Word It Out!!

It’s very exciting for me that I am getting more comfortable with integrating technology in all of my schooling.  For a presentation I just did I had the students write words they associated with our topic on an index card.  I used those words and created a word cloud.  Wordle tends to be the most used website for this.  I personally couldn’t get Wordle to generate the words for me.  So I copy and pasted the words onto Word It Out.  It worked perfectly.

I was just super proud of myself to offer to do the word cloud.  There is no way at the beginning of the school year I would have offered to do this part of the presentation (because of the tech aspect), but now I was excited to try something new.  I’ve seen the word clouds, but never created one myself.  Stuff like this really engages the students and this was a great way to show them what THEY created.  Below is our word cloud. The students were given the term intellectual Disabilities.

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I was just excited that it turned out so well and I wanted to share!!

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Simply Amazed, Period!

So I just blogged about some of the ways my daughter has been using technology to learn new skills and work on her amazing creativity.  As I have a boy and a girl, and they are brother and sister, they DO NOT share anything, so I thought I would respect that and give them their own blog posts 🙂

My brilliant son Jasper has been blowing my mind with his smarts for 15 years.  He went into grade nine this year and killed it.  Playing on the Thom football team (never having played football a day in his life) and being asked to play 3 positions, being one of 4 grade nines to make the junior basketball team, and surpassing all of my expectations with his grades (including AP math!!).  Okay now that I got that boasting out of my system, I will blog about the actual topic…

He has been saving money and recently had a birthday and was undecided what he wanted to do with his money.  He came to me a few weeks ago and asked me if he could build his own computer.  I said why not buy one?  But that’s not the same thing at all… Excuse me.

So using the internet to find out what parts he would need to buy, sorry I don’t know the names of them, he took to Amazon to start shopping.  He ordered all of the parts, spending ALL of his money +more 😐  When the parts showed up he used his iPhone to Facetime to meet with my brother on Nova Scotia to help instruct him on how to put it together.  If they ran into questions or problems they referred to old faithful YouTube.

This is what resulted from his hard work and savings…

He now has his own desktop computer that he knows how to put together, fix and (he claims) upgrade when needed.  Sorry I can’t tell you what the wires or parts do, but super proud anyway.  He has it hooked up to a big screen TV in the basement.  Oh and bless him, he didn’t have enough money for Windows, which apparently important in running your new computer.  SO unlike Cera’s project, which I could buy materials for at the dollar store, this one was not as cheap… But that’s what moms are for I guess.

Just amazed at what they can learn online and do with technology.

P.S. GO THOM!!!

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OMG, A New Amazing Mom Hack!!

So I have been introduced to a new way of learning new skills.  Through my personal learning project I have had mostly success in finding answers to questions I have to completing different knitting projects.  There are exponential amounts of knitting tutorials and videos on Youtube.  There are almost as many FREE knitting patterns on Pinterest.  I haven’t yet managed to get to a place where I can follow a pattern.  I am still working on a scarf, that requires not help at the moment.  If you have looked at my learning project blogs, my main source for learning is Skyping with my mom.   However, there have been times when I am ready to do something and she is just not available to Skype at that time.  That is where the Youtube comes in handy.  I was ready to cast off and couldn’t remember how to do it, so I typed Youtube casting off into my google browser and this was the response: about 5,320,000 results (0.62 seconds).  Easy to find at least one that worked for me.

NOW to get to the most exciting part of learning online for me as a parent is that my kids have totally blown me away with some of the things they are learning to do online and it’s NOT COSTING ME ANYTHING (for lessons)!!

If you were following me on twitter you might have seen some of the cool art projects my daughter has been working on.  And if you are not, please do follow me 🙂 I have some of her pictures below…

First here is her melted crayon art that she found on Pinterest:

This kept her busy for such a long time and now it is a beautiful piece of art, proudly displayed on her bedroom wall!!  COST: art supplies from Dollarama!!  I put her in an art camp over the summer and it cost me $350.00 for one week of HALF days!!  Plus I had to drive her to the art studio.  And with online learning she did the project at her own speed and the time was not designated.

