Working with Menus

Many of you have created your WordPress blog by now, but a common tendency is to use “Pages” to create all content on your site for your menus. While you may want some static pages on your site (likely for an “About Me” page), to separate your course blogs (e.g., EDCI 336 and EDCI 306A) or to separate assignments (e.g., open inquiry and tech inquiry), you will need to:

  1. Create categories
  2. Add categories to your blog posts
  3. Create a menu item from a category

First off, before you start working in the basic gray-coloured menu, go to the better black-coloured menu by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your blog URL. Make sure you aren’t using a long goobly-goop URL first. That is, NOT: https://wordpress.com/view/thenameofmyblog.wordpress.com
It should look like: http://thenameofmyblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin

Create Categories

  • click to Posts
  • click on Categories
  • enter the name for your category. To separate EDCI 336 posts from EDCI 306A posts, for example, create one category for EDCI 336 (“edci336”) and one category for EDCI 306A (“edci306A”). Next up, for EDCI 336, create categories as per our naming convention for competencies using the same capitalization, spelling, and spaces.
  • click on Add New Category

Add Categories to Your Blog Posts

  • When editing a blog post, on the right side, you will see two tabs. One says Document and beside it is Block. 
  • Click on Document
  • Click on Categories to expand it to see the drop-down menu. You should be able to see the categories you created. Check all appropriate ones (e.g, EDCI 336 and Tech Inquiry and Video Editing).

Create a Menu Item Based on a Category

Once you have created categories, you can add menu items based on them. If you haven’t applied categories to a post yet, you can still create menus based on them. Former EDCI 336 learners from three years ago created a video tutorial for how to do create menus using categories using the Camtasia screen capture software that is available in the lab. Alternatively, the steps are described below:

  • Go to Appearance 
  • Click on Menus
  • Click on Categories to expand the drop-down menu
  • Click View All
  • Checkmark the categories you want to add to the menu. They will appear at the bottom of the menu list on the right side.
  • Drag and drop your new menu item to where you want it on the menu list. Note, indenting a menu item under another menu creates a drop-down or submenu.
  • Click Save Menu

That’s it! You should start setting up the menus and categories for your course(s) and for the competencies you are working on. You can also simply create all the competency categories for the course at once. For EDCI 336, we would recommend EDCI 336 as a top menu item and three submenus: Open Inquiry, Tech Inquiry, and EdTech. You are free to design the rest of your sites’s content/menus based on your preferences and can use this blog for multiple courses and to develop into an ongoing professional portfolio. We are happy to support you. Enjoy designing your site!

Most Likely To Succeed Film

For those of you who may have missed watching the Most Likely to Succeed film together in class, you can catch up by watching it online using the link below. Note: this film is restricted to those watching from on campus or those accessing it from off campus using a VPN to connect to campus using a UVic netlink ID and password. For any assistance in watching it from off-campus or how to set up a UVic VPN, please contact the UVic Help Desk. If accessing it correctly, you should not have to create any accounts or log in in any way.

Click here to watch Most Likely to Succeed.

Google Form for Public Sharing of Topics and Online Presence (optional)

We have created an online Google Form for those of you in the class, who would like to share their inquiry topics and online presence publicly. This form is also used to collect consent and information for sharing a Trello board to support inquiry projects this term. FIPPA and Privacy has been discussed extensively in class, so you should be aware that this is not required, but is available to you as per your privacy preferences. If you prefer to keep your responses private, you may email your instructor with your responses to the questions on the form instead of using the form. For more information about FIPPA and privacy, please visit our pages on that topic under Educational Competencies on this website. 

Please complete this form (or email your responses to your instructor) as soon as possible or before your third class at the latest. Note: you can submit the form again if you need to add a response to a field you previously left blank or if you are updated/changing your information.

Google Form for Trello set-up, Public Sharing of Topics, and Online Presence

WordPress Website Creation

Here is a link to a WordPress website creation tutorial created by the UVic Libraries Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC): http://bit.ly/2NTFP4p

If you have any questions or need help with setting up your WordPress website, feel free to stop by the DSC on the 3rd floor of the library in the new part of the building, or email dscommons@uvic.ca to set up an appointment.

Additional resources can be found on the WordPress Resources page of this website. Be sure to also check out the WordPress Competencies page, which lists the various tasks you should complete.

EDCI 336 Course Site

Welcome to the website for EDCI 336: Technology Innovation in Education at the University of Victoria!

This is the main website related to the course. From here, you can find everything you need to make progress or to find help. On this site, you can also find links to the following important resources:

EDCI 336 Blog Hub – This site aggregates and curates learner blog posts. The link to this is on the top right side of the course website.

Twitter hashtags for the course are #edci336 and #edci336news, which are also linked on the top right side of the course website

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your instructor to give feedback on either site or email edci336@uvic.ca

We look forward to learning with you!

 

Spring 2019 A01 POSTS

  • Off to a good start…
    by The Fumbling Millennial on April 12, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Ok well off and running…off to a start….I’ve started. It hasn’t been the start I had ambitiously set out for, but I am learning as I go, and as long as I am learning-I will always have something to write about. I am pretty timid around new tech, but we have been learning about so … Continue reading Off to a good start […]

  • Math + technology? Where do I start?
    by The Fumbling Millennial on April 12, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Deciding to combine two of my weakest areas will either be really brave, insightful and stand to improve my understanding, my pedagogy and access to useful information….or it will overwhelm me and scare me back into my safety zone of avoiding new technologies. Even excel and powerpoint scare me! If a classmate didn’t invite me … Continue reading Math + technology? Where do I start? […]

  • 3D Printing
    by dehchostudent on April 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    As a new teacher I am so amazed by the technology we have in our world today. 3D printing is one of them, from the day I heard of this I was interested. I have seen a few examples before my classmate Amy introduced it in class, and what she had to show blew my … Continue reading 3D Printing […]

  • MindCraft
    by dehchostudent on April 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Mind craft is one game that has been around for awhile now. I know both of my boys play on this, so I have tried to see what it is about. It was an amazing way to do different quests, and to learn how to survive I thought. In one of my classes I had … Continue reading MindCraft […]

  • Fresh Grade
    by dehchostudent on April 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I am new to fresh grade, but I know it will be used in my practicum. The presentation on fresh grade was amazing so I am sharing the blog from Ms. Christiaens site.https://mschristiaens.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/freshgrade-everything-you-need-to-know/ […]

  • January 31st 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Today’s class was about instructional video to communicate and teach. I’m sure we all have used some form of instructional video. I know I have. There is a facebook page called “Tasty” and they post a bunch of recipe videos, it goes through the recipe and shows you how much ingredients you need to put […]

  • January 24th 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 11, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I really enjoyed the topic from class today. It was about EdCamp, which is like a conference thing for teachers. There is no set schedule, the teachers make up the schedule as they go. They will give about ten options/themes to talk about and each teacher will have three dot stickers and choose their top […]

  • January 23rd 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 11, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I am excited but also a bit nervous for this class. I am not too sure what to expect. I am nervous because technology can be a bit difficult for me. Onc’t toe I saw the page lay out thing for us to make a wordpress website, my first thought was “how the heck do […]

  • January 18th 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 11, 2019 at 8:44 am

    When i saw podcasting was an option for a tech inquiry, I was a bit excited. Because I have done a podcast with CFUV 101.9fm which is UVic’s campus radio station. It was a summer job last year. I have seven episodes. The show was called WILNEW Radio, WILNEW is the SENCOTEN word meaning Indigenous. […]

  • Privacy in the classroom
    by debzidoodle2003 on April 5, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Discussion with Jesse Miller MA. ,@mediatedreality, info@mediatedreality.com, The Kids are Alright Podcast, Should your child have a social media account?? To discuss Advertisements […]

  • Video Conferencing in the Classroom
    by Kelsey Sims on April 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Facilitates: – field trips without leaving (virtual field trips) – student engagement – connecting with experts – prepares students for the workplace – allows students to access… Read more "Video Conferencing in the Classroom" […]

  • February 9th 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 4, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    These are the first four pairs that I have sold. They’re small and thin. As a new beader, I wasn’t sure how much to charge. I know there are people who bead and their prices are a bit expensive. I didn’t want my work to be too expensive, I wanted it to be affordable and […]

  • January 31st 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    A few days later i had made three pairs of earrings made. When I started, I said that I would make earrings and then I would gift them to family and friends. I later realized if I continue to just give them away, it would get really expensive. Because beads can get a little pricey. […]

  • January 29th 2019
    by nickhenry06 on April 3, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    After being inspired, I went out and bought myself some beads. Which was a dangerous move haha. Because I like all the colour options at the two bead stores that I visited. I went to Beadworld and Victoria bead town designs. At Beadworld, they have a smaller selection of beads, and they are a bit […]

  • Language apps used around the world
    by dehchostudent on April 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    When looking for different ideas and ways I can use language apps to help support students to grow their interest in language I found these sites, and ideas. It is always best to try and use what works for you, and have fun while you are learning. Remember it is okay to make mistakes it … Continue reading Language apps used around the world […]

  • FreshGrade … Everything You Need to Know!
    by carlyanne13 on April 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    FreshGrade is an e-portfolio platform whose name has been recently thrown around a lot in education . It appears that teachers and educators around B.C are using the app and have positive feedback to give pre-service teachers. The application is a way for teachers and students to capture and communicate learning on a continual basis… Continue reading FreshGrade … Everything You Need to Know! […]

  • We Have A Winner!
    by amyveagle on April 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I tried out Pixlr (https://pixlr.com/editor/). It was very intuitive and had almost all of the tools that I wanted. Another big perk is that you can edit on the go. It is browser based, so there is no worrying about downloading programs. Here is a photo of a doll that looks like she has been… Continue reading We Have A Winner! […]

  • FreshGrade Notes
    by hollieross3022 on March 29, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I took notes on the FreshGrade presentation both while the group was speaking as well as when the guest presenter spoke about the program. I would love to use FreshGrade during my teaching practice after having heard so much about it throughout this program, and it was very interesting getting to hear about it from … Continue reading FreshGrade Notes &rarr […]

  • FreshGrade
    by Kelsey Sims on March 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    A window into the classroom Should I use it? Ask yourself these two questions: Is it easy enough to integrate in the ebb and flow of my… Read more "FreshGrade" […]

  • January 9th 2019
    by nickhenry06 on March 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    The First Peoples House put on a beaded earring workshop. Elder in residence Barb Hlume lead the workshop. There were about 15 of us students who participated. Barb first asked us to pick 2-3 colours of beads, I was standing at the bucket of beads for a long time because I wasn’t sure which colours […]

  • Well … That’s a Wrap Folks
    by MattTran on March 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    As the semester ends, our passion project does too (sadly). We have enjoyed every moment of our personal training over the past three months and being able to reflect on the process through our weekly blogs and videos. We both learnt so much from be able to do this and feel confident that we can … Continue reading Well … That’s a Wrap Folks […]

  • Well … That’s a Wrap Folks
    by MattTran on March 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    As the semester ends, our passion project does too (sadly). We have enjoyed every moment of our personal training over the past three months and being able to reflect on the process through our weekly blogs and videos. We both learnt so much from be able to do this and feel confident that we can … Continue reading Well … That’s a Wrap Folks […]

  • Blogs blogs blogs .. and more blogs!
    by runawayis on March 24, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Over the term I have been thinking about blogging more than I have … well ever. I have never had a blog and had always thought it would be kind of cool to start one, but never actually went ahead with it. In addition to actually creating my own blog, this term I have been […]

  • Nearing the End…
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on March 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    This post will be brief to sum up my photography project for the semester. I am so glad I chose photography as my open inquiry project! I learned so much in such a short amount of time about using a DSLR, capturing better photos, and editing in darktable. I hope to continue with my photography, … Continue reading Nearing the End […]

  • Quick Sketches
    by hollieross3022 on March 23, 2019 at 12:21 am

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    by hollieross3022 on March 23, 2019 at 12:20 am

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  • Twine
    by hollieross3022 on March 22, 2019 at 5:34 am

                                                                TWINE “Twine” reminded me of the choose your own adventure books that I often saw as a kid. I think that students would love this program as it involves technology as well as creative work and is an interactive activity. More recently, the popular TV show Black Mirrorhas released an interactive “choose your own adventure” film … Continue reading Twine &rarr […]

  • March 21st Notes
    by hollieross3022 on March 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm

                                                                Tech 336 Notes Group Presentation #1 (Cole, Eric, Kelsey, Marney) Google in the Classroom Strengths Accessibility Accessible anywhere Free for educational institutions Good for ELL communication Communication Share work with family Collaboration Introduces online safety Assessment Peer-assessment through sharing posts Freedom Weaknesses Need parental consent (parents can say no) Work is only saved when online … Continue reading March 21st Notes &rarr […]

  • Sketchnoting and Twine!
    by runawayis on March 21, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Today in class we were introduced to sketchnoting and Twine by Rich McCue. Sketchnoting is a way to take notes that includes sketching visuals that go along with the notes and information one is recording. At first I recognized this method of note taking as bullet journaling, which I have read a lot about and […]

  • GAFE Presentation
    by marnieburnham1078 on March 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Today my group presented on Google Apps for Education. I think it went well. I showed everyone the links where they can see what Google know about them (interests, locations, youtube searches, google searches etc.) I may have freaked everyone out with that, but hey! Knowledge is power… https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Cf5RtORYsfGE9w3Tm017MA-yHBNZCmLSFholZyhJtH0/edit?usp=sharing […]

  • Sketchnoting
    by Kelsey Sims on March 21, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Memorization/recall more effective for drawn items vs written Sketchnoting engaged whole mind, create visual map, helps concentration, taps into visual language, and is fun and fulfilling! Google… Read more "Sketchnoting" […]

  • Google Apps for Education Presentation
    by Kelsey Sims on March 21, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    My group used Google Slides to create this presentation about Google! Check it out: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Cf5RtORYsfGE9w3Tm017MA-yHBNZCmLSFholZyhJtH0/edit?usp=sharing […]

  • Turns Out There is No Such Thing As Privacy…
    by marnieburnham1078 on March 20, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Any online service you get for free (facebook, google, etc.) you have to realize that YOU are the product they are selling to advertisers. They are harvesting your usage data and selling it There is some really interesting information available about how online services track all of your online activity and use algorithms and data … Continue reading Turns Out There is No Such Thing As Privacy… &rarr […]

  • Google Apps For Education vs. Microsoft Office 365
    by erinbergman7574 on March 19, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    My last two blogs for this inquiry have looked specifically at Google Classroom and how it compares to other similar educational tools. However, in this one I want to look at how GAFE (Google Apps For Education) compares as a whole to its main competitor: Microsoft Office 365 (For Education). Here is a chart of … Continue reading Google Apps For Education vs. Microsoft Office 365 &rarr […]

  • Watercolour Toothless
    by katelynneily on March 19, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Materials: Fluid 140lb cold press 8x10in watercolour paper, QOR Mini  12 colour watercolour paints, size 8 round and size 1 round brush, size 2 Micron pen, pencil This is Toothless, a character from the How To Train Your Dragon movie trilogy. I saw this movie in January and have decided to finally take a shot at… Continue reading Watercolour Toothless […]

  • Inquiry in the Classroom
    by runawayis on March 19, 2019 at 2:56 am

    During this term our class too a field trip to George Jay Elementary to listen to Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt, a kindergarten teacher and co-author of the book Inquiry Mindset. Although I was unable to attend, I did listen to the audio recording of the lecture and it got me feeling pretty excited about practicum and my […]

  • 3D Printing
    by katelynneily on March 18, 2019 at 5:30 am

      What You’ll Need TinkerCad (free program) 3D printers are  available at UVic scholarship commons (Makerbot or Ultimaker) Why Bother? Lets students interact with 3D objects you may not have access to Students can learn to 3D print, which is going to become more common in the future. Cons It takes a long time Printers… Continue reading 3D Printing […]

  • Minecraft
    by katelynneily on March 18, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Our guest speaker, a teacher from Colquitz Middle School told us all about how she uses Minecraft in an educational environment. At Coquitz there is an enrichment class which is 80 minutes a week for 6 weeks, and minecraft is offered as a choice to the students who take it. They currently use EDU version… Continue reading Minecraft […]

  • FreshGrade Privacy
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on March 18, 2019 at 2:54 am

    One of the biggest concerns with any kind of social media platform, especially when it comes to children, is privacy. FreshGrade isn’t exactly the same as the most common social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram, but I understand a cause for concern when information is being posted onto FreshGrade about a child, including … Continue reading FreshGrade Privacy […]

  • Google Classroom vs. FreshGrade
    by erinbergman7574 on March 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    These are two apps that are frequently used in classrooms to monitor student learning and create an online learning community. They both incorporate parent involvement in their own ways, and they both have their own pros and cons. Before I suggest who I believe to be the most useful in the modern classroom, here is … Continue reading Google Classroom vs. FreshGrade &rarr […]

  • 3D Printing
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on March 16, 2019 at 1:33 am

    3D printing seems to me like this new exciting technology that has a lot of potential uses but generally is just too expensive and experimental right now to really be useful. I have recently learned how incorrect I am! 3D printing is more accessible, affordable, and practical than I thought it was right now. Thank … Continue reading 3D Printing […]

  • How Diet Affects the Environment
    by erinbergman7574 on March 15, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    This is one area where I really struggle to hold myself accountable. I grew up in a household that ate meat as a part of every meal. I still live in a household where dinner is made for me, and it is usually with some sort of meat. This is not to make excuses for … Continue reading How Diet Affects the Environment &rarr […]

  • Online Presence
    by erinbergman7574 on March 15, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    A few weeks ago, our class was lucky enough to have the chance to hear a presentation from Jesse Miller about technology in the classroom, social media, and our overall online presence. I found this presentation to be extremely enlightening and relevant to our future careers. He raised really good points that as teachers, we … Continue reading Online Presence &rarr […]

  • Reflections on Gimp in the classroom
    by amyveagle on March 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Note: the feature image is from https://www.flickr.com/photos/122180375@N05/39644728781 Our tech class is beginning to wrap up. It is hard to believe that it is almost over. After months of working with GIMP I feel like I barely have scratched the surface. It is true that if I continued to spend more time working with it, my… Continue reading Reflections on Gimp in the classroom […]

  • EdTech Reflections
    by nickhenry06 on March 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

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  • Beading Inquiry
    by nickhenry06 on March 15, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    January 9th 2019 The First Peoples House put on a beaded earring workshop. Elder in residence Barb Hlume lead the workshop. There were about 15 of us students who participated. Barb first asked us to pick 2-3 colours of beads, I was standing at the bucket of beads for a long time because I wasn’t […]

  • That’s a Wrap
    by amyveagle on March 15, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    My tech inquiry is done, but I know that my learning about 3D printing has just started. Here is the PowerPoint presentation that I shared with my class. I think that 3D printing has a lot of exciting applications for use in an elementary school classroom. I am intrigued by how the technology will change.… Continue reading That’s a Wra […]

  • Minecraft for Education
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on March 15, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Most people have heard of Minecraft and millions of people have played it for years. I personally have never played it, but I know many people who really enjoy it. As with any video game, it can be a fun way to pass the time and connect with friends through play. Honestly, I have never … Continue reading Minecraft for Education […]

  • Amy’s 3D Printer Presentation
    by hollieross3022 on March 15, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Common printing object is a small Pikachu You cannot just send an image, it will take parts at a time and then come together 3D printing from the University of Victoria is not expensive, only 0.10/gram This is good for the classroom as you can make custom manipulatives as well as print things out in … Continue reading Amy’s 3D Printer Presentation &rarr […]

  • EDCI 336 Minecraft Reflection and Notes
    by hollieross3022 on March 14, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Gaming in the Classroom Presentation (Guest Speaker) Minecraft Microsoft was supposed to be piloted in the school by this spring but it has not yet. In the future, all students will have access to Minecraft and will be able to create Microsoft accounts There are big differences between the EDU version that the speaker’s school … Continue reading EDCI 336 Minecraft Reflection and Notes &rarr […]

Spring 2019 A02 POSTS

  • Mindfulness for ALL: 4 Social-Emotional Competencies Taught Through Mindful Practice
    by missmaracox on April 6, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Adapted from and informed by: Tantillo Philibert, C.. (2017). Everyday SEL in elementary school: Integrating social-emotional learning and mindfulness into your classroom. London: Routledge. Mindfulness should be practiced in the classroom as a strategy not just for “under-preforming children” or certain students who need strategies to help to sort out behavioral issues, but for all … Continue reading Mindfulness for ALL: 4 Social-Emotional Competencies Taught Through Mindful Practic […]

  • On blogging
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Alright dear followers, This is likely my last and final post for this blog. It’s been a pleasure to create my own blog. I’ve actually discovered through it that I actually love writing, and adding images and making something that will look really nice for others to use. Once I get established as a teacher, … Continue reading On blogging […]

  • On All the ‘R’s: QR codes, AR, and VR
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 2:17 am

    This past week we briefly touched on QR codes, AR (or Augmented Reality), and VR (Virtual Reality) and how they can be used in the classroom. QR (or ‘Quick Response’) codes are little computer-generated black and white patterned boxes that can be placed on worksheets or other materials and can be scanned by specific QR … Continue reading On All the ‘R’s: QR codes, AR, and VR […]

  • On coding
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 2:00 am

    In the past couple weeks, my class has had a couple really awesome opportunities to give coding a try! As I have been with a lot of new technology things, I was nervous to try it. I have a friend who’s taking Computer Science as a degree and I know she spends many long hours … Continue reading On coding […]

  • On Feedly
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:50 am

    As of a couple weeks ago, I opened my first Feedly account. Feedly is a social bookmarking site that allows me to curate a list of other people’s blogs and see all new updates and posts in one place. Regrettably, I have not played around with this website as much as I would have liked … Continue reading On Feedly […]

  • Reflections on Distributed Learning
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:38 am

    A couple weeks ago we were talking about distributed learning in class. Distributed learning is defined by innovativelearning.com as “learning activities that allow learners and instructors to participate in learning activities for disparate locations”. We began reflecting on our own experiences with distributed learning: What are your experiences with distributed learning? I have actually had … Continue reading Reflections on Distributed Learning […]

  • Blogging, Twitter, and Trello
    by laurengateley on April 6, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Blogging: Previous to this class, I had never blogged before. Likewise, I never considered myself to be the blogger type. However, from this experience, of blogging about multiple topics consistently over the semester, I have come to realize that anyone can be a blogger! Moreover, blogging can be done on any topic or interest, which … Continue reading Blogging, Twitter, and Trello […]

  • Reflection on Video Conference Call with Verena Roberts
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Back in the first few days of March, my class had the special opportunity to video conference call Verena Roberts, a teacher and technology education researcher based out of Alberta. The day we video conferenced her, she was giving a lecture to those in the community at a university, and we got to join in … Continue reading Reflection on Video Conference Call with Verena Roberts […]

  • Final class
    by olivermconn on April 6, 2019 at 1:22 am

    In our final class this week we had the opportunity to learn about a few more technologies that could be used to the benefit of us and our future students. GAFE (Google Apps For Education) Cloud-based apps have become common in day to day life which means that they are now also popping up within … Continue reading Final class &rarr […]

  • QR codes
    by Josh Lafond on April 6, 2019 at 1:21 am

    a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone. https://www.dictionary.com/ QR codes are 2 dimension versions of a barcodes. Standing for quick response is a quick access to information that is hidden behind the code. They … Continue reading "QR codes" […]

  • On Twitter and PLN
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I’m finding it so look back and think on how far I’ve come in the technology class I am finishing right now. Earlier this semester, I was quite frankly very overwhelmed at the idea of using Twitter. Then I got a Twitter account and started following people, and that began to change… I began following … Continue reading On Twitter and PLN […]

  • On Privacy, FIPPA and Consent
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Throughout the course of the semester, I have been very aware of good teacher practices around privacy to be practicing right now. Although I technically am not yet required to be following good teacher protocol around privacy and consent, I decided to start this semester asking for consent around using anyone’s name, personal information, or … Continue reading On Privacy, FIPPA and Consent […]

  • Protected: Week 9: My Mennonite Background and I
    by bethany_v on April 5, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Of What Use Is It?
    by Nat on April 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    As I look through my old books I tend to focus on the strange reality they present. I have spent hours looking through ‘facts’ of the past. The Earths core is solid, orange peels are a public safety hazard, you should never discuss hobbies at a diner party… these are the light side of my … Continue reading Of What Use Is It? &rarr […]

  • Coding And Reality
    by Nat on April 5, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Today we listened to the last of our class presentations on Tech inquiries. One of the presentations was on coding which gave us the opportunity to try Scratch coding by following a module. It was encouraging to follow the steps and learn a few of the tools, I am sure if I tried to incorporate … Continue reading Coding And Reality &rarr […]

  • Positive Vibes
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 5, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    For the past two weeks I have been leaving positive messages around campus and town to help anyone who sees them to have a good day. For the first week I wrote notes on pieces of paper and put them onto cars around our campuses parking lot. It’s a stressful time of year for university … Continue reading Positive Vibes […]

  • Open Inquiry #8
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 5, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    As I am now at the end of my piano playing journey, I thought that I would reflect on my learning process and my final thoughts. Overall, I have really enjoyed practicing my piano playing skills and I am happy with the progress I have made. This experience has been very rewarding and positive. I … Continue reading Open Inquiry #8 […]

  • Protected: Musical Growth Reflection
    by sarahkalder on April 5, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Coding
    by Miss Brown on April 5, 2019 at 6:38 am

    In class today we learned about coding from out peers who did their tech inquiry on that topic. They showed us an awesome resource that you can use with to start kids off with coding at a young age. It make it so simpler and has fun task or games that they would be trying … Continue reading Coding &rarr […]

  • Final Evidence of Growth
    by Olivia on April 5, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Over this semester I feel like I learned a lot about music and teaching music. Going into this course, I did not know anything about the piano or teaching music. I did have the tiniest bit of musical background in that I did band in middle school but that was a super long time ago… Continue reading Final Evidence of Growt […]

  • EDCI 306A: Final Reflections 9, 10, & 11.
    by missmaracox on April 5, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Reflection 9 My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is that I am able to understand on a personal level that music and musical talent does not come easily to every child! I understand that everyones’ learning processes look differently, and some components of musical learning may come easier for some … Continue reading EDCI 306A: Final Reflections 9, 10, & 11. […]

  • 02 April: A Jam-Packed Final Class of EDCI 336!
    by missmaracox on April 5, 2019 at 3:46 am

    In our final class this week, we had the opportunity to learn about a few more technologies that could be used to the benefit of us and our future students. Coding This is a topic that is still relatively new to me, although I have been hearing it mentioned within the educational world more and … Continue reading 02 April: A Jam-Packed Final Class of EDCI 336! […]

  • Coding
    by Tori Talks on April 5, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Before this class, I did not know much about coding. In this class we watched a presentation about coding and the types of coding programs you could use and how each program’s difficulty varies. To start with coding, you start with blocking where there are blocks and that you can drag and the coding part … Continue reading "Coding" […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on April 5, 2019 at 12:50 am

    My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my genuine love for music. When a teacher is enthusiastic about what they are teaching, their enthusiasm is translated onto the students. Your energy as an educator must match your classes; this keeps them engaged and excited to learn! I also think that […]

