EDTC 300

THE FINAL POST

This is my final #EDTC300 post where I tell you all about the networking that I did this semester! As I was thinking about what to include in this I started getting a little emotional, because I have connected with so many others over this semester and have grown my PLN. I am so glad that I took this class because I loved the resources I was able to gather from Katia and others.

To start off my Professional Network Learning post, I want to share my experience with #saskedchat! I have been in four ed chats since joining this class! I would have done more but the chat times usually conflicted with my classes, but now that classes are over I will totally be doing more each week! I love the chats because it really is free PD from your bed! Here are some pictures of my Twitter chat experiences:

In this #ECEchat I gained a lot of resources I can use in my future classroom. I also gained connections with other teachers and gained some followers!

During one #saskedchat the topics got a little mismatched, so the rest of us went down our own paths. Even when this happened, I still managed to connect with other educators and gain some followers which I still can connect with!

Along with Twitter chats, I used Twitter, in general, to connect with others and build my PLN. Here are some screenshots of how I used my Twitter and the conversations I had.

I love sharing resources with others and seeing what other educators think. It was so fun that from sharing one tweet about an awesome free resource, that three other people went and got it! This is why I love technology- it allows us to connect with others near and far. If I didn’t have Twitter I would not have gained all of the resources that I have.

Along with Twitter, I kept up with blogging and updating my portfolio. After much contemplation, I decided to keep my blog and portfolio separate. In the future, I would like to start blogging on a regular basis. The blog would be teacher hacks and activities I am planning in the classroom (#goals). SO this blog will be saved for that, and my Wix site is my professional portfolio. To connect both I have a portfolio tab on my WordPress site that links to my Wix site. This is what both sites look like:

I found blogging to be a great way to connect with other educators, and I sincerely hope they keep blogging. Following along with the learning projects was so interesting. I loved following with Sarah‘s delicious Mennonite cooking and seeing my bestie’s knitting posts. I also thoroughly enjoyed having a mentor. I found that Shantel and Cassidy provided really meaningful comments that helped motivate me.

They also gave the nicest feedback that always left me smiling.

 

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Here are some pictures of the feedback I received from my mentors but also the comments and conversations I had with others on their own blogs:

These are not a complete list of times I connected with others on Twitter and on blogs, but they show the types of conversations that I had with others.

To answer the broad question: How have you contributed to the learning of others?

I helped others by offering resources I found on Twitter that I felt would be beneficial for all teachers to have. When I find a resource recommendation I share what I think is great about it. When I am looking for resources I use Twitter to ask others what they have done or used. I frequently share about books that would be a great addition to the classroom. I also often share classroom management and organization ideas. I have commented on other peoples tweets and replied to blogging posts. I have offered my insight and made connections to what I know.

I enjoyed this class and appreciate the relationships I gained and all of the wonderful resources I got.

Thank you all!

#edtc300 ❤

 

 

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Learning Project

My Journey with Afrikaans

Initially, I chose to learn Afrikaans because my boyfriend speaks it. I have always wanted to learn a language so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity! I ended up loving learning Afrikaans and exploring the different apps I did to facilitate this learning.

Here’s a breakdown of what I learned throughout the semester week by week:

Week 1: Introduction to myself- trying out the SwiftKey keyboard!

Week 2: Afrikaans phrases with Simply Learn Afrikaans app

Week 3: Counting to 10!

Week 4: Food and listening to African artists

Week 5: Sharing emotions using YouTube channel Afrikaans with Lindie

Week 6:  Mini Vlog sharing Afrikaans phrases with friends

Week 7: YouTube deep drive of Afrikaans

Week 8: Rolling/trilling my r’s

Week 9: Afrikaans Survival

Week 10: Melktart

Week 11: AND HERE WE ARE!

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What a journey it has been! I have learned much more than I expected I would. I did not completely learn Afrikaans as that would take YEARS, but I learned as much as I could to fit into my schedule!

I have huge respect for anyone who learns an additional language because this was hard! At the beginning of this experience I had the idea that once I learned a new word or phrase that that was it, I would remember it forever. I was so wrong. I STILL have difficulty remembering Ek is jammer (I am sorry), which I learned even before this project started. Learning a language takes perseverance and complete dedication. You have to not only allow time in your day to work on it, but infusing it every day to allow yourself to use the language. I am lucky to have people in my life who speak Afrikaans because learning a language and not having people to use it with on a regular basis with would be extremely difficult.

From this project, I learned different ways to find and share using online media.  I used Youtube, blogs, Google, Apps. To share what I learned in Afrikaans I used the video editor Adobe Premiere. It seems weird to say, but I found that I also learned about using keywords when searching for what you need on various databases, and this is something I will be able to teach in my future classroom. Apps to learn Afrikaans are scarce on their own, but filtering through all the different language apps to see if they were compatible with Afrikaans was difficult. I became a pro at surfing through the app descriptions to see if Afrikaans was listed as one of their languages. I also became a near expert at using Google to help learn Afrikaans. I would search, “Afrikaans app” or “Learn Afrikaans“, to find the most results that would help me in my research. I was surprised at how much a difference using keywords and using different descriptive words would bring up brand new resources that never showed up when I searched before.

