I Like EdTech and I Cannot Lie!

This class has been so fun and definitely has challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. SO why not do something I have never done before to wrap up my summary of learning!! Here is my version of “I like EdTech and I cannot lie.” I used Audacity for the first time ever. Thanks to Sarah for the suggestion.

Please note: I will not be leaving my day job at ANY time… I tried my best to channel my inner rapper/singer… I give them credit this was harder then I thought! I hope you enjoy my song about my learning experience in EDTC300!

The hardest part of all of this was exporting the audio from Audacity. I finally inserted audio to Power Point and created one slide. (after many hours of frustration and YouTube tutorials).

Script:

Oh my God, Katia, look at their profiles, there so FAKE

They look like they are trying to scam us

Who understands those scammers anyways

We only know this because we took edtech300

I mean just look, its so FAKE

I can’t believe, nobody digitally sleuthed them, to find out

I mean, come one, K Hilderbrandt, showed us how, it’s so easy!

I like EDTECH and I can not lie

All my peers can’t deny

that when Wednesday zoom class, rolls around

and technology is going down

We listened up, wanted to learn much

Cuz, technologies are the new hot stuff

Deep in the web were learning

I’m hooked and I can’t stop Tweeting

Oh Twitter, How I grew fond of ya, and learned to hashtag

My personal learning network grew greatly, Teaching advice daily

SASKEDCHAT Thursdays, tweet decks where its at

You say you want to follow me,

Well add me, and tag me, I aint no average teacher

Google chrome extensions

 you have my attention

Hey Animoto, and loom, you make my projects go boom

I’m tired of cyber bullying, and social media’s spread false news

Research, cross-reference, be kind, can you do that?

You gotta know the facts

So edtech (yah) edtech (yah) have you learned lots in this class?

(Heck yah)

Well share it, learn it, spread it, teach it!

Recommend edtech a lot, @ K B Hilderbrandt

U of R, Education with they techy students

U of R, Education with the techy students

Ribble’s 9 elements, to lead and assist, and build your digital citizenship

I just cant help myself, Im acting like a edtech techy

Now, heres my low down


I wanna teach my students that digital literacy is no joke  

I aint talkin Hotmail, cuz instagram or snapchat get used the most

I wanna show them, not scare them, but make sure their cyber safe

We don’t want them in trouble, so let make sure they don’t stumble.

So, Im lookin at a youtube video, Michael Wesch talkin the spread of digital memes

You can see how fast they troll, think about what you post before you are toast

A word to my future classroom, I wanna one hour code with ya

Have you tried scratch? Or code.org? but I gotta be straight when I say im no good

Till the end of semester, I learned lots for my toolbox

A lot of resources to carry on, cuz I tried them and I loved them

And im gonna continue to use them,

cuz im now smart and skilled

And Im down to teach k-12’s about apps.

So edtch (yah) edtech (yah) do you wanna keep building your PLN?

Then keep blogging, tweet it out

Even Amanda Brace will shout you out!!

U of R, Education with cybersluething

Hey class, when It comes to digital footprints

Your parents might already created your path

Ultrasound pics to graduation only if your well loved

So your reflecting on this class

Rating your top fav tools or apps

But, you just tried audacity and you rocked it

My edtech skill don’t want to stop, unless im about to drop

We can add edtech to our sask curriculum but please do teach the basics

Some websites wanna lie and fib

And tell you crap that aint no good

So we teach it and learn it and our students will restore it

So, Slack Community is new to me, and we find it easy

Cuz we type in questions and share resources  

And my peers aint slackin  

To the edtech journey in university

You’ve been real thus far, you gave me the tools, and the knowledge

To teach and be digitally aware

Some NTCE framework to read

Cuz my classmates shared it on my feed

Katia ended with a game, a kahoot, so good to see my peers

Our learning projects are over, but please don’t loose your skills

If you need any help in the future @Blenkins1 on twitter and reach out

Edtech gots your back, techy got back!

Creating Connection and Contributing to Others

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Signing up for EDTC300, I did not think I would build so many relationships and connections with people I have never met. This class has greatly expanded my Professional Learning Network because I was taught how to use technologies like Twitter, Slack Community, Blogging, and overall being more digitally aware! This class was a recommendation to me, by my friend Jaelyn, a former EDTC300 alumni! I am happy I took her advice and registered!

Let’s check out how I engaged with others and helped support their learnings! Building relationships is top on my list and I was finding it difficult with online learning to really make genuine connections with others through Zoom, but having the opportunity to be apart of EDTC300 and building my PLN, I know, I have a great group of fellow educators who are willing to share their ideas and help me along my journey.

