as this, and with the change of trends in Education and future  it has given me the power to relish and cherish the whole scenario of Education. I poignantly explain that thankfully the times have changed from one textbook to be done in the class with limited resources available in hand to opening the doors of knowledge by gaining and engaging in the world without walls and to experience change by collaborating and sharing the power that technology has embedded in our lives in a great way is truly motivating. With so much information, we need to teach students better research and selection skills, and with the content available on the net there has been a shift in by,  teachers are  recording their lessons ahead of time, putting readings, videos and questions on wikis or blogs, and having assignments available so that sick or students away has something to gain of what actually might be happening in the class. 

I am truly in agreement with the learning theory for the digital age where George Siemens who in his conclusion reiterates that the he pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses.

Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism does provide an insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.

Times have changed and thanks to Professional Development, I am inserting one of my COETAIL blogger who has gone under detail of various resources and links available for the Educators to embed it in the path of learning .Still when we do know the fact that we keep meeting different kind of people every day. One who want to learn and unlearn and the ones who really want to do it only if pressurized or if they are getting any material gain. Thankfully I belong to the category where I realize that I am a Digital immigrant who wants to blend in with Digital natives for Empowering future. 

When I started of my journey with Multdisciplinary Studies with SUNY,my first course was to learn more about teaching individuals with exceptionalities in Regular Classroom which I enjoyed a lot but when I started with my COETAIL courses I was having a daunting feeling in my mind as to will I be able to do my bit. Although I am not going to say that I am at the top of my learning’s but to learn and then enabling to teach even to my co-workers has been truly reverberating.  Now I am trying to be more innovative and technology driven in my centre, pushing our administrators and heads to pull out funds to get technology in the class has taken time and is still challenging in its own way, but step by step and hand in hand we will try to make the world just a little bit better. Thanks to the MOOC and University of the People, I have started passing the word around to the ones who want to learn and get benefit without paying much is like trying to work on the goal which is in the track of “MISSION EDUCATION” with envisioning  the future of education technology.   

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The Flipping Way


 

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I am truly engaged and enthused by “flipped classroom” model. Though to get a strong footing and understanding will actually take a while. The article by Daniel Pink where he writes about Karl Fisch as he has flipped teaching on its head to my first words as HOW COOL! .Teaching profession as for now truly undergone a stage of self renewal.

Interestingly the way Daniel puts it where the teacher used to stand in front of classroom as a sage on the stage, taking over the topic and clutching them work as homework during class time, the teacher will stand at the front of the room and talk about the day’s topic to give lectures in the day and home work at night “ It has ever thus and ever shall be”.

 But I am glad to the fact that there have been changes at work and to move on the pedestal of Flipped class which would be hopefully a successful one at my end. Though the Khan Academy has some great examples available on the net, my list of readings and going through the various sites and blogs about the Flipped classroom model has been more than I visualized.

Overall, I am now getting more inspired to create my own videos and to personalize them. Although, when I went over with the reading that the model is inherently flawed, I do start pondering over the other side of the Flip. To reflect over as to what but when I went over with the article of what Flip is and what it is not it reaffirmed the doubts that I had and it closely went into the depth of it.

 

The Flipped Classroom is NOT:

  • A synonym for online videos. When most people hear about the flipped class all they think about are the videos.  It is the the interaction and the meaningful learning activities that occur during the face-to-face time that is most important.
  • About replacing teachers with videos.
  • An online course.
  • Students working without structure.
  • Students spending the entire class staring at a computer screen.
  • Students working in isolation. 

The Flipped Classroom IS:

  • A means to INCREASE interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers.
  • An environment where students take responsibility for their own learning. 
  • A classroom where the teacher is not the “sage on the stage”, but the “guide on the side”.
  • A blending of direct instruction with constructivist learning.
  • A classroom where students who are absent due to illness or extra-curricular activities such as athletics or field-trips, don’t get left behind.
  • A class where content is permanently archived for review or remediation.
  • A class where all students are engaged in their learning.
  • A place where all students can get a personalized education.

 

I managed to build my little footprint of what I have learned about the Flipped Classroom model with rest of my group.And to my enthusiasm I have manged to get through them and they are going to help me for the final project,although to be clear and precise I did it in my Prezi account.

 

 From then on we in our meetings started to streamline as to where all we can make flip work.  We have far too many suggestions but we will eventually not rush it out as we have not experimented on it.

 

To compel us to do more in uploading videos in YouTube videos and vodcasts for students to view at home and then practice the skill is one of the sure shots. It will definitely be beneficial in the aspects of teaching Vocabulary, Grammar and reviewing the elements of narrative writing. I would also want to try meaningful collaboration authentic and hands on activities which engage learning like game-based learning and Project based learning  like ESL techies and Jeopardy which  are helpful in propelling learning especially when we keep in mind the Differentiation and also linked with Higher Order thinking skills. There has been another web sites like Sophia and Flippedclassroom model ,TED ED have been a good help for guide for understanding reverse instruction. Finally I can end

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Knock Knock Tim I am Embedding!

 

 

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I remember when  I started with my first blog post with COETAIL COURSE 1,I wanted to embed the YOUTUBE  video in my blog post and that was one of my first question with Jeff that what should I really do to EMBED it in by blog. And I think I have rejoiced the whole process unknowingly I didn’t know that I would be in the journey to seamlessly connecting technology with classroom instruction in COETAIL COURSE 4.

I truly do believe in the fact now that we have to embed technology in the root level  by using it in with tools, skills, standards, classrooms Outcomes. Surely by just having a fascination to use tech tools in the class is not the only thing to tell the world, but to embed it in the learning environment and so much so that we start to feel that it becomes a part of our body, if we really want in the true sense to be as discussed in the SAMR model. I liked the video that Tim Holt had in explaining the SAMR model.

 

I liked to read more in Maggie’s blog in which she discusses the model as a way for quality learning by comparing it as a black forest gateau in which learning environment, curriculum, instruction and assessment- each layer is important and adds to the entire cake and one cannot leave one layer out of the whole. There is no doubt that technology has changed the whole aura of teaching in the schools. If managed well it has strengthened in a long way the teaching and the learning environment by bonding well with the learners. The myriad resources of the online world have paved the way by enthusing and marveling the tech tools with embellishments widening the scope and the joy of empowering education in today’s world.  So Teachers are we ready?

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After going through the TIM  and examining the matrix in which the highlights are in five learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed, authentic and collaborative and associating these with five learning environments with five level of technology integration

Entry

Adoption

Adaption

Infusion and

Transformation level is by creating a matrix of twenty five cells.

I find myself more dwindling between adoption and infusion but I guess I have planned to go more beyond with the help of my colleagues to help us reach the stage of Transformation stage. So I am still not embedding well.

I used the matrix and read the exemplars of what tech integration looks like at each of the five different levels in my classroom. After doing this I would have to say I am not as integrated as I thought I was. The matrix was very helpful in to see where I am and what my next steps should be by clearly working on the steps of an embedded learning HUB. The videos at each level of the matrix, in different subject areas are crystal clear. As far as I am in the school set up things still can be over towards transformation though my services there have changed to halftime. But in the service learning project where I am trying to be a Coach a lot has to be done from gathering proper resources and putting things in shape, but I will not give up. Thanks to COETAIL.

So, now after looking at this matrix I am finding myself thinking of how I can embed tech better in my learning environment. So Hey TIM!  Open the door.