Podcast and coffee time!

Thanks for coming back! This week I’ve checked out Anchor to learn French (my learning project) and discover how to write a classroom podcast. Honestly, I was not sure what to choose- a podcase (and which one?) a class plan website, a video editor…. too much to choose from! So I decided to start with the podcast to see how I can embed this in the classroom and engage students in new ways, and maybe check out more options later too. Anchor felt more intuitive for me so I went with it.

Close up photography of cup of coffee
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So starting where I always start first when I’m excited/ overwhelmed/ anything in between: the very first part of the very first step. In this case- podcast short intro. I called it hot chocolate (for the kids) and coffee (for me!) break. This can be a way for me to learn French now, and provide the verbal practice (additional time to Doulingo ) and have a fun way to experiment on myself and try this later in the classroom.

Selective focus photography of gray stainless steel condenser microphone
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It was not easy- it took me a few days and some road blocks. First, I learned how to set it up, and then have the courage to actually talk in it – in French! haha…. then it would not submit for reviewing for some reason. So I played around with it, got frustrated, stopped, got back to it later, and eventually figured it out.

This took a week haha…. learning French AND patience! Now that I’ve explored it for a while, and still got lots to learn (like placing sound effects, etc.) I think it’s a good tool overall- just got to learn how to make it work and be more familiar with its system. I also have so much more to focus on, especially talking slower when I’m nervous.

This is how my Anchor profile looks like when I progress with the steps (which is how I realized that I was stuck at the publishing stage! smart app design)

and how the main page looks like now that my podcast is approved and ready to go (taken with zoom, the glue of my life lately!) which shows you where the podcast is available, the embedding links, etc.

And that was followed with the very happy victory email that I got declaring my podcast is available online!

So- why is this good in the classroom? check out the podcast and find out! (and hear be learning French…) grab your coffee and chill for 6 minutes 🙂

The podcast will be a fun way to engage and get the kids vocal and creative in a positive way

It will help them be aware of their words choices

Share with parents and community members our weekly learning

Collaborate with other classrooms doing the same

Hear progress when learning a new language

And much much more!

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I still need to learn lots here… how to upload a full song, how to do transitions in the body of the episode, and much more…. if you got tips- please please share! This is all so new!

Taken from Quizlet

For my French project, this was helpful as I spoke my new words. This week I learned the colors. As an art teacher- this is extra fun! I pronounce it still a bit off, but can already hear progress and this is a big step for me. I used Quizlets for this one. And want to thank you all for the helpful tips and recommending so many good places to learn French- this is so much appreciated!

This is the super short video I found that also helps me practice along side Quizlets- unlike the other videos I posted before it’s around one minute so can be played anytime and is just there if I need to fix up my pronunciation. I like how simple it is, and how quick it is. Repetition and simplifying has turned out key to my progress in French learning project!

How is your project going? Why did you choose your platforms? Feel free to share and follow also on twitter!

Until next time!

Colorfully yours,

Maya

Sharing resources and community!

This week is all about community and resources! from learned about Saskedchat- an amazing recourse with twitter, to new colleagues and new resources.

I’ll begin with an honest confession – I never really liked Twitter. I only used it a handful of times and did not see the benefit it has. However, this class has changed my mind. I am slowly and surely learning it has some useful features, and already learned SO MUCH through the resources shared on it! The #saskedchat is one of them. Even though I’m at Yukon, this is amazing. I’m learning to connect with a wide community of teachers from home and afar. And this is a huge benefit. This covers twice the options and communities, and even more- as I’m connected to more and more places. I think it teaches me how to think bigger and wider- a much appreciated lesson.

One resource I found for Formative assessment is Plickers and pretty cool- using the program to collect into quick for a check in assessment to know where the students are at.

Another resource is @GarrickSchmidt on Twitter, thanks Shana Blenkin for suggesting it on Slack! I love land based education, and happy to collect more resources of how to get more involved with it.

I’ve started following new people from our #saskedchat and they’re amazing ! Some ideas just spark more ideas- and I am SO excited to connect with more art, science and math teachers! So now it’s official- I’m good friends with Twitter 😉 I think social media can be harmful when used negatively, but also as a great tool when used thoughtfully- and I’m glad to start changing my relationship with social media in this way. I truly depends on how we use it and it’s refreshing to learn the useful features and not just the rabbit hole feed.

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I’d also like to share my business blog for Art at home ideas in the spirit of sharing resources! It’s been made with an amazing team so I can’t take credit for the website (my designer is amazing! and probably happy I’m taking this course haha) I hope you’ll enjoy the content! It’s an art at home blog for, as I like to say, the young at age and heart, nothing fancy. But who knows- maybe just like seeing other art teachers ideas sparked my imagination- this will spark yours 😉 or at least keep the little ones busy for 10 min!