My journey with Afrikaans was difficult, to say the least. At times it was hard to motivate myself. It is a difficult task and it was common to want to feel like giving up. This is when I would go on the random internet searching and find something new that inspired me to keep going (Week 7 for example…lol)

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I have really enjoyed learning Afrikaans, and I do not think I am going to stop! One day I will visit Africa, so I obviously have much more to learn! Since I graduate this year and I do not have any more classes (woop woop!), I will have more free time which will allow me to dive deeper into my Simply Afrikaans app that I love so much!

This class has been a wonderful journey, and I thank everyone for following along and motivating me!

To sign off… I am just going to leave this here:

 

EDTC 300

Summary of Learning

Hi everyone! For the Summary of Learning, I created the video with my BFF  who doubles as my roommate! I had a great time making this video and when writing the script I benefitted from the rich discussions that we had.

If you would like to watch my video that I made with Madi, you can watch it below!

Learning Project

Melktart

Melktart.. English translation.. Milktart.

 

This week I learned how one makes the South African desert, Melktart! – More like I watched my boyfriend make Melktart and I ate it.

Basically, Melktart is sort of like a custard pie- comparable to a flapper pie. My mouth is watering as I am trying to explain this. Cape Town Travel describes it as

This dessert is probably best described as the Afrikaans answer to crème brûlée—but it has no sugary topping and is probably even more delicious. It has a thin pastry crust and a silky, creamy milk-based filling. The top is usually dusted with cinnamon, completing the veritable symphony of sweet and delicate flavour.

Me getting excited after reading about Melktart:

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First, I want to share the history of Melktart, because it is actually very interesting! I read this article and learned that Melktart became a thing after Dutch settlers arrived in Cape in the 1600s. It is estimated this because along with the Dutch, came dairy farmers, and its believed that Melktart was a creation of these plentiful goods.

Interesting how I seem to enjoy history if food is involved… lolz

BUT, if you want to see how to make Melktart, you can watch the video below!

 

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CODESTUFF

This week we were to try coding.

Not sure what coding is? I like to think of it as instructions or tiny puzzle pieces computers read for instructions. BUT you can watch the video below to understand what coding is (because I am sure my definition has many faults):

I am going to be completely honest- I am not great at it! The activity I did on Hour Of Code was meant for students in grade 2. GRADE 2. I would be surprised if students knew how to use degrees, but maybe this would be a good stretch for some!

With that said, I do quite like coding. Despite my expressions in the recorded video. I like it because some learners will absolutely benefit from it. I also like how it has lots of mathematics infused in the game, but still is fun and challenging like a game. Sometimes kids can see through our teacher trickery and know when you are actually trying to make them work- but this might be a fun way to challenge the students.

I know a good source of information would be to share your results of you playing the same game after they tried it- because if your coding skills are like me they may get a kick out of it. You could also use Screencastify like I did and record you using math language and explaining how you were doing it. It can open up showing your students about humility if you don’t achieve it or experience obstacles along the way! This is something I would definitely not have to fake for students. LOL.

Here is the video I recorded of myself trying the game below:

 

 

 

ECCU 400

ReconciliACTION

On Monday we hosted our ReconciliACTION event. I am glad that others had a powerful experience. I felt like I didn’t have exactly the same experience as others did. Our table’s theme was Roads to Connecting Languages. We did not have that many people interested to come and talk to our table, which at first made me feel like it was unsuccessful. Then, Audrey told us that we were doing great because even just by us smiling and saying good morning, would help them associate our appearance with the word, “Reconciliation”. This was very comforting. When we are advocates, sometimes our successes might not be as grand as we wish,. It might be as simple as putting a thought in someone’s head.

I had one impactful conversation with a woman that was very brief but filled me with warmth and hope. I saw the woman walking by and I asked, “Do you want Coffee? Would you like a chance to win some candy?” She asked what we were doing and I explained that our theme for the tables around the university is for strengthening and building relationships with Indigenous and settler-Canadians. She nodded and smiled, and looked at the resources and exclaimed how much she likes 100 Days of Cree by Neal McCloud and that she loves the author. I agreed. She then said, “I appreciate what you are doing here. This is the start. But also, I have one thing to say. Restoration needs to happen before Reconciliation.” I nodded and agreed with her, and thanked her for visiting the table and sharing that. I did not engage with her much, and I think it is because it brought out a newfound insecurity. I think that I struggle with having these conversations with strangers because I do not know their history, do not know of their knowledge they have, do not know their experiences, and do not know how they may respond to something that I say.

