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

 

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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

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.

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.

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.

Hi it’s Kylie, and Welcome Back to my Blog!!

Hey there EDTC 400 fam and hello to every other blogger that will perhaps (maybe one day) stumble upon this blog post! Grab a drink and a snack, sit back, relax, and enjoy this read about… ME!

I am Kylie Lorenz, I was born in Regina but I was raised in Raymore with my mom, dad, and little sister. Ever hear of Raymore? Probably not, it is very small! I actually laughed out loud when I saw Raymore was on Wikipedia. When I lived in Raymore I did what any small town kid would do, cruise with friends. I attended Raymore School throughout grades K-12. I graduated in the year of 2016 and I loved school so much I decided to go back and work as a teacher’s assistant. This job is what helped me decide that teaching is the career path that I want to go down. In 2017, I moved to Regina and attended the University of Regina under the Faculty of Education. I am studying under secondary education, majoring in math. Two years strong, almost halfway done!!!

Have any of you ever had to fill out you biggest fear, pet peeve, last words, etc in your yearbook? Well I have and I thought, why not do that for my blog!? But I will update my answers so it fits into my university lifestyle. This will make it more fun for me to type up this post and perhaps it will be a better read for you all(??).

Biggest Fear: Spiders and heights

Pet Peeve: When someone opens their bag of chips upside down

Last Words: “I’ll do it at 7:00”.. *At 7:05* “I’ll do it at 8:00”

Worst Happening: Math 221 (odd considering I’m a math major)

Best Memory: Passing Math 221

Future Ambitions: Becoming the best teacher I could be for myself and my future students

I blogged throughout EDTC 300 during my very first semester at the UofR and my experience in the class was amazing!! My prof, Katia Hildebrandt, did such an amazing job introducing the class to a fun and unique way of learning. As a math major I was skeptical of the class, I always thought of math as a paper and pencil subject. After taking EDTC 300 I learned how to build a professional reputation for myself online. I learned that anything is possible when it comes to learning. I am so happy I took EDTC 300 because as a future educator, knowing that there is no limitations when it comes to learning is such a great mindset to have.

Goals for EDTC 400:

  1. I would like to learn more about WordPress! More so I would like to know what else I can do for my blog page. I want to make sure my blog is at the best it can be and I am sure there is so much more to learn when it comes to creating a professional portfolio.
  2. In EDTC 300 I was introduced to so many fun apps, programs, websites, etc for my future classroom. I am very excited to learn even more throughout this semester in EDTC 400! I want my future students to have fun learning and have fun participating in my lessons that I provide them…. and what’s more fun than technology? Probably nothing!
  3. I want to build relationships with my EDTC 400 classmates. I want to know what they think is the best way of learning through technology. After all, the best way to grow is getting ideas and advice from others. I wish to expand my following on the internet and get introduced to even more educational pages on social media!

SELF PROMO TIME! If you are interested in following my blogs but you aren’t the biggest fan of WordPress, no worries!! As soon as I post my blogs it is automatically posted on my Twitter as well. You can find me @KylieLorenz_! Toss me a follow, I’ll catch it, and I will toss you one right back!!

Until next week,

-Kylie Lorenz