  • AR & VR
    by maevepoulin on April 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    AR or augmented reality is “the blending of interactive digital elements- like dazzling visual overlays, buzzy haptic feedback, or other sensory projections- into our real-world environments” (from https://computer.howstuffworks.com/augmented-reality.htm). An example of AR is the popular game “Pokemon Go”. You can download apps such as HP Reveal onto your phone to create interactive digital elements. All … Continue reading AR & VR […]

  • QR Codes
    by maevepoulin on April 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    QR or “Quick Response” codes are readable bar code that can store alphanumeric data. Usually companies would use these codes for easy access to their website or contact information but QR codes can also be beneficial for educational purposes! (Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code) My Professor for my EDCI 336 class outlined these examples of QR … Continue reading QR Codes […]

  • Reflections #9, 10, & 11: My Professional Growth in Music Education
    by bethany_v on April 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Hello dear followers, Today I’m going to reflect on how my music education class has shaped me and what resources and strengths and weaknesses I will have as an educator teaching music. Reflection question #9: My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is … I can use this strength to… I … Continue reading Reflections #9, 10, & 11: My Professional Growth in Music Education […]

  • Social Media in Education
    by olivermconn on April 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    During this semester we have been shown many different tech tools that can be used in education. To my surprise some of these tool s ended up being different forms of social media! The only time I remember social media being a part of school was one of my friends would check in with his … Continue reading Social Media in Education &rarr […]

  • Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality in a Classroom
    by Josh Lafond on April 4, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Although many people may think that augmented reality and virtual reality are the same, they have very distinct differences. Augmented Reality Using a camera augmented reality adds digital elements to the world around you. Using snapchat filters is a prime example of augmented reality being used in everyday life. The potential to use this augmented … Continue reading "Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality in a Classroom" […]

  • QR Codes, VR, AR and more
    by laurengateley on April 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    The first half of this week we listened to multiple technology inquiry projects. These topics included, Place-Based Learning, Podcasting, and Freshgrade. I found all of these presentations to be quite in-depth and informative, as they groups have had several months to learn and master these topics and depict key aspects. The rest of the class … Continue reading QR Codes, VR, AR and mor […]

  • Last Week
    by chloestoroschuk on April 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    For our last blog post we decide it was time for us to learn how to use a camera in manual mode. Where as in our previous blog posts we demonstrated how a camera could be used as an educational tool, this week we have learnt the basics of how to take pictures without using… Continue reading Last Week &rarr […]

  • Beach Clean
    by chloestoroschuk on April 4, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    For our photography project this week we decided to do a beach clean up! We met at Spiral Beach to find and pick up any garbage that had been left behind or drifted ashore. We started by walking down the beach scanning for garbage, but to our surprise there was none to pick up! We… Continue reading Beach Clean &rarr […]

  • Spring Time
    by chloestoroschuk on April 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    For this week’s blog we decided to take pictures on my environment and what we had noticed happening around us which was springtime! We wanted to try and capture a few moments that mirrored the changing of seasons and how beautiful the island is at this time of year. We think that this time of… Continue reading Spring Time &rarr […]

  • Bean Bags
    by chloestoroschuk on April 4, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    It’s starting to get cold here in Victoria again, and keeping our heat on is just too expensive! This week we decided to get crafty and sew up our very own microwaveable heating pads. All we needed to make them was: Fabric (100% cotton so that it’s microwave safe) Thread (also cotton so that it’s… Continue reading Bean Bags &rarr […]

  • Final Evidence of Growth – Videos and Reflection
    by olivermconn on April 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Throughout the semester I have made a massive improvement in playing musical instruments. My original goal was to learn how to play Hallelujah on the piano and sing while I play. Now that it is the end of the semester I am happy that I have reached my goal and accomplished more. After I learnt … Continue reading Final Evidence of Growth – Videos and Reflection &rarr […]

  • Final Reflection and Demonstration of Growth
    by arianakelly0914 on April 4, 2019 at 7:46 am

    For my personalized learning project in music, I chose to learn the ukulele. Learning an instrument has been a fun process, although very frustrating and challenging at times. I found it hard to devote a lot of time to it due to school classes, my work schedule, practicum prep, and homework. Throughout this semester I […]

  • by laurengateley on April 4, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I have found this lesson plan template to work the best for me personally: Units: Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Middle School Lessons: Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Middle Schoo […]

  • by laurengateley on April 4, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Coaching Experience: This past year I was involved in co-teaching the senior dance team at Montessori Elementary. This experience showed me how a dance program could be implemented into other schools and I hope to apply this knowledge so I can implement a similar program in the future. Sports: I grew up competitively swimming which … Continue reading […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on April 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Augmented reality is an interactive experience where objects around you are modified by a computer and presented to you in a new way. I was amazed by the video we watched in class as I have personally never experienced anything like it. I can see how at monitored use it can be used in classrooms […]

  • by laurengateley on April 4, 2019 at 6:30 am

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  • by alinameyer5369 on April 4, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Today Lauren and Angela did a great presentation on coding. Each language in coding is used for different things, for example Python is for designing games. It is a challenging journey that takes a lot of practice and patience. Coding comes down to ones and zeros, and it’s true and false. A one equals a […]

  • by laurengateley on April 4, 2019 at 6:01 am

    PIMS: Math Tutor Since entering the education program at UVIC I have continually volunteered for every Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Math Mania session throughout various elementary schools. I have taken part in the multiple games such as the bone stick game, the penny slide, and other fun and engaging math activites. It was … Continue reading […]

  • Final Music Reflection
    by chloestoroschuk on April 4, 2019 at 4:19 am

    This year has been such a time of growth and understanding, during learning and experimenting you do not realize just how quickly time zips by until you’re writing the final reflection for your music class and preparing for practicum, summer and all the changes that lie ahead of your path. I feel very lucky to… Continue reading Final Music Reflection &rarr […]

  • Music Final
    by shonakbal on April 4, 2019 at 4:11 am

    My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is I am very un biased in different types of music. I have an appreciation for where different types of music comes from and how it affects different people in different ways. I am really open to learning and understanding how children react to … Continue reading Music Fina […]

  • Open Inquiry #7
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 4, 2019 at 3:30 am

    This week, I have been working towards learning “Jingle Bells” (shown below). This song as also been fairly easy to learn. I have been continuing to practice “Santa Claus in Comin’ to Town” as well. The due date for the final video of myself playing an instrument is coming up for my music class. I … Continue reading Open Inquiry #7 […]

  • Final Class Reflection
    by juliafalzon336 on April 4, 2019 at 2:03 am

    In the final class of the semester, we talked about coding, augmented reality, and QR codes. QR codes are specialized barcodes that can be printed onto documents or posters. When scanned by a smartphone, provide the viewer with additional information. These can be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. They can be … Continue reading Final Class Reflection […]

  • Augmented reality, Virtual reality, QR codes, coding, and GAFE
    by Olivia on April 3, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Our final class of the semester was absolutely packed with information. We began by watching several presentations from groups about their tech inquiry projects. It was interesting to see what others had worked on throughout the semester. The last little bit of class was used to go over some final competencies that had yet to… Continue reading Augmented reality, Virtual reality, QR codes, coding, and GAFE […]

  • Tech tools – Augmented and Virtual Reality, QR Codes, Coding, and GAFE
    by arianakelly0914 on April 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Today’s final EDCI-336 class focused on finishing the tech inquiry project presentations which included topics like coding, Freshgrade, Garage band, Place-based education and technology, and podcasting. After the presentations, Val gave a short course wrap up presentation where she shared a lot of valuable resources. To start, a good resource for using Augmented Reality is […]

  • Open Inquiry #6
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I have begun to practice the song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (shown below) on the piano. It is coming along nicely and I feel that I am learning at a faster pace than my last two songs. I am definitely getting the hang of things as my learning process becomes easier and shorter … Continue reading Open Inquiry #6 […]

  • Final class
    by angelaxie4150 on April 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    In the last class of this course, we talked briefly about virtual reality, augmented reality, and QR codes. Virtual reality allows for students to experience different places and worlds without actually being there. Google cardboard is an example of a virtual reality headset by simply putting a smartphone into the viewer and opening a virtual … Continue reading Final class &rarr […]

  • Protected: LAST CLASS
    by erinpaigefletch on April 3, 2019 at 10:21 am

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Lesson Planning
    by juliafalzon336 on April 3, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Many of my classes this year have placed emphasis on creating informative and inspiring lesson plans. I have included some samples of my work below. Physical & Health Education: Olivia Winther and I created this eight lesson unit plan on nutrition aimed at the middle school age range, specifically grade eight. Our unit plan strives … Continue reading Lesson Planning […]

  • Privacy
    by chloestoroschuk on April 3, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Learning about privacy, safety and intellectual property has given me an entirely new concept on how much responsibility educators have over their students and the content that they choose to teach and share. Understanding copy writing in one’s own work and others is important so that collaboration can be properly integrated. We especially talked about… Continue reading Privacy &rarr […]

  • Final Topics Covered in Class
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Google Apps for Education (GAFE) I learned that anyone with a gmail can access Google classroom from their Google Drive account. Google classroom allows files to be shared easily between teachers and students. Teachers can monitor student progress on assignments and they can communicate to each other within the program. Student/parent/guardian consent must be given. … Continue reading Final Topics Covered in Class […]

  • Final Class
    by emmschaefer on April 3, 2019 at 1:48 am

    QR Codes QR codes are boxes that when scanned, bring the scanner to an external link. Many smart phone cameras now often scan QR codes. If your phone doesn’t you can always download an app that does so. QR codes can be used in education to be posted on bulletin boards, create professional development connections, … Continue reading Final Class […]

  • Sketchnote and Twine
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Below are some of the notes I made during our Sketchnote and Twine workshop in class. I had never heard of either of these tools prior to this class. I think that Sketchnote is such a helpful idea to help students to remember the information that they are writing. In my personal experience, I find … Continue reading Sketchnote and Twin […]

  • Open Inquiry #5
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I try to set aside a little bit of time each day to practice music and to learn the song that I am currently focusing on playing. I find that the more effort I put into something and the more time I spend practicing, the more confident I feel in my skills. When working individually … Continue reading Open Inquiry #5 […]

  • #8
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 12:41 am

    As we have arrived at the end of our journey of learning about how to edit music in GarageBand, Alina and I thought that it would be a good idea to reflect on our learning process and our final thoughts about GarageBand to conclude our tech inquiry project. Overall, we accomplished our goal to complete … Continue reading #8 […]

  • Last Class!
    by Shaylin Warren on April 3, 2019 at 12:39 am

    So many exciting technology showcases took place during class today. A highlight for me was becoming more familiar with coding. We had the opportunity to gain a litte bit of experience by playing around with Scratch; a tech tool I will definitely be introducing to my future students. The website provides students with modules to … Continue reading Last Class! &rarr […]

  • Reflection on the Semester
    by alyssalloyd1 on April 3, 2019 at 12:34 am

    This reflection is depicting how these last couple of months have gone taking EDCI 306A, and my takeaways from the course. I really enjoyed learning and growing with each and every class thus far. I believe that my greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is having the capacity to understand how… Continue reading Reflection on the Semester […]

  • QR Codes
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    QR codes are a useful tool for teachers to use when creating handouts and worksheets. They are small square boxes which, when scanned, bring the reader to an external link. The codes are quite easy to create as there are many websites which will generate them for you! All you have to do when making … Continue reading QR Codes […]

  • Augmented Reality in the Classroom
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Augmented reality is an awesome learning tool that can be used in classrooms for all ages. There is a cool app that was demonstrated to us today in class called HP reveal. This allows teachers to create hot spots on text which, when students scan, whatever the teacher links to it will appear on the … Continue reading Augmented Reality in the Classroom […]

  • Coding
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    In class today we had a group of classmates present what they have learned about coding over the past few months. They showed us all the hard work that they had put in and explained that so much work and understanding goes into a basic code. Basically coding is even more difficult than you think … Continue reading Coding […]

  • Talk to Admin about FreshGrade:
    by Miss Brown on April 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Over reading break, I was able to meet with an administrator at School District 20 Kootenay-Columbia to discuss Freshgrade and online portfolios and how they are making their way into our education system. We had a great conversation on if she believes that online portfolios will become the new report cards and she believes they … Continue reading Talk to Admin about FreshGrade: &rarr […]

  • Teacher As Leader
    by missmaracox on April 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    A large component of my blog this semester has been the documentation of my learning process and progress as a future educator, but I also wanted to discuss leadership and how I have progressed throughout the semester. The role of a teacher is to lead students on their learning journeys. Teachers are role models, support … Continue reading Teacher As Leader […]

  • Course Work
    by laurengateley on April 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Year 1: ASL 100: American Sign Language  ENGL 135: Academic Reading + Writing ENGL 146: The Literature of Our Era PSYC 231: Into to Social Psychology LING 100: Intro Linguistics RS 200: Intro to Asian Religions  ASTR 102: Exploring the Cosmos Year 2: ASL 200: American Sign Language CS 201: Canadian Environmentalism EOS 120: The … Continue reading Course Work […]

  • Blogging In the Classroom
    by chloestoroschuk on April 2, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Being introduced to blogging this semester has been a very eye opening and fun experience. We were challenged with designing our own online presence, growing a wide array of technology skills, becoming passionate and engaged in a topic and working together with peers to become competent in a certain skill. I think that having a… Continue reading Blogging In the Classroom &rarr […]

  • by maevepoulin on April 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Since my midterm, I believe that I have grown a lot as a singer/ukulele player. I have continued to play 30-45 minutes of ukulele a day and have been attending weekly 45 minute vocal lessons. My final musical growth goal was to write my own song.  This has been a lifelong dream of mine so … Continue reading […]

  • Manual Mode
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    For our final blog post we decide it was time for us to learn how to use a camera in manual mode. Where as in our previous blog posts we demonstrated how a camera could be used as an educational tool, this week we have learnt the basics of how to take pictures without using … Continue reading Manual Mod […]

  • Audio and Video Editing
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    A few months ago we learned some useful tools for audio and video editing that are simple and get the job done. I’m not sure why I never wrote about it, however, I want to share this experience and these tools with you all! To edit our movie clips they introduced iMovie to the class. … Continue reading Audio and Video Editing […]

  • EDCI 306A Final Reflection
    by Josh Lafond on April 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My Music Growth plan goal by the midterm point of the semester was to be able to play a song that is the equivalent to a grade 2 level of the Royal Conservatory music book. The song I ended up choosing was the Pink Panther. I had a few assets and some liabilities that have … Continue reading "EDCI 306A Final Reflection" […]

  • Coding
    by chloestoroschuk on April 2, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    In simple terms, let’s define coding as the basic act of writing  – in a programming language, a script that a computer can understand. This script will tell the computer to behave in a certain way, to do a certain thing, and to, ultimately, perform the actions that you want it to if your code… Continue reading Coding &rarr […]

  • Image Editing
    by Miss Brown on April 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    In class, a group presented on image editing and gave us some examples of websites we can use to do so. I chose to use adobe spark since it was free and I didn’t have to go through a big sign up process like the other websites. […]

  • Final Music Reflection
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    This past semester I set out to learn how to play the ukulele. My original goals were to learn a  few basic chords and scales and then maybe learn a song. When I was making these goals I did not know much about the ukulele, quickly after beginning to learn my first two chords I … Continue reading Final Music Reflection […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on April 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Jesse Miller, (@MediatedReality on Twitter) looks at issues revolving around kids in tech. Today, we had the opportunity to listen to him speak on this topic to our EDCI 336 class and ask him questions There are a few key points I took away from his discussion that were eye-opening. I really can emphasize his […]

  • Music Learning Reflection
    by mariahlearned4729 on April 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Question 9, 10, 11: These past few months have taught me a lot about myself as both a music teacher and learner. Beginning the course I had no idea what I would do if I was given a placement where I would have to teach music. While right now I definitely cannot say that I … Continue reading Music Learning Reflection […]

  • Administrators Opinion on Freshgrade
    by cameranmillar on April 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Over reading break, I was able to meet with an administrator at School District 20 Kootenay-Columbia to discuss Freshgrade and online portfolios and how they are making their way into our education system. We had a great conversation on if she believes that online portfolios will become the new report cards and she believes they … Continue reading Administrators Opinion on Freshgrade &rarr […]

  • Last Class of EDCI 336
    by alyssalloyd1 on April 2, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    In the last class of this semester in EDCI 336 we started by finishing the last of the tech presentations, which included place-based education, coding, podcasts, GarageBand, and FreshGrade. I found all of these presentations very informative and helped me dive deeper into topics I was already curious about, and I found it was worthwhile.… Continue reading Last Class of EDCI 336 […]

  • Coding with Microbit
    by laurengateley on April 2, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    This week, I decided to try out a different program called microbit. Although it is similar to scratch, it has the benefit of being able to switch to javascript which shows the actual coding that is happening. This feature helps me to understand the relationship between the blocks and the written code.  Similar to the module … Continue reading Coding with Microbit […]

  • EDCI 336 Open Inquiry
    by Josh Lafond on April 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm

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  • Barcelona, Spain
    by Miss Brown on April 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I recently went to Barcelona with my older sister and our family friend. Before going I didn’t really have any expectations on what it would be like, I didn’t have that much prior knowledge on Spain. It was all a surprise to me, my sister planned most of the trip.  Here is what we did … Continue reading Barcelona, Spain &rarr […]

  • Talk with a teacher about Freshgrade
    by cameranmillar on April 2, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I recently spoke to a family friend who teaches within at an elementary school within the Victoria School District. SD61 has been using FreshGrade for a couple years and as a group we were interested in hearing from a teacher about their perspective on FreshGrade. After speaking with her there were many aspects of the … Continue reading Talk with a teacher about Freshgrade &rarr […]

  • Rich McCue – Sketchnotes, Tech tools, Coding, and GAFE
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Today’s class involved a presentation and workshop, conducted by Rich McCue on Sketchnotes and Twine. Sketchnotes is a medium of visual notes including: diagrams, sketches, words, and mindmaps. This medium can be very useful because research has shown that both drawing and writing increases information recall and recognition. While using Sketchnotes, there is a verbal […]

  • Minecraft – Gaming, Tech tools, and Multimedia Learning Theory
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Today’s EDCI-336 class topic was on gaming for education, with a focus on Minecraft. A group of students from Colquitz Middle School and their teacher Heidi James came to join and teach our large group of UVIC students about the uses and benefits of using Minecraft for educational purposes. Unfortunately I was unable to be in […]

  • Distributed Learning and Assistive Technology
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Today’s class focused on distributed learning. I have had many experiences with distributed learning. I took my Physical Education class online in grade 10, my Math 11 and 12 class online as well as a Biology 12 class online. I found that there was not a lot of support with these courses. They were easy […]

  • Verena Roberts – Video Conference and Open Pedagogy
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Today’s class involved many guest speakers. The class started with a video conference with Verena Roberts who conducts research in open educational practices. Roberts discussed open network learning and what it looks like in the classroom. During her discussion we contributed in a “polleverywhere” survey, which was very neat. I have never contributed in one, […]

  • Jesse Millar – Online Safety, Privacy, Tech tools, and Social Media Curation
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Today’s class included a fascinating and eye opening talk from Jesse Millar. Millar provided an informative discussion on network literacy and social media use with youth. Millar is well qualified and has a lot of experience working with school districts and the police departments and he also frequently runs parenting conferences regarding social media and […]

  • Intellectual Property – Tech tools
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Today’s class focused on the different copyright and intellectual property license types. We discussed the importance of ensuring that any documents, pictures or resources that are shared, altered, or used for personal or commercial use, are used in accordance with the license type of that particular content. This is a very important topic because in […]

  • Social Media – Twitter, Blogging, and Curation
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:06 am

    EDCI-336 has provided me the opportunity to curate a bunch of social media platforms. I have been able to critically think about blogging and the beneficial uses for both teachers and students. I think blogging is a very personal thing and everyone will have a different experience with it. For my tech inquiry project presentation, […]

  • George Jay Elementary School Visit – Classroom Observations and Personalized Learning Network (PLN)
    by arianakelly0914 on April 2, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Today’s EDCI-336 class ended early so that we could travel to George Jay Elementary School and meet with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt. Mrs. Bathurst-Hunt teaches a kindergarten class and she strives to create a curriculum around inquiry and student interest. Her classroom shared many aspects with the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach. Her classroom was very warm, and […]

  • #7
    by alinameyer5369 on April 2, 2019 at 3:02 am

    This week Samantha and I recorded the solo songs we learnt and recorded them using the MIDI cord. Furthermore, we edited Amazing Grace by adding isolated vocals from an a cappella group. This was definitely the hardest, most complicated project we have done so far as it required a lot of patience with adding all […]

  • Music Final
    by cameranmillar on April 2, 2019 at 2:03 am

    For my music final my goal I put is that I would learn one song and be able to sing with it. However, through my learning process, I have changed what my final goal is. I did stick with the song I was going to learn which is “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King … Continue reading Music Final &rarr […]

  • Sports
    by cameranmillar on April 2, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Sports have always been a huge part of my life and has shaped who I am today. Playing various sports like volleyball, basketball, soccer and field hockey allowed me to be a team player and understand what that means. Teamwork is a huge aspect of teaching because you need to work together as a team … Continue reading Sports &rarr […]

  • April 2nd
    by shonakbal on April 2, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Peer Presentations Today in class we had lots of presentations from our peers based on their tech inquiry projects. The presentations we viewed included: Place-based Education and Technology Fresh-grade Coding Podcasting Garage band Augmented Reality HP Reveal App: this uses hot spots to show auras. It is limited to only the auras we can view … Continue reading April 2nd […]

  • Open Inquiry #4
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 2, 2019 at 1:03 am

    This week, I have started to move on from “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” and I have started to learn “Deck the Halls” (shown below). “Deck the Halls” has been a bit harder to learn than “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” probably because there is less note repetition and this song is a little bit longer. However, … Continue reading Open Inquiry #4 […]

  • EDCI 306A Reflection 9, 10, 11
    by Josh Lafond on April 2, 2019 at 1:01 am

    My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is… I can use this strength to… I played piano for 6 years when I was younger and I have a great base knowledge of music theory after taking Music in the Elementary classroom. This is important because piano and theory can help significantly … Continue reading "EDCI 306A Reflection 9, 10, 11" […]

  • Coaching
    by cameranmillar on April 2, 2019 at 12:47 am

    I have had the opportunity to coach in my community and school. I was able to coach U3 soccer for my community team. This was a great opportunity to make connections to my community and learn a certain skill set to coach such a young age. This taught me to always teach with enthusiasm and … Continue reading Coaching &rarr […]

  • Travelling
    by cameranmillar on April 2, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Through my experiences travelling I have been able to learn more than I ever imagined. Having the opportunity to see first hand different cultures, religions and histories has broaden my learning experiences and gave me opportunities to use this information in continuing my studies. Learning about history through old European cities, learning about different cultures … Continue reading Travelling &rarr […]

  • Open Inquiry #3
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 2, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I am having more success this week and I am feeling confident in my ability to play “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” (shown below). I am really enjoying the time I spend learning to play the piano! I have always loved to listen and sing along to music and playing an instrument has always been a … Continue reading Open Inquiry #3 […]

  • #5
    by alinameyer5369 on April 2, 2019 at 12:15 am

    My older brother with some musical experience as a DJ informed me that it was possible to connect the keyboard directly to GarageBand using MIDI cables labelled “in and out,” I got one of these cables and downloaded the software so that at our next meeting we could play our duet and songs directly from […]

  • #4
    by alinameyer5369 on April 2, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Last week, we were only able to record one part of our duet using the musical typing feature on GarageBand, where you use the laptop keys as piano keys, it looks like this: This week, we decided that we wanted to try and recreate our duet on GarageBand by using the microphone to record one […]

  • #2
    by alinameyer5369 on April 2, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Samantha and I are exploring how to audio edit for our tech inquiry. We decided to do this because we are learning how to play the keyboard in music class and thought it would be fun to learn how to change and expand the sounds we create. We will be using GarageBand to explore techniques […]

  • Creating a safe and inclusive environment
    by cameranmillar on April 1, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    One aspect that guides my lesson planning is ensuring that my classroom is a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. Over the past year I have been able to learn how to provide a safe space for everyone regardless of gender or culture. When creating a safe space it allows our students to be able … Continue reading Creating a safe and inclusive environment &rarr […]

  • Open Inquiry #2
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 1, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I am just starting to understand the basics of playing the piano. So far, I have learned the difference between a whole note, half note, quarter note and a sixteenth note. These notes all have different sound lengths with a whole note being the longest and a sixteenth note being the shortest. I am still … Continue reading Open Inquiry #2 […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #9: Wrap-up
    by Shaylin Warren on April 1, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Beth and I will be wrapping up our Tech Inquiry project and sharing what we’ve learned using Google Slides. In turn, familiarizing ourselves with GAFE and providing our peers with a series of easily accessible resources moving forward. You can access the slides here! I realized that we also never shared our trello board on … Continue reading Technology Inquiry Project, Post #9: Wrap-up &rarr […]

  • Creating Problem Solvers and Inquiry Mindset
    by cameranmillar on April 1, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    One aspect that is very important to me when creating lessons is allowing my students to become problem solvers. This means to allow students to think and explore ideas and come to the answer through using their previous knowledge rather than memorizing a formula or information. I find this is a key aspect to create … Continue reading Creating Problem Solvers and Inquiry Mindset &rarr […]

  • International Practicum
    by cameranmillar on April 1, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Travelling is something that has allowed me to learn about different cultures, histories and religions first-hand so having the opportunity to teach internationally for my first practicum was an opportunity I was unwilling to pass up.  For my three-week practicum I will be teaching in Nacka, Sweden. Sweden has one of the highest regarded education … Continue reading International Practicum &rarr […]

  • Final Open Inquiry Blogpost
    by Shaylin Warren on April 1, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve reached the end of my open inquiry project and it’s bittersweet. I’m really proud of how much I’ve learned over the course of these three short months, but also sort of low-spirited when realizing how much I was unaware of before this project. Mostly because if I didn’t choose this topic for my open … Continue reading Final Open Inquiry Blogpost &rarr […]

  • Coaching Experience
    by juliafalzon336 on April 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I am fortunate to have had the chance to work with children in a variety of settings. It has been my privilege to have worked as a summer camp leader at the University of Victoria’s Track and Field Camp for the past six summers, the first two years as a junior leader and the following … Continue reading Coaching Experienc […]

  • Prague, Czech Republic
    by Miss Brown on April 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

    In my 19 years of travelling with my family I have come across some pretty amazing countries and cities full of architecture and history. Prague is my favourite city so far that I have visited. Now my experience I think was a little different than most peoples because I was able to go in the … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic &rarr […]

  • Course Work
    by juliafalzon336 on April 1, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Year 1: ENGL 135: Academic Reading & Writing EOS 110: Oceans and Atmosphere MATH 161: Math for Elementary School Teachers 1 POLI 101: Canadian Politics PSYCH 100A: Introductory Psychology ENGL 146: Literature of Our Era EOS 120: The Dynamic Earth MATH 162: Math for Elementary School Teachers 2 POLI 201: Canadian Institutions of Government THEA … Continue reading Course Work […]

  • Final Ukelele Growth
    by laurengateley on April 1, 2019 at 4:15 am

    My feedback on my mid-semester video was to find a continuous strumming pattern. At first I thought that although there was a slight pause, my strumming pattern was continuous. It wasn’t until I looked at the video with this in mind and realized there was a noticeable pause. After that I went in search of … Continue reading Final Ukelele Growt […]

