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Tech Task #9 -Smartboards November 16, 2011

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So just recently I got an amazing presentation and introduction to Smartboards. I learned so much about smartboards, and found that they can indeed come in handy! Not only will they help in the future for teaching but it also makes things less boring when it comes to learning. I found that Smartboards could come really handy for me to create more understanding and less boring activities as a high school Mathematics teacher. I looked at Outcome P20.8 of the Saskatchewan Curriculum. This outcome deals with Pre-Calculus 20 and understanding quadratic equations. Some websites that I found that would be useful in teaching this with Smartboards include:
Using the Quadratic Equation
Quadratic Formula
Graphing Quadratic Equations
These activities introduce the students to the quadratic formula, how to use the formula and last but not least how to graph the quadratic formula. I think that it is a good idea to teach students using a Smartboard because it involves everyone in the learning area such as how some students are visual learners and others are hands on learners. So the Smartboard technique will involve both of these because not only will it show the students how to do what it is they are learning but they will also get the opportunity to go up and try doing the questions themselves. The Smartboard would come in handy when dealing with graphing quadratic equations because that is best learned visually. This way you can see how they graph and how the equation should look at the end. Smartboards can not only get students to be active during Math Class but any class the Smartboard can be applied to everyones learning.

Tech Task #8 November 9, 2011

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So for Tech Task #8 I chose to add Twitter onto the widgets of my blog because that was the only thing I have from the list that we were given. The only reason I got Twitter was because of ECMP 355, but I would have to say I am getting the hang of Twitter and I am glad I created an account. I’m slowly learning each and every day different things about Twitter and its great and amazing how many things you can do. I am actually starting to use Twitter more than I do Facebook. Its a great inventions I would just have to say and a great way to interact with different people around the world.

Tech Task #7 October 31, 2011

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So for tech task #7 we were told to go to http://www.wonderville.ca and try out one of the educational games and write a review on it. The game I chose to play was Crash Test: Power Shootout. This game basically just determined if you were a good hockey player or not and if you had what it took to becoming a star hockey player. You were given a variety of different sticks and had to see how many goals you could score with each different stick. By using these different sticks you could find out which stick gave off the most power and which stick had the greatest accuracy. From my experience playing this game I found that the cardboard wood at the best accuracy for me, scored the most goals with it and had a power that wasn’t too extremely huge. The cardboard stick was easier to score goals with because the power bar didn’t go that fast and the accuracy bar started slower than the other ones so it was easier to get goals in the beginning until the accuracy bar started going faster. I found that the other sticks power was rather quite slow as well but the accuracy bar was really fast so it was harder to get the correct accuracy in order to score any goals. For me the cardboard stick had an accuracy of 50%, power of 44% and scored 3 goals, the plastic stick had an accuracy of 38%, power of 18% and scored 1 goal. I found the wood stick to be really fast with getting the power and accuracy down. I had a power of 80%, accuracy of −1% and didn’t score any goals with it. The fibreglass stick was slower than the wood stick but still too fast for me. I got an accuracy of −2%, power of 59% and scored no goals with this stick as well. Lastly the carbon stick I had power of 88%, 27% accuracy and no goals with this stick as well. So in all the cardboard stick was the one that best matched me.

Tech Task #6 October 25, 2011

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So last week we had Silvia Tolisano join our online class and she talked to us about some different amazing ways to connect with other students around the world. Some of these different techniques to connect with others around the world I knew myself such as Skype and others I had recently just learned about through this online class such as Twitter, Blogging and Flickr.
I find Skype to be a really useful technique to connect with others around the world in the sense that it is good to be able to see the person that you are actually talking to. Skype works better than e-mail or over the phone because being able to actually see the person makes it easier to understand what it is they are trying to teach you. Not only does Skype help you with being able to see who it is you are actually talking to but it makes meeting different people around the world more easier. By meeting these new people around the world you get to get a different perspective on things and other peoples point of view on things. For example getting the point of view from someone outside of Canada on something about Canada can be interesting to just see what it is they think about the topic/subject and so on.
I found the project Around the World with 80 schools to be really neat because when you are learning about different places in school, getting the perspective from someone that is from that place is a good thing to have. So if you were learning about France in your history class it would be a really neat thing to be able to actually talk to someone from France on what it is you are learning because what you learn about the country or place and getting the perspective from someone who actually lives there can be quite a big difference. This way you can bring in experts and see different perspectives from people around the world. The reason we connect with others around the world is because we can also learn from them.

Tech Task #5 October 16, 2011

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So for Tech Task #5, we were told to create a short one minute video on one of the three topics that we were given. For our group we chose to do life at U of R as a student. In our video we talked about the huge amounts of homework that we have, the insanely long line ups at Tim Hortons at 8:30am, how the teachers are all really nice and helpful to their students, and of course how everyone is always trying to catch a nap in between their class and while doing homework. Through this video we learned that life at the U of R can be fun, you meet lots of new people and have big workloads to try and get done all in a matter of weeks.

Tech Task #4 October 14, 2011

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So for tech task #4 we had to create a story. I chose to create a comic because I enjoy reading comics myself. I used pixton.com to create my comic. I found it really neat as to how in depth you could actually do things, however, it was quite difficult to use as well. I wasn’t sure exactly how to post it on my blog so I just dragged it onto my post page and the URL popped up.
http://www.pixton.com/ca/create/comic/2r3b5xyi

Tech Task #3 September 29, 2011

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Blogs that I am now following include:
http://towerofconfusion.wordpress.com/
http://guidetocantonese.wordpress.com/
These two are going to help me with my learning project, which is trying to learn how to read or write chinese. Which ever one I can do and learn more of I am going to do that one, and if I can somehow manage to pull off learning both of these that would be amazing.
http://www.tsn.ca/- I’m following this because I am really into my sports and whats happening. It gives me the latest updates on everything.
http://fatburningtips4women.com/ – I am following this because I am interested in it and it tells you how to stay in shape, losing weight and such.
http://ideasandthoughts.org/ – and lastly I am following my ECMP 355 professor Dean Shareski.

The 10 new twitters that I currently am following are:
@kelseeylaauren
@villageboy007
@TrentonGervais
@caiaisaginger
@AirHarman
@FCBarcelona
@JenniferRae012
@CharlesC_N
@CBCNews
@ShellTerrell
I followed these people on twitter because they were either my friends, people I know from back home or my favourite soccer team which is Barcelona. I followed ShellTerrell because I thought her presentation was amazing. I also followed the news because the news interests me and I like to know whats going on and happening in the world.

Tech Task #2 September 17, 2011

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