Don’t Burn out.

Deanna Gallipeau has one of my favourite blogs to read from my ECMP355 class. She recently posted about a topic that is on a lot of service teachers minds…Burning out!!!

Deanna blogged about a guest speaker Lindsay Stuart and how she explained that you have to ***Start Small, Think Big***

Here is Deannas post:

She explained that if you take on too much, you will stress yourself and eventually burn out. This is one of my worries as a new teacher entering the real world of teaching…burning out. I am worried about trying to implement everything I have learned in these past few months into my classroom and not being able to keep up with it all. This is where Lindsay’s “start small, think big” comes in. She talks about setting goals as a teacher when implementing technology in the classroom. For example, getting a classroom blog up and running for parents to start seeing student learning. Next goal for Lindsay, setting up a Twitter account!

Listening to a professional say it is okay to start small gave me the reassurance I needed. When incorporating new technology into a classroom I want to make sure it is meaningful for students. I do not want it to be a one time gig where we play around on twitter for a day and that’s it. The idea of setting tech goals as a profession is something very beneficial I will do to start “thinking big”.

So I will leave you with this. Do not jam pack your classroom in the first two months with every app, classroom blogs, and technology projects/challenges.

Start small. Make technology an authentic learning tool in the classroom. Teach children how to use it, and how to show case learning. Once they become “experts” bring in new ways to engage students. And remember, think big. As an educator  there are endless possibilities and goals to reach when bringing technology into the classroom, get excited, become passionate and have fun.

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Mystery Skype

I was once again inspired by something I read From another student in my ECMP355 class. I wanted to do something new and exciting with the class I was mentoring with. I was on Taylor’s twitter and saw she posted about Miss Mohr connecting with her mentorship class.

Miss Mohr went to visit her mentor and classroom  in Moose Jaw. They were doing a mystery Skype and she went to see how it worked!

A mystery Skype is when two classrooms Skype with each other and have no idea where they live.  They ask questions to help guide their adventure on figuring out where they live.

This is how it went:

Students had different tasks.

hey had a greeter – the ones who introduced themselves and their class.

They had the questioners- these were the students who asked the questions. Such as “do you live in Canada?” or “Do you live near an ocean”, etc.

All the questions they asked had to be yes or no questions.

Another job they had were the students who crossed things off of the map.  So if the other classroom did not live near an ocean, they would be able to cross off all the states or provinces that were near an ocean.  They also had the fact people. This job for the students was to give the other classroom facts about Moose Jaw once the other class figured out where they were from.  Other jobs included tweeters and a photographer.

ImageI decided I wanted to do a versions of this with my classroom through Skype. I gave the EAL classroom no hints and allowed them to ask as many questions as they wanted! It was a lot of fun, I knew where they were but I pretended like I didn’t know so I could ask them questions and have some more dialogue with them. It was a lot of fun and something I would try in the future.

ipad revolution – An interview with an EAL teacher

I did an Interview with my mentor Brittany Charington from Saskatoon. She is a second year EAL teacher for K-8.

She was part of a pilot project for bringing more  ipads into schools – specifically for EAL students.

I asked her about technology and I will summarize our Skype conversation and information she gave to me.

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At her school she had 5 ipads but her classes are small and consist of 5-8 students at a time. She finds the computers to be slow so she prefers to use the ipads. Students log onto the ipads in the same way they log on to the computers

Brittany finds that she uses the ipads mostly for presentations, kidblog, reading hd, and raz kids.

She loves using imovie. She uses this for learning about pronunciation and to ask and answer questions.

Her favourite apps:

*Creations apps – kidspiration and creating graphic organizers

*tunetastic is a cartoon app where students make stories. This is a huge buy-in for students and they learn about creating stories

*little story maker

*itranslate– is useful in an EAL classroom to help them better understand and communicate

*Math games – math zombies is a game that you get facts before zombies get them

Her research technology team meet about once a month for eight months. The time was used from when there would regularly be a staff meeting. In Saskatoon they do not have very many smart board, there are at least none in the school that Brittany works at.

I ask Brittany if she found that ipads cut down on the use of paper and she sometimes will use paper but thinks it is great that students can email things to their family. Especially to family who might not be in Canada with them.

I also asked Brittany what the biggest struggle about using technology is for her students.  She informed me that she teaches a lot of refugees who have never been exposed to technology. A lot of students are very tech savvy but the refugee students are brand new at the technology world.

Brittany and her technology research group over the eight months created an amazing resource website

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=618008

Here they have reviews and recommendations

 

 

 

 

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Past, Present, and future teachers. This is Brittany and I at her Mother and Fathers retirement from Saskatoon Public Schools last April.

Free online photos

My new favourite place to get free photo’s is

http://photopin.com/

Search any type of image you want. You can check the licensing on the pictures – some pictures you can use freely but with others you need to give credit to the image provider.

I searched “Free” and this is the image I selected

The artist asked me to paste this photo credit at the bottom of my blog.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3063566547/”>h.koppdelaney</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

 

Trip with a Stranger – Random Act of Kindness

My friend Durston made a great blog post about a trip with a stranger. Many people are hesitant to pick up a stranger or even talk to a stranger! Picking up hitch hikers and strangers used to way more common. Same with casual conversations – when you step into an elevator people seem nervous and avoid eye contact in hopes of a peaceful ride – why is that?