  • Teaching Philosophy
    by juliafalzon336 on April 1, 2019 at 4:13 am

    My teaching philosophy is constantly evolving. I have been exposed to many new ideas during my first year of this program and all of them have given me insight on how I would like to teach. This new information, combined with my experience working with children, has created my current teaching philosophy. One important thing … Continue reading Teaching Philosophy […]

  • Music Reflection
    by Nat on April 1, 2019 at 4:03 am

    As the semester comes to an end we have been asked to reflect on our music class. This music class was the first I had had in a school since I was in grade four, most of my schools did not have a music teacher and in the case of my high-school, no instruments. Before … Continue reading Music Reflection &rarr […]

  • A Bit Of A Guide to Campfires
    by Nat on April 1, 2019 at 3:42 am

    This semester I have been working on a project for our physical and health education course where I created a resource package. I chose to make a resource for teaching survival skills. The below section is a guide to how to prepare, build, and use a fire in a survival situation. Campfires Step one: Choose … Continue reading A Bit Of A Guide to Campfires &rarr […]

  • by juliafalzon336 on April 1, 2019 at 3:42 am

    By now, if you have been following our posts, you will be an expert in graphic design (or at least very close)! As educators, we must ask the question- how can we use graphic design in the classroom? Broadly, graphic design can be used to teach students how to visually express themselves so that others … Continue reading […]

  • Final Reflection: Health Journal Growth
    by Tori Talks on April 1, 2019 at 12:02 am

    My open inquiry project was to start a health journal where I would log my daily eating habits and exercise. Throughout this process I have learnt what has worked for me and what has not. What has worked for me is that I do like tracking what I am eating and my exercise because it … Continue reading "Final Reflection: Health Journal Growth" […]

  • Final Evidence of Growth
    by Tori Talks on March 31, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    My goal for this was to learn two songs. One that involved pic’ing and strumming. The two songs I wanted to learn was “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles and “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson. My goal used to be three but while I was learning my first song, I learnt that I needed … Continue reading "Final Evidence of Growth" […]

  • Food and Culture
    by chloestoroschuk on March 31, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    This week I decided to focus on what food mean culturally for different individuals coming from all type of backgrounds. Food is such a connector, it brings people together and for many people a huge part of community and family. At home my family usually tries to eat family dinners together and we have been… Continue reading Food and Culture &rarr […]

  • Reflection 9,10,11
    by olivermconn on March 31, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Reflection 9 My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is I enjoy playing music myself and have fun doing it. I can use this strength to share my love for music with my students to teach them how to play different instruments or use the world around them to make music. … Continue reading Reflection 9,10,11 &rarr […]

  • Music Reflections 9,10 & 11
    by maevepoulin on March 30, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Reflection #9 My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my enthusiasm and positivity. As educators, when we are in front of our students, we are performers! We have to present content to them in a way that will spark their interests. With my background in musical theater, performing comes naturally … Continue reading Music Reflections 9,10 & 11 […]

  • Music reflection #11
    by Miss Brown on March 30, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    My greatest area of growth during the year/ course has been in the area of….. My greatest area of growth has definetly been learning the Ukulele. I am so proud of how far I have come. I am really slow at learning intraments, and although I am no where near where some of my friends … Continue reading Music reflection #11 &rarr […]

  • Music Reflection #10
    by Miss Brown on March 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music, I want to? When I think about myself in the future teaching music, it is an easy answer of want I want to do but not so easy on how I will do it at this point. I want to give each student that … Continue reading Music Reflection #10 &rarr […]

  • Music Reflection #9
    by Miss Brown on March 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is?… Well, I think that my greatest strength as an educator who will teach music will be that fact that I love music, and all types of music. I listen to music any chance I get and I love finding new music and genres … Continue reading Music Reflection #9 &rarr […]

  • Knitting: Health Benefits
    by missmaracox on March 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    While I have been learning to knit, I’ve noticed a sense of calm once I am able to fall into a rhythm with my stitches. I was curious about the possible health benefits of knitting, and I found even more than expected! Evidence-based research has found knitting to have various physical and mental health benefits, … Continue reading Knitting: Health Benefits […]

  • Blogging, Twitter, Trello, Oh My!
    by missmaracox on March 30, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    This semester, I have had many opportunities to re-evaluate my thinking regarding various platforms. I chose to write this post near the end of the semester rather than at the beginning so that I could give myself time to better understand each of these websites and the tools that they can offer. Blogging If you … Continue reading Blogging, Twitter, Trello, Oh My! […]

  • 26 March 2019: Distributed Learning
    by missmaracox on March 30, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    My Experiences I have had a few experiences with distributed learning (DL). When I was in grade 10, I finished the entire Planning 10 course through my school district’s DL program in about 3 weeks. After finishing that course, I started Chemistry 11 with another district’s DL program, but found there to be less support … Continue reading 26 March 2019: Distributed Learning […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on March 30, 2019 at 6:57 am

    For dinner, I made cajun roasted yams, with a side of garlic greek yogurt to cut the spice, and garnished with green onions. They were very delicious, called for few ingredients, and very easy to make! Use equal parts of these spices to make a cajun spice: Salt Garlic powder Paprika Cayenne pepper Thyme Oregano […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on March 30, 2019 at 6:07 am

    When I was in my last year of high school, we had the option to take biology 12 online. I didn’t end up needing the course for my university requirements, but I do think back to how interesting the initial process was. In the mail, I received a textbook, just like one you would find […]

  • Whitehorse, Yukon
    by Miss Brown on March 30, 2019 at 5:14 am

    The Yukon is somewhere that is really close to my heart. It is where both my parents grew up and it is also where all my family lives currently besides my siblings and I.  The first thing you have to decide when going to the Yukon is what you want to experience. In the summer, … Continue reading Whitehorse, Yukon &rarr […]

  • Music Reflections 9,10,11
    by cameranmillar on March 29, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Reflection #9: My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is having many resources from my years as a student in music. I can use this strength to give to create lessons off of some of the material I have accumulated over the years. I find it will be beneficial to add … Continue reading Music Reflections 9,10,11 &rarr […]

  • Blog # 8 My Personal Experience
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 29, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    When tackling the idea of assistive technology in the classroom I have a bit of a different approach because of my own experience. Growing up in school I never had the access to technology, due to my age demographic and the development of technology at the time. Aside from that, I never received the technology… Continue reading Blog # 8 My Personal Experienc […]

  • Training Overview + Progress
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 29, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Over the last couple of months I had the opportunity to dive into training my pups and I could’ve asked for a better experience thus far! Obviously I say thus far because there is still lots to work on and building those bonds to solidify what I’ve been working so hard on with them for.… Continue reading Training Overview + Progress […]

  • Manifesting Your Dream Life
    by maevepoulin on March 29, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Before Roger Bannister ran a mile in under 4 minutes in 1954, nobody thought that it was possible. After he accomplished this, people all around the world began to break the 4-minute mile because they believed that it was possible. One of Dr. Dweck’s central themes in her book Mindset is “the view you adopt … Continue reading Manifesting Your Dream Lif […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by maevepoulin on March 29, 2019 at 4:37 am

    What is it? From whatis.techtarget.com, distributed learning is a multi-media method of instructional learning that allows students to learn outside of the classroom. There are many ways to incorporate distributed learning into your classroom to best benefit your students. The most common are video conferencing, web-based video/audio instruction and online assignments. My Experience I have … Continue reading Distributed Learning […]

  • Part 1, Chapter 5
    by Shaylin Warren on March 29, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Part 1: Dark ChapterChapter 5: And Its Days Are Numbered Chapter 5 is the final piece of Part 1, in this fantastic two-part book. I think this is a good Chapter to read for those who still believe that injustices facing Indigenous peoples is ancient history. The following sections shed light on the very recent … Continue reading Part 1, Chapter 5 &rarr […]

  • Protected: Reflections and Final Evidence of Growth
    by emmschaefer on March 29, 2019 at 2:07 am

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • How Mine Craft Can help Students
    by chloestoroschuk on March 29, 2019 at 12:55 am

    I was away in class this week due to teaching a physical education lesson so I decided to research gaming, mine craft and digital literacy like this in classrooms. This is a bit of a controversial topic because many people see games likes mine craft as “video games”, they are associated a long the same… Continue reading How Mine Craft Can help Students &rarr […]

  • Final music growth reflection
    by angelaxie4150 on March 28, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Since the midterm, I have managed to sing and play the ukulele at the same time and even learned another song! It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it’d be, as I was already thinking of the lyrics in my head while strumming the chords. With consistent practice, I was able to work on the … Continue reading Final music growth reflection &rarr […]

  • Talk to parent who used freshgrade…
    by Miss Brown on March 28, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    My sister is four years younger than me and when she was in her grade eight year, for her English and Social Studies classes, her teacher started using Freshgrade.  I chose to interview my mom since she was part of this process. First and foremost, my mom said that she felt more involved in my … Continue reading Talk to parent who used freshgrade… &rarr […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #8: Our Geocaching Experience!
    by Shaylin Warren on March 28, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Head over to Beth’s blog to read about our adventure! […]

  • Music Reflections 9, 10, 11
    by Olivia on March 28, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Reflection #9: My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my patience and organization. I have the patience to be able to work with my students to discover their musical abilities and teach them the musical curriculum. My organization will ensure that I am able to meet the needs of my… Continue reading Music Reflections 9, 10, 11 […]

  • Distributed learning
    by Olivia on March 28, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I have had experience when I was in high school with distributed learning. I took 4 classes fully online and one “blended” online class. I took PE 10 and 11 online because I was a very high-level swimmer and for me, it was a great option to log my training as PE online and then… Continue reading Distributed learning […]

  • Protected: Music Final Reflection
    by erinpaigefletch on March 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by juliafalzon336 on March 28, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Distributed learning: an instructional model that allows for students and teachers to be in different places and take part in learning regardless of place or time. My experiences with distributed learning: I have never taken an online course. However, I know people who have and they have all said the same thing: that the online … Continue reading Distributed Learning […]

  • End Of The Semester
    by chloestoroschuk on March 28, 2019 at 1:23 am

    This personal passion project has been a really interesting and enlightening experience. It has made me way more aware of what I put into my body and just how busy life can get. I think that knowing that every week I needed to write something definitely snapped me into a habit of being cognizant of… Continue reading End Of The Semester &rarr […]

  • Music reflections
    by angelaxie4150 on March 28, 2019 at 1:11 am

    My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my natural ability to help and empathize with people. With my past experiences in taking music classes, I can apply the knowledge that I have learned into my teaching and help me to understand what my student’s needs are. I was once a … Continue reading Music reflections &rarr […]

  • Semester Ending
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Our technology 336 class has involved all my peers creating their own blogs. We had a list which linked to them all allowing us to follow each others learning. These last couple of classes people have presented their group work and it was great to see everyone’s projects come together. Because they were working on … Continue reading Semester Ending &rarr […]

  • Open Education
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I have been thinking about the availability of information and by extent education. I love reading old newspapers, I could (and have) spend hours sorting through digitized newspapers from the 18th to 20th century. I have access to these achieves through my university, access I will lose when I am no longer a student. While … Continue reading Open Education &rarr […]

  • Editing A Podcast
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    When I stated researching how to record a podcast I found the app Anchor which does a lot of the work of recording and publishing a podcast for you. Unfortunately using it mean your podcast is in owned and controlled by this company, when they post it on iTunes you won’t have access to the … Continue reading Editing A Podcast &rarr […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by emmschaefer on March 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Distributed learning used to be only face-to-face or online but it doesn’t have to be like that anymore. Blended learning is both and multi-access is is merging the two. What are your experience with distributed learning? I don’t have very much experience with distributed learning – I have never taken an online course however in … Continue reading Distributed Learning […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I have mentioned in a previous post that I had the option of taking video conferencing classes when I was in high school, a system that was new at the time and occasionally involved technical difficulties. My overall experience with video conferencing was positive, I was able to take classes that would not normally be … Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by angelaxie4150 on March 27, 2019 at 5:27 am

    In high school, I took a course online that was very self-paced and I had trouble staying motivated to complete what needed to be done. Because there wasn’t a specific teacher or supervisor that I was assigned to, there weren’t any guidelines for me to follow and it was up to me to set goals … Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • Protected: Photography, Classroom Blogging, Assistive Tech and Distributed Learning
    by erinpaigefletch on March 27, 2019 at 12:15 am

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Music Reflection Questions (#9, 10, 11)
    by Tori Talks on March 26, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    My greatest professional strength as an educator who will each music is my ability to reflect on my past learning experiences related to music. being able to reflect on my past experiences allows for me to understand how my students might feel throughout a music lesson. This strength allows me to feel more empathy towards … Continue reading "Music Reflection Questions (#9, 10, 11)" […]

  • Distributed Learning: Learning From a Distance
    by laurengateley on March 26, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Distributed learning, otherwise known as distance learning is for learning when being present is not an option. It’s a form of multi-access learning that creates a more flexible learning environment to suit the needs of more students. For example, students with anxiety and health issues, or those living in rural areas may be unable to … Continue reading Distributed Learning: Learning From a Distanc […]

  • Distributive Learning
    by Tori Talks on March 26, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    AKA BLENDED LEARNING: An integration of face to face interactions and online learning BLOGGING PROMPT #1 My experiences with distributed learning is very small. I used this type of learning to take a course in high school. Overall I think it is a good way for students to work ahead if a school can’t provide … Continue reading "Distributive Learning" […]

  • Victoria Eats
    by chloestoroschuk on March 26, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Something that I have definitely noticed about Victoria is the huge variation and incredible food culture here. As a student it can be difficult to eat out and really get to experience all the incredible places to eat because it is not in our price range and we just flat out don’t have time to… Continue reading Victoria Eats &rarr […]

  • Beam Robot
    by Josh Lafond on March 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Beam is a robotic telepresence tool that allows anyone to collaborate and participate in activities virtually at any time anywhere. These robots can be a great tool that helps to encourage distributed learning within a classroom setting. The ability to still be able to collaborate productively while located anywhere is a very valuable tool. […]

  • Distributed learning
    by Josh Lafond on March 26, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    an instructional model that allows instructor, students, and content to be located in different, noncentralized locations so that instruction and learning can occur independent of time and place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_learning This model of distributed learning can take on an model of online classrooms and learning. Distributed learning can be combined with a traditional classroom and take … Continue reading "Distributed learning" […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by mariahlearned4729 on March 26, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Throughout all of my schooling I have only taken two distributed learning/online courses, both of which were in high school. I found it was very difficult for me to stay on task and stay up to date on all the assignments and information when there was no one leading me. I also found it very … Continue reading Distributed Learning […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by chloestoroschuk on March 26, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    The definition of distributed learning states that it is an instructional model that allows instructor, students, and content to be located in different, non centralized locations so that instruction and learning can occur independent of time and place. The distributed learning model can be used in combination with traditional classroom-based courses and traditional distance education… Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • EDCI 336: March 26, 2019
    by Shaylin Warren on March 26, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Today’s technology presentation projects covered the following topics and subtopics: Photography Documentation Aperture (light income) Shutter speed (how quickly aperture is opening and closing) ISO (how sensitive camera sensor is to light) Triangle of exposure Classroom Blogging Purpose Confidentiality and safety Platforms (Seesaw, Edu-blog, Kidblog, Weebly) Classroom extension/reflection Assistive Technology No tech (ie. pencil grip) … Continue reading EDCI 336: March 26, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Inquiry Presentations Continued // Distributed Learning
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    In class today we continued with tech presentations, and there were four groups including my own.  Two groups talked about classroom blogging and it really aided in solidifying my understanding and my own experience with blogging throughout the semester.  Another group discussed photography, and it was very informative and it got me thinking about getting… Continue reading Inquiry Presentations Continued // Distributed Learning […]

  • Making your own podcast
    by sarahkalder on March 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    There are so many ways for your students to show what they know, here is 72 of them. Podcasts are a medium that allows students to combine digital literacy and Language Arts with just about any subject, topic, story or idea. You may want to encourage your students to use podcasting to show their learning … Continue reading Making your own podcast &rarr […]

  • Sketchnoting and Twine
    by Olivia on March 26, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Last week in class we learned all about sketchnoting and Twine. I really enjoyed this class and felt like I came away having learned a lot. Sketchnoting is something that really interests me but I know it’s something that I’ll have to work on to improve with. For those who don’t know, sketchnoting is using… Continue reading Sketchnoting and Twin […]

  • March 26, 2019
    by olivermconn on March 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    For our final blog post we decide it was time for us to learn how to use a camera in manual mode. Where as in our previous blog posts we demonstrated how a camera could be used as an educational tool, this week we have learnt the basics of how to take pictures without using … Continue reading March 26, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Workout and Nutrition Update
    by Olivia on March 26, 2019 at 5:20 am

    My fitness and health are going really well. I’ve been keeping up with aiming to achieve my goals with handstands and running. Currently, I can do a handstand without the wall for approximately 2 seconds and I recently ran 4.5km in 25 minutes. Getting closer to my goals feels amazing and I love that my… Continue reading Workout and Nutrition Updat […]

  • Graphic Design in Schools
    by maevepoulin on March 26, 2019 at 3:43 am

    By now, if you have been following our posts, you will be an expert in graphic design (or at least very close)! As educators, we must ask the question- how can we use graphic design in the classroom? Broadly, graphic design can be used to teach students how to visually express themselves so that others … Continue reading Graphic Design in Schools […]

  • Week #11
    by maevepoulin on March 26, 2019 at 2:24 am

    This past week I started reading Dr. Carol S. Dweck’s book “Mindset: the new psychology of success” and it really opened my mind to the benefits of teaching/learning the growth mindset. The chapters I have read so far have been very interesting and Dr. Dweck writes as if she is having a conversation with you, … Continue reading Week #11 […]

  • March 26th
    by shonakbal on March 26, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Tech Inquiry Presentations Today in class, Josh, Karena, Emma and I presented our tech Inquiry projected to the class. We had the class view two classroom blogs and review them; we followed by asking what they thought was good and bad about each blog. Our blog posts can be viewed on the tech inquiry tab. … Continue reading March 26t […]

  • What are some things that make a good classroom blog?
    by shonakbal on March 26, 2019 at 12:44 am

    To ensure a good classroom blog, you should incorporate the following: Ensure quality content The blog should act as an extension of the classroom. Make sure this interaction between the digital learning environment and your classroom is understood by your students. Takes into account a students safety- the classroom blog has minimal exposure of students … Continue reading What are some things that make a good classroom blog? […]

  • Protected: Music Reflection Questions
    by erinpaigefletch on March 26, 2019 at 12:33 am

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • What Makes a Good Classroom Blog?
    by emmschaefer on March 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    To ensure a good classroom blog, you should incorporate the following: Ensure quality content The blog should act as an extension of the classroom. Make sure this interaction between the digital learning environment and your classroom is understood by your students. Takes into account a students safety- the classroom blog has minimal exposure of students … Continue reading What Makes a Good Classroom Blog? […]

  • What are some things that make a good classroom blog?
    by shonakbal on March 25, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Classroom blogs are a great way to promote critical thinking and practice writing and communication skills. Classroom blogs give a space for students to chat and engage with school, away from school. Classroom blogs improve communication, engagement and reflection for students. Additionally, it helps remove the barrier between school and home (parents and teachers). Teachers … Continue reading What are some things that make a good classroom blog? […]

  • Reflections Post (#9, #10, #11)
    by Shaylin Warren on March 24, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I was once under the impression that my lack of musical experiences was a significant weakness as an educator. I felt a little bit panicked when hearing my peers discuss memories of piano or guitar lessons, none of which I could relate to. Once EDCI 306A classes commenced, I was accumulating brand new knowledge quickly. … Continue reading Reflections Post (#9, #10, #11) &rarr […]

  • Week #10
    by maevepoulin on March 24, 2019 at 3:40 am

    After 1 week of meditating, I was hoping to feel like a completely new person- completely mindful & not stressful or anxious at all. That did not happen. Instead, I found the week very frustrating because meditating seemed like a job that I was forcing myself to do and so I constantly found myself procrastinating … Continue reading Week #10 […]

  • Eating on a Budget
    by laurengateley on March 23, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Lately I have been noticing that with all the business of life, food has taken a backseat. I have eaten out lots in the past few weeks and realized this is very inefficient for my food budget. That is why recently I have started to try and make meals that I have previously bought. I … Continue reading Eating on a Budget […]

  • Photography: 20 March 2019
    by missmaracox on March 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    For our final blog post, we decide that it was time for us to branch out and learn how to use a camera in manual mode. Whereas in our previous blog posts we demonstrated how a camera could be used as an educational tool, this week we have learned the basics of taking pictures without … Continue reading Photography: 20 March 2019 […]

  • Mandarin Resourse
    by olivermconn on March 23, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I recently have started using a new resource that has been helping me progress my Mandarin. It is called Pimsleur. I came across this while having a conversation with my uncle who used to live in China for five years. We were talking about the phrases that I knew already and what resources I had … Continue reading Mandarin Resourse &rarr […]

  • Coding with Microbit
    by angelaxie4150 on March 23, 2019 at 1:24 am

    This week, I decided to try out a different program called microbit. Although it is similar to scratch, it has the benefit of being able to switch to javascript which shows the actual coding that is happening. This feature helps me to understand the relationship between the blocks and the written code. Similar to the … Continue reading Coding with Microbit &rarr […]

  • Audio and Video Editing
    by missmaracox on March 22, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    In this course, we have learned about some useful tools for audio and video editing. I had not had too much experience with either of these in the past – I had some technologically talented friends in grade school, which definitely came in handy but it also meant that I had less experience with audio … Continue reading Audio and Video Editing […]

  • Sketchnote and Twine Workshops
    by sarahkalder on March 21, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Our EDCI 336 class had another workshop with Rich McCue on Tuesday. This time Rich taught us about sketchnoting and the non-linear storytelling platform Twine. Sketchnote is a form of note taking that uses visuals as well as words. The idea behind sketchnoting is that images tap into a part of your brain that would … Continue reading Sketchnote and Twine Workshops &rarr […]

  • Go Fetch!
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 21, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    This week I focused on getting the both of them to play fetch, but as I quickly figured out they aren’t down for a fair game. They were both great and going for the toy, but they could never understand that they needed to return it as well. I also found it challenging to train… Continue reading Go Fetch! […]

  • Spring on the Island
    by mariahlearned4729 on March 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    For this week’s blog we decided to take pictures of our environment and what we had noticed happening around us, which was springtime! We wanted to try and capture a few moments that mirrored the changing of seasons and how beautiful the island is at this time of year. We think that this time of … Continue reading Spring on the Island […]

  • Reflecting on our Lesson Plan
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Going into the dry run of teaching a lesson plan in front of the class it was overwhelming at first, but it turned out to be such a learning experience. There was eight of us in a group which made it difficult to split up roles, but it really gave me a good sense of… Continue reading Reflecting on our Lesson Plan […]

  • Final Demonstration of Musical & Professional Growth
    by Shaylin Warren on March 21, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I’ve finally reached the end of Alfred’s Basic Piano Lesson Book – Level 1A! I feel proud but also sad to be done, it’s bittersweet. These 61 pages haven’t been easy and at times I’ve become so frustrated that I actually removed the keyboard from my room just so I didn’t have to look at … Continue reading Final Demonstration of Musical & Professional Growth &rarr […]

  • Keeping the Habit: update March 19
    by Tori Talks on March 21, 2019 at 2:11 am

    My goal for the rest of the semester is to keep my habit of exercise. Since I am following a video, I have been able to keep up with my 30 days of Yoga with Adriene. Her videos range from 15 min to 30 min. So I find myself exercising for longer periods when she … Continue reading "Keeping the Habit: update March 19" […]

  • Graphic Design and Video/Audio Editing
    by erinpaigefletch on March 21, 2019 at 1:29 am

    In today’s class we had a couple presentations by students in our class. They explained their technology projects and the first one was regarding graphic design. They shared with us multiple different online resources for us to use including Adobe Spark, Canva and PicMonkey. Above are two graphic designs that I created using Canva. I … Continue reading Graphic Design and Video/Audio Editing […]

  • Cooking Week 9
    by emmschaefer on March 21, 2019 at 1:08 am

    This week I decided to make Chicken and Stuffing Casserole! I had all of these ingredients and I wanted to make something with them so I searched Pinterest and found this recipe! Overall, I enjoyed the recipe however if I were to make it again I would definitely use a second box of stovetop stuffing … Continue reading Cooking Week 9 […]

  • Open Inquiry Post #9
    by juliafalzon336 on March 20, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I fell off the wagon. I haven’t been on Duolingo for a couple of weeks now. After I lost my streak, I lost the habit of doing it every day. My experience has shown me that consistency is absolutely vital when learning a new skill, including language acquisition. Today I am going to start my … Continue reading Open Inquiry Post #9 […]

  • Privacy and Safety
    by Nat on March 20, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    In technology 336 we have discussed privacy and safety when using online and cloud based tools. Cloud based tools will store and keep your information, in an education context you need to get parent or student (depending on the students age) consent to store information this way. My family has always focused on what you … Continue reading Privacy and Safety &rarr […]

  • Blog #7 Assistive Technology Products
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    There are many ways that technology can aid a student in their learning. Things like apps or technology based products that help a student achieve their greatest learning potential. Communication is very important in learning and in everyday life. There are apps that can help people communicate through text- speech apps. like Proloquo2Go. This is… Continue reading Blog #7 Assistive Technology Products […]

  • Sketchnote, Twine, And Design
    by Nat on March 20, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Today in technology we learned about Sketchnoting as a form of note taking. When we were asked if we had heard of it I said no, but upon seeing what sketchnotes consisted of I realized it is similar to how I normally take notes. I doodle and rely on arrows and drawings to keep track … Continue reading Sketchnote, Twine, And Design &rarr […]

  • Twine
    by maevepoulin on March 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Twine is a website where you can design “choose your own adventure” stories. The website is very easy to use and everything is saved onto your browser so you don’t have to worry about your work being on the cloud or creating an account for twine. For any black mirror fans- Bandersnatch was actually designed … Continue reading Twin […]

  • SketchNotes with Rich Mccue
    by Tori Talks on March 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    In this class we learnt about how to take notes that include doodling and sketches. A sketch note contains writing, pictures, and labels. Everyone’s sketch notes can differ depending on what information is important to the person taking the notes. Sketch notes are useful because it helps the the person taking the notes to process … Continue reading "SketchNotes with Rich Mccue" […]

  • March 20, 2019
    by olivermconn on March 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    For this week’s blog we decided to take pictures on my environment and what we had noticed happening around us which was springtime! We wanted to try and capture a few moments that mirrored the changing of seasons and how beautiful the island is at this time of year. We think that this time of … Continue reading March 20, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Week 6: Technology with Children
    by laurengateley on March 20, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Ask yourself….what is social media worth to you? Would you spend $1 day to use it? What about $10? This week Jesse Miller came in to discuss mediated reality. Within the 2 hours talk he touched on many diverse topics within social media and technology. Below I have highlighted a few of these topics and … Continue reading Week 6: Technology with Children […]

  • Sketch-noting & Twine
    by emmschaefer on March 20, 2019 at 5:16 am

    In EDCI 336 today, Rich McCue took the class through a workshop on sketch-noting! We were all able to access the workshop on Google Classrooms which is part of Google Apps for Education. This was the first time I have ever used GAFE however apparently it is very common in classrooms. It seems very effective … Continue reading Sketch-noting & Twin […]

  • Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
    by Josh Lafond on March 20, 2019 at 12:25 am

