Final Reflection!

I hate to say this but my, oh my, am I excited that this is my very last blog post for this class. This class is probably the hardest course I have ever taken in my years of schooling, from K-12 and the 4 years of university I have finished. I’m not even sure if it was the content that I found difficult or the idea of an online course. The content was hard, don’t get me wrong. Give me 25 papers, I’d write them over teaching myself to use new technology first in order to do a task. It was also hard to find time for these modules; most times the module took all day. They were also easy to forget about because time just flew by. It would feel like I just finished one and then there was another one posted! Some were good though. It wasn’t all bad.

The things I’ve learned in this course would never fit into 500 characters. I started learning right off the hop. I had never even heard of WordPress, nor have I ever had a blog. Making my blog was the first learning experience I had with the class and also my first struggle. I had quite the time getting it to work and after a few attempts, I got it figured!

Oh, wait! Scratch that. My first learning experience with this class was our Google Hangouts session. I had never used that either! Thank god the girls were at my house for that, otherwise I probably would have missed it!!

I learned all about Google Apps through exploring the list on Google and watching my classmates’ tutorials. Some I had heard of and others I had not so I learned a lot! I read a lot of helpful articles, blogs, presentations, etc. Some made me mad, some frustrated me, some I agreed with, and some I just threw out the window.

So, let’s be honest. If you read my blog, you know this class was a struggle for me most of the time! With the help of some friends, we kept each other on track and got through all of the modules.

I’m not sure what my future classroom is going to look like as I am still deciding what I will look like as a teacher. I still think technology is the devil in disguise and I will probably try to avoid it for a while still. However, after taking this class, when I encounter it, I won’t run as fast as I would have a few months ago. I learned, I struggled, but I finished!

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Final Project

Hello everyone! I’ve been cooking up a storm over the past few weeks. It’s been really giving my stove (and my wallet) a work out. I haven’t been putting it up on my blog as I went but have dedicated today to putting up everything I have accomplished so far! So, ladies and gentlemen, here it is!
https://kourtneystastytravels.wordpress.com/

 

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TIM

Finally! Finally something that doesn’t scare me and actually gets me excited about using technology in the classroom.

All the resources are going to be very helpful. I’m honestly surprised that this is the first time hearing about this. This changes everything for me! It’s like technology in the classroom for dummies.

The videos are also great. I watched quite a few, all of which I could picture being able to do in my classroom.

The matrix itself I think is pretty cool. It allows us to see which level of integration we’re at and compare it to where we’d like to be. This is definitely something I will use in years to come.

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March 14th, 2015

What a week. I am running out of steam I think. I chose to work way too much this month and homework is certainly adding up. On top of that, keeping my house clean and my puppy happy seems impossible. It has not been a good week.

#Saskedchat was awesome!!! I really enjoyed that. Everyone was so welcoming and genuinely interested in getting to know me. I have twitter followers because of it! Who “woulda thunk.” Brenna, Shannon, and I discussed how we will definitely be tuning into more of them. I learned a lot and it was so refreshing to see so many views on everything. It reassured me that you don’t always have to fall into the mainstream.

BYOD is not my cup of tea, as you can tell from my reading responses. I don’t feel like talking about that anymore soo…

Coming up with the online lesson plan was stressful at first but as soon as I found a topic I wanted to do, it came easy. I followed the way Milissa sets up her modules and it ended up looking quite professional. I’m pretty proud of it so I hope I did well!

I have managed to find time to continue working on my final project. It was neglected last week, as that week was even busier than this one, so it felt good to get back on track with it. I’ve decided “20 flavours” is just too much; too much expenses and too much time so  I have picked about 11 or 12 with the option to add more if I still have time. I’m so excited about this project. I even have celebrity judges!! Well, not famous celebrities but some none the less. I’ve decided to keep it a secret for a while longer as I have just been doing the research and haven’t really got a start on many of the flavours. It should be accessible sooner than later! Hope all of you are as excited as I am!!

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If Your Phone Could Talk

Kind of silly but certainly puts things into perspective…

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March 3rd, 2015

It’s me! How has everyone’s week been? Mine has been extremely busy so I haven’t got around to this reflection or any other blogging until now. The wait is over; I am back.

If I had to describe this week’s module in three words it would be reading, reading, reading. There were a lot of articles and slides and things of the sort to read through. That was good though. There was a lot of interesting reads and some very cool videos, especially the one of the young girl sharing things online. That was such a great way to put the issue into perspective. I very much enjoyed it.

This week also marks my first week on Twitter! Yay me! I had to tweet for task #2 obviously, but I also looked around a bit and it’s not that bad. Shaunee was over last Wednesday, we were tag teaming module 4, and she was trying to follow me on twitter. She searched my name and up came a tweet from the Calgary Sun! I was in the Calgary Sun!! So, well if that doesn’t make me a celeb, I don’t know what does.

I also want to reflect on trying to improve my blog. We received our marks back and well, I was disappointed. I looked at my fellow classmate’s blogs to see if I could fetch any ideas from them. My, oh my are there some nice blogs out there. I saw some that have sub categories under there categories that also have categories and WOAH. “Well that’s fancy,” is what I thought. As much as I think that looks nice, there’s a reason why mine is the way it is. My blog is based around the idea of “Technology for Dummies” and the easier it’s portrayed, the more that idea becomes a reality. It would be hypocritical if I knew how to do that (haha) and to be completely honest, I have no idea. My ignorance here is just as obvious as anywhere else but it is completely intentional this time. 🙂

All in all, another good week in the books. I look forward to crushing Module 5, talking to you guys, and improving my blog more! Ta-ta for now!

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February 18th, 2015

Hello my fellow bloggers, fans, and everything in between! I’m sure you all have been waiting on Kourtney’s rant of the week. You want to hear me scream and yell and curse this class like I’ve been doing time and time before. My struggles are cheap entertainment, I know. I’m not one to disappoint, but if you came here this week to be entertained in that way, I’m about to be a huge disappointment! I had a great week!

Everything from Google Docs/Hangouts to using Wordle for the first time to planning my final project; everything went great. I made a list this week so I wouldn’t have to continue referring to the blog and it was as though they crossed themselves off the list. It was great. I’ve said it a few times in my blog this week about how much I enjoyed collaborating with classmates over Google Hangouts while doing the Google Docs assignment. It gave the idea of answering questions a little spice, and if any of you know myself, Shannon, and Shaunee, especially all together, you know that it was just that. We had a lot of fun. We discussed the questions and answered separately, discussed the articles, and exchanged ideas about the class in general. That all took about a half an hour. We started at 8p.m. and I didn’t turn my computer off until 10:30p.m. We explored what Hangouts had to offer and found stupid costumes to wear at the click of a button and then found the screen shot button. Dangerous combination, I know. If you haven’t seen them, I have chosen 5 out of the 700 we took and posted them further down on the blog.  My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. It was a nice change of pace from what I had experienced these last few weeks.

But, because you’re all here to see me complain about featuring technology in my life, here is something for you to chew on. I have managed to avoid Twitter my whole life. I think it’s silly. I have no interest in it, never have, and therefore, never created an account. Now, at 21, I need Twitter. Silly. Sooo follow me @kourelation! (clever, I know)

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