Final Summary of Learning!

I must say my time in ECMP 355 has been eye-opening, overwhelming, exciting, and full of learning. At the beginning of this class I did not have much of a digital identity, but now when I google myself I have a positive and more expansive google identity. I have learned about many tools, which are outlined in the final summary of learning video. I must say I was a little overwhelmed at the beginning because all of the technology was new to me, but throughout the semester I became more used to twitter, blogging, and other tools. I have learned the importance of creating a positive PLN and teaching students about positive digital citizenship. Thank you for a wonderful semester!

Enjoy Tessa and I’s version of the bachelorette! We have a little twist at the end!


Pictures from Internship

Here are some of my moments from Internship! I had a wonderful experience and I thought I would share some of my time. I had taken lots of pictures during my internship; however, the pictures with students I will not be sharing on here for confidential reasons.

Here is the first Bulletin Board I made! I was very excited about it, but it took a long time to make

Here is the first Bulletin Board I made! I was very excited about it, but it took a long time to make

Here is the Banner my students made for the Terry Fox Walk. The students raised a lot of money and awareness For Terry Fox

Here is the Banner my students made for the Terry Fox Walk. The students raised a lot of money and awareness For Terry Fox

The students had an arcade night where they created things out of cardboard! Very creative!

The students had an arcade night where they created things out of cardboard! Very creative!

Pumpkin Day was a huge success! Students described their pumpkins, estimated the seeds, and made pumpkin cookies!

Pumpkin Day was a huge success! Students described their pumpkins, estimated the seeds, and made pumpkin cookies!

The elf is hiding around McLurg School

The elf is hiding around McLurg School

Field Trip to Government House

Field Trip to Government House

Students learning about the Rights of a Child

Students learning about the Rights of a Child

I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to have such amazing Coops who let me try new things in their classroom.

A thank you to teachers!

One of my favourite youtube channels is SoulPancake. Soul pancake has many videos on various topics. A couple of my favourites are Kid President and Little Kids Big Questions.

I found this video by Kid President to be very inspiring. Teachers make such a major impact on their students. It is about a teacher who has been teaching for 41 years and is now retiring!

As I am done university in three days and going into the world of teaching I must remember all the teachers who have positively impacted me and helped me choose the path of becoming a teacher.

I also want to share in this post about my Sister-in-law’s uncle who has been an inspiration to many of his students through his project of writing a letter to one’s self. My grade 6 teacher also did this with my class, but unfortunately I have not received my letter back. I am still hoping its on its way!

If you have not already watched West Jets video on him here it is below.

I want to thank all of my teachers for their hard work and inspiration! I hope I can be an inspiration to my students!

Final Summary of my Learning Project

What…my album is done! I successfully finished my learning project. Although I had  a minor panic when I went to order the album and couldn’t find shipping to Canada! No need to worry, I am able to order my album!

Ordering my album

Ordering my album

I thought I would do a final post about what I have learned throughout the semester and my experience with this learning project. At first I was struggling to think of something to do. However, I soon realized that I have been wanting to make a digital photo album for a long time. I had not started the journey because I had no idea where to begin, how to make one, or what program to use. It just seemed so time consuming and so I never got started. In fact, I am not sure when I would have made my first digital photo album without this class. I can honestly say this was my favourite project of my four years of university, as it made me reflect on my journey from when I was young to now. It also made me see the positive impact my mother has had on me and the importance of being a positive role model to others (my students). I was able to take time away from the countless assignments and work on this very meaning project. While it did take me hours to do and often I felt overwhelmed at the amount of work I can see my hard work has paid off! Now that I know how to use Shutterfly and what to do I definitely want to make more albums and hopefully it will be a little easier!

I have learned that I use the internet, specifically google and youtube a lot when I need help. I often googled my questions and an instant answer would pop up! Thinking back to when there wasn’t google I believe this project would take even longer because I would have had to go read a book on shutterfly. Technology has enabled me to quickly find an answer from anywhere and work on my project from anywhere…it is always at the tip of my fingers. Having said that the scanning of photos could only be done at my house.

