Spring 2019 A01 POSTS

  • Searching for Inspiration
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on February 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    It has been a couple of weeks now since I have posted anything about my photography. This is mostly because there haven’t been many things lately that I have been wanting to take pictures of. As the weather forecast predicted, we got a lot of snow here in Victoria this past week (I’m talking multiple … Continue reading Searching for Inspiration […]

  • Jesse Miller – Guest Speaker
    by Kelsey Sims on February 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    @mediatedreality The Kids Are Alright Podcast http://www.tkaapodcast.com On February 14, we had Jesse Miller speak with us about internet, specifically social media, safety with teachers and students.… Read more "Jesse Miller – Guest Speaker" […]

  • Podcast Audio Files
    by andrewerickson2812 on February 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I want to create an Ornothology component to the podcast, which has a tentative name of “The Amateur Naturalist”. I want to make a a “Deep Dive” into a bird. In order to do that I want to start it with the bird’s call and song. Ian Cruickshank, a Victoria native, has recorded a lot … Continue reading "Podcast Audio Files" […]

  • Learning About Birds
    by andrewerickson2812 on February 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I went to the library to get more information about birds as I have found the more I’m involved in the local natural history community the more I understand that birds are often the focus. I’m trying to learn more about them and creating a bird section to the podcast I want to make. I’m … Continue reading "Learning About Birds" […]

  • Storyjumper
    by andrewerickson2812 on February 14, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    This is not associated with my open or my tech inquiry but I did a unit plan for my reading course and I tried to icorporate tech into the unit. The unit was about “The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat. My unit plan ended with creating a story on Storyjumper. However, … Continue reading "Storyjumper" […]

  • February 24th Lichen Walk
    by andrewerickson2812 on February 14, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Juliet Pendray will be leading a lichen walk on February 24th for those interested in the local lichen species. You have to pre-register with Agnes Lynn if you’d like to participate. The number of spots are limited. It’s with the Natural History Society where you can pay a 25$ fee for a year membership but … Continue reading "February 24th Lichen Walk" […]

  • Thetis Lake
    by Kelsey Sims on February 14, 2019 at 3:29 am

    February 13, 2019 Another snow day, another hike! UVic wasn’t closed today, but the three public school districts here were. I don’t have classes Wednesdays so I… Read more "Thetis Lake" […]

  • Swan Lake (Snow edition!)
    by Kelsey Sims on February 12, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    February 12, 2019 The unthinkable happened… UVic closed for snow! That is very uncommon, but we have gotten so much snow over the past two days that… Read more "Swan Lake (Snow edition!)" […]

  • 3D Printing Workshop
    by amyveagle on February 12, 2019 at 3:52 am

    After taking the 3D printing workshop at the UVic Digital Scholarship Commons it is very clear why you need a class on how to work the 3D printers. There are two different software programs to learn as well as a really cool website to check out. It took an hour and a half and, honestly,… Continue reading 3D Printing Worksho […]

  • Alignment Tool
    by amyveagle on February 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    This week I am trying out a bunch of new tech! I am in the midst of learning how to use all of GIMP’s tools. There are so many of them. However, the most satisfying one to learn so far was the alignment tool. This is less impressive if you just saw the “before” and… Continue reading Alignment Too […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry
    by marnieburnham1078 on February 9, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Concerns: -no assigned gymnasium space on site -no outdoor green space -some rooms without windows -no musical instrumens Pros: -Small school -High teacher to student ratio -Makers space -Recording studio -Sensory space -Quiet work space/ Collaborative discussion work space options -Downtown: lots of resources nearby […]

  • PSII Field Trip
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on February 9, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    In class this week, we went on a field trip to The Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII). This is an independent school here in Victoria, with 85 students from grades 9-12. This school does not run like a typical high school with subjects and classes, but instead the students choose topics they are … Continue reading PSII Field Tr […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry
    by erinbergman7574 on February 9, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    This past week, my class visited PSII to explore the independent school and learn more about its progressive approach to education. PSII is a local high school with grades 9-12 that follows the BC Curriculum in a very unique way. Students are given the freedom to explore topics of interest through different inquiry projects instead … Continue reading Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry &rarr […]

