Week 6- Guest Speakers

Today in schools there is a larger demand for technology based learning. As Alec explained last night in the session 73% of children 8 and older have cell phones meaning that more children are on social media at a younger age. This means that children are exposed to these types of online resources at an earlier age. Students now day’s know more about technology than some of us will which is a frightening thought. For our future classrooms it means learning from a new lens. Students will be learning more from online resources as opposed to the traditional pen and paper methods. Students will be participating more from technology instead of face to face. When we look at communication, communication has changed drastically. Students now communicate and interact over social media and technology now. That is a concept that we as teachers need to understand. There will be some major changes happening within the next generation of children. For schools in general it means making sure children and students understand how to properly project themselves. They have to understand that there is such a thing as a bad presence on social media. One of the main concepts students need to learn is the damage that social media can do to them. They also need to learn that all photos are permanent. Once you have a photo on the internet it will be there forever. As Alec said in his lesson, many people have a handle on getting your personal information from an earlier age now days.

I found the video from Wesch very interesting. He said in the video that there is 88% new and original content on you tube from 2008. The time it took for the internet to become a popular and reliable source is unbelievably. YouTube has now become one of the most important pieces of video communication in the world. Millions of people share and view photos from you tube every single day. One of the stats that he put in the video was that there are 9232 hours per day of you tube uploaded every day. Wesch explains in the video that YouTube is a new form of community that builds global connections. The web is a celebration of new possibilities. I believe this is something that we should be teaching students. He used the example of a dance and signing video that went viral and was something that people connected with all around the world.

The web is about linking people in a way we never thought about linking it before. Everyone and everything is being linked. People now are able to collaborate across time of space now over the internet as both Alec and Wesch explained. One thing that Wesch mentioned that I found interesting was when he said “When media changes then human relations change.” That is something that I never thought about before.

One of the things that I made a link with between the media and school is that the 18-24 age group is the highest and strongest on You Tube/media. Over all I found the topics that were brought up in class this week were very engaging for me! I loved learning these new things and I believe it will help me in the future as a teacher.


Week 5- App Review

I choose to review a reading and writing website called Story Starters by Scholastic. The website is designed to develop and strengthen children’s writing skills. The app itself can be used in the classroom which will help Elementary School Children. The app itself allows students to choose between 4 different types of writing themes including Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or a scrambler which will choose for you.

Then the students just have to clock on the next page where they enter their grade level and name.

From there, students click on the spinner and it provides them with a writing prompt such as:

After the topic is generated it takes you to the next section where the student will have to pick the layout they want for their story.

Once they have finished they can draw a picture and then print or download it. Just like that, they have created a piece of writing that is fun and unique for them to make.

This app is a way for students to write from a creative side of thinking. They are able to have fun with writing while also learning the skills that they need to learn from an early age. Each time a student finishes whatever they are writing they are able to print their work. This is a way for the teachers to have an assessment done and to assess their students progress. This website is designed to help students write by helping them through the idea of creation. Often times (especially for younger grades) it is hard to find a topic that is suitable for an enjoying for them. This app allows students to choose whichever topic that want.

Pros of the website include:

  • Free app
  • Easy to use
  • Reliable source

Some of the Cons:

  • Only for grades K-6
  • The drawing option is hard to use especially for younger students
  • Students could get bored after a few times of using it

I really enjoy the program overall! I believe that this program would work best for grades 2-4 as they have very imaginative ideas and are willing to learn new things.








Week 4- Twitter

I do not have much experience on Twitter. Most of my social media account has always been for more of a personal reason and not for education. I believe that this class will allow me to grow more comfortable with Twitter and the ways to use it from an educational standpoint. I have been exploring twitter during the past few classes and I am slowly becoming more comfortable with how to use it. Twitter in the classroom to me is a way to communicate with others. It is a great way to obtain different types of resources as well. It contains millions of different articles that can be helpful and resourceful depending on what you are looking for.

I found the Saskedchat super engaging for myself. I enjoyed it much more than I think I expected myself to. I learned a lot more information on the topic as well as getting more used to tweeting. I have defiantly grown to like twitter. It is a super fun way to learn through the use of different people and different articles that are constantly being added. I believe that I will be someone who uses Twitter as an educational resource in the future and I will hopefully be able to grow more of a professional network.

