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My Contributions:

I have actually managed to write 3 or more blog postings a week! As I was looking back on my blog I surprised myself, I took on three classes in this semester and it was a lot of work. I had to constantly set reminders, set goals and remain on task for each class. It was a crazy semester and it went by so fast.

I can say in all honesty, the assignments and the live sessions have taught me a lot more than I thought I would take away from this class. This class has taught me the importance of integrating technology into education, how I can integrate technology into education, tips and tricks for various apps and resources, it has provided me with numerous teacher and student resources, and it has allowed me to gain some insight on issues and topics by connecting with educators in the field of education! I have learned how I can create a professional and personalized inclusive and highly diverse space for my future employer to explore. I have definitely become more aware of how I am represented online, I have really made an effort to identify myself more positively on the web. I mean not that I had any negative things on the web, I just found ways to put my name out there and become more known on social media as I explored and engaged in using social media on a frequent basis.

For my assignments and during my blogs I have used many resources such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTubeFive Card Flickr, FlickrD6106, WordPress, Google, Google Docs, RAPA, Regina National Aboriginal Day Celebrations Inc., Aboriginal Day Live, my iPhone, my laptop, Prezi, TED, 3M Science of Everyday Life, Government of Saskatchewan , New York Times Newspaper, and Wordle. I have used Twitter to tweet and ask questions of educators and other persons. I have used Facebook to gather information about groups and the community. I have used YouTube to share inspirational videos. I have used Five Card Flickr, Flickr and D6106 to complete an assignment and also to discover how I can utilize this resource with my class. I used WordPress to create my professional blog and to learn about other educators. I used Google and Google Docs for assignments, it was super neat to learn how to share files of resources with other people. I also used Google to search for organizations and celebrations within my local community. My iPhone and laptop were used to share pictures and to communicate with my peers and Dean on my blog and my postings. TED is an amazing resource full of lots of inspirational discussions and it allowed me to gain insight on other peoples’ perspectives and practices. 3MScience of Everyday Life is a resource I stumbled across for teaching science, which is one of the subjects I will be teaching in my internship in September. The Government of Saskatchewan and the New York Times Newspaper had data and articles I used to back up my opinions in a posting. I also used Wordle a few times to create a visualization of what I was learning throughout this course.

Throughout the class, I was fortunate enough to learn about available resources such as: InfuseLearning, TodaysMeet, Skype in the Classroom, Socrative, and Celly.  I am going to try using some of these resources during my internship and when I get my own classroom. I look forward to finding ways to connect with my students and make learning relevant to their lives!

I completed eight tech tasks:

1. All About Me

2. Part One: Create a Google Form Part Two: Explore Google Translate

3. Integrating Technology into the Classroom

4. Teaching in the 21st Century

5. All About Identity and Tweeting George Couros

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6. Part One and Part Two

7.  What I Learned from Liz Kolb

8. Collaboration Benefits Everyone

Contribution to my Peers :

This was one of the parts that was difficult for me to keep up in, but when I did read over my peer’s blogs and make comments I discovered that a lot of us share the same passion for working with children, we have similar opinions and ideas, and we all went on a learning journey together to learn how to use technology in an educational manner.

Many of my peers discussed their experience with technology at the beginning and it was amazing to watch the growth occur throughout the semester. We went from not having blogs, creating blogs, learning how to link resources, learning how to utilize resources to enhance our blogs, learning from other educators and engaging in critical thinking which is reflected in our blog posts. Most of us feel more comfortable with using technology at the end of class compared to when we first started this course.

During this quick semester, I feel like I have gotten to know my peers by their blogs and posts, some people in this class I have never met before this class. It was a great way to make connections and build friendships. I have learned from Jenna that teachers and students can become overwhelmed, but we can build relationships with anyone (staff, students, parents, administrators, community members, etc.) who can be our support network and by working together, anything is possible. On Jayde’s blog I was reminded that technology isn’t available all over the world like we think it is. In some schools in other countries, students don’t have computers. Jayde also mentions risk factors and talks about what can be done from the teacher’s position such as identifying risk factors and working proactively with students in hopes of overcoming challenges they may face. I loved reading Swati’s blog, I found so many interesting posts. Swati constantly mentions student engagement and discusses the importance of engaging students in their learning. I have learned that there are many ways I can engage a learner and I was able to get some ideas from Swati about how I can engage my learners. I am so fortunate to have been a part of ECMP 355 and to meet all you wonderful people. Thank you for helping to make this such an enjoyable, relevant, meaningful class and for sharing your resources and advice! I look forward to working with you in the future I hope we can exchange resources and collaborate with each other!