  • Proud Coaching Moment
    by marnieburnham1078 on February 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    My team has now participated in three game days, which happen every Tuesday at a different location. On game day our team plays against three other teams (two sets per match), and we have won about half of our matches up until this week. However, this Tuesday my girls won every single match! That’s right. … Continue reading Proud Coaching Moment &rarr […]

  • Watercolour — Snow Scene
    by katelynneily on February 9, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Materials: Strathmore 140lb 6x9in watercolour pad, QOR Mini 12 colour watercolour paints, a 3/4 wash, size 8 round and size 1 round brush, pencil Inspired by the snow this morning, I decided to try painting a winter scene. I loosely followed this tutorial video. I think it is my best work so far on this… Continue reading Watercolour — Snow Scen […]

  • Field-trip to PSII
    by amyveagle on February 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Our EDCI 336 class went on a field-trip to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII for short). It was very generous of them to allow 20 teacher candidates into their space and ask all sorts of questions. There is too much information to go over everything that I learned (besides they have a… Continue reading Field-trip to PSII […]

  • Pacific Institute of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII).
    by Kelsey Sims on February 8, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Today, February 2, 2019, our cohort went on a tour at PSII (pronounced “sigh”). Here are my takeaways, both positive and negative, from this visit. Students have… Read more "Pacific Institute of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII)." […]

  • Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry – Offering Personalized Learning
    by carlyanne13 on February 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    On Thursday this week, I got the opportunity to visit the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry for my EDCI366 class. The school is Victoria’s newest high school ( Grades 9-12) and is located in the heart of downtown. Currently, there are eighty-five students enrolled at the school, with seven full-time staff members. Through a… Continue reading Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry – Offering Personalized Learning […]

  • Tech Inquiry
    by dehchostudent on February 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    How can language app support language revitalization appropriat […]

  • No Pain No Gain… Right?
    by carlyanne13 on February 6, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    We have come to the end of our first-month training and so far it has been a positive learning experience for both of us! Check out our video where we talk about our progress made thus far, and our thoughts entering into week five of our training program. We will be training endurance twice a … Continue reading No Pain No Gain… Right? […]

  • No Pain No Gain… Right?
    by carlyanne13 on February 6, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    We have come to the end of our first-month training and so far it has been a positive learning experience for both of us! Check out our video where we talk about our progress made thus far, and our thoughts entering into week five of our training program. We will be training endurance twice a … Continue reading No Pain No Gain… Right? […]

  • Google Apps For Education
    by Kelsey Sims on February 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Week Two I have been working in classrooms for 4.5 years as an Educational Assistant and had my own Chromebook provided by the district to use during… Read more "Google Apps For Education" […]

  • EdCamp Introduction
    by runawayis on February 5, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Today in class we watched a short film introducing us to EdCamp, or Unconference, which is an event in which educators come together to talk about collective interests and passions. After watching the short film we tried it in class. It begins by a few ideas being posted onto a bulletin board, or in our […]

  • The Sun Run
    by runawayis on February 5, 2019 at 6:14 am

    This week I realized that one of my biggest motivators for running has been my location. Now I know, I know, beach-city-victoria-lovers are going to be rolling eyes-face-palm-hello-obviously-ing at me but seriously, it hadn’t crossed my mind. It wasn’t until I was telling someone that I like to run to the beach watch the sunset/rise/birds/seals/etc. […]

  • Watercolour — Typography
    by katelynneily on February 4, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Materials: Strathmore 140lb 6x9in watercolour pad, QOR Mini 12 colour watercolour paints, a 3/4 wash, size 8 round and size 1 round brush For this piece I followed a video on Strathmore Paper’s YouTube channel, which can be found here. I changed both the word and the flowers to make it my own. Unlike the… Continue reading Watercolour — Typography […]

  • So Many Choices
    by amyveagle on February 4, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    We had Rich McCue come to our EDCI 336 class last week. We learned about video editing, audio editing, and screen capture. It was a lot of new technology to absorb in the hour and a half. Impressions Video Editing: I could see myself using this technology in the classroom (especially if I was using… Continue reading So Many Choices […]