Week 3- Feedly

I decided to get a feedly https://feedly.com/i/my account in order to find teaching and learning resources more easily. Just by looking at it for the first time I found that it is super resourceful not only for teaching but for daily life. There are thousands of blogs and pages with a wide range of topics! One of the topics that I was instantly intrigued in was the food section https://feedly.com/i/discover/sources/search/topic/healthy%20eating

I chose my topics by:

  1. Making a category on my profile called “EDTECH” that relates to educational technology
    1. I will add any relevant articles in this section
  2. I also created another category called “Classroom” where I can save posts related to different class articles that is important information
  3. The last category I made was labeled “Learning Project.” When I first downloaded the Feedly app I noticed that there were many food articles that were featured. Since I am doing the cooking for my learning project I thought this would be a good category to add. There are also a lot of baking articles that I would love to learn more about as well
  4. I made 2 different boards. One labeled “EDTC300” and the other “Classroom ideas.” I noticed that there are a lot of education and classroom articles/topics that would be beneficial in the future to have references. As for the EDTC300 there are many technologies based articles that could be fun to share or post with our class that would be educational!

The third article is one that I found this morning relating to Educational technology that I found interesting.

It provides details on the types of Andriod apps that are recommended for teachers in the classroom. Many of these apps, however, can be used both with Androids or with iPhones. The first app is one that our class uses which is “google classroom.” One of the ones that I have always found interesting but have never looked into is the app called “Seesaw.” It is a student-driven digital portfolio that allows children of all ages to document and share what they are learning in school. This allows parents to see what their students are doing/learning in the classroom and also helped students make sure they get their homework done. Many students now days have the technology and this app makes it much easier for students doing work at home.

This is one of the features of the app. As a teacher, you are able to get in contact with all your students and their parents. Instead of making sure students tell their parents something in time you are able to send them a message instead. I think this is something that is super cool especially in the Elementary years.

Teachers are also able to post different homework or lesson plans to the app for the students and parents to access online and at home.

Learning Post- Mother’s Day meal- Lobster and steak

The first meal that I made was for my mother, for her meal I made her favorite meal which was lobster tails, steaks, and boiled red potatoes. My dad helped me immensely as he has been cooking for a very long time and has cooked this meal for many years. In the morning both him and I went to Cosco to grab the steaks and the lobster tails. We also made sure that we had the rest of the ingredients already at our house. We looked off of an online recipe as well so that he could teach me how to read different recipes for my personal learning. For the lobster tail, we used a recipe off of https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/34638/broiled-lobster-tails/. It provided me with basic directions on how to properly cook the two lobster tails. Next, I had to find a recipe for the sterling steaks which I used off of https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/14554/sirloin-steak-with-garlic-butter/.


Here is the introductory photo with all of the ingredients that I needed for the prep work:

  • 2 lobster tails
  • 4 red potatoes
  • pepper
  • 3 medium sized steaks
  • asparagus.
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Worcester sauce
  • Say sauce
  • Seasoning salt
  • Montreal steak spice

I will be posting the recipe and instructions with a picture by picture of what I did.

  1. My Mother’s Day meal included a lot of planning and preparation. In the afternoon after I got all the ingredients together, I started out by marinating the steaks for three hours putting barbeque sauce, Worchester sauce, soy sauce, seasoning salt, Montreal steak spice and pepper on beforehand.

  1. I then did the meal preparation where I boiled two small lobster tails for ten minutes in salt water. Next, I cooked the three steaks on high heat for five minutes per side.
  2. I then baked the red potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes and steamed the asparagus for 7 minutes. And dessert is blueberry cheese crumble with vanilla light ice cream after supper.

Here is the final overview of the meal!

Some things that I did not know before were first, how to properly buy lobster and steaks in the store. My dad helped me a lot with how to choose the appropriate size of the items and getting the right ones. I also did not realize that you have to marinate the steaks for such a long period of time.


Learning Post- Clam Pasta

This past weekend I made a good second meal called clam pasta. I researched different pasta meals and ended up stumbling upon this one off of https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/red-clam-sauce. Pasta is one of my favorite meal and I wanted to make one that had a good tasting sauce for taste. For the pasta meal, I made sure that I had all of the required ingredients.

The required ingredients included:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 ounces linguine, cooked and drained

Photo of my ingredients before I started cooking

Step 1: In a large bowl, I mixed the thyme, can of diced tomatoes, clams, basil leaves, parsley flakes, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and a tablespoon of Canola oil. After that, I started to cut a full onion and put it into the bowl.

