Hola! Bonjour fellow EC&I 832 classmates!
My name is Krista Gates and I am a teacher of languages. I teach French Immersion and Spanish at the high school level and I love to take traveling adventures with my students and my own family.
I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in the summer of 2015 and I am currently working on my last class for my Master’s certificate in TESOL, where I have been mainly focusing on Second Language Acquisition.
Even though I have blogged before I currently have the case of “mom brain”. It seems like I am trying to remember everything about blogging all over again. Though I am super pumped to be taking another class with Dr. Alec Couros and yourselves!
The main purpose of my blog post this week is to share and outline my major project. I have decided to do option 2: my personal journey into media. As a teacher / mother, I think it is super important to have an understanding of the digital world and the many apps and programs that our students and in fact that our own children are using.
I am looking at this project as a professional and also a personal journey into social media, and what it means to be a digital citizen. The educational apps which I will investigate are Google Classroom, and Remind. I will be using these apps during the second semester with my students and of course I am always curious to see how this will impact education and learning with regards to communication. I am also wondering how I can use these apps more effectively for educational purposes.
The apps that I am also curious to examine with my students and myself are Snapchat and Instagram. I have personally used Instagram for a few years and enjoy posting about family memories. For Snapchat I just created an account out of curiosity a couple of years ago. Though in my teaching world, I see students using these apps on a daily basis and I am always curious to fully understand the social aspects of these popular social media apps. I am also curious to see if our students are truly aware of their own privacy, their own digital citizenship while using these apps since Snapchat and Instagram continue to be used for sexting and bullying.
My steps for the major project (Personal journey into media) will be (hopefully) as follows:
- Explore the educational apps that will be used in my classroom. (Google Classroom & Remind).
- Explore the social apps (Snapchat and Instagram)with my students and myself.
- Document the findings from all 4 educational and social apps) via blog posts, surveys, pictures and videos in regards to effective communication, education, social media, digital citizenship, privacy, concerns and positive effects of all apps in and out of the classroom setting.
I look forward to investigate our digital world that our students and our children use on a daily basis.
Has anyone ever used these apps personally and professionally?
Thanks! Gracias! Merci!