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Let me know- what do you think of Twitter? what are some of your favorite online resources from this week? Or just share what’s on your mind and if you like doing art at home online too 🙂

Cheers,

Maya

Learning math to speak French

“Be Brave enough to suck at something new”

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This week I struggled with differentiating sounds and meaning of similar words and numbers. I decided to focus on pronunciation first, with Doulingo and this new source by “French Truly” for conjugation of “avoir”, which I needed to keep revising longer than other verbs to remember well. Even my app gave up on me as Doulingo popped a message at some point writing “we’ll get back to this later” signaling me to move on and not get stuck on one part. I like that this app has such a useful feature- I’m the kind of person that can keep at it until I get it but I did not stop to eat or breath- and Doulingo proved to be useful at teaching the content and also at making me be productive and switching things around when I need it.

I than decided to go over numbers here at another blog by “Transparent Language”, a fun learning French blog. I love how it has a vocal and written clarity- was a super helpful source! Learning vocally and visually is key for me.

Fun fact: in French numbers are spoken by doing math! to say 80 you say 20X4! And it gets more complicated: 90 is 20X4 + 10! Haha this will take time to get used to… good thing I love math!

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog and let me know- what are you willing to suck at to be a beginner with as you learn something new?

Colorfully yours

Maya

Learning Project week 2 – make croissants with me while I learn how to say I want more pizza!

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Allright! Week 2- this week I’m learning so much about Food that this image was required. And let’s face it- French culture and good food and just one and the same! I think that culture is more than just words- it’s food, songs, stories, much more than we can learn through vocabulary and grammar. But grammar is a first step to get there. This week- to get into the French mode- I am focusing on food! I bought croissant dough and going to make some for my French lessons! I hope this will get me in the mood. I am great at burning my food- but will do my best to bake them well.

I’ve learned so far how to say the difference between I am eating pizza and I want pizza- which is pretty cool because I can actually use it! This week’s learning are the verbs Manges (to eat) and Vouloir (to want). I used Doulingo for the daily practices and conjugation (still only learning present tense). You can see how Doulingo shows the verbs clearly here:

https://www.duolingo.com/dictionary/French/manges/7607a8eb97fb67c7d390b8ae63bd8ab4

This video also helped. I found it was more useful for me as his style, both verbally and visually, were easier to follow along with. Here is the video:

Also- I finally found how to do polls! Help me choose my final project in the poll of last week’s learning project blog!

Hope this was fun for you to read and that you enjoy this French adventure! (as close as I get to travel now!)

Let me know what is your favorite French food? or just tips to learn a new language?

Colorfully yours,

Maya

EDTC300 adventures continue!

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This week I’ve experimented with Feedly. Do you work with it?

At first I was excited about the idea- I always get overwhelmed with al the regular info coming my way and this seems like a good way to categorize it and organize it. However like anything new it took a bit to learn and get a feel for it.

I first chose the content- the first theme was art education, and than some ed tech, and more (lots of TED talks in!). I got into a little road block about finding content with other topics but am lucky to have a great class and after reading some messages on slack it slowly gets more clear. My other themes are math and science, general ed (misc ed I’m not sure where to add) and a few more I may add are land based education / outdoors ed. Here is my Feedly screen shot for now! Lots of ed tech resources (and more to come!).

The first recourse is TED talk- I wanted to listen to it more and this is the perfect way to get to it without the overwhelm of allllllll the TED talks. This has two big advantages on other resources I have: it is time flexible (some chats are 5 min, some 15 and some 30) and this means I can always find a chat that fits in my coffee break timeframe. Second, it is audio based and I can listen while I do the dishes, walk outside, and move (which is for me the best way to learn- learning while moving keeps my brain happy!) Here is a lovely chat to explore. This can be a fun way to engage the students with a SpongeBob story before we dive into math! This gave me an idea for a cross curricular class for art- math, but this is a different post!

The second resource I want to share is “The art of Education University”. From this week’s Feedly I found a great reading about art mystery bag challenge– this gave ,e so many ideas! I’m a string believer in starting lessons with a “hook”- a creative idea, video, walk, chat, or even 5 sec weird face challenge. This blog (and class!) will help me find more ways to do so while using technology- either as a resource or as a place to get ideas to and from). This recourse has a nice idea to make a challenge and fun art activity that can be connected to other themes: what comes to mind is how wonderful it will be to have this class connected to recycling and local aft shows at the Yukon Art Center (they have tours for schools). Starting with the article ideas in the classroom, and taking it out, thinking from the classroom into the community impact of recycling.

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What I love about both resources was that they had a way to adjust to online learning, making things at home, and being flexible- which is key for all resources now more than ever.

What themes did you add to your Feedly? How did you find it so far? Helpful/ confusing?

Looking forward to chatting with you!

Colorfully yours ,
Maya

French learning est magique!

I am so excited to flare up a passion I put on the back burner for a long time- learning French!


I love languages, and as a person that grew up with multilingual parents (I am fluent in Hebrew and English but all my family is fluent is at least 3-4 languages) I decided it’s time to pick up my French skills. I can use it in multilingual schools when teaching eventually, hopefully. I stated learning French about a decade ago for 1 year and then again about 3 years ago for a few months, though it never sticks because I do not practice it regularly enough. I was able to understand the basic, speak the very basic, and forgot so much of that little I knew.