I also learned that my patience with technology is less. When I was waiting for the photos to load I could not figure out why it was taking so long. When the program would not respond to what I wanted it to do I would get frustrated.

I do not think I am as creative on Shutterfly as I would have been doing a scrapbook. Having it online took me a while to create the pages. I think I like to be able to physically move the pictures around. I remember in highschool if I had to make something I would always choose to do it with paper and supplies from the dollar store rather than using technology.

My ultimate learning was the importance of taking photos and documenting one’s life with technology. When I went through the photos I realized how amazing it was to go through my life. Memories came flooding back and for certain reasons I am so happy that I have photos of my family. These photos are special to me and I never want them to be lost. I also realized I like the photos that are not staged rather I prefer the ones that are taken in the moment!

I believe as a teacher I could use the Shutterfly Ipad app for students to make photo albums. I think a neat project would be to make a digital album rather than family trees. I do not like the family tree project because families are so different these days and it is often very hard to make a family tree.

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The Ipad app also has a really neat tool where you can put audio to the pictures!

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I also looked into other technologies that students could use in the classroom.

Adobe Voice is an education tool that lets you do voice overs to digital photos. It has awesome templates in terms of storytelling and a huge library of copyright friendly music and images. There is a video that explains Adobe voice.

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Book Creator appears to be very child friendly. Students create their own book by adding images, text, and audio. Only problem is it can only be shown on IOS products.

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I think students would have fun with these different programs and they would not have to use personal photos. They could pick from pre set photos to tell a story.

I am happy that I chose this as my learning project. MORE THAN ANYTHING I can not wait to see the expression on my mom’s face when I give her the photo album. I am sure there will be happiness and tears. I hope she cherishes the photo album as much as I do!

Alright folks! The album is Complete!!!

My album is finally complete! Hours of hard work has paid off and I am so happy with the final product. I have just ordered my photo album and it looks like it will take a few days to arrive. Unfortunately, I do not think the album will be ready for Tuesday’s class. However, I have provided a couple screen casts of my final product and explained how/why I used the photos. Enjoy!

Quotes, Quotes, Quotes!

For the final part of my project I wanted to find some nice quotes and sayings to put in my family album. I went to pinterest right away to start pinning. I looked up ‘quotes and sayings about families’ and this is what came up:

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I was actually surprised how little pinterest had for family quotes. I kind of struggled to find quotes that I wanted to use in my photo album, so where else to go but google. Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 6.42.50 PM

Here are some of my favourite quotes from my pinterest account that I used in my album:

Note: these are all screen shots off my computer

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I believe the quotes are exactly what my photo album needed. It adds another dimension and I find that quotes are good at pulling out people’s feelings. At the beginning of my photo album I wrote a personal note to my mom!

Almost Done! But….there are problems

This week I am doing the final touches on my photo album! I watched a youtube tutorial back in the semester and found out that I could arrange my pages at the end. Here is my screencast:

I touched on this during my screen cast but I seemed to run into some difficulties at the end of my photo album. I really wanted to add my brother and I’s grad photos; however Shuterfly was taking forever to load the photos. In fact they never did load.

Picture is still loading after 3 hours

Picture is still loading after 3 hours

So I ended up having to open a new browser and I first uploaded the photos to Shutterfly and then moved them to the album. I tried to search on google if others had had problems with photos not loading, but to my surprise nothing came up. I tried this idea because that is how I uploaded my photos to begin with.

I also mentioned my problem with moving page 1 and page 2. I searched on google and found out that the title and cover page can not be moved. I wish I would have known this before because I would have made sure I made those pages in the order I wanted them. It is now fixed though, after hours of redoing the two pages.

Page 1 and 2 are now in the right order!

Page 1 and 2 are now in the right order!

It is exciting to be almost done the photo album!