Twitter

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Twitter ended up being my favorite tool from this class. I wish I would of took a screenshot of my followers at the start of January and now! I cannot believe how much my Personal Learning Network has grown from one app. Twitter is great, it really can help you build relationships and share teaching techniques with its easy accessibility to resources, professional development, and everything in-between. My favorite thing about Twitter so far is #Saskedchat, attending that first one was overwhelming, but it gave me access to follow educators not only in Saskatchewan, but across Canada (and maybe further I’d have to look into that more). I joined a few more #Saskedchats this semester and during one of them, it was “open mic night” I asked a questions and had some great responses I will share! I was also able to share resources with my EDTC300 peers and see what resources they thought were meaningful to share with me. Engaging with others on twitter was an awesome use of technology and I can picture myself as an educator using Twitter in my future classroom check out my blog post about it!

I made a Canva presentation for you to check out my Twitter interactions this semester.

Slack Community

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Slack, was a great tool for interaction among our class. You asked a question and within minutes you had an answer. That was amazing! There were some outstanding resources being created and shared on Slack as well. Although, I enjoyed reading what others contributed I feel like I personally “slacked” in this aspect of the course. Not because I wanted to, but because by the time I looked at Slack, people already replied to the questions or I was too late and someone contributed what I would have said. I did get a few chances though. Here they are:

Here is a resource I shared with the group.
Helped a peer find an event on Twitter
Gave advice on a new technology that I had used.
I had a question and had instant replies and suggestions on how to fix my issues.
Slack was also good to get out your Monday blues.
It was a good reminder tool for Thursday night #Saskedchats
Sharing people to follow to build our PLN.
Helping a student by sharing a resource to one of her questions.

Blogging

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Blogging, the hub to our #EDTC300 class. Each week we were tasked with a #learningproject post and sometimes we were challenged to dive deeper and asked to respond to a digital literacy, coding, cyber bullying and a few other topics to enhance our critical thinking and share our ideas with one another. My goal was to respond to 3 or more peers a week and reply to all that commented on my posts. As April and finals have all caught up to me I found I have struggled to keep up with this task at the end of the semester, but I have still tried my best to engage and give commentary where I can. I liked the blogging aspect because we were challenged to use new technologies and I definitely took advantage of this in my own posts with the use of Animoto, Canva, Loom, Zoom and checked out more, but did not end up using like Flipgrid, Quizzes, and Kahoot. Here is how I have contributed to my peers blogs over the semester.

Reflection

Looking back on this semester and creating this post makes me incredibly proud of all the technologies I tried for the first time and will continue using throughout my life and teaching career. Reading my interactions with my peers and seeing their growth through their #learningprojects sums up how amazing this class was. our blogs, Twitter, Slack Community and Wednesday night Zoom’s really built a connection between us. We were not in person, but yet we still were able to form a digital bond. I think that was obvious when we played Katia’s Kahoot and the personal questions that were asked were almost all getting 100% correct.

Thank you, EDTC300, for a great semester of learning and growing. Keep up the Tweets, I will continue to follow your educational journey.

Miss Blenkin

Baking my way to the End!

I cannot believe that my baking journey has ended. I started this journey in January and completed my last project for the class in April. I have definitely grown fond of a few creations and I will continue to bake them at home, but there are some things that I will leave for the professionals, and purchase from a store or local baker!  

During my journey, I realized the art of baking and how much skill is involved. It is a craft! I enjoyed almost all of my projects; I did struggle with some more than others. My goal when I started this learning project was to see if I could make my own cake for my wedding. I can confidently tell you that I will leave the wedding cake for someone else to make! I also was just interested in learning how to BAKE! I was not good at almost everything so I tried to do a wide variety of options to keep me on my toes and keep it interesting.

I used many resources to help me learn how to bake, but I definitely used Pinterest the most! I also spent A LOT of time googling questions: “Why do you boil bagels?” “What happens when you forget to add the butter for your doughnut dough?” “What is heat treated flour?” and I am sure many many more searchers were had. I was also able to try new technologies along the way. I used Animoto, Loom, Zoom, and Laura’s highly recommended Canva.

Lets check out my baking creations week by week!

WEEKLY SUMMARIES

Week 1:

 This week I started by sharing that following recipes and directions are why I am not a good baker. I outlined what I envisioned my process being: starting with something simpler and working my way into the more difficult baking tasks. I also said how I choose baking as my learning project because I thought I could make my own wedding cake at the end of this process.

-I shared a Tik Tok video and created a poll on my blog.

I ended my post with a baking tip that I continued throughout the semester (it added a little personal touch to my blog).