Step 2: I turned the oven on to medium-high and I placed the pan on the hot plate. I had to cover and cook the sauce on low for 3 hours until it was heated. Here is a photo of what the pasta sauce looked like once it was boiled.







Step 3: Once the pasta sauce was boiled I started to boil the actual pasta which took around 10-15 minutes. During this time I made sure the top was on top of the pasta sauce to make sure it kept hot.

Here is the final version of my clam pasta!


I have learned many new things during my journey of cooking and I am super glad that I am learning! I thought the meal went really well. I thought that leaving the top on the pan was a very good idea because it kept a lot of the taste inside. One thing I would try to do different would be to either cut up more of the clams or heat it for longer so that there aren’t as many big chunks of clam when I actually eat it! I was very glad I was able to make this successfully my first time! I have already learned a lot from being in the kitchen which is exciting!



Week 2- Learning Project Post

I have chosen Cooking for my learning project. I am very excited to be learning something that I have not had much training for. I have never had the opportunity to learn much about cooking. One of the main motives for learning how to cook was from https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/ayeshas-home-kitchen

Being an athlete I have to take certain considerations for my diet in order to train and compete at high levels. My diet changed considerably once I came to University after I left home and I never learned how to cook good and delicious meals before I left.  I want to be able to cook many different meals by the time I come back to school and one of the main resources that I have found so far have been from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/eat-athlete. Many of the meals on this website target individuals who work out a lot on a daily basis. It contains a bunch of healthy meals that are fairly short time wise.

The idea behind my desire to start cooking was to allow myself to be more comfortable with cooking my own meals. I also wanted to become more comfortable with accessing online recipes. There are some easier meals that you can find on many different online sites that are good when I am running short of time or when I am feeling lazy. I have always loved food and have always wanted to cook my own meals. I love the feeling of being in the kitchen and making different meals. Growing up my dad did all the cooking, however, I never really learned how to cook anything by myself. I have never been in the kitchen by myself so that was why I thought it would be a good learning experience for me. I have cooked very basic meals before such as; cereal, pancakes, grilled cheese, pasta and some other ones that don’t require much time or skill. My goal is to learn how to make more healthy and bigger meals so that I can able to challenge and add on to my existing knowledge in the kitchen.

I have divided my learning project into three different sections including; Pre-meal (ingredients), during, and after (the final product)















Week 1- Introductory Blog Post

Hi Everybody! My name is Laura and I am pretty unfamiliar with Education technology. I have Instagram, and Facebook, however, like some of us shared in class, all my social media accounts to this point are of my personal life. I have never thought about the education part of social media which is why I was really excited about this course. I don’t have a lot of experience with education technology. I have set up my first twitter account so I look forward to having that one more education based. I know there are a lot of educational resources through twitter or other social media accounts which is exciting for me. I also hope to understand different ways that teachers can communicate with teachers over social media. Being online and sharing things with parents has become more the norm so I think it is important for me to start learning those things! I am also joining to provide my twitter link so anyone who wants to follow my journey is more than welcome to follow me on twitter!




ECS 210 Final Video

Laura ECS 210 Final Video Post

Hi, my name is Laura Huck and today I am going to take you on my journey in ECS 210. This class has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of what is truly means to be an educator. I have learned the components of what it means to be a teacher and have gained perspectives on different teaching techniques. This class has enabled me to learn from a new lens in a way that I never would have imagined before. Through class discussions and lectures I have been able to learn and understand a new way of approaching education. I have also learned that there are multiple ways of approaching different types of topics or lessons. Having multiple types of teaching this enables students of all abilities to learn and understand the material. This class has given me the opportunity to challenge my bias and beliefs in a way I have never done before. It has provided me to take an in depth look at education. Through lectures and many class discussions this class has enabled me to work through some uncomfortable topics and challenge my personal bias towards certain topics.

