C’est la fin…

 

Well, ECI 834 has come to an end. After taking 831,832, 833 and 834 with both Alec and Katia, I have to say – it’s incredible to see my progress when it comes to Educational Technology. Every class has offered something new and exciting and everything is applicable in every classroom! I have always pushed my own comfort zones and have found myself more immersed in wanting to learn more about EdTech and its application in the classroom.

The Module project had to have been one of my most favourite assignments to date towards my Master’s degree. It is honestly the most practical piece I have worked on in a long time (aside from Units that I create for my elementary students).  I hope to actually put pieces of it to use next year!

Chalyn, Justine and Aimee were an amazing team to work with and I am so proud of what we accomplished. We received some amazing feedback that really helped us get an outside view of something we were so close to. Thank you to our reviewers for all the great suggestions and comments – they were truly appreciated.

We created this Google Doc to address some of the suggestions and comments made by our reviewers.

For my Summary of Learning, I used the Do Ink Green Screen app to create an infomercial to sell ECI 834. It is a sarcastic view of how corny infomercials are but it also explains all the qualities of Blended and Online Learning. Thank you to Logan, Amy and Angela for helping with testimonials and to the teachers at my school for being involved!

Do Ink Green Screen App is an easy enough app to use, but it does take some time to get used to. My original green screen I was using wasn’t “green enough” for the app and my skin tone was too close so I looked like the Invisible man. My students really enjoy the app and for my purposes, I found it to be useful. I’m sure their are better apps to use, but they may not have been as user friendly as Do Ink.

I hope you enjoy. Thank you again to Alec and Katia for a great class (and sorry for mis-pronouncing your name in the video Katia- I’m not really sure how it came out that way).

 

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Learning the Past Using the Future

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This week, I received some excellent news! I was able to join a group of amazing and talented fellow ECI 834 folks to work on the online/blended course prototype project. Friday night, using Zoom, Chalyn, Justine, Aimee and I met to work out some ideas on what we wanted to do as a project. Very quickly, we sorted out that we were all interested in working in a primary age around the topic of First Nations, Metis, Inuit instruction. As luck would have it, this past summer, I worked with the Ministry of Education in the Office of the Treaty Commission on the new 2016 TreatyEd documents (that are unfortunately STILL in draft form) and we decided that this would be a good place to start.

After perusing some of the drafts, we chose to work on the Grade 3 document which leads with the inquiry question: How have the lifestyles of First Nations people changed prior to and after the signing of treaties?

We are still in the planning phases and, using the information provided in the document, we are brainstorming ways of teaching this using blended and online learning. We have already set up a Google folder and within it we have a PDF copy of the Grade 3 TreatyEd document and a Google Doc in place for us to record our ideas, questions, comments and discussions.

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The major first step is complete! Now comes the fun part about researching ideas, preparing the lessons and making it all fit seamlessly together! I’m really looking forward to this project and working with some amazing colleagues!

I look forward to seeing what we can come up with and what everyone has in store for their own projects.

 

 

The Return of the Sofa Student…

Long ago, on a sofa, not so far away, I began my adventures in EC&I with EdTech Masters Alec and Katia. ECI&I 831 feels so long ago, but the lessons I have learned continue to allow me to reflect on training as an EdTech Jedi… I mean teacher.

I am currently in my 4th year as a Teacher-Librarian at W.S. Hawrylak School in Regina. It’s interesting that my role as a “Librarian” isn’t at all what my husband thinks it is…

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I feel that the “library” part of my role as TL has morphed into a “Jack-of-All-Trades” in which I can quite often find myself as a mentor teacher, support admin and sometimes – substitute teacher (because we all know about our “sub shortage”). But I truly do love the diversity my role gives me. I get to work with students from Kindergarten (“Please remember, this is Mme Rugg’s bubble”) to Grade 8 (“Why would you stick that in your mouth?”) to everything in between. I am a technology advocate for my school and a DigCit lover! I can talk DigCit and EdTech to everyone all day long – which is why maybe the staff room clears out when I walk in… hmmm…

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This year, I have vowed to incorporate more blended learning into the teachings that I do. I am already using Google Classroom with my Grade 5/6 Sciences humaines class, but I need to something more with my Grade 3 education artistique group and my Grade 4 Bienetre class. My goal is to make sure that I don’t “do” blended learning just for sake of wanting to do it, but to really find meaningful ways to ensure that my students are getting the best of me and the best of what we can offer as super-awesome EdTechucators!

I am looking forward to the vast knowledge this group of ECI834 will offer and I hope I can offer some assistance to anyone who needs it (believe me – I will also be asking for help). Anyway, chat with you all soon!

Live long and prosper mes amis!

(And yes, I do know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek 😉