EDTC 300 · Learning Project

Piping Outside of Class

For this learning project I decided to learn how to decorate cupcakes. I have always loved baking and wanted to learn how to nicely present my baking. This project was to show that you are able to learn a new skill from online resources. With the technology we have today you are able to learn almost anything through the use of online resources, I found this to be true for my project. Finding how-to’s for cupcake decorating was fairly simple as there were many videos, blogs and pinterest ideas. 

I have always wanted to be able to decorate my baking in a presentable way. Baking for my family and friends is a favorite pastime of mine but I was never good at decorating my creations. I have decorated cupcakes with my cousins for my grandpa’s 90th birthday but that was 2 years ago and I have not tried it again since. When we were decorating them one of my cousins worked in a bakery at the time so she was showing us what to do. She was walking us through each step and told us what piping tool we should be using. Though I had an idea what to do I still did not know how to do this on my own which I wanted to be able to do. That was my goal to gain the confidence and skills to do this independently. 

The main source of my resources was Pinterest for my decorating ideas and recipes. I also use The Cake Blog. When I started this project I began with looking back at the pictures of the cupcakes we decorated for my grandpa’s birthday, I then looked at the tools I had. Following this I watched some simple how-to videos on youtube to give me a basic idea of how the tools worked. When using Pinterest you are able to go into the cover picture which would lead you to a blog or website. Since I did most of my learning through the use of Pinterest I came across many different blogs and bakers to help with my learning. Another form of technology I learnt to use for this project was an app called SlideShow which allowed me to take my pictures and create a slideshow to music. I was able to use this app to create a step by step video of making my buttercream and decorating my cupcakes. The other technology I was trying to learn with this project was a timelapse video which would have allowed me to make a timelapse of me decorating my cupcakes. Unfortunately I was not able to figure out how to use this. As I continue to decorate cupcakes and other baking beyond this class I look forward to being able to continue to learn through the use of online resources. 

The first few weeks my main focus was to find buttercream recipes that I would be able to work with. This proved to be a lot harder than I thought. I ended up not finding a recipe I liked till the fourth week through trial and error. Many recipes I used would be too sweet because of the amount of icing sugar needed or they would not be strong enough to hold the shape made by the piping tool. Once I was able to find a recipe that was suitable I was then able to be creative with my decorating ideas. I was still finding ways to be creative before, for example when I had icing that did not really hold its shape I ended up turning them into Monsters Inc cupcakes as the blue and purple blended together to give it a nice effect. Another new thing I tried was to use chocolate melts for my decorating when I did my Valentine cupcakes. Once I was able to find a buttercream that worked I felt that I was finally able to challenge myself with developing my skills. I have included a list of my previous blogs that show my progress and thought process throughout this project. I am happy with the results of my cupcakes as I am able to see myself getting better with each cupcake attempt. Though I focused my project on decorating cupcakes this skill can go beyond cupcakes. The main thing I have learnt from this project is how to use a piping bag and different tools. Once you learn the basics of how to use each tool there was so much you could do from there. I am now able to take these skills and use them to decorate cakes as well and create pull apart cakes.

My cupcake decorating journey so far; Cupcake Decorating, Making Cupcakes, Monster Inc, Valentine’s Day, Flower Cupcake Slideshow, Cupcake Bouquet, Show Cupcakes, Pipe Your Way to Creativity. This was a very enjoyable skill and as I slowly got better and more confident it became more relaxing. 

 

My end goal for this project was to be able to try and make a pull apart cake. That is what I created this weeked. I decided to make three flowers on a stem with leaves which involved 24 cupcakes. The cupcakes I made were a red velvet cheesecake that I got from pinterest, I also used the icing recipe that came with it. This flower design was fairly easy to make as it was not a hard design. I also used pinterest to find a design for my cake, which is how I landed on the flower design. I also thought that this would be an easy design for my first attempt of a pull apart cake. Overall I am happy with how they turned out. I hope to continue to work on this skill, though I don’t think I will be making cupcakes every week! Through this process a big takeaway is now that I have learnt what I can do with each tool, I am able to allow my creativity take over. I am excited to grow and learn new techniques through online learning. I would not have thought about learning a skill online as I thought it would be too difficult however I have since realized that it is very easy to learn a new skill with online resources. Being that we are having to stay home because of recent events, I am looking forward to developing my decorating skills and maybe learning another new skill online! Thanks to everyone that has followed me in this journey and helped me along the way with providing me recipes and useful tricks and tips! 

