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The Advancements of Technology January 31, 2015

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Last week in my ECMP 455 class, we had a presentation by Alec about “living and learning in the digital age”. Essentially this presentation was all about how technology is constantly advancing and becoming a bigger part of everyone’s lives. From this presentation, one thing that stood out was that although technology is gradually increasing, it is our job as educators to keep up with all this new stuff, as it can be quite effective and essential in your classrooms. One way we can keep up with all of the new advancements would be by creating yourself a personal learning network where we can share our ideas, ask questions and get help with other professionals out there.

One quote that really stuck out to me from this presentation was “We shape our tools and the tools shape us” -Marshall McLuhan

This is a very interesting quote because the tools definitely shape who we are in our classroom. The more tools we can utilize in our classroom the better classroom teachers we are. This way we can make learning more authentic and engaging to the students.

Another thing that I got out from this presentation that resonated with me was the idea that we should be lead learners rather than teachers. I have never really thought about it in this perspective. But after it was mentioned, it made complete sense to myself. This way it shows that educators love and are engaged in learning and are lifelong learners instead of getting the impression that they are just there to do their job. You have to have a passion for this job in order to be a successful teacher!

Lastly, another important point I got our from this presentation was the idea that “actions speak louder than like buttons”. This is really important because it is super easy to just go along and hit the “like” button on a social networking site. But the idea of someone actually going out and commenting or helping others out in the field is way more powerful than it is to “like” something. So instead of hitting “like” buttons we should be doing more commenting and engaging in more conversation online. How do we go about and do this if we don’t have many connections to begin with? How can we do this if we don’t know how to utilize the different forms of technology that is out there for us to use?

It is always easier said that done and I find this aspect of expanding my personal learning network and getting out in the world difficult. It is extremely difficult for me because I am not very talented when it comes to the technology aspect of things, so I struggle even more when new things keep coming out and I don’t even know how to use the previous stuff!

Season Update January 27, 2015

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As the game progresses I am slowly getting better and getting the hang of how to play. I am beginning to pass the puck around more and shot more often. I am also doing a lot more snap shots then I am taking slap shots. In fact, I can probably say that I rarely ever take any slap shots anymore. In the begin when I started passing the puck more, I noticed I also needed to focus on where I was passing. This was a big issue because I was passing the puck to my own players in front of my net and then the other team would steal the puck and score quite easily.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently playing in the Pro difficulty level of this season now. The first few games were tough transitions after playing in the rookie level where no matter where you were, if you took a slap shot the puck went in. I had to get use to passing the puck around more, taking shots from closer in and I now have to aim where I want to shoot! In the Pro difficulty there is no longer auto aim, so I had to quickly learn how to aim my shots if I wanted any chance of keeping up! So the first few games in this new difficulty level were a challenge, as I couldn’t keep up with the other team and score any goals. Due to this, I have now lost a few games in my season. Once I started getting use to passing more and shooting more I started scoring goals and began winning some games again!

I have noticed that I am getting better at handling the puck as well now, which has really helped me to get around players more effectively. Most of my shots now are aimed at the corners of the net because anywhere else I aim it just goes straight at the goalie. However, my defense is still lacking and causing me to get a few too many goals scored against me.

Currently in my season I am at 8 wins, 3 loses and 1 overtime loss (8-3-1). I had my first overtime game tonight where I hit the cross bar early on, which then ended up going to a shootout. So this being my first time ever in a shootout, I had no idea how to do the appropriate moves/dekes in order to score so I lost the shoot out 1-0, resulting in the other team winning 4-3.

Here is the video of my first shootout:

Introduction Letter January 25, 2015

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To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Jennie Norgaard and I was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. I graduated from Carpenter High School and I am currently a fourth year University student at the University of Regina, enrolled in Secondary Education. My major is Mathematics and my minor is Physical Education.

Growing up, I was involved in a variety of extra curricular activities, such as: basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton and table tennis. I played for Team Saskatchewan for Table Tennis from grade five to grade eight. Throughout this experience, I was fortunate enough to take part in a variety of different tournaments that include: four national competitions, the 2006 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Melfort and the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse. Leadership, patience, decisiveness and effective communication are some of the skills that I have acquired from my different experiences and I believe they will be an asset to my teaching career.

As a future teacher, I think it is important to have effective leadership skills and an engaging and mentally stimulating approach to teaching because education is essential for the future success of the students. Also, patience is a key attribute in order to provide proper direction and communication to students. Communication is essential in establishing trust and a professional teacher-student relationship to aid students with issues that arise both inside and outside the classroom.

