Monthly Archives: April 2012

ECMP 355 Final Project: Learning how to Cook


As some of you may already know, my final project for ECMP 355 was learning how to cook. Since I have been living on my own I’ve noticed how hard it is to “think outside the box” and cook for myself. Toast was becoming a typical week night meal for me and I really needed to get out of that habit. As I mention in the description of my project, I usually just cooked recipes that I grew up with and had a really hard time exploring other options, I also had no experience what so ever with cooking meat or poultry.

So for this project, I started cooking! I cooked a wide variety of things- some turned out really well, others not to well. I learned about and cooked some different types of foods such as; kale, asparagus, avocado, and green beans. I also learned how to make some different recipes with moose meat, and chicken.

The last kind of “finale” for this project was preparing and cooking an Easter – Turkey supper. It was really fun, the bonding time I got to share with family was also great- and now I can officially say that I can cook a turkey.

I feel that this opportunity allowed and encouraged me to spend some time on something I have been wanting to do for a long time now. Sometimes it really sucked when things wouldn’t turn out well, or when things I thought would taste awesome, was disgusting. But overall, I really enjoyed it and I think that was a really practical learning experience. (I know my family and boyfriend loved it).

My descriptions, reflections, and pictures are all on my Learning how to cook: Exploring healthier options along with thinking “outside the box” page. Make sure that you don’t forget to click on each page because there are lots of parent pages:)



ECMP 355 summary of learning assignment


Hi everyone, check out the video I made for my summary of learning assignment. I made the video through Cam Studio- it’s a screen recording soft ware, then I recorded my voice in Camtasia and mapped the audio onto the  video.

Before this class the only technology tools I ever used were Facebook, email, YouTube, and Google, this class has opened my eyes to how many online tools there really is, and how beneficial and valuable they can be when implemented in the classroom. Although, I am still not super confident with using technology, I have defiantly stepped out of my “shell” so to speak. I am a lot more willing to experiment with different online tools and I find them really enjoyable to learn about.

The assignments in this class pushed me to do things that I may have otherwise never have done. For example, if I had the choice between writing a paper or making a video on Imovie, I probably would have picked the paper because that was what I was comfortable doing, however, since we had to make the movie, I had to try it out and I found out that I actually enjoyed it!

Also, as I mention in my summary of learning video, one of the most important things that I took out of this class was not only just how to use technology in the classroom, but more importantly why it should be seen as something essential and valuable. Before the class, I believed that technology was probably important but I didn’t really know why, where as now, I feel that Alec has really convinced me of it’s importance because it is SO relevant to our everyday lives- it only makes sense that we have students using the tools that make our world what it is.

I feel that I was able to contribute to other peoples learning mostly by reading other blogs and commenting when I could. I really appreciated having others comment and respond to questions I had in my blog so I understand how important it is to comment on others. I also feel that I helped others out by sharing resources and idea’s especially related to education. If you read through my posts you can see conversations that I had with other people  and I also have posts that say “responding to”- which are comments that I made on a person’s blog, but also posted it to my own.

Links to where and when I shared resources in my blog include:  Looking for an education resource on the media?,  What are your thoughts on Kony 2012? , Spring is here!, Responding to “Burnout Beware” , The school spot- an educational resource for students, Unschooling- What does this mean?,  and Start Recycling! 

Looking for an educational resource on the media?


Check out the, “Media-Awareness” website, it is a great tool for parents and educators on educating young children and adolescents about the media. This website works for almost any grade and subject area, but I really liked the lessons and games provided for Health. The lessons even aligned with the Saskatchewan Health Curriculum. I haven’t been able to explore this whole website– it’s fairly big, so let me know if you find something interesting!


Tech Task # 10


Schoology Vs Edmodo




  • layout is very easy to navigate
  • provides  detailed features such as attendance, quizzes and assignment sections where each student can submit work


  • if the teacher does not change certain settings it is possible for the students to leave random comments on anything that the teacher posts
  • A bit too similar to Facebook layout
  • The codes that students needed to enter a class were very long and difficult to remember.

  • step by step help is provided when you first become a member
  • teachers can personalize their profiles with avatars and other information
  • very easy to set up a class


  • does not have an attendance feature
  • The quizzes feature does not provide a wide variety of question types

Although the two websites are very similar and seem to offer many of the same options we have decided that if we had to choose we would probably choose Schoology. We were impressed with the quiz section and also the attendance feature. It is very easy to navigate and add different courses that students could be apart of. When we first were able to take a look and explore both of these websites we were very impressed, but we felt like we probably won’t use them when we are teachers. We would like to use them, but in most schools there is already an online program set up that teachers use to record student progress and attendance.  These programs that are currently being used are not as detailed as Schoology, but still allow the students and parents access to their attendance and grades.

If we do use Schoology in our classrooms  we would like to take advantage of the quizzes and assignment section as it would allow our students to have access to the class at anytime and anywhere. If a student was sick in bed they would still be able to submit their assignment through the use of Schoology. Overall we think that these websites are awesome and could be a great tool for teachers. It would be nice if the programs that are being used in the school systems were more like Schoology and Edmodo.

-Madison, Courtney, Janelle