Final Post: Apple Crisp/Reflection

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With EDTC 300 coming to an end there is room to discuss what I have learned throughout the weeks leading up to this final post. With this learning project, there wasn’t a whole lot of experimentation (other than using dairy or gluten-free options) but I overall learned a lot. For those of you unfamiliar with my learning project I decided to dive into baking. While I have baked in the past (the typical stuff, “baking” with grandma even though I was just eating the icing as she tirelessly tried to ice the cake) I wanted to expand my knowledge into every aspect that I was interested. My overall goal was to find some good recipes that I would be able to make for myself, my friends, and would just be universally popular amongst most people. In the end, I think I was pretty successful.

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My Summary of Learning

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Here is my summary of learning that I created with Vyond. I used this website because I understood how to use it a bit better than Powtoon, however, one of the setbacks was that the finished product contains a watermark for the website, but it doesn’t really bother me. Regardless, I hope you enjoy the video!

My Contributions to Learning

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As the semester comes to an end I have been tasked with showing how I have helped contribute to other people’s learning throughout the semester. In hindsight one of the places I was most active on was Twitter. On Twitter I would typically share different sources that I found helpful for a pre-serves teacher such as myself as well as just participating in chats such as #saskedchat. Here are some screenshots of things I have shared and comments I have made on Twitter:

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Coding: Is it for me?

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This week I was tasked with taking on coding. I wasn’t necessarily nervous to do coding as I have shown some interest in it in the past and have tried to learn about it before. Prior to learning anything about coding in this class, I knew some pretty basic stuff like if I wanted to put a word in italics I would do the code <i> </i> around the word or words that I wanted to put in italics. I also knew about some different types of code such as Python and Javascript, but I didn’t really know anything about it other than the fact that code is essentially what tells the computer what to do. The video below explains what coding is better than I could ever explain it for those who are still unsure of what coding is. đŸ™‚

Despite my limited knowledge in coding I decided to take a leap of faith and explore the website Scratch. When I first got into the creator in Scratch I wasn’t as overwhelmed as I thought I was but I did spend a good hour and a half making myself a small clip about dinosaurs dancing. Once that hour and a half passed I was getting quite frustrated trying to figure out the mundane details of programming the clip to be perfect for my standards so I decided to call it quits and share my finished product.

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Week 5: Cupcake Flowers

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Over the course of this learning project, one thing that has really caught my eye is the making of icing flowers. Icing flowers are something that I try so hard to recreate but I most often can’t perfect. The reason is that most icing flower tutorials require a certain consistency of icing that I don’t have time to make. Despite this, there is one flower that I find the easiest and quickest to make and that I can make perfect with minimal effort. Below is one of the videos that  I watched which eventually formed into what I did on my cupcakes today.

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Fake News: How Do We Teach About It?

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This week I have been tasked with thinking about what it would be like teaching high school kids (grade 9-12) about digital literacy. Part of this is knowing what is and isn’t fake on the internet. I think that this would be kind of hard to teach high school level students if they have never been taught anything about it before.

If I were in a classroom I would start a conversation about knowing what is and isn’t true through the use of a video (like the videos shown above) or a fun little comic to try and set the mood for the class. Not to try and make it seem like it’s all fun and games, but in my experience starting things off very seriously leads to students either just not responding very well or they just don’t want to pay attention.

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Cybersluething: Let’s Do a Google Deep Dive

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This week I was tasked with cyber sleuthing a fellow classmate Tyrel Bertram. Going into this task I thought it might be hard knowing Tyrel from previous classes and knowing what type of guy he is. However, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found of Tyrel and the professional nature of his digital identity. So where did I start, you ask? I simply started by googling him.

From here we can see that Tyrel has two twitter accounts, one seeming to be a bit more casual where one can find his interests, and the other being more linked to educational content. Both Twitter accounts seem to be very professional.

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