Here are some of the blogs I have commented on for the duration of this class:

May 7-12:

Jenna Kulyk“Assessment, Evaluation and Standardized Testing”

Swati “Tech Task #2 Google Drive”

Responding to comments on my blog – “New Approaches versus Comfort”

May 13-19:

Jenna Kulyk“What Do Others Think About Teachers?”

Jocelyn Thomas“Howdy Everyone”

Responding to comments on my blog – “New Approaches versus Comfort”

May 20 – 26:

Jayde McFee“Internship”

Responding to comments on my blog – “A Teacher’s Role”

May 27 – June 2:

Jenna Kulyk“4th Year Excitement”

Swati“Digital Storytelling – Student Perspective”

Jayde McFee“For the Bullied and the Beautiful”

Responding to comments on my blog – “Inspirational Video”

June 3-9:

Shane Markham – “Internship”

Swati“Engage Me”

Brittney Evans“Food for Thought”

Nidhi – “Patience in the Classroom”

Becca Froese – “Just a Thought…”

Becca Froese – “Angel Hair”

Nicole Helland“Through the Eyes of a Teacher”

Responding to comments on my blog – “Exploring Wordle”

June 10 – 16:

Brittney Evans “Maybe dats your pwoblem too.. By James W. Hall”

Marley Riddell“Classroom Cooking”

Allison McQueen “Revamped and Revised Treaty Education Lesson Plan”

Bretten Young“Would you put your life in danger to protect your students?”

Crystal Vail“When Students as Questions”

Responding to comments on my blog – “Food and Education”

Responding to comments on my blog – “How Critical is Feedback in Education?”

June 17 – June 23:

Mariette Anderson“Kathy Cassidy Educator Profile (Interview)”

Swati “Reasons to “Why I Love Being a Teacher?”

Haleigh Oberkirsch “Thoughts on Homework”

Maria Sinclair “Get Up & Move!!”

To all of the guest speakers and professionals who shared advice, knowledge, resources, their time, projects they are working on and apps I really appreciate the ideas and suggestions you have provided me with. I especially appreciate you Dean, thank you for being so patient with us and finding inspirational people to talk with us and inform us of all the wonderful things going on in education. Good luck/Bonne chance to everyone in their future endeavours and especially to those entering internship in the fall!

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National Aboriginal Day!

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Today we unite around the world to celebrate National Aboriginal Day! National Aboriginal Day celebrates the contributions of the Aboriginal peoples from the past, present and the future. The Governor General of Canada declared June 21 as National Aboriginal Day on June 13, 1996. There are many events going on around you today to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.

The Regina Aboriginal Professional Association (RAPA) is a local non-profit organization consisting of volunteers from the community and a committee. RAPA organizes presentations, games, activities, and promotes cultural traditions, values and beliefs of the Aboriginal culture. June is designated National Aboriginal History month and RAPA has events going on all over Regina, Saskatchewan. All events are free and open to the public. Go volunteer and join the activities or watch keynote speakers!

Many people are heading to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Wascana Park in Regina. Regina National Aboriginal Day Celebrations Inc. has lots of activities, events, and demonstrations going on in the park today. Check out the schedule to discover all the ways you can become involved and join in on the celebration! I am definitely going to be heading over to Wascana to watch and engage in the pow-wow to celebrate summer solstice!

If you’re not in Regina, you can look at your local cities events schedule or you can watch what is going on across Canada on Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration. I highly encourage you to get out there are celebrate National Aboriginal Day, explore the rich culture and engage in celebrating diversity!

 

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On Wednesday, June 19, 2013 the city of Regina seen some intense weather settle in. The skies were full of ominous clouds, lightning, large amounts of precipitation and of course the loud thunder that just about stops your heart and makes you hide under the covers. Well I happen to LOVE storms so I ventured out in this weather.

I snapped this picture as seen as I seen the sky. This shows a wall cloud formation. How cool is this!? Wall clouds are found at the top of a supercell. The base of a wall cloud is close to the ground that’s why it looks lower than most of the other clouds around it. If there is enough wind, the wall cloud will rotate which can create a tornado! The Fujita Scale is used to categorize tornadoes, it begins with F1 up to an F5. F5 Tornadoes are the most deadly tornadoes and they destroy everything in their paths, the winds get 261-318 miles per hour! Be sure to keep your eyes on the skies, it’s always important to have a safety plan for natural disasters.