Week 2:

This was my first week in the kitchen baking, I made brown butter cinnamon buns, by a local business that shared their recipe on their blog/website. The Everyday Kitchen! I used pictures to document my experience with an app called “layout” which is created by Instagram. I continued using layout for the remainder of my baking projects this semester.

I liked that I was able to find a local bakery to try make their recipe.

Week 3:

This week I made stuffed pizza buns! I found a recipe on Pinterest that I liked and I also embedded a YouTube video that had baking tips for beginners.

here is an example of what one of my #baking tips looked like.

Week 4:

This was a bonus baking post as I completed it before our class and found out we needed to incorporate a new technology for our next #learningproject post.

I was able to bake Valentines day sugar cookies with one of my best friends and she taught me her tips and tricks. She also brought her stand mixer (I don’t have one and now really want to get one). She shared with me her recipes which you can find on my post. It was a lot of fun baking with her and she taught me about “flood” icing which I don’t think I could have mastered without her! Our Conversation Heart cookies were a success.

Week 4 Part 2:

This week, I used Loom to record myself baking Cotton Candy Cupcakes from the Jenna Rae Cakes Cookbook (highly recommended purchasing this baking cookbook). I actually pre made a batch of cupcakes, so I could record myself doing the whole process. From making the batter to decorating the cupcakes. I enjoyed using Loom and think it is an easy casting tool (I however need to work on my acting skills). I also started including “Pexel” pictures into my blogs at this point.

Week 5:

This week I made chocolate brownie batter stuffed cookie sandwiches. I used a recipe from Jenna Rae Cakes Cookbook, so unfortunately I could not share it. I used a new form of technology called “Animoto” for this learning project post. I enjoyed using this tool to create my video, but struggled uploading it to my desktop. I also included a meme on this blog post.

Week 6:

This week I would say was my favorite week! I made something that has been on my bucket list! BAGELS! I once again used Pinterest for my bagel recipe and this recipe is amazing. I used “Layout” to create my photo collages to post on my blog. I have also started sharing my blog posts to my personal Facebook page and the interaction with my friends and family has been great.

Week 7:

This week I made not one, but two cakes for my 30th birthday! They were both the same kind of cake, but different recipes. both recipe were from Pinterest and we taste tested to see which one we liked better. I also finally figured out how to add my Bitmoji character to my blog posts and added it as a Chrome Extension.

Week 8:

DONUTS! this week I made donuts and they turned out pretty dang awesome. I used a new website for my recipe called Delish. I actually follow Delish on my Facebook account. This is one of the weeks that I forgot to take the butter out of the microwave and didn’t add it into my dough. A few quick Google searches and I was back in business. On my post throughout the semester I also signed off with “Stay Sweet – Miss Blenkin.” I thought it was a nice personal touch to my blogging.

Week 9:

This week I took to Twitter and Facebook and asked people what they wanted to see me bake next. A ton of people suggested something with pastry since I never made anything like that yet. I decide I would try make a pie. It honestly was the most challenging learning project of the semester my pastry crust just wasn’t working out for me. I also used Canva to create my presentation and really loved it. The simplicity of it and it is just like PowerPoint, but on steroids’. Click here to see my Canva presentation.

Week 10

My last baking project. Hands down the most fun! I signed up for a Zoom class, put on by my favorite Jenna Rae, the owner of the cook book I have and used a few times this semester. I made an Easter cake. It was 6 inches tall and turned out better than I expected. #howtocakeit was the website. You can sign up for different classes through them. It was an hour and a bit zoom class through a private Facebook group made, I will have access to the “workbook” and zoom video forever! This is the project that I also realized I will not be making my won wedding cake. It would be way to stressful during an already stressful week!

REFLECTION

I really enjoyed the baking aspect of my #learningproject, but I also loved that I tried different technologies that I normally would have never used! Loom was one of my favorites, if I ever decided to try my own baking or cooking I would use Loom to capture it. It was a great tool and I liked that you can interact with the video when you are watching it with “thumb ups” or “hearts” <3. I also thought Canva was amazing. It will be a resource I will use in my future classroom. I liked that you could share the presentation so more then one person can be working on it at a time. (I am new to Gmail and all the cool features google has, so tools like this are so far advanced from Microsoft). I do wish I included more video’s whether it would have been Tik Tok’s or You Tube videos. Looking back That is something I will add if i keep this baking blog moving forward.

Baking was very enjoyable and I will definitely be making more bagels in my future. (I have made them 3 times since my first try). The cake turned out really well, but it was so much work and patience. I think I would make them again, but for a close friends or families special occasion nothing too serious. I am glad I choose baking because my skills were not good before class and now my baking is edible. I will be attending more online baking classes, but can’t wait to take an in person class as well.