  • Supta Kurmasana
    by dhanadoesashtanga on February 4, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Ah, Supta Kurmasana. What a crazy, humbling, hard, learning experience. This pose, one of what are known as “gateway poses” (ones that people tend to get stuck on for a while before they can move on), took me around 10 months to learn. Up until that point, I’d flown through the primary series. It was… Continue reading Supta Kurmasana […]

  • Watercolour—The Beginning
    by katelynneily on February 4, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Materials: Strathmore 140lb 6x9in watercolour pad, QOR Mini 12 colour watercolour paints, a 3/4 wash, size 8 round and size 1 round brush These are two of my first experiments using watercolour paints. They were done following AhmadArt‘s tutorial on YouTube. I chose to do a simple beach scene to get used to blending colours… Continue reading Watercolour—The Beginning […]

  • Most Likely to Succeed Film Response
    by katelynneily on February 4, 2019 at 6:13 am

    The Plot Most Likely to Succeed is a documentary about students at High Tech High, a school in San Diego that strives to make students prepared to get jobs in the future. The filmmakers talk about how the current school system is still preparing students for a job market that no longer exists: one where… Continue reading Most Likely to Succeed Film Respons […]

  • The Niyamas
    by dhanadoesashtanga on February 4, 2019 at 5:45 am

    On Sunday, January 20 I went to a moon day “chai and chat” at my studio, where we discussed the second limb of yoga, the Niyamas. (unfortunately I was on vacation when the talk about the first limb took place) This was not something I had looked into at all prior to the talk, so… Continue reading The Niyamas […]

  • Ed Tech Inquiry Indecision
    by amyveagle on February 4, 2019 at 5:36 am

    My ed tech inquiry topic has changed three times now but I think that I have settled on a topic that is going to be both fun and exciting. At first, I was going to learn about the Google apps available for improving education. The teacher I was partnered with for our Wednesday observations last… Continue reading Ed Tech Inquiry Indecision […]

  • Choosing a Topic: FreshGrade
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on February 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    One of our EDCI 336 projects is to do an inquiry on a technology that can be used in education. There are so many interesting possibilities, from Google classroom, to writing e-books, to video editing, and many more. It wasn’t easy to choose with so many interesting options, but I decided to look into FreshGrade. … Continue reading Choosing a Topic: FreshGrad […]

  • Video Conferencing
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on February 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    This week in our EDCI 336 class, we got to have a video conference with Ian Landy, who is a principal in Powell River, and has so much great information to share about technology in education, particularly in regards to assessment and e-portfolios. I found what he said about assessment very interesting and inspiring, and … Continue reading Video Conferencing […]

  • Caterpillars!
    by ezekielgow on February 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    The dreaded fear of many gardeners are the little pesky creatures who seek to chomp down on our hard work. This past week I discovered some (tent) caterpillars waking up in the Arborvitae on the east property line. What follows is the process to eradicate them. . . lots of ladders and clipping. The City … Continue reading "Caterpillars!" […]

  • Starting Photo Editing
    by Kaitlyn Schafer on February 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Once I decided to start editing my photos, I downloaded Gimp right away. I had heard it was a good, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, which was what I was looking for. I watched some videos about how to use Gimp, and it seemed very complicated. There are so many tools that you can use … Continue reading Starting Photo Editing […]

  • Wading into the Twitter-verse
    by amyveagle on February 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I started a Twitter account a few months ago so that I could see what people were posting about education. We had learned about Stuart Shanker (who studies self-regulation) in a previous course. I wanted to learn more about his theories so I made a Twitter account and found a ton of great educational resources.… Continue reading Wading into the Twitter-vers […]

  • With Great Hands, Comes Great Responsibility
    by carlyanne13 on February 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    This week we interviewed a physiotherapist, Lauren Rex, from Active Recovery Physiotherapy to learn what it takes to develop and maintain hand strength. Q: I have heard before that beginner climbers should not train/ use hang boards in their first year of climbing? Why is that? A: For beginners, it is important to “just climb” … Continue reading With Great Hands, Comes Great Responsibility […]