    GAFE is a service that was created by google specifically for use by educators and students. These apps include include Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, and Sites. Google Classroom This is a tool that was created by google in collaboration with educators to manage and distribute course work, assignments, grades, and feedback to students. The process of making … Continue reading "Google Apps for Education (GAFE)" […]

  • Twine: Story Making
    by Tori Talks on March 19, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    With this website, we worked on creating our own story where the reader could choose the path they wanted to take depending on the story. Through this process, I found it very interesting and fun where I was able to make up a story and choose where I wanted the story to go. The program … Continue reading "Twine: Story Making" […]

  • Week 7: Sketch Notes, Google Classroom, and Twine
    by laurengateley on March 19, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Sketch notes are ideas not art. It consists of visual notes, handwriting, drawings, and visual elements such as arrows. It is similar to a mind map. Sketch noting is good to use because it connects meaning to words which helps recall information later. A study in Waterloo showed that participants that merely copied down word … Continue reading Week 7: Sketch Notes, Google Classroom, and Twin […]

  • Sketchnoting & Twine
    by juliafalzon336 on March 19, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we had the opportunity to explore Sketchnoting. Sketchnoting is the practice of taking notes that include words and visuals. It has been proven to improve memory and help concentration. Verbal to Visual posted a helpful graphic about sketchnoting: Rich McCue took the class through a helpful workshop on how to effectively … Continue reading Sketchnoting & Twin […]

  • EDCI 336 – March 19, 2019
    by Shaylin Warren on March 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    TECHNOLOGY INQUIRY PROJECT PRESENTATION We started off today’s class by learning a little bit about graphic design from some of our talented peers. They explained the design principles of C.R.A.P. (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) and how to pay attention to them as professionals. From there, we were set loose to use Adobe Spark, Canva or … Continue reading EDCI 336 – March 19, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Rich McCue
    by shonakbal on March 19, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Sketch notes: Rich visual notes, written on paper Why would sketch noting make people recall better? the summarization They process lecture content at shallower levels therefore remember less Active summarizing helps transfer things from short term memory to long term memory Sketch noting engages your whole mind, helps with concentration, creates a visual map, taps … Continue reading Rich McCu […]

  • Sketch Note and Twine
    by chloestoroschuk on March 19, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Many times when students take notes the information comes in the ear, through the pen onto the paper and is completely forgotten. Because that information can be accessed again we automatically believe that getting as much as possible onto the page is the best way to learn, but this takes away from valuable in class… Continue reading Sketch Note and Twine &rarr […]

  • Sketchnoting
    by Josh Lafond on March 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Sketchnoting is a process that allows students to take lecture content at lower levels therefore remembering less content. This is done through active summarization that helps to transfer things from short term memory to long term memory easier. This way of note taking that incorporates the use of not only text but visual pictures. Studies … Continue reading "Sketchnoting" […]

  • Protected: Sketchnoting: Doodle your Way
    by erinpaigefletch on March 19, 2019 at 8:39 pm

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  • Part 1, Chapter 4
    by Shaylin Warren on March 19, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Part 1: Dark ChapterChapter 4: They rose against us What really hit me hard in this chapter was just imagining how difficult it must have been for Indigenous peoples to maintain their identity amongst all these laws, prohibitions and expectations. For centuries, Indigenous peoples were self-sufficient and suddenly they were trapped in this unhealthy paternal … Continue reading Part 1, Chapter 4 &rarr […]

  • Inquiry Presentations // Sketchnoting // Twine
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Today’s class started with the beginning of the tech presentations which included two groups that discussed graphic design and video editing. They were both very informative and gave me a great start at how to maneuver different platforms and tools to create my own final product.  Below I have the graphic design I created for… Continue reading Inquiry Presentations // Sketchnoting // Twin […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post #10
    by erinpaigefletch on March 19, 2019 at 5:45 pm

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  • Obesity, Canada Food Guide, Inspiration
    by chloestoroschuk on March 19, 2019 at 2:06 am

    This week in our EPHE class we talked about nutrition, healthy living and the importance of food choice in our lives and children’s lives. As I read over some of the resources given to us I was overwhelmed with the drastic changes that have taken over our society’s eating habits and how they are so… Continue reading Obesity, Canada Food Guide, Inspiration &rarr […]

  • Sketchnoting and Twine
    by angelaxie4150 on March 19, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Today, we learned how to take visual notes created from a mix of handwriting and drawings. I have never heard of this before and was a little hesitant to begin with as I don’t consider myself to be a “good” drawer, however I quickly realized that people of all ages and skills can excel at … Continue reading Sketchnoting and Twine &rarr […]

  • Assistive Technology in Classrooms 2.0
    by Tori Talks on March 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    In my last blog post, I mentioned I wanted to contact more teachers after speaking with Mindy Myttenar about assistive technology. Last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer in a Grade 1 class. I thought the teacher that I volunteered with was a great person to contact and get some more information on assistive … Continue reading "Assistive Technology in Classrooms 2.0" […]

  • Assistive Technology in Classrooms 2.0
    by erinpaigefletch on March 19, 2019 at 1:01 am

    In my last blog post, I mentioned I wanted to contact more teachers after speaking with Mindy Myttenar about assistive technology. Last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer in a Grade 1 class. I thought the teacher that I volunteered with was a great person to contact and get some more information on assistive … Continue reading Assistive Technology in Classrooms 2.0 […]

  • Social Media and Technology: Jesse Miller
    by Tori Talks on March 19, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Jesse miller came to our class and talked to us about technology and social medial in a classroom. He discusses about our digital identity and how it is important that we as teachers consider our own personal use of social media and to make sure our personal lives stay as private as possible. Social media … Continue reading "Social Media and Technology: Jesse Miller" […]

  • Audio, Video, and Image Editing
    by Olivia on March 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Several classes ago, we worked on audio and video editing. I knew how to edit videos and audio already but this class was a nice refresher. I edited a very meaningful video of my family and I enjoyed being able to edit it to be exactly what I wanted it to be. I found it… Continue reading Audio, Video, and Image Editing […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #7: QuestaGame & Geocaching for Students
    by Shaylin Warren on March 18, 2019 at 4:17 am

    As we reach the end of our assignment, Beth and I are getting eager to head outside with our digital devices. We wanted to try playing QuestaGame and go Geocaching, however, it looks like we’re only going to have time for one. QuestaGame Here is brief video outlining how QuestaGame works. 1. Download the app.2. … Continue reading Technology Inquiry Project, Post #7: QuestaGame & Geocaching for Students &rarr […]

  • Tech #7 Branding and Identity
    by juliafalzon336 on March 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    This week to further our learning of how we can use graphic design, we watched and learned from this video on Youtube all about branding and design. We found that this video summarized the other videos we have been learning from and brought all the various elements of graphic design together. Essentially, branding is how … Continue reading Tech #7 Branding and Identity […]

  • A Deeper Look into 6 Native Plants: Part 2
    by sarahkalder on March 17, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    All information from Nancy J Turners Sannich Ethnobotany Wild Strawberry Perennial herbs, Wild Strawberry Fragaria chiloensis grow in loose patches, spreading by long thin runners.The coarse green leaves are 3 parted and have jagged edges. Wild Strawberries bloom in April and May, bearing white five petaled flowers. Mature berries are bright red and delicious. Wild … Continue reading A Deeper Look into 6 Native Plants: Part 2 &rarr […]

  • Minecraft Edu
    by sarahkalder on March 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Tuesdays class changed the way I see the integration of technology in the classroom. Heidi James, a teacher from Colquitz Middle brought in a group of middle schoolers to teach our cohort how to play Minecraft. If you have spent any time around kids in the past 5 years you have probably heard of it. … Continue reading Minecraft Edu &rarr […]

  • Gym day
    by shonakbal on March 17, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Today I went to the gym. At the beginning of the year, my goal was to improve my overall fitness and health. Through this journey I have noticed my habits are changing. Everyday I wake up and I think about how I am going to make time in my day to be active and healthy. … Continue reading Gym day […]

  • Photography: 13 March 2019
    by missmaracox on March 17, 2019 at 12:43 am

    For our photography project this week we decided to do a beach clean up! We met at Spiral Beach to find and pick up any garbage that had been left behind or drifted ashore. We started by walking down the beach scanning for garbage, but to our surprise there was none to pick up! We … Continue reading Photography: 13 March 2019 […]

  • Tech #6 Branding and Identity
    by Olivia on March 16, 2019 at 5:52 am

    This week to further our learning of how we can use graphic design, we watched and learned from this video on Youtube all about branding and design. We found that this video summarized the other videos we have been learning from and brought all the various elements of graphic design together. Essentially, branding is how… Continue reading Tech #6 Branding and Identity […]

  • On Leash Walking : Update
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    After three solid weeks on working on leash training every opportunity I could, I am pleased to say that Beau is now fully capable of walking on a leash without pulling! Theodore on the other hand still needs some work, I find that he is better at the end of the walk when he finally… Continue reading On Leash Walking : Updat […]

  • Part 1, Chapter 3
    by Shaylin Warren on March 15, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Part 1: Dark ChapterChapter 3: Tightening Control As you might have noticed, I’ve started each new summary with a John A. Macdonald quote. I find them extremely insightful. Reading such harsh words straight from the former Prime Minister’s mouth really puts Canada’s formation into perspective. In light of the recent John A. Macdonald statue removal … Continue reading Part 1, Chapter 3 &rarr […]

  • Minecraft for Education
    by Olivia on March 14, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    This week in our class, we had the chance to learn about Minecraft. Students from Colquitz Middle School came into our class with their teacher Heidi James to teach us about Minecraft and using Minecraft for education. I have heard so much about Minecraft just from working with children but I feel like I did not… Continue reading Minecraft for Education […]

  • Scratch.com
    by laurengateley on March 14, 2019 at 6:01 am

    This week we worked more in depth with scratch.mit.com to create a game. I discovered modules that can be dowloaded with checklists for how to create lots of different games. I started with the basic backdrop and the uncoded “sprite,” which is the character that can be coded. From there, I followed the instructions for … Continue reading Scratch.com […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #6: Wearable Cameras
    by Shaylin Warren on March 14, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Head over to Beth’s blog to check out some really insightful researched obtained from children wearing cameras AND ways to incorporate wearable cameras into the classroom. So cool! […]

  • Review of Ann Michaelsen’s Blog
    by emmschaefer on March 14, 2019 at 1:25 am

    In search of the answer for what makes a good classroom blog, I did some web surfing to find a classroom blog that stuck out to me as special. I stumbled upon Ann Michaelsen’s blog, Connected Teaching and Learning. Ann Michaelsen is an administrator, teacher, and author who is teaching high-school in Norway. Her blog is interesting … Continue reading Review of Ann Michaelsen’s Blog […]

  • Podcasts for Teachers
    by sarahkalder on March 13, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Podcasts are a great way to develop your teaching practice for free. I downloaded the free app Podcast Addict from Google Play so that I can listen on the bus or while doing the dishes. The thing I love most about Podcasts is the ability to learn something new while doing those everyday chores. Something … Continue reading Podcasts for Teachers &rarr […]

  • Scratch.com
    by angelaxie4150 on March 13, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    This week we worked more in depth with scratch.mit.com to create a game. I discovered modules that can be dowloaded with checklists for how to create lots of different games. I started with the basic backdrop and the uncoded “sprite,” which is the character that can be coded. From there, I followed the instructions for what codes should go … Continue reading Scratch.com &rarr […]

  • Minecraft Edu
    by laurengateley on March 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    In this weeks class students from Colquitz Middle School came in with their teacher Heidi James. Heidi and her students were very passionate and knowledgable about how to implement games, like Minecraft, into the classroom. It is common knowledge that online gaming is seen as taboo. This is because on the outside it can look … Continue reading Minecraft Edu […]

  • March 13, 2019
    by olivermconn on March 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    For our photography project this week we decided to do a beach clean up! We met at Spiral Beach to find and pick up any garbage that had been left behind or drifted ashore. We started by walking down the beach scanning for garbage, but to our surprise there was none to pick up! We … Continue reading March 13, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Protected: Jesse Miller Presentation
    by erinpaigefletch on March 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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  • Minecraft for Education
    by emmschaefer on March 13, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Today Colquitz Middle School teacher Heidi James came into our EDCI 336 class along with some students from the school to teach us about Minecraft for Education. Heidi has used Minecraft for teaching subjects such as social studies, science, and math. Heidi emphasized that while Minecraft appears to be an individual game, it is actually … Continue reading Minecraft for Education […]

  • Workout
    by shonakbal on March 13, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Today at the gym I did a cardio day. I worked on HIIT training on the elliptical. I have a bad shoulder from when I used to play Ice hockey. I dislocated my shoulder after taking a bad fall and pulling my shoulder out of the socket. I have noticed that doing my cardio training … Continue reading Workout […]

  • Review of Anne Michealsons blog
    by shonakbal on March 13, 2019 at 2:55 am

    In search of the answer for what makes a good classroom blog, I did some web surfing to find a classroom blog that stuck out to me as special. I stumbled upon Ann Michaelsen’s blog, Connected Teaching and Learning. Ann Michaelsen is an administrator, teacher, and author who is teaching high-school in Norway. Her blog is … Continue reading Review of Anne Michealsons blog […]

  • Protected: Music Class Reflection
    by sarahkalder on March 13, 2019 at 1:37 am

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  • Protected: ASL Blog Post #9
    by erinpaigefletch on March 13, 2019 at 1:15 am

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  • Protected: Minecraft in the classroom
    by erinpaigefletch on March 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm

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  • Classroom Blogging Platforms
    by Josh Lafond on March 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Click the link below to view this post https://emmaschaefer.home.blog/2019/03/06/classroom-blogging-platforms/ […]

  • Minecraft in the Classroom
    by Shaylin Warren on March 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Today, Colquitz Middle School teacher Heidi James and her students met us in the computer lab to help us discover why Minecraft is such an awesome learning tool! It was a truly wonderful experience to learn from such enthusiastic and passionate students. My ten-year-old sister plays Minecraft at home and I’ve never put a whole … Continue reading Minecraft in the Classroom &rarr […]

  • Cooking Week 8
    by emmschaefer on March 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    This week I decided to follow a recipe from damndelicous.net Garlic Tortellini Alfredo This recipe was so quick and easy, and most of the ingredients it called for I already had! The downside to this recipe is the nutrition facts… One serving is about 58% of your daily saturated fat. What You’ll Need: Three cheese … Continue reading Cooking Week 8 […]

  • Minecraft
    by angelaxie4150 on March 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Today, we spent the class learning how to play Minecraft. Heidi James, a teacher from Colquitz Middle School, brought a few of her students to our class and talked to us about the learning outcomes that come from playing Minecraft. I have never had an interest in gaming and like many parents, see it as … Continue reading Minecraft &rarr […]

  • Assistive Technology Products
    by erinpaigefletch on March 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    There are many ways that technology can aid a student in their learning. Things like apps or technology based products that help a student achieve their greatest learning potential. Communication is very important in learning and in everyday life. There are apps that can help people communicate through text- speech apps. like Proloquo2Go. This is … Continue reading Assistive Technology Products […]

  • Minecraft for education
    by shonakbal on March 12, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Today, students from Colquitz middle school came to our class to teach us how to play Minecraft. Their teacher Heidi James came along with them to explain how she uses Minecraft in her classroom. Heidi uses Minecraft in units surrounding social studies, science and math. She explained how collaborative Minecraft is and how students are … Continue reading Minecraft for education […]

  • Teaching piano week 6
    by angelaxie4150 on March 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Over the last few weeks, I have reflected a lot on what I taught my students and how they have progressed. However, I haven’t talked much about what I have learned as a teacher and what I need to do to be the best piano teacher I can be. At the start of my teaching, … Continue reading Teaching piano week 6 &rarr […]

  • 04 March & 07 March 2019 Reflection: Cross-Curricular Lesson and Practicum Placements
    by missmaracox on March 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    This week in EDCI 306A, we worked on collaborative integrated lesson and unit plans centered around the piece “Rain Chant”, from page 204 of Campbell, Kassner, and Kassner’s “Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers”. My group chose to create a cross-curricular unit plan focused at the grade 2 level using the Rain theme. Our activities included … Continue reading 04 March & 07 March 2019 Reflection: Cross-Curricular Lesson and Practicum Placements […]

  • Speaking Mandarin
    by olivermconn on March 11, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Recently I have made some good progress with learning to speak mandarin. While I was visiting my family in Ottawa before a wedding the past weekend my uncle who used to live in China gave me an audio resource that teaches conversation in Mandarin. This is exactly what I was wanting from the online apps … Continue reading Speaking Mandarin &rarr […]

  • Cooking Dinner
    by laurengateley on March 11, 2019 at 4:35 am

    This week there was no focus other then trying out new recipes for meals, specifically dinner. I tackled a spaghetti squash recipe along with a stuffed chicken breast recipe. Other meals in my week consisted of pre-bagged salads. This spaghetti squash was a great meal filled with all sorts of good nutrients that made for … Continue reading Cooking Dinner […]

  • Tech #5
    by Olivia on March 10, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Today, we decided to experiment with PicMonkey. PicMonkey is a photo editing and graphic design tool. It is easy to use and offers users tutorials to help them achieve their specific design needs. PicMonkey gives users the option to being with either a template or blank canvas. It also allows you make specific searches based on your… Continue reading Tech #5 […]

  • Food Myths
    by chloestoroschuk on March 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    We live in an age where news and advertisements are more prominent than ever. Where before they were simply fibre one bar adds in between the Simpsons they are now placed in front of our faces every time we check our Facebook, scroll Instagram or watch Buzz feed food videos on you tube. Every area… Continue reading Food Myths &rarr […]

  • Open and Networked Learning
    by sarahkalder on March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I wasn’t able to make it to our class on Tuesday for the video conference with Verena Roberts on open and networked learning but I was still able to take part via Blue Jeans Network, a video, audio and web conferencing tool that works anywhere with any device. Blue Jeans was easy to use and … Continue reading Open and Networked Learning &rarr […]

  • A Deeper Look into 6 Native Plants: Part 1
    by sarahkalder on March 10, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    In my last post I wrote about the Native Plant Workshop I attended last week put on by the Campus Community Garden. Elder Earl Claxton Jr and Education Coordinator PEPAḴIYE Ashley Cooper  came from PEPAKEN HAUTW (Native Plant Nursery and Garden) and brought with them 4 potted plants as well as Thimbleberry clippings and Stinging … Continue reading A Deeper Look into 6 Native Plants: Part 1 &rarr […]

  • Photography: 06 March 2019
    by missmaracox on March 10, 2019 at 12:04 am

    It’s starting to get cold here in Victoria again, and keeping our heat on is just too expensive! This week we decided to get crafty and sew up our very own microwaveable heating pads. All we needed to make them was: Fabric (100% cotton so that it’s microwave safe) Thread (also cotton so that it’s … Continue reading Photography: 06 March 2019 […]

  • Rain chant presentation
    by angelaxie4150 on March 9, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Giving this presentation to the class was a good learning experience for myself and for my group. We were unsure of what was expected for this presentation as the guidelines were unclear, so we simply just created a lesson plan on how to teach the rain chant. We began our lesson by showing the class … Continue reading Rain chant presentation &rarr […]

  • Music Lesson Reflection: Rain Unit
    by laurengateley on March 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Creating this lesson as a group was challenging but rewarding. At first, there were so many different personalities working together that it seemed nothing was getting done. It wasn’t until we figured out that we should be harnessing these differences to find out all the different ways we could teach rain in a unit. The … Continue reading Music Lesson Reflection: Rain Unit […]

  • open learning and privacy
    by angelaxie4150 on March 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    We had the wonderful opportunity to have another video conference session, this time with Verena Roberts, who talked to us about open learning education in grades k-12. This type of learning goes beyond learning in the classroom and allows students to connect to their community and develop their identity. A huge part of open learning … Continue reading open learning and privacy &rarr […]

  • Knitting: Success with a Bit of Technology Mixed In!
    by missmaracox on March 9, 2019 at 8:11 am

    This new yarn has been working really well for me, and it has allowed me to make a fair bit of progress with my beginner knitting process! I have included a couple photos below of my progress: I have also used some of the video editing techniques that we have learned in our EDCI 336 … Continue reading Knitting: Success with a Bit of Technology Mixed In! […]

  • Teaching piano week 5
    by angelaxie4150 on March 8, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    After a few weeks of teaching, my students have definitely shown some improvement in their piano playing. I went over technique and scales with the brother and he was able to play a C major scale with both hands. He was playing one octave (8 notes) so I encouraged him to challenge himself and play … Continue reading Teaching piano week 5 &rarr […]

  • EDCI 306A Lesson Planning Reflection
    by emmschaefer on March 8, 2019 at 5:53 am

    This week in EDCI 306A we were given a chant with 3 Ostinato’s and asked to create a lesson plan in groups of 7-8 people. I found this to be a challenge for a few reasons, but mostly because of the large group size and my inexperience with music. My group decided to create the … Continue reading EDCI 306A Lesson Planning Reflection […]

  • Protected: Music Reflection WEEK March 4th-8th
    by erinpaigefletch on March 8, 2019 at 12:05 am

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  • Music Lesson
    by chloestoroschuk on March 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Receiving our practicum placements has been a very exciting and slightly nervous time in our semester. My practicum partner and I asked for a kindergarten/grade 1 class and to our surprise ended up with a 6/7 combined class. I recently learned that this is not longer called a “split”, because the curriculum is shared it… Continue reading Music Lesson &rarr […]

  • 05 March 2019: Jesse Miller
    by missmaracox on March 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I have had a very busy and slightly confusing few days this past week figuring out my visa for my practicum in China! I went over to the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver on Thursday, armed with all of necessary documents for a smooth and simple application process (or so I thought!). After a rather eventful … Continue reading 05 March 2019: Jesse Miller […]

  • EDCI 306A – Teaching Reflection
    by Shaylin Warren on March 7, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    On Tuesday, we gathered in groups and created a lesson plan based on the following chant: Pitter, Patter, Splitter, Splatter,Raindrops fall,What does it matter? Drip, Drop Drip, Drop.Raining, raining my it’s raining. (x2) I wasn’t totally familiar with chants until Inez encouraged us to think about chants as rap; I liked that interpretation. My group … Continue reading EDCI 306A – Teaching Reflection &rarr […]

  • Coding Board Game for Students
    by angelaxie4150 on March 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    This past week I found an amazing resource to have in the classroom to help students learn coding. Robot Turtles is a game where students have to use code cards to direct a robot turtle to the centre of the board to receive a jewel. Once this is done the board becomes more challenging by adding obstacles. … Continue reading Coding Board Game for Students &rarr […]

  • March 6, 2019
    by olivermconn on March 6, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    It’s starting to get cold here in Victoria again, and keeping our heat on is just too expensive! This week we decided to get crafty and sew up our very own microwaveable heating pads. All we needed to make them was: Fabric (100% cotton so that it’s microwave safe) Thread (also cotton so that it’s … Continue reading March 6, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Coding Board Game for Students
    by laurengateley on March 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    This past week I found an amazing resource to have in the classroom to help students learn coding. Robot Turtles is a game where students have to use code cards to direct a robot turtle to the centre of the board to receive a jewel. Once this is done the board becomes more challenging by … Continue reading Coding Board Game for Students […]

  • Social Media
    by chloestoroschuk on March 6, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve chosen to write about our presentation by Jesse Miller because I found it very interesting and proactive. It is so true that many of the adults in our lives speak of social media very negatively and I think that a large part of this is the feeling of being left out as well as… Continue reading Social Media &rarr […]

  • Week 5: Inquiry Teaching
    by laurengateley on March 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    This week in class we did an out trip to George J Elementary to hear from Rebecca Bathurst Hunt about how to enhance our inquiry in the classroom. She co-authored alongside Trevor Mackenzie for the book “Inquiry Mindset.” Rebecca’s passion was apparent and she seemed to be very authentic in the way she approached inquiry … Continue reading Week 5: Inquiry Teaching […]

  • Part 1, Chapter 2
    by Shaylin Warren on March 6, 2019 at 3:59 am

    Part 1: Dark ChapterChapter 2: Resistance Is futile Yet another informative chapter. I found section 6 particularly interesting since I have freinds from the T’-Sou-ke Nation who share the same surname but have no family relation. I’ve also wondered what was up the popularity of ordinary surnames amongst Indigenous Peoples (ie. George, Joseph, Allan, etc). Keep … Continue reading Part 1, Chapter 2 &rarr […]

  • EDCI 336 – March 05, 2019
    by Shaylin Warren on March 6, 2019 at 2:48 am

    So today’s class was full of so much variety that I really couldn’t think of a more creative/descriptive title. We met in the videoconferencing room to start the class with Verena Roberts in celebration of Open Education Week. Her informative slides and presentation concerning how to expand K-12 learning through open educational practices was really … Continue reading EDCI 336 – March 05, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Copyrighting
    by angelaxie4150 on March 6, 2019 at 2:12 am

    It is important to know what copyright is and the rules and regulations behind it. Through my personal experience at school, my teachers would always emphasize the seriousness of plagiarism, however they never really talked about how serious copyright infringement can also be. When sharing information such as pictures, videos, music, and other works, it … Continue reading Copyrighting &rarr […]

  • Protected: Verena Roberts: Video Conference
    by erinpaigefletch on March 6, 2019 at 1:55 am

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  • Protected: ASL Blog Post #8
    by erinpaigefletch on March 6, 2019 at 1:00 am

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  • How to Access Assistive Technology
    by erinpaigefletch on March 5, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Upon researching Assistive Technology(AT) I have found that AT is clearly crucial for aiding students who have learning disabilities. Schools province wide have access to a number of resources in their classrooms to assist their students, but my question is, how do schools get access to these things. It’s no secret that electronics are expensive, … Continue reading How to Access Assistive Technology […]

  • Music Lesson
    by chloestoroschuk on March 5, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Receiving our practicum placements has been a very exciting and slightly nervous time in our semester. My practicum partner and I asked for a kindergarten/grade 1 class and to our surprise ended up with a 6/7 combined class. I recently learned that this is not longer called a “split”, because the curriculum is shared it… Continue reading Music Lesson &rarr […]

  • Week 6
    by chloestoroschuk on March 5, 2019 at 4:54 am

    This week I had a huge craving for a bacon, tomato sandwich and I decided that it would be my end of the week treat if I made sure to get active outside somehow everyday or got to the gym in between class. I went on a run to Willows beach on Monday which was… Continue reading Week 6 &rarr […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #5: Sensible Use of Technology
    by Shaylin Warren on March 5, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Incase you missed it, Beth wrote up a fantastic post last week highlighting the benefits of place-based education. In turn, I thought it would be appropriate to make a similar post analyzing the impact technology has on student learning. However, it didn’t take me long to realize just how controversial this topic is. There’s compelling … Continue reading Technology Inquiry Project, Post #5: Sensible Use of Technology &rarr […]

  • Science Podcasts in the Classroom
    by sarahkalder on March 4, 2019 at 4:11 am

    I recently listened to and reviewed 3 different science podcasts, Brains On!, But Why and Tumbler. All shows provide provocations in the form of an unknown sound or a question, these are opportunities to press pause and reflect either as a class, in pairs or independently. When listening to podcasts kids can close their eyes … Continue reading Science Podcasts in the Classroom &rarr […]

