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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

This week we were treated to a wonderful presentation by Kalyn, Megan, Leigh, and Jenny on Assistive Technology. This group did an excellent job explaining what assistive technology, how it’s utilized and how important it is – not only within our schools – but in the world in general. Personally, I was quite surprised with my misconceptions regarding assistive technology, as the first thing that came to my mind when we were asked to discuss assistive technologies were hi […]

Socrative – Bresciani’s Top Choice!

Socrative – Bresciani’s Top Choice!

Source: www.edtechreview.com This week, Dalton, Trevor and I had the opportunity to share what we had learned about assessment with the rest of the class. As we prepared for the presentation, we spent some time exploring what assessment is as well as a variety of digital assessment tools that can be utilized in a classroom. Some of these tools were brand new to us (Classkick), while many others were ones that we’ve used extensively in our classrooms. For this blog post, I will take some ti […]

The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma

With this week’s content focusing on Web 1.0 and 2.0, it was very interesting to explore how our use of the internet and technology has evolved. While Web 1.0 was primarily utilized to access and read information, Web 2.0 was designed as a place for people to communicate, create and share. At the time this was viewed as a largely positive step forward and something that would set off a chain event of innovation and creation within the technology world. However, as it was highlighted in the docum […]

My Experience with Distance Learning

My Experience with Distance Learning

I think it goes without saying, but 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year for teachers. With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the world last winter, educators everywhere were forced to adjust to a different way of teaching to ensure their students were able to continue learning. While there were certainly many speed bumps and roadblocks along the way, teachers displayed resilience and persevered into the relatively uncharted waters of distance learning. This was a particularly steep learning curve fo […]

Is Technology Really to Blame?

Is Technology Really to Blame?

After this week’s awesome presentation, we were left the task of viewing the video “Single-tasking is the new multi-tasking” before beginning our blog posts. As I’m sure was the case with many of my classmates, as I sat down to view the video, my attention only lasted a few short seconds before I tried to do other things while I watched. Instead of just sitting and focusing on the one task at hand, I also had time to put my dishes in the dishwasher, check my fantasy football scores on my phone a […]

Entertainment, Engagement or Both?

Entertainment, Engagement or Both?

This week we were treated to a great presentation on how AV technology has evolved in education, and how educators are using it in today’s classroom. We also ended the night with a short lecture by Alec, who showed us a short clip from Sesame Street and left us with the following quote to ponder:”We now know that “Sesame Street” encourages children to love school only if school is like “Sesame Street.” Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermin […]

Learning Logo!

Learning Logo!

Source: www.tenor.com Last week’s class was a real blast from the past as I enjoyed playing so many of the educational games that were around when I was an elementary student.  Getting the opportunity to play games like Number Munchers and Oregon Trail really brought me back to my heyday in Grade 4 where we would spend one hour a week in the computer lab learning all the important skills that games such as Hot Dog Stand and All The Write type had to offe […]

Learning & Knowlege Theories

Learning & Knowlege Theories

Source: www.tenor.com While I’ve enjoyed every one of the Ed Tech classes over the past three semesters, I think our class this week may have been one of favourites. While it may not have been as flashy or engaging as some of the previous classes, I enjoyed this particular class (as well as writing this post) because it led me down a path of self reflection. If I’m being honest, I haven’t thought about theories of knowledge or learning since my undergrad when we first learned about them. T […]

Shaped by the Past: Education Technology

Shaped by the Past: Education Technology

Source: www.statusmind.com As I sat back this weekend reflecting on our previous class as well as a few of the readings, a famous quote by American astronomer Carl Saga came to mind – “You have to know the past to understand the present”. While Carl may not have been referring to technology when he spoke these words, I feel that they definitely ring true when compared to this week’s readings as well as education technology in general. Even though technology has evolved (and will […]

A Little About Me!

A Little About Me!

Source: Pixabay.com/Anemone123 Hello and welcome to my blog for EC&I 833! My name is Matt Bresciani and I am a Middle Years Teacher at St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Regina, Saskatchewan.  While my primary assignment over the past eight years has been Grade 7/8, I’ve also had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects in some of the lower grades as well. These experiences have allowed me to work outside my comfort zone and realize the curriculum connections that exist for stude […]

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