ECMP 355- Summary of Learning

With the semester coming to a close Cassidy Oesch and I decided to wrap up our summary of learning by making a mashup of multiple apps and technology explaining what we have learned in ECMP355. Some of those things included how to blog, be a professional tweeter, participate in a learning project, and learn about many different types of educational tech tools that we can use in future classrooms.

Going into this class we had a lot of questions and worries. What in the world would this be like? But as class started and we got used to doing things online or participating in Zoom classes we found this class one of our favorites. It was not as intimidating as it all sounded and as time progressed our blogs seemed to get easier to write and the opinions were much more advanced. We got better at doing the simple things with help from Mr. Alec Couros and began to venture out to do more advanced technology ways on our own!

Participating in the class and following through with blogging weekly about technology in the classroom or a prompt about having a good digital citizenship, made this class very intriguing to both of us and feel that we have learned more than we could have asked. Making our mark on Twitter by retweeting, reading, and tweeting on our own was something that will benefit us greatly in the future. Learning to use things like a screencast, kahoot, google docs, flip grid, Prezi, youtube, etc. will make us more prepared to be a great tech teacher with a ton of savvy apps up our sleeves! Finally, we have been able to ask questions and gain knowledge from both our peers and Mr. Alec Couros!

Please enjoy our mashup of what we learned, we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed ECMP355!


ECMP355~ Summary of Learning 🍎

With the semester coming to a close Nolan Batt and I decided to wrap up our summary of learning by making a mashup of multiple apps and technology explaining what we have learned in ECMP355. Some of those things included how to blog, be a professional tweeter, participate in a learning project, and learn about many different types of educational tech tools that we can use in future classrooms.

Going into this class we had a lot of questions and worries. What in the world would this be like? But as class started and we got used to doing things online or participating in Zoom classes we found this class one of our favorites. It was not as intimidating as it all sounded and as time progressed our blogs seemed to get easier to write and the opinions were much more advanced. We got better at doing the simple things with help from Mr. Alec Couros and began to venture out to do more advanced technology ways on our own!

Participating in the class and following through with blogging weekly about technology in the classroom or a prompt about having a good digital citizenship, made this class very intriguing to both of us and feel that we have learned more than we could have asked. Making our mark on Twitter by retweeting, reading, and tweeting on our own was something that will benefit us greatly in the future. Learning to use things like a screencast, kahoot, google docs, flip grid, Prezi, youtube, etc. will make us more prepared to be a great tech teacher with a ton of savvy apps up our sleeves! Finally, we have been able to ask questions and gain knowledge from both our peers and Mr. Alec Couros!

Please enjoy our mashup of what we learned, we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed ECMP355!

For the very last time,

Cassidy


Contributing to the learning of others (an ongoing journey)

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Before starting my education degree I had no clue to how to keep log of all the contribution to others learning. I tutor at student success centre at University of Regina, and in every tutoring session i help my students go through different levels of learning but i never thought of keeping log of those thing. this is me helping other in Workshops and Learning Skills

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But when i started my ECMP 355 this semester everything changed. I felt that it is important to keep track of these learning contribution because this way i can help my students in a more organized way by referring them to my previous learning contributions to others.

My online contribution to the learning of the others was zero before this class but when i started blogging in this class i felt like this is most coolest way we can help each other. And also i thought twitter was just for richest but what a tool it is. Below you will find how I contributed to the learning of other during this semester:

Blogging and Commenting on others blog

My blogs were informative and posed questions on why certain aspects of education is important and they also included to resources if further information is requires on my peers part.

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I also commented on other blog to encourage meaningful feedback and further interactions on different thoughts

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Tweeting

One  of my blog post was tweeted by one of classmate an excellent example of co contribution to the learning of others

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Contributing to the learning of others in math I posed a question on historical math event

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And look at the response i got with the help from my teacher Dr. Alec that i think was surely helpful for my classmates

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Also, i presented my thoughts through discussion on on different hashtags like saskedchat, edchat scichat, so that other can learn a little bit about different aspects of the discussed topic.

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And for our ed tech tool presentation we picked Khan academy and helped others in learning that khan academy is not just watching for watching videos. it is a whole organization and teachers can benefit a lot from this tool here is me contributing to other future.

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Google Plus Community

I joined the google plus community for ECMP 355 class so that i can discuss and help others in figuring about course progression. here is me initiating a conversation on what would be a good topic for our tech tool presentation and encouraging other classmates to join our group.

