Benefits of being an EA!!


Being an EA in the schools gives me great opportunities to see exceptional teachers and borrow some of there classroom ideas.

This teacher used electrical tape on the white board to create neat lines for a table.  She also created a cute storage cup by gluing crayons to the outside of it.

I love seeing all of the thought teachers put into making their classrooms an awesome space for their students to be.



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Contributions to the Learning of Others

The following link is where I copy and pasted some screen shots of the blogs I’ve posted on.

I would reply to blogs either when I felt I had something to contribute, or if I thought they were really interesting.  I commented as often as I feel that I could.  I really enjoy blogging and would love to have a blog in my classroom for my parents to follow.  We could show so much on it.  There are so many more options now since learning from the other classes presentations.

Here is one of my responds to Kerrie’s post on our Google plus community.  I felt I could answer her question because it pertained to parents.  I have also posted a video (Brad Paisley) that I thought connected to our class that week on digital identity.

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I have always tried add lots of hyperlinks to my blogs.  I think this is super helpful if you are mentioning things or using words people may not be familiar with.  I would consider this a contribution to their learning.

I have not taken screen shots of tweets but my twitter is connected to my blog now.  Yay me!! So you can see what you have been doing. I kind of love twitter.  Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 7.31.46 PM.png




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Princess Snowflake!!

I was trying to find a picture to reflect my feelings about Carol Todd’s talk in our class last week and the beautiful nickname that she had for her daughter, Amanda Todd.  She told our class the story about the day Amanda was born and the unusual snowy weather that day, which is where Amanda’s nickname came from.  I thought the snowflake/ snowball analogy was very inspiring.  A single snow flake can melt easily and thought it is beautiful and unique it is not nearly as string as a snowball which is made up lots of snowflakes.  I thought this was a great way to show us how we are much stronger when we are surrounded by our loved ones.

The picture below is one I found when searching for princess snowflake images.  I thought this was very powerful. I saw Amanda as the snow princess, very beautiful but not quite happy.  I saw the dragon behind her which I associated with the bullies and her perpetrator. This picture just stood out to me.

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Carol gave another analogy that I really liked.  Being a parent of a son who is currently taking his defensive drivers ed class, the car/ computer analogy really hit home for me.  I have a ten year old daughter that I need to teach about computer safety and I am making sure my son is goiScreen Shot 2016-04-06 at 4.23.35 PM.pngng to be safe in a vehicle, by having enrolled him in drivers ed.  I still talk to my son about computer safety and he is 15 years old.  But she had a point, would a parent give their teenager keys and just say there you go, go for it.  If not then why give them a computer without teaching them how to use it safely, so as not to have them get hurt while online.  She just seems so wise on the topic and the reason she has educated herself is just so sad.

Carol is such an aspiring woman.  Being a teacher, she knows how important teaching technology is to her students.  And despite what a negative impact technology has had on her life, she seems to have a passion for it.  Or maybe a passion for educating parents and teachers on how to educate their students and children to safely utilize technology.  I don’t know if I would have her strength in the same situation.  She is utterly amazing.  I hope she continues to advocate and educate.



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Learning Project Update!!

Please excuse the audio.  This was done during our ECMP class and Carol Todd is talking in while I am knitting.  That will be my next blog…. amazing speaker.

I just wanted to add this video to show the progress I am making with my knitting.  Looking back at my Barbie blankets, the patterns really looked awful.  This is supposed to be a scarf, but I’ve changed my mind. It is quite long now as you can see.  I want to get yarn the same thickness and just keep making pieces like this and then use the darning needle my mom showed me how to use and put all of the pieces together.  This thing is really heavy and I think it would make an even better knitted blanket than a scarf.  So that is my newest idea!!

It will certainly not be finished by the end of this #ECMP355 class but I will keep blogging about my progress.  It takes a long time, my mom zips through patterns like she is moving in fast forward, though I am not there I am quite enjoying how relaxing it becomes once you get into a rhythm.  I am also getting a bit quicker.

I have not really had struggles through this process.  It was frustrating of course, just beginning to learn, but it has been ok.  One thing was that because of the time difference between here and Nova Scotia, my mom wasn’t always available to Skype.  It was also sometimes hard to see the way her hands were moving over the video chat.  This is where all of the YouTube videos came in handy.  There are so many tutorials online as well.  You can basically find a website that offers free knitting patterns like, Love and print off patterns and then go onto YouTube and find a tutorial to answer any of the questions you have.  I have not attempted any crazy patterns yet.  I will work on my blanket and when I finish that, I will blog about trying new patterns.

So far so good I think!!

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ECMP 355 Summary of Learning

For my summary of learning I was going to sing a song I wrote.  I tried a few times and each time I felt I sounded worse than the last.  So, I decided to use my new favourite power point creator Google Slides to create a presentation.  I used the words I wrote to go with the music to Hedley’s song “Anything”.  I wrote them on the top of the slides and then I found, or took pictures to go along with the words.  Next I found a Karaoke version of the song and played it to the corresponding slides.  I used screencastify to record my screen while I clicked through the slides, with the microphone on, using my phone to play the music.

