Tech Tips/Jesse Millar Presentation

Also on Tuesday, my EDCI 336 class was lucky enough to have Jesse Millar from Mediated Reality give us a presentation about using social media and mobile technology as educators. I found his presentation to be very eye-opening and educational. There was a lot of information regarding technology use in schools and with students that I wasn’t aware about before that Millar was able to address. Some of my take-away points from the presentation are listed below…

  • Healthy use starts with leadership so always model good technology/social media behaviour for your students
  • Myth- Tweens are too immature to use social media appropriately
  • Fact- It is biased to judge a whole age group as having the same social media habits
  • When you become a teacher make a separate youtube account for your classroom to avoid embarrassing recommended videos
  • Understand your school’s expectations and policies for technology when you are hired
  • You ALWAYS need consent from who is responsible for a child when you’re taking a photo of them
  • If you are wanting to create a Teacher Instagram you need a separate consent form to send home to parents/guardians & inform your administrator about it
  • As educators we are responsible for educating a future generation where most of the job opportunities will have to do with technology- we should be embracing technology in the classroom to adequately prepare them for this

For more about Jesse Millar…

Visit to the “Inquiry Teacher’s” classroom

On Tuesday my EDCI 336 class had the opportunity to visit Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt’s aka the Inquiry Teacher’s classroom. Rebecca is co-author to Inquiry Mindset, a book about fostering curiosity in the classroom, runs the popular instagram account @inquiryteacher, and teaches kindergarten full-time! I was really inspired by how accomplished Rebecca is for being a young teacher and I know that I want to adopt her teaching methods into my own classroom one day.

Rebecca stressed that one of the most important roles as a teacher is to bring the inquiry, wonder and curiosity out of students. Here are some of the ways that she does this.

from Rebecca’s presentation

Growing up with the old BC curriculum, I am very unfamiliar with the inquiry mindset but I love learning about it! I think that fostering creativity and curiosity in students is very important because I know so many people who have never been able to find their passions in life. With the new curriculum, we get to help students find what they find interesting in life!

One of my favourite methods that Rebecca uses in her classroom is called the wonder-wall. This wall has pictures of all of her students with thought bubbles beside them and inside the bubbles are questions that her students are wondering currently. Her students were wondering about skin tones to why people think differently. I love when young learners surprise me with what they are capable of thinking about! As I continue with my education I need to remember to have a growth mindset so that I never underestimate my students’ abilities.

For the privacy & safety of the students, I have blurred out their faces because I do not have permission to share pictures of them. This is something you should always be checking before you post a photo!

To keep up constantly with Rebecca & all of her inquiry ideas I recommend following her on twitter @rbathursthunt