Hello and welcome back to my blog! This blog post we were assigned to partner up with someone in our class and create a debate so to speak on using technology and certain platforms within the classroom. My partner for this assignment was Jade Pfeifer.
The platform we chose to incorporate into our classroom was using YouTube. Our approach was to create a letter to the parents and guardians, informing them that their children would be using YouTube to create short animation clips in their computer classes. This was the sample letter that we created for this assignment.
I thought since this is an Ed Tech class, that I would ScreenCastify how I created these text messages. You can find the video of that here. I just want to let you know that I did plan on recording the whole process, but I did not know that there was a time limit to the recording. Once it ended I did not record again, as I didn’t want to upload in separate links. You are able to see how I created the screenshots and text messages quite well in the screen cast anyway, I did not see the need to keep recording.
So as mentioned in the screen cast, my partner and I kept in touch through Snap Chat. Here she replied to my letter acting like Tommy’s mom. I would then reply back to her as a the teacher and this kept going on until we reached an agreement to let Tommy participate in using YouTube in the classroom. I saved this conversation so I can enter it into the text generator. Going back to last weeks class briefly and how some people believe that Snap Chat is great to use because things aren’t saved. There are ways to save conversations and I’ve done it with this assignment.
Anyway, here are the screenshots of our conversation. In the letter I provided a cell number (a fake one of course, the email provided was also fake) to the parent that they can text for a quicker response so we pretended like Tommy’s mother text his teacher.
Through taking this class, we learned of many great add-ons that you can use on your personal devices and school devices. We wanted to bring these add-ons into the conversation as we feel in real life these add-ons can make parents feel more comfortable with their children using technology at school.
There still are some parents who do not allow their children to use technology at home, so we felt it was important to mention the use of technology within schools. Technology is becoming an essential component within school systems and it would beneficial for students to learn and become familiar with technology as it is only growing and will likely never go away. I hope you enjoyed our little role play as a concerned mother and helpful teacher! Until next time, Happy Blogging!