November 22, 2020: Assistive Technology Experiences, Challenges, and Successes

The first time I had ever interacted with assistive technology (AT) that would be considered “high tech” was in my second year of teaching. I had a student who had a record of adaptations (ROA) and his main challenges were around reading and writing. He struggled expressing his ideas on paper and typing was somewhatContinue reading “November 22, 2020: Assistive Technology Experiences, Challenges, and Successes”

November 7, 2020: Quizizz vs Kahoot

I’ve tried Kahoot and Flipgrid as a student and as an educator. These tools are engaging and offer another way to formatively (or in some cases summatively) assess the learning of students. However, these tools are so widely used. Something I appreciated about this week’s presentation by Dalton, Matt, and Trevor is that they allContinue reading “November 7, 2020: Quizizz vs Kahoot”

November 1, 2020: The Social Web Pros and Cons

I remember getting my MSN account and hotmail email in 2004 when I was in grade 5 (side note: I still use this email). My mom was very wary of this “chat room” (as she liked to call it). However, being the youngest of my siblings, she had some knowledge of this new phenomena fromContinue reading “November 1, 2020: The Social Web Pros and Cons”

October 24, 2020: Teaching from Afar in a World that Craves Connection

I was looking for some inspiration to get the ball rolling on this blog post, so I started by looking up some funny quotes about how emergency online/distance learning was going. Here are some of my favourites: Needless to say, I think most people got off to a rocky start. At the time, I hadContinue reading “October 24, 2020: Teaching from Afar in a World that Craves Connection”

October 17, 2020: Multitasking and Productivity… Can They Mix?

Without a word of a lie, I clicked play on the video we were instructed to watch for this blog post, got up from my chair, and started doing the dishes as I listened. I was thirty seconds into the video when I realized, “Oh… This is exactly what this thing is about. Oops.” JamesContinue reading “October 17, 2020: Multitasking and Productivity… Can They Mix?”

October 11, 2020: “Kids learn differently now”… But do they really?

 “…We now know that “Sesame Street” encourages children to love school only if school is like “Sesame Street.” Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.” Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death: A Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business This week’s blogContinue reading “October 11, 2020: “Kids learn differently now”… But do they really?”

October 3, 2020: Why Making Squares Matters

I honestly never really had any experience with coding or understand it in the least until last year. A student in my class would always share stories with me about what he had made through coding and different coding programs he had explored. Most of these conversations went over my head. I found the conceptContinue reading “October 3, 2020: Why Making Squares Matters”

September 27, 2020: Theories of Knowledge/Learning and My Teaching Philosophy

Reflecting upon my undergrad experience in the Faculty of Education, I do not recall spending a significant amount of time engaging with content about learning theories. This never occurred to me until Alec mentioned this during class. Although this information would have been interesting and beneficial to learn during my undergrad, I found these theoriesContinue reading “September 27, 2020: Theories of Knowledge/Learning and My Teaching Philosophy”

September 20, 2020: My Perspective and Understanding of Educational Technology

When asked to explore our own personal ideas about educational technology, initially, my mind came up blank. Not because I do not have any thoughts or ideas, but the uses, history, and advancements of educational technology are so vast. So where do I begin? I started by making a brainstorming web to organize my thoughts:Continue reading “September 20, 2020: My Perspective and Understanding of Educational Technology”

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