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Learning Project

I think my learning project was very explanatory. Anyone can look at my learning project blog post and understand how to create their own website (not a page, an actual website). I am contributing to the learning of others by giving them a composed outlook of Drupal. They just have to follow step by step integration of my learning project. I also included useful resources so that my peers can follow through these resources.

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I feel that this post truly reflects some of the ways I’ve contributed to the learning of others online this semester. But If you’d like to see more about my contribution, you can have a look on my blog.

I feel that there is still lot to be done and i  look forward to continuing to build myself through making connections with other educators.

 

 

 

 

 


Creating menus for my website

If you are still wondering why my website doesn’t work on your computer this is because you need to install WAMP. the reason is my website will work only on “localhost” for now. And in order to go to “http” i have to pay money. so just go with it now.

OK, so as in my earlier post about my learning project you saw i am just on the main page of my website. so the next task for me to create menus for my clients, so when they log in to my website they can do what ever they want. if you want to know how to do that. follow my screen shots below

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I did a little bit of research on how do to this. if you want to learn more please visit w3schools. This resource helped me a lot during my whole learning project.


Dwayne Johnson – What a Wonderful World ukulele

I was just looking through some ukulele videos on Youtube.. and I found this

so I jumped out of my bed and start practicing it.

We will keep using http://ukulele-chords.com/ and https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/.

[Verse 1]
      C        Em         F      Em
I see trees of green, red roses, too,
 Dm7       C          E7     Am
I see them bloom, for me and you
      Ab              Dm7/G
And I think to myself
         G7       C  C+   F
What a wonderful world.

[Verse 2]
      C        Em        F         Em
I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,
     Dm7           C        E7          Am
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
      Ab               Dm7/G
And I think to myself
        G7       C       F    C
What a wonderful world.

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The Beatles – I Will ukulele

Today, we will play I Will by The Beatles.

What the Beatles? How old are you??
I understand you, but I’ve been listening to the Beatles since I was like 10. One day my dad bought me a electronic dictonary. I realized my dad downloaded some English old pop songs for me, then I heard them for the first time, and I really liked it.

Today we will use ukulele-chords.com.
I like this cite because it has pictures of every chords, and even alternative forms too.

And everytime when I want to play songs, I use the website called ultimate-guitar.com.
It has millions and millions of songs in different versions. Pretty much it has every single songs you want to play.
C Am Dm G7
Who knows how long I’ve loved you?
C Am Em
You know I love you still
C7 F G Am C7
Will I wait a lonely lifetime?
C7 F G C Am Dm G7
If you want me to, I will

C Am Dm G7
If I ever saw you
C Am Em
I didn’t catch your name
C7 F G Am C7
But it never really matters
C7 F G C C7
I will always feel the same

[Chorus]

F G Am C7
I love you forever and forever
F G C C7
Love you with all my heart
F G Am
Love you whenever we’re together
D7 G
Love you when we’re apart

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Coding for Kids

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If you are interested in why coding is important for kids have a look here

Now a days, coding and kids has become a topic of great importance and increasing international awareness. Through use of coding in schools we are moving from the thoughts of coding is for geeks to coding is for world. And when i saw, a video from code.org that basically encouraging all students to get into the coding world. For those of us who still believe that coding is very hard, go to code.org and explore your coding level. you will be amazed by how much you can do and teach.

Recently, lot of talking is going on that understanding and  knowing how to code and program is necessary and essential part of schooling, especially for K-12. And i think it is great thing because this way kids are learning a skill that will enable children to succeed in today global world.

 


Twitter and Education

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After taking ECMP 355 i don’t think twitter just a waste of time. Now I think its a great organizational structure that makes it an effective tool for connecting with students and others online.

A very good read on this topic, education and twitter 

If you are a middle or high school social studies teacher, and you wanted to provide your students with a close-up view of the events unfolding in any part of the world, instead of going to TV channel, you can follow the hashtag # (    ) on Twitter and can find out whats going on. this ways students finds their involvement in social media and at they are also learning something important.

Like i was of the view that Twitter doesn’t appear to hold much value. Who cares about some celebrity dyeing his or her hairs ! but if can teach students the true organizational structure of information within this tool like finding ways how to look for tweets that attract them through tweets and organization of hashtags this way teacher can show students the real meaning to Twitter and this way students will think of this as an actual education tool.