From a young age, I have always had the passion to become a teacher. This passion stemmed from all the positive past experiences that my teachers provided. School was always a highlight of my day because it contained all of the aspects that I valued. Some of my most cherished memories included those spent with friends, time spent in the classroom broadening my knowledge and perspectives and all the extra curricular activities that accompanied the school year. Apart from these factors I enjoy teaching others; it allows me to help students and be a part of a pivotal transition point in their lives. I love working with children and also enjoy being able to make a difference in their lives.

Throughout this semester and in internship, I gained important skills and memorable experiences from both my instructors and my cooperating teacher. My passion for helping students and commitment for working with students in my internship was the high point of my field placement. I was in the classroom all the time with the students from class time to my noon hours. During these four months, I helped coach both junior girls volleyball and junior girls basketball, and I also helped run the Greenall cross-country meet. Throughout this internship, I was able to build an amazing relationship with my students outside the classroom that made this experience that much more memorable. The teachers’ at this school were also an amazing asset to making this experience unforgettable.

I am very much looking forward to my upcoming educational journey. I would like to thank you in advance for being a part of my experience, and I am enthusiastic about meeting and getting to know you, your class and the school community.

 

Sincerely,

Jennie Norgaard

RSS Readers and Twitter Chat January 24, 2015

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This week’s class we talked about different RSS feeders that are available out there for us to use. Some of these include: TweetDeck, Inoreader, Feedly and Digg. I remember using TweetDeck in ECMP 355 but other than that I have never really been back on it. After using it in class on Tuesday, I realized how useful this tool could in fact be. Instead of always trying to search up common hashtags that we use in our daily lives, it is all laid out for us in the reader. You can even, reply to tweets and favorite these tweets right from this tool. Everything is now organized in one column and you don’t have to go searching around for it and looking at other things when you are focusing on one thing.

I also never knew about the impact that twitter chat can have on a person’s learning networks. I always thought you had to be following the people yourself in order to get your tweets out there. However, since Alec sent out the questions and used our class hashtag, #ecmp455, we had people from all over the world responding, favorite or even post within our class hastag. From this twitter chat, I got follows from other math/education people and was directed to some very interesting math apps and resources. I also got so many more views on my twitter account from this one twitter chat that I took part in. I found it unreal, that just answering five questions using the same hashtag could lead to these results! From this one twitter chat, I have more people looking at my twitter, I was able to add some people whom I don’t even know to broaden my personal learning network and see what other people in this field had to say about the same questions that we were answering.

I am not much of a twitter/social media person. I mean I have accounts in most of the social media networks out there, but I don’t actually do much with them myself. So hopefully I can begin to get out there more in and through this class!

Rookie Season Started! January 21, 2015

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Tonight was my first time playing in the Rookie Season I created! In the beginning I was just skating around with the player who had the puck and wasn’t doing so well. I soon realized that the more you pass the puck around and the more often you shoot the odds of you scoring are better. Although, I am still struggling with the idea of passing the puck often, I managed to do a lot better once I started shooting more! I won my first three games of the season simply because I was taking lots of shots. My first three games were won by quite a bit, so I have decided to challenge myself even more and take it up to the Pro difficulty next time I play again!

One of the helpful things on the Beginner mode was that there would be boxes that would pop up providing me with tips on how to succeed. For example, boxes would pop up telling me how I could win face offs, how I could direct the puck off a face off and I had another tell me how to hit players.Hint

So this was one bonus to the beginner level for sure that really helped!

I noticed that I was getting a lot of penalties from the poke checks that I was attempting. Due to these penalties, the opposing team was scoring most of their goals on the power plays. After this, I started doing less poke checks and the game started to turn around, as I wasn’t getting as many penalties. However, as the experience progresses I hope to get the timing of my poke checks better so that it can enhance my defense skills. As the game progressed, and I was winning by quite a bit, I started to play around with the different controls to see what they were. I know that using the L1 button and moving the right analog sticks creates different dekes throughout the game but I don’t really know how to use them yet. I would get a deke the odd time here and there and have no idea how I did it.

Throughout this learning journey, I hope to learn how to perform some different dekes within the game and not get them by fluke, and have better timing on the poke checks to result in less penalties and better defensive play. Lastly, I would like to see more passing and game play occurring as this experience progresses and less controlling the puck with one player.

 

First Attempt at Playing Online January 20, 2015

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After playing a couple games in the Hockey Ultimate Team I realized that this is not the spot for a beginner to start! The first game started out with a lot of frantic button hitting and a whole heck of a lot of beginners luck on my side! Throughout the majority of the game I was losing. However, there was a 10 second time frame where I was ahead of my opponent 3-2. But like I said, it was 10 seconds, so it didn’t last very long!