I also went to mention that I just learned about Snipping Tool from our Slack group. If you can or cannot tell I really like it. I used to use “Alt and PrtSc” to take my screen shots, but I much prefer snipping tool.

This class was amazing and I would highly recommend it to more Ed students. Thank you to my classmates for interacting and making my learning project more enjoyable with your kind words!

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One last time, (maybe – I do plan to continue posting my baking journey)

STAY SWEET,

Miss Blenkin.

GRAND FINALE

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WOW, I cannot believe that this is my last baking experiment, for this class anyways! Our #learningproject’s are coming to an end and I am kind of sad about it, but happy to not have so much tempting sweets and goodies around and get back into a healthier nutrition and workout schedule.

This week was FUN! I decided that if I was actually thinking of trying to make my own wedding cake like I talked about in my first #learningproject blog post then I better take a cake class! As you all know, I am obsessed with my Jenna Rae Cakes Cookbook and when I got an email saying Jenna will be hosting an online Easter cake/decorating class I was all in. I signed up for the class and was invited to a private Facebook page where we were given our class workbook and instructions to prep before the “Live” Zoom class that would happen. ( I missed the live zoom, but could catch it later and will have it forever which is pretty cool.)

Steps to do before the live Zoom class:

I went out and bought my ingredients I needed and baked my first cake on Monday. I am not sure if I did something wrong because the recipe said it would make two 6 inch by 3 inch cakes. I could only get one cake from the recipe that was given to us. So I ended up baking the second cake on Wednesday after our class. After I baked the cakes I wrapped them in saran warp and placed them in the freezer.

The cake will be a 4 layer vanilla cake with chocolate mini egg buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream on the outside.

I had everything measured out, so I wouldn’t forget any ingredients.
The baking process! the bottom two pictures are the start to the chocolate buttercream.

Saturday was caking decorating day. I got both my vanilla butter cream and chocolate buttercream ready. I watched the zoom video on Friday, so I had a better idea of what would be happening on Saturday. I am really happy that I watched the video before I got started. I felt more confident and ready to tackle this decorating masterpiece.

I was smarter and used my blender to crush up the mini eggs for in the chocolate buttercream. Way easier then using a knife.
This is my vanilla buttercream dyed teal (robins egg blue)
I had my counter space organized and ready to watch the zoom video.

During the zoom, I did have to pause it and go back to re watch something, but I enjoyed having that options. (I didn’t make this cake during the live zoom). During the live zoom if you had any questions you could ask them and Jenna would answer them while her cakes were cooling.

Honestly, I surprised myself with how this cake turned out. It looked so much better then I imagined. I learned throughout this experience that decorating is not my favorite thing to do! The cake taste component was not my favorite, but I am very proud of what my cake ended up looking like. I will be searching for a good vanilla or chocolate cake recipe if I do decide to get this fancy again.

You could say this was not a “Pinterest fail”

I keep saying “I don’t know if I would make a cake like this again” but now that I have the tools and skills I think the second go would be easier and they would continue getting easier each cake I try. I give credit to all the bakers out their that do this for a living or a hobby. I would definitely do another online zoom baking or cooking experience. I would actually love to go to an in person learn how to “smoke” class. We have a smoker and I want to master it!

Reflecting on this project I will not be making my own wedding cake, it would be way to stressful to incorporate that into a busy wedding week!

I encourage you to try an online cooking or baking class. I am sure there are many of You Tube that you do not even have to pay for.

Stay Sweet,

Miss Blenkin

Baking tip #11- “A cold cake is happy cake” (Jenna Rae Cakes). When you are decorating a cake it is best to make sure that your cake always stays cold during the process.

CODING! There Should be a Pre Beginner Option!

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This week I tried to “code” for the first time and lets just say I was easily frustrated even on grade 2-5 beginner mode. I will be practicing more coding before I introduce it into my future classroom, that is for sure!

I started off on the 1st website, Katia showed us last week. Where you code a short scratch project. I completed my first lesson and found it pretty easy to follow and neat. I was going to create something further, but couldn’t figure out how to do it without signing up. If I didn’t have to enter my credit card information for the free 7 day trail I would have continued with scratch coding. BUT I am not good with remembering to cancel (Hence why a box of food from Chef’s Plate is showing up on my door step tomorrow. With items I didn’t choose).

Next, I went to the 2nd website she showed us code.org and started my 1 hour of learning how to code. I decided I should stay beginner and that was a great choice for me… Well I actually could have went easier on myself with the amount of FAILS I had.

Flappy bird had my interest, but since it snowed I went with The Grinch. I learned that if you do not do something correct you will repeatedly get errors. However, I did find it interesting that this was educational, but it seemed like I was playing a game. Not only playing the game, I guess I was creating the game as I was working through the 20 different activities.