Profile of an Educator

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Amanda Dykes is a professional educator in Alabama, U.S.A. Amanda has obtained a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education and Collaborative Teaching and a Masters of Education in Technology Education. At the moment Amanda is working on obtaining an Ed. S. I had to look this up because I wasn’t even sure what that meant, it means an Online Education Specialist! Amanda has experience teaching grade 1, 5, 3 and currently she is teaching grade 6 science.

Amanda has been nominated for by Edublogs Award for the Best New Blog in 2010, Best Teacher Blog in 2011 and Best Teacher Blog in 2012.

One of the things I found important on her blog on her personal page, she includes a special note about her blog postings in that they do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of her school or school district. Amanda makes it clear that her blog posts are her reflections and ideas about education. I think this is an extremely professional decision. We have to remember that as educators, our lives are public too. We are allowed to have feelings, thoughts and engage in reflection about education, practice and ideas. However, it is never okay to use social media in a way that negatively harms or brings harm to our profession, the students we teach, our colleagues, our schools or our school districts.

Amanda uses her blog professionally and personally. In our interview, she stated she didn’t have two blogs and she didn’t feel the need to do so. Amanda uses her blog to examine and discuss issues within the education field, discuss systematic issues, instructional strategies, resources, to share her passion for learning and working with students, to encourage technology use, experiences with collaboration, personal stories, classroom management – overall her journey in life and in teaching.

One of the many things I enjoy most about Amanda’s blog is that she admits to having feelings whether they be good or bad. This shows me that she is humane and genuinely cares about her profession and the impact she has on the children she teaches. Sometimes we get overwhelmed and feel helpless, Amanda’s blog has helped me to see that I am not alone in feeling that way and it’s okay to admit you have those feelings.

Another interesting post that caught me eye is Because Books are Sometimes Judged by Their Covers. Amanda discusses the idea of professionalism and why it is so critical to the profession, students, parents, community and society. I can’t count on my fingers and toes the  number of times that I have been asked, “Why are you becoming a teacher, you know they don’t get paid well for the job they have to do?” or the exact opposite “You are overpaid for what you do, you only have to be in school to teach 10 months out of 12”. Well you can only imagine the answers I had for the first question, some of them included the fact that I love working with you and I have a passion to make a difference, regardless of the amount of money I receive on my pay cheque. A few times I have even told people I have been so fortunate to find my calling, prior to university I spent two years working in an office and I had very little interaction with people let alone youth, I knew it was time to go back to school to pursue a career which enabled me to make a difference every day that I showed up for work. The second question is one I always find myself explaining that while yes we do teach 10 out of 12 months a year, that doesn’t mean in the summer I get to sit in my backyard every day and go on extravagant holidays. Educators work hard – yes, even in summer months. In summer months we are planning new units, trying to find resources to utilize and arranging opportunities to make our classroom as inclusive as possible for all of the future diverse learners we will have the pleasure of knowing over the next year of school. It actually blows my mind when people say teachers have such an easy job. Most jobs you get to go home after an eight or nine hour work day, even if your someone who works 12 hours a day when you leave work, your work gets to stay at work and you get to go home and be free until you have to return the next day. Teachers don’t get to school at 9 a.m. and leave at 3:30 p.m. In fact, most teachers get to school at 7:30 – 8 a.m. and leave any where from 5 – 7 p.m. We also take home assignments to mark and spend time going over our lesson plans for the next day and trying to figure out what is best for all of the learners in our class. We do these things and take our work home because we love the youth we get to work with and learn along side. As teachers we are constantly role models, students and parents hold us accountable. We are professionals and we should act like professionals, this includes how we dress. I believe that it is important to dress to the occasion. I agree with Amanda, teachers shouldn’t show up wearing overly large vendor shirts and sweat pants to school or professional development events. This doesn’t demonstrate professionalism at all! Granted not all teachers should be in 6 inch heels, skirts and dress shirts – you also must consider what grade you are teaching. One of the points Amanda addresses is that when you work with younger students you have to be prepared to be on the floor, sitting in a chair, and moving around with the children. All of that is awfully hard to do in a skirt and 6 inch heels. The point is to dress for the situation in a way that shows respect to your students and the teaching profession. Amanda provides some great tips in her post, I highly recommend you check it out!