Connecting the dots of my learning project

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When my prof Dr. Alec for ECMP 355 mentioned about the learning project as one of the major part of course. I got scared and panicked. because i had no clue what i am going to pick. But my wife encouraged me pick something that i can use later also. So, I decided to make website. I had little bit knowledge of database and programming and i thought i will be using these to make my website. Now when i googled on how to make a website, there were lot of resource on this topic but all of them were pointing in one direction. That there is already a website and you login into that and then you can create your page like wordpress. But I wanted to learn how to make that website and there was no easy answer to that. So, i asked my Osman Omer, he is a software engineer and he told me that in order to that i need to learn about Drupal, and specifically MySQL and thing like but before that he told me learn more about database and create an outlook for what  i wanted in my website. so here is what i started

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This i created with the help w3schools

But this was just the beginning and showing my words drawing skills, but i needed more. so i went back to my best learning friend YouTube, So that i can figure out what more is required. I learned that after the outlook what a web designer need to do is figure out on what kind of server the website should be created so here is what i did next

Now, i learned that every server requires an architectural input in form of a database, this information i got from a great read have a look 

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Now, everything was ready for the server, but the real problem i was having was that when i downloaded the drupal and input all this information nothing was happening, i had no clue what to do next and for help i watched this video

but i was still at square one. i figured that not all information on YouTube is helpful. i have to go to basics again and i started to looking for how to download drupal and after searching for videos and videos i found the one which took me to the next level. So following step by step process i was here

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you can see it was not easy to get this page on computer. Full task was not done yet i had no idea how to operate this site. I figure out i am the admin i can create what ever i want for my clients so the first thing i did is find a way to create “careers” tab for my users. In end here is what i have i plan to make it full fledged website.

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I have finally been able to put all dot together and I am confident that if anyone look through this post will get to know how they can create their own website. Have look on mine website (remember you need to download WAMP first)

 


Languages are Portals to the World: Final Learning Project Post

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When I was in between grade 11 and grade 12, I went on a summer exchange to France. Essentially, I went to immerse myself in the French language. What I actually gained from that trip was so much more than the language itself. Not only did I learn French, but I also developed a cultural awareness that has shaped my mindset.

I learned to see the world from a totally different lens and consider that others may actually think differently than me!

Oh yes, I also gained a best friend! Her name is Mathilde, and since becoming friends, we’ve cheered each other on as we’ve become adults, professionals, wives, and mothers! (We still FaceTime regularly and travel “across the pond” when we can…we still laugh about how they took me to the Eiffel Tower and we took her to the garbage dump to watch the bears come and eat trash.)

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Mathilde and I in a Parisien restaurant, May 2011

This is why I love language learning. It opens up a whole new world of relationships,  understandings, and adventures. That’s part of the reason why I chose to become a French teacher – I want to help students develop a cultural awareness and deepen their understanding and respect of others’ viewpoints. This is of utmost importance in our multicultural nation.

 

That being said, to summarize my Hebrew learning project, I feel that I learned more than just a vocabulary list. At the outset, I kind of thought that’s what I might end up doing: drilling vocabulary flashcards for 50 hours. Very quickly though, this project shaped up to be a wholistic cultural lesson. As I learned the language, I learned about the people, the traditions, the culture that is totally different than my own.

I learned that you have to let the language sink in and become a part of you, in a way.

Once I gave up on memorizing and gave way to exploring, this project became a lot more fun. I learned aspects of the Hebrew language that were important to my everyday life. I also learned about how I learn!

I also learned that you can learn almost anything with technology and access to the Internet! Living in a small town in Manitoba, there are no Hebrew speakers here that I know of. It was really great to be able to access Hebrew speakers online and learn from them!

To access my series of blog posts in chronological order, follow this link:

Another thing I learned was to not limit yourself to one educational tool. I was tempted to stick only to my Hebrew for Dummies book, but am I ever glad I didn’t. That would have been SO BORING. To name a few, here are some tools I used to learn Hebrew:

  • podcasts (ex. Hebrew Podcast)
  • connecting with people on Twitter
  • local resources (friends!)
  • books (ex. Hebrew for Dummies, the Bible, The Sabbath Table, HaYesod)
  • YouTube videos (ex. videos in Hebrew with English subtitles, language learning tutorials)
  • apps (ex. Ma Kore Learn Hebrew)
  • blogs (ex. learnhebreweasily.blogspot.com, hebrew4christians.com)
  • making my own videos – hearing myself speak helping me adjust my accent

Overall, I’m left with a well-rounded foundation in the Hebrew language. I can say a number of phrases and words. I can sound out most Hebrew text. I can listen for key words from a native speaker. But really, overall, I am left with a desire to keep learning and exploring this beautiful language, this beautiful culture!