Some things I learned while playing my first two games online were that it is very important to shoot as much as possible even if you are far from the net. The more I began to shoot, the more the beginners luck kicked in and the odd puck would trickle in. With regards to shooting, the type of shot you decide to use is also a critical aspect to the game. After playing for a while I realized that it is better to take snap shots instead of slap shots because snap shots are quicker to take. Another thing that was really important that I learned was poke checking is very crucial in this game. My defense is was terrible and I tend to circle around the players with the puck instead of trying to steal the puck. So after playing for a little bit I realized the importance of utilizing the poke check button. Once I figured out how to use the poke check and lift stick controls things started to brighten up, but not by much.

In my first game I lost 4-7, but I did managed to score 4 goals! My first goal was quite unexpected, my second goal was off the rebound and my third goal was a slap shot. My second game I lost 0-1 but got into my first fight and actually won the fight, once again by frantically hitting buttons.

However, after the first two games on Hockey Ultimate Team I realized that I should be starting with a season first where I play against computer players and not other people online. So I am going to change my project slightly. Instead of playing on the Hockey Ultimate Team, I am going to start a season at the difficulty level of Rookie and gradually work my way through pro, all-star and superstar difficulties. Once I accomplish these difficulty levels and only when I get through all of these will I then think about playing online again.

 

Beginning of Learning Journey January 20, 2015

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Tonight was my first attempt at my learning project, which is learn how to play NHL 15 on the play station 3. The game didn’t come with a manual so finding out the controls before starting was a challenge in itself. So while, I was waiting for the play station to update I decided to check online and see what I could find for some controls. While searching online, I came across this amazing site that might help me through this train wreck. The site is a complete guide for NHL 14 and 15! I struggled with what to pick for the beginning when it asked for my preferences, and that had nothing to do with attempting to play the game yet… This is going to be a long learning experience!

Once the preferences were picked it took me through a bunch of tutorials that were really helpful. These tutorials included: how to take a wrist shot and slap shot, how to aim your shot, how to perform some deking drills, defensive drills, board play drills and lastly it took me through some face off drills. This was a lot of things to try and comprehend all at once but once I start playing I think I should be able to get the hang of things more.

Throughout this experience it is going to be hard to take videos of my progress while playing the game, but I will make sure to include any replays that it may show! The first video I have so far is when I attempted to do a slap shot in the tutorial the game took me through. I had to shoot twice, because my first attempt at a slap shot was not successful. Instead I did a wrist shot.

Here is the video:

For this learning experience, I have started a Hockey Ultimate Team where you start at division 10 playing against other opponents online. As you progress through the game, you will gradually progress up the divisions, where division 1 is the highest. Stay tuned to see how far I can go with this learning journey!

Philosophy of Education and Teaching January 19, 2015

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As a future teacher I want to be able to try and make a difference for the lives of the young people we teach. Being a teacher requires a lot of pressure as you are teaching other peoples children in hopes of them accomplishing their dreams and goals in life. In order to be a successful teacher, I believe that you have to put in an endless amount of time preparing your lessons for each and every day of your career. With this in mind, I look forward to making a difference for the future students lives and helping them achieve any goal that they aim to reach for. I want the students I teach to remember me as an inspiring, enthusiastic teacher who aided them in all the wonderful things they learned.

I believe that it is the jobs of the teachers to provide students with the best and most memorable educational experiences they can have. In order to achieve this, the first priority would be building a classroom that is risk free and safe for each and every one of my students. This way the students have a safe environment where learning can be at its highest potential, allowing the students to produce and provide their best work through this environment. It is crucial to build strong relationships with your students first so that they can trust you more as a teacher, and don’t start second-guessing the things you teach them.

It is very important that, as a teacher, you are passionate about what you do and how you do things. This passion is not only about your lifelong career, but it should also stem from how you instruct and implement your lessons as an educator. It is important that you enjoy what you do and excel at the things you do for a living. If you are passionate about what you do, and can do whatever it takes to get your point across to each and every one of your students in a positive way, they will have a more positive learning experience.

Teachers are required to teach students the basic things from reading, writing, spelling, to being able to do basic mathematics and much more. The hardest part is being able to teach these different concepts in a variety of ways so that every student understands it and learns at their own pace. But this is definitely not where teaching stops. As educators, we also teach our students how to be independent, reliable, trustworthy, hard working and good citizens in the world so that they can contribute within their society. I believe that teachers are the most influential people to students because they spend the most time with them, making it important to be a good role model to all your students as a teacher. In order to be good role models, teachers have to have a positive attitude, build good relationships with their students, have a strong atmosphere in their classrooms, and a good reputation as future students are going to be looking up to us and following in our footsteps.

One of the most important things as a teacher is to have a good personal learning network. It is important to build these strong personal learning communities right from the start, and throughout your career as well. We are life long learners in this career after all, so the more people we know and can branch out to, the more we can learn. It is good to share lesson plans with other educators because you will never know what works well, or what not to do if you don’t share your ideas with others around you. We are all in the same profession, so the more we share and adapt things for our own classrooms the more successful we will be in the end.

