Learning from Place

Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing is an article that discusses the importance of learning from place. This article is based on a research project dedicated to “Mushkegowuk Cree concepts of land, environment and life in Fort Albany First Nation”. There is a story of youth, adult, and elders going for a trip down the river. On this trip is where the people learn the meaning of traditional territory and everything that contains within.

From this reading, I can see the river trip as a whole being an example of reinhabitation and decolonization. As they go on this river trip, all the people are revisiting and reclaiming location that hold a traditional territory significance that they are learning about. During this process, the people are diving into reinhabitation. Reinhabitation aims to “identify, recovery and create material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments” (pg. 74). In the essay, the elders share that a river is more than just a body of water. The river holds emotional, physical, and spiritual meanings. The river is also used as a way to remember the people that one has lost for the river is used as a cemetery. This powerful moment in the article is a part of decolonization. Decolonization aims to “identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places” (pg. 74).

This article gave me a deeper understanding on how something as such as the environment can have a much more deeper meaning to some people. This article shares that there are some knowledgeable facts that are more important to other students. Knowing this, when I am a teacher I should keep in mind that knowledge just is not found within textbooks and the curriculum. Information can be found in within our community and environment. There is no limitation when it comes to knowledge and learning. This reading helped me understand that.

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Openness in a Classroom… Wrong or Right??

This weeks debate topic was, “openness and sharing is unfair to our kids.” On the pro side is Ashley Osachoff and on the con side is Dryden Clark. During the prevote I voted for disagree, I never really thought about how openness could be so bad for students.

So during the prevote Ashley had 11.1% of the class on her side… ouch! Throughout the debate Ashley made some very good points that I didn’t think of. She changed the mind of some of my classmates, including mine. The post vote resulted in a 50/50 split!! Way to go debaters!!!

PRO SIDE

This picture above is from Ashley’s debate video that she created. There are a lot of eye opening points throughout this video. I never really realized that students themselves never get asked for their consent. I remember being a student and if the class was watching a movie that needed parental guidance, there would be a note going home to get my parent’s permission so I can watch the movie. But never was I asked if I myself wanted to watch the movie. It was always “ask your parents” not “is this okay with you”. For me personally, I was always okay with whatever had to be done, but I am sure there were students that didn’t want to participate in something but they didn’t have a say in it. Sure, a child could stand up and say they don’t want to participate but when we are continuously having to get our parent’s permission, it takes away the thought of us having a say as well.

In Kerry Gallagher‘s article, Teens speak: Should students publish their school work online?there are great reasons as to why student’s work shouldn’t be so open for everyone to see. Gallagher’s reasons are under two main points: Keeping work private & Publishing for the world to see. I don’t know about everyone else but when I post my work online, I take pride in it. For the most part, I put a lot of time and effort into my assignments that will be posted online. With technology being so handy now a days, it isn’t hard for people to just copy and paste someone else’s work. Posting assignments gives people more chances to plagiarize and then a student’s hard work is no longer their own. Educators also need to think of who can access these assignments. A stranger can figure out a students name, age, gender, location, etc. This can lead to something very scary and unsafe. Technology makes it so easy to access almost anything and everything. To prevent danger in our students lives, it would be best to leave them off social media.

CON SIDE

The photo above is from Dryden’s debate video and it states some benefits from sharing a student’s work online. In a way, students gain confidence when they see their work posted online. When a student’s work gets posted online, it is like the student is getting the teacher’s validation of their work. When I was in school the teachers wouldn’t post our work online but they would share a students work in front of the class. It would make students feel good, but I am sure if there was student where their work never got shared, they wouldn’t feel as good. Sharing assignments online also gives the parents of the students a chance to see what they are doing in school. If parents have access to their child’s work they will have a part of their child’s schooling. It will give a chance for their parents to help their child with homework when they have access to their notes, examples, assignments, etc.

Brian Gatens connects openness and trust in his article, Openness Yields Trust in the Classroom. Openness and trust are important components within a classroom. Openness invites the opportunity to strengthen relationships with students, teachers, and parents. To strengthen relationships you need the sense of trust. Trust in a classroom is a necessary gateway for learning development. Trust creates a safe and knowledgable environment for the students, teachers, and community. Openness and trust go hand in hand when it comes to the classroom. Students need to trust the teacher that they are creating an appropriate digital footprint for themselves. With the trust that is given, the teacher is able to create openness within the classroom.