Blog · EDTC 300

Network Learning & Contributing to the Learning of Others

Throughout this course we have been challenged to contribute to the learning of others through online interactions. We also learnt about the use and benefits of Network Learning which is having the ability to connect with others online through posts and the sharing of ideas. The idea of having to do this was a bit overwhelming to me at first as I do not use social media often and when I do I am not really posting information. This required me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself this semester. I learnt that there were so many different ways to network, some of the online interaction we took part in was through our blogs, Twitter, the Slack community and Feedly. I found that I began to network myself slowly as I was a bit hesitant to fully jump into this. We were to use our blog and our thoughts about weekly class discussions. We were also to share about our learning projects and contribute to other student learning projects.  

Twitter

Twitter was something that was brand new to me, I only saw it as another social media platform that would only be used for personal information. When I was told that I needed to get Twitter and be a part of the Twitter world I was a bit overwhelmed at first. The first bit of class I was not posting on Twitter very often as I was still trying to get comfortable with it and how everything worked. My first time posting on Twitter was during the Twitter chat. I was overwhelmed at first as I was concerned about not having the time to think about what I would say and that it was going to be seen by many individuals and other teaching professionals. As we started my fear went away and I began to feel more comfortable, although I was still a bit hesitant about sharing ideas of my own. This changed near the end as I became more comfortable and began to share and post more often. I am looking forward to continuing to use Twitter and learn from other educators. I hope to grow on Twitter and become more comfortable using and being a part of the Twitter world. 

Blogs

Throughout this course we were asked to reflect on discussions that took place in class each week. Along with this, we needed to read what others had to say and comment on their posts. This semester we also did a learning project and the progress of this project was tracked through a weekly blog post, seperate from our reflections. I was not very sure how I was going to be able to help teach others as I did not know much about the skills they were doing. I did however enjoy being able to read their learning process and learn about some new skills I could try myself. I was able to provide others with some tips and hints about cupcake decorating, it was nice to know that I was also able to help them learn another new skill.  

 

Slack

Slack was something that I did not use much but it was nice to be able to look back and see what was going on in our class. We were also able to connect with others for help or guidance.  Through slack we could go back and find the recordings from class which was very helpful to have access to.

Feedly

Feedly was another site that we used through this course. I was able to find blogs like The Cake Blog to help me with my learning project. I was also able to find blogs and other articles to my interest. One blog that I am now following is Proud to be Primary. I have also subscribed to this site and follow Proud to be Primary to get access to some resources. As a new teacher this blog was an awesome find and one I would not have come across without the use of feedly. I look forward to seeing what else I will be able to find. 

Overall I feel that I am leaving this class with a better understanding of my own digital identity, the importance of it and a stronger Network knowledge. Without this class I would not have learnt the importance of creating a personal digital identity and network. I also would not have become connected with other educators without joining Twitter. I look forward to continuing to grow my network and digital identity outside of this course. 

 

Blog · EDTC 300

What is Coding?

This week we got to learn about coding. I was brand new to this concept as I have never done coding before. I have friends who have tried it and taken classes on it but I myself never thought to give it a try. I also never thought that you could teach coding to your classroom environment. I was excited to learn more and see how it could be used in the classroom. Before I could fully start playing around with this concept I needed to answer one question, what is coding? In simple terms coding is what is used to make apps and websites. So my next question was then why teach coding to kids? One reason is that it opens their creativity and allows them to learn skills like problem solving and critical thinking. Coding allows for kids to develop these skills at a young age in a fun environment. Coding has been something you will start to see in the school more and more as teachers begin to find the benefits behind it. After our EDTC 300 class I began to understand what coding was and why it was becoming so popular and why people loved it so much. I also began to see the uses coding could have in the classroom. I was excited to explore it more. 

When I first went on to Code.org I had no idea what it was going to be about but I was excited to get started. When I first got onto the site I was not really sure what I was doing as I did not fully read before I started. I ended up beginning to make a dance party but I had no idea what I was doing and just guessed on every move. This led to the plan I had made to not really work out as I thought. This also gave me the chance to just play around and see what the outcome would be from different boxes. I found this to be very fun and relaxing. Once I finished playing around I was able to get to the hour of coding. This was very helpful as it gave you step by step instruction on how this worked and what each block did. The hour of coding consisted of 10 levels. Each level started with a video or a small blurb that explained what you needed to do. There was also a help button if you were still stuck. Once you completed all 10 levels you could then go and create your own dance party. I can see how kids would love this as there were so many different options you could pick from. I ended up spending almost an hour creating my dance party how I liked. You are able to see my dance party here.  

I think coding is important to kids as it allows them to see how some of their favourite games may have been created. Coding allows for kids to explore different options and use critical thinking and problem solving skills. This is such a fun idea to bring into the classroom as it allows students to embrace their creative side. This is very kid friendly, easy to follow and easy to understand. I believe that you would be able to do this with all ages as you are able to make it very simple or more complex depending on the age level. I look forward to being able to find new and creative ways to begin coding in my future classroom. 

Blog · EDTC 300

Teaching Digital Literacy

What is digital literacy and why is it important

Digital literacy is having the skills in order to live, learn, and work through digital technology. We live in a society where lots of our communication is done through the use of technology. With recent events happening in our world, having digital literacy is becoming very important in order to work, finish classes, and communicate with loved ones. Some examples of digital literacy are understanding how to use email, text, websites, powerpoints, video, zoom, houseparty, ect. With this new reality we are having to face as of now it helps to have digital literacy. 

How can I teach digital literacy 

This will be more important for the older grades than the younger ones. This is because students in grade 1 and 2 will most likely be using apps or websites that are picked by the teacher. When students get into grade 3 and older they can begin to use the internet on their own and use it to find information to help with a project. When teaching students how to identify fake news you can use the 5 C’s of Critical Consuming as pointed out in Helping Students Identify Fake News with the Five C’s of Critical Consuming by John Spencer. The 5 C’s consist of context, credibility, construction, corroboration, and compare. Teaching students these 5 C’s can help them know the difference between real and fake news, this will help to accurately use and search for information. Another fun way to help students learn how to identify fake news is Bring real-world fake news examples that we encounter everyday into the classroom so that students can be challenged to apply their skills and techniques to authentic situations.” This would be good to try with students after teaching them the 5 C’s, so they are able to better understand the difference between real and fake news.

Digital Literacy in my pre-internship and internship

In my pre-internship I was in a grade ¾ class where we used laptops to assist us with our project. My teaching partner and I were doing a project where the student had to use laptops to research information about an animal and its habitat for outcome HC4.1 – Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities. Before the students could use the laptops Kiara Meachem my teaching partner did a full lesson on how to research the question we needed to find. She did a very good job at teaching the students how to tell the difference from what is real and what is fake, along with how to find a reliable website like National Geographic Kids that will help them with their question and will fit their reading level. This lesson was done on the smart board so the students could follow along with her and better understand what she was doing. You can visit Kiara Meachem blog where she describes the lesson she did and also gives her thoughts on teaching digital literacy. In my internship I was in a grade 1 class. We did not use technology in the same way but it was still very present in our classroom. One way was the use of educational videos and movement breaks in which they could follow along. Another way technology was used more independently by the students was during daily 5. At this time the students would use the ipads and go onto Raz-Kids to listen to reading. Before the students were able to do this we first needed a lesson on how to use the ipads and what was expected of them when using them. We needed to teach our students how to handle the ipads with care. We also needed to teach them how the app worked, how they logged in, picked a book, listened to a book, read a book, and answer questions. This was done on the smart board to help them see what we were doing and then their first few times using the ipads we would help them get set up. 

Why is digital literacy needed for K-5

Technology has become a big part of education, especially today because of recent events. Teachers and students are having to learn how to continue their education online. This would not be possible without having a sense of digital literacy. There are so many useful educational apps and websites that can help with students learning in a fun and engaging way. Students in grades K-3 will often use this technology on a daily basis, through educational games or websites such as Raz-Kids. Outside of school, students of all ages are using technology from social media apps to watching youtube videos. It is because of this that it is important to teach them about internet safety and how they can find a reliable source that will also fit their learning level and is kid friendly. 

 

EDTC 300 · Learning Project

Pipe Your Way to Creativity

I have decided to make a how-to video using imovie. I have worked with iMovie a few times and I thought it would work the best for what I wanted to do. Using iMovie I was able to use my laptop and have the camera on me. This allowed for me to have the tools in front of me without having to try and hold a camera. I was also able to talk as I was doing this and point the screen down so you could better see the cupcake. Using my laptop to film allowed me to easily change the view as I was making my video. I really enjoyed using iMovie as it was easy and straightforward. I also liked how it was already on my laptop so I did not have to worry about paying to get the extra features, which can be a problem when using an app. The one problem I had with using iMovie was getting it onto YouTube, as it was taking a long time to download or was not wanting to work. Other than that small problem it was very easy to use. I have enjoyed learning with the use of technology as it has allowed me to use new apps along with what I already had but never used before. I have also been able to find blogs to follow that have many recipes that I hope to be able to try. I have also started using Pinterest in different ways. As I have mentioned before I used to only use Pinterest by looking at the picture and never going into the website or blog. I have wanted to create a timelapse video for some time now but have not been able to find an easy one to use without having to pay for it. I am hoping I will be able to find one to use for my next post. If you know of any good timelapsing app please let me know!

When starting my learning project the first thing I had to learn was what I was able to do with the piping tools I had. I ended up getting a kit that gave me many tools to work with, there were also some doubles of some – meaning it was the same tool tip but just a different size. To help me figure this out I started by just looking at pictures to see if I could tell what tool they used. Some were very easy to see what they used but others not so much as they can look very similar. I believe when decorating cupcakes there are two important things you need to help yourself be successful. The first is finding a buttercream to work with, as you may have seen in my earlier posts this took me some time to find one. The next is know what you can do with your piping tools. Once you learn what you are able to make with each tool you are then able to let your creativity take over and attempt any design. The designs I was using were not from any picture, rather just something I made up as I went along. This week I decided to make chocolate bourbon cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream. Once again I have used the same buttercream recipe I have used in the past. If you wish to find this recipe you can find it in my Flower Cupcake SlideShow post. I got the chocolate cake recipe off of Pinterest. I have used this recipe many times and it really is the best chocolate cake recipe. With this you are able to make 24 cupcakes, I did not want that many cupcakes so I decided to half the recipe. This recipe does not have the bourbon in it, that was something extra that I added. I added 2oz of bourbon to the cake batter which added a really nice flavour to them. The reason I did not make the full recipe and save half for next week is because when looking on The Cake Blog I found another recipe that I am wanting to try next week! 

EDTC 300 · Learning Project

Shoe Cupcakes

This week I decided to make the caramel vanilla bourbon cupcakes again. I also decided to use the same buttercream recipe I have been using the past few weeks. I once again used all 12 cupcakes and did not get to freeze any. I am okay with this, as I have so many other flavours I want to try to make. The problem with this is that I end up with so many cupcakes however, good thing I have friends that are willing to help eat them! All week I was not really sure how I wanted to decorate my cupcakes since I have gone away from my original cupcake themes for each week. My mom was helping me look on Pintrest and she found shoe cupcakes. Being that I love shoes I thought this would be fun! When using pinterest in the past I would look at the first picture and never go into the actual website or blog. This has since changed, as I have started to dig deeper into the pictures I have found on pinterest and see where they are coming from and if there is more information that can help me. I found this to be very helpful when making my shoe cupcakes as there was actually a video on how to make the shoes. Without using the site and watching her video, I would not have really known where to start in making these shoe cupcakes. In order to make them I have to get a cookie to use for the sole of the shoe and then a cone for the heel. I ended up cutting the top of the cone and making it on an angle so it would attach easily. I started by piping the cupcakes and then attaching the cone to the cookie and carefully placing it to the cupcake. I needed to add more icing to help keep the heel standing. Overall they were not too hard to do. I am happy with how they turned out but wish they would have looked a little neater. I am thinking that I used the wrong piping tools for this, I should have used the same tool as in the picture but I wanted to change it a bit. The tool I used worked okay but it did not allow for enough icing to go on the cupcake. I needed a thick amount of icing to keep the heel attached. If I was to try this again, I will definitely be using a different tool to help make them look neater. 

Blog · EDTC 300

Digital Identity

This week I ended up cybersleuthing Sydney Vogt. She is a very good friend of mine, so I already know a lot about her, one being that she does not have any social media. This made things a bit harder as I could not really find much about her. Before this class Sydney did not use social media, until she started using twitter and a blog. When it came time to see what I could find I knew I would find information from her twitter and blog account, but I was not sure what else I would be able to find. I was also able to find an old twitter account from grade 10 but that was pretty much all I could find. The good thing is that everything I could find on Sydney was good and there was nothing that was making me question her. Sydney’s digital identity was pretty small as she did not have much information that appeared about her. This is a good and bad thing, as people are not able to find information on her. She also does not have to worry about inappropriate photos being posted on her Facebook or instagram. When I looked up “Sydney Vogt” I got many other accounts. If someone did not know what Sydney looked like and they were searching her up, they could find information that is not even about her which can become a problem. Future employers could be finding information that is not true or even relevant to her. Having a digital identity is important so people are not able to find false information about you. When you apply for a job or have your own classroom there is a good chance the employer or parents will look you up. Even when you go in for your pre-internship and internship your cooperating teacher will be looking you up, I know this as my cooperating teacher looked me up on Facebook. I knew what I had on my Facebook and what people would get when they searched my name so I was not concerned about what she would find. This is why it is important to have a professional digital identity. It does not have to be big but just something so if people look you up they can find positive information.

I believe that everyone has some form of digital identity even if they do not use social media. I found this to be true when searching Sydney. Digital identity is everything from Facebook to the images that come up when our name is searched. A person needs to know how your name is being presented on the internet. To monitor this it is good to google yourself from time to time. It is also important to talk to your friends and family about what they post about you or tag you in and insure that it is appropriate and presents a positive image. Your digital identity can say a lot about you so you want to try and control what is being portrayed about you and remember that once it is out there it is there for good. 

People need to be aware and conscious of what they are posting and what others are posting about you as well as what is being said, as anything can be taken out of context and what you might think is just a harmless joke can be one of the biggest mistakes you make. This was pointed out in Jon Ronson’s TED talk How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life. This video points out how everyone is watching you if they want to and how easy it is for society to get a hold of something and use it to ruin your life. It is so easy for people to sit behind a screen and shame others and because of that it can happen easily and with little to know effort. Not everything should and needs to be posted and some things are better to keep to yourself. What is posted can say a lot about who you are but it is also very easy to fake what you have. Madison Holleran’s instagram portrayed a typical happy girl who loved life,  but this was not the case. People post on instagram acting like it is real life. “Yes, people filter their photos to make them prettier. People are also often encouraged to put filters on their sadness, to brighten their reality so as not to “drag down” those around them.” – this is a quote from Split Image. I liked this quote as it points out how as much as people try to pretend instagram is like your real life, people still and always will try and make it look better in order to please their followers. People believe that life should be instagrammed – that is not the case. I myself don’t have instagram. When people find this out they are always so shocked and ask “why”. I do not see the point in having to post my life for a bunch of followers in whom I might not even know. I would rather live my life not through a screen and for “likes”. Yes, a digital identity is important to have and monitor but it should not be taking over your life. It does not matter if it is a picture, post,  or comment, it all makes up your digital identity and you always need to be actively aware of your activity online.

     

EDTC 300 · Learning Project

Cupcake Bouquet

This week I reached the end of the frozen cupcakes I had so I needed to make another batch of cupcakes. My first idea was to just make chocolate cupcakes again, I then remembered the blog I found on feedly. I decided to go back to feedly and look at the recipes on the Cakeblog. I found a caramel bourbon vanilla cupcake recipe, I thought this would be a fun one to try! This recipe was very easy to make with clear step by step instructions. Unfortunately this recipe only made 12 cupcakes so I will need to make another batch next week. I am okay with this though because the Cakeblog has so many recipes I want to try! When making the cupcakes and it came time to add the bourbon I was worried it was going to be too overpowering as it had a very strong smell to it. This was not the case, the bourbon added a really good flavour to the cupcakes without taking over! I decided to just use the same buttercream recipe I used last week, as it was a simple flavour and was easy to work with. Since I have found a buttercream recipe I liked, I finally got to try and make the cupcake bouquet that I was talking about wanting to make! I got this cupcake bouquet idea off of Pinterest.  My first step was to place the styrofoam ball into my pot and determine how many cupcakes I needed to fill the pot. I needed to use all 12 cupcakes. I started by placing empty cupcake liners to help get an idea of where they would go. I then added the toothpicks and placed the empty cupcakes liners on that. This allowed me to have a better idea, I could then go and move them around to fit better. I did not want to do this with the actual cupcakes as I felt if I started poking too many holes in the cupcakes it would be harder for them to hold. For my last step I added the undecorated cupcakes, I only needed to move 1 or 2 very little. I then removed the cupcakes to decorate them. Since I had a pink pot I kept my icing white with only the green leaves. I decorated the cupcakes with one big rose in the center and then smaller flowers around it. I added a few green leaves, along with some pink candy balls to help tie it all together. After decorating them I put them in the fridge to set before adding them to the pot. Once they were all added I still had some open space, to fix this I got some green tissue paper to act as leave. Overall this was not hard to do it just had lots of little steps. I am very happy with how this turned out! I’m not to sure what I am going to do next week, let me know if you have any ideas!

            

 

Blog · EDTC 300

What we See in SeeSaw

* This conversation takes place during a three-way conference between a parent, student, and teacher to introduce a new tool being used in the classroom. *

Teacher – Welcome, to our Grade 1 classroom. This past week I have introduced SeeSaw to the class to give the students a chance to get familiar using it. I’d like to start this conference by giving you an introduction to how SeeSaw will be used in our classroom. After I have given the introduction, I will give you the opportunity to express any questions or concerns you may have about this new form of technology.

Parent – Sounds great! 

Teacher – In our classroom, SeeSaw will be used to document and share the progress of your child’s learning journey. You will be able to view pictures of what we are doing in our classroom from any device as well as interact with the posts, including commenting on different posts that your child is involved in. I have a video here that gives a brief overview on what SeeSaw is, after the video is finished, I will open up the floor to you! 

Teacher – After viewing the video, what are some questions, concerns, or just general comments that you have about SeeSaw? 

Parent – I love how I will be able to see pictures of my child and her progress throughout the day, but I have many concerns being that this is a form of social media. The biggest concern I have would be if I or another parent didn’t want my child to be included in the pictures/videos, how will this impact your use of SeeSaw? 

Teacher – In order for a child to be included in any form of media at school, we require their media release form to be signed by a parent/guardian. If that form is not signed, your child will still be included in the process of taking the photos, but she will be “blurred out” so that you can’t tell who it is. Something I want to stress about SeeSaw is that the only people who will be able to see the pictures/videos, are the people within our classroom, as well as their families.

Parent – If only the student’s and their families can see the media, who will be able to post on SeeSaw?

Teacher – The teacher, parents, and students will all be able to post, but the extent to what they are able to post varies. I will be able to post announcements, pictures, etc. to everyone, where as parents are only able to comment on those posts as well as message the teacher directly. Students will also be able to post pictures and comments, but for the most part in our classroom I will do the majority of the posting. Everything posted on SeeSaw must also be approved by me, but I think now would be a good time to focus on your child’s view of SeeSaw. 

Teacher (directly to student) – What do you like most about SeeSaw?

Student – I like being able to share my work with my family. It is a lot of fun to take pictures on the iPads. 

Parent – Okay, I like how it seems like my child’s privacy will be protected. How do you want me to communicate with you from now on? Should I be using SeeSaw or continue to email you?

Teacher – Personally, I prefer SeeSaw as the line of communication, but you can email me as well. SeeSaw messages go directly to my phone, so I get your message right away. The message you send will be sent directly to me, just like an email. No other parents will see it.

Parent – Will I be able to contact other parents through this app?

Teacher – No, this is specifically for the teacher to be able to share what we are doing at school with families, as well as important announcements. This will help to keep this platform specifically for in school learning, not extra-curricular “chat” between families. 

Parent – What type of information will you, as the teacher, post on SeeSaw? Aside from pictures of what my child is doing throughout the day.

Student – I think the teacher should post pictures of her dog!

Teacher – Not necessarily, remember how we talked about making sure that the pictures we post, relate to what we are learning in school. So, do you think we should post pictures of our pets? 

Student – No, maybe you should post a picture of something we learned in class.

Teacher – Yeah, that would be a much better idea. I will also post information such as progress updates, classroom celebrations, events that are happening within the school, etc. 

Parent – If you are using SeeSaw as a main form of communication, what happens if there is a family that doesn’t have access to the app?

Teacher – Important messages will still be sent home through agenda messages and newsletters, but most families do have access to technology, whether it’s a cellphone, public library computer, home laptop, etc. 

Parent – The last question I have is will SeeSaw take away from my child’s learning?

Teacher – If anything, SeeSaw should add to your child’s learning as it will be easier for you to connect with your child about what they are doing at school. I will also use SeeSaw as a way to check in with each child during certain assignments. As for when I will moderate these posts, that will be done during my own time. You and your family will be able to have access to SeeSaw through different accounts, as SeeSaw allows up to ten family members per child.  

Student – Will Grandma be able to join?!

Teacher – Yes! If your parents are willing to set your Grandma up on SeeSaw, Grandma will be able to see everything you’re learning at school.Parent – Grandma will love being able to see everything you’re doing at school! I understand now why you want to use SeeSaw in your classroom. Thank you so much for allowing me to address my concerns about this new form of technology.

Blog · EDTC 300 · Learning Project

Flower Cupcake SlideShow

When it came to finding an app to use I knew that I wanted to find some kind of time lapse app so I could take pictures of me making the cupcakes and add it together in one video. It took me quite some time to find an app that was free of charge and easy to understand. I ended up downloading about 5 different apps before finding the one I used. I thought I was going to use an app called Splice because at first look it allows you to do everything without having to purchase the pro version. Unfortunately I was wrong, after making my video I went to save it and was notified that I needed the pro version to actually save my work. As such, I was not happy about this discovery. I finally found an app that satisfied all my requirements called SlideShow. This app allows you to make a slideshow of both pictures and videos, you can then add effects and music. Without getting the pro version you can only make a slide of ten pictures. When I found this out I was a bit worried, but it didn’t end up being a problem because I could fit all my pictures on three small slides made up of ten pictures. I was then able to go and make a new slideshow using the three small slideshows together. I was worried this would leave a chopped look, but the end result was aesthetically pleasing while keeping it simple. Overall, SlideShow was a very easy app to use and perfect for making simple videos. I would definitely recommend this app! 

I was very happy with how my cupcakes turned out this week! I finally found a buttercream that worked. After failing for 2 weeks to find a buttercream that was not too sweet and would hold its shape I was very excited about the successful outcome. I got the recipe from my moms friend, it was ½ cup crisco shortening, ½ cup margarine, 4 cups icing sugar, 3 tbsp milk (I ended up using 4). This recipe ended up making a lot of icing and I only had nine cupcakes to decorate, so I had a good amount leftover. I ended up throwing so much of it out thinking it would go bad. I have since learnt that it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a month. Storing it in an airtight container in the fridge is convenient for when I am ready to use it again. I will definitely be doing this next time! This week I decided to practice making flowers. How I decorated them I mostly just made up as I went but I did look at the blog Veronica Cupcakes for some ideas on how they should look. I focused mostly on roces and I was very happy as each one I did got better and the more I did the better they got and the more I got into it. As I was sitting there decorating them I got to a point where I was wishing I had more to decorate. I think that was because the look I was trying to achieve was working so it became less stressful, but a very relaxing task. Next week I want to go back and try the flower bouquet idea I had, I am looking forward to trying this again! I have also run out of all the cupcakes I made so I am going to need to make more cupcakes as well. I am still trying to decide if I should make chocolate again or try something different. Let me know if you have any ideas!