Monthly Archives: February 2016

Casting off…Purl fail :-(

So I forgot how to cast off, or bind off… Thankfully mom won’t available for a Skype call right now.  She might be mad that I forgot her last lesson!!! So I used the following video from YouTube (just to remind me).

This newest knitting technique mom taught me has been much harder.  I have added stitches and then tried to take them away to even it out.  She did tell me I would have to concentrate, but with being so busy and having the supermom ability to multi-task, I was sure it would be fine.

Well Cera’s Barbie has another blanket…


Unfortunately it is not an exemplary purl piece.  I can’t wait to Skype with mom.  I believe we will have laugh over this one.  I think I am going to have to retry this piece.  If you look at the close up below you can see how nicely my pattern starts and then how somehow it changes.  Apparently if you make one wrong stitch it completely changes the pattern.

Oh, well.  I am sure Barbie will stay warm and my daughter thinks it’s beautiful.  But I consider it a purl failure.  Anyway, I am not sure what the next lesson is supposed to be, so it will be a surprise!!


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PenME!! Assisted Technology for LD…

A group project I am currently working in EPSY has us looking at Intellectual disabilities.  I thought this would be an interesting topic to blog about, especially considering my part of the project is to look into assistive technology.  As part of my ECMP class is to blog about things related to classroom technology, this topic is interdisciplinary between these two classes.

Firstly, here is a short video explaining the term intellectual disability.

The following information is copied from the website Reading Rockets.

AT for kids with LD is defined as any device, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or compensate for an individual’s specific learning deficits. Over the past decade, a number of studies have demonstrated the efficacy of AT for individuals with LD. 1 AT doesn’t cure or eliminate learning difficulties, but it can help your child reach her potential because it allows her to capitalize on her strengths and bypass areas of difficulty. For example, a student who struggles with reading but who has good listening skills might benefit from listening to audio books.

This website links loads of different assistive technology resources that can be used in the classroom.  The website breaks them down according to the specific areas that the students would need help in.  There is listening, math, reading, writing, to name a few.  The main idea of using these technologies in the classroom is to help the students by-pass some areas of the lessons that they are having difficulties with.

I would be interested to hear from people as to whether they think that having all of these technologies available is the best idea.  It definitely helps in making the students keep up with the class, but at the same time, they are skipping some of the steps that may be essential in truly learning the lessons being taught.  Some people believe that this differs from the Universally Designed Instruction philosophy and just makes it easier to get the students to get the work done.

Personally I believe that there should be a combination of the two and as long as the students are meeting the required outcomes, how the reach them can be individualized.

Some of the common AT’s would include something like rad reading, or tumble books, where the text is being read to the students and they are required to answer comprehension questions.  This could be used for children with dyslexia, as it highlights the words as the text is being read, and the student follows along.

I will end this post with a video of a math tool, called Math Talk, I found.  The student talks to the computer and the program writes out the math equation step-by-step for the student.  Thus could be used to help with understanding the steps in the question or for people who are unable to write.



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Part One #SuccessfulKnitting :-)

Okay.  I am really going to look into #screencastify for my next knitting lesson with my mom.  I did google how to record Skype conversations, but it involves add ons.  Then I started looking at screencastify a bit closer, I thought you could just record your online screen, but it looks like you can choose an option that records your desktop.  I am thinking that this might be a much better quality video.  I will experiment with that soon. For now, this is the video that you get from someone who is just beginning to explore this type of technology.

My mom is teaching me ow to remove your knitting from the needles, how to sew in the ends of the yarn and how to purl stitch.  If anyone is interested, at the end of this blog I will post a YouTube video of how to purl, it is really hard to see from my phone recording my computer screen 😐

I am thinking I could double up on my learning project and also make it about learning about the ways to connect with technology.  Skype is great, but I’m having a hard time recording it.  We will see how far I come in the next blog.

OH and here is the first finished project.  You’re welcome, friend of Barbie!!



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Binary Tattoo

I found this blog about binary tattoos. The term tattoo, in this sense, basically refers to what we call digital identity, it “is the permanent collection of data about us that is available online.  Each time we post a picture, a blog, a status or a tweet, we are adding to that digital identity.” []

This blog talks about the mission of this group, or company, Binary Tattoos, which is “to   help educate and empower people with the knowledge of how our online identity is first created and then developed so that they can choose how it evolves in the online world.  With an increased awareness in digital safety, we can all enjoy the benefits of online communities without falling prey to the risks.” Here is a video about Binary Tattoo from the founder Cat…

We had an interesting conversation last night about privacy online.   Basically when you read some of the blog posts, it looks like you can try to put privacy settings on your different site, but it looked like the underlining message was if you are not comfortable having it viewed by anyone, than you shouldn’t be adding it online.  Send pics in a private message, but don’t post for any member of the digital world to view.

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This article about how the paper resume is on its way out is different.  It is definitely still a requirement for the few jobs I have applied for lately.  I do however now  regret not adding my professional blog and twitter address to the resume.  When I go to my interview I will mention this because I do think going into a classroom as a teacher today it is important to be able to show the people that are hiring you, and that you are working with, that you are capable and willing to incorporate technology in your lessons.  Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 7.11.54 AM.png

When I was browsing I also found this document, which is a government document for Saskatchewan school divisions and school administrators on digital citizenship.  Basically resources and ways to support student on learning appropriate online behaviour.  For a better understanding of digital citizenship check out this blog.  This should be taught well before allowing students to bring devices to school and definitely before they begin creating their own digital identities.  Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 8.02.21 AM.png

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“The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom”

I found this interesting blog post.  In the class ECMP we are learning about integrating technology in the classroom.  I found this blog post, from #Kathy Cassidy that looks at technology in the classroom and how to ensure that students are not abusing it.  

The benefits of using technology in the classroom are substantial, but I have seen firsthand how it can be abused a bit.  If my son ever reads my blog he might be embarrassed by this…

I went to the school one day, for something or other, and my sons teacher walks up to me and asked if my son had told me about what happened in school that day.  I thought it had to do with basketball being cancelled.  I was so embarrassed to listen to him tell me that while my son was supposed to be watching “The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas” with the class, he was watching “Super Natural” on Netflix on his iPhone!!  The teacher allows phones in the classroom, with the expectation that they will be used for educational purposes.  I explained to my son later that this was a privilege and that he disrespected his teacher by using the phone in class the way he had.  Anyway he had it taken for the day and was not allowed to bring it back for a day or so, after he apologized for being disrespectful.  This showed me one way in which the students could potentially “abuse” this resource.

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Anybody have any ideas of how to prevent this, other than shadowing each child, everyday?


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