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Sometimes you have to disconnect to connect … 9x9x25 (#3)

For this week’s blog post I am going to focus on the word connection. This is a word that has travelled leaps and bounds over the years. Its meaning has taken on a skin like a chameleon and transformed itself as technology and innovation took off. It’s meaning has expanded from something small and intimate, to something large and global. I do not mean this to sound negative, but similar to a lot of things in our world, this advancement […]

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Gather here with grateful hearts … 9x9x25 (#2)

I have learned a lot in my years of post-secondary about the importance of community, and for this week's blog post what a better way to transition from Thanksgiving weekend than talking about gathering. More specifically, gathering information, gathering resources, and gathering together.  Gather Information If we are awake to the wide circle of reality around us, then its intelligence can join to ours in ways that reach far beyond what we can imagine from our point-wise awareness" - Arthur […]

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes … 9x9x25 (#1)

First, a bit of an introductionI think a big way we grow is by learning more about ourselves. To do this we must constantly be reflecting a light back on ourselves. Why did this upset me? Why did I respond in such a bitter way? Only by self-reflection do we create a pathway for change. One of the things I have come to know about myself is that I desire structure. I thrive on routines, schedules, and plans. Therefore, to set […]

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Introducing: The 9x9x25 Challenge

With another weekend gone by brings a whole new season to life. Welcome fall, and with this season of harvest, I bring a fresh new blogging challenge to the lifeless pages of this space. The 9x9x25 blogging journey is for educators to be reflective and expressive about all things education, and you can read more about the origins here. When I first read about this challenge, I thought it sounded rather intriguing, but I did not give myself permission to be […]

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Final Digital Story for MDL4000

I had the idea to do my video based on Bell Let’s Talk Day about a week before the date when I saw it promoted. I was scrolling on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media websites when I saw these promotions. Many people were involved without them directly knowing it. They were connected without being connected. My idea for my digital story began is evolve as a result as this day is near and dear to my heart.This experience made […]

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Identity: Reflecting on Who I Am

     For my Language Arts class I was assigned the task of creating a digital representation for the junior literature novel we had read and created a unit plan for. The digital representation pertained to the theme that most resonated with each individual.       The theme that resonated with me the most throughout the novel, Crenshaw, was identity. Identity is a terribly hard concept to define, as it is the fact of being who or what a person […]

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Making Media #4 – Taking a (Sketch)Note from the Best

It's time friends. I've wanted to do a media make on SketchNoting since the class started, but kept putting it off. Why you ask? We've talked about the fears that come with posting media content for the public to feast on. Mine include: No one is reading/watching/listening so what is the point?The things I produce are not good enoughI am scared I am being judged for my contentComparisonWith SketchNoting I think the fear really boils down to the idea that my […]

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Making Media #3 – OneWord2018

January is often a time for the new. New goals, new resolutions, new changes. I couldn’t agree more with Sue Dunlop who states on her blog, ‘’As I’ve mentioned in this space, I’m a terrible procrastinator and setting myself the challenge of choosing #oneword helps me focus.” That is why every year I choose one word to fuel those goals, resolutions, and changes. My word last year was thrive, and I was inspired by this quote:My mission in life is not […]

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Tech Tool: Trading Cards

Trading cards are a fantastic tech tech tool that you can use both as a professional and a student. I decided to make mine for my professional learning statement but you could easily bring this tool into the classroom and have students make their own for a variety of purposes. As a teacher, you could even make a class game where you could trade cards with others, or be able to use these cards for different purposes such as a […]

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Talk is Cheep: Twitter in the Classroom

  There has been varying opinions on the use of Twitter in the classroom. Even within our own Media and Digital Literacy 4000 classroom space there have been both hesitations and approvals towards the 140-character idea-spreading social media website. The top uncertainty seemed to be associated with privacy and ensuring the student's safety, especially for the younger grades. How do we keep the privacy of students, while still allowing them to globally connect to lifelong learners around the world? Through […]

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