This image is of my name typed into a Word document with the suggested spelling of my name. I included it to show that no… my name does not have an H in it! and also to demonstrate that this might be why I was able to easily find myself on the first page as Stepan (no H) is not a very common spelling for my last name.
Results for Googling…
Click on the link or the picture to view the screencast I created (with Jing) on my “google me” results. (Thank you to Kendra K who I got the idea from to create a screencast rather than just screenshot!)
As I explained in the video, I was not surprised by what I found when I googled myself. What I did not mention was my previous feelings about my digital footprint. I wanted to be unsearchable… mainly because I was afraid of posting anything that might affect me in the future (not that I ever post anything crazy).
I also “YouTubed” myself to see what I would find.. Here are the 3 videos I have uploaded. Not much on there at all!
Hopes for future Googling…
More of my work in the classroom being found – perhaps with a classroom blog (original.. I know) or with work that my students have done in the community (a major goal for me is to have my students out in the community doing things that “matter” to them and others).
Communication with George Couros
After watching last week’s live session, I tweeted this to George (but forgot to add the #ecmo355, woops!)
I just watched this video, and although the purpose of the video is to promote this furniture, I was more excited about the design aspect. As they explain, creating these products requires input from furniture designers, mechanical engineers, and a hardware company.
Essentially, very cool engineering and design ideas. I could see myself setting up my students with such a challenge.
For this tech task, we are to find a way that we want to use QR codes and then make one.
I had many ideas about what I could do with this:
- When sending out invitations, create a code that links to a site where people can RSVP. (But I don’t have any events requiring invitations at the moment)
- Have my students create a QR code that links to their “about me” page of their blogs (which my students will have once I have my own classroom… always dreaming). They would put this QR code on the front of their daily bell ringer books so I could easily access each one. (But I don’t have a classroom yet)
- Create a QR code with my location on it and tattoo it inside my dogs ear for if he gets distracted by a squirrel and takes off… (good idea.. wouldn’t want to implement it though)
- Create a QR code to put at the top of my syllabus at the beginning of each semester so students and parents can easily access my information/website/e-mail etc. (again don’t have a classroom yet).
- Create a QR code that links to an interesting science YouTube video. Again, as I am always thinking about education and how I can use resources in the classroom, I picture myself doing this with fun facts or other material in my classroom as something to get students “going” for the day. (again…. no classroom)
Because all of these (especially the dog one) didn’t pan out as ideas I could use (ever).. or just not at the moment, I decided to create a QR code that links to a page of my blog where I will have resources I have collected for the Science 10 Saskatchewan curriculum. For my post-internship science class, I am presenting a collection of resources that can be used to teach the Science 10 curriculum. As part of my presentation, I plan to hand out the QR code that links to this page so my classmates can easily find the information. I will be presenting this on March 28th so I will post an update after that, detailing how it goes! So stay tuned…
In my search for uses for QR codes in the classroom, I came across this periodic table of videos. Each element has it’s own QR code that links to a YouTube video. The science nerd in me loves this!http://www.flickr.com/photos/periodicvideos/5915143448/sizes/o/in/photostream/
For this tech task, we were to create a blog post from our phones.
Last Thursday in our Ed science post-internship class we had a Biology teacher join us from one of the high schools in Regina. Although the main reason for him coming to speak to us was to discuss the new science curriculum (which is super exciting), I find myself thinking more about one point he brought up about assessment. He suggested that there (possibly) won’t be structured units in the section of the curriculum that he is writing and this may act as a gateway to getting us to think of different ways of setting up our grade books.
Rather than having something like this:
•20% daily assignments
We would have a grade book that puts a different weighting on each of the outcomes so we are directly assessing each outcome and stating student understanding of each outcome:
-Science 10 example-
•10% explore motion related technologies
•15% investigate human impact on ecosystems
Now, for science 10 there are currently 20 outcomes that would need to be individually assessed which seems a bit overwhelming. This can be changed by grouping like outcomes together and creating meaningful projects for these. I personally like the challenge that this would bring, as it would force me to think in depth about the connections I can make.
I think that setting up our grade books in this way challenges us to meaningfully assess our students’ understanding and it allows us to reflect back on specific areas of strength and weakness both in our teaching and in our students.
Furthermore, assessment with more of a focus on outcomes gives us more of an opportunity to use various assessment strategies that don’t have to “fit” into a predefined category.
I look forward to the challenge of setting up my gradebook in this new way.
This is something very cool! I decided to create 2 of my own recipes using this tool:
First: if I post to my blog, it will tweet the title of the blog post and a URL link for it. (We’ll see how it works when I post this!)
Secondly, I found many new tools through this site (Zootool, Pocket and Box being my favourite … for now). I am trying out 2 of my new tools with a recipe I created that saves a link for me to read later when I bookmark a page and tag it as Education. I think that this will be useful as after I bookmark something I often forget about it. This will be the reminder I need. Also, Zootool is a visual bookmark site (rather than list) which is perfect for me.
My favourite YouTube channels that speak about the science of the world we see around us (and a bit of other interersting stuff!):
Love the way all these channels have videos that can get students (and me) thinking!
Do you have some favourites that I should subscribe to???
I have started building my about.me page… check it out!
I love the idea of creating a one-page intro to who you are. It is a great way for students to introduce themselves and get connected. I imagine using something like this near the beginning of a semester to get to know students and also to teach them a bit about their digital footprint… using the web wisely.
Click on the image to view the video.
This video is extremely powerful and should be shared with students. Shows the power of our words and reminds us that we should use them to help those around us… not take them down.