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ECMP 355 Final Project: Learning how to Cook

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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:)

 

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ECMP 355 summary of learning assignment

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpC0XrmM91c&feature=youtu.be

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?

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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

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Schoology Vs Edmodo

SCHOOLOGY

EDMODO

Benefits

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

Negatives

  • 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.
Benefits

  • 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

Negatives

  • 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

Spring is here!

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Isn’t it funny how big of a role the weather can play on a person’s attitude and outlook on life? All this nice weather has me feeling optimistic and excited for the summer. 

I just moved into a new house this winter and I cannot wait to work in the yard this summer! There is a huge garden in the back, and I am planning to plant a few vegetables in it. I am also planning on filling the front and back yard with tons of flowers and plants. (I love flowers and plants!) Actually one of my dreams has always been to own my own green house. 

Since it’s my first time planting my very own garden I have been trying to read about different tips for a successful garden (what vegetables to plant, what they need) I also want to try planting a few different herbs. These are two helpful websites that I found: The California Garden Web and Gardening 101

I am also wanting to plant a tree in the front yard, does anyone have any good ideas for a tree that isn’t a lot of maintenance? And not a spruce tree!

Please feel free to share any tips you have on gardening- vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers! I look forward to hearing from you all!

Online classes

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This week we were asked to look at a few different opportunities for online classes and learning online. I am taking an online class this spring/summer and I am actually a bit nervous for it- I like to talk to people in person and ask lots of questions and I am not sure if I have enough self- discipline to make sure I am getting my work done. So far, I can tell there are good and bad things about online classes, here are some of my ideas:
Negative things:
– lack of personal/ physical communication
– may be hard to do group work
– takes a lot of self- discipline to make sure reading is done
– The class I am taking has weekly quizzes that are taken on the phone- I am not to sure what this will be like.

Positive things:
– Work on your own time
– Can work from home. (this is especially a bonus for me- I am taking this online course so I don’t have to drive in to Regina from Moose Jaw every Tuesday and Thursday.
-It’s good to have some experience with online learning
– I also think it will help me become more sympathetic/ understanding if I am ever teaching online.

Health in grade 9?

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So, I was a little surprised to hear that the high school I am pre- interning at barely covers the grade 9 Health curriculum. I obviously feel very strongly about this because I am a Health major, and Health is one of my biggest passions. I don’t understand how there is a curriculum for Health, yet, it isn’t being taught? I think that some Health is covered, but not nearly enough (in my opinion). The curriculum states that there needs to be 80 weeks of Health Ed every week (for one semester), I didn’t think this was nearly enough, but now it seems like a lot better then nothing at all.

I think Health is an extremely important subject. Health is something that affects a person for their entire life, and it affects society as a whole. (think health care). I especially think that grade 9 students need to be taught health because they are entering a stage where the decisions they make can last with them forever.

What is your opinion on Health Education? Do you think it should be a mandatory class for students all the way up to grade 12? why or why not?