  • Photography: 27 February 2019
    by missmaracox on March 3, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    This week was our reading week so our whole group went and traveled every which way! Of course, our individual adventures meant that we couldn’t meet up as a group to work collaboratively on a theme this week, so we chose to document some of our travels! We each have some individual pictures that we … Continue reading Photography: 27 February 2019 […]

  • Snack Attack
    by laurengateley on March 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    This week I wanted to focus on good healthy snacks that could help sustain me throughout my long days. I think snacks are important because I know for me, when I start getting hungry it’s hard to focus on things and it’s hard to be in a good mood when you are hungry. This reinforced … Continue reading Snack Attack […]

  • #Inquirymindset
    by sarahkalder on March 3, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Our cohort had the opportunity on Tuesday to visit Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt’s class at George Jay Elementary. Rebecca is co-author of the book Inquiry Mindset, a guide to “harnessing the power of curiosity to foster students learning from their youngest years”. Since our visit to PSII I have been wondering what inquiry would look like in … Continue reading #Inquirymindset &rarr […]

  • Native Plant Workshop
    by sarahkalder on March 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm

     One of the other future teachers in our cohort Shaylin sent me a link to a Native Plant workshop put on by the Campus Community Garden here at Uvic. The event featured elder Earl Claxton Jr. and PEPAḴIYE Ashley Cooper from PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plants & Garden Program located at the ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School in Brentwood … Continue reading Native Plant Workshop &rarr […]

  • 26 February 2019: A Visit with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
    by missmaracox on March 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    This afternoon, we had the opportunity to visit Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt’s inquiry-based kindergarten classroom at George Jay Elementary. I was very excited for this experience as I have been following Rebecca on Instagram and Twitter for the past few months and I have been amazed with what she does with inquiry-based learning with learners of such … Continue reading 26 February 2019: A Visit with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt […]

  • 26 February 2019: Creative Commons and Privacy
    by missmaracox on March 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I can remember endless projects throughout my middle school and high school years that were composed mainly of images taken directly from Google Images. I used other peoples’ photos for everything without even thinking about it, and I didn’t have a teacher who said a word about it until my first year of post-secondary. I … Continue reading 26 February 2019: Creative Commons and Privacy […]

  • Protected: Visit to an Inquiry Classroom
    by erinpaigefletch on March 2, 2019 at 4:05 am

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  • Creative Commons
    by sarahkalder on March 1, 2019 at 1:39 am

    We spent our last class learning about copyright and creative commons. If your like me you have probably heard the word copyright or seen the little symbol but are unclear about what it all means. While doing a bit of my own research I came across this site that breaks it down and makes it … Continue reading Creative Commons &rarr […]

  • Fair Dealing in Canada & Blogging
    by Shaylin Warren on February 27, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Although our class time was cut short yesterday to make room for our visit at George Jay Elementary, we covered some really helpful information concerning copyright. We learned that a safe place to find photos for personal use is on the Creative Commons website. Moreover, we learned the best practices for attributing the photos we … Continue reading Fair Dealing in Canada & Blogging &rarr […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #4: Why Outdoor Education?
    by Shaylin Warren on February 27, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    You can find Beth’s most recent blogpost here, where she documents research regarding one of our overarching themes. Moreover, please note our shift in language as we move away from “outdoor education” over to a more appropriate term coined “place-based education.” Check out Beth’s post for more detail. […]

  • Inquiry Visit
    by chloestoroschuk on February 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Our school visit to George Jay elementary school was very helpful and inspiring. I think that our program we learn so much about inquiry but never really see what it looks like hands on or really how to implement it into a class. Rebecca Bathhurst-Hunt has been teaching for 7 years and has successfully learned… Continue reading Inquiry Visit &rarr […]

  • Week 4: Copywriting
    by laurengateley on February 27, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I think having knowledge of copyrighting and copyright law is important as teacher because there are many resources available online that can be helpful in classrooms. It is imperative to know which resources can be used and in what ways. It is also important to understand copyrighting because ones own resources should be properly copyrighted. … Continue reading Week 4: Copywriting […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: Inquiry Mindset
    by Shaylin Warren on February 27, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I’m feeling so inspired after visiting with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt yesterday in her kindergarten classroom at George Jay Elementary School. Unlike other in-school visits, class wasn’t in session so my peers and I were fortunate enough to have Rebecca’s full attention. Her slides and narration not only emphasized the importance of honouring learners’ questions, but how … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: Inquiry Mindset &rarr […]

  • Coding: True and False
    by angelaxie4150 on February 26, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Coding in its simplest form can be broken down into 1’s and 0’s. A 1 means it is TRUE and a 0 means it is FALSE. One thing to always keep in mind is that if something is not true then it is false. This system is called Boolean algebra. When coding it is important … Continue reading Coding: True and False &rarr […]

  • Coding 101
    by angelaxie4150 on February 26, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve decided to do Coding as my Tech Inquiry project because I see the increasing value in the role technology has in our society and in our classrooms. It is no longer acceptable to just be tech competent, students must learn to be tech fluent. To help me along in this process I have recruited … Continue reading Coding 101 &rarr […]

  • by chloestoroschuk on February 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Blog Post 3: For our Digital Photography project this week we decided to give it a theme which was Valentines day. We wanted to make a special treat for our classmates( Cupcakes) and to document the process that went into making them as a way to capture how fun it can be do do things… Continue reading &rarr […]

  • by chloestoroschuk on February 26, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Blog Post 2: For our photography this week we decided to experiment with the outdoor education side of inquiry-based learning. We chose to go down to the beach and build a fort! While this may sound simple, the act of building a fort out of driftwood actually provides a great outlet for hands on learning.… Continue reading &rarr […]

  • by chloestoroschuk on February 26, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Blog Post 1: We were so excited to get started on learning all about photography and different ways that it can be incorporated into the classroom. For our first week we chose to sit down and really specify what direction we wanted to take our learning in (as there are endless possibilities). We decided that… Continue reading &rarr […]

  • My Own Experience With Assistive Technology
    by erinpaigefletch on February 26, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    When tackling the idea of assistive technology in the classroom I have a bit of a different approach because of my own experience. Growing up in school I never had the access to technology, due to my age demographic and the development of technology at the time. Aside from that, I never received the technology … Continue reading My Own Experience With Assistive Technology […]

  • Protected: Copyright? Plagiarizing? Creative Commons?
    by erinpaigefletch on February 26, 2019 at 5:36 pm

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  • Musical Growth
    by sarahkalder on February 26, 2019 at 5:09 am

    It took me a while to choose a song for my musical growth plan. I wanted a song that was challenging (voice cracks on the high notes) yet achievable (no Florence Welch or Whitney Houston). In 2010 a friend of mine played a Youtube video of Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg covering folk band … Continue reading Musical Growth &rarr […]

  • Midterm Reflection of Musical Growth
    by missmaracox on February 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Through these past 6 weeks, I have gone from never playing a string instrument to successfully learning how to play the Am, G, C, and F chords on the ukulele. My musical experience at the beginning of this course was very limited, and the last instrument that I had picked up was a trombone that … Continue reading Midterm Reflection of Musical Growt […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #7
    by erinpaigefletch on February 25, 2019 at 1:03 pm

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  • Teaching piano weeks 3 & 4
    by angelaxie4150 on February 25, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Over the last 2 weeks, my piano teaching has been quite successful. I ended up teaching two students, a brother and a sister and I realized that I had underestimated their skills and knowledge on the piano. Both of them already knew how to read notes, so that made my job a lot easier. They … Continue reading Teaching piano weeks 3 & 4 &rarr […]

  • Part 1, Chapter 1
    by Shaylin Warren on February 25, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Part 1: Dark ChapterChapter 1: The Beginning So far I’m really enjoying “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act.” In comparison with my experience reading the Indian Act of 1876, it’s much more informative and I’m rarely left with unanswered questions. Bob Joseph does a fantastic job breaking the Indian Act down … Continue reading Part 1, Chapter 1 &rarr […]

  • Knitting: A Multi-Coloured Solution!
    by missmaracox on February 24, 2019 at 3:54 am

    I did not expect to come across a solution to my yarn woes while I was seeking out mason jars in a local Dollar Store, but solutions seem to sometimes appear in unexpected places! I found a rainbow-coloured acrylic yarn that was a lighter weight that the previous yarn that I had been trying to … Continue reading Knitting: A Multi-Coloured Solution! […]

  • Reading Break
    by chloestoroschuk on February 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    So for this reading break I really wanted to focus on getting back on track with sleep, exercise, and nutrition. I found the best, easiest recipe in the world for banana pancakes and it has changed the breakfast game monumentally. When we had the snow day during the week before reading break our house had… Continue reading Reading Break &rarr […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #3: Tree Mapping
    by Shaylin Warren on February 22, 2019 at 12:15 am

    For this blogpost I decided to explore one of the references that Bethany had listed in her previous post. More specifically, an academic article titled, “Local Tree Mapping: A Collaborative, Place-Based Activity Integrating Science, Technology, Math, and Geography” by Erica Blatt. I was instantly hooked. This insightful article provides detailed instruction and an abundance of … Continue reading Technology Inquiry Project, Post #3: Tree Mapping &rarr […]

  • Assistive Tech in Classrooms
    by erinpaigefletch on February 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    When looking at assistive technology within classrooms, I wanted to find out what was really being used in classrooms today. I thought what better way to find out what is being used than speaking with a teacher themselves and see what they use. I was heading to Lakehill Elementary School to discuss a gym lesson … Continue reading Assistive Tech in Classrooms […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #6
    by erinpaigefletch on February 19, 2019 at 12:22 am

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  • Week 5
    by chloestoroschuk on February 17, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    This week has been a very crazy one as a I got very sick right at the beginning and had troubles really prepping a meal. I want to be truthful in this blog so I ended up eating a lot of yams and pasta, big carbohydrate loads that were easy to make. While I don’t… Continue reading Week 5 &rarr […]

  • Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness
    by missmaracox on February 17, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I came across a book this past week that looks like it will have some great strategies and activities for integrating social-emotional learning and mindfulness into my future classroom and teaching practice. It’s called Everyday SEL In Elementary School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom, by Carla Tantillo Philibert. It looks like a … Continue reading Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #2: Gathering Research
    by Shaylin Warren on February 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Check out Beth’s latest update on our project here! […]

  • Music growth- midterm
    by angelaxie4150 on February 15, 2019 at 2:04 am

    For my music learning goal, I wanted to learn how to play one song using at least 3 chords while singing at the same time. I chose to learn “Can’t help falling in love” by Elvis Presley. This song uses eight chords but they are on the easier side which is a really good beginner … Continue reading Music growth- midterm &rarr […]

  • 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act
    by Shaylin Warren on February 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend dearest gifted me the book, “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act” by Bob Joseph. This guide is intended to help Canadians make reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a reality. I have high hopes for this book as I really want to learn more about how the Indian … Continue reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act &rarr […]

  • Photography: 13 February 2019
    by missmaracox on February 14, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Our theme for this week’s Digital Photography project was Valentine’s Day. We decided to make Valentine’s cupcakes for our classmates, and we chose to document the process that went into making them as a way to capture how fun it can be to do things for others. While this was a very simple task, it … Continue reading Photography: 13 February 2019 […]

  • Protected: Midterm Musical Growth
    by erinpaigefletch on February 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm

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  • 13 Moons of the Saanich Year
    by sarahkalder on February 13, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Seasonal rounds refers to the the WSANEC peoples movement from one resource gathering area to another, this movement is cyclical following the cycles of the moon. In the spring, summer and fall the people would be moving throughout their territory collecting and processing different resources while in the winter they would gather in their winter … Continue reading 13 Moons of the Saanich Year &rarr […]

  • School visit
    by angelaxie4150 on February 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    The school visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry was an eye-opening experience for me. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but as soon as I walked around the school, I was amazed to see all the resources and facilities that the school had to offer such as a common room for … Continue reading School visit &rarr […]

  • Mid Semester Ukelele
    by laurengateley on February 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    It’s been a few weeks and I have been able to practice the ukulele to achieve my overall goal of playing Vance Joy’s song Riptide while singing. Firstly, I learned that the grade 4’s ukulele’s are tuned higher to A,D,F,B whereas a regular tuning is G,C,E,A. So I had to do a bit of research … Continue reading Mid Semester Uk […]

  • SET-BC
    by erinpaigefletch on February 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Special Education Technology-BC While I was researching about Assistive technology, I found this site called SET-BC. SET-BC works in partnership with BC school districts where both groups work collaboratively provides services surrounding assistive technology and students who need the aid of assistive technology. The website not only gives more information about assistive technology but provides … Continue reading SET-BC […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #5
    by erinpaigefletch on February 12, 2019 at 11:26 am

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  • Coding: True and False
    by laurengateley on February 12, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Coding in its simplest form can be broken down into 1’s and 0’s. A 1 means it is TRUE and a 0 means it is FALSE. One thing to always keep in mind is that if something is not true then it is false. This system is called Boolean algebra. When coding it is important … Continue reading Coding: True and Fals […]

  • Video conferencing and assessment
    by angelaxie4150 on February 11, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Last week, our class was held in the video conference room where we had a talk with Ian Landy of Powell River Elementary. He introduced us to the benefits of using an E-portfolio instead of the traditional report card for the assessment of students. This kind of formative assessment is meaningful and relevant in the … Continue reading Video conferencing and assessment &rarr […]

  • Chinese New Year Dragon
    by laurengateley on February 10, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    This craft was a fun and engaging way to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Each student was given a red oval for a part of the body and feathers, glitter glue and scrap paper to decorate. I did this craft with kindergarten’s and grade 1’s. I found the best way to organize it was to … Continue reading Chinese New Year Dragon […]

  • The Most Important Meal of the Day
    by laurengateley on February 10, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Most of us have heard of the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” Personally I see a huge difference when I do not eat breakfast. Within an hour or two I get very hungry and take on the overall persona of a hangry person. That’s why this week I am focusing … Continue reading The Most Important Meal of the Day […]

  • Protected: Classroom Observations – PSII
    by erinpaigefletch on February 10, 2019 at 1:41 am

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  • EDCI 306A: Mid-term Evidence of Growth
    by Shaylin Warren on February 9, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Over the course of the semester I’ve been following my musical growth plan. According to my plan, I was supposed to reach and complete page #33 (introduction of the Grand Staff) of Alfred’s Lesson Book – Level 1A. I’ve accomplished that goal, which means I’m on track to finish my musical growth plan on time!Learning … Continue reading EDCI 306A: Mid-term Evidence of Growth &rarr […]

  • Knitting: A Few Frustrations with Some Much Too Chunky Yarn
    by missmaracox on February 9, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    These past couple weeks have been crazy busy, but I have tried to make time to continue this knitting journey. Below is a video from YouTuber HappyBerry Knitting that I found to be very helpful while I was learning the knit stitch: Initially, my progress with this stitch came along very well! I did eventually … Continue reading Knitting: A Few Frustrations with Some Much Too Chunky Yarn […]

  • Teaching piano week 2
    by angelaxie4150 on February 9, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Originally, I was going to start teaching piano last weekend on Saturday, however the student I was going to teach was sick and could not make it to her lesson. Instead, I decided to spend this time to focus on my theory analysis homework. Outside of taking classes at uvic, I also take a class … Continue reading Teaching piano week 2 &rarr […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Visit
    by laurengateley on February 9, 2019 at 1:44 am

    The High School Visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry was a very eye-opening visit. I think that the system that is used is very effective for a niche group of students. I found that typically the students drawn to the school were those with social or academic anxiety problems. I think they are … Continue reading Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Visit […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: PSII
    by Shaylin Warren on February 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    On Tuesday, my class visited the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry downtown Victoria. As I progress in the BEd program and learn how and why our current schooling system is failing students across BC, I become more interested in alternative options. I have been excited about checking out PSII ever since Founder and Principal, … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: PSII &rarr […]

  • Indian Act, 1876 ; RESERVES, PROTECTION OF RESERVES & SPECIAL RESERVES.
    by Shaylin Warren on February 8, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve just finished reading the content associated with three more headings in the Indian Act, 1876. Overall, it outlines the rules and regulations regarding reserve lands and resources. I believe there is a huge lack of understanding concerning how and why reserves are organized today. I often hear and read of people slandering reserves and … Continue reading Indian Act, 1876 ; RESERVES, PROTECTION OF RESERVES & SPECIAL RESERVES. &rarr […]

  • Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation
    by sarahkalder on February 8, 2019 at 1:42 am

    My EDtech class had the opportunity on Tuesday to visit the Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation or PSII (they pronounce it sigh). An independent school with 85 students, it is nestled into an office building on Douglas St. in downtown Victoria. Founded by Jeff Hopkins in 2013, PSII offers an alternate learning structure with … Continue reading Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation &rarr […]

  • Photography: 06 February 2019
    by missmaracox on February 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    For our photography this week we decided to experiment with the outdoor education side of inquiry-based learning. We chose to go down to the beach and build a fort! While this may sound simple, the act of building a fort out of driftwood actually provides a great outlet for hands on learning. While we were … Continue reading Photography: 06 February 2019 […]

  • School Visit
    by chloestoroschuk on February 6, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Today’s school visit was very inspiring and interesting. Going into a school like this and meeting the students is very eye opening and really shows how diverse schools can be while being functional. The students all worked on their own inquiry projects and decided what information that they wanted to learn in the day, with… Continue reading School Visit &rarr […]

  • 05 February 2019: PSII Visit
    by missmaracox on February 6, 2019 at 2:45 am

    This week, we had the opportunity to visit the Pacific School for Innovation and Inquiry (PSII), which is located in downtown Victoria. PSII was founded in 2013 by Jeff Hopkins, a former Superintendent for School District no. 64 (Gulf Islands). I had listened to Jeff speak about PSII and their alternative approach to education during … Continue reading 05 February 2019: PSII Visit […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #4
    by erinpaigefletch on February 5, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • The SENĆOŦEN Speaking People
    by sarahkalder on February 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    WSÁNEĆ territory is diverse, you can find sandy beaches, rocky shoreline and hilltops, coastal bluffs, estuary flatland and the odd open meadowland. The WSÁNEĆ people travelled in small groups between their winter villages on the coast and across parts of their territory on southeastern Vancouver Island, San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands to gather … Continue reading The SENĆOŦEN Speaking People &rarr […]

  • Tech Inquiry: What is Assistive Technology?
    by erinpaigefletch on February 5, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Assistive technology is a topic that I feel very foreign to. This is perhaps the number one reason why I chose this topic for my tech inquiry project. When I look back at my elementary years, I have a difficult time recalling any use of technology in the classroom, besides of course, scheduled computer lab … Continue reading Tech Inquiry: What is Assistive Technology? […]

  • Week 3 Blog: Video
    by laurengateley on February 5, 2019 at 7:28 am

    This weeks class was very productive and informative. The first half was a conference call with Ian Landy in Powell River pertaining to the shift from traditional report cards to E-Portfolios. This formative assessment is important because students can be excited about the work they show knowing that their grades are based upon the great … Continue reading Week 3 Blog: Video […]

  • Week 4: Food and Sleep
    by chloestoroschuk on February 5, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Having the goals from last week has actually really helped me while wanting to snack when studying in biblio cafe or downtown. For three mornings in a row I have had overnight oats and really enjoyed a break from my regular eggs, the maple banana was my favourite but was definitely a little bit sweet.… Continue reading Week 4: Food and Sleep &rarr […]

  • Video and audio editing
    by angelaxie4150 on February 4, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Today, we learned how to edit videos on IMovie and produce music on GarageBand. I had forgotten much of what I learned about video editing in the past, so everything was new to me. I had a lot of fun playing around with all the different options for backgrounds, transitions, audio, and titles. It didn’t … Continue reading Video and audio editing &rarr […]

  • Prepping to Meal Prep
    by laurengateley on February 3, 2019 at 5:44 am

    This week was the beginning of what seemed was going to be a long process. This was the first time I had thought out my meals well in advance. My goal for this week was to start small, to meal prep just a few meals that I could eat on multiple days. I found the … Continue reading Prepping to Meal Pr […]

  • Audio/ Video Editing Workshop with Rich
    by sarahkalder on February 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    We had another workshop with Rich McCue today in EDCI 336, this time we focused on Video editing using iMovie, audio editing using garageband and screen capture using Screencastify. We learned how to import a video, then trim and cut it, and transition between parts. We also learned how to add credits and publish it. … Continue reading Audio/ Video Editing Workshop with Rich &rarr […]

  • Knitting: Supplies, Casting-On, and the Knit Stitch
    by missmaracox on February 1, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I was very glad that I had done my research before going to the store to begin picking out the needles and yarn that I wanted to use! The sheer number of knitting needles and types of yarn was daunting to say the least! The next step was to learn how to cast-on. There are … Continue reading Knitting: Supplies, Casting-On, and the Knit Stitc […]

  • Technology Inquiry Project, Post #1: Bridging the Gap
    by Shaylin Warren on January 31, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Bethany and I have started to generate some ideas for our Tech Inquiry Project! We decided to explore what roles (if any) networking technologies can play in outdoor education. At first glance, networking technology and outdoor education seem like binary opposites. I remember watching TV while my mom lectured me about how kids nowadays spend … Continue reading Technology Inquiry Project, Post #1: Bridging the Gap &rarr […]

  • Photography: 30 January 2019
    by missmaracox on January 31, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    We were so excited to get started on learning all about photography and different ways that it can be incorporated into the classroom. For our first week, we chose to sit down and really specify what direction we wanted to take our learning in (as there are endless possibilities). We decided that we wanted to … Continue reading Photography: 30 January 2019 […]

  • Video Conference with Ian Landy
    by sarahkalder on January 31, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Tuesdays class was my first experience with a video conference call, we met with Ian Landy, Principal at Edgehill Elementary in Powell River. Next time I will make sure that I get there early so that I am not in the front row, I was a bit uncomfortable with being on the big screen and … Continue reading Video Conference with Ian Landy &rarr […]

  • Video Editing, Screen Capturing & Audio Editing
    by Shaylin Warren on January 31, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Today I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with some really cool online tools! First, I learned how to trim & split, add transitions, create titles and credits, and adjust audio using iMovie. Next, I learned how to record, import audio, trim & split, and add sound effects using GarageBand. Finally, I learned how to … Continue reading Video Editing, Screen Capturing & Audio Editing &rarr […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: Ian Landy
    by Shaylin Warren on January 30, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Today we had an informative video conference on formative assessment with Ian Landy, principal of Edgehill Elementary in Powell River. I really appreciated Ian’s detailed explanation as to why ePortfolios provide a deeper understanding than report cards on student learning. Report cards oversimplify student learning by emphasizing letter grades and percentages. Whereas ePorfolios document the … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: Ian Landy &rarr […]

  • Balance
    by chloestoroschuk on January 30, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    As I’ve been working on my meal prepping I’ve realized that simply making one meal for the week isn’t quite enough to be the change that I wanted to see from this project. While I made a big batch of curry this week I also had copious amounts of peanut butter toast, got a treat… Continue reading Balance &rarr […]

  • Teaching piano week 1
    by angelaxie4150 on January 30, 2019 at 7:24 am

    In preparation for my first lesson that I will be teaching starting in February, I looked up some resources and pulled out a few piano books that had been lying around in my basement that I thought would be helpful. Initially, I was feeling a bit lost and I wasn’t quite sure on where to … Continue reading Teaching piano week 1 &rarr […]

  • 29 January 2019: Video Conferencing with Ian Landy
    by missmaracox on January 30, 2019 at 1:27 am

    We started our class today with a video-conferencing session with Ian Landy, the principal at Edgehill Elementary School in Powell River. The experience of a class-wide video conferencing session was a new one for me, and I was completely unaware that entire rooms for these sessions even existed at UVIC. The session with Ian was incredibly … Continue reading 29 January 2019: Video Conferencing with Ian Landy […]

  • Blog Post 3# Formative Assesement, Video Conferences, Video/Audio Editing
    by chloestoroschuk on January 30, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Today in class we got the opportunity to talk to a really unique individual who has a totally different view on assessment. Instead of the formal “report card”, Ian Landry has been using a tool called E-Portfolio’s which are a form of assessing students by gradually accumulating their work throughout the year to be able… Continue reading Blog Post 3# Formative Assesement, Video Conferences, Video/Audio Editing &rarr […]

  • Indian Act, 1876 ; TERMS
    by Shaylin Warren on January 29, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    The first few pages of the Indian Act, 1876 ; outlines various terms and definitions. Here are some (copy and pasted) terms that I found most interesting: Indians. 3. The term “Indian” means First. Any male person of Indian blood reputed to belong to a particular band ;Secondly. Any child of such person ; Thirdly. … Continue reading Indian Act, 1876 ; TERMS &rarr […]

  • Technology Inquiry – Assistive Technology
    by erinpaigefletch on January 29, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    In our tech inquiry project, we are planning to discover and learn more about assistive technology. To learn more about this, we are planning to research and interview outside sources. Throughout these blog posts, we will post weekly progress and ways we would use assistive technology in a classroom. By the end of our research, … Continue reading Technology Inquiry – Assistive Technology […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #3
    by erinpaigefletch on January 29, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Saanich Ethnobotany
    by sarahkalder on January 29, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Ethnobotany: the scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses. When researching local plants and their uses I came across Nancy J. Turner an ethnobotanist and emeritus professor (retired professor) at Uvic who has worked with First Nations elders for over 40 years … Continue reading Saanich Ethnobotany &rarr […]

  • Edcamp reflection
    by angelaxie4150 on January 28, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Today in class, we watched a video on what edcamp is and how it is beneficial for both teachers as well as students. It involves a group discussion between educators where they can express their interests, passions, and any questions they have on an education topic. It is different from a lecture-based session in that … Continue reading Edcamp reflection &rarr […]

  • Cooking 101
    by laurengateley on January 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Previously I intended on doing a Southwestern Mandarine open inquiry project to prepare me for my practicum to China. However, due to recent events I came to the difficult conclusion to stay local this year for my practicum and consequently decided to change my open passion inquiry to cooking. To start, I would like to … Continue reading Cooking 101 […]

  • Knitting: The Basics
    by missmaracox on January 26, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    This week, I realized how much I needed to learn about knitting before I was able to even pick up my yarn and needles. There are many options for types, sizes, and material for needles and yarn, which is definitely intimidating for a (very) beginner knitter! I started off my knitting journey by looking through … Continue reading Knitting: The Basics […]

  • Breakfast
    by chloestoroschuk on January 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    So I made the curry in my last blog and it ended up being very cost effective and tasty, everything ended up being about $8 and it is lasting me through the entire week. The next thing I am going to be working on is breakfast, my breakfast are always the same and I think… Continue reading Breakfast &rarr […]

  • 22 January 2019: EdCamp & Professional Learning
    by missmaracox on January 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    We began our Technology Innovation class today by looking at EdCamp and the benefits that this format has, both as a method of professional learning for teachers and as a form of learning within the classroom. This format allows educators to create personalized discussion sessions that are engaging and learner-driven, and allow participants to share … Continue reading 22 January 2019: EdCamp & Professional Learning […]

  • Blog Post 1# Most Likely to Succeed
    by chloestoroschuk on January 22, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    The video we watched was really interesting and very progressive. The students going to the  school featured were experiencing a completely different type of education that I had ever experienced. The students were very set to work on their projects together and individually, the classrooms were set up so that the students were not completing… Continue reading Blog Post 1# Most Likely to Succeed &rarr […]

