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Connecting with other Educators February 27, 2015

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Tonight I took part in my first ever #saskedchat session and it was a great experience. I got to connect with different educators from different places where we discussed creating a positive classroom environment! It was great to see all the different answers and the conversations that were taking part during this time.

During this experience I learned about a few different websites that we could use to keep up with the chat that was taking part. Some people were using tweetdeck including myself, which I am familiar with as we talked about it in ECMP 355 and 455. Some other chatting programs that were mentioned were tweet chat and twubs.

Any thoughts on which of these programs is more beneficial and most convenient?


Getting back into the Game February 26, 2015

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It has been a while since I worked on my learning project. I was not able to continue working on it during the break. So when I came back from the break I decided to do some searching online for some different sites that could help me with my game. More specifically I wanted to focus more on the stick handling and deking portion of the game since I have a pretty good idea of how to play the game now.

One of these sites that I will be looking more into on helping me with my next step in this learning project is one that deals with the new superstar skill stick that NHL 15 has. I learned from this site that using the two analog sticks performs all these skills! That sounds pretty easy but then again this might be something that is easier said than done.

These new skills can also be found at this video if you don’t want to go to the website:

So stay tuned to see how many of these new skills I can learn!

If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions that might help me out throughout this learning experience I am open to any and all ideas as well! Let me know if you know of some good resources to help me through this project!


Coping with Grief February 26, 2015

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On Tuesday I was fortunate enough to take part in the Coping with Grief presentation that was run by Sylvia Keall. This was a great opportunity to sit in on this workshop for beginning teachers and all teachers in my mind because you never know when a situation like this might arise in your classroom or even in the school. The professional development opportunities that we are offered are all a good experience that I think all beginning educators should try and attend a few of these before they get right into their careers. However, with that being said, these should be something that we continue throughout our careers as well and not something that we stop doing once we become teachers.

One of the most important points I got out of this presentation was the idea of how teachers should always be available to our students and the idea that we should be there to listen to our students and whatever they want to tell/talk to us about. Another key idea that was brought to our attention during this presentation was the idea that we should always try and be truthful with the students instead of lying about something, such as suicide.

It was explained in the workshop that every person grieves in a different way and may take longer than another person before they are ready to talk about it. So as teachers we should not be trying to force the students to talk about their situation if they are not ready to talk about it yet. And as parents we should not be letting our children know when it is a good time to go back to school and into their daily routines of their lives. The children or the people grieving will know when the time is right!

Overall, this was a great experience to be able to take part in to learn the different ideas of how we can help with people who are grieving and we learned some great points/ ideas to help us as future educators for when we encounter a situation like this in our own classroom, school or within our community.

It was very interesting sitting in on this especially since during my internship I had a few cases dealing with the idea of loss and I did not really know how to go about dealing with it myself.

I came across this website and it deals with a lot of the ideas that Sylvia was talking about in her presentation! For anyone who did not attend the presentation, I would encourage you to take a look at this.

Advancing to All-star February 7, 2015

Posted by jennienorgaard in Online Learning Project.

Recently on my learning journey, I increased my difficulty level from pro to all-star. In the beginning this was a very difficult transition and I found myself constantly losing. However, after playing for a while I started to get the hang of things. I am currently sitting at 4 wins and 4 loses in this difficulty level. I am still struggling with my defense, but I am definitely getting better at the passing and shooting aspect of the game. Here is a video of one of the goals I got in this new level.

Can I make it to the superstar level!?

Stay tuned to see how far I can go with this learning journey!

Is Technology Really a Good Thing? February 4, 2015

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Last night in our ECMP class we got to explore a new type of technology to collaborate with other people. Instead of using Blackboard Collaborate we got to try something different called Blue Jeans. I found that there were both pros and cons to this and think that the Blackboard Collaborate works better for myself. The reason I say this is because for the majority of the session my screen was frozen but I could still hear who was talking. I had to log out of the site a few times to try and reset the session. It would work for a little bit but then it would freeze again. One thing, I like about this was how easy it was to pick up the microphone and get involved in the conversation and how we could see everyone that was involved in the session.

Last night we talked about the negative aspects that technology can have on our society. One of the major things was cyber bulling. There are so many different applications and sites that allow people to interact with different people from around the world that they do not know. The intentions of these applications and sites are to allow us to interact and collaborate with other people around the world and build new relationships with these people. However, things started to turn in a very negative direction very quickly! As we mentioned last night, lots of these different sites started to contain a lot of inappropriate material, which then quickly leads to the idea of cyber bullying and so on. Some of theses sites and applications that were discussed were Tinder, Yik Yak, Chat Roulette, Omegle, and Snapchat. The negative results of these different forms of technology quickly started to get people to disconnect with others around the world. As a result, we had different questions arise such as, how should parents keep their children off the site, if parents should be monitoring the different forms of technology that their children are using and if they are using it appropriately? This is something that is very difficult to do as children start using and finding out about these different forms of technology at the age of 9. Since they find out about these different sites at such a young age, they start abusing the different sites that they use. There are some sites that could be very useful for connecting with others, but the amount of people abusing these sites and using them in negatives ways has put such a negative image on these sites.

Another thing we talked about last night was how do we allow the students to understand the issues that arise with technology before they start becoming a part of it? As an educator, I find it hard to monitor the different forms of technology that students come across on a daily basis when they know how to use technology better than I do. Some of these different programs they are involved with I have never even heard about. For example, I had never heard about the Yik Yak application you could get until it became an issue at the school I was interning at. Applications like these where things are posted online anonymously have such an impact on students lives. The reason I say this is because students are now not afraid to post what they are thinking and they are not afraid to get involved in cyber bullying due to the fact that things are anonymous. So how can we get our students to stray away from using these different types of technology in a negative way? This is an issue that arises in the vast majority of classrooms so how can we monitor what the students are doing on these different applications?

Another interesting point that arises with this situation is the idea of how teachers can keep up with these different forms of technology in their classroom. I say this because as educators we do the best we can to try and get students to not get involved in cyber bullying and the negative aspects of technology. With this being said, there are always going to be people abusing these different applications that are out there.

How can we as teachers monitor the different things that go on with these different forms of technology when new and more improved forms of technology keep coming out?

So how can we deal with the negative aspects of Yik Yak, for example, when there are other applications very similar to this such as Guilt, and Ask Fm that are coming out?

Any thoughts on this?