Audrey shared that in time this will get better and that this is a start. I have so much respect for people speaking their truth, and being able to have the courage to really engage in these conversations. This event was a stepping stone for me. The more I have these conversations with others, the more I will become comfortable with it.

But for now, I will embrace being uncomfortable.

Learning Project

Afrikaans Survival

This week I thought of how I may survive if I visit Africa not knowing much Afrikaans.

Do I have what it takes?

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So turns out, English is an official language in Africa, so I could probably manage with what I have. But I think it is still important to know some common phrases in the area of where you visit!

I read a blog post, Speak Afrikaans by There She Goes Again and I picked up some basic but essential phrases in Afrikaans. Basically a survival list. I only included a few because if I focus on learning too much Afrikaans at once, my brain does not retain any of it! But here are some of the phrases in the blog post I thought might be most useful/important:

Phrases I know:

Hello- Hallo

Goodbye- Totsiens

Thank you- Dankie

Do you speak English?- Praat jy Engels?

 

Phrases I learned:

Where is the bathroom?- Waar is die badkamer? Okay, super important, need I say more?

Where am I?- Waar is ek?   If you are lost, you better be able to be able to find out where you are! (p.s. one of my worst nightmares is getting lost abroad). 

 

When in doubt… Praat jy Engels is your best bet.

While reading the blog post, the author suggested a traveling blog website that is all in Afrikaans! So of course, I had to check it out! Aaaaand then I got confused. Check this article out if you want to experience the same confusion and curiosity. SPOILER: It has cute/scary seals.

 

 

 

ECCU 400

Field Trip Unsettling

We attended a trip to Fort Qu’Appelle. I appreciated all of the opportunities on the field trip, but there is a piece that stood out to me.

We had a man, Wendell, speak to us on Labret Indian Residential School land, and provided a different look into residential schools. He opened up about his experiences but asked that we not pity him. He shared his stories in a way that was empowering instead of discouraging. Something he said that impacted me was that he pointed out that we cannot be educated unless we know our ancestry. I was offended when he said this, and I think that it struck a chord with me because it is one of my insecurities. I am extremely close with my immediate family, but the further the family tree deepens my ties become strained. This could be of many factors, but I think that maybe it could be in settler fashion.

I also remember feeling, “Okay, so I will research a bunch and build my family tree.” But what will that really do?? I cannot build a relationship with them because they have already passed, and I do not think to memorize their names will reach atonement. I need to come to terms with this.

Since my immediate family is so important to me, I think that for myself it is vital that I keep my relationships with my family strong. To love one another unconditionally. If and when I have future children, I want to offer them the ability to be close with their grandparents and know their family in the way that I don’t.

I am starting to understand that miskasowin is a very deep and personal thing. Sharing these insecurities is not something that I regularly do, but it is necessary.

EDTC 300

Google Classroom is LIFE

I discovered something that needs to be shared with the world. LIFE = COMPLETE

Have you heard of google classroom or ever used it? Before this class, I had heard of it but was very nervous because it seems very intimidating. I set it up during internship, but classic Amy completely forgot about it. I felt that this assignment would be perfect practice for getting to know this app. I was in the latest #saskedchat and a teacher basically convinced me that Google Classroom is the best, so I decided to give it a shot!

If you are not familiar with Google Classroom, it is basically a classroom hub where students can do assignments online! You can assign assignments, questions, videos to watch, articles to read, etc etc!

This is one twitter conversation that I was involved in (sorry for the low-quality image):

So, researching began. And boy, oh boy did I ever do some researching! ME:

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The Teacher Bag gave an awesome first-starter for Google Classroom and jump-started my exploring. I felt that the best way to get to know the app is to just go for it. The first thing I did was do a “mock” questions for students to answer.

An idea I thought of for Google Classroom was morning bell work. I know of a few teachers who do bell work, and maybe this could be a time saver for those teachers! Bell work can allow the students to start thinking about a theme in a class or an idea you want to embrace in the day. An option could be to project the daily prompt on the smart board and they respond that way OR they log in every morning and find it themselves, and respond to the daily prompt online via google docs. I have an example of a mock one I created here. I would totally use this! It would be so quick to add in a slide for each day and display the prompt.

I also know of teachers who do daily announcements or write instructions for the morning on the board, sharing this on google classroom could also be an option.

You can see that obviously, I am getting pretty excited about Google Classroom and what you can do with it. I just love how it is one site that can hold all of your information and resources for class and is secure and safe that only your students have access to it. What is also great is that you can reuse the material each year if you wish because everything is there forever!

What is interesting about google classroom is that you can actually grade the assignments and keep the grades online (but don’t ask me how to do that because I got nervous and overwhelmed. I still like my records on paper, okay?!) Here is a video of how to submit an assignment on google classroom! VERY helpful as I questioned how students submitted their work!

If you want to learn more about Google Classroom you can watch the video below!