Being a Mentor.

Wow! When I look back over this semester, and see all of the progress that my mentees have made, all that I can say is, "wow!" If you're not sure what I'm talking about, let me explain. Over the course of the semester, as part of an assignment in EDTC 400, I was to mentor …

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Do Educators Have a Responsibility to Use Technology and Social Media to Promote Social Justice and Fight Oppression?

When it comes to social issues people are always going to take different sides. Unfortunately, these sides have divided society into different groups-- those who support an issue, those who don't, and those who call themselves neutral. Because eduction is an inherently political environment, it comes as no surprise that this divide has entered itself …

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Summary of Learning!

Once again, another semester and year of of university has come to an end! This is always a bitter sweet time for me as I leave my friends and head back home to work for the summer. This semester's end has been extra bitter sweet as I end my university career and prepare for my …

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Were ‘The Good Old Days’ Better Than Today’s Technological Age?

Recently I wrote a post about whether or not modern childhood is being ruined by social media. In it, I compared childhoods past and present and discussed why older generations believe it was better 'back in their day'. This week's debate in EDTC 400 followed closely behind that previous week's topic, however, this week we …

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Has Public Education Sold Its Soul To Corporate Interests?

Unfortunately, there is just not enough funding provided to our public schools and that lack of funding directly impacts our students' education. Due to the insufficient support from the government, schools end up turning to other sources in order to better the education that they offer. Whether it be through sponsorships or by making sales …

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Is Modern Childhood Being Ruined? And is Social Media the Culprit?

You've probably heard it before-- the complaints from older generations who think that younger generations have got it wrong, and their persistent bragging about how much better it was "back in their day". It's a common saying that I hear far too often; one that makes me think to my self, "Back in your day? …

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Is Technology a Force for Equity?

Another week, another #EDTC400 blog post! This week in EDTC 400 we witnessed two fellow students debate whether or not technology is a force for equity in society. On the propositional side we had Ryan arguing that technology was indeed a force for equity, while on the oppositional side we Kaytlyn arguing that it absolutely …

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Let it be Known: Cellphones Should NOT be Banned in High School Classrooms

At last! I finally participated in one of our #edtc400 debates! This week's topic was on whether or not cellphones should be banned in the classroom. On the propositional side was Kendall arguing that cellphones should indeed be banned, and on the oppositional side we had Cody arguing that they absolutely should not. Now, if …

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Openness and Sharing in Schools is Unfair to Our Kids: Agree or disagree?

Last week's debate was on whether or not openness and sharing in schools is unfair to our kids. In agreement with the topic was Ashley. The points that she made during her propositional statement were as follows: Sharing doesn't always include student consent.Sharing enables teachers to create permanent digital footprints for students.Sharing creates situations that can cause embarrassment and cyber …

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Should Schools Stop Teaching Things That Can be Googled?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Have you ever found yourself googling things such as "how to multiply fractions", "how many ml in a liter", or "what is the capital of ___"? Or maybe you've found your self googling things like "how to lose weight", "how many days in a year", or "how many countries are …

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