• ECS 203

    Rethinking our Understanding of a Good Student

    According to the Western ‘commonsense’ understanding of learning outlined in Preparing Teachers for Crisis: What It Means to Be a Student (Kumashiro 2010), being a good student requires learners to behave and think only in certain ways (page 21). A good student must be able to do as they are instructed, listen to their teacher without question, and sit quietly whenever told to do so. Being a good student means that you try your very best to learn, understand, and interpret things in the exact way your teacher shows you to. In summary, a good student is expected to follow all instructions and learn all the material provided by their…

  • ECS 203

    The Effects of the Tyler Rationale

    In the article, Curriculum Theory and Practice, Smith outlines a number of approaches to curriculum, including the Tyler rationale. The Tyler rationale focuses on: predetermining what students need to learn and creating objectives that outline what they should learn selecting and organizing methods to teach these objectives to the students specifying how to evaluate if the students met each objective It is a highly systematic approach with a great deal of focus on organization and managed learning. The approach looks to determine whether pre-specified changes are seen in each student’s behavior and uses this to determine if the student was successful in their learning. I experienced this approach throughout my…

  • ECS 203

    The Problem with Common Sense

    In the novel, Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, Kumashiro defines common sense as the ideas people have about how teaching and learning should take place. Although nobody ever directly tells you, “this method, and this method only, is the most effective way to learn”, people gain commonsensical ideas surrounding education through their own experiences in school. Even arbitrary things, such as the months of the year students are in school, become so engrained into our minds as common sense that the mere thought of school taking place any other time seems absolutely ridiculous. For example, if someone in the USA or Canada proposed we begin the…

  • EDTC 300

    Summary of Learning

    This is my final summary of learning for EDTC 300. I learned so much about educational technology and online presence in this course. It also helped me to further develop my beliefs about education and gain a stronger idea of the type of teacher I wish to become. In this video, I talk about my three biggest takeaways from the course: Twitter, digital identity, and the uses of technology. Enjoy!

  • EDTC 300

    Connection and Contribution

    Twitter Twitter was the main way I contributed to the learning of others, despite the fact I had never once used it before enrolling in EDTC 300. In the last two months, I have gained over 100 followers and tweeted nearly 300 times! Since I am only in my first year of education, I was mainly focused on contributing in critical discussions about education and helping my classmates further develop their teaching philosophies. However, I did also share any good online resources or educational materials I came across. In addition, I spent lots of time replying to my classmate’s tweets. I followed along with their learning projects, provided support, and…

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    The End of a Delicious Journey

    In my very first learning project post, I outlined some of the ideas I had for the project. I planned to use Betty Crocker’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to find recipes and baking tips. I ended up using all of these platforms, except Twitter. While Twitter does seem like a great place to find new recipes to try, I just did not have enough time to utilize it in my learning project. However, there are lots of recipes I found on Twitter that I plan on making in the future to continue expanding my baking skills, such as these kinder cookie bars! Initially, also I planned to experiment with…

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Week Five: The Finale

    This is it! The last week of my learning project. I have to say, it does feel bittersweet. As promised in my very first learning project post, I baked and decorated a cake completely from scratch. I have been preparing for this over the last couple weeks of my learning project. Two weeks ago, I decorated cupcakes, so I could learn about working with buttercream and using various decorating tips. Last week, I made fondant roses, so I would have some practice before making them for my final project. Since I did the preparations, I felt pretty confident going into this final project. I started by calling my family friend…

  • EDTC 300

    Learning to Code with…a Turtle?

    When I first heard that we were learning about coding in EDTC 300 this week, my mind immediately went back to my memories of grade nine robotics class. Although this was a class I would have never chosen to take, I had so much fun in robotics. I will never forget how proud I was when my little robot drove through the obstacle course without running into anything. Since I did have some experience with coding, I decided to explore Hour of Code for a game that would be fun but also difficult enough to challenge me. After scrolling through lots of Frozen and Minecraft themed games, which by the…

  • EDTC 300

    Squash Fake News by Teaching Digital Literacy

    It can be very difficult to tell what is real and fake when it comes to news on the internet, which means digital literacy is becoming a more and more vital skill. Most social media platforms are now being used to spread local and international news. While this can be a much quicker way to inform yourself about trending and important world events, what are the dangers of getting your news from Facebook or Twitter? The answer is fake news. Fake news can be defined in a number of ways. It can be an opinion-based article that is treated as fact, a misleading spinoff or incorrect interpretation of a real…