What’s the Point? examines purposes for school. This post includes Amanda’s feelings about a local new stations announcement about what they believe the purpose of school should focus on. This is definitely a controversial issue in societies across the world. It definitely got my brain thinking. School prepares people for so many things: life, friendships, collaboration, work, etc. School is also the place where children learn so many skills that they apply to life situations. Children learn social skills, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, literacy skills, mathematical skills, health habits, physical education skills, and practical skills. These skills are learned in virtually every core subject area and teachers require students to use more than one skill at a time in every lesson they plan. Work Based Education programs are becoming very popular and I think they are a great means for alternative expectations in high school. However, I don’t think that Work Based Education programs are the only way to learn either. You must be able to learn the theory and apply it!

Insanity Prevention is another one of my favourite blog postings because it emphasizes the need for team building activities among staff members in schools. It is critical to include team building activities and events for staff to get to know each other and find ways to work together. Amanda also talks about the transition from the end of the work day with children to going home to her children. This is something I had never thought about, probably because I don’t have children of my own at the moment. I know when I do get home after a day of working with children, I venture off to the quietest place in my house I can find and just be alone for a half hour. I have lots of nieces and nephews who I love to the end of the earth and back, okay to infinity and beyond, and I spend lots of time with them; however, when I am ready to go home and be in peace I can, this is all about to change when I have kids and I will have to figure out my own strategies! Adults need adult time. This allows for bonds to be developed and nurtured.

Some of the resources Amanda mentions in her blog postings are: Twitter, Google, Facebook, Edmoto, NASA Social, Common Sense Media, Adobe Education Exchange, and Pinterest. Amanda uses technology resources uses with her students such as NASA Social, Edmoto, netbooks, iPods, tablets, and cell phones. During our interview, Amanda had mentioned Edmoto end encouraged me to check it out. Edmodo is such an awesome resource, it is similar to the set up of Facebook . However, teachers can post assignments, administer quizzes and tests, share/save documents, look at apps and save apps they like, and send out notifications via text message. Students can book mark  things and  an engage in discussion groups and parents can look at what their students are learning and their progress.  Edmoto is an awesome tool for diverse learners in your classroom!

I think Amanda makes a great teacher because she has a passion to work with youth and finds various ways to engage her students, engages often in critical thinking and reflects on her feelings and ideas in a professional manner. Amanda is able to be open minded and look at issues from various perspectives and makes learning relevant to the lives of her students, which are two very important qualities to have when working with youth. Her blog illustrates her dedication to incorporate technology in education to benefit students and become engaged and prepared for their future which will be constantly involve technology in almost every aspect of their lives!

My Interview with Science Teacher Extraordinaire Amanda Dykes!

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One of the assignments I have for this class is to “stalk” and educators blog, look deeply into their posts and resources and conduct and interview with them. I am so happy to have the privilege to get to know Amanda Dykes through her blog and also to have engaged in professional collaboration. Amanda was able to provide me some advice, insight, and resources for teaching. Thank you Amanda for taking the time to be a part of my learning journey!

Me: Do you think it is important to have a professional blog and a personal blog? Why or why not?

Amanda: I don’t have a personal blog. I could but do not have time. My professional blog can become personal often. It’s a reflection on my teaching. That’s over 7 hours of my day which is a huge part of my life. As a teacher, if something is not working it falls on me & I must look at what I am doing and decide best ways to change that. Any time someone looks at themselves it becomes personal. My twitter acct is very much the same. I find it sad when those say you need separate. When it comes down to it these things are called “social” media for a reason. We are social animals. It would be horrible if you went to work every day and never shared anything personal with your colleagues bc you were at work and everything there should be professional. You would miss out on so many relationships and even learning opportunities. Don’t ever let anyone bully you into thinking they have to be separate.  
 
Me: Regarding your post “Going Mobile”, do you belief that homework and assignments should involve students using the internet for any purpose?
 
Amanda: I don’t see any reason why they should not use it. Could you do this assignment without it? There is no difference between properly looking up information on the Internet and going to the library and looking in a book. Actually there is a difference, the Internet is in your pocket & constantly updated. Not only that but it gives you a place to ask questions and get answers from others. If there was no teacher in a room and you were stuck you would ask the smartest person sitting next to you, right? Same thing here except instead of the few people sitting around you there are millions online. (BTW only give unfinished ‘study guides’ the week of tests as homework. I’m not a fan)
 
Me: What types of technology resources do you utilize in your class?
 