CONCLUSION

Like stated above, the post vote results was an even 50/50 split. Just like the votes, that is where my mind is at with this debate topic. I see a lot of benefits to sharing a student’s work online but I also see cons to that as well. What another great debate this EDTC 400 class had. Again, another topic I cannot decide on.. hahah

Until next time,

Miss. Lorenz

 

Everything Can be Googled… Teach it Anyways!?

The topic of this weeks EDTC 400 debate is “schools should not focus on teaching things that can be Googled”. Supporting the “pro” side was Sydney McGrath and supporting the “con” side was Aurora Lay-Street. Entering this debate I right away disagreed. I just think it is impossible to make up a curriculum with things that cannot be found on Google. Everything can be Googled now, but that does not mean that teachers are not needed.

Prevote Results:

89.5% voted for disagree and 10.5% voted for agree! I was not shocked by these results and I am surprised there were votes for agree. EVERYTHING can be Googled now, and it is impossible to find something NOT on Google. If schools were to focus on teaching things that cannot be Googled, there would be nothing to teach.

Post Vote Results:

After the debate, 73.7% voted for disagree and 26.3% voted for agree. After seeing the prevote results, I had no idea how Sydney was going to pull this off. Although I, and a lot of the class, stayed with the option of disagree – a good portion of the class switched to agree. The “agree” side went up by 15.8% which is amazing. Looking at the difference of these results, it is no surprise that both sides made some amazing points!

A G R E E  S I D E

“Shouldn’t we make more time in class to focus on teaching students how to think critically and to come up with creative solutions?”. This quote was from Sydney’s video on YouTube, and I could not agree more on it. As a math major I think that thinking critically and coming up with creative solutions is extremely important for students. Doing so, students will gain confidence and knowledge on things like problem solving. Having all the answers at our finger tips introduces memorization (which has been a big flaw in the school system) and takes away our creative and critical thinking, just as Sydney said in her video!

The article, Why learn facts if you can Google? explains how information is just a click away for students. If students want to know any historical dates or learn poetry, they can just google it and memorize it through google. This article states “Learning facts and figures is a waste of time for most school pupils because such information is readily available just a mouse click away…”. Now, why would educators waste their time on such things that is a click away? I believe that teachers are here to introduce information to new topics to their students and give information on these topics. Google then comes handy to the students that may not understand. I always pictured teachers as the main source of information and Google as a backup. There are many times where I do my homework outside of school hours and I have a question for the teacher. As Sydney said during the debate, “Teachers aren’t around you 24/7”.

The video above was featured in the reading, Creating Innovators. This video talks about the importance of innovation. This video talks about students creating and building things and a lot of their creativity is how they learn. Not only do these students learn, they understand! Google can’t even develop creativity inside a student, only experiences can. At the end of the video a man says, “our success is measured more or less by the rate of innovation”. Innovation creates change, and in my class ECS 210 we talk a lot about how the school system needs some changes. How can we make such changes if humanity starts lacking innovation?

D I S A G R E E  S I D E

Aurora makes a lot of great of points in her debate video. Although everything can be Googled, we still need teachers because Google gives out misinformation. Although the internet is very quick and handy, you can never trust what you read on the internet. Aurora talked about a study on two groups of college students. One group looked up the information after class and the other group knew they would not be able to find the information online. What group remembered the information the best? The group who didn’t look the information up after class. This goes to show that teachers are key to understanding information. Aurora also points out that students who Google things will find the answer and not look into it afterwards. As the picture shows above, Aurora says “Students gained less information if they knew it was searchable afterwards”. This is an extremely good point because even I am guilty of finding something on the internet then just moving on without any further research. I think teachers feeding us information and us having Google as a backup is a great balance for learning and understanding.

In Terry Heicks’ article, How Google Impacts The Way Students Thinkhe makes a very interesting point that I never really thought of before. This society is raised around technology like iPads, iPhones, Androids, etc. Any app is just a tap of the finger away and it is becoming todays society’s norm to get our infromation through Google. As Heicks puts it, “the digital world and its habits can bend and shape not just how you access information, but how you conceptualize it entirely”. Although teachers are very important and useful, we should not be worried that things people learn are on Google. Finding information online is our normal and this generation knows how to retain the information that we read online.

This video above is a TedTalk lead by Andreas Ekstrom. Ekstrom starts off by saying how ever time he would go to a school he would ask the students, “Why do you Google? Why is Google the search engine for you?”.

