For my major project I have decided will entail my personal journey into digital media both personally, and educationally. In my current position it is an expectation that we are up and current on trending educational technology that is implemented into the classroom, as well as having an idea of the technology that our students are using on a daily basis. I have decided that because this project fits well within the context of my position as an instructional technology consultant that it would be a great asset to share with my school division, and aid in the implementation of these apps for teachers in our division. As an EdTech Leader we often look at the purpose of the apps, in addition to one of our main concerns with the implementation of new technology, privacy. Some of the questions we have to look at include:
- Where is the student information stored?
- What happens if the company sells?
- Do companies sell student data?
- Are students being marketed towards?
The apps that I am going to look at include
- TikTok (An app that is fairly new to me that could potentially has engaging potential for education),
- Seesaw (A very popular app that is being used by many educators in ourschool division, I have some experience with Seesaw)
- Wakelet (A fairly new app to me, but again have some experience but have seen limited use in the classroom)
- and as Matteo is doing (time permitting a surprise app)
I am still trying to fabricate how I am going to present, and the information that I am going to gather. There currently is a lot of educational websites that tackle investigations into these apps, such as Common Sense Media. I want to make something different, while still providing the full review of the app. Currently I am hoping on housing these full reviews on a web creation site such as Adobe Spark Page in which I have played around briefly with, or with Adobe Dreamweaver, in which I have no experience with, but would tie in nicely with some of the coding experience I have taken in my last course.
My current ideas for providing my in-depth app analysis includes:
- in-depth review
- educational value
- Alignment to the ISTE Standards (What our school division follows)
Where applicable I will encourage teachers I am working with to look at the use of apps in an educational setting or to use the apps within a personal setting, and get their feedback on using the applications. I will possibly with school division permission, pilot the educational apps and provide testimonies of the classroom experiences. These experiences will be documented not only on the website that will be created but as well as through Twitter.
Time permitting I will like to take a deep dive into how teachers are implementing these apps within the classroom, and hopefully step outside my comfort zone and produce some podcasts related to teachers who are implementing these programs in the classroom. For podcasting I plan to use Anchor, this is a very user friendly app that I have used with students and will suit my needs perfectly for podcasting this semester.
I am excited to venture into this project as it will allow me to research and reflect on my learning as a educator, and as a EdTech leader for my school division.