Tech Task #8 Part 2: QR Code

This was my first QR code and I have always wondered how to make one. QR codes allows people to inform others of many different things by a quick scan with their phones. I decided to keep my theme for tech task #8 and created a QR code about the campaign the Special Olympics and Best Buddies has put on about the use of the r-word. Check it out!

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Cheers.

Tech Task #8 Part 1: E-Mail Blogging

I am posting this blog via E-mail. I am not quite sure if this will work or not but here it goes..

I wanted to blog about a campaign that the Special Olympics and Best Buddies are teaming up to put on. The want to put an end to using the “r-word.” This is something that I have been passionate about for quite a while and am very happy this campaign has begun. Using the “r-word” has made it’s way into many people’s vocabulary and it is unacceptable, not to mention the image you are portraying of yourself. To often is this word used in a casual conversation.. This needs to end.

Sent from my iPad

Tech Task #7 IFTTT

I found using IFTTT quite easy. The steps were easy to follow, and I love the lay out of “if this than that.” This is the recipe I created:

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This way, everything I Instagrammed a photo, it would show up on Facebook with a link to the photo. I tested this out by instagramming a photo from my mentorship…

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…and this is what showed up on my Facebook.

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It worked fabulously! This tool is wonderful, and very user-friendly.

A.

Scratch

My mentorship is running along fabulously!
With the grade 1’s we have been talking about hibernation and all of the different animals that hibernate!
These children are so smart and amazing with technology! They work on a program called scratch. Each of them made an animated character to show me different animals that hibernate. Each of them had a turn to show me something on Scratch. I am not as good as they are with the program but this is what I have made as well as photos taken throughout my lesson.

Enjoy:)

Turtle Hibernation

My Scratch Project

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Working with student to create her project.

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Discussion with grade 1’s on animals that hibernate.

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Admiring different Scratch projects!

Standardized Testing…

http://www.globalregina.com/saskatchewan+students+put+to+the+test/6442807877/story.html

Wasn’t our government just all for differentiated instruction… Standardized tests do nothing for that topic. Not to mention they just flew in someone from Finland to talk about how and why Finnish schools are surpassing all others, one of the reasons being they have gone away with standardized tests.
Teachers are going to start feeling the pressure and start to teach for the test and who is going to suffer? Our students. Standardized tests are created for standardized people, and who is standardized anyways. Standardized tests create standardized people…

Good-luck to all of my fellow Saskatchewan teachers out there… Or should I say good luck to the students?

A.

Jamaica, Mon

My lack of blogging has been from my recent trip to Jamaica I took. Jamaica is known as the “no problem country” but I was soon to point out many “problems ” I found. Most people in Jamaica make minimum wage, and to them, that means only $55.00 a week! Now take that and add it to a 16.5% tax on almost all goods and mortgage rates as high as 33% and to me, that’s a problem. Many people can only afford to build one room of a house at a time, and most people never see their houses complete, it is their grand children, or even great- grandchildren who end up completing the house.
I asked about teachers and education. Now, education is mandatory in Jamaica but many drop out by the age of 14 because they need to make money to support their families. Jamaica has a high population of children and due to this, many schools run on a shift system. The morning shift is from 7:30 am – 12:30 and the afternoon session is from 12:30 – 5:30 pm. This means that most teachers put in 10 hours of work a day, not to mention prep time on top of that. The wage of teachers is not well-known in Jamaica, since it is not much more than minimum wage.
A lot of what I had learnt on my vacation made me quite sad, when I confronted them on the “problems” they face, they simply replied “in Jamaica we don’t have problems, only situations and we can overcome situations.” Their outlook on life is positive, and for a simple reason: they are alive, living, and they know many places out there are much, much worse.
What a fabulous outlook on life. This made me reflect on my own life and how blessed I am. I decided to adopt this way of thinking and start living in the moment, because really who has problems?

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Early Learning Centre in Jamaica

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Elementary School

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School Children in uniform

No Problem, Mon

A.