  1. “It works”
  2. “I really don’t know of any alternatives”
  3. “I’m certain to always get the best, unbiased search result”

Ekstrom states that Google is reliable when we are looking for facts opposed to knowledge. An example from the video is when someone Googles the capital city of France, this person is searching for an isolated fact. Facts are something that we all agree on and 100% of the time you will find the correct answer through Google. But if you type in something longer and more complex, you are searching for knowledge. Knowledge is no longer built from one isolated fact but dozens and dozens of facts and because of this, the answer you will find is questionable. Ekstrom talks about how people can get distorted on Google and other individuals can distort those people. Through the examples he gives, he proves that an unbiased search result it a myth.

Conclusion

Not only did Sydney and Aurora make some very good points in the debate, but they always supplied us with some great readings and videos. After the debate I still chose disagree but was starting to lean to the agree side. After researching for this weeks’ blog I am now in the middle. Google is decreasing our critical thinking and also lowering the chances of students being able to problem solve. On the other hand, this society is built to retain information online equally as well as listening to an educator. Thank you Sydney and Aurora for the great debate and making this decision for me undecidable! That goes to show how great these ladies did!!

Until next time,

Miss. Lorenz

Who Writes The Curriculum? Who Should Write It?

BEFORE THE READING:

How do you think that school curricula are developed? 

I think the school curricula are developed by people that THINKS they know what is best for students and what they need for the “real world”. Sadly, I think the people that created the curriculum are people that have never taught a class before or have never experienced leadership in a classroom.

AFTER THE READING:

“Curriculum is defined as an official statement of what students are expected to know and be able to do” (8). The curriculum is developed by the government and other authorities. There are also subject experts that take part in the creating process of the curriculum. Although there are people that are experts in their subject, the curricula people do not have the average day teacher on board. Due to the absence of teachers, the curricula people do not know what it is like to be in a classroom. They do not know the time it takes to learn something, and that is why teachers are always in a rush to get the material completed. The curriculum decides what is being taught in school and how far the subject gets taught. One thing that does comfort me is if the government does not think the curriculum is good enough, they will make sure it is edited or revised so it can be started all over. This comforts me because it shows they actually look at the curriculum and care about the quality of it. Another thing I learned through the reading is how deep the curriculum is in the political world. I never realized how big of a say the government has in the curriculum.

I am concerned with the fact that the curricula people do not have teachers come in for some tips and input. Yes, they have experts in subjects coming in but when it comes to the curriculum in grades k -12 schools, the teachers are the real experts. The teachers know exactly how much information can be taught in a hour, in a month, in a semester, and in a school year. Teachers know how a classroom is ran and they would be the best people to ask for help in the writing of the curriculum.

Reference

Levin, B. (2008). Curriculum Policy and the Politics of What Should be Learned in Schools. In F. Connelly, M. He & J. Phillion (Eds.), pp. 7-24. Found online from:

https://www.corwin.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/16905_Chapter_1.pdf

 

 

How Common-sense Shapes a “Good” Student

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to common-sense?

Common-sense shapes a “good” student as a student that everyone should try to be. These “good” students are people that show up for class and sit down at their desk and sit there quietly. A “good” student is someone who gets their work done quick, efficiently, and at their best of their abilities. A “good” student is someone that the teacher does not have to pay attention to because they behave in a way the teacher wants them to. A “good” student is a person that will raise their hand to speak. A “good” student is a person who portrays positivity throughout the classroom.

Which students are privileged  by this definition of the good student? 

The students that are able to sit quietly and still in their seats for long periods of time are privileged for this label of a “good” student. Students who are fidgety will struggle with this task. The students who are able to work fast and efficient are privileged for this label of a “good” student. Students who do not grasp the material quicker than the rest will have a hard time finishing assignments quickly and on time. The students that accept the fact that they think and learn based on the teachers are privileged.

What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these common-sense ideas?

These traits that are created by the common-sense of a “good” student make it impossible for students to express themselves. Students sitting at their desk and being quiet stops them from sharing there opinions during class. Students getting their work done quickly and almost perfectly applies a lot of pressure to students and applies unnecessary stress. Theses common-sense ideas create robots for the world to control. When I become a teacher I want the exact opposite of this. I want all my students to express their opinions and strive for their individuality.

 

Debate 1: Does Technology Enhance Learning? I think… NOT

During January 29th’s EDTC 400 class, we had our first debate. The debate was on whether or not technology enhances learning. On the agree side was Ashlee Standiford and on the disagree side was Raeann Weisbeck. Before the debate took place the class did a prevote, agree or disagree. I disagreed and I think I was the only one in the class who disagreed before the debate started. Although I had voted for disagree, there were many facts that Ashlee had made for the agree side. Although my post vote was still disagree, my mindset totally changed at the end of the debate.

