The major project component of EC&I 832 that I chose was Option 2: Personal Journey into Media. Of the different avenues to travel for this assignment, this particular option seemed to be the most relatable for me. Gaining a solid understanding of the digital world and of the apps and programs that our students use regularly is something that I consider and undervalued element of digital citizenship and media literacy. What are the students (including my own children in the…Continue reading
THE Summary of Learning
CHALLENGE: Comb over three months, get it down to as close to 5 minutes as possible Not necessarily an easy task. I know that I did not do justice to all of the content, presenters, Dr. Couros, and the great work of all of my EC&I 832 classmates. In no particular order, here are some aspects of this activity that I really enjoyed: review of the content – so many interesting and important things to consider; readjusting my lens –…Continue reading
Permission Does Not Mean Obligation
I would like to start by giving credit to Dr. Paul Clarke for the title. Not that EDL 819 hasn’t stuck with me, but te phrase that he used has been applicable so many times since hearing it. What comes to mind when you think of ethics? For me, the first choice is the culminating event of Billy Madison’s academic decathlon where he must outperform is nemesis Eric for control of Madison Hotels. Obviously, and not just in part to…Continue reading
TikTok. Who’s there? Me. Kind of.
Getting into TikTok has been a slow moving process. I cannot stick a pin in the exact reason of my hesitancy towards the app, but I have some ideas… preconceived thought that TikTok is for young people; another excuse to be engaged with my phone – I am not actually looking for more reasons; not really interested in creating content, which limits the function of the app; the lack of digital literacy instruction in the classroom (so far) making me…Continue reading
How do you know so much? Easy. I’m a teacher and a dad.
Thinking back ten years, I had taken the torch of my father and his father. I was a proud third-generation watcher of the news at supper! I would scan the newspapers while waiting in line at the grocery store. News talk radio was thumping in my car, no matter how far away my destination was. That was then, this is now. The early morning news is the last chance that I will have over the next fifteen hours to where…Continue reading
It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better
What a conundrum for this week’s post – what exactly is, or should be, the teacher’s role in educating students about digital citizenship? Much like any other emerging need in education, there seems to be this tug of war between society’s needs and what education can do to attempt to meet it. In the middle of this challenge are educators and time. Do not dismiss me just yet, as it sounds like I am going to rant about the plight…Continue reading
The Struggle… continues
This week saw a real battle between life and my level of commitment with this class. I like a good battle, just ask my opponents in any sport, my kids, or my wife. This is not the kind of clash that appeals to me though. Again, I had difficulty finding the balance between IRL Bart and and learning about responsible, relevant, and respectful use to technology in the education arena. Now that we are a month into class, it is…Continue reading