It's official! I have submitted all of my assignments for my graduate courses and my final portfolio has been accepted by the Information and Learning Technology department. I will be graduating at the end of this fall semester! It is hard to believe that the journey I started in the summer of 2013 has finally come to an end. As I was writing my portfolio paper, it was incredible to look back on all of my accomplishments over the past two and a half year. If you're interested in looking at my work, you can view the paper here.
I also create a video to introduce myself as a creative professional. Since my school is near and dear to my heart, I decided to film the video on campus. I have been fortunate enough to incorporate my community in many of my projects and I look forward to doing more projects in the future. You can view the video below.
I find myself asking the question, "What now?" I want to make sure that now that my degree is almost complete, I find other avenues to continue my learning while applying what I have already learned. The possibilities feel endless and I am excited to start this new chapter in my life. Thank you to all of the friends and family members who supported me along the way. I couldn't have done it without you :)
This week's post is a video reflection. It is also a video version of my latest podcast episode. The video below is about an activity I did with my Honors Algebra 2 Class today. If you are interested in getting a copy of the activity for yourself, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
As promised in my latest podcast episode, I am sharing a process I've used to provide homework help for students using YouTube and QR Codes.
Step 1: Setup a YouTube Channel
YouTube is linked to your Google Account, so if you have an account with Google, this process is fairly easy. A detailed video can be found here
Step 2: Create a Playlist and Add Helpful Videos
Create a new playlist and add helpful videos to this playlist. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEOS. Simply search for videos that you like and click the three circles in the upper right that appear when you hover over the video. Select the playlist you created. It has now been added to your playlist. Repeat until you are happy with the full list. Once I started finding video producers I liked, this process was fairly easy and took 5 minutes per assignment at most.
Step 3: Copy playlist link to a QR code generator
Find the link to your playlist on your channel and make a QR for the link. You can copy the link to a generic QR code generator and download the image like the one found here. Personally, I use the Google url shortener extension that I now have built into my Chrome browser. Download the QR code to place on homework assignments.
Step 4: Paste to Homework
You can copy and paste it electronically, or if you want to go low-tech - you can always print the QR code and literally paste it to your worksheet. Students who are stuck on the homework assignment can scan the code with their phone and view an entire YouTube playlist that can help them solve the problems.
Do you teach AP Calculus? Feel free to check out my teacher channel for pre-made playlists!
What are your low-effort, high-impact tech moves? Please share in the comments below!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate creative educator dedicated to improving the student experience. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.