Agree: Teachnology Enhances Learning

George Couros‘ article, As Technology Becomes Easier to Use, Our Depth of Learning Needs to Continue to Increase, contains some information that supports the idea of technology enhancing learning. Couros mentions that technology has removed many barriers which is very true. Technology has made everything so much easier! Things like quick communication, note taking, research purposes, etc are so easy for me to do, I could not imagine life without the technology we do today. Although I see the pros to this, I cannot help but to see the cons as well. Couros quotes Blake Harvard’s A Focus on Learning, Not Fun, “I fear, however, that upon reflection of a lesson, fun becomes the measuring stick of the lesson’s success and learning takes a backseat or becomes almost an option for the lesson”. Technology is great in the classroom but eventually students will get bored of it or take advantage of it and the learning process will be gone. This leads to technology not enhancing learning.

In Bari Courts and Jan Tucker‘s article, Using Technology To Create A Dynamic Classroom Experiencethere are points they make that I cannot find a cons side to. They talk about multimedia and how it takes learning to a different level. Students are no longer forced to learn through textbooks anymore. Today’s society has access to “animation, text, audio, video, slideshows, podcasts instant messaging, and simulations”. When I become a teacher I want to respect the fact that all my students are not going to learn the same way as each other. Multimedia gives options to students learning and expands the ways of learning within a classroom.

Disagree: Technology Doesn’t Enhance Learning

In Matthew Lynch‘s article, The Dark Side of Educational Technology, quotes “Learning does not always have to have a ‘fun’ portion attached”. My technology use in university is definitely not the same as it was in high school. Are we putting in children’s mind that learning will always be through iPads during class? Although I use my laptop a lot in university, it is not as fun as it was in high school. Are we setting expectations to children/students that will not always be held? I think we are. Lynch also makes a good point when it comes to accessibility. When I was in high school and the class were to type up a paper on the computer using Microsoft Word, classmates of mine would talk about how they will just email it themselves and finish it back at home. But I did not have Microsoft Word at home, I didn’t even have Microsoft Office in general. Some students in my class did not have a computer so they did not have access to the internet nor Word. Not only does it make it impossible for students to do their homework at home, but it makes them feel unequal. Imagine being the only student without a computer at home? It may not seem like a big deal while you read this but being in the situation would be a lot more different. I knew I didn’t feel the greatest when everyone was able to do their papers at home and I wasn’t able to.

In Julia Klaus’ article, Negative Effects of Using Technology in Today’s Classroom, there is a section labelled Game Mentality. Klaus states, “One problem that many classroom teachers face is that students often use computers primarily for games”. I was a teacher’s assistant and the students were to use iPads for an assignment, and there was a lot of kids getting off task. Most of the time kids would play games or start googling things that were irrelevant to the task at hand. I mean even for me now, I will not play games but, I’ll get myself distracted and go on Facebook while trying to complete homework. How can technology enhance learning when kids play games? As Klaus mentions in the article, what if there are technical issues? Will that waste time? Yes. Will that enhance learning? No.

My Conclusion: 

Technology has changed our society’s life, no doubts on that. Educationally, it has given teachers and students different opportunities of learning and that is something I will never be able to argue against. However, I do see a lot more cons then I do pros. I think technology in classrooms set barriers for the educators. Technical malfunctions, students getting off task, the lack of accessibility are just a few of many barriers that make learning through technology very challenging.

Breaking down Montessori

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'” – Maria Montessori

I chose this quote because this is what I want for my future classroom and my students. As a teacher I don’t want my students to just memorize the material I introduce to them, but to understand it and know how to use it. This quote represents growth and individuality which makes complete sense for someone like Maria to say this line. Maria believed in hands on learning and she would give her students activities to help them expand their knowledge. This shows that with Maria’s teaching method, students were able to know the   information, use the information, and completely understand why and how the information is used. With this, students are able to take their knowledge and use it on more complex questions.. and they will be able to do it on their own.

As a future math teacher, I believe that students should not just memorize information. I want to introduce Maria’s teaching method by creating activities for the kids to do. It adds fun to the classroom and at the same time students are communicating with one another and sharing their knowledge. They are able to look at a math question and see multiple ways of doing it and they are able to pick what method works best for them. I think it is great when students can learn from each other and work like the teacher is not there. This means the teacher did their job and the students understand it so well they can do the work themselves.

