Contributions

Contributions

I will be the first to admit that I was not as online community-minded as I should have been. As an introvert, I pour out so much energy connecting with the students and staff at work and with friends and family that I have little to give online. I’ve noticed that I consume a lot of online content but don’t contribute much. So when asked, “How have I contributed to the learning of others?” I can only think of four…

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The End Is In Sight

The End Is In Sight

The last fourteen weeks have flown by! It feels like we were just in January getting started to take on a learning project journey. Here we are, in the last week of the semester, doing our learning project reflection. I took this learning project assignment as a time to take on my dream hobby of photography. My only experience with photography is using my cellphone camera, so I was ecstatic when my DSLR camera arrived. I’ve wanted to learn to…

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The Robots Are Taking Over!

The Robots Are Taking Over!

My first experience with AI was when I was nine years old and saw the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. Does anyone else remember that movie? Well, AI has come a long way since 2001. To test out AI, I used the site Magic School AI. Guys, Magic School AI is where it’s at! It has so many unique features. Teachers can use this tool to create lesson plans, YouTube video questions, math word problems, choice boards, and 65…

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It’s Gonna Cost Ya

It’s Gonna Cost Ya

We’re nearing the end of the learning project assignment, so I wanted to create a way to display my favourite photographs I have taken. As I was searching for a website to create a portfolio, Adobe Portfolio popped up in the search. Adobe Portfolio is a user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing platform where you can create an online portfolio to showcase your work.  I should have read some reviews because after spending a lot of time creating my portfolio, I realized that…

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CapCut Video Editing

CapCut Video Editing

CapCut is a video-editing website I found to document one aspect of my learning project. Part of photography is showcasing the photos you’ve taken, and one way to do that is through videos. The inspiration for my video was the paper flipbooks you drew as a kid and flipped through quickly to “animate” it. I started by scouting a location and using my sister as a prop (she consented!). Next, I adjusted the settings on my camera. It was a sunny…

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Snap, Crackle & Pop

Snap, Crackle & Pop

Part of photography is learning how to edit the photos you have taken. There is an editing tool called Snapseed for practicing editing. As I was getting ready to use Snapseed, I learned that the app is not supported on Macbooks, which I hoped it was. I wanted a tool I could use on my Macbook so I would have a large screen to stare at. I later found that you can download an Android Emulator and then download Snapseed….

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Identity Theft is Not a Joke, Jim!

Identity Theft is Not a Joke, Jim!

When I Google “Ashley Cox”, there are about 70.5 million hits, and I’m nowhere to be found. Only when I Google my name with either my hometown or the province of Saskatchewan I get a handful of results that are actually me. Most of the results of me are news articles from when I was mostly in college (nothing criminal, if anyone’s wondering!). One result is from my name being on a list of scholarship recipients; another is about a…

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Fake News

Fake News

Teaching middle-year students about digital literacy is critical. This age group spends a lot of time online, and it is important we teach our students the responsibilities we have when using technology. Digital literacy can be taught throughout different subjects, such as English Language Arts, Health, Social Studies, Science, and PAA curriculum.  Digital literacy and citizenship are cross-curricular topics that many subjects are tied to. Our students live in a digital world, and as the National Council of Teachers of…

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You Used to Call Me on my Cellphone

You Used to Call Me on my Cellphone

So you’re probably thinking, is getting a DSLR camera worth it? Or can I just use my cellphone? Well, I can’t speak for Android phones, but my iPhone can take some pretty decent photos. However, something sparks my creativity while holding my DSLR camera, but I appreciate the convenience of my iPhone. A cellphone camera automatically adjusts, and you can take a photo at a whim. With a DSLR camera, while you can use the Scene Intelligent Auto, we are…

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It’s Me, Mario!

It’s Me, Mario!

For this blog post, I participated in an Hour of Code activity. The activity I chose was called Mario’s Secret Adventure, where I created the code to help Mario collect coins and diamonds while avoiding enemies. Here’s the proof of my coding! I thought this activity and how Hour of Code is set up would be fairly accessible. I have minimal experience with coding and was a little nervous, but Hour of Code broke down coding into ten manageable steps….

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