I was stuck on level 18 for longer then i would like to admit. I just could not figure it out even with the cheat helper. When I finished level 20, it also said I was “not done yet” I could not figure it out, but after some frustration with it today I decided it was time to give Coding a break.

I liked how the programs were different, on Scratch code making I was creating words and I could change their colors or functions by typing in the proper formula. On Code.org it was as if I was creating a game and also playing the game at the same time. I can see how both of these programs would be popular and appeal to students. I think if I took the time to learn it I would enjoy it and would maybe consider using it for one of my MLM business. I do not have a website for them and it would be pretty neat to create and build my own site. (I will have to work on getting passed the beginner stage of coding).

I think coding is important and students interests are definitely in the direction of technology. Teaching code or doing code in your classroom will be a fun and engaging way to enhance curriculum. I think over time I will get the hang of it and enjoy it in the classroom with my students.

Did you know Regina has a STEM program where they offer birthday parties, afterschool programs, camps, in school workshops. It is called Bricks 4 Kidz.

Here is a You Tube video just showing and talking about what you can do with coding in your classroom.

Digital Literacy and your Core Beliefs!

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I swear my fiancé comes home with some sort of Facebook “news article” that he read at work and he cannot believe it! I actually just had a discussion with him that what he is reading is potentially fake news. A lot of what he sees is about the pandemic and vaccinations and I think his “feed” would be leaning towards what he wants to read and not necessarily truthful articles. I think with the worldwide pandemic occurring fake news spreading can be very harmful. After lasts week lecture, discussion, and reading through some articles provided to our class on fake news and the dangers with internet and social media’s instant spread of non-true information, it can have lasting and damaging effects on society and individuals.

I checked out the comic “Your not going to believe what I’m about to tell you” and it had me question and heighten my emotions and wondering what was true and what was false. The Backfire Effect, which is terminology from the “You are not so smart” podcast. Talks about your “Core Beliefs” and what people cherish the most. It would also suggest that what you believe is likely what you will find true in articles whether it is true or not. Your core beliefs stem from your upbringing and what life experiences you have had.

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https://www.partisanissues.com/2019/03/what-is-the-backfire-effect-and-how-it-affects-facebook-twitter/

That is why it is important to teach without bias’s and be open minded. This article related well to my Fiancés Facebook theories when he arrives home from work. But this is also important to discuss in your classroom with your students. We can tie this into the NTCE framework where we are teaching students that spreading false information can be dangerous! Teaching students to be critical and to check their core beliefs to make sure they have no bias in the way of their digital literacy experiences.

Tying this framework to the curriculum for Elementary students will look different then for older students. However, younger students still use technology and teaching them how to use Tik Tok, You Tube, or whatever else they may be interacting on is important. They need to learn what is fake and what is real so they are not “trying” to recreate what they are viewing. We can also bring in fake articles to look at and discuss why it is fake. In the Grade 4 Curriculum, you can look at the ELA Outcomes and Indictors and teach about digital literacy strategies and incorporate it into your lesson plans.

In Katia Hilderbrant and Alec Couros article, Developing Critical Literacies: What We Need to Know in a “Fake News” World, they say; “today’s fake news is a more insidious specimen; in many cases, there is a sinister intent to its creation and dissemination.” I can recently attest to this. We have been on the search for a RV Trailer and I have spent many searches on kijiji and facebook market place looking for a camper for us via my phone. If you do not know many recreational activities have increased since Covid and price tags for recreation items have increased as well, but my phone notifies me of a camper that came up on Facebook market place. It was a beautiful looking camper and such a great price I had to email the listing (right there I should have caught that this is probably too good to be true!) There was no facebook profile with the listening and I couldn’t send a message via facebook messenger I had to email. I emailed showing interest in the camper I will share the email I received back:

Now to me there was some red flags appearing before the first email I received, but after I read about her husbands passing, that she is in the Canadian Armed Forces, and I tried to google and Facebook search Julia Boutin without success. I knew this was not a legit sale. The price was right though! I did end up sending her an email back asking where she was located and if I could look at the camper. She told me it was located in Edmonton and it could be shipped to me or anyone in North America with no additional cost. She was also very persistent on selling by January 29th, and needed the money sent to an ebay account. After I experienced this to good to be true scenario, I wonder how many people send money to these scam accounts!

I also watched John Spencer’s You Tube video, “Helping Students Identify Fake News with the Five C’s of Critical Consuming” He talks about the very real problem of students not understanding what is real or fake! He came up with the 5 C’s of Critical Consuming. These are strategies to challenges students to determine what they are reading.

