This week in class we discussed the creation of new technologies and using them within the classroom. This brought forward the question of what does the emergence of new technology mean for us in the classroom? While I don’t have a definite answer to this question I do know that as someone who is going to be in a classroom in a couple years I know that the technology I will likely end up using technology that is new and foreign to myself.
This use of new technology is even emerging within my education classes. Things such as Kahoot, Plickers, and even Youtube as an instructional strategy are things that were not used in the classroom when I was in primary and secondary school. Something like Youtube, as shown by Michael Wesch where he demonstrates that user-generated content can be used to collaborate and make something new. Wesch demonstrates how anything can be found anywhere as well through the example of Numa Numa. The song blew up the internet and everyone everywhere and still continues to be one of the top searched videos under the Numa Numa search on Youtube. I believe that this is important to teach students digital literacy in school, even at a young age because even if we don’t like it most children have a digital footprint before they are even born.
That being said, we should take this information and use of digital literacy into a more open way within the classroom. We look for more ways to teach students using the means which they are used to rather than the means which we are used to.
This week I decided to dive into the world of baking shortcake. I decided on making shortcake this week because it was something that I had never tried or heard of before, and I also wanted to try following a recipe I found in a magazine to see how good the recipes in magazines actually are.
The magazine I chose to get my recipe from is The Magnolia Journal because I absolutely adore Joanna Gaines and it was also just a magazine I had laying around. At first I was nervous as to whether or not I was going to actually like the finished product because I know I don’t like shortbread cookies, however I was delightfully surprised on the outcome of this recipe. Overall, I found the recipe super easy for someone new to baking and I did not think that it would require any touch ups.
I now know from last week that if I were to try and make this recipe into a gluten free recipe that it most likely wouldn’t work. After my failure (or opportunity to grow) I did some research and found out that most recipes don’t work or become gluten free just by adding gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour and that in most cases you should probably start off with a gluten-free recipe and work from there. Regardless, I now know that this recipe would likely not be suitable for someone with a gluten intolerance. As for reducing any dairy/animal bi-produces this recipe would likely still turn out okay.
Here is a picture of my shortcake coming out of the oven:
And here is a picture of the product with strawberries and whipped cream, bare with me I almost forgot to take this picture before devouring it with my friends:
Overall I think this week went pretty well. I learned what shortcake is and that it is very good.
This week I have been exploring twitter. So far after participating in #saskedchat I have realized how rich the Saskatchewan teaching community really is and how helpful other educators are within the province. The environment was extremely relaxed despite the chaos of all the posts coming in all at once. I think that talks like saskedchat would be extremely beneficial for teachers no matter what stage in their career they are in. I would love to see even tech-savvy retired educators in these types of chats to get even more perspective in the education community.
One thing I found really interesting in the way we participated in the #saskedchat was through the use of Tweetdeck. I had never used this before and at first glance I thought it was going to be really difficult to figure out. However, after five minutes of explanation it was actually pretty easy to follow along with everyone else and it made participating in #saskedchat way easier than it would be just following the hashtag on Twitter.
So far my experience using Twitter as a professional development tool has been pretty great. I have been able to connect with many different people other than just my classmates. One experience that really showed me how far my voice as an educator can go on a platform such as Twitter was when I made a post talking about how I had discovered a podcast called House of Edtech and I had included the host, Chris Nesi and he had actually retweeted my post asking me what episode I had listened to. This small interaction blew my mind because I assume that this man has lots of followers and he managed to see my small post.
This week in EDTC 300 we were assigned to follow an RRS reader. For this I chose Feedly. In order to find some blogs to follow I simple searched Education and Edtech. I found quite a few different blogs that I thought seemed fitting for my feed. One that I found to be extremely beneficial to follow is TeachThought.
Teachthought is a blog that I find mostly purposeful for providing tactics and information for anyone in the education field regarding things such as classroom management. For example, there is an article titled “How 21st Century Thinking is Just Different“. With posts like this one I believe that TeachThought would be a great blog for any teacher to find new resources and teaching methods to use in their classroom.
Anther blog, more focused around Educational Technology is DitchThatTextbook. The blog contains simple content that can help less-techy teachers implement technology into their classroom to new and innovative techniques to use in a classroom to grab student’s attention.
Overall, I think that these two sources would be extremely helpful for any teacher trying to expand on their teaching style or just trying to find new ways to make class new and exciting for themselves as well as the students. Below you can also see what other blogs I follow:
I am a secondary ed student with a major in English and minor in social studies. I am originally from a farm near Foam Lake, SK but spent the latter part of my life living on the U.S-Canada border. I love reading (my favourite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini), watching movies, history, and spending time with my family. I have two dogs named Roxy and Kona, who I love very much.
I don’t have a lot of experience with blogging but I like the idea of it. I like the idea of using a blog in a classroom in order to create something like this (an e-portfolio) or for having students to express their creativity and separate knowledge bases. I enjoy the wordpress website in general because you can change the privacy settings so that if a student chose to have a private blog then they are more than welcome to as long as the link is shareable. I also like the idea of having blogs rather than an assignment on paper because it allows for personalization as well as it reduces the amount of paper used.
In the past I have used google classroom within my field placements. Additionally while I do not necessarily have experience with it I have been informed of another online resource that is similar to kahoot but does not require all the students to have an electronic device such as a phone or laptop. This program is called plickers.
If you would like you can follow me on this journey to learn more about educational technology here.
For my learning project I have decided to explore baking and cake decorating. Currently I do work in a bakery as a cake decorator and just as a standard clerk. While I do have some experience with cake decorating I have limited experience with baking, that is the only experience I have is baking with my Grandma when I was under ten years old. However below I will include some of the decorating that I have done since being in my current work position:
To begin my journey I had to buy the essentials: dye, pans, piping bags, flour, etc. For most of these things I walked on over to Bulk Barn. It took some time to figure out exactly what I needed but I can already tell that Bulk Barn is going to be my best friend during this journey.
This week I decided to give myself a challenge because why not? I am will be attempting to make a gluten-free lemon cake with dairy-free buttercream icing. For decorating I planned on doing some cute little roses along with other flowers. I chose buttercream icing because through my work I have learned that buttercream is much more, for lack of a better work, sturdy than royal or brille icing because as buttercream gets cold it hardens whereas the other two icings stay fairly whipped.
Update: I am realizing how difficult working with gluten free baking is. Without the gluten, the cake (or whatever you are making) tends to fall apart because gluten is what holds it together. That being said, the actual cake part turned out very moist and delicious, however, the decorating did not turn out as well. Because I had decided on using buttercream frosting it meant that any time that I tried to spread out the icing it would pick up part of the cake and it turned out just being a very crummy mess.
Within this first experience I have learned not to use buttercream on gluten-free baking, or even just don’t do gluten-free baking with the purpose of decorating it unless absolutely necessary. The cake was delicious, but the decorating was so bad that it did not meet the standards that I set for myself. So while this may seem like a flop I have also learned a lot from this experience.
This week I also worked on my icing flower techniques also of cupcakes following some of the videos listed above. Here is the end result: