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Final Learning Project post

I have had SO much fun with my learning project over the course of this semester. Usually, when a semester ends I am excited for school to be done and don’t do anything ” school related” until the next semester starts. This isn’t going to be the case with my learning project. I had a lot of fun learning how to cook and sharing my accomplishments on my blog so it will definitely be something I keep up with in the future!

My Inspiration..

When I started this project, I couldn’t think of what to choose. I spent a lot of a days thinking of what to choose and finally came up with cooking. I am known for being a not-so-good chef and have a history of being weak in the kitchen. I wanted to turn this reputation around!

My first posts were really simple! I focused on the food ( and even that was really simple). I was cooking things that a lot of people would classify ” easy” but to me they were things I genuinely didn’t know how to cook such as eggs, pancakes etc. My blog posts were pretty straight forward… Just information about how I made recipes and what I learned with pictures here and there.

everyone should know how to cook eggs right?!

As I got more comfortable using wordpress and the appliances in my kitchen, I started to branch out with how showcased my learning and the recipes that I tried. Some of my more complex recipes include vegan alternatives and baking! As I grew, I started adding youtube videos and giphys into my posts. I even created a vlog.

adding youtube videos
adding giph’s and links

Feedly 

I used the blogs I follow along with through feedly a lot during my learning project. Although my food didn’t always turn out just like the food-bloggers I follow, I still liked learning from them and trying new things!

bloggers I follow on Feedly

Vlogging: 

Vlogging was a lot of fun because it was something I have never done before. I learned how to use iMovie while doing my blog. It took a lot of time to make my videos but it was a lot of fun doing it! This was a totally new learning experience for me. Since my first Vlog, I have made 4 other videos for different classes I’m in to showcase my learning. I have also taught a couple of friends how to use iMovie! here is the link to my very first VLOG:

 

Personal Favorites: 

Some of the favourite things I accomplished during my learning project was my beat salad and chocolate chip pancakes. YUM. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about them.

 

What I learned: 

  1. Be patient: Not every recipe is going to go as planned or turn out looking like the photo from the website!
  2. Things will go wrong: For example, when I cooked my egg cups, they grew so much in the oven that some overflowed and it became a huge mess!
  3. Try new things!  I feel like throughout the course of this semester I really pushed myself with how I used my blog and the recipes I tried. This really helped me grow as a digital citizen and a chef!
  4. There is always help! This project reinforced for me how powerful the internet is. Whenever I hit a roadblock in the kitchen, an answer/solution to work through was always a click away! I spent a lot of time watching cooking tutorials.
  5. Dishwater will always gross me out! No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get over doing the dishes. The dirty water grossed me out every.single.time.
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Final Networked Learning post

Where does time go!? It feels like this semester has FLOWN by. I remember when this semester started, I feel really overwhelmed and nervous for what this class will entail. Now that it is done, I feel like I have learned a lot this semester through online tools but also from my classmates in #EDTC300.

I have found that blogging is SUCH an amazing way to get new ideas and insights. Through this semester, I have loved having classmates and other blog followers show interest in my blog. Blogging became really fun when I noticed that other people were also following along and keeping up with what I was doing. One thing I could have been better at was creating posts in response to my peers instead of just comments. Some of my peers ping backed my posts but I didn’t do the same for them.. one thing I can keep working on in the future! Here are some examples of ways my classmates interacted with me through my own blog :

this comment inspired me to try new things every week on my blog!

My mom follows my blog!
Loved hearing my peers’ opinions on my blog
Who doesn’t love Maroon 5 am I right?

 

During this course, I also found myself adding to the learning of my peers by following their blogs! Reading blogs was something I found interesting.. I got to learn new things from my classmates and follow their learning project journeys. Some of my favourite posts came from those learning about ASL! I liked when they would post videos, I would sometimes try to follow along with them.  Reflecting on this, I spent a lot of time reading my peers’ blogs but definitely could have left more comments. Here are some of the comments I left for my friends on their blogs:

 

TWITTER

I started my professional twitter at the beginning of this semester. Now that I understand how to work it and how powerful of a tool it is when connecting with other educators, I will definitely continue using it in my career!

 

Here is a screencast I made walking you through my experiences on twitter!

 

  1. Google community 

The Google community was a really nifty tool in this class. I didn’t check it often but when I did I found it extremely helpful. At the beginning of the semester, I used it to introduce myself to peers in the class! It was good to go on there and review things like ” how to set up your screencasts” or go over little things we had learned in class where maybe I forgot certain details. Here are some of the things I contributed and appreciated to the community.

This post in the community really helped me when i couldn’t figure out adding giphs into blog posts.
getting to know you.

Summary of Learning

I have learned so much during this course. Highlights of my learning process are put together in this youtube  video that I created with iMovie!

I had a lot of fun making this video but I also ran into some roadblocks. When I put it all together, I realized the footage is presented really small. I learned after my entire video was processed that I should have had the recorder hold the camera horizontally during filming to make it bigger! Now I know.

Throughout this semester, I learned how to use many great apps. Some of the things I showcased in my video was the use of Twitter, Screencastify, and Coding sites. I could not figure out how to get screencasts into my videos which was unfortunate. It wasn’t until after my video was finished and I was talking to a classmate, that I learned one way I could have included the screencasts onto iMovie. Again, this is something I know for next time!

Like I said, I had a lot of fun making this video!  The part that took the longest was piecing it all together. The filming itself only took about an hour but the time putting the video together and editing it took many many hours!

Is detoxing worth it?!

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m really trying hard to stick to this healthy eating kick. This post is focusing on health cleanses and detoxes that supposedly are good for the body! There are so many out there and I found it to be very overwhelming until one day a simple solution came to me from the one and only dr. Oz.

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Ever since the Dr. Oz show started airing, I have always been intrigued by it! I think the information that he shares on his show is useful, interesting and practical.

On the episode I watched, Dr. Oz was sharing information on a 3 day detox plan. The main focus in this detox is to fuel the body with healthy ingredients and to flush out any unwanted gunk in our bodies. The mission of it is supposed to make your body feel fresh. It seemed really simple watching him explain it.

How it works. 

  • There are three smoothie drinks ( breakfast lunch and supper drinks)
  • Each day, take one multivitamin, and one probiotic supplement.
  • One snack is allowed per day ( repeat favourite drink)

On the website, Dr. Oz includes a shopping checklist of all the things needed for this cleanse. I thought this was super helpful and made the shopping process less intimidating. The only things I had never bought before were almond milk and coconut oil ( I bought both these things at costco).

I am on day two of this detox and I’m finding it really hard. I find myself being really hungry by the time suppertime comes around and I always want to eat more than just a smoothie. One more day, I can do this!

My drink of choice:

From this detox, I have decided to feature my favourite drink. The “lunch drink” is packed with nurtrients. In one drink you will find

  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

OKAY.. When I first tried this I said “ew!!”. The colour thew me off and I found it very vegetable tasting, something I don’t really love. Today, I added a few more pineapples and it made it a lot better!

my green lunch drink!

Got my code on!

Today I started exploring the coding universe! I starting on Hour of Code and played the Moana coding activity. I chose this because I love Moana but also because I wanted to keep practicing with screencasting! This isn’t the BEST screencast in the world because the Moana music is playing in the background, but I’m still learning!

At first I thought it was pretty simple but the higher up I got, it was a lot more complicated! This is just a very introductory stage in my coding experience! One mistake that I made while coding Moana was switching around the directions! I kept putting “turn right” but I should have been doing the opposite.

Once I made my screencast, I turned it into a youtube video so that I could load it onto my blog! Here it is… I will be doing more coding screencasts in the very near future.

App Review: Screencastify

For my app review, I decided to review the app Screencastify. This is an app I’ve been wanting to review so I was really excited to try.

FIRST, I had to download a chrome browser onto my computer. This was really easy and only took about 10 minutes.

Then, I downloaded the chrome screencastify extension onto my toolbar. It looks like a little rectangle. Once screencastify was installed on my computer, it walked me through most of the set up stuff. I had to click yes/no if I wanted it to access my webcam and microphone. It was really simple to install!

I decided to do a screencast of my professional portfolio! As I walked through it, I became more and more comfortable with using Screencasts. I started using the highlight feature to show exactly what I was talking about instead of just using the mouse icon to show!

I kind of noticed a little bit of lag as I scrolled and changed pages throughout my screencast. I’m wondering if this is just the app or my actual wifi, but I found it to be a little bit of a weakness.

I could totally see myself using this app in the classroom, especially for parents! More and more, we are seeing the use of technology in the classroom. Out students are growing with technology, but sometimes there is a gap with parents. I think this is something schools often forget… We need to remember that not all parents are going to perfectly understand the websites/apps/programs we are sending home online. I think this is where a screencastify could come in handy to walk parents through! I could also see myself teaching a new concept online/with some form of tech in the classroom and making a screencast for students to refer to when doing homework or working on projects on their own time!

Here is my screencast!

 

Everyone has a sweet tooth!

I know I’ve been trying to eat healthy, but my family had Easter dinner this weekend so you know I just HAD to make some cookies. I’ve been notoriously known for being a really, really awful baker so I was up for a challenge here. I googled what the easiest type of cookies are and what I gathered is that sugar cookies are the easiest.

I don’t know what has gotten into me but I have felt rather musical while cooking lately. This post made me think of Adam Levine and the musical stylings of Maroon 5 with the song ” Sugar” :

When I made the dough, I needed the following ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Before I rolled out the dough to cut out the shapes, this is what it looked like :

would be lying if I said I didn’t sneak a few bites of cookie dough…

I was just going to put some store bought icing on my cookies but what kind of chef would I be if I did that. So again, I turned to the web to find easy to make sugar cookie icing. Most sites/ blogs I found said that you can add food colouring to the icing but I just left mine white. All I had to do to create my icing was mix together 1 cup of powdered Sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. 

the Easter Bunny came after all!

 

beet it!!

Since I’m still trying to be on a ” eat healthy” roll, I decided to make a Beet and spinach salad as my contribution for Easter Dinner yesterday. To make this salad, I needed the following ingredients :

  • 2 large beets
  • baby spinach
  • goat cheese
  • crumbled walnuts
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

I have had salads at restaurants before so I was really excited to make this one. However, i’d never cooked a beet before so I had to watch a youtube tutorial to help me out. Pro-tip: Beets are messy however you do them, but I learned that if you boil them with the skin on, the skin can be taken off with a paper towel and it makes things a little bit less messy … a little bit! 

 

My beet before I cooked it and my fingers got all messy.

The tutorial I watched suggests using a plastic cutting board rather than a wood/glass board to cut the beets because it makes it a bit easier to clean. Beets are yummy but so MESSY! Ps. I could not get this song out of my head while making this recipe, hence the title of this post.

The dressing for this salad was really simple! All I had to do was whisk together the vinegar and olive oil, add a little salt and pepper  and voila!! The dressing was easy but not overly flavourful in my honest opinion .

The recipe called for goat cheese. We didn’t have any in the fridge so I decided to substitute this for feta cheese. It was a nice addition!!

This was a really simple recipe but I still feel like I got a lot out of it! I learned how to make beets and my family was really satisfied (and surprised) that something I cooked actually turned out good 😉

the final product! YUM YUM YUM

 

Seen by Many, known by few

The title of this post comes from Monika Lewinski’s TedTalk. In this video she said so many impactful things but one in particular has stuck with me. She referred to herself as a woman who was seen by many but known by few. At first when she said it, I only had a somewhat understand of what she meant. By the end of her speech, I fully understood. When she was plastered all over the internet, she was talked about by so many people ( many of which were very mean). These people did not know her though and were pretty much ruining her life.

This idea of seen by many and known by few can be related to so many other aspects of the world wide web. Take Amanda Todd for example; One person screens hotting her in a not-so-good moment lead her to being exposed on the internet which eventually lead her to taking her own life. The person blackmailing her along with all the other bystanders participating in this exposure did not genuinely KNOW this young girl at all and just took pleasure in trolling her. The only people to truly know her are her family members and close friends. From listen to her mother speak in the documentary, I gathered that people know that Amanda was worth more than what the people on the internet were saying about her.

This quote from Monika Lewinsky really stuck with me and it made me think about how it applies to millenials using the internet and the idea of “creeping” someone. For example, a girl sees a boy walking down the halls in the university and tells her friend she thinks he’s cute. The girl knows NOTHING about this guy but her friend says she follows him on instagram. Together, they ” creep” his profile. They see that he has a dog, so this means he must love animals! The girls notice that he posted 5 pictures with a girl a few months ago, but he hasn’t posted anything recently with this girl.. Does this mean it was his girlfriend and one time but he’s now single?! ( the girls will probably assume so). From this quick “Creep” on the strangers profile, the girls feel like they have this guy figured out without having even MET him! So many people these days think they can figure everything out about someone just by looking at their profiles. This is a problem because there’s a potential for rumours to start about others and having people getting hurt. If people would just actually take the time to get to know people genuinely before jumping to conclusions from what they seen online, I feel like this world would be so much different.
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