  • Edcamp
    by sarahkalder on January 22, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Today we spent the first couple of hours of our class having our own mini Edcamp session. Edcamp is an unconference where the topics/themes (education based) are chosen by the attendees. The topics are then narrowed down by up-voting the topics that interest you. Rather than having an expert come and talk, the sessions are … Continue reading Edcamp &rarr […]

  • Ukelele: The beginning
    by laurengateley on January 22, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I am starting this journey at ground zero. I have past experience with reading notes for piano but a string instrument is unknown territory for me. At the after school care that I work at the grade 4’s I see are learning Ukulele too. They became my introduction to all things Ukulele. They even had … Continue reading Ukelele: The beginning […]

  • Southwestern Mandarin
    by laurengateley on January 22, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    The YouTube video below is very informational. It did not help my speak Mandarin but I feel it was very helpful for understanding the language before I started to learn to actually speak. Another thing that I tried was the Duolingo app on my iPhone. In the past, I have used this app to brush … Continue reading Southwestern Mandarin […]

  • Weekly Blog 2: Edcamp Reflection
    by laurengateley on January 22, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    This week we did ran a practice Edcamp. On the board we wrote down topics of interest involving teaching and voted on which ones were the most popular. The top 4 topics were then given rooms and students broke off accordingly to explore them. Edcamp style learning is based on what students want to learn … Continue reading Weekly Blog 2: Edcamp Reflection […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: Edcamp
    by Shaylin Warren on January 22, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I just experienced my first ever Edcamp in EDCI 336. As a class, we had the opportunity to throw potential discussion topics on the board at the front of the room. Next, we were all given three stickers to up-vote topics. The top four discussion topics were then assigned rooms, and we could choose where … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: Edcamp &rarr […]

  • Blog Post #2 Ed Camp and Professional Learning Environments
    by chloestoroschuk on January 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Today in class we focused on Ed camps. An idea in which passionate individuals come together to share their idea’s on important education topics and ventures. I think this is a really unique idea and a great way to get people collaborating and creating strong learning environments and opportunities for students and teachers alike. There… Continue reading Blog Post #2 Ed Camp and Professional Learning Environments &rarr […]

  • Protected: EDCAMPS
    by erinpaigefletch on January 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being
    by sarahkalder on January 22, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I thought I would start my open inquiry by looking back through my notes from the Indigenous Studies course I took at Camosun in the fall of 2017 as my Canadian studies pre-requisite to the Teacher Education Program at Uvic. I also found a great e-book called Pulling Together: A Guide for Front Line Staff, … Continue reading Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being &rarr […]

  • Weekly Blog 1: Freedom Inquiry
    by laurengateley on January 22, 2019 at 7:11 am

    In class film: Most Likely To Succeed I found the message in this documentary to be profound. The original concepts for our education system over 100 years ago was driven by the need to create the middle class in a time of industrialization. Now technology has taken those mundane jobs. I agree that we need … Continue reading Weekly Blog 1: Freedom Inquiry […]

  • My Game Plan
    by chloestoroschuk on January 22, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Okay so starting off my healthy meal preparation and fitness goals have to start with a game plan in order to be successfully executed. For my first week I’m going to make a healthy Thai curry that my friend Arriane is coming over to make with me this Wednesday. She took a trip to Thailand… Continue reading My Game Plan &rarr […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #2
    by erinpaigefletch on January 22, 2019 at 12:57 am

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • 15 January 2019: Most Likely to Succeed
    by missmaracox on January 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Project-based learning in the 21st century. During our class on January 15th, we spent the first 90 minutes watching the film Most Likely to Succeed, which looks into the increasing issues with conventional education systems in the 21st century. The film focuses on High Tech High, a system of charter schools located in San Diego, … Continue reading 15 January 2019: Most Likely to Succeed […]

  • Decided
    by Shaylin Warren on January 21, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    As you might recall from my last post, I was trying to decide whether I wanted to learn how to knit or how to use foreign accents for my Open Inquiry Assignment. After bringing these ideas to class with me on Tuesday, I left with the impression that learning foreign accents could likely work in … Continue reading Decided &rarr […]

  • My passion project
    by angelaxie4150 on January 21, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    For my passion project, I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to do. There are many things that I am interested in such as painting, cooking, photography, and exploring the outdoors. After much thought, I finally decided on something that I have wanted to do for a while now- to teach piano. Music … Continue reading My passion project &rarr […]

  • Coding 101
    by laurengateley on January 21, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I’ve decided to do Coding as my Tech Inquiry project because I see the increasing value in the role technology has in our society and in our classrooms. It is no longer acceptable to just be tech competent, students must learn to be tech fluent. To help me along in this process I have recruited … Continue reading Coding 101 […]

  • Open Inquiry: Knitting
    by missmaracox on January 19, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    For my EDCI 336 Technology Innovation Open Inquiry project, I have chosen to document my process as I learn how to knit. Growing up, I have distinct memories of my mom’s knitting basket, full of skeins of yarn, knitting needles, and projects at various stages of completion. I was always impressed with the whole creation … Continue reading Open Inquiry: Knitting […]

  • Protected: “Most Likely To Succeed” Documentary
    by erinpaigefletch on January 18, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post Week #1
    by erinpaigefletch on January 16, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Decision Time
    by Shaylin Warren on January 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Today I must choose a topic to pursue for my Open Inquiry Assignment. I have two (very different) areas of interest at the moment. My first idea was to learn how to knit. I imagine that I will enjoy knitting one day, so why not use this time to learn now? On the other hand, … Continue reading Decision Time &rarr […]

  • My learning goals
    by angelaxie4150 on January 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    My main goal for this course is to be confident in my writing in order to fully express what I am passionate about and to connect with the community. Because I am new to the concept of blogging, I’m not too sure what to expect from it. I hope to become comfortable with blogging and … Continue reading My learning goals &rarr […]

  • Native plants and their uses
    by sarahkalder on January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I love spending time outside, in the spring and summer you will find me in my garden, planting seeds, weeding or watering, watching something the size of a grain of sand turn into sustaining nourishment. Every year I attempt to grow something new, last year it was broccoli and cauliflower. At the moment my garden … Continue reading Native plants and their uses &rarr […]

  • Protected: What is Technology?
    by erinpaigefletch on January 15, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Hitting the higher notes
    by sarahkalder on January 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    My musical inquiry for this term is to improve my singing voice. I have always loved to sing, a habit I picked up from my Mom and a sure fire way to know that I am in a good mood. As a kid I would put on The Bodyguard soundtrack, sit really close to the … Continue reading Hitting the higher notes &rarr […]

  • Learning Goals
    by sarahkalder on January 15, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I am looking forward to adding some online tools to my virtual tool-belt by the end of this semester. Technology already plays a significant role in the daily lives of Canadians and as a teacher I will be preparing my students to be citizens of a digital world. Technology has the potential to empower our … Continue reading Learning Goals &rarr […]

  • Who Am I?
    by chloestoroschuk on January 15, 2019 at 2:30 am

    My name is Chloe Storoschuk and I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in a town called Williams Lake right splat in the middle of British Columbia’s interior. I lived quite a ways out of town growing up so really got to experience what it was like to be a so called… Continue reading Who Am I? &rarr […]

  • Protected: Learning ASL
    by erinpaigefletch on January 12, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. […]

  • Categories
    by Shaylin Warren on January 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Just trying to add some categories her […]

  • Things I want to Learn
    by chloestoroschuk on January 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    There are many things that I’ve always wanted to learn but have never had the time or motivation to apply them. There are so many fun, useful and crazy activities to do in the world and it’s unfortunate how life can fill up so much with mundane actions that these activities are set to the… Continue reading Things I want to Learn &rarr […]

  • Test Blog Post
    by erinpaigefletch on January 9, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Trying out the internet world of blogging […]

  • My Teaching Philosophy
    by laurengateley on January 8, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    This website is intended to showcase my journey becoming a teacher. My current teaching philosophy is that every child has a different learning style and skillset. Therefore, children require learning through a diverse set of modalities, so that each child can learn in their own way. Otherwise, children become subjected to being a fish that … Continue reading My Teaching Philosophy […]

A02 Blog Feed – EdTech Category

  • On blogging
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Alright dear followers, This is likely my last and final post for this blog. It's been a pleasure to create my own blog. I've actually discovered through it that I actually love writing, and adding images and making something that will look really nice for others to use. Once I get established as a teacher, … Continue reading On blogging […]

  • On All the ‘R’s: QR codes, AR, and VR
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 2:17 am

    This past week we briefly touched on QR codes, AR (or Augmented Reality), and VR (Virtual Reality) and how they can be used in the classroom. QR (or 'Quick Response') codes are little computer-generated black and white patterned boxes that can be placed on worksheets or other materials and can be scanned by specific QR … Continue reading On All the ‘R’s: QR codes, AR, and VR […]

  • On Feedly
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:50 am

    As of a couple weeks ago, I opened my first Feedly account. Feedly is a social bookmarking site that allows me to curate a list of other people's blogs and see all new updates and posts in one place. Regrettably, I have not played around with this website as much as I would have liked … Continue reading On Feedly […]

  • Blogging, Twitter, and Trello
    by laurengateley on April 6, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Blogging: Previous to this class, I had never blogged before. Likewise, I never considered myself to be the blogger type. However, from this experience, of blogging about multiple topics consistently over the semester, I have come to realize that anyone can be a blogger! Moreover, blogging can be done on any topic or interest, which … Continue reading Blogging, Twitter, and Trello […]

  • Reflection on Video Conference Call with Verena Roberts
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Back in the first few days of March, my class had the special opportunity to video conference call Verena Roberts, a teacher and technology education researcher based out of Alberta. The day we video conferenced her, she was giving a lecture to those in the community at a university, and we got to join in … Continue reading Reflection on Video Conference Call with Verena Roberts […]

  • Final class
    by olivermconn on April 6, 2019 at 1:22 am

    In our final class this week we had the opportunity to learn about a few more technologies that could be used to the benefit of us and our future students. GAFE (Google Apps For Education) Cloud-based apps have become common in day to day life which means that they are now also popping up within … Continue reading Final class &rarr […]

  • QR codes
    by Josh Lafond on April 6, 2019 at 1:21 am

    a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone. https://www.dictionary.com/ QR codes are 2 dimension versions of a barcodes. Standing for quick response is a quick access to information that is hidden behind the code. They … Continue reading "QR codes" […]

  • On Twitter and PLN
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I'm finding it so look back and think on how far I've come in the technology class I am finishing right now. Earlier this semester, I was quite frankly very overwhelmed at the idea of using Twitter. Then I got a Twitter account and started following people, and that began to change... I began following … Continue reading On Twitter and PLN […]

  • On Privacy, FIPPA and Consent
    by bethany_v on April 6, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Throughout the course of the semester, I have been very aware of good teacher practices around privacy to be practicing right now. Although I technically am not yet required to be following good teacher protocol around privacy and consent, I decided to start this semester asking for consent around using anyone's name, personal information, or … Continue reading On Privacy, FIPPA and Consent […]

  • Of What Use Is It?
    by Nat on April 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    As I look through my old books I tend to focus on the strange reality they present. I have spent hours looking through ‘facts’ of the past. The Earths core is solid, orange peels are a public safety hazard, you should never discuss hobbies at a diner party… these are the light side of my … Continue reading Of What Use Is It? &rarr […]

  • Coding And Reality
    by Nat on April 5, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Today we listened to the last of our class presentations on Tech inquiries. One of the presentations was on coding which gave us the opportunity to try Scratch coding by following a module. It was encouraging to follow the steps and learn a few of the tools, I am sure if I tried to incorporate … Continue reading Coding And Reality &rarr […]

  • Coding
    by Miss Brown on April 5, 2019 at 6:38 am

    In class today we learned about coding from out peers who did their tech inquiry on that topic. They showed us an awesome resource that you can use with to start kids off with coding at a young age. It make it so simpler and has fun task or games that they would be trying … Continue reading Coding &rarr […]

  • 02 April: A Jam-Packed Final Class of EDCI 336!
    by missmaracox on April 5, 2019 at 3:46 am

    In our final class this week, we had the opportunity to learn about a few more technologies that could be used to the benefit of us and our future students. Coding This is a topic that is still relatively new to me, although I have been hearing it mentioned within the educational world more and … Continue reading 02 April: A Jam-Packed Final Class of EDCI 336! […]

  • AR & VR
    by maevepoulin on April 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    AR or augmented reality is “the blending of interactive digital elements- like dazzling visual overlays, buzzy haptic feedback, or other sensory projections- into our real-world environments” (from https://computer.howstuffworks.com/augmented-reality.htm). An example of AR is the popular game “Pokemon Go”. You can download apps such as HP Reveal onto your phone to create interactive digital elements. All … Continue reading AR & VR […]

  • QR Codes
    by maevepoulin on April 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    QR or “Quick Response” codes are readable bar code that can store alphanumeric data. Usually companies would use these codes for easy access to their website or contact information but QR codes can also be beneficial for educational purposes! (Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code) My Professor for my EDCI 336 class outlined these examples of QR … Continue reading QR Codes […]

  • Social Media in Education
    by olivermconn on April 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    During this semester we have been shown many different tech tools that can be used in education. To my surprise some of these tool s ended up being different forms of social media! The only time I remember social media being a part of school was one of my friends would check in with his … Continue reading Social Media in Education &rarr […]

  • Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality in a Classroom
    by Josh Lafond on April 4, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Although many people may think that augmented reality and virtual reality are the same, they have very distinct differences. Augmented Reality Using a camera augmented reality adds digital elements to the world around you. Using snapchat filters is a prime example of augmented reality being used in everyday life. The potential to use this augmented … Continue reading "Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality in a Classroom" […]

  • QR Codes, VR, AR and more
    by laurengateley on April 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    The first half of this week we listened to multiple technology inquiry projects. These topics included, Place-Based Learning, Podcasting, and Freshgrade. I found all of these presentations to be quite in-depth and informative, as they groups have had several months to learn and master these topics and depict key aspects. The rest of the class … Continue reading QR Codes, VR, AR and mor […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on April 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Augmented reality is an interactive experience where objects around you are modified by a computer and presented to you in a new way. I was amazed by the video we watched in class as I have personally never experienced anything like it. I can see how at monitored use it can be used in classrooms […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on April 4, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Today Lauren and Angela did a great presentation on coding. Each language in coding is used for different things, for example Python is for designing games. It is a challenging journey that takes a lot of practice and patience. Coding comes down to ones and zeros, and it’s true and false. A one equals a […]

  • Final class
    by angelaxie4150 on April 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    In the last class of this course, we talked briefly about virtual reality, augmented reality, and QR codes. Virtual reality allows for students to experience different places and worlds without actually being there. Google cardboard is an example of a virtual reality headset by simply putting a smartphone into the viewer and opening a virtual … Continue reading Final class &rarr […]

  • Protected: LAST CLASS
    by erinpaigefletch on April 3, 2019 at 10:21 am

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  • April 2 – Augmented Reality, QR Codes, and Skitch
    by amandasascott on April 3, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Today in class we had some great presentations from our peers that were on the topics of Place-based Education and Technology, Coding, Podcasting, and Garageband.  I learned many new things that I am wanting to look further into and incorporate into my teaching practice. I thought that everyone did a great job of presenting and […]

  • April 4th
    by karenaaustin on April 3, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Peer Presentations Today in class we had many great presentations on various topics including: Place-based Education and Technology Fresh-grade Coding Podcasting Garage band Augmented Reality HP Reveal App: uses hot spots to place auras, limited for the auras that are offered as of now but there are ways around it! QR Codes can download QR … Continue reading April 4t […]

  • Final Topics Covered in Class
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Google Apps for Education (GAFE) I learned that anyone with a gmail can access Google classroom from their Google Drive account. Google classroom allows files to be shared easily between teachers and students. Teachers can monitor student progress on assignments and they can communicate to each other within the program. Student/parent/guardian consent must be given. … Continue reading Final Topics Covered in Class […]

  • Sketchnote and Twine
    by samanthaellis3688 on April 3, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Below are some of the notes I made during our Sketchnote and Twine workshop in class. I had never heard of either of these tools prior to this class. I think that Sketchnote is such a helpful idea to help students to remember the information that they are writing. In my personal experience, I find … Continue reading Sketchnote and Twin […]

  • Last Class!
    by Shaylin Warren on April 3, 2019 at 12:39 am

    So many exciting technology showcases took place during class today. A highlight for me was becoming more familiar with coding. We had the opportunity to gain a litte bit of experience by playing around with Scratch; a tech tool I will definitely be introducing to my future students. The website provides students with modules to … Continue reading Last Class! &rarr […]

  • Talk to Admin about FreshGrade:
    by Miss Brown on April 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Over reading break, I was able to meet with an administrator at School District 20 Kootenay-Columbia to discuss Freshgrade and online portfolios and how they are making their way into our education system. We had a great conversation on if she believes that online portfolios will become the new report cards and she believes they … Continue reading Talk to Admin about FreshGrade: &rarr […]

  • QR Codes and Skitch
    by sydneyreisig7553 on April 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we learned about a couple differnt uses of technology we have accessible to us as teachers. The first piece of technology we learned about today was QR codes. Before this class I thought that QR codes were super complicated to make and you had to be a "computer whiz" to make […]

  • Protected: Week 13 Review:
    by cassidylindsay6 on April 2, 2019 at 9:55 pm

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  • Image Editing
    by Miss Brown on April 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    In class, a group presented on image editing and gave us some examples of websites we can use to do so. I chose to use adobe spark since it was free and I didn’t have to go through a big sign up process like the other websites. […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on April 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Jesse Miller, (@MediatedReality on Twitter) looks at issues revolving around kids in tech. Today, we had the opportunity to listen to him speak on this topic to our EDCI 336 class and ask him questions There are a few key points I took away from his discussion that were eye-opening. I really can emphasize his […]

  • Last Class of EDCI 336
    by alyssalloyd1 on April 2, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    In the last class of this semester in EDCI 336 we started by finishing the last of the tech presentations, which included place-based education, coding, podcasts, GarageBand, and FreshGrade. I found all of these presentations very informative and helped me dive deeper into topics I was already curious about, and I found it was worthwhile.… Continue reading Last Class of EDCI 336 […]

  • Barcelona, Spain
    by Miss Brown on April 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I recently went to Barcelona with my older sister and our family friend. Before going I didn’t really have any expectations on what it would be like, I didn’t have that much prior knowledge on Spain. It was all a surprise to me, my sister planned most of the trip.  Here is what we did … Continue reading Barcelona, Spain &rarr […]

  • April 2nd
    by shonakbal on April 2, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Peer Presentations Today in class we had lots of presentations from our peers based on their tech inquiry projects. The presentations we viewed included: Place-based Education and Technology Fresh-grade Coding Podcasting Garage band Augmented Reality HP Reveal App: this uses hot spots to show auras. It is limited to only the auras we can view … Continue reading April 2nd […]

  • Talk to School District Administration About FreshGrade
    by sydneyreisig7553 on April 1, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Over reading break, I was able to meet with an administrator at School District 20 Kootenay-Columbia to discuss Freshgrade and online portfolios and how they are making their way into our education system. We had a great conversation on if she believes that online portfolios will become the new report cards and she believes they […]

  • Prague, Czech Republic
    by Miss Brown on April 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

    In my 19 years of travelling with my family I have come across some pretty amazing countries and cities full of architecture and history. Prague is my favourite city so far that I have visited. Now my experience I think was a little different than most peoples because I was able to go in the … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic &rarr […]

  • A Bit Of A Guide to Campfires
    by Nat on April 1, 2019 at 3:42 am

    This semester I have been working on a project for our physical and health education course where I created a resource package. I chose to make a resource for teaching survival skills. The below section is a guide to how to prepare, build, and use a fire in a survival situation. Campfires Step one: Choose … Continue reading A Bit Of A Guide to Campfires &rarr […]

  • Minecraft with Colquitz Students
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 31, 2019 at 2:42 am

    I tried playing Minecraft for the first time with some students from Colquitz Middle School. Personally, my experience with gaming and video games is very limited and I felt a little bit out of my comfort zone. However, the students were very kind and patient when circulating around the computer lab to offer their assistance. … Continue reading Minecraft with Colquitz Students […]

  • Inquiry Learning Presentation at George Jay Elementary School
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 31, 2019 at 2:41 am

    I was very excited to attend an inquiry learning presentation by Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt, a kindergarten teacher, at George Jay Elementary School. Rebecca is the co-author of the book, “Inquiry Mindset,” which I am very excited to read. Throughout her presentation, she encouraged the idea to start by asking the students questions rather than simply giving … Continue reading Inquiry Learning Presentation at George Jay Elementary Schoo […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 31, 2019 at 2:18 am

    The role of modality is very limited/non-existent while presence in K-12 learning is expected and seen as the “norm” Without the flexibility of modality and you are unable to attend school, you will miss what is being taught that day and you gain the responsibility of catching up on the work that you missed on … Continue reading Distributed Learning […]

  • Copyrighting
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 31, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Recently, we discussed copyrighting in class. I had very little knowledge of this topic prior to this lesson. There was a large amount of information to soak in and I felt very overwhelmed as I walked out of class. The lesson was very informative and insightful. I am very careful to provide a “references” or … Continue reading Copyrighting […]

  • Blogging, Twitter, Trello, Oh My!
    by missmaracox on March 30, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash. This semester, I have had many opportunities to re-evaluate my thinking regarding various platforms. I chose to write this post near the end of the semester rather than at the beginning so that I could give myself time to better understand each of these websites and the tools that … Continue reading Blogging, Twitter, Trello, Oh My! […]

  • 26 March 2019: Distributed Learning
    by missmaracox on March 30, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Photo by Ben Mullins on Unsplash. My Experiences I have had a few experiences with distributed learning (DL). When I was in grade 10, I finished the entire Planning 10 course through my school district's DL program in about 3 weeks. After finishing that course, I started Chemistry 11 with another district's DL program, but … Continue reading 26 March 2019: Distributed Learning […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on March 30, 2019 at 6:07 am

    When I was in my last year of high school, we had the option to take biology 12 online. I didn’t end up needing the course for my university requirements, but I do think back to how interesting the initial process was. In the mail, I received a textbook, just like one you would find […]

  • Whitehorse, Yukon
    by Miss Brown on March 30, 2019 at 5:14 am

    The Yukon is somewhere that is really close to my heart. It is where both my parents grew up and it is also where all my family lives currently besides my siblings and I.  The first thing you have to decide when going to the Yukon is what you want to experience. In the summer, … Continue reading Whitehorse, Yukon &rarr […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on March 30, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I really enjoyed participating in today’s workshop where we learnt how to sketchnote and use the program Twine. As someone with a short attention span, and a weaker memory, this is something I wish I learnt a long time ago. I truly believe it would have assisted in my note-taking, and helped me memorize material […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by maevepoulin on March 29, 2019 at 4:37 am

    What is it? From whatis.techtarget.com, distributed learning is a multi-media method of instructional learning that allows students to learn outside of the classroom. There are many ways to incorporate distributed learning into your classroom to best benefit your students. The most common are video conferencing, web-based video/audio instruction and online assignments. My Experience I have … Continue reading Distributed Learning […]

  • Talk to parent who used freshgrade…
    by Miss Brown on March 28, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    My sister is four years younger than me and when she was in her grade eight year, for her English and Social Studies classes, her teacher started using Freshgrade.  I chose to interview my mom since she was part of this process. First and foremost, my mom said that she felt more involved in my … Continue reading Talk to parent who used freshgrade… &rarr […]

  • Distributed learning
    by Olivia on March 28, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I have had experience when I was in high school with distributed learning. I took 4 classes fully online and one “blended” online class. I took PE 10 and 11 online because I was a very high-level swimmer and for me, it was a great option to log my training as PE online and then… Continue reading Distributed learning […]

  • Semester Ending
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Our technology 336 class has involved all my peers creating their own blogs. We had a list which linked to them all allowing us to follow each others learning. These last couple of classes people have presented their group work and it was great to see everyone’s projects come together. Because they were working on … Continue reading Semester Ending &rarr […]

  • Open Education
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I have been thinking about the availability of information and by extent education. I love reading old newspapers, I could (and have) spend hours sorting through digitized newspapers from the 18th to 20th century. I have access to these achieves through my university, access I will lose when I am no longer a student. While … Continue reading Open Education &rarr […]

  • Editing A Podcast
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    When I stated researching how to record a podcast I found the app Anchor which does a lot of the work of recording and publishing a podcast for you. Unfortunately using it mean your podcast is in owned and controlled by this company, when they post it on iTunes you won’t have access to the … Continue reading Editing A Podcast &rarr […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by Nat on March 27, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I have mentioned in a previous post that I had the option of taking video conferencing classes when I was in high school, a system that was new at the time and occasionally involved technical difficulties. My overall experience with video conferencing was positive, I was able to take classes that would not normally be … Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by angelaxie4150 on March 27, 2019 at 5:27 am

    In high school, I took a course online that was very self-paced and I had trouble staying motivated to complete what needed to be done. Because there wasn’t a specific teacher or supervisor that I was assigned to, there weren’t any guidelines for me to follow and it was up to me to set goals … Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by sydneyreisig7553 on March 27, 2019 at 4:12 am

    What are your experiences with distributed learning? In high school I took two online courses. They were Planning 10 and Spanish 12. I was excited to try online classes because it allowed me to be independent with my learning and be self paced. Although I soon realized that at the time I was a procrastinator […]

  • Mar. 26/19 – Distributed Learning
    by amandasascott on March 27, 2019 at 1:20 am

    In class today, the topic was distributed learning.  What is distributed learning? It is essentially, learning at a distance.  I don’t have many experiences with distributed learning however, when I was in Grade 10 I took the required Planning 10 course, as it was only offered in that form at my school.  If I am […]

  • Protected: Photography, Classroom Blogging, Assistive Tech and Distributed Learning
    by erinpaigefletch on March 27, 2019 at 12:15 am

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  • Protected: Week 12 Review: Distributive Learning
    by cassidylindsay6 on March 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm

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  • Distributed Learning
    by cameranmillar on March 26, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    what are your experiences with distributed learning? In high school, I lived in a small town where course options were limited. This meant I had to go elsewhere to take the courses I wanted to. So, in grades 10, 11, and 12 I took online courses. I took Accounting 11, Social Justice 12, iPlay and … Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • March 26th
    by karenaaustin on March 26, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Tech Inquiry Presentations Today in EDCI 336, my group and I (Emma, Shona, and Josh), gave a presentation on our Tech Inquiry project on classroom blogging. Our weekly blogs on our learning about classroom blogs can be viewed by going to the Tech Inquiry page under the EDCI 336 tab on my blog. Our Google … Continue reading March 26t […]

  • Beam Robot
    by Josh Lafond on March 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Beam is a robotic telepresence tool that allows anyone to collaborate and participate in activities virtually at any time anywhere. These robots can be a great tool that helps to encourage distributed learning within a classroom setting. The ability to still be able to collaborate productively while located anywhere is a very valuable tool. […]

  • Distributed learning
    by Josh Lafond on March 26, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    an instructional model that allows instructor, students, and content to be located in different, noncentralized locations so that instruction and learning can occur independent of time and place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_learning This model of distributed learning can take on an model of online classrooms and learning. Distributed learning can be combined with a traditional classroom and take … Continue reading "Distributed learning" […]