Technology is consuming our sense of reality….

This week in EDTC 400, Professor Hildebrandt introduced multiple ways of how technology is used and how it can be viewed. From such a broad topic I have decided to talk about how technology is starting to consume our sense of reality. Picture this: You are walking down a busy street, what do you see? Everyone on their phones? Yeah that’s what I see too. I watched Sherry Turkle’s TedTalk video on YouTube and I read Nathan Jurgenson’s IRL Fetish article which both contained information on how this society is relying on technology a little too much. I believe that technology is very important and I think today’s society would not be able to live without technology. That being said, I think we need to learn when to stop using technology and absorb the real life that we are living in.

Sherry Turkle:

Turkle mentions that the internet first coming out was a chance for individuals to explore aspects of themselves. This leads to her idea that us individuals would use the virtual world to find our best selves and apply those characteristics into the real world. I find this ironic because with my personal experience with the internet, I notice that bad things that happen around us are more so advertised than good things. It isn’t hard to find bad news, and we (or maybe just me) have a hard time finding/reading good things throughout social media. Therefore, how can we find our best selves when all that seems to pop up on the internet are more so bad situations that evolve in this world??  Perhaps I am overthinking this? What is your opinion!? Turkle says, “Cell phones change not only what we do but who we are”. I think this quote is stating the fact that us humans now live in our phones. “People text and shop” and students are on their phones during classes. Heck, people even text and drive !!!! (Not good). Our phones are starting to consume us and we are no longer acknowledging the life we already have. For example, people will hangout with their friends and they do not even acknowledge their presence because everyone is always looking at their phone screens. It has came to the point where people are starting to customize their life on apps like Instagram or Facebook. Individuals will post unrealistically perfect photos to paint the picture of a perfect life. Everyone gets to choose how others see themselves. People feed off the likes and comments and soon they invest their lives online which is simply unhealthy.

Nathan Jurgenson:

Jurgenson starts his article by saying how easy the access to get to apps are. They are literally just one tap away. There was a part in the article where Jurgenson says, “…logged-off real life“. I find this so relevant because everyone is so invested in technology and they are no longer living their lives in the real world. Technology has gotten so realistic, like virtual reality headsets. It makes me wonder if their will be a time where in-person communication will no longer be important to everyone. I mean… people are trading real life human experiences for a virtual life that they create themselves. Jurgenson states, “They have traded human friends for Facebook friends”. This line alone makes me think that us humans need some time to log  off and look and what the real world has to offer. Although technology is starting to consume our sense of reality, it has never been more helpful. For example, I have googled so many things about my car because I have no idea about vehicles. I do not think that technology is a bad thing but I think it is bad with how much time we spend staring at a screen.

On the Global News website I watched a video on how distracted driving is the leading cause of collisions in Saskatchewan. The numbers of injuries and deaths are sadly very high. Put the phone away!!!

Overall, I believe that technology has been extremely helpful and absolutely incredible for us. There as so many ways we can expand our knowledge with technology alone. However, we do need to figure out when too much is just simply too much. There needs to be a time where we shut the screen off and talk to one another.

It Has Always Been Like This…. Doesn’t Have to Stay Like It

This week in ECS 210, I read the article, Curriculum and Theory Practice. Within this article it talks about Ralph Tyler and his rationale.

1. What ways have I experienced Tyler’s rationale in my own schooling?

Thinking back on my entire school experience, it’s shocking how similar my experiences were with Ralph Tyler’s rationale. Every day at school it was common sense to sit down at your desk and be quiet. Students would sit, quietly, and write out word for word of whatever was presented on the chalkboard. In elementary, our art class would sometimes get cancelled so we can work on other subjects like Math, Science, English, or Social Studies. Starting in elementary students were slowly losing their creativity. Not only were those four classes prioritized, the way we were to learn those subjects were out of our control. There was a certain way to learn those subjects and only that way. Throughout elementary and middle school students grasped onto the idea that right answers on tests meant you got to move on to the next grade. I realized my classmates and myself were not understanding the material being taught, but memorizing it. Most cases students just wanted to memorize the unit being taught so when it came to the test, it was an easy pass.