Because I’m a boasting momma, below are pictures of other projects she did by learning through Pinterest, or googling “crafts for teen girls”.  She’s not a teen, but pretty mature for her age.   Anyway she is making lipgloss using crayons and coconut oil (we had at home) and bedazzling a plain picture frame.

Next blog post will be my amazing 15 year old son’s mad computer building skills learned through technology!!!

 

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Assistive Technology

For EPSY we are working on a presentation on Intellectual Disabilities (ID). As teachers it is our job to support all of our students in their learning and to have them reach their potential and be successful.  Something as simple as finding the right assistive technology  (AT) for the individual student can aid us in doing this.

The website I used to help me find different AT’s to use as examples in my presentation was awesome.  It broke down the different areas in which students experience ID and from there linked to specific AT’s that could be beneficial.

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If you get a chance to check it out let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

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Time Consuming Scarf Creating!!

Just wanted to throw out a quick check in.  I have not been blogging much about my #ECMP355 learning project.  I am working on creating a scarf and running out of yarn.  There isn’t much to take photos or videos of right now.  I am running out of yarn and may have to be taught how to add another ball to my current project.

Spoiler Alert: That will be my next video chat with mom!!

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We’re Here! Now What?

During ELIB last night we had a guest speaker come tot he class to talk about his book of “hilarious stories of newcomer misadventures”.  Ponziano Aluma is selling his book to raise funds to adopt his orphaned nephews from Uganda to live with him and his wife here in Canada.  If you check out the hyperlink above you will get to see more pictures of his nephews and learn a bit more about the book.

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During his presentation he told us a story of one of his misadventures involving an embarrassing story of a misunderstanding involving slang.  His book is made up of these stories that show how newcomers to the country make mistakes upon the fact of not knowing our rules, culture and slang.  Instead of hiding these mishaps, Ponziano makes light of them in his book.  I think it would make an amazing addition to a classroom library.

In ECMP we looked at the process of of campaigning and social activism.  I threw out an idea of a campaign that could have something to due with raising awareness to students about the idea of inclusion and being kind, specifically in regards to the Syrian refugees that are going to be the newcomers in their classrooms.  This cook is a great way to show students about some of the mistakes that are made, that may be considered strange to them, but will also explain why.  We can use it to give these examples and then show the students ways to include the new kids and help them understand.

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The process of campaigning was definitely more involved than what I had imagined, but I would love to try for a cause like this #bekindandinclusive .  There is a ton of pre-planning that I didn’t realize was involved, but these social justice issues need this kind of attention!!

Please check out the link at the beginning of this blog and connect with Ponziano.  He has been to a school in Regina already to speak and the kids loved him.  It would be a great experience to bring him, as the author, into your classroom or school when introducing the stories.  The book is only $10.00

 

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Honourable Justice Sinclair

Just another amazing use of technology!!  I was sick on Wednesday and was unable to attend my first class of the day at the university.  I wasn’t worried about my ECMP class.  I could take meds, get into bed and still attend class from my laptop.  Then I get an email that asks us to attend a lecture in place of our class at the university.  I was not well enough to do that, but low and behold there is still away for me to watch the lecture live and stay in my P.J’s.

LIVE STREAM… Love it.  Not only was I using the live stream to watch the lecture, but I was using screencastify to record it and prove I was watching 🙂 Below is the honourable Justice Sinclair close to the beginning of his talk.

He has done amazing work for the rights of Aboriginal people in Canada, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The way he started the lecture, by asking for all survivors of the residential schools to stand and he gave recognition to them, was extremely moving.  He also showed a video which I can’t remember the name of now…  If anyone can tell me the name of the musician and the video, I would greatly appreciate it…

He also took questions at the end of the lecture for quite a long time.

 

 

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