1. Well I thought I was a digital native. I spend nearly half a day on some type of social media platform. However, looking at the “Wordle”, I could only recognize a few words such as Weebly, Periscope and vlog. I’ve only used Weebly for school so I’m a little familiar with it but I don’t use it on a day to day basis. As for Periscope, I’ve only heard of it through the news when people try to livestream stupid stunts or crimes. I do, however, actively follow vlogs on youtube. I’ve even attempted to create my own to no avail. I spend most of my time on Facebook, YouTube and occassionally tumblr. I do have an active presence across social media. Sometimes I sign up for sites like Weebly and only use them when required. I’m probably connected to well over 50 social media channels, but only use three at best.
2. I really like Screencast-O-Matic. Back in the day, I used to use a similar program called HyperCam. I’d use it to teach my parents and other older relatives how to use the computer. I was also a big fan of making AMVs (animated music videos) so I’d take clips of anime using the HyperCam and put it through editing software to make these videos. Although the latter isn’t really a productive means to use the Screencast-O-Matic, I’d definitely use it to make online tutorials. It’s easy for students to watch a video on their own and try to replicate what they see on screen. It’s definitely an easier way than going around the class and observing/correcting each student on their laptops.
3. First off, I love goodreads. It’s a great site for not only students and teachers, but for independent readers as well. I’m a proud member since 2012. I like this site because it allows you to keep track of what you’ve read, what you’d like to read and even creates a digital bookmark in your current book. You can also get recommendations and enter in contests from publishers to get free books! (One time, I actually won one of those books so it actually works!) But like my other social media profiles, I don’t keep up with this site like I should. I only visit it when I’ve read a particularly good book that I want to recommend to others. As for the memegenerator, that’s a bad idea in the making. You don’t want to give kids the power to create memes. That’ll distract the whole class for days on end. Nanowrimo.org is a good resource. I’ve taken their writing challenge every November. On their facebook page, sometimes they’ll provide you with inspiration and prompts to get you writing. You can also get feedback from other writers. I also love the idea of wattpad. I’ve never heard of it but I’d like to try it someday. It looks like a platform similar to fanfiction.net.
4. That’s a lot of learning tools. Surprisingly, I’ve heard of many of these sites. Google is especially notorious for providing free educational services. I’ve used and seen many of these tools during my time in the teaching academy. My favorite tool on the list is Google Docs/Drive. First of all, its completely free. Second, there’s so much you can do with it! During our second internship seminar, someone demonstrated all the difference things you can do from adding comments, highlighting, group editing, etc.
5. It would be helpful if I knew more of these teaching platforms. I think all of these platforms provide some type of useful service for students. However, it’s important for teachers to remember which sites could be used appropriately and how easy it is for students to use them. For example, you wouldn’t give a first grader an assignment through googledocs. They’re not quite at that point where they can edit and share their work. I do believe that sites that are more interactive and visual would be a great resource for younger students.
6. I think all of these sites and resources could prove useful in the classroom. I’d like to integrate as many as I can into my lesson plan. Technology keeps students engaged in the content. I’m going to bookmark this page so that I can explore some more of these tools. Before I decide on which tool to use, I would have to assess which one would work best with my lesson plan.