A Little Bit About Alicia
Teaching is Alicia’s second career. Alicia is currently teaching grade three. This is her third year teaching. In her short teaching career she has taught everything from grades one to six, including FSL. Check out her class website.
You can find her on Google+. To quote Alicia, “in the early years of teaching, it is so vital to be connected to other educators with varying backgrounds and levels of experience to share ideas, resources, advice. We are better together.” So please add her to your PLN!
Here is part two of my interview with Alicia. Don’t forget to read part one!
The Interview ContinuedHow has technology changed the way you teach (if at all), as a beginning teacher?
The online and professional communities that I am a part of have enabled me to connect with other like-minded educators. In the early years of teaching, it is so vital to be connected to other educators with varying backgrounds and levels of experience to share ideas, resources, advice. We are better together.
I often reflect on how supportive the technology in my classroom is for assisting the literacy and skill challenges in my classroom. It allows opportunities to differentiate the ways that students can express what they know. I can present information and content in different ways to deepen and motivate learning.
How do you decide what is worthwhile for students to learn through technology, given literacy and skill challenges in division one?
I think of technology as a tool to support and extend learning. Given the diverse range in literacy and skill challenges in my classroom, my goal is to provide opportunities for students to have meaningful engagement in their learning and deepen their understanding.
What apps or technology tools do you use? Are there any that you use for specific projects?
- Google Apps for Education! We most often use Docs, Slides and Forms.
- National Film Board for short, relevant and engaging videos.
- Canadian Wildlife Federation for their interactive classrooms (Wild Spaces) that allow classes across Canada to interact by sharing pictures and stories about the wild space that they have created or post environmental school events.
- Storybird for creating original stories from a stock of interesting and captivating illustrations and images.
- Kidblog was very engaging for my students to publish original texts and to read responses.
What are your hopes for educational technology in the future in your classroom?
My hope is that educational technology continues to grow social, cultural, global and environmental responsibility and understanding through interconnectedness. Through innovation and creativity, I hope that it can be equitable and accessible to all learners.
Check back for the November interview with Amanda Fahey.
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