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  1. Context
  2. Creditability
  3. Construction
  4. Corroboration
  5. Compare

As educators we need to teach students to look for context clues. When was the article wrote and who wrote the article. We need to teach them to search for information on the article to see if it has a good reputation. We need to construct their knowledge and see if there is any bias’s in the article. We can show them how to cross reference and see if any other resources are sharing the same news.

As a classroom teacher it really is a necessary part of our jobs to help students critically exam news/ social media posts and articles. For the most part I think students see what is happening in our world before the teachers have a chance to look at their phone or watch the news at the end of the day. Helping them navigate this crazy world and become more aware will benefit everyone in the long run.

The Trouble with Pie

Today, I decided was the day I would venture into pie making! After a crazy amount of suggestions on Facebook when I reached out to family and friends to ask what I should make next… Many said pie because I haven’t tackled any pastry dough yet!

Now, I am not a fan of fruit! You could almost say I have a fruit phobia! ORANGES = puke (legit puke… the smell of an orange makes me gag- I tell people I am allergic because it makes it easier then saying I don’t like how they smell ha-ha), apples = heck to the NO, Cherries = I think I might have tried them once, Saskatoon’s = never have had one, Banana’s = it’s the texture that does it for me. Another no!

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HOWEVER, I do like raspberries, strawberries, and pears of all things. So I have decided a raspberry pie. I have actually never heard of a raspberry pie before so of coarse I went to trusty Pinterest and found a recipe by Shelly and her website Frugal Family Home. It seemed easy enough with few ingredients and a well-organized description of the recipe. It even had a video showing how Shelly makes her pie step by step.

The process:

Pie dough, it should be easy! Shelly’s recipe was only 4 ingredients: Flour, salt, shortening (I used laird), and water. I measured my ingredient’s I watched Shelly’s video then I tried! TO NO LUCK! My dough rolled out nicely but when I tried to pick it up to put it into my pie dish it broke apart!

So, I did want anyone would do and I called my Gramma! She asked what I used and what the problem was. She tried helping me trouble shoot! She also shared her pie dough recipe with me, which was completely different with eggs and vinegar! Then she said some words that had me worried, “sometimes when I decide to make pies, I wonder why I even got out of bed in the mornings.” I took her advice and tried adding an egg and water into my dough! To no avail.

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I decided I would make the filling which was raspberries, cornstarch, sugar and I added a bit of vanilla and pumpkin pie spice! If all else fails I have store bought graham crust that it will taste good in. I think! If not this taste pretty delicious on its own, as I had to test test a few berries.

I was just about to take to Pinterest again when I remember I received a family cookbook from an old coworker. I went flipping through the book and found a “No Fail Pie Dough Recipe” – I laughed to myself and said “ya, we shall see.”

Dough attempt #2- This recipe called for flour, laird (good thing I bought 2 at the store), salt, and COLD 7-UP?!?!? What the?? I only have sprite so I sure hope it works! After I cut in the laird for the second time. It seems to be going better! I hope! I then added my cup of cold sprite and waited for the dough to chill for a half hour. YOU GUYS! It worked! I was able to roll my crust out without it sticking and I was able to make my pie. I have the Tupperware pizza cutter that has two different cutters so I could create a cool design for the top of the pie crust. (If you need any Tupperware, hit me up I have been a consultant for the last 5 years 😉 https://www.facebook.com/groups/shanastupperware )

I decided this week to take Laura’s advice and use Canva to create my learning project. CANVA is awesome Laura is right! I really enjoyed using the program to create a professional looking slideshow. I was able to use a “Making pasta template” and change it to making my pie. I signed up for the free 30 day trail which allowed me access to all images, fonts and more. I will definitely use Canva in the future especially as an educator to create lessons, posters, and teach my students what can all be done on the site. Here is my Canva presentation called “Baking with Shana Blenkin

Reflection:

Ill be honest this has been one of the first times a struggled with my baking learning project and it had me frustrated. It is difficult to judge how textures should be if you have never attempted them before. My first crust felt and looked like playdough before I even added any liquid to it. I knew I was in trouble from the start! I am happy I didn’t give up on this learning project, I had a bought pie crust staring at me, but I attempted it for the second time and although it was far form perfect my crust turned out and I am proud of myself! I also am happy I tried a new digital tool (Canva) I loved the program and will be using it again. If it wasn’t for this class I don’t think I would have tried it!

here is a final picture of my pie, but please check out my Cavna presentation to see my journey! (not only of the pie, but also using Canva).

Stay Sweet,

Miss Blenkin

Baking Tip # (I cannot remember): When in doubt call your gramma or someone for advice. It was nice to just chat and listen to how she makes her pies.

Cyber Sleuthing

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This week we were asked to pair up and try find out some online information about our partner! The good, the bad and the ugly! This task is not to embarrass our partner, but it is to help them become more digitally aware. What you post on social media can have an impact on your future and most are not thinking about that in high school or whenever you start your first social media accounts. I know I sure wasn’t! Entering the teaching profession, you might not realize what you posted years before could affect potential employment.

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So, I got to work and went full detective mode!  

My partner is Alexandra Crammond (she prefers Alex). I started with her Twitter account where she goes as mscrammond. On her twitter account, I was able to find her Educational Blog. Her blog is personable and she lets you get a glimpse of who she is, but in a very respectful and professional way. She grew up in a small community and loves being in the outdoors. She comes from a family of 6 and is in her 3rd year of university. She currently is a registered and practicing Primary Care Paramedic (Kuddos to her doing this job, it would be an extremely challenging and mentally exhausting job).

I was able to find her Instagram account from her blog. Although I could not access it, she does have it set on private and I would need to request to have permission to see whatever she posts on Instagram. I think this is clever to do especially in our profession. I am sure students and parents tend to look up the classroom teacher, not in a negative way, but it seems to be human nature and a thing to do if we have access to it.

Alex’s Facebook seems pretty inactive. She does not have many posts and the ones she does are regarding EMS safety or pictures of her in the outdoors – snowboarding or with her significant other. She has limited photos, but what you can see are with family or friends and nothing concerning to the public eye.

I then went and googled Alexandra Crammond and the typical twitter, Instagram, and her blog posts were the first to appear. I wanted to do a little bit more searching so I typed in Alexandra Crammond, Primary Care Paramedic, and I was able to find one news article that includes Alex. It is an article to be proud of and states “Heroes on the medical frontline” and has a photo of her and her paramedic crew based out of whitewood.

All and all, Alex’s social media and digital citizenship presence is not something she has to worry about in my opinion. I would gladly be her friend from what I saw and I would love to be coworkers with her. I think any employer would be lucky to hire her! I like that she has her social media’s set up so the general public can’t view them without her granting permission. Her twitter account is professional and you can tell she’s focusing on building her PLN! I would say Alex is more of an under sharer when it came to what I could see or had access to on Instagram and Facebook, however her Educational Blog and Twitter account she has shared more personal things so I was able to get a sense of who Alex is. Overall, I am impressed with how much she has shared on certain aspects and how little she has shared on social media.

Reflecting

Reflecting on this weeks readings and teachings and the realization that not everything we see on social media is what it seems. I think it is easy for anyone to get caught up in what they think “the perfect life is”… Then we cruise others social media accounts and compare our lives to what we are viewing. This week I read the story of Madison Holleran, and it sank in. This beautiful, talented, and smart young lady was fighting demons that you would not know she had because of her digital identity that she shared with the world! I think her parents are doing great things to raise awareness around suicide and Madison’s story and their message that ” It’s OK to not be OK. It’s OK to show people you’re not OK.”

Social media can be great, but it also can hide reality and I think that it’s important to teach children that not everything they see is sunshine and roses. Looking at my own social media posts on Instagram (which is set to private -so strangers are not looking, but my friends and family are). It would seem that my life is going great and we just purchased a camper, or I was just in Cypress Hills for my birthday! I am not sharing with the world the hardships that have occurred because we don’t blast the negative on social media only the positive! (although, I have been more vocal on my Facebook about struggling with online learning and being at home 24/7 and the toll it can have on a person), but for the most part it is happy-go-lucky posts. My dad calls Facebook -“Brag book” and I think he has a good point with his wording! It is just for people to brag about their lives for others to see, he does not have Facebook and grew up in a time where if he had exciting news about something he would personally have to tell his closest friends or family. I actually remember him saying when I got engaged “I’m sure its already on bragbook and everyone knows” and because of this I waited 2 weeks before I made it “Facebook official.” How silly does that seem!

I just think it is important to make students aware of what they are viewing and to not think the grass is greener because what their friends are posting and to remember that struggles happen to everyone. I just hope that I can give my students the tools they need to seek help and not be worried to ask me if they are struggling. I have already experienced the loss of a student and hope that I never have to do that again because they feel me a safe person in their life. You can read more about that in my “Journey to Becoming an Educator” post!

DONUT Underestimate a Baker!

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This week I tackled DONUTS! I have been enjoying the website Delish for searching up my baking recipe’s. I found this super simple to follow home made donut recipe and took my butter out the night before to prepare for the next day of baking! Let me just start by saying the butter was only one of my issues I had with this adventure in the kitchen.

