Old Soul Meets Tech World

My name is Katelyn Pippus and I am a fourth year student in the secondary program. I recently finished my internship experience at Martin Collegiate and it was such an incredible experience. I learned SO much in my four months there! One of the things I learned was that although I viewed myself as fairly tech savvy heading into internship, once I got into the classroom I realized there was so much more to learn.

I consider myself to be a bit of an old soul. I still prefer to read an actual physical book as opposed to any e-reader or online platform. In high school I was the last person in my friend group to switch from a flip phone to an iPhone.  I still have not signed up for Snapchat and only just created a twitter account for this class.  I am not against technology by any stretch but I feel that it is possible to become unnecessarily over connected through social media.

That being said, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly digitized and there are some seriously cool digital tools out there that can enrich the learning in our classrooms. Last year in ELNG 351 we had an assignment where we worked in small groups to teach our classmates about some digital tool that could be used to enhance learning in a high school English class. We used things like Plickers, EdPuzzle, Socrative, Kahoot. In internship I used Google Classroom and Google Read and Write with students to enhance their writing and to stay organized.

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Internship really reframed my understanding of technology and media in the classroom. Going into internship I didn’t quite realize how addicted kids are to their phones in high school. A major reason why I took this class is because through my internship I discovered the importance of viewing cellphones as a tool and not an issue in the classroom setting. I want to empower my students to use their technology to enrich their learning instead of detract from it. Going into the classroom I assumed students knew how to use their technology as tools to enhance learning but that is a skill students need to be taught.

I still can’t decide how I feel about blogging. I have blogged for other university courses and I enjoy the opportunity to write less formally and I love that I can interact with my colleagues instead of exploring ideas in isolation. I am enjoying creating my blog a lot more after our first week of class because when I tried setting it up on my own it was somewhat confusing and frustrating. I can also see the value of keeping a blog as a practicing teacher to ensure you are reflecting on your teaching practice. At this point it feels a bit like a necessary evil but I may come to love it yet.

I am looking forward to learning more about how to effectively integrate technology into my future classroom. Feel free to follow me on twitter as I embark on this journey!

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