EDCI 336 – March 05, 2019

So today’s class was full of so much variety that I really couldn’t think of a more creative/descriptive title. We met in the videoconferencing room to start the class with Verena Roberts in celebration of Open Education Week. Her informative slides and presentation concerning how to expand K-12 learning through open educational practices was really helpful.

After, Jesse Miller (creator of Mediated Reality) met us back in our classroom to discuss digital/networked literacy, safety, privacy, and how it can impact our professional practice/learning. What a treat it was. Jesse really set the record straight about a lot of concerns we all had as future educators. He emphasized the extra caution we must take as professionals on social networking platforms and beyond. My initial reaction was to delete all of my social media accounts to avoid any future complications. However, Jesse quickly reminded me how important it is for adults to model appropriate online behaviour for children. So instead, I will happily be reviewing and adjusting my online presence. I’ve already started by creating a professional twitter account.

I can’t even believe how much I learned in 3 short hours! Time to process all this new information.

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Reflective Blog Post: Ian Landy

Today we had an informative video conference on formative assessment with Ian Landy, principal of Edgehill Elementary in Powell River. I really appreciated Ian’s detailed explanation as to why ePortfolios provide a deeper understanding than report cards on student learning. Report cards oversimplify student learning by emphasizing letter grades and percentages. Whereas ePorfolios document the learning process in way that allows students to reflect on what they’ve accomplished. As a learner, I would much prefer a collection of evidence to look back on than a list of inaccurate grades. I mean seriously, how do you definitively measure Core Competencies such as Communication or Creative Thinking!? Furthermore, Ian clarified that teachers shouldn’t burn themselves out by assessing every little thing. In fact, students should have a say in what is and what is not documented in their ePortfolios. After this video conference, I feel relieved to know that principals such as Ian Landy are more interested in the quality of learning taking place in classrooms as opposed to the quantity of learning. Thanks for your insight and time, Ian!

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