Amanda: We have a computer lab across the hall that is open most days, 7 netbooks, 6 digital cameras, 1 doc cam, 1 IWB, 2 desktops, & my laptop I use mostly for my work & to project to IWB. 
 
Me: What types of technology resources do you utilize with the students?
 
Amanda: All listed above as well as iPods, tablets, & phones they are allowed to bring on days we will be using them. We use Edmodo often as a place to give them bookmarks, assignments, and share/save docs. 
 
Me: What are the procedures and rules in place for technology use in your classroom?  
 
Amanda: The students are told from day one they are only allowed to visit sites assigned. Not even check personal email (it’s against district AUP). Also no downloading anything unless a picture or doc for a project. Unless taking a test they use it in groups. It has become a huge help in policing each other. I also monitor constantly. If in lab I literally sit on counter so I can see every monitor. If they are on phones/tablets & class netbooks I walk around room monitoring. 
 
Me: Does technology integration help students to learn in your classroom? Why or why not?
 
Amanda: It doesn’t hurt. I try to make it not such a big deal so it just seems like part of the classwork & not so much a toy to use in class. Tech is part of every day life. It’s my job as a teacher to prepare them for life. Most Americans use tech, mobile tech, & social media as part of their jobs. That number keeps growing. So why would I not teach them how to balance that time as well as use it as a learning tool. 
 
Me: Do you have any advice on how we can prevent cyber bullying at home and at school?
 
Amanda: I try to push that bullying is bullying no matter if happens in locker room or online. We have a lot of talks about respect and empathy. I have a huge diversity in my classroom and while majority my middle to upper middle class suburban students may have been taught how to be respectful of others, many of my lower income inner city or rural kids have not. Kind of hard to be taught respect at home when you don’t have one. That’s my goal to teach them to not only be more empathic toward each other but also not to tolerate bullying from others. I tell them often to take up for others as well as tell some one. 6th grade is a difficult year period. Middle school kids are mean. Especially girls, where most of the issues come from. I have 78% boys so bullying usually ends pretty quickly with them. A shove in the hall solves most boy problems. The positive of a hugely diverse class is they have been friends with people of every background as well as race so they have to look pretty hard to find something to be mean about. I try to make it knowledge they can come to me and tell on others & I have their back. They usually know that and do. They know I don’t stand for being mean & will do whatever I can to stop it. 
 
Me: What inspired you to teach science?
 
Amanda: I have an elementary/special ed certification so I can teach any subject k-6.  I taught math for 3 years, which is one of the 2 subjects that are subjected to standardized testing in 6th grade. I liked math but the stress was getting to me. I taught the lower level students so they already did poor in math and covering all standards & preparing them for test was killing me. My admin saw that and asked if I wanted a break. It was science or social studies and he said with my M.Ed. & Ed.S in tech he figured I had more of a science brain. I do and I love what I teach. I was already a space nerd & I also spent a mini term in Bahamas studying island ecology in college so Space/Earth Science is a good fit. Without stress of testing and being a subject I have a vast about of knowledge of I feel like we get to play and discuss fun information every day. I also get to educate my students on things that effect their lives. Climate change is a big part of out class throughout most units. Also where we live weather is important and that is a unit as well. Our community was ranked 3rd most likely to be hit by a deadly tornado. 3rd in the world. 3 years ago I made them do a blog post of their tornado safe place. Many wrote they did not have one but had talked to their parents and now they did. Less than a month later a tornado hit 1.5 miles from school as well as later that day 244 people died in our state from the largest outbreak of EF5 tornadoes in history, some as close as 10 miles from the school. When they blogged after we returned to school they all wrote they were in the safe place during the night of warnings. That alone is enough to make me never want to teach any other subject. Makes math problems seem unnecessary. 
 
Me: What is it that makes you a great teacher?
 
Amanda: I’m not a great teacher. I’m just a teacher. I care for my students as much as I can (when you have 160, you get some that make that almost impossible, but they will never know I don’t). I know curriculum is not what I teach, I teach kids. But like I said, I’m not great, I could list reasons why, but I still do what I do to the best of my ability. 
 
