EDCI 336 – March 19, 2019

TECHNOLOGY INQUIRY PROJECT PRESENTATION

We started off today’s class by learning a little bit about graphic design from some of our talented peers. They explained the design principles of C.R.A.P. (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) and how to pay attention to them as professionals. From there, we were set loose to use Adobe Spark, Canva or PicMonkey to create something for ourselves. I created the image above using Canva (which is now my twitter header)! It was super easy and there’s tons of free templates without watermarks. I will most definitely be using it again.

SKETCHNOTING

Experimenting with Sketchnoting really opened my eyes to other ways of processing new information. I’m looking forward to exploring TED talks online to learn more. Here are a few images of my practice notes.

TWINE

Twine is a really neat online platform used to create choose your own adventure stories (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch actually originated here). The only part of Twine that took some getting used to was saving the html file to my UVIC server. However, I’m glad to have gained a little bit of coding experience in the process! I know my younger sister and future students will love this handy tool.

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EDCI 336 – March 05, 2019

So today’s class was full of so much variety that I really couldn’t think of a more creative/descriptive title. We met in the videoconferencing room to start the class with Verena Roberts in celebration of Open Education Week. Her informative slides and presentation concerning how to expand K-12 learning through open educational practices was really helpful.

After, Jesse Miller (creator of Mediated Reality) met us back in our classroom to discuss digital/networked literacy, safety, privacy, and how it can impact our professional practice/learning. What a treat it was. Jesse really set the record straight about a lot of concerns we all had as future educators. He emphasized the extra caution we must take as professionals on social networking platforms and beyond. My initial reaction was to delete all of my social media accounts to avoid any future complications. However, Jesse quickly reminded me how important it is for adults to model appropriate online behaviour for children. So instead, I will happily be reviewing and adjusting my online presence. I’ve already started by creating a professional twitter account.

I can’t even believe how much I learned in 3 short hours! Time to process all this new information.

Reflective Blog Post: PSII

On Tuesday, my class visited the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry downtown Victoria. As I progress in the BEd program and learn how and why our current schooling system is failing students across BC, I become more interested in alternative options. I have been excited about checking out PSII ever since Founder and Principal, Jeff Hopkins visited on orientation day in September 2018. I was in awe of his passion for education. After attaining the rank of Superintendent (Gulf Islands), he gave everything up to follow his passion by working full-time on PSII.

Jeff gave us a brief overview of the school before setting us loose to roam as we pleased. Everything about this school just made sense. It was obvious that PSII really took current research into consideration when developing the curriculum and learning environment design. Research shows that students don’t get enough sleep, so the school doesn’t open until 9:30am. Research shows that students require flexible workspaces for optimal learning, so the school is divided into micro-environments (collaborative, silent, etc.).

Now right about now you might be thinking that this place sounds too good to be true, but the proof is in the pudding. I couldn’t believe how impressive these students are. One student was discovering how to refurbish broken solar panels. Another was an aspiring Art Curator. How does this student even know what an Art Curator is you ask? Well, they organized a line-out-the-door art exhibit as an inquiry project. I’m talking everything from website creation to hiring a band. These students graduate high school with real accomplishments, and more importantly, a solid idea of what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

Jeff told us that it actually costs less to operate a school like PSII than a traditional school in BC!!! I sure hope BC’s Ministry of Education (and schools worldwide for that matter) start taking notes and follow suit. Thanks for the wicked opportunity Jeff! Keep up the good work!

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