In the first week of classes, we began to express what “Common sense” looks like. I learned through lessons and readings that common sense ideas can hinder opportunities for growth and improvement in schools. A good example of “common sense” in schools could be that in our society school usually starts at 8:30am and ends around 3:30pm. Another example would be that for certain schools they have a bell that goes off at the same time every day for recess. It is important as teachers to know and understand these ideas of Common sense as we begin to start our careers. Challenging these common-sense ideas as well as our own personal beliefs will allow us to grow and become better teachers. During these lessons on common sense, we also spoke about the definition of a “good student.” We explained that a good student is one that is attentive, and who don’t question the rules. I also learned through different conversations that there are many perspectives on what a “good student is.” There isn’t anyone good student, there are many different types of good students who all have the potential to be successful in whatever life path they choose to have.
During the first half of our class, we learned about the different types of curriculum. I was able to gain a wide variety of knowledge about the history of curriculum and different ways to implement it in the classroom. We learned that the politics of our country have a huge impact. We learned that the politics of our country have a huge impact on what is written in the curriculum. This is because the government chooses the curriculum writers and the people elect the government. Through class lectures and activities, I was able to learn that there are actually four ways to approach curriculum. The first way is curriculum as a syllabus to be transmitted. I learned that this means being connected with courses leading to examinations and teachers talk of the syllabus associated with different exams. The second way to approach curriculum is curriculum as a product. This is where objectives are set, a plan drawn up, then applied and the outcomes (products) are measured. The third way to approach is curriculum as a process. This outlines that curriculum is not a physical thing but rather the interaction of teachers, students, and knowledge. Additionally, it states that curriculum is what actually happens in the classroom and what people do to prepare and evaluate. The last and final approach to education is curriculum as praxis which is a development of the process model. One of the aspects of the curriculum that I found very beneficial is how school curriculum is developed and the ways it is implemented.

One of the philosophers that we spoke about in class that was important for me as an Elementary teacher was learning about Maria Montessori. I learned that she became the co-director of a school for educating children considered “uneducable.” She also implemented the Montessori Method which is the importance placed on developing the child’s abilities and personal initiative. She also described that children progress at their own pace.

One of the other most important aspects that I learned in this class was about Treaty Education. I learned through this class that treaty education isn’t only about teaching Indigenous culture. It’s about teaching true and real Canadian history. In education, we need to learn more about the land from Indigenous elders and learn the stories of this country from them. Treaties are not only a part of Canadians history but they are still part of the present. I learned that it is important for students to know the history not only around the treaties, but about the traditions, celebrations, dances, and teachings. Treaties have given many of us the privileges such as being able to share the land and creating families and communities. In regard to residential schools, many families continue to struggle with the aftermath and with the history of these schools. We should be teaching and telling stories that will help future generations rebuild and not make similar mistakes. One of the other important parts of treaty education was Inuit mathematics. I learned a lot of aspects of Inuit Mathematics that I found very interesting as a future teacher. I find this topic very interesting because it is important for many students to understand the importance of Inuit Mathematics. I believe this topic was important for me to learn as teachers should be knowledge of this topic. The Inuit language and their mathematics are not being valued in the Northern Canadian communities in schools with limits Inuit students understanding in many subject areas especially in math. One of the things I found interesting was from Poirier’s article which explained how the Inuit changed the traditional calendar. They figured out that the Inuktitut calendar is not either lunar or solar. Their calendar is based on recurring yearly events and the name of each month come from animal activity or nature. This is how they learned their months which I found very interesting to learn.

Week 10: Curriculum as Literacy

My parents raised me knowing was how to work hard for what I wanted. From an early age, I knew that I had to work hard for the things or for the goals I wanted to aspire in the future. Sports were a big contributor to this and my parents put me in multiple sports and activities to figure out which one I liked best. When I started Track and Field I instantly fell in love with. The track brought my passion and I had goals of becoming a really good and competitive runner.  Track and field is ultimately where I learned about the value of determination and how to be motivated each day to pursue something I really wanted. I was very privileged in the sense that my parents spent a lot of time and money on helping me pursue my athletic goals. They would spend hours watching me outside on cold rainy days at track meets and would pay hundreds of dollars for track coaching when I needed it. I grew up in a very privileged household that I always took for granted. Looking back, I am extremely thankful for the type of upbringing and childhood I am able to call mine. In my schooling, I took the lessons of determination and motivation I had in sports into the classroom. This made me appreciate that doing well in schooling meant that I had to study and work hard for good grades. One of the biases I bring to the classroom is the assumption that every student that is unprivileged has the same problems. I was never brought up in an unprivileged family so I don’t know what it feels like to be in those situations. Not every student reacts in the same way that others do when they are struggling. I always assumed that they all came from poor families who had nothing. However, I now know that is not the case and that there are many different forms of unprivileged. This is the mindset that I wish to bring to my future classroom in order to help students. I hope to work towards anti-bias education in my classroom.