Me: What is Edmodo?
Amanda: It is a learning management system (think blackboard or moodle) but it set up to look like facebook. I like it because it teaches kids social media, but is a closed environment. They can’t send each other private messages and they don’t need email address to set it up. You really should take a moment and look it up, its a cool site.
 
Me: Standardized testing is becoming more common, do you think this is beneficial to students or detrimental?
 
Amanda: I’m not sure it is either. Does it show us if kids can do what we taught them that year, yes? It is the only way, no. It is just one small piece of the puzzle. I also hate that it lumps all kids together. Kids who can’t speak English or have severe disabilities should not be tested and judged the same as kids who live lives without as many things standing in the way of learning or telling what they know. Like I said, should just be one small component in figuring out what kids know.
 
Me: What’s your favourite unit in Science to teach? 
 
Amanda: That is a hard one. I know my least favorite is the “rocks and minerals” unit. I love all the space and space technology units. Weather & atmosphere units are always interesting for the kids. I like the volcanoes and earthquakes as well. I LOVE the oceans. Not sure my favorite. 

Education Innovation in the Slums

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Charles Leadbeater highlights why technology is so vital to students around the world, especially to children who are from developing countries in Education Innovation in the Slums. Now, when I first heard Charles say, “Education + Technology = Hope” I thought how can technology give children hope? I know that education and support can provide a child with hope. Charles went into detail and explained that in many developing countries, parents with children are illiterate, it isn’t because they chose not to go to school and it isn’t because they had no desire to learn. Often in developing countries, teachers are not widely available, in some countries like Africa there are no state schools only private schools, and if there are school fees the parents have to find a way to pay them. A lot of families in Africa are without one parent and some times even both parents because of the AIDS epidemic. Children in Africa are having to work to support their siblings and find ways to get them into school so they can become educated; children as young as 12 are having to be the parent. So what is the solution? Technology.

In 1994 a gentleman named Rodrigo developed a project led by CEI in Chennai, India. This project allowed corporations to donate computers to be put into community centers which allowed youth to have accessibility to technology which encouraged them to learn. Many of these children who come from poverty are able to learn using the technology. This means children will be able to build a more sustainable future for themselves. Technology is allowing these individuals to have hope, not only for becoming more educated but for being a successful member of their society. Technology is a tool that can encourage learning, engage students, allow students to find out what they are interested in, and participate in global interactions.

Education in developed countries occurs most often in formal settings and it is based on a curriculum. Charles believes this is something that needs to change. The education system isn’t working for children – who are living in poverty and who are not living in poverty. Charles believes that curriculum should be focusing on things that make a difference in a child’s setting – making learning relevant and meaningful. Another thing I agree with is starting the day off in a circle format and allowing children to ask questions. Teachers plan lessons and some times what they plan and what happens are two totally different things! Students may not understand what you are trying to teach them because it is not something that applies to their life – our job is to make learning relevant for them. We need to reinvent the way we are teaching and equip students with practical skills that they can utilize in their every day lives. I’m not saying it’s not important to learn math, literacy, writing skills, science, arts education, social studies, physical education or an additional language -those things are important! I am saying we need to look at what we are teaching and find ways to make those subjects and topics relevant to the lives of the children we teach. According to Charles there are three types of innovation needed in education systems: Reinvention, Ethics to supplement schools, and Transformation. We need to teach children how to collaborate and why it is important, have students practice collaboration on a daily basis, we need to personalize learning, allow learning to start from questions (inquiry based model is an excellent instructional strategy), problems (begin with current issues and topics in the community) and projects. Projects provides youth with opportunities to acquire social skills, problem-solving skills, engage in critical thinking and learning how to work together!

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Learning Journey

Wow! Well the last month and a half has passed by so quickly. I can’t believe I just finished my final reflection for this class. I used Prezi to compose my final reflection, wow it was a process! This was the first time I have ever used Prezi to reflect on my learning – I have known about the resource from previous classes but I have never actually made my own! It took me about three hours to compose my text, understand how to use it and publish it. I also included other types of media in my Prezi such as documents I created, pictures and some screen shots. I am rather proud of my creation. My final reflection examines and discusses the things I have learned about in ECMP 355. Now, I couldn’t go over five minutes so I had to include what I thought were the most important bits that I took away from the class, although there are hundreds!

I encourage you to watch my Prezi and leave some descriptive feedback for me! You can comment on my blog post or on the actual Prezi itself. Enjoy!