My three week, pre-internship teaching block concluded on Friday, and what a fantastic experience it was – thank you, grade ones!
One of the highlights of the block was Skyping with a few special guests on the last day of teaching; the grade ones were able to talk to three Medical Students from the University of Saskatchewan.
For the last three weeks, we have been learning about healthy bodies including healthy snacks, illness, and infectious diseases. Since the start of the unit, the grade ones have been developing a list of questions they wanted answered.
On Friday morning, each of the grade ones were able to ask their question and their grade seven reading buddy wrote down the answer. All of us were so excited to talk to some experts on healthy bodies!
Thank you Johanna, Blake, and Veronica for providing some excellent information!
Last Thursday, my EPE Prof. showed us a fantastic video, by Chris Jordan, on TED Talks. Chris is a photographer who creates art to address problems in our society; he uses visual symbolism/literacy to build awareness and critical thought about our world. Here is his video, on Ted Talks, where he discusses issues including addictions, body image, and the environment. Chris’s talk was so engaging I watched it twice, and I don’t usually watch anything twice. Anyone can be a photographer, but not often have I seen deeper messages communicated through photography – to view the video just click here.
I was in Saskatoon last weekend for a presentation and was eyeing the power point for design and presentation principles learned from Dean Shareski, and in the powerpoint, I noticed how effective the message is when the “showing not telling” concept is used through visual images/metaphors rather than through just words or too many words. I also noticed how easily it is to zone out when listening to a speaker. I was comparing the style of presenting and learning to what occurs in this class (ECMP 355) and realized how beneficial the tools we use for learning are. On a side note, I have to admit, before using these tools, I was a little skeptical of the value they had for learning but after using them for 7 weeks I am beginning to see the value. So, I wanted to share some of the ways I am learning from some of the tools we are using in this class.
Eluminate- I recently began logging on to eluminate while sitting in the face to face class, and I am finding it to be a great way to connect to the people online by reading and adding comments, or questions to online classmates. After getting use to the chat feature, instead of finding it a distraction, I find it a nice addition to the lectures and class discussions.
Blogs- I am learning so much from other classmates’ and teachers’ blogs. Reading them has inspired many ideas and blog posts and has introduced me to many websites, resources, and ideas about education and technology. I am learning so much more then I would have if this online community didn’t exist.
Videos- Wow, I didn’t realize the power of video to convey a message until viewing the videos created by my classmates for their final project presentations. I think videos are a great way to share ideas about a topic, promote a network, present a social problem, provide information about what was learned, how something was created, or how to use something. I am inspired and would love to practice and use this tool more in the future.
I would love to hear how these or other tools have helped people learn in this class.
I was reading the Search Engine blog on the CBC website and came across an interesting post on web browsers for children with autism. The ZAC Browser is a web browser specifically for children with autism. ZAC Browser was created by the grandparents of Zackary, a 6 year-old child with autism. They created the browser, which is free to download, so their grandson could use the internet without becoming overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated by the number of choices usually found on a regular internet browser as well as from the abundance of websites on the internet. From what I understand, the ZAC browser limits the number of websites the user can access and is also designed for easier navigation. There is a nice video, made by AP, about this story on the ZAC Browser website (same video as the one ebeded here). I also found an autism search engine they created called Zac Search. One neat feature about the search engine is it has tabs for the highest rated as well as the most visited websites about autism.