With this career, I look forward to being able to contribute everything I know as I teach, as well as continue learning different things as my career progresses. I believe that learning does not end once you are done and out of school. Learning is an everyday thing that can, and should occur as your life continues to grow. With this in mind, it is very important to keep your classroom door open to whomever wants to come in and watch you teach as you will never learn new things and be able to collaborate with others if you don’t branch out and step away from your comfort zone.

With all this in mind, my philosophy will indeed change as I continue to learn new things through all the different experiences I will encounter along this journey. I look forward to this never ending learning journey and career that I have chosen to pursue.

 

Prompt #1 January 17, 2015

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Hello everybody, my name is Jennie Norgaard and I was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. I graduated from Carpenter High School where I then came to Regina for my post secondary education. I am a fourth year student here at the University of Regina. I am in the Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physical Education. Throughout high school, I was involved in as many activities that I could fit into my schedule as possible. Some activities I took part in were basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, soccer and track. I was also fortunate enough to be a part of Team Sask. for table Tennis where I took part in a few Saskatchewan Games, Canada Games in Whitehorse and multiple Nationals. This was a great experience where I got to do a lot of traveling to different places within Canada and meet lots of different people! This is part of the reason why I decided to minor in Physical Education because I love taking part in all sports. With regards to this, I also hope to be a coach somewhere along the way in my career. However, since I came to university I haven’t been in as many activities like I was in high school. I was in intramural volleyball for my first year and I have also been in intramural soccer for the four years I have been here at the university. Initially I wanted to try out for the varsity soccer team here at the university but I hurt my ankle in intramural soccer at the end of my first year, which shattered this thought. Now when I look back and think about this, I am glad I didn’t try out for the team because I wouldn’t have had enough time for everything, especially if I wanted to get my degree in four years.

Throughout my education in Meadow Lake, we had little technology access in our classrooms. We had computer labs that we could go to for certain classes but apart from that we didn’t have any smart boards, iPads, laptop carts or anything technology based like that. Most of our notes were taken from the white/black board and from over head projectors. Due to the lack of technology that I had in my schooling, I believe this is why I am not strong at using it because I don’t have much experience with it. But this is also because I don’t feel comfortable with playing around with technology to do something when I know how to do it the “traditional” way and get my point across. If I were more confident with technology then maybe I would take some time to learn more about it so that it can help me.

When technology first comes to mind, I think it could be a great thing to have in the classroom if you know how to use it properly. Technology can make things more interesting, engaging and fun for both the students and the teacher. However, if you don’t know how to use technology appropriately it can limit the learning in the classroom as well. For example, you could be spending the majority of the class trying to figure out how to do something or fix a problem that may have occurred when in a “traditional” classroom you could have got through more material. But just like anything else in life, if you know how to use it and fix the glitches it may have, it can be very beneficial and can make things more efficient in the classroom.

With all this in mind, I believe that it is important to incorporate as much technology as you can in your classroom. Technology keeps on expanding and becoming more in the world so I believe it is important to keep up with it! Although, I don’t like using it because I am not very good with it, I am more then willing to learn as much as I can to keep me up to date with the new things that keep coming out.

Education is no longer about what you know or whom you know. I learned that it is in fact a mixture of both! Throughout my education here at the U of R we learn that education is no longer a matter of how much material you can take from a class. Of course this is a very important aspect, but there are other things that are just as important if not more important to consider like working with others, providing different forms of learning to our future students and communicating with them. If you can take the material you learn in school and take it a step further and deeper then you have succeeded. After all, everyone can memorize and regurgitate what they learned in school. If there is one thing that I can take away from all this, it would be that as educators we are just leaders to our students. In the end, we are all working together to learn! These are all just the beginning of becoming an effective educator and without the help of technology in the classroom these will be very hard to accomplish!

First Week! January 12, 2015

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It was great to meet everyone in ECMP 455 in our first class Tuesday night. I will have to admit it has been 3 years since I took ECMP 355 so I don’t remember much from that class that I can bring forward with me in this class. I hope after a few classes some things will come back to me, and I hope to learn a great deal more in this class.

I really enjoyed watching the two videos on the Google plus community. The videos create a sense of understanding and a deeper meaning towards technology. When technology first comes to mind, I think of social media, the Internet, and texting. After watching those videos, it allows us to realize that technology is, in fact, way more than just that! Technology is taking for granted in today’s society and we need to be more appreciative of it and happy with the different things that it allows us to do!

Although, technology frustrates me and I struggle with it, I can’t wait to see what EMCP 455 has to offer this semester!