Here is Durton’s blog post:

        This weekend I went back to Moose Jaw for a little breather and to see my friends to try and relieve a little bit of stress that I have been feeling lately from school.  Today I woke up and saw my mom and sister for lunch where we talked about school and the future.  The two stresses that have been flooding my mind lately.  I left Moose Jaw and about 5 minutes out I passed by a hitchhiker standing on the side of the road thumb up.  I drove by mindlessly thinking about school and the stresses I have for the next couple weeks.  As I drove by I thought, “I should have picked that guy up.”  So the next pass over I hit I made a U turn and I went back and picked him up.
When I pulled over you could tell on his face he was relieved and grateful that I had pulled over which instantly made me feel good.  He got in the car said thanks and announced his name to me, “Chris”. At first I just said I’m heading to Regina and I hope that is fine and he was appreciative and said yeah man any little way helps.

We begin talking and I find out he decided 4 days ago to go across Canada and try and make it to the east coast.  Friends and Family don’t know what he is doing.  The only one who knows is his girlfriend of 7 years who is supporting him 100% in his journey.  He was in Canmore, Alberta hiking and snowshoeing, but due to avalanches and bears coming out of hibernation he said it just didn’t seem worth it right now and he’ll go back in July.  For now he is just living for the moment as he has nothing but a backpack and an optimistic attitude.  He filled me in that he travelled 250km last night and rewarded himself by sleeping in a motel. 
After I picked him up the stress about school melted away due to his positive attitude towards life.  He asked me about my dreams for travel and when I told them he really encouraged me to go through.  He told me about the 8 people that picked me up before him and that this was his life experience before applying for his dreams to become an RCMP.
  This guy was a positive energy that I think I needed at this stressful point in my life.  He was grateful and his stories just restored my faith that there is goodness in the world still.  I enjoyed this guy’s company and drove him all the way Balgonie.  He is doing a great thing for his life and when I dropped him off at the side of the highway we took a picture exchange information, but I couldn’t help but be jealous of his carefree attitude and the experience he was gonna have over the next month or two.

 

 

Use Padlet and Do Not Fret

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I made this on Padlet.com! It is a brief overview of a trip I took in 2011 showcases what cities I visited.

Padlet is great because it is very versatile. I had my doubts at first but then I started thinking about times in internship that I could have used this. It is great for moving pictures around – for example if you wanted to do a demo with your class about sorting objects into certain categories you could do that without printing images off. Students can also use it to create posters instead of creating something they will throw out after.

Screenshot 2014-04-17 22.24.07 (2) Here you can see in our seminar it is being explained that you could use it in a science class to categorize animals into their different kingdoms. You could organize them in many ways! They could be organized by colour, size, or where they live.

 

 

 

Screenshot 2014-04-18 20.08.58 (2) I also like that you can save your work in a large variety of formats!!

New Resources!!!

As a new teacher I am always wondering about finding new resources!!!!

From an ECMP355 online seminar I have been able to add some to my tool kit!!!

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http://www.wevideo.com/  Here you can create amazing videos with a very easy formatting for you and students. It is similar to iMovie

http://sumo.fm/#home/ http://sumo.fm/#create An insane version of paint is how I like to this of this one, it has elements of photoshop but it is free!

http://piktochart.com/ Lets you create wonderful and beautiful charts easily for free! Helps you to create infographics, share and get results in 3 easy steps, but no design experience required.

http://www.ujam.com/ you can create music for all the things in your life, for free! I find it to be similar to GarageBand

https://www.desmos.com/ Graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more for free!

http://www.incredibox.com/ between creation and entertainment, Incredibox invite
you to become the conductor of a group of human beatbox

https://educlipper.net/ related to pinterest but aimed for teachers and students. Very cool! Worth checking out. Can be great for 3 way conferences.

 

 

Stop! Blog time!

My Mentor(Jabiz Raisdana) for my ECMP355 is located in Singapore and I had a great time reading his students blogs today.Its is nice being able to read and give feedback to them even though we have a 14 hour difference.

During my internship I had students use http://kidblog.org/home/ to blog with.

The class in Singapore uses blogspot.ca

Both are great ways to blog!

It appears the students are doing a blog challenge where each day they blog they have a different topic to write about it, which is a great idea, I often struggle thinking about what to blog about each week but if you give students prompts it make it much easier for them to write.

Code!

I have a few friends who are programming engineers and the thought of coding has always blown me away.

One of my friends Jason Wist recently got to help out at Ladies Learning Code. He had a great time getting others to learn HTML/CSS and got put in a video.

Here is the Video:

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Ladies Learning Code is a series of workshops throughout Canada. This was the first event in Regina and the video is what people thought about it!

If you want to learn more and find workshops in your area at you can take a tour around this website: http://www.ladieslearningcode.com

My friends Jason and Patrick volunteered their time to help out and the space they used was at iQMetrix in Regina. I have a few friends who work and have done work place experience at at iQMetrix and love it.

For more info:
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/edenthecat
tumblr: http://www.edenthecat.tumblr.com
facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/edendoesstuff
facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/edend…
website: http://www.edenrohatensky.com

It is always great to see progression and empowerment in Saskatchewan!