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The Great EDTC Debate

This Week!

In this weeks Great EDTC Debate, I will be debating with my fellow classmate Sydney about whether we should focus on teaching things that can be googled! You can view my side of the debate above and make sure you head over to Sydney’s blog post to see what she has to say!  In order to gain a deeper understanding of my view on this topic, I have picked out some required readings for my fellow classmates!

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

In this article, Terry Heick looks at the way he sees Google impacting students learning. He goes over a few points that describe the ways in which students learning has been changed by simply being able to Google any information they need. Heick then ends his article with an interesting potential solution to the issues he outlines.

The Moral Bias Behind Your Search Results

In this TedTalk, Andreas Ekström provides a more philosophical approach to the results we see when we Google something. In his talk, he speaks of the Google algorithms that dictate what pops up when we enter a search. Further, he discusses what is behind those algorithms. While it is not directly compared to an educational setting, we can still see how the process he speaks of can impact our students search results and even greater, their learning.

Will technology make teachers obsolete?

In this article by the Senior Debating Society at Wade Deacon Highschool in Widnes, England, students draw our attention to the “Human Factor” of teaching. Though their article focuses on technology in the classroom in general, I would like to draw the readers attention to their viewpoint on the importance of teachers.

Sources of information that are not mentioned above:

How much data do we create every day

This is why technology won’t replace teachers

Why graduates lack the skill they need most 

Gripping Issue: First graders lack fine motor skills

How does Google affect the way we learn? 


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Who Am I Online?

This week, our EDTC 400 class has been tasked with taking a look at our social media accounts and overall digital identity. It is extremely important for educators, even those that aren’t in the field, to be aware of what their digital identity says about them. You never know when a student, parent, or employer will try to find you online!

Incognito Mode

In order to make sure I was only seeing what someone who didn’t follow me or was logged into my accounts, would see, I made sure to do all my searching in an incognito window. This is a super helpful tool to see what everyone else will when they look at your accounts!

The First Search

Interestingly enough, when I search up my name using google, some of my least used accounts are right at the top. These are accounts that I haven’t put much thought into or that I have had for a really long time! It may be useful for me to go ahead and make sure that silly things like my Etsy, Prezi, and school Youtube accounts are either locked or portray the image of myself as an educator.

A useful tool that I learned last year regarding Youtube videos, was marking them as unlisted. This means that your videos will not come up if someone is searching for themselves, they have to have the link to your video in order to watch it! 

One of the things that I did when going through my accounts was to make sure that the profile pictures for all my accounts were clearly me. I feel like this could help in a situation in which someone has the same or similar name. By making sure that my profile pictures are the same, I am hoping to draw attention to those accounts as my own!

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest

I will admit I am kind of thankful for this assignment right now. This was a great excuse to go onto my account, fiddle with my privacy settings, and make sure that my likes, groups, and pages that I belonged to all reflected who I want to be seen as!  I have made it so that my Facebook account shows my most basic information and insured that my Instagram account is similarly locked. My Pinterest account is another story. I haven’t done much to “hide” this account as I use it to collect useful resources for teaching and for my work. I don’t think it would be particularly hard to find any of my accounts, however, there is nothing on them that I want to hide.

Moving Forward

Moving forward, I am hoping to make more of a presence on my social media accounts to give those that may find me a better sense of who I am. As we have discussed in class, our digital identities do not need to be hidden away. I want to make sure that my philosophies about education are present in my digital identity! It is my goal to use the STF’s tips for professionalism in a digital world to “model the behaviour [I] expect to see online from [my] students”!


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An Introduction

Hello EDTC 400!

My name is Aurora Lay-Street and I am a second-year elementary education student at the University of Regina! I won’t delve too deep into my own story here, but feel free to check out my site introduction! Here you will find out a little bit about my background, interests, and hobbies. Instead, let me tell you about my EdTech journey!

Last spring I took EDTC 300 as an online elective and it absolutely blew my mind away! It is quite surprising how much my views and ideas surrounding educational technologies changed after this class and I immediately knew that I was going to be back for more! I very much enjoyed learning about educational technologies, digital literacy and citizenship, and, of course, PLN’s. I was able to explore real-life scenarios related to educational technologies, specifically using Twitter in the classroom! As well, I gained many useful tools and tricks that I can bring into my own future classrooms, and even gained knowledge about the SAMR and TPACK models for actually making sure I use educational technologies to their fullest extent in the classroom. The most exciting knowledge that I gained from EDTC 300 was using Twitter to form and connect with my PLN. I even went so far as to design and run a chat with a friend and classmate last year!

It is my hope that I can fully extend this learning into EDTC 400! Specifically, I have three goals for this class:

1. Better learn how to teach young students about digital citizenship and help them to develop positive digital identities.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

2. Expand my PLN to include educators in all fields! I believe that everyone has something to teach!

Photo Credit: Pixabay

3. Develop my own positive digital identity. I want to make sure that the image I portray online represents my professionalism, passion, and drive. I want to continue to update and grow my online presence! Photo Credit: nodstrum Flickr via Compfight cc

Aside from these three goals I also hope that I can have just as much fun in EDTC 400 as I did in EDTC 300. I also hope to see my mentees developing the same kind of passion and enjoyment with learning about, and soon teaching about, digital literacy.