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100 Days of Cree – Summary of Learning

6 Dec


I am so excited to share my summary of learning project.

I also created an introductory video to explain my process:

I think it is very important to, again, highlight the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. What I wanted to focus on, specifically, is the following:

  1. We call on the federal government to draft new Aboriginal education legislation with the full participation and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples. The new legislation would include a commitment to sufficient funding and would incorporate the following principles:

    iv. Protecting the right to Aboriginal languages, including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses

The entire purpose of my project is addressing this Call to Action, and creating a resource that can be utilized by anyone. It could meet outcomes for the nehiyawiwin curriculum.

Utilizing Flipgrid to have others learn Cree along with my students would be very beneficial for them. It can connect communities, and show them that there are other people in this world who also see the importance in revitalizing a language. Our flipgrid code is 100daysofcree

thank you.


Summary of Learning

20 Nov

For my Summary of Learning I would like to make something that I can both hand in for this course, but utilize in the classroom. I am constantly trying to build up the resources I have available to teach, and this is a fantastic opportunity to do this. I began working with my students this semester on doing 100 Days of Cree, utilizing what I have been learning in this course as well as utilizing the book. The difficulties that I found were that I could not find time in my schedule to work with the students to create these videos, that it was difficult for them to say the words properly, and that I would need to get permission to use them for this project.

To alter my path, I have decided that I will make 100 videos of phrases and words that can be utilized as a resource in my classroom and for my school division. This will make much more sense, as I will have a greater control of how the words will sound and I can work on them on my own. I do want my students to be able to create the videos with their voices saying the words, because I think this is empowering for them and their education, as well as important for their peers to learn along side them, but I think that will be more of a “step 2” of my project. Once I complete the resource they can learn from it, and any classroom teacher could utilize it as well.

In all of my Indigenous Studies classes the topic of revitalizing Indigenous languages comes up with great importance. I want to incorporate that into my teaching practices as much as possible.

For logistics I will need to plan what words and sentences I will be using for the 100 “days”. I will, more than likely, use my Iphone to record myself saying the words, and use imovie to edit the videos. This is probably the quickest way to accomplish this, as well as makes it easy to keep the files on my phone to post on social media. I will host the videos on my class website so that all files can be found there.

Going into the second semester, I will be utilizing flipgrid to promote the 100 Days of Cree. Each day I will post a new phrase, and will encourage classes in our division to post their own videos of them learning and attempting the word. I want to utilize this tool so that our entire school division can learn together. It would be amazing to extend this project out into all social media, so that the students could see many people learning with them from all over their community, country or even the world!

I am excited to share what I have learned with this class, as well as with my students, school and school division.


Technology Troubles

7 Mar

This year I have been working really hard to create math videos for my lessons. I started in the first semester with Workplace 20 and Foundations 10 and found myself quickly giving up. I was very overwhelmed with all my work and was disheartened when the students didn’t use them as much as I had planned. Near the end of the semester I had positive feedback from the videos looking back and studying for the final, so this semester I decided I would try again and be more diligent.

I have been making videos for Precalculus 20 using the showme app for my iPad. I have found these videos to be effective for three main reasons:
1) I make the video before the lesson, so I practice teaching the lesson out loud before with a student which helps organize my lesson better.
2) I teach very involved students who often miss for sports and other activities, and there are also students absent all the time. When they miss they know to check the video online, which goes through all of the notes and they can fill it in. So far many of the students are coming to school already having watched the video for what they missed.
3) Time. There are so many students, and even without missing, it can be difficult to assist students who don’t understand concepts. The videos help when some students just need a refresh of the lesson.

What I have been trying to gear towards is a flipped classroom. I have been posting the lesson the night before, and a couple students have watched them before hand. There are a few difficulties I have been encountering that have stopped me from flipping my classroom. First I am very worried the students won’t watch the video beforehand. It is a different way of thinking for them so it may be a difficult transition. I have been trying to slowly transition, with the videos to work towards that. My second problem is with my own preparation. I am finding it difficult to have enough hours in my day let alone being extra planned in advance. I have been working on long term planning, and am a very organized person, but I’m worried that I won’t have a video ready on time or something will go wrong and mess the entire process up.

In all, I have seen many successes with the technology I have incorporated. Many students are using the videos and it is extremely beneficial in the classroom. I need to find the extra motivation to push myself to try more with my teaching.

There’s an App for That

4 Dec

Things that I thought I would continue to do once I started teaching: blog.

Things that I don’t do know that I started teaching: blog… sleep…

I really wish I could get into the good practice of blogging more often, so today I have decided to talk about apps.  In university I thought I had found all the most wonderful apps that are amazing and useful.  Yesterday I deleted 100 apps.  Today, I took a moment to realize how many apps I have downloaded since school has begun, and how I found apps that fit to supplement what I was teaching.  As I teach a course that requires curriculum outcomes that relate to games, I have found apps that work in each of my units.  Let me take a quick second to recognize the apps that I adore.

Crossmath! – This $0.99 game has been used more than anything on my phone.  It works for teaching factoring, balancing equations, deductive reasoning… and also when you are really bored.

Hexominoes – This app works for shape and space as well as logic! It costs $0.99

Rush Hour – All of my students love rush hour.  I even have a physical copy of the board game. Working in groups really is helpful as they communicate hundreds of strategies. Cost is $2.99.

Flow Free – This game is great for shape and space as well as logic, it is also FREE!

Tangram XL Free – Works for shape and space units, deductive reasoning, and is Free!

Vault Breaker – Tests your logic and deductive reasoning skills to crack codes.  It’s free and fun.

Battleship – Used this for review for graphs, plotting points, ordered pairs, deductive reasoning and strategy.  You can play against a computer, over Wi-Fi with another device, or pass and play.  It is free.

CribbagePro – Need I say more? Oh right, it is free!

And lastly, I had this app downloaded forever and not once had I used it or even thought about it.  Then I taught Pre-Calculus and I understood why it is a must have.

Free Graphing Calculator

These are just a few of the math apps that I have been using in my classroom, and felt like I needed to share them now that I am actually using mobile learning.