My #DigPINS Journey
When I joined the summer 2019 DigPINS cohort I had a morsel of an idea to create a hybrid online/in person course to offer during May term. As a result of careful contemplation of the readings and fellow DigPIN-er blog posts, I emerged with a fresh perspective on digital identity and digital learning experiences that changed the trajectory of my plan.
I ultimately decided to focus on a project that would not simply change the format of an existing course, but to implement technology in a way that would elevate student learning. Susan Ashley was an incredible resource and offered many suggestions of how to accomplish this, including in integrating the Seesaw platform into my EDUC 317 General Music in the Elementary School course. Through the use of this intuitive online platform I was able to film and easily share footage of the fourteen teachers-in-training demonstrating their competencies in “micro-teach” episodes. Each student completed a total of five of these teaching demonstrations throughout the semester. Students received feedback from me and also completed self-reflections and peer-to-peer evaluations. Seesaw allowed me to easily organize, share, and evaluate their work. For their final microteach Susan filmed all of the demonstrations using the 360 camera to allow students the opportunity to think critically about the teaching environment in their classroom as a whole, and not just to focus exclusively on their role as facilitators in the classroom.
At the conclusion of Fall 2019 I now have a total of 140 pieces of evidence that is organized in the Seesaw platform. As this course has a second part (EDUC 318 General Music in the Secondary School), one of the goals will be to introduce both the Seesaw platform along with several other relevant digital music curriculum resources to students so that they can integrate these into their own classrooms in the future.