I hope you enjoy some of the things I show that I learned during this class…

If you cannot hear the video please follow the link and watch directly from YouTube.

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Hear is part 2 which is some audio I recorded after I realized that my artifact was not quite as long as it should have been and that audio or video was required.


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MineCraft, I get it!!

My kids have both had their turn with addiction to MineCraft.  I didn’t get watch them play it, I didn’t get it.  Well I was trying this coding stuff that we are required to do in ECMP and the I spent maybe to much time trying very simple things.  My son came upstairs and told me that he could hear MineCraft music.  I was playing MineCraft in this learn to code website!!  I was cool again (for abut 15 minutes).

Below are some of my videos.  I tried creating a Scratch game and a minute or so of me playing MineCraft.  I seriously had no idea that that is what I was doing.

It took a long time to create this and an even longer time playing around before I tried to record my efforts through screencastify.  It was fun and I wanted to make it even better.  I could see how you could use this in a classroom to teach kids about coding and then use it to respond or reflect on readings for ELA or multimedia through arts ed.  You could create something to show the life cycle of plants for science, or a time line for S.S.  I’m very excited about teaching students in this way and about being comfortable with technology to be able to let them learn like this.  I think it will contribute to making lessons more engaging!!





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Sextortion of Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd was a household name after it was too late for anyone to help her.   The Fifth Estate’s documentary “The Sextortion of Amanda Todd” was very informative for me.  I heard her story from online posts and little tidbits from the news stories around the time following her suicide.  Stories like this are hard for me to watch, but I think they are also very important for me to watch.  Amanda started really creating her digital identity when she was 9 years old.

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My daughter is 10.  Watching all of the hardships that Amanda went through before taking her own life is really heart wrenching.  She was just a kid.  Younger than my son.  It is sad that all it took was one wrong decision online for her whole life to be turned upside down and essentially ruined.  And all it takes for girls to make these decisions is for men to lay the flattery on thick.  Friends of Amanda’s say it works because it is “positive attention for people that don’t get that attention offline”.  And they also say that you “can edit yourself online”.  You can virtually be whoever you want to be.  I also made connections between this statement and the description of the Kingston serial stalker.  He was a 21 year old baby faced young man and offline seemed small and harmless (aside from assaulting Alley).  They said he seemed shy and mumbled, but online he was a powerful serial stalker.

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Amanda’s mom went to the police numerous times and felt like they were not taking it seriously, that’s scary.  It is true that if you were to call the police with information on a shady person at a park, there would be public notifications and the police would be taking immediate action.  The fact that they made the comment about her taking steps to protect herself seems wrong.  That’s why we put our trust into them.

This was also the first time I’ve heard the term cappers.  I also found the comment from the police officer in Ontario explaining that there is a new breed of predator out there unnerving. I feel an urgent need now to explain this concept and Amanda Todd’s story to my daughter.  She has been asking forever for her own computer and we are still in negotiations…

This was a sad story and maybe if Amanda Todd had people, or teachers in her life that could explain digital citizenship and the difference between a positive and negative digital identity this tragedy could have been prevented.  I think this is one of the main aspects I will take from this class.  I am learning online and interweaving technology into my presentations and lesson plans and having a great time learning and doing this.  Regardless, this is something I am excited to be taking from this class.  The importance of teaching kids that once they put it online, it’s there forever and how this can affect your life.  Helping them to make the right decisions and prevent scandals like this.

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I know that this is an ECMP class and the reason for watching this video and review it was not to have us think that we should stay away from the internet and not put ourselves out there.  There is a positive and negative way to do that.  Katia explains that if you bombard the internet with positive digital representations of yourself, it will be hard to find the negative, if there is any.

I want to add this story to this blog post because it does show a way the putting yourself out there in a positive light can make a positive impact and help you get to where you want in your life.  My family and I are from a very small town in Nova Scotia.  We have a friend, from the same small town, who is reaching her dreams by having herself all over the internet and media.  Katie Kelly is a hardworking internet sweetheart.  She is creating really hilarious Youtube videos with Kristen and has her own online TV show, Pop Culture.

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Katie works for the Bounce radio station and spends parts of each Wednesday on CTV news teaching viewers DIY  tips.  She has also recently been subbing for the regular hosts when needed.  From our small town this is an amazing accomplishment and I am sure Katie is not finished yet.  If you google her name you will find tons of videos and info.  She is a great example of positive digital citizenship.



So I know that there are benefits to digital citizenship.  I am just not sure I am ready for my daughter to create hers alone.  For now I think I will just have her out there as an add on to mine.  We have talked about her creating her own channel for crafts and stuff, but it still scares me.  I will obviously teach her all I know about going about this the right way and things that she should be very careful of.  Does anyone have an opinion on the age that you think would be appropriate for children to start their personal digital identity?



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