Google Classroom

I looked into Google Classroom as an LMS. I really like it because it is so linked together with Google Docs, Drive, and all the other Google apps. During my high school experience I used Google Docs for many of my assignments, because it allowed me to work on my homework form anywhere, not like the Word Documents where I could only work on them from my school account at the school. I even downloaded the Google app on my phone so I could write essays while driving with my family on road trips, and I loved the convenience. For these reasons, I think I would use Google Classrooms in my own class.

I like how easy it is for students to see posts, submit assignments, and be all together on one webpage. It’s like a file folder to keep everyone’s assignments in one place all together and completely accessible. I hope to be able to use this technology in my future classrooms! Although by the time I have my own I’m sure there will be many more LMS platforms by then, and even many new upgrades to Google Classroom.

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Learning ASL

I could not be more excited that we were allowed to do a learning project again in this class. Last year in ECMP 355, I taught myself to knit. I enjoyed at the time, made a scarf as you might have seen in my last post, but I wouldn’t say that it was a very important skill to have learned. I haven’t knit anything since, and while I still have my needles and one day hope to knit again, for the time being school keeps me busy enough and I don’t have the time to start over and re-learn some techniques that I have forgotten.

While that paragraph may not sound like I am very excited about doing a learning project again, I really am. I began watching a show on Netflix called “Switched At Birth” last year. The show itself is about two girls who got switched at the hospital when they were born and grew up with different families, and has nothing to do with my learning project, except that one of the daughters on the show is deaf. It really opened my eyes to the importance of knowing sign language, as it shows some of the struggles she faces everyday of people having no way to communicate with her and some of the other deaf characters because they have never been taught and have never had the motivation to speak ASL.

ASL is short for American Sign Language, and I think especially as a future educator it would be a very important skill to learn. You never know what kind of learners are going to come through your future classrooms, and can never be too prepared to help students with whatever their needs may be. I plan to learn as much sign language as possible throughout the semester of this course, and hopefully be able to sign basic phrases and learn to recognize phrases when they are being signed to me.

An Introduction

As you might have seen from my “About Me” page, I am a Second year Education student at the University of Regina. Math is my major, and I plan to minor in Physical Education. I took ECMP 355 in my first semester of First Year, and I learned many new things and ideas from that class. I particularly enjoyed the learning project- I made myself a scarf!

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I learned to open my mind to the use of technology in Education, and I hope to expand my horizons even more in this class. I want to learn more resources to use in my future classrooms, learn ways to communicate live with classrooms and teachers around the world, and find new ways to keep parents and students updated with what’s going on in my classes via online connections (blogs, my own website, etc). I already have my own professional twitter account created that can be used to update my followers on things I do and resources I use in my classrooms, with the handle @maackthompson8. I’m excited to further my own learning and see what this class has to offer!