  • EDCI 336: March 26, 2019
    by Shaylin Warren on March 26, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Today’s technology presentation projects covered the following topics and subtopics: Photography Documentation Aperture (light income) Shutter speed (how quickly aperture is opening and closing) ISO (how sensitive camera sensor is to light) Triangle of exposure Classroom Blogging Purpose Confidentiality and safety Platforms (Seesaw, Edu-blog, Kidblog, Weebly) Classroom extension/reflection Assistive Technology No tech (ie. pencil grip) … Continue reading EDCI 336: March 26, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Inquiry Presentations Continued // Distributed Learning
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    In class today we continued with tech presentations, and there were four groups including my own.  Two groups talked about classroom blogging and it really aided in solidifying my understanding and my own experience with blogging throughout the semester.  Another group discussed photography, and it was very informative and it got me thinking about getting… Continue reading Inquiry Presentations Continued // Distributed Learning […]

  • Sketchnoting and Twine
    by Olivia on March 26, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Last week in class we learned all about sketchnoting and Twine. I really enjoyed this class and felt like I came away having learned a lot. Sketchnoting is something that really interests me but I know it’s something that I’ll have to work on to improve with. For those who don’t know, sketchnoting is using… Continue reading Sketchnoting and Twin […]

  • March 26th
    by shonakbal on March 26, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Tech Inquiry Presentations Today in class, Josh, Karena, Emma and I presented our tech Inquiry projected to the class. We had the class view two classroom blogs and review them; we followed by asking what they thought was good and bad about each blog. Our blog posts can be viewed on the tech inquiry tab. … Continue reading March 26t […]

  • Distributed Learning
    by Miss Brown on March 26, 2019 at 12:56 am

    What are your experiences with distributed learning? In high school, I took one online course. This is really my only experience with distributed learning. I took BC First Nations studies 12. Although I got a really good mark in the class, I did find that I was always putting it off. As a learner with … Continue reading Distributed Learning &rarr […]

  • What are some things that make a good classroom blog?
    by shonakbal on March 25, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Classroom blogs are a great way to promote critical thinking and practice writing and communication skills. Classroom blogs give a space for students to chat and engage with school, away from school. Classroom blogs improve communication, engagement and reflection for students. Additionally, it helps remove the barrier between school and home (parents and teachers). Teachers … Continue reading What are some things that make a good classroom blog? […]

  • Coding with Microbit
    by angelaxie4150 on March 23, 2019 at 1:24 am

    This week, I decided to try out a different program called microbit. Although it is similar to scratch, it has the benefit of being able to switch to javascript which shows the actual coding that is happening. This feature helps me to understand the relationship between the blocks and the written code. Similar to the … Continue reading Coding with Microbit &rarr […]

  • Audio and Video Editing
    by missmaracox on March 22, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    In this course, we have learned about some useful tools for audio and video editing. I had not had too much experience with either of these in the past - I had some technologically talented friends in grade school, which definitely came in handy but it also meant that I had less experience with audio … Continue reading Audio and Video Editing […]

  • Video/Audio Editing
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

    In class, after our video conference with Ian Landy, we started learning about video and audio editing. We used programs such as iMovie, GarageBand and Screencastify. I have never used these programs before so this was a new experience for me. I had to take some time to explore and get more familiar with using … Continue reading Video/Audio Editing […]

  • Formative Assessment and Video Conferencing
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 22, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Today in class we discussed formative assessment with Ian Landy through a video conference call. This was something that I have never experienced and was quite interesting. Video conferencing is very similar to FaceTime and I think it is an excellent way for people of all places to communicate. It is nice to see the … Continue reading Formative Assessment and Video Conferencing […]

  • Sketchnote and Twine Workshops
    by sarahkalder on March 21, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Our EDCI 336 class had another workshop with Rich McCue on Tuesday. This time Rich taught us about sketchnoting and the non-linear storytelling platform Twine. Sketchnote is a form of note taking that uses visuals as well as words. The idea behind sketchnoting is that images tap into a part of your brain that would … Continue reading Sketchnote and Twine Workshops &rarr […]

  • Graphic Design and Video/Audio Editing
    by erinpaigefletch on March 21, 2019 at 1:29 am

    In today’s class we had a couple presentations by students in our class. They explained their technology projects and the first one was regarding graphic design. They shared with us multiple different online resources for us to use including Adobe Spark, Canva and PicMonkey. Above are two graphic designs that I created using Canva. I … Continue reading Graphic Design and Video/Audio Editing […]

  • Rich McCue- Sketchnote and Twine
    by Miss Brown on March 20, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Today we learned about Sketchnote and the benefits they can have for learners, as well as practiced taking notes with one note. Within the presentation, it stated how sketch-noting engages your whole mind. There is research behind this from Princeton University and University of California ( Los Angeles) that stating that hand writing your notes … Continue reading Rich McCue- Sketchnote and Twine &rarr […]

  • Privacy and Safety
    by Nat on March 20, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    In technology 336 we have discussed privacy and safety when using online and cloud based tools. Cloud based tools will store and keep your information, in an education context you need to get parent or student (depending on the students age) consent to store information this way. My family has always focused on what you … Continue reading Privacy and Safety &rarr […]

  • Special Education and FreshGrade
    by Miss Brown on March 20, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    For students with IEP’s FreshGrade is an awesome resource to use. It helps parents support their students from home and keep them up to date. In the Webinar I watch that I will link below, they had people speak of their experience using FreshGrade for special education. I will overview what they said, but if … Continue reading Special Education and FreshGrade &rarr […]

  • Sketchnote, Twine, And Design
    by Nat on March 20, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Today in technology we learned about Sketchnoting as a form of note taking. When we were asked if we had heard of it I said no, but upon seeing what sketchnotes consisted of I realized it is similar to how I normally take notes. I doodle and rely on arrows and drawings to keep track … Continue reading Sketchnote, Twine, And Design &rarr […]

  • Twine
    by maevepoulin on March 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Twine is a website where you can design “choose your own adventure” stories. The website is very easy to use and everything is saved onto your browser so you don’t have to worry about your work being on the cloud or creating an account for twine. For any black mirror fans- Bandersnatch was actually designed … Continue reading Twin […]

  • Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
    by Josh Lafond on March 20, 2019 at 12:25 am

    GAFE is a service that was created by google specifically for use by educators and students. These apps include include Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, and Sites. Google Classroom This is a tool that was created by google in collaboration with educators to manage and distribute course work, assignments, grades, and feedback to students. The process of making … Continue reading "Google Apps for Education (GAFE)" […]

  • Sketch-Noting and Twine
    by sydneyreisig7553 on March 19, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we learned many different ways to benefit our learning as well as our future students. At the beginning of the class we learned about chrome books and how they are being used within the classroom. One of the aspects I found surprising is that many students are coming to school with […]

  • Sketchnoting & Twine
    by juliafalzon336 on March 19, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we had the opportunity to explore Sketchnoting. Sketchnoting is the practice of taking notes that include words and visuals. It has been proven to improve memory and help concentration. Verbal to Visual posted a helpful graphic about sketchnoting: Rich McCue took the class through a helpful workshop on how to effectively … Continue reading Sketchnoting & Twin […]

  • Sketch-noting
    by maevepoulin on March 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Today in my EDCI 336 class we discussed the many benefits of Sketch-noting. In the presentation by Rich McCue, he explained how laptop note takers remember less than their pen & paper counterparts because they are processing lecture content at shallower levels & therefore remember less. When students take notes with a pen & paper … Continue reading Sketch-noting […]

  • EDCI 336 – March 19, 2019
    by Shaylin Warren on March 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    TECHNOLOGY INQUIRY PROJECT PRESENTATION We started off today’s class by learning a little bit about graphic design from some of our talented peers. They explained the design principles of C.R.A.P. (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) and how to pay attention to them as professionals. From there, we were set loose to use Adobe Spark, Canva or … Continue reading EDCI 336 – March 19, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Rich McCue
    by shonakbal on March 19, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Sketch notes: Rich visual notes, written on paper Why would sketch noting make people recall better? the summarization They process lecture content at shallower levels therefore remember less Active summarizing helps transfer things from short term memory to long term memory Sketch noting engages your whole mind, helps with concentration, creates a visual map, taps … Continue reading Rich McCu […]

  • Protected: Week 11 Review: Rich Mccue – Technology Innovation in Education
    by cassidylindsay6 on March 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm

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  • March 19th
    by karenaaustin on March 19, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Rich McCue Today Rich McCue visited our class to give us a presentation/workshop on Sketchnotes and Twine! Sketchnotes Sketchnotes are rich visual notes such as diagrams, sketches, words, and mindmaps. Sketchnotes can be very useful because research has shown that drawing AND writing drastically increases the number of words that are recalled. There is a … Continue reading March 19t […]

  • Sketchnoting
    by Josh Lafond on March 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Sketchnoting is a process that allows students to take lecture content at lower levels therefore remembering less content. This is done through active summarization that helps to transfer things from short term memory to long term memory easier. This way of note taking that incorporates the use of not only text but visual pictures. Studies … Continue reading "Sketchnoting" […]

  • Protected: Sketchnoting: Doodle your Way
    by erinpaigefletch on March 19, 2019 at 8:39 pm

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  • by alinameyer5369 on March 19, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Our class had the opportunity to video conference call Verena Roberts to discuss open & networked learning and how to expand learning beyond classroom walls. We started off the discussion with a few questions that she posed on poll everywhere. I liked learning about this site as I think it is a great way to […]

  • Visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry
    by samanthaellis3688 on March 19, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    My visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII) was very insightful for me. I had never seen or even heard of a school like this before and I am very glad I got the opportunity to learn more about personalized education during this visit. I find it very interesting that the students … Continue reading Visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry […]

  • Inquiry Presentations // Sketchnoting // Twine
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Today’s class started with the beginning of the tech presentations which included two groups that discussed graphic design and video editing. They were both very informative and gave me a great start at how to maneuver different platforms and tools to create my own final product.  Below I have the graphic design I created for… Continue reading Inquiry Presentations // Sketchnoting // Twin […]

  • Twine: making your own path
    by cameranmillar on March 19, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Today we learned all about Google Classroom, Twine and the importance of sketching while note taking from Richard McCure and it was fantastic as always. I always find Richards lessons very engaging and interesting and he is always to lend a helping hand when needed. Google Classrooms is a great tool that he showed us … Continue reading Twine: making your own path &rarr […]

  • Mar. 19 – Rich McGue
    by amandasascott on March 19, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Today in class we had a presentation from Rich McGue on sketch doodling and twine.  Until today, I did not know that sketch doodling are ideas not art. They are visual notes that are a mix of handwriting drawings, shapes, and visual elements.  A form of sketch doodling would be a mind map. Sketch doodling […]

  • Sketchnoting and Twine
    by angelaxie4150 on March 19, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Today, we learned how to take visual notes created from a mix of handwriting and drawings. I have never heard of this before and was a little hesitant to begin with as I don’t consider myself to be a “good” drawer, however I quickly realized that people of all ages and skills can excel at … Continue reading Sketchnoting and Twine &rarr […]

  • Audio, Video, and Image Editing
    by Olivia on March 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Several classes ago, we worked on audio and video editing. I knew how to edit videos and audio already but this class was a nice refresher. I edited a very meaningful video of my family and I enjoyed being able to edit it to be exactly what I wanted it to be. I found it… Continue reading Audio, Video, and Image Editing […]

  • Minecraft Edu
    by sarahkalder on March 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Tuesdays class changed the way I see the integration of technology in the classroom. Heidi James, a teacher from Colquitz Middle brought in a group of middle schoolers to teach our cohort how to play Minecraft. If you have spent any time around kids in the past 5 years you have probably heard of it. … Continue reading Minecraft Edu &rarr […]

  • Video and Audio Editing
    by Nat on March 15, 2019 at 4:20 am

    At the start of this semester I had not edited videos or audio before, although I was eager to try. When I started trying to represent the information for my knowledge blog posts I decided that the first blog was best shown through a video. I filmed the video on my phone and then tried … Continue reading Video and Audio Editing &rarr […]

  • Minecraft for Education
    by Olivia on March 14, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    This week in our class, we had the chance to learn about Minecraft. Students from Colquitz Middle School came into our class with their teacher Heidi James to teach us about Minecraft and using Minecraft for education. I have heard so much about Minecraft just from working with children but I feel like I did not… Continue reading Minecraft for Education […]

  • Minecraft Edu
    by laurengateley on March 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    In this weeks class students from Colquitz Middle School came in with their teacher Heidi James. Heidi and her students were very passionate and knowledgable about how to implement games, like Minecraft, into the classroom. It is common knowledge that online gaming is seen as taboo. This is because on the outside it can look … Continue reading Minecraft Edu […]

  • Protected: Jesse Miller Presentation
    by erinpaigefletch on March 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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  • Mar. 12 – Minecraft
    by amandasascott on March 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Today we had the pleasure of having Heidi James from Colquitz Middle School and some of her students come to our class to teach us how to use Minecraft.  Up until today, I have never played Minecraft nor any type of video game in my life. My younger cousin loves playing this game and I […]

  • Protected: ASL Blog Post #9
    by erinpaigefletch on March 13, 2019 at 1:15 am

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  • Minecraft for Education
    by maevepoulin on March 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Today in my EDCI 336 class we learned how to play the education version of Minecraft! When used correctly, Minecraft can be an excellent resource to help students with socials, science, and math activities. Minecraft is very popular among present day elementary and middle school students so you can actually use your students as a … Continue reading Minecraft for Education […]

  • Protected: Minecraft in the classroom
    by erinpaigefletch on March 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm

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  • Minecraft Edu Reflection
    by juliafalzon336 on March 12, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we had the amazing opportunity to work with Heidi James and her grade 6, 7, and 8 students today. Heidi and her students taught us how to use Minecraft in the classroom. Heidi has used Minecraft as a tool to teach science, social studies, and math. In social studies, Heidi had … Continue reading Minecraft Edu Reflection […]

  • Minecraft in the Classroom
    by Shaylin Warren on March 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Today, Colquitz Middle School teacher Heidi James and her students met us in the computer lab to help us discover why Minecraft is such an awesome learning tool! It was a truly wonderful experience to learn from such enthusiastic and passionate students. My ten-year-old sister plays Minecraft at home and I’ve never put a whole … Continue reading Minecraft in the Classroom &rarr […]

  • Minecraft Lesson
    by cameranmillar on March 12, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Today we had Heidi James and some of her students come in and teach us how to use Minecraft as an educational tool. I found this was such a great way to interact with students and learn something new. I have been in multiple classrooms where students are obsessed with this game and I had … Continue reading Minecraft Lesson &rarr […]

  • Protected: Week 10 Review: Heidi James and Minecraft
    by cassidylindsay6 on March 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm

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  • Using Minecraft for Education
    by Josh Lafond on March 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Minecraft education edition is “a game-based learning platform with standards-aligned content across K12 subjects and special features designed for classroom use. Minecraft is already supporting thousands of educators in over 100 countries.” https://education.minecraft.net/ Today in class we had teachers and students visit from Colquitz Middle School to talk to us about how they use Minecraft … Continue reading "Using Minecraft for Education" […]

  • Having a Professional Twitter
    by Josh Lafond on March 12, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    A professional educational twitter can be a great resource to use throughout a teaching career. It is a great way to network with the teaching community and form professional relationships with people you would not connect with otherwise. As a future teacher I think it is important for my career to start networking as soon … Continue reading "Having a Professional Twitter" […]

  • Jesse Miller
    by Josh Lafond on March 12, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Jesse Miller, the founder of “Mediated Reality” had useful insight into what we should be aware of on the internet as future teachers. Jesse really got me thinking into how the use of social media can effect myself and others inside and outside the school. I learned how interconnected all online platforms are. I found … Continue reading "Jesse Miller" […]

  • MineCraftEdu
    by sydneyreisig7553 on March 12, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we had a very interesting class. We had grade 7 and 8 students and their teacher from Colquitz Middle School teach us how they use MineCraft in their education. This presentation was very informative because we learned about the students perspective as well as the teachers perspective. The teacher explained throughout […]

  • Minecraft
    by angelaxie4150 on March 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Today, we spent the class learning how to play Minecraft. Heidi James, a teacher from Colquitz Middle School, brought a few of her students to our class and talked to us about the learning outcomes that come from playing Minecraft. I have never had an interest in gaming and like many parents, see it as … Continue reading Minecraft &rarr […]

  • Assistive Technology Products
    by erinpaigefletch on March 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    There are many ways that technology can aid a student in their learning. Things like apps or technology based products that help a student achieve their greatest learning potential. Communication is very important in learning and in everyday life. There are apps that can help people communicate through text- speech apps. like Proloquo2Go. This is … Continue reading Assistive Technology Products […]

  • Minecraft in the Classroom?
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I know, I was skeptical at first too. Heidi James from Colquitz Middle School along with her students came in to help us discover what Minecraft in the classroom is. Turns out Minecraft can be used as an amazing learning tool, using math, science, and literacy all in one touching on cross curricular competencies. I… Continue reading Minecraft in the Classroom? […]

  • Minecraft or Education
    by karenaaustin on March 12, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Today in class we had an amazing group of students from Colquitz Middle School join us to teach our large group of prospective teachers about the amazing uses and benefits of using Minecraft for educational purposes. Minecraft is a game in which students can go on using an IP address and work collaboratively in a … Continue reading Minecraft or Education […]

  • Minecraft for education
    by shonakbal on March 12, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Today, students from Colquitz middle school came to our class to teach us how to play Minecraft. Their teacher Heidi James came along with them to explain how she uses Minecraft in her classroom. Heidi uses Minecraft in units surrounding social studies, science and math. She explained how collaborative Minecraft is and how students are … Continue reading Minecraft for education […]

  • Jesse Miller reflection
    by Olivia on March 10, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    This week we also had the opportunity to experience a presentation from Jesse Miller (@mediatedreality). This was hands-down my favourite presentation we have had this year in our program. I found the actual presentation to be engaging and very informative. I feel like I came away with so much knowledge but I didn’t feel “scared”… Continue reading Jesse Miller reflection […]

  • Open and Networked Learning
    by sarahkalder on March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I wasn’t able to make it to our class on Tuesday for the video conference with Verena Roberts on open and networked learning but I was still able to take part via Blue Jeans Network, a video, audio and web conferencing tool that works anywhere with any device. Blue Jeans was easy to use and … Continue reading Open and Networked Learning &rarr […]

  • open learning and privacy
    by angelaxie4150 on March 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    We had the wonderful opportunity to have another video conference session, this time with Verena Roberts, who talked to us about open learning education in grades k-12. This type of learning goes beyond learning in the classroom and allows students to connect to their community and develop their identity. A huge part of open learning … Continue reading open learning and privacy &rarr […]

  • Reflection on Talk Given by Jesse Miller
    by bethany_v on March 9, 2019 at 6:23 am

    In this week's "Technology Innovation in Education" class, my peers and I had the privilege of hearing founder of the "Mediated Reality" organization and "Erase Bullying" movement Jesse Miller speak to us about what we should be aware of in the classroom as future teachers. It was very powerful and thought-provoking. There is definitely much … Continue reading Reflection on Talk Given by Jesse Miller […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on March 8, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Our class had the opportunity to visit Rebecca Bathurst Hunt‘s Kindergarten classroom at George Jay Elementary. She is a co-author of the book “Inquiry Mindset” which discusses the curiosity in young students’ minds and ways that inquiry enhances their learning. I was in awe at her classroom set-up and how passionate she was about her […]

  • 05 March 2019: Jesse Miller
    by missmaracox on March 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I have had a very busy and slightly confusing few days this past week figuring out my visa for my practicum in China! I went over to the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver on Thursday, armed with all of necessary documents for a smooth and simple application process (or so I thought!). After a rather eventful … Continue reading 05 March 2019: Jesse Miller […]

  • Verena Roberts on Open Learning
    by Olivia on March 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    This week we had the opportunity to partake in a video conference with Varena Roberts in Alberta. She was leading a workshop and our class was able to learn and listen to her presentation through Blue Jeans (the same platform we used to video chat previously). I found the whole experience to be very informative… Continue reading Verena Roberts on Open Learning […]

  • Tech Tips/Jesse Millar Presentation
    by maevepoulin on March 7, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Also on Tuesday, my EDCI 336 class was lucky enough to have Jesse Millar from Mediated Reality give us a presentation about using social media and mobile technology as educators. I found his presentation to be very eye-opening and educational. There was a lot of information regarding technology use in schools and with students that … Continue reading Tech Tips/Jesse Millar Presentation […]

  • Verena Roberts – Video Conference
    by sydneyreisig7553 on March 7, 2019 at 2:14 am

    In this weeks technology class we had a video conference call with Verena Roberts who explained to us what open pedagogy looked like in her research project with grade 10 students in Alberta. Open educational practice is the intentional design that expands learning opportunities for all learners. She explained throughout the video conference the important […]

  • Verena Roberts Presentation
    by maevepoulin on March 7, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Today my EDCI 336 class was able to observe a portion of Verena Roberts’ open education presentation via video chat. In her presentation Roberts discussed how we can expand learning beyond the classroom walls. Roberts describes open education as an intentional design that expands learning opportunities for all learners beyond classroom walls by collaboratively & … Continue reading Verena Roberts Presentation […]

  • Week 5: Inquiry Teaching
    by laurengateley on March 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    This week in class we did an out trip to George J Elementary to hear from Rebecca Bathurst Hunt about how to enhance our inquiry in the classroom. She co-authored alongside Trevor Mackenzie for the book “Inquiry Mindset.” Rebecca’s passion was apparent and she seemed to be very authentic in the way she approached inquiry … Continue reading Week 5: Inquiry Teaching […]

  • Open Education Week // Online Professionalism
    by alyssalloyd1 on March 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Class begun by videoconferencing with Verena Roberts discussing Open Education Week, and she also focused on how to expand K-12 learning through open practices online, and offline. It was very informative and it really showed me that there is a push out there for not only higher education to become open and accessible by all,… Continue reading Open Education Week // Online Professionalism […]

  • Social Media Platforms
    by amandasascott on March 6, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Twitter is platform that is used as a place for people to be updated on news and communicate with others through tweets, which represent short messages.  Twitter is a great way for us to build connections with others and stay updated by following others. You can make connections by following others twitter feed.  By doing […]

  • Mar. 5 – Presentation from Jesse Miller – Privacy and Safety
    by amandasascott on March 6, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Today we also had a presentation on privacy and safety by Jesse Miller. Jesse Miller’s job consists of many aspects; for one, he works closely with the RCMP regarding the internet, social media, etc.  Miller played an important role in the case regarding Amanda Todd. If I am being completely honest, I was very nervous […]

  • Protected: Week 9 Review: Verena Roberts and Jesse Miller Review
    by cassidylindsay6 on March 6, 2019 at 3:09 am

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  • EDCI 336 – March 05, 2019
    by Shaylin Warren on March 6, 2019 at 2:48 am

    So today’s class was full of so much variety that I really couldn’t think of a more creative/descriptive title. We met in the videoconferencing room to start the class with Verena Roberts in celebration of Open Education Week. Her informative slides and presentation concerning how to expand K-12 learning through open educational practices was really … Continue reading EDCI 336 – March 05, 2019 &rarr […]

  • Copyrighting
    by angelaxie4150 on March 6, 2019 at 2:12 am

    It is important to know what copyright is and the rules and regulations behind it. Through my personal experience at school, my teachers would always emphasize the seriousness of plagiarism, however they never really talked about how serious copyright infringement can also be. When sharing information such as pictures, videos, music, and other works, it … Continue reading Copyrighting &rarr […]

  • Jesse Miller Presentation
    by cameranmillar on March 6, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Today we also had the pleasure to have Jesse Miller come in and give a presentation about internet safety and privacy. Miller was a crucial piece to working on the Amanda Todd case and works closely with the RCMP to give advice about social media, the internet, etc. I found his presentation to be extremely … Continue reading Jesse Miller Presentation &rarr […]

  • Video Conference with Verena Roberts
    by cameranmillar on March 6, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Today we had a great video conference with Verna Robert about open pedagogy. It was really great to hear her opinions and what she has found throughout her study.  I found it was really cool how she started the conference by getting all of the viewers to participate in a poll so we could see … Continue reading Video Conference with Verena Roberts &rarr […]

  • Protected: Verena Roberts: Video Conference
    by erinpaigefletch on March 6, 2019 at 1:55 am

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  • March 5th
    by karenaaustin on March 5, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Verena Roberts Conference Call Today in EDCI336 we had two amazing guest speakers. To start off the class we jumped in on a video conference with Verena Roberts who had some great things to say about open and networked learning which you can read about through this link she shared. Jesse Miller Our second guest … Continue reading March 5t […]

  • Jesse Miller – Privacy, Safety
    by sydneyreisig7553 on March 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Today in EDCI 336 we had a presentation from Jesse Miller and he provided us with lots of information regarding privacy and safety on the internet for our future students and ourselves. One of the aspects of his presentation I really appreciated was the information regarding our personal social media accounts and how we can […]

  • Conference Call with Verena Roberts & Special Guest Jesse Miller
    by shonakbal on March 5, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Today in class we listened to Verena Roberts talk about open education/open pedagogy through a video conference. Verena really emphasized her love for community involvement and inquiry based learning. She is continually looking for ways to change her regular practice using open pedagogy. Open education practices defines learning that moves learning beyond classroom walls. This … Continue reading Conference Call with Verena Roberts & Special Guest Jesse Miller […]

  • Intellectual Property
    by Olivia on March 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    In class last week we learned and discussed topics related to intellectual property. I learned the most about creative commons. I knew a bit previously about copyright and what to use and what not to use but I didn’t realize there was a “happy medium” of creative commons. Through exploring the Creative Commons website, I… Continue reading Intellectual Property […]

  • #Inquirymindset
    by sarahkalder on March 3, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Our cohort had the opportunity on Tuesday to visit Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt’s class at George Jay Elementary. Rebecca is co-author of the book Inquiry Mindset, a guide to “harnessing the power of curiosity to foster students learning from their youngest years”. Since our visit to PSII I have been wondering what inquiry would look like in … Continue reading #Inquirymindset &rarr […]

  • 26 February 2019: A Visit with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
    by missmaracox on March 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    This afternoon, we had the opportunity to visit Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt's inquiry-based kindergarten classroom at George Jay Elementary. I was very excited for this experience as I have been following Rebecca on Instagram and Twitter for the past few months and I have been amazed with what she does with inquiry-based learning with learners of such … Continue reading 26 February 2019: A Visit with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt […]

  • 26 February 2019: Creative Commons and Privacy
    by missmaracox on March 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash I can remember endless projects throughout my middle school and high school years that were composed mainly of images taken directly from Google Images. I used other peoples' photos for everything without even thinking about it, and I didn't have a teacher who said a word about it until … Continue reading 26 February 2019: Creative Commons and Privacy […]

  • Protected: Visit to an Inquiry Classroom
    by erinpaigefletch on March 2, 2019 at 4:05 am

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  • Creative Commons
    by sarahkalder on March 1, 2019 at 1:39 am

    We spent our last class learning about copyright and creative commons. If your like me you have probably heard the word copyright or seen the little symbol but are unclear about what it all means. While doing a bit of my own research I came across this site that breaks it down and makes it … Continue reading Creative Commons &rarr […]

  • How to do Assessments on FreshGrade
    by sydneyreisig7553 on February 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Assessment on FreshGrade as a e-portfolio is very different than the traditional summative assessments of report cards. FreshGrade is great platform for teachers to use while using formative assessment. It allows for different ways of representing the students learning and the progress they are making within the classroom. The teachers are able to upload videos […]

