Google Earth – Wow

Not very often am I so amazed that all I can whisper is WOW… and that is exactly what I did when I found out Google Earth is now in browser format. It can be accessed by any device with Internet!

Once downloaded you can choose adventures in “Voyager” or explore on your own. You can use Google Voice from your phone to verbally command where to go. You can choose from a plethora of Lit Trips as well. 

You can zoom to any distance, making this a perfect resource to show kids, who struggle between the concrete and symbolic, that a map/globe is just a small version of a much bigger area in our world.

I think Google Earth could be a promising resource in my elementary internship for social studies and I look forward to learning more about what it can offer!

SAVE SASK LIBRARIES – READ ABOUT THE MESS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP CLEAN IT UP.

Group of concerned citizens reading outside of Brad Wall’s Swift Current MLA office for the DEAR Sask rally on April 7, 2017. Approximately 7,000 participated province-wide. Photo credits to Jill Erickson-Siever.

This Facebook post sums up the AGM (Annual General Meeting) of the Chinook Regional Library today:

“If they do nothing and/or have no rate increases from RMs and towns they will cease all operations by June 30. [This includes the Swift Current branch.]

Even with changes and rate increase they state they may need to close all libraries but 9 plus Swift Current. This is disastrous. They also stressed that the potential is there that Saskatchewan could lose all of its libraries entirely.”

Brad Wall and Don Morgan need to work towards restoring the budget AND RMs need to do what they can, in order to save the library system that is so admired by other provinces. To go from a thriving to a barely surviving community treasure is heartbreaking, and I cannot believe how little public outcry is happening despite the DEAR Sask rally being all over SK and Canadian media.

Check out this site for more information.

You have several choices on how you can help:

  1. Sign a petition. Your local library may have one. If not, print one out, sign it (and get your friends to as well) and mail it or hand-deliver to Merrilee Rasmussen. If 15% of Saskatchewan voters sign, a referendum and basically an election will be held to restore funding to libraries. Make sure you are a registered voter before signing.
  2. Contact your MLA, voice your concerns, and ask them to reconsider the budget. In Swift Current the person to contact is Brad Wall at premier@gov.sk.ca or bradwallmla@sasktel.net. All MLA contact information throughout the province can be found by looking through these PDFs. One written and mailed letter counts as 100 public voices, 1 e-mail counts as 10 voices, and 1 phone-call counts as 5 voices.
  3. Join the rally that will be held Saturday April 29, 2017 in front of Brad Wall’s SC office. I will be helping to plan it, acting as a concerned citizen who wants to keep public library doors open. If you have any questions, or are passionate about helping, do not hesitate to comment below.
  4. Share this blog post and any news on libraries. Tweet it, Facebook it, like it and comment on WordPress. Get your friends involved. We can do this!

Facebook groups to join to stay informed:

Save Saskatchewan Libraries

Chinook Regional Library

SC Branch Library


If you do nothing, especially after now being informed, you are helping to CLOSE libraries down.

Uncovering Some Old SOILS (Gr 3) and HABITATS (Gr 4) Units

Check out my Google Drive link to all folders and documents on unit plans. If you decide to use any of my ideas for a lesson, please shoot me a comment either here or on Twitter so I know my knowledge is being shared. Thanks so much and hope these can be of use!

There is a folder for a soils unit, a folder for a habitats unit, and a folder to various random 1-part lessons I did in my pre-internship. You can always check back later, as I will likely add more unit plans and lesson plans as I find them.

Side point: Check out photosforclass.com if you are a teacher who cares about following copyright laws and wants an easy and responsible way to use photos that are safe.

 

 

Create-Abilities Math Webinar I Attended

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Photo Credit: byzantiumbooks Flickr via Compfight cc

I credit my ECMP355 class with getting me so active in finding online PD opportunities. I saw a webinar advertised on Facebook and, instead of scrolling past it, I decided I would give it a shot. I am glad I did. The website name-drops for math resources alone were worth it:

You can read my whole summary of learning here! If you take part in the webinar in the next few days you will even get a PD document to keep for your portfolio!

Check out the site here.

“I hate problems without solutions. I look for solutions before I present problems.” – Lemarr Treadwell

Lemarr has been an invaluable resource to me this semester insofar as our alignment of educational philosophies. He expresses how I know I feel about education and it is great to be inspired when I look at someone’s Twitter feed! He is extremely kind and thoughtful, as he will message you when you retweet media of his!

My employers have echoed to their staff this sentiment of not voicing a problem until solutions have been tried and this certainly applies to both teachers and learners in the education system.

 

Summary of Learning – The Ultimate TL;DR Guide to My Semester

Ways to interact with my final project:

  1. You can watch the videos on this screen, but right click each “Letter Link” on the Image Map and select “Open in New Tab” so the video will keep playing as you look at each letter. If you open any link on the Alphabet Image Map, it takes you to the Powerpoint so you can just scroll through the letters on there!
  2. You can ignore the video altogether and explore the Image Map at your own pace
  3. You can ignore the Image Map and only watch the video for a snapshot of my learning!

Masterpiece in the making. Click on each square to explore what I have done so far – it is interactive and uploaded in such a way that the progress will be tracked (I do not have to keep re-uploading my progress on WordPress because I have linked each slide and it uploaods automatically)!

If you cannot access the image map (I tried from my phone and it does not work) click here to see the Powerpoint by itself.

Although I love coding from scratch, for time’s sake I used Image-Map.net to help me create my image map. I still did a bit of coding when I ran into a problem (image was not showing up) and, instead of jumping ship and starting the project in another way, I stuck with it and trusty Youtube saved the day. (You can read more about that here.) Let me know what you think of it so far in comments below. I am so happy I pushed myself to be creative. Usually I favor substance over style and opt for the essay if any assignment choice is given, but I wanted to do it differently this time around. Using educational technology (Google Drive, Google Slides, Image-Map.net, and Adobe Photoshop), the “style” part of this project was easy and relatively fast to make. Imagine how long it would have taken to develop all of my photos, do an alphabet on each piece of paper, etc. back in the 1970s. Imagine how, back in 1999, I could not have linked my Powerpoint slides directly to my image map for easy access and sharing! There is no excuse not to add a bit of life into the projects you make – and, most important of all, have it help you tell the story. In this case, I used ABC photos because it pertains to my Learning Project. I used Google Slides and Image-Map.net to do a fancy presentation to show how versatile it can be as an edtech resource for the classroom. Everything I have needed to upload from my phone or computer, I have done through Google Drive. There was a purpose to my style, as much as my substance.

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Testing Google Slides to See If I Can Link

Test

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Works perfect! I can link to any individual slide. That means… I can quickly pop off slides and put in the appropriate links to blog posts and outside material that I need. Stay tuned for my summary of learning!

At about 5 min in, I get the learning I had been waiting for – change the URL from the one the website had to the one you uploaded to WordPress. THAT is why my image map hasn’t been working. Even though I did not use the same site as him, I tried the trick and it worked. If you hover your mouse over A it should display the letter A! I will show my final product in my next blog.

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