  • With Great Hands, Comes Great Responsibility
    by carlyanne13 on February 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    This week we interviewed a physiotherapist, Lauren Rex, from Active Recovery Physiotherapy to learn what it takes to develop and maintain hand strength. Q: I have heard before that beginner climbers should not train/ use hang boards in their first year of climbing? Why is that? A: For beginners, it is important to “just climb” … Continue reading With Great Hands, Comes Great Responsibility […]

  • The Straw Problem
    by erinbergman7574 on February 2, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Another tough culprit for the environment is the use of plastic straws in the restaurant and bar industry. I live in Victoria, BC. and they have taken steps in the restaurant industry to minimize the use of plastic straws. Most restaurants only give out straws if it is a specific drink that requires one (see: … Continue reading The Straw Problem &rarr […]

  • Lone Tree Hill
    by Kelsey Sims on February 2, 2019 at 5:14 am

    February 2, 2019 This week, my husband and I had a very busy weekend planned, so we decided to go to Lone Tree Hill because it is… Read more "Lone Tree Hill" […]

  • Week 1: Google Classroom vs. Seesaw
    by erinbergman7574 on February 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Google Classroom Recommended Grades: 2-12 Platforms: Android, IOS, Chrome Browser Price: FREE Google Classroom is a service that helps to streamline the online presence of a classroom that includes assignments, grades, and parent communication. It is often considered to be a “management platform.” One of its key features is that teachers can post assignments ahead … Continue reading Week 1: Google Classroom vs. Seesaw &rarr […]

  • Topic: Google Apps for Education
    by erinbergman7574 on February 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Throughout the semester, I will be looking into how Google Apps for Education (GAFE) compare with other readily available educational tools. GAFE is a core suite of applications that Google offers to educational institutions for free. This includes: Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sites, Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Gmail. Once a school signs up … Continue reading Topic: Google Apps for Education &rarr […]

  • Are people still using plastic bags?
    by erinbergman7574 on February 1, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Yes. At least I was, and it is has been (surprisingly) difficult for me to break this habit – especially when it comes to grocery shopping. I would pack a cloth bag in the car, use it once, unload groceries, then place it in the cupboard. It would never see the inside of my car … Continue reading Are people still using plastic bags? &rarr […]

  • Most Likely to Succeed
    by marnieburnham1078 on February 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    In class we watched the film Most Likely to Succeed. This is a documentary that explores education in America and how the education system was designed a century ago during the Industrial Age. The American education system has not changed to meet the evolving global economy. The focus of the documentary is on a school in … Continue reading Most Likely to Succeed &rarr […]

  • EdCamp
    by marnieburnham1078 on February 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    EdCamp is a participant-driven conference style bringing educators together to explore multiple topics. My understanding is that it’s kind of an ‘unconference’ because the topics and materials are not pre-planned, but happen organically and involve collaboration and an open floor for everyone to discuss and contribute thoughts and ideas. When we explored this in our … Continue reading EdCamp &rarr […]

  • Video Conference with Ian Landy
    by marnieburnham1078 on February 1, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Principal of Edgehill Elementary School (Powell River), Ian Landy, video conferenced with our class to discuss online portfolios and formative assessment. The experience with video conferencing itself was really cool! I like how Ian could see our whole class and when someone asked a question the camera would zoom in on them. He discussed how … Continue reading Video Conference with Ian Landy &rarr […]

  • Video Conferencing
    by erinbergman7574 on February 1, 2019 at 2:31 am

    This morning started out with a very inspiring video conference with Ian Landry, a principal at Edgehill Elementary who advocates for advancing technology in the classroom. The video conference in of itself was a new experience for almost every member of my cohort. The experience went (almost) flawlessly with the high-tech cameras and microphone system … Continue reading Video Conferencing &rarr […]

  • iMovie editing
    by andrewerickson2812 on January 31, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I don’t have a Mac but I did find the iMovie software intuitive and I think this is a useful skill to have for my future teaching. This would be an easy to use software to allow kids to create video assignments. […]

  • Video Conference with Ian Landy
    by Kelsey Sims on January 31, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Ian Landy – Principal of Edgehill Elementary School in Powell River. I have never done a video conference on campus before and it was a good experience!… Read more "Video Conference with Ian Landy" […]

  • Blog on Video conferencing Jan 30 2019
    by debzidoodle2003 on January 31, 2019 at 6:49 pm

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