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On blogging

Alright dear followers, This is likely my last and final post for this blog. It's been a pleasure to create my own blog. I've actually discovered through it that I actually love writing, and adding images and making something that will look really nice for others to use. Once I get established as a teacher, …

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On All the ‘R’s: QR codes, AR, and VR

This past week we briefly touched on QR codes, AR (or Augmented Reality), and VR (Virtual Reality) and how they can be used in the classroom. QR (or 'Quick Response') codes are little computer-generated black and white patterned boxes that can be placed on worksheets or other materials and can be scanned by specific QR …

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Reflections on Distributed Learning

A couple weeks ago we were talking about distributed learning in class. Distributed learning is defined by innovativelearning.com as "learning activities that allow learners and instructors to participate in learning activities for disparate locations". We began reflecting on our own experiences with distributed learning: What are your experiences with distributed learning? I have actually had …

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Reflection on Video Conference Call with Verena Roberts

Back in the first few days of March, my class had the special opportunity to video conference call Verena Roberts, a teacher and technology education researcher based out of Alberta. The day we video conferenced her, she was giving a lecture to those in the community at a university, and we got to join in …

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Technology Inquiry Project, Post #9: Wrap-up

Hello dear followers,

Just when you thought I had officially finished writing for this technology project on place-based education and technology….

Surprise! I’m stopping in for a brief visit before saying ‘goodbye’ again!
Check out the blog post Shaylin just published, tidying up the loose ends of our project and also including some helpful links to both the Google Slides presentation we will be giving to our peers tomorrow about our project, and also to our Trello board. May you find this helpful one day if you ever need resources for teaching something outdoors and desire to incorporate technology into it.

Here are the links to our Google Slides presentation (we were trying out GAFE) and to our Trello board.

Thanks so much for following our project! It was fun and very informative.

Sincerely,
Bethany

Shaylin Warren

Beth and I will be wrapping up our Tech Inquiry project and sharing what we’ve learned using Google Slides. In turn, familiarizing ourselves with GAFE and providing our peers with a series of easily accessible resources moving forward. You can access the slides here! I realized that we also never shared our trello board on our blog, but you can access it here if you want to dig deeper into our learning process.

It’s been a blast! Enjoy.

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Reflection on a Sketchnoting Workshop

This week my classmates and I had the opportunity to hear Rich McCue, the head of UVic's Digital Scholarship Facility discuss the benefits of sketchnoting. For those who have never heard of the term before, "sketchnoting" is essentially taking notes by incorporating words and pictures together. It is a really great way to boost your …

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Technology Inquiry Project Post 6: Wearable Cameras

This week I read a fantastic article entitled "Sensory Tours as a Method for Engaging Children as Active Researchers: Exploring the Use of Wearable Cameras in Early Childhood Research” by Carie Green. Her research, conducted on thirty-one students between the ages of three- to six years old, was to observe these students exploring in a …

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Reflection on Talk Given by Jesse Miller

In this week's "Technology Innovation in Education" class, my peers and I had the privilege of hearing founder of the "Mediated Reality" organization and "Erase Bullying" movement Jesse Miller speak to us about what we should be aware of in the classroom as future teachers. It was very powerful and thought-provoking. There is definitely much …

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Reflection on Visit to George Jay Elementary School

The title of this blog post may be a bit misleading; a more accurate title would be "Reflection on the Presentation on Inquiry Mindset by Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt". Let me explain: Yesterday my classmates and I had the privilege of visiting George Jay Elementary School after class hours and hearing kindergarten teacher and co-author of the …

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Technology Inquiry Project Post 4: Why Outdoor Education?

Dear followers, So both Shaylin and I have talked at length about different ways teachers have and can continue to take their students outside and the lessons be enhanced by students using networked technologies, but I realize we haven't yet formally presented why outdoor education is beneficial (or even necessary) in a formalized school setting. …

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Technology Inquiry Project Post 3: Tree Mapping

Hello followers, My project partner Shaylin just wrote a great blog post that connects an article about tree mapping to technology education and the current B.C. curriculum. I would highly recommend checking it out, whether you know exactly what tree mapping is, or (like me) this is the first time you have heard of it. Stay …

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Diving into Your Family History: Tips and Tricks

Dear followers and fellow family history researchers, I'm pleased to offer you a second blog post in my series of posts that provide a few tips, tricks, and other information that I hope will be helpful for those who are interested in discovering their family histories. Today I went to the Mennonite Heritage Museum because …

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Technology Inquiry Project Post 2: Gathering Research

Here it is! The long-awaited-for second technology inquiry project post. For this blog post, I chose to look into a master's thesis paper a UVic Masters of Education alumna wrote that Dr Valerie Irvine directed me to entitled "Learning in the Outdoor Classroom: Integrating Nature, Mobile Technology, and Constructivist Learning to Support Young Children". To …

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Technology Inquiry Project Week 2: Update

Hello everyone, Sorry to those who have been waiting for this week's post from Shaylin or I about how the worlds of networked technology and outdoor education can be blended for elementary or middle school students. I had written up an over 900-word blog post for it on Tuesday, which got deleted somehow just before …

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On Privacy, FIPPA and Consent

Throughout the course of the semester, I have been very aware of good teacher practices around privacy to be practicing right now. Although I technically am not yet required to be following good teacher protocol around privacy and consent, I decided to start this semester asking for consent around using anyone's name, personal information, or …

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Reflections #9, 10, & 11: My Professional Growth in Music Education

Hello dear followers, Today I'm going to reflect on how my music education class has shaped me and what resources and strengths and weaknesses I will have as an educator teaching music. Reflection question #9: My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is ... I can use this strength to... I …

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