I think the benefit of an online learning app is that instead of driving 20 minutes for a 2 hours class once a week/ month, I can simply practice a little every day. I can still get the same amount of vocabulary and grammar learned, but it will become a daily habit and maybe this time it will stick.

I’m lucky my Israeli accent can be mistaken for French accent, so I hope pronunciation will be a good start!

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My Goals:

  1. Practice: my plan is to have the Doulingo app and practice for 5-10 min 5 times a week. It is a small enough step that does not feel intimidating, yet will make it a habit on the weekdays and bring impact one practice at a time.  Small steps.
  2. Enjoy: have a delicious cup (or two) of coffee when practicing. Coffee breaks!
  3. Celebrate small success: have the weekly blog here to record my progress as small or big as it is  
  4. Motivate: have a written/ spoken piece at the end to show what I’ve learned and be my motivation to aim at.

Lesson 1:

Conjugating the verb “etre” – “to be” in present tense. I’m using TalkingFrench to learn the basics in reading. Than I’m going to practice listening in youtube:

Than I’m using Doulingo to speak it and write it (the active forms of learning). It helps me first listen and read, an d only than speak and write. Passive before active. This also brings me audio and visual ways to learn, and more senses = more learning! I know the video looks like it’s super simple and repetitive, but it helps me so simplify and remember I’m allowing myself to be a beginner and simplify.

We got this! What is your project? Feel free to share and I’ll be cheering for ya!

To finish here is one of my favorite musicians in French, from Quebec (which I discovered by accident through a friend of a friend of a friend) because music is a great way to start learning even if I only get every 20th word! 😉

Taken from Spotify, Coeur de Pirate’s account

Colorfully yours,

Maya

About me

Hi all! Thanks for stopping by!

My name is Maya Rosenberg and I’m a students at the bachelors of elementary education with University of Regina and Yukon University, at a collaborated degree program called YNTEP.

Credit of Christian Kuntz photography

I am also an art teacher. In the picture (taken a while ago at a fun photoshoot project with Kuntz, a super talented photographer) you can see my natural state – trying to balance school and work and making an artsy mess in the process!


How did I get into education? I’ll start with telling you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in Israel, and immigrated to Canada almost a decade ago. I’ve traveled across Europe, the states, was a part of a circus community in New York, got immersed in visual arts schools and then decided to change directions to arts education and experiential education. I discovered a passion to learn more as well as teach in an inclusive way that engages students in creativity and colorful ways, helping them not only learn but also learning how they learn best and what sparks their light. My first language is Hebrew, my second is English, and my favorite language is arts.



The more I traveled the more I leaned I love arts and education. Arts and education are such a vital part of every community I ever lived at. I run a local visual arts business called “Art by Maya” where I sell art and and teach acrylics, watercolors and mixed media with local studios and programs in and out of schools. Here is a link to my art at home activities if you ever need some colors! It tends to get less updates around mid terms and finals but has some activities for the young at age and heart!

Even though I changed my climate from + 40 to – 40, I still live and breath the same inspiration that often comes from landscapes, mountains and water. I love taking my students outside the classroom when we can, and learning science on the land, arts in the studio, and gym in the trails. I love teaching math and science and showing the kiddos how they can be smart and creative all at once.



I will finish with a happy outdoors moment above and would love to hear more about you too! Feel free to comment, reach out or share what sparks your light!

Colorfully yours,

Maya Rosenberg

Getting Ed. tech started!

Hi all!

So excited to start my ed. tech blog! To get the ball rolling, I’ll start with saying technology is a language I’ve always struggled with. I’m excited because this course is my not so comfort zone area to deal with – so this is a good recipe for growth, right?

I currently run a local visual arts programs business while completing my degree, and as many teachers, had to move to online teaching – and so my online path had begun reluctantly at first yet as with anything over the last year flexibility and mindset were and still are key. But my art and students keep me going!

My experience with education technology is pretty new, as I mostly work now with zoom and have been learning and teaching how to teach arts classes online, yet my focus was not on building the platforms (i.e. wordpress, etc.) but more on how to deliver the content I want through not in person contact- how to engage students via zoom instead of via the studio.

Blogging is pretty new to me. I have a website where I post free arts activities for my students, community, teacher friends, and everyone who wants to do arts. However I always focus on the content, and was not a very active part of making the website or much behind it. I work with an amazing team that was more active in the website/ blogging building area (and alllll the online, media and website details that drives me nuts!) while I was more active in the content, programs and big ideas area.


I hope to learn in this course how to be more tech friendly and use it for my online teaching, be a part of an online community with you, create a professional online presence, and declare a truce and maybe even peace with technology.

Looking forward to it! Anxiety and excitement are all blurred together – this class will make them into a colorful abstract!

Colorfully yours,

Maya

Link to my art website / art at home tips
Link to my twitter