  • Visit to the “Inquiry Teacher’s” classroom
    by maevepoulin on February 28, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    On Tuesday my EDCI 336 class had the opportunity to visit Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt’s aka the Inquiry Teacher’s classroom. Rebecca is co-author to Inquiry Mindset, a book about fostering curiosity in the classroom, runs the popular instagram account @inquiryteacher, and teaches kindergarten full-time! I was really inspired by how accomplished Rebecca is for being a young teacher … Continue reading Visit to the “Inquiry Teacher’s” classroom […]

  • Creative Commons
    by maevepoulin on February 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    If you’ve been through a North American school system then you are probably familiar with how plagiarism was highly frowned upon when completing projects. For this reason, students are shown exactly how to cite an author’s original work. However, what many students are never taught is that plagiarizing is not only wrong because you aren’t … Continue reading Creative Commons […]

  • Reflection on Visit to George Jay Elementary School
    by bethany_v on February 28, 2019 at 4:18 am

    The title of this blog post may be a bit misleading; a more accurate title would be "Reflection on the Presentation on Inquiry Mindset by Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt". Let me explain: Yesterday my classmates and I had the privilege of visiting George Jay Elementary School after class hours and hearing kindergarten teacher and co-author of the … Continue reading Reflection on Visit to George Jay Elementary Schoo […]

  • Video and Audio editing
    by shonakbal on February 28, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Rich Mccue guided us through video and audio editing in our class today. We used Imovie and Garage Band to perform these tasks. Rich gave us step by step instructions and they were very helpful. It was pretty straight forward however some features were difficult to incorporate. It was really cool learning how to video … Continue reading Video and Audio editing […]

  • Creative commons/open learning
    by shonakbal on February 28, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Today in class we talked about copy right and creative commons. This is a pretty confusing topic. Valerie explained how many people use copyright when their intentions is to use a creative commons. Valerie explained to us the differences between copyright, copyright free, fair use (in the USA) and fair dealing (in Canada). Creative commons … Continue reading Creative commons/open learning […]

  • Inquiry-Based Teaching Visit
    by sydneyreisig7553 on February 28, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Yesterday we were given the opportunity to visit George Jay Elementary and talk to Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt about her passion about inquiry-based teaching and learning. I left with an abundance of new ideas and information and feeling very inspired and excited for to try similar techniques in my upcoming practicum and future teachings. There was some […]

  • Fair Dealing in Canada & Blogging
    by Shaylin Warren on February 27, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Although our class time was cut short yesterday to make room for our visit at George Jay Elementary, we covered some really helpful information concerning copyright. We learned that a safe place to find photos for personal use is on the Creative Commons website. Moreover, we learned the best practices for attributing the photos we … Continue reading Fair Dealing in Canada & Blogging &rarr […]

  • Week 4: Copywriting
    by laurengateley on February 27, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I think having knowledge of copyrighting and copyright law is important as teacher because there are many resources available online that can be helpful in classrooms. It is imperative to know which resources can be used and in what ways. It is also important to understand copyrighting because ones own resources should be properly copyrighted. … Continue reading Week 4: Copywriting […]

  • Visit with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
    by cameranmillar on February 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Today we went to George Jay Elementary School to meet with the co-author of “Inquiry Mindset”  Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt to learn about incorporating inquiry based learning into our own classroom. Rebecca is a Kindergarten French Immersion teacher who has been working towards an inqury-based curriculum over the past 7 years. In her classroom she really focused … Continue reading Visit with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt &rarr […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: Inquiry Mindset
    by Shaylin Warren on February 27, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I’m feeling so inspired after visiting with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt yesterday in her kindergarten classroom at George Jay Elementary School. Unlike other in-school visits, class wasn’t in session so my peers and I were fortunate enough to have Rebecca’s full attention. Her slides and narration not only emphasized the importance of honouring learners’ questions, but how … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: Inquiry Mindset &rarr […]

  • Creative Commons
    by olivermconn on February 27, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Throughout my years in school I have been warned of the consequences of plagiarism and copying others work. This has been drilled into my mind and now in post-secondary it is even seems even more relevant than ever with the amount of time it has been talked about in every class I have taken. However … Continue reading Creative Commons &rarr […]

  • Feb. 26 – School Visit
    by amandasascott on February 27, 2019 at 6:42 am

    This afternoon, we had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Rebecca Bathurst about inquiry learning.  This was a great experience as she talked about her journey to becoming an inquiry teacher and how she teaches her class of Kindergarten students.  I was able to take away some great techniques that I definitely want to […]

  • Feb. 26 – Copyright
    by amandasascott on February 27, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Today in class we discussed the very important topic, copyright. Until now, this issue of copyright has never been something I have thought about.  Throughout all my years of elementary school and high school, all of us as students took images from google regardless of whether or not they were copyright as we knew no […]

  • Open Education: Creative Commons: Copyright in the Classroom
    by juliafalzon336 on February 27, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Today in class we talked about the importance of being mindful of copyright policies when using other people’s photos. Before this semester, I had never given much thought to this issue. In elementary and high school, I routinely used random google images for school projects. I never thought about the problems with using other people’s … Continue reading Open Education: Creative Commons: Copyright in the Classroom […]

  • Inquiry based learning
    by shonakbal on February 27, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Today we went for a classroom visit to Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt’s classroom. She teaches at George Jay elementary, a kindergarten classroom. She is the co-author of the book “Inquiry Mindset”. Rebecca is extremely passionate about inquiry based learning and enforces it in her classroom. Rebecca spoke to us about ways to incorporate and enforce inquiry based … Continue reading Inquiry based learning […]

  • Creativecommons.org
    by Josh Lafond on February 26, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Creative commons is a website that is devoted to increasing the work that can be legally shared and add to on the internet. Pictures with CC licenses allow the creators to voice what actions they want taken when their work is used elsewhere on the internet. These licenses are easy to understand and are helping … Continue reading "Creativecommons.org" […]

  • Copyright
    by cameranmillar on February 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Today we had a lesson on copyright and the rules around it. I never knew anything about  copyright or the rules around it but now I realize how serious some of the issues can be surrounding it. We discussed how textbooks are copyrighted; Valerie put it into a good perspective because tax payers pay for … Continue reading Copyright &rarr […]

  • February 26th
    by karenaaustin on February 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Intellectual Property Today in class we learned about the different copyright and intellectual property license types. We discussed the importance of ensuring that any materials that are shared, altered, or used for personal or commercial use, are used in accordance with the license type of that material. Some ways in which it can be ensured … Continue reading February 26t […]

  • My Own Experience With Assistive Technology
    by erinpaigefletch on February 26, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    When tackling the idea of assistive technology in the classroom I have a bit of a different approach because of my own experience. Growing up in school I never had the access to technology, due to my age demographic and the development of technology at the time. Aside from that, I never received the technology … Continue reading My Own Experience With Assistive Technology […]

  • Protected: Copyright? Plagiarizing? Creative Commons?
    by erinpaigefletch on February 26, 2019 at 5:36 pm

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  • Fair Dealing in Canada // Investigating Inquiry
    by alyssalloyd1 on February 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Class this week was shorten due to the field trip to George Jay Elementary School, but we still fit a whole bunch of information into a short period of time. During class time we discussed copyright and what that looks like as a future educator. in regards to ideas and more specially photos. Valerie taught us… Continue reading Fair Dealing in Canada // Investigating Inquiry […]

  • Assistive Tech in Classrooms
    by erinpaigefletch on February 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    When looking at assistive technology within classrooms, I wanted to find out what was really being used in classrooms today. I thought what better way to find out what is being used than speaking with a teacher themselves and see what they use. I was heading to Lakehill Elementary School to discuss a gym lesson … Continue reading Assistive Tech in Classrooms […]

  • Audio/Video/Image Editing
    by olivermconn on February 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    In class we have gone over how to edit audio and video. For use in class these are both very useful tools. As a matter of fact I have had to use both during my own time in school. I used video editing as early as grade 6 in school to make a movie of … Continue reading Audio/Video/Image Editing &rarr […]

  • A Few Thoughts on Blogging
    by juliafalzon336 on February 13, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    At the beginning of this semester, I did not think that I would find blogging to be a useful way to document my learning. Contrary to what I thought initially, I have actually found it helpful. After every EDCI 336 class, I write a blog post about what we did in class. Whenever I need … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Blogging […]

  • School visit
    by angelaxie4150 on February 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    The school visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry was an eye-opening experience for me. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but as soon as I walked around the school, I was amazed to see all the resources and facilities that the school had to offer such as a common room for … Continue reading School visit &rarr […]

  • SET-BC
    by erinpaigefletch on February 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Special Education Technology-BC While I was researching about Assistive technology, I found this site called SET-BC. SET-BC works in partnership with BC school districts where both groups work collaboratively provides services surrounding assistive technology and students who need the aid of assistive technology. The website not only gives more information about assistive technology but provides … Continue reading SET-BC […]

  • by alinameyer5369 on February 11, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Yesterday, EDCI 336 had the opportunity to go downtown and visit The Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry. It is a high school where students direct their own learning through the inquiry of topics that interest them. Jeff Hopkins, the principle, gave us a wonderful introduction to the school and how it operates to fully […]

  • Video conferencing and assessment
    by angelaxie4150 on February 11, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Last week, our class was held in the video conference room where we had a talk with Ian Landy of Powell River Elementary. He introduced us to the benefits of using an E-portfolio instead of the traditional report card for the assessment of students. This kind of formative assessment is meaningful and relevant in the … Continue reading Video conferencing and assessment &rarr […]

  • Protected: Classroom Observations – PSII
    by erinpaigefletch on February 10, 2019 at 1:41 am

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  • Visit to PSSI
    by alyssalloyd1 on February 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    This week I had the opportunity to visit the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry downtown Victoria. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been super excited to check out how the school was put together and what more of the specifics were! In September Jeff Hopkins, who is the Principal and Founder of PSSI,… Continue reading Visit to PSSI […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Visit
    by laurengateley on February 9, 2019 at 1:44 am

    The High School Visit to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry was a very eye-opening visit. I think that the system that is used is very effective for a niche group of students. I found that typically the students drawn to the school were those with social or academic anxiety problems. I think they are … Continue reading Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Visit […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: PSII
    by Shaylin Warren on February 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    On Tuesday, my class visited the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry downtown Victoria. As I progress in the BEd program and learn how and why our current schooling system is failing students across BC, I become more interested in alternative options. I have been excited about checking out PSII ever since Founder and Principal, … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: PSII &rarr […]

  • Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation
    by sarahkalder on February 8, 2019 at 1:42 am

    My EDtech class had the opportunity on Tuesday to visit the Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation or PSII (they pronounce it sigh). An independent school with 85 students, it is nestled into an office building on Douglas St. in downtown Victoria. Founded by Jeff Hopkins in 2013, PSII offers an alternate learning structure with … Continue reading Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation &rarr […]

  • EdCamp and Professional Learning
    by samanthaellis3688 on February 7, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Today we discussed accommodation and discomfort in the classroom in our own EdCamp session. This topic was very interesting and I really enjoyed getting the chance to discuss this topic in class because I feel uneasy about this topic as well as classroom management in general. I am worried about this as a future teacher … Continue reading EdCamp and Professional Learning […]

  • How to use FreshGrade
    by sydneyreisig7553 on February 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    After doing some research I found lots of useful information on how to use FreshGrade from the FreshGrade website. FreshGrade is becoming the new way that teachers are showing the learning progress of their students. It is an e-portfolio where students can upload videos and pictures as well as written feedback to parents and administrators. […]

  • Visit to Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry
    by olivermconn on February 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    During class this week we had a field trip to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry or PSII! This was our first school visit of the semester and it was very interesting! The school was founded in 2013 by Jeff Hopkins, who used to be the superintendent of SD64 on the gulf islands. He … Continue reading Visit to Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry &rarr […]

  • Feb. 5 – School Visit
    by amandasascott on February 6, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Today we as a class visited the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry.  It is the newest high school (Grades 9 to 12) in Victoria. Jeff Hopkins, the founder and principal of this school gave us a brief chat about the school, how this school operates, and about the students that attend.  It was interesting […]

  • PSII Visit Reflection
    by juliafalzon336 on February 6, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Today our EDCI 336 class had the pleasure of visiting the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (website is linked below). PSII, as the name suggests, focuses on individualized learning through inquiry. Each student has an individual learning plan that is based off of their own passions and interests. The new BC curriculum emphasizes the … Continue reading PSII Visit Reflection […]

  • Protected: Week 5 Review: PSII
    by cassidylindsay6 on February 6, 2019 at 3:02 am

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  • 05 February 2019: PSII Visit
    by missmaracox on February 6, 2019 at 2:45 am

    This week, we had the opportunity to visit the Pacific School for Innovation and Inquiry (PSII), which is located in downtown Victoria. PSII was founded in 2013 by Jeff Hopkins, a former Superintendent for School District no. 64 (Gulf Islands). I had listened to Jeff speak about PSII and their alternative approach to education during … Continue reading 05 February 2019: PSII Visit […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry
    by cameranmillar on February 6, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Today we went to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry located Downtown Victoria. I was throughly surprised to see the new practices of inquiry based learning actively being used right in front of my own eyes. The founder and principle of the school Jeff Hopkins discussed with us how the school started, how it … Continue reading Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry &rarr […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII)
    by karenaaustin on February 5, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    “The Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry is Victoria’s newest high school (Grades 9 to 12), offering a truly personalized education. Through a formal inquiry process, learners at PSII (we pronounce it “sigh”) develop interdisciplinary pathways leading to learning activities that take them through a curriculum all their own, while also meeting or exceeding BC … Continue reading Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII) […]

  • Video Editing / Audio Editing / Screen Capture
    by alyssalloyd1 on February 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    This week was focusing on video editing, audio editing, and screen capturing and I really enjoyed diving in completely and absorbing all the information I possibly could! After getting through a worksheet relating to video editing, and playing with iMovie I learned some basic video editing skills that I will take with me for years… Continue reading Video Editing / Audio Editing / Screen Captur […]

  • Pacific school of Innovation and Inquiry
    by shonakbal on February 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Today we went on a classroom visit to the Pacific school of Innovation and Inquiry. The founder and principle of the school, Jeff Hopkins welcomed us in the school. He gave us a quick presentation describing the way the school works. It was really interesting. The students do not have specific class times, they have … Continue reading Pacific school of Innovation and Inquiry […]

  • Week 3 Blog: Video
    by laurengateley on February 5, 2019 at 7:28 am

    This weeks class was very productive and informative. The first half was a conference call with Ian Landy in Powell River pertaining to the shift from traditional report cards to E-Portfolios. This formative assessment is important because students can be excited about the work they show knowing that their grades are based upon the great … Continue reading Week 3 Blog: Video […]

  • Trello: A Tool For Inquiry
    by juliafalzon336 on February 4, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Trello is a tool that allows students to take charge of their own learning. Trello helps students (or anyone, for that matter) to organize their projects. It helps students break down their projects into manageable components. It also facilitates collaboration. Trello users can invite others to be admins of their board. This makes working in … Continue reading Trello: A Tool For Inquiry […]

  • Video and audio editing
    by angelaxie4150 on February 4, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Today, we learned how to edit videos on IMovie and produce music on GarageBand. I had forgotten much of what I learned about video editing in the past, so everything was new to me. I had a lot of fun playing around with all the different options for backgrounds, transitions, audio, and titles. It didn’t … Continue reading Video and audio editing &rarr […]

  • Audio/ Video Editing Workshop with Rich
    by sarahkalder on February 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    We had another workshop with Rich McCue today in EDCI 336, this time we focused on Video editing using iMovie, audio editing using garageband and screen capture using Screencastify. We learned how to import a video, then trim and cut it, and transition between parts. We also learned how to add credits and publish it. … Continue reading Audio/ Video Editing Workshop with Rich &rarr […]

  • In Class Lab: Audio and Video Editing
    by juliafalzon336 on February 2, 2019 at 2:45 am

    In Tuesday’s EDCI 336 class we experimented with audio and video editing with the help of Rich McCue (whose blog I will link below). I have had extremely limited experience with this technology, so I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my knowledge in this way. We learned about Screencastify (which I used in … Continue reading In Class Lab: Audio and Video Editing […]

  • Protected: Social Media and Education
    by cassidylindsay6 on January 31, 2019 at 10:52 pm

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  • Video Conference with Ian Landy
    by sarahkalder on January 31, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Tuesdays class was my first experience with a video conference call, we met with Ian Landy, Principal at Edgehill Elementary in Powell River. Next time I will make sure that I get there early so that I am not in the front row, I was a bit uncomfortable with being on the big screen and … Continue reading Video Conference with Ian Landy &rarr […]

  • Video Editing, Screen Capturing & Audio Editing
    by Shaylin Warren on January 31, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Today I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with some really cool online tools! First, I learned how to trim & split, add transitions, create titles and credits, and adjust audio using iMovie. Next, I learned how to record, import audio, trim & split, and add sound effects using GarageBand. Finally, I learned how to … Continue reading Video Editing, Screen Capturing & Audio Editing &rarr […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: Ian Landy
    by Shaylin Warren on January 30, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Today we had an informative video conference on formative assessment with Ian Landy, principal of Edgehill Elementary in Powell River. I really appreciated Ian’s detailed explanation as to why ePortfolios provide a deeper understanding than report cards on student learning. Report cards oversimplify student learning by emphasizing letter grades and percentages. Whereas ePorfolios document the … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: Ian Landy &rarr […]

  • Remote Lecture with Ian Landy
    by olivermconn on January 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Today our class stated a little differently than our previous classes. Instead of being in our regular classroom we were hidden away in the basement of Clearihue in a video conferencing lab. I was very interested in the camera set up that the conference room used. I thought it was so interesting how the cameras … Continue reading Remote Lecture with Ian Landy &rarr […]

  • Trello and Twitter
    by Olivia on January 30, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Both Twitter and Trello were completely new to me. I have been on Twitter to look at hashtags or keep up with trends that are happening (gotta stay hip, right?) but I haven’t had my own account or gone very far into it. At first, I was definitely apprehensive about creating a Twitter. I just… Continue reading Trello and Twitter […]

  • Jan. 29 – Video Conference
    by amandasascott on January 30, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Today we got to participate in a video conference call with Ian Landy, the principal of Edgehill Elementary in Powell River to discuss formative assessment.  Formative assessment refers to an assortment of methods that teachers will use to orchestrate evaluations of the comprehension of students. An example of formative assessment would be giving students two […]

  • Video Conferencing and Formative Assessment
    by Olivia on January 30, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    In our class today we had the opportunity to video conference with principal Ian Landy from Powell River. The experience for me was completely new to me as I have only ever done Skype or Facetime calls one on one. Having lived abroad for a year, I definitely have already experienced the benefits of video… Continue reading Video Conferencing and Formative Assessment […]

  • Video Conference and Video Editing
    by cameranmillar on January 30, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    In class this week we were able to have a video conference with Ian Landy who is a principle up in Powell River. When talking to Ian, he discussed the importance of using e-portfolios to document students work instead of the classic report cards. I found this subject to be very interesting as we are … Continue reading Video Conference and Video Editing &rarr […]

  • Ian Landy: Formative Assessment
    by alyssalloyd1 on January 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    In our weekly EDCI 336 class I had the opportunity to video chat with Ian Landy the Principal from Edgehill Elementary School in Powell River. During the hour long video conference, Ian discussed formative assessment and what that looked like to him. I found the conversation to be very eye-opening in the way I think… Continue reading Ian Landy: Formative Assessment […]

  • 29 January 2019: Video Conferencing with Ian Landy
    by missmaracox on January 30, 2019 at 1:27 am

    ©FreshGrade We started our class today with a video-conferencing session with Ian Landy, the principal at Edgehill Elementary School in Powell River. The experience of a class-wide video conferencing session was a new one for me, and I was completely unaware that entire rooms for these sessions even existed at UVIC. The session with Ian was … Continue reading 29 January 2019: Video Conferencing with Ian Landy […]

  • Protected: Week 4 Review: Video and Audio Editing
    by cassidylindsay6 on January 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

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  • by alinameyer5369 on January 29, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Today in class we had the opportunity to have a video conference call with Ian Landy who is a principal in Powell River. With twenty years of experience as a teacher, he gave us an abundance of information on his experience of being a pro-technology educator, and what this can look like in a classroom. […]

  • January 29th Class
    by karenaaustin on January 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Ian Landy – Video Conference In class today I experience my first video conference. It was quite neat to experience how the cameras follow the voices throughout the classroom. Ian Landy’s discussion about formative assessment offered some very valid and interesting points about inquiry based learning and the importance of pedagogical narration of student learning. … Continue reading January 29th Class […]

  • Edcamp reflection
    by angelaxie4150 on January 28, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Today in class, we watched a video on what edcamp is and how it is beneficial for both teachers as well as students. It involves a group discussion between educators where they can express their interests, passions, and any questions they have on an education topic. It is different from a lecture-based session in that … Continue reading Edcamp reflection &rarr […]

  • Reflection on Ed-Camp
    by olivermconn on January 26, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I thought that Ed-Tech activity we did in class was very good way for everyone to collaborate together and build up each others ideas on a certain subject. However in my own group I think that we could have used some light guidance in the form of some prompt questions to guide our conversations in … Continue reading Reflection on Ed-Camp &rarr […]

  • 22 January 2019: EdCamp & Professional Learning
    by missmaracox on January 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash We began our Technology Innovation class today by looking at EdCamp and the benefits that this format has, both as a method of professional learning for teachers and as a form of learning within the classroom. This format allows educators to create personalized discussion sessions that are engaging and learner-driven, … Continue reading 22 January 2019: EdCamp & Professional Learning […]

  • Edcamp
    by sarahkalder on January 22, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Today we spent the first couple of hours of our class having our own mini Edcamp session. Edcamp is an unconference where the topics/themes (education based) are chosen by the attendees. The topics are then narrowed down by up-voting the topics that interest you. Rather than having an expert come and talk, the sessions are … Continue reading Edcamp &rarr […]

  • Weekly Blog 2: Edcamp Reflection
    by laurengateley on January 22, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    This week we did ran a practice Edcamp. On the board we wrote down topics of interest involving teaching and voted on which ones were the most popular. The top 4 topics were then given rooms and students broke off accordingly to explore them. Edcamp style learning is based on what students want to learn … Continue reading Weekly Blog 2: Edcamp Reflection […]

  • EdCamp
    by cameranmillar on January 22, 2019 at 10:16 pm

        Today in class we did a mini EdCamp ourselves. In our group we discussed are we being too accommodating to our students? The question came from the example of students who are uncomfortable public speaking. Do we push these students to public speak or do we accommodate their stresses and allow them not … Continue reading EdCamp &rarr […]

  • Reflective Blog Post: Edcamp
    by Shaylin Warren on January 22, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I just experienced my first ever Edcamp in EDCI 336. As a class, we had the opportunity to throw potential discussion topics on the board at the front of the room. Next, we were all given three stickers to up-vote topics. The top four discussion topics were then assigned rooms, and we could choose where … Continue reading Reflective Blog Post: Edcamp &rarr […]

  • EdCamp
    by karenaaustin on January 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Today in class we split up into groups to have our own mini EdCamp to discuss topics of interest. My discussion group explored if we, as educators, are being too accommodating to students and whether or not student discomfort is always a bad thing. During the discussion I found that my peers and I all … Continue reading EdCam […]

  • Protected: Week 3 Review
    by cassidylindsay6 on January 22, 2019 at 10:06 pm

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  • Protected: EDCAMPS
    by erinpaigefletch on January 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

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  • Ed. Camp Reflection
    by Olivia on January 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I found that I really benefitted from the ed camp experience we had in class time today. Our group was focused on the topic of “Are we being too accommodating for students?” with the sub-question “Is discomfort always a negative thing?”. The conversations that spelt from this topic were very interesting given what we are… Continue reading Ed. Camp Reflection […]

  • Edcamp Reflection
    by alyssalloyd1 on January 22, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I just experienced my first Edcamp session. It was a super interesting and helped me engage with my peers. After the four groups were chosen, I decided to join the group discussing special education. I found it to be very informative and helped further my knowledge into the subject. My group of discussed a variety… Continue reading Edcamp Reflection […]

  • Weekly Blog 1: Freedom Inquiry
    by laurengateley on January 22, 2019 at 7:11 am

    In class film: Most Likely To Succeed I found the message in this documentary to be profound. The original concepts for our education system over 100 years ago was driven by the need to create the middle class in a time of industrialization. Now technology has taken those mundane jobs. I agree that we need … Continue reading Weekly Blog 1: Freedom Inquiry […]

  • 15 January 2019: Most Likely to Succeed
    by missmaracox on January 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Project-based learning in the 21st century. Grade 9 students combined Physics and History by learning how to construct gears to make a working model that illustrated the rise and fall of various civilizations throughout time. Photo by Malcolm Lightbody on Unsplash During our class on January 15th, we spent the first 90 minutes watching the … Continue reading 15 January 2019: Most Likely to Succeed […]

  • Most Likely to Succeed
    by olivermconn on January 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    In class today we watched the documentary called most likely to succeed. The documentary is focused on the issues that are embedded into the education system that is primarily used in most of North America. In the documentary we are given a inside view of students and teachers who are in a school that challenges … Continue reading Most Likely to Succeed &rarr […]

  • Protected: “Most Likely To Succeed” Documentary
    by erinpaigefletch on January 18, 2019 at 10:08 pm

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  • Protected: Week 2 Review
    by cassidylindsay6 on January 17, 2019 at 9:20 pm

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  • 01/14
    by alinameyer5369 on January 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Throughout this course, I hope to expand my knowledge on how internet technology can be used for student and teachers to enhance learning. I hope to feel confident in my personal website and learn how to navigate it confidently. For my technology inquiry, a few ideas I have brainstormed to learn further about that interest […]

  • Protected: What is Technology?
    by erinpaigefletch on January 15, 2019 at 4:48 pm

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  • Learning Goals
    by bethany_v on January 15, 2019 at 2:20 am

    As I have just begun my educational journey in this course, I have only just started to think about my learning goals for the assignments. As someone who considers herself to not be very technologically-adept, one of my goals for this course is simply to gain awareness and hands-on experience with different technological resources that … Continue reading Learning Goals […]

  • Personal Learning Goals
    by karenaaustin on January 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Throughout this course I hope to learn new things involving technology that will benefit me both personally and professionally in my future classrooms. Technology is a major component of today’s society, and therefore it is increasingly important to incorporate safe networking skills in classrooms. My hope is that I will learn new things that will … Continue reading Personal Learning Goals […]

  • Categories
    by Shaylin Warren on January 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Just trying to add some categories her […]

  • Test Blog Post
    by erinpaigefletch on January 9, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Trying out the internet world of blogging […]

  • Personal Learning Goals
    by juliafalzon336 on January 8, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    This is my first blog post! I have no idea what I am doing. On a scale from 1-10, my technological skills would probably rank at about -6. I am thankful for the opportunity to be exposed to so many fantastic educational tools through this course. I hope that my hard work during this course … Continue reading Personal Learning Goals […]

  • Testing testing 123!
    by bethany_v on January 8, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Just giving this a try for the first time. This is purely a test blog post. Stay tuned for more content. There may be a whole post series on how to discover your family's genealogy and history, as well as how to play the guitar.... For now, just enjoy this image that's giving me the … Continue reading Testing testing 123! […]