2.  What are some major limitations of the Tyler rationale? What does it make impossible?

It is not surprise that all students learn differently. Considering that most schools follow the guidelines of Tyler’s rationale, a lot of students are not able to learn the content that is being taught. It will become discouraging for those students to see everyone succeeding. A lot of this unfairness is what causes students to drop out of high school and this is where inclusive education is flawed. All students have a favourite subject and a lot of the time students want to build their career around that subject. Considering there is texting in subjects like math, science, etc., students priorities lean to those subjects. For students who are interested in art and want to make a career out of it, it becomes impossible because of Tyler’s rationale. Tyler’s rationale strips creativity and individuality. Everyone learns the same and does the same: memorize the content, write the test, and hopes to pass.

3. What are some potential benefits?

This question was very hard for me to think of, I am not for Tyler’s rationale. I was able to think of a couple benefits that come with Tyler’s rationale. The curriculum and the guidelines of Tyler’s rationale makes certain that all students in different schools are learning the same thing. (That is if the students are able to comprehend it in the ways they are supposed to learn it). I do not think that a student’s knowledge should be based around tests. However, I do think it will take some time for a change in that aspect. With that being said, this is a good way for students to prepare for tests like a written drivers exam. Tests will especially prepare students that head to university because university is very reliable on exams.

I Googled Myself. This is What I Found…

Okay so the pictures above are what I first found when I googled my name. There was a lot of different social medias with my name but they were not me, just another Kylie Lorenz. You never know how many of yous there are until you google yourself!! The only pictures of me on Google Images are the second and fourth one in the first row. Luckily my little sister was the one doing a crazy  double chin and not me… now that would have been scary hahah.

Facebook

The first social media website I went to visit of myself was my Facebook. Considering it’s my profile I was able to see everything. But if a stranger were to look at my profile on Facebook they would have access to all my profile pictures. My profile pictures are set to public. Is that unsafe?…. Yeah possibly! When I set my profile pictures to public I was thinking of when I was of arm’s reach of a potential job as an educator. I want the people that are hiring me to see that I am confident that I have nothing bad representing myself and all my profile pictures are appropriate. Not if, but when I get hired (confidence is key) I will probably set my profile pictures to friends only. This is because I would find it odd having my future students looking at all my selfies hahaha. Other things on my Facebook page that are set to public is the city I live in and my education background. My family members are also set to public! Places where I work and my birthday are set to my friends only. My phone number and email are hidden so only I can see it! As for pictures, I am tagged in selfies and group photos (from when I was in dance). I have a lot of albums but most of them are set so only I can see them! When I was getting a new phone I was scared of losing my photos so I made photo albums on Facebook and set it so only I can view it! Why use iCloud when you got Facebook!?

YouTube

I found my sad YouTube channel. I wasn’t going to include this in the post but hey, it’s part of my online identity!! A good blog = inserting links but this YouTube channel is so sad that I’m not even going to do it hahah #0subscribers

Pinterest

Again, sad. The only Pinterest folders I have are food and tattoo ideas. Food is life though so I’m not even mad!

VSCO

I rarely use VSCO so if someone found me on VSCO they would see a bite of my doughnut, my face, and random pictures. Enjoy!

Instagram

My Instagram is set to private but it isn’t because I have pictures to hide! I just think it is a good idea for people to set their profile to private! For the most part, yet again, you will see selfies on my profile and my wicked Halloween costume when I was in high school! #Lego 

OVERALL

I believe that my online identity is average at best! I can summarize my online identity in two words.. selfies and food. That my friends is 2019 for you! I must admit there are a few pictures of me holding an alcoholic drink but, I don’t think that’s bad. I believe that the way society is getting brought up, it isn’t a surprise that people (teachers or not) drink. I do not think it makes me unprofessional in any way shape or form. I think it also has a lot to do with what type of photo it is. The picture I have is me with my friends just smiling at the camera but if I had one of me being intoxicated and being a bit wild, then that would be an issue!

Do I think my online identity represents what I want to be like as an educator? Right now, no! I am in my second year of education and that is why I am excited to take classes like EDTC 400! It helps me figure out what I want my online identity to be like! There are so many things I still need to learn about my online identity and I am excited to make changes throughout this semester!

I think it is easy for everyone and anyone to find whoever they want now-a-days. With that being said, I am confident and comfortable with whatever people see of me online. There is nothing that can ruin my future career or make me look unprofessional. To create a more professional digital identity and a better representation of me as an educator, I need to start sharing my interests of being a teacher. I want to start sharing my love for subjects like math and English (my major and minor). At the end of the day, I am not disappointed with what Google has of me. I knew there wasn’t going to be anything unprofessional or inappropriate but I did know that it wasn’t going to represent me as an educator, but more so just as a regular person.