I got so into the process of making the donuts that I FORGOT to take photos to document the whole process (face palm). The process has been very similar to making the other “dough” creations I have decided to try this semester! Make the dough and let it rise!

Here is the process of making the donut dough

Not only did I forget to take photos to document the whole process, BUT I was done and cleaning up, waiting for the dough to rise. I opened the microwave to heat up some lunch for myself and guess what was sitting in the microwave, waiting for me?

THE BUTTER! Note to self: Double or triple check when you are baking because recipes and following them are IMPORTANT! Reflecting back I should have re-read the recipe when I was making the dough. I am usually prepared with everything sitting measured out and ready to go in front of me! I am going to chalk this up as it just wasn’t my day to be in the kitchen. I did end up adding the butter into the already made dough ball and crossed my fingers, did some google searches and hoped for the best!

Thankfully, the dough did rise! I was able to continue my donut journey and it was not a waste of a baking day. After the dough rose, I got my fiancé to help out and he rolled the dough to 1/2 thick and I cut out the shapes. I let them rise again and started to heat up my oil and make the icing recipe that is also linked with the donut recipe above.

My house still smells like a deep fryer after I fried up the donuts, but they turned out better then I was expecting after I forgot to add the butter to the dough!

Honestly, they were easier then I was expecting and I will most likely make donuts again. I will just take my time and make sure I am not missing any ingredients next time. I am so happy I choose to learn how to bake this semester! It has been a lot of fun and a nice break from staring at a computer screen. I also love how food connects people together and I have been able to shares some of my baking with family and friends!

Final product

Stay Sweet,

Miss Blenkin

Baking tip #8- If you do not have a donut cutter, you can use a drinkware glass to cut out your donut shapes.

Teachable Moments

I have never really thought about how I will incorporate digital citizenship into my “future” classroom. Currently, I am in the Early Elementary program and I would love to teach in a lower grade like Kindergarten or Grade 1.  When I was thinking of the ages of these students, I was thinking that I shouldn’t necessarily have to worry about them posting online, bullying online, or having misuse of the web. However, there is definitely some areas from “Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship” that I can incorporate into my classroom.

The first one that stood out to me for all age students is #6 on the list, Digital Health and Welfare. I think we can all agree that we love having access to our friends, family, social media, random information, knowledgeable information, games, live sporting events, etc. It has definitely become a way of life and if you are not online, people question it! But, we also need to take care of ourselves and our mental and emotional well-being. We can have discussions with our students and their parents about what they are doing online. We can talk about what are appropriate uses of screen time, if students are using it as an educational tool or if they are spending hours on Tik Tok or Minecraft. Here is an article that you could share with the parents of your students to help them have a better understanding of screen time and when to use it and when to set limits. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/screen-time/art-20047952

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In the Saskatchewan Curriculum for Grade 1 Health, there is an outcome:

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Examine healthy behaviours and opportunities and begin to determine how these behaviours and opportunities may affect personal well-being.

This outcome would be great to tie into digital health and welfare. You could teach a lesson on how screen time takes away from physical activity and why it is important to maintain a physical lifestyle. The indicator that could correspond with this is:

(h)Discuss a variety of healthy behaviours over which one has control (e.g., brushing teeth, being active, engaging in quiet time, seeking shade).  

The Digital Rights and Responsibility element from Ribble’s digital citizenship can be another topic of discussion in your classroom. This area is important for students to learn at a young age that internet access is a privilege and that they have to make sure that they are using it appropriately. They have the rights and responsibility to protect themselves online, but also protect others if they see something they shouldn’t see or if they come across something that could be harmful to someone in the real world or online. In the Saskatchewan Curriculum Grade 1 Social Studies their is an outcome:

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Analyze the causes of disharmony and ways of returning to harmony.

It is important to teach students that not everything they see online will make them feel good or they will be in agreement with it. But we can teach them strategies to overcome these disharmonies. Indicator:

(a)Identify decision-making approaches which may result in positive outcomes and decision-making approaches which may result in less positive results.

This could be a good time to bring awareness to younger students about the positive aspects of their digital citizenship and the negative affects of digital citizenship. This discussion could be around who students can talk too safely if they are experience any online problems like cyber bullying. We can give students resources to help cope with negative feelings and build relationships in our classroom so the students feel safe.

It is just a good idea to teach students the good and the bad about what can happen online. The sooner we are educating them the sooner they are learning how to become more digitally aware and responsible for their actions online. We as adults have to remember that there is teachable moments even if the moment is in a negative context. We need to remember that they are young, they are learning, and instead of reacting in a harmful way – if there is a teachable moment to be had take that option!

Teach how to be better instead of punishing and not correcting the behavior.

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