Before this class, I never really thought of Twitter as a platform that I could actively use every day, let alone in the classroom. I had signed up for it in January to enter a contest but did not look at it for another second after that. Since the Saskedchat I have begun to truly enjoy Twitter as a resource. There is tons of information to find and plenty of educators who are more than welcoming and willing to share their knowledge. I could see Twitter being a useful tool in the classroom to help keep parents and teachers connected, as well you could use it to provide additional resources and reminders for the students. The Saskedchat was an overall great experience. At first, it was a little overwhelming but once you got past the initial shock it was just a regular conversation that you had to furiously type your replies. I think I will continue to use Twitter, it is a great way to communicate with other educators to help give perspective, advise and support when you do don’t have the ability to connect in person. You do have to be aware of the negative uses of Twitter and filter out the nonessential information. Just like everything in life there are always going to be pros and cons but hopefully, in this case, the good outweighs the bad.
This week was an organization and planning week for my learning project. I realized this project was going to be a large undertaking after doing some research on Pinterest and simple Google searches. I started off by planning what kind of pictures I would like to include in this scrapbook and decided that because this was going to be a 50th wedding anniversary present I wanted to include pictures that spanned over their last 50 years of marriage. I took a trip out to the family farm to go through mountains of photo albums. Luckily we live in a digital age and instead of taking the very delicate photos in to make copies I was able to use my phone to take a copy of the photo and then print them off. I also started researching what kind of materials you should start off with and I found a site with wallet-friendly suggestions. I watched several youtube videos to give me a better understanding of what would be most appropriate for my project. This video seemed to be the most useful for determining supplies:
Unfortunately, I don’t have a local craft store, however, I was able to find a few basic supplies at the Walmart and Dollarama and I ordered the rest online on Amazon. I settled on the basics for now and I will continue to collect materials as I need them.
-acid free paper (cardstock 12″x12″)
–paper protectors (12″x12″)
-craft bond photo glue
Well, this week I signed up for my Feedly account and it was quite overwhelming at the start but I think I am slowly starting to get the hang of it! There was a lot of different blogs and sources to choose from so it took a bit to determine what would be a good fit for my learning. I started by searching #education and #edtech and started to follow almost the top 6-8 sources that popped up. I then went over to my feed and began to look through the recent articles. If I noticed that there was a pattern in articles that I felt were irrelevant I would look into that source to determine if I should continue to follow it. I ended up unfollowing about 4 sources. I think the blog that stands out to me the most at the moment is TeachThough. The content that they post I found to be very useful for both teachers and education students. It has a variety of content that can range anywhere from tips to teaching strategies. It also explores integrating media and technology into the classroom and how it can affect the students. Overall, I think this source is worth further explanation and the website Feedly is a good resource to collect different articles and information that we otherwise would not have the opportunity to be exposed to.
Hello everyone! I am just moving into the second week of this Cree 100 course and I am still unsure of what to do for this final project. I am leaning towards some of the examples from previous students that were posted into the Google community. I like the idea of doing an introduction to my family in Cree. I think I like this idea the most because it opens up the possibility for some deeper discussions with family members. I come from a primarily French and Irish background and we have had very limited exposure to other languages and this will help me be able to reach a deeper connection with the children in my very diverse classrooms. I look forward to learning the language and exploring the different dialects!
Hello everyone! I am only moving into the second week of my EDTC 300 class through the University of Regina. It feels like we are already moving at hyperspeed and I am trying my best to keep up. I have always been very private on online profiles, in fact when I googled myself the only true connection to me was a photo that had been published in a magazine when I was 16. I have always been more behind the scenes when it comes to social media. I run a Facebook account and an Instagram account for the Yorkton Threshermen’s Club Inc. I had to create a twitter account for this class, it is not a platform that I am familiar with but I look forward to learning! So far creating this blog has been quite exciting I was able to organize it in a way that I hope I can continue to use throughout my educational journey. I have already written my first post about my learning project so feel free to check that out as well! To give you an idea of whose thoughts and ideas you are reading I have included my face in this post, I guess I better get used to sharing little pieces of myself for this class!
When I first heard about the learning project assignment I felt defeated. I thought, how am I supposed to dedicate 30-40 hours to a project when I am already overwhelmed with work and school? However, after a little thought, I began to see the assignment for what it really was, an opportunity. This assignment will force me to take time out of my chaotic schedule to practice something that I have always wanted to try but had always put on the backburner because I didn’t have the time. For this learning project, I have decided to learn how to scrapbook. Scrapbooking can be very beautiful when done well and it is a talent that I have always admired. Throughout this semester I will be creating a scrapbook using different tutorials that I hope to find on Youtube, Pinterest and of course Google! At the end of the summer if I am successful I hope to have created an amazing scrapbook to give to my grandparents for their 50th wedding anniversary. I think they deserve more than 40 hours on their anniversary present, don’t you?
Thanks for joining me on my journey where I will be learning how to integrate media and technology into the classroom!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton