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@Nearpod for educators in the @Cambrianhub

Level-Up-Button Today I am exploring Nearpod in a little more depth than I have before in preparation for our Showcase today at 2:30. Last week I dug into it to see what it can do and found out that they have a Nearpod Teacher Resouces page with some tutorials, as well as pre-built lessons to play with. However, as I should have expected I am more of a play with the tool learner. Hey Laura. I use it in my classes all the time. […]

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Can students really create a rubric? #BSN4416

Today I started the process of getting students to co-construct rubrics with me. One question faculty ask when they hear about my gradeless plan is if the students have the skill set to make their own rubrics. Here are my preliminary thoughts. My Experience At the beginning of our online live session, there were some silences as I asked for their suggestions for the rubric. I used survey responses (there were only 2), the rubric for rubrics and the course objectives […]

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Feelings about going “gradeless” in Week 1 of #BSN4416

As Cambrian’s Innovation Champion I have been given an amazing opportunity to try new things with my students. In short, I am teaching openly on this website (while still offering students the Moodle option) and negotiating their grades. My first online class was quite different than I imagined. I think my students left feeling a little confused. Someone commented that it was hard to follow and I am not quite sure if that was because of the open website being new […]

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Reflections on my Experience in the DYOC @QMProgram course vs. #makingsense18 #QualityLearning

Taking an online course has been an eye-opening experience for me as an educator – it really helped me empathise with my students. While I have limited online teaching experience, I have never really taken a full course online using the technologies I teach with. It feels like a long time since I have been a student. Most of my education was in-person. However, I did grade 11 through the virtual school (to stay home with my baby) and took some […]

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Cheating Strategies for Educators from @LangOnCourse at @CambrianCollege

Self-proclaimed cheating expert, Dr. James Lang spoke to educators today at Cambrian College about the cheating problem in academia. If you are hoping to find his recommended technological solution to solve this problem you won’t find that here. Instead, he suggests that we address the environmental factors within our locus of control that encourage or enable cheating. Really enjoyed this session by @langoncourse as well. Very insightful. Inspired curiosity and gave me hope knowing there are things individuals and @cambriancollege can do […]

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What is the purpose of grading?

In preparation for teaching a research course in which I am embracing feedback focused assessment (going gradeless in a way). I have finally begun to delve into some of the evidence around grading. I found Schinske and Tanner (2014)‘s discussion of grading particularly intriguing. They draw attention to the controversy surrounding the merits and validity of present-day grading system. PixLoger / Pixabay We spend a lot of time as educators assigning grades to students, but why? In my research courses, I have […]

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Boston Cream Cake

This is an amazing recipe, but it takes some time to make. I recommend setting aside time the night before because it tastes even better the next day once the custard has had the chance to permeate the cake. The chocolate should be made last, but you can make the cake or custard first as they both need time to cool. Typically I make the cake first so I can make the custard while the cake is cooking. This recipe was […]

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Egg free pancakes (Gluten free too!)

I recently modified this recipe to fit my dietary needs.   Ingredients 1 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup of milk 2 tbsp oil 2 tbsp honey Coconut oil for cooking   Equipment Mixer Bowl or large measuring cup Spatchula   Directions I like to keep things simple. Heat the pan with some coconut oil on it. Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Spoon onto the frying pan. (Pro tip: […]

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Green Spinach Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

A healthy alternative to pancakes that my kids love. We have been enjoying these for years!   Ingredients 3 Eggs (we use farm eggs) A large handful of spinach (I have also used other greens and it worked) 2 bananas (I have also used 1/2 cup of applesauce when I do not have bananas) 1 cup almond flour (depending on how thick it is I sometimes add more) coconut oil for cooking Desired toppings   Equipment Blender, Vitamix or food processor […]

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Family Fun on @YouTube for #Kids #KidFriendly #YouTubeKids #KidsYouTube

My kids wanted to start a YouTube channel. We agreed, after all: Why not? They are learning to be confident, creative, and developing presentation skills among other things. They will keep picking up more skills as they try new things with our help. They couldn’t quite agree on one focus so we ended up with two family channels: Flexible Fun and Froggy Fun House. We wanted to start one … but Jennifer and Mike insisted on having their own. Flexible Fun […]

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