Nama’seeya later

WOW 4 months already! Time flies when you are having fun and stretching it out! For #EDTC300 we were required to learn something new that may or may not have sparked joy in us. For my #learningproject I decided to dive into the art of yoga. The decision to do yoga was fuelled by 2 things.. 1) Not having to spend anything on equipment or materials and 2) wanting to become a more nimble human.

Comparing my week 1 results to my week 13, I completed some basic moves to test how my flexibility has improved over the semester. As you can tell from below, there is improvement! I am still not near I want to be but everyone starts somewhere. In the first comparison I was shocked that I can now not only touch my toes but grab the bottom of my feet. The second photos I can now place part of my hands on the ground!!

 

In my first post This is going to be a bit of a stretch I discuss the importance of keeping up my physical wellbeing as I am getting older … approaching 23 OLD I KNOW! But in looking after myself it is less about excelling at one sport but feeling good in my body and increasing my energy.

Throughout the project I tried to find multiple online platforms to help me during my process of yoga. There were definitely some platforms that I enjoy more than others and often kept going back to! Hands down my favourite source I found was Yoga With Adriene on YouTube which was recommended to me by a friend. Lets take a look at my yoga journey through a weekly breakdown.

Getting into the zen of things:

ZZZ’s for days with bedtime yoga:

  • For this week I went to yoga, luckily my search wasn’t extensive due to taking recommendations through others! I found myself subscribing to Yoga with Adriene and completing 7 minute bedtime yoga video. I also wanted to go into why one should practice yoga before bed, thanks to an article by DoYouYoga I found 5 benefits. Below is my time-lapsed video of bedtime yoga.

So you want to become a Yogi?

  • After researching benefits of doing bedtime yoga, I was curious about all the benefits of yoga. This post consisted of how others can do yoga, why we should do yoga and where do to yoga in YQR.
  • For convenience I look at some apps that can be downloaded to our devices, the best one I found was DownDog. Although later found out you can only complete X amount of series then you have to pay…
  • Why should we practice yoga? The article  13 benefits of Yoga that are Supported by Science looks at peer reviewed articles that support the benefits such as relieving anxiety, reduce inflammation and relieving migraines along with 10 more.
  • Lastly where to do yoga in YQR. Of course yoga can be completed anywhere but if you wanted to go to a studio some examples where Yoga Mala and Bodhi Tree.

Yoga X Cree

  • Collaboration time! Sarah Bahr and I wanted to combine our learning projects into one! We found simple poses that Sarah could translate the basic words in Cree. I was so impressed with her knowledge and uses of resources! We got the poses from  Yoga Journal and used The Online Cree Dictionary to help translate. Some of the poses we completed were downward dog, eagle and tree pose. Watch our video below to learn more!

Yogatta be kidding me…

  • The app I found 2 weeks prior was its time to get some use. Down Dog is user friendly with the ability to adapt the length of time and concentrate on certain areas such as lower back or neck.
  • This week I also wanted to try a challenging pose, so I decided on the Eight Angle Pose and boy was it ever challenging!

Amy Ippoliti, eight-angle pose, Astavakrasana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living by Elle Woods’ Words

  • This week were asked to try out a new technology tool and incorporate it into our learning project. I used the app Splice which is a video editing tool.
  • Below is a screen recording of me using the app to edit my yoga video. I found the blog and article Everyday Health 8 morning yoga posed to start your day
  • If you are wondering why I am inspired by Elle Woods’ words it is because of this quote: “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy”.

Teach me how to Yogi, teach me teach me how to Yogi

  • This week was all about teaching others, I mean it is what we are good at so why not use our assets.
  • I found a video on relieving pain from text neck, which is all too familiar in this class and with our generation. The video was inspired by Yoga with Adriene but I added in some of my own moves that I find help my neck pain.

Enjoying the Sun Salutation

  • The last week of my blog post, I took to outside to enjoy the above 0 degree weather we have been having! I completed a sun salutation which is a series of yoga poses performed in a continuous flowing sequence and intended to improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles.
  • Some reasons to do yoga outside are feeling connected to your neighbours, getting a dose of vitamin D and being one with nature found by Shape Magazine and Do you Yoga

This whole experience as been great! There were few days where I dreaded do my learning project, although I did get frustrated with my body at not being able to complete the moves as effectively as I would have liked, I kept saying “it is apart of the process”. I will try to continue yoga maybe not into my everyday routine but at least weekly. One takeaway from this yoga experience is no matter how terrible or great you are at yoga, there is always something for your level, you can continually challenge your body and mind during yoga or take it as slow as you would like!

Yoga is all about your preferences and what you want to accomplish during the time!

Get out there and yoga kids! Namaste Bitmoji Image

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What can I say except YOU’RE WELCOME!

Unexpectedly amazing.

Those are the words that come to mind when I think of my experience in EDTC 300. Throughout this class I have gained more applicable knowledge than any other university class I have taken. Since this is my last semester of my education degree, and initially I only had taken this class to be enrolled in 3 classes therefore to be covered under my parents insurance. It was also a way to start on my Inclusive Education certificate that I am looking forward to complete in the future.

Okay enough rambling..

The way I contributed to others learning the most is through Twitter and blog posts. Twitter was an easy way to communicate with others by simply replying to others or posting my own questions and resources. I found that communicating through twitter was easier to connect with others that I did not know and were outside of the class.

Lets look at some examples of interactions I had with other who I either contributed to their learning or they helped me with my learning. This is not every interaction I had or it would be pages long, but just some examples to show what you can do with media platforms and

Twitter:

I contributed to others learning through Twitter in various ways, such as Twitter chats, replying, tweeting about my blog with helpful resources and asking questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogs:

I commented on others blogs, giving them advice about what I liked or things they could work on for their next blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slack:

Although less often, when I did go on and a question hadn’t been answered I would try my best to help but it was also a great place to get help if you needed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shared Resources:

To Wrap it All Up

 

All I can say is I am excited to use the many resources I have gathered in a classroom of my own. Katia did an amazing job teaching this class, you can tell she has a true passion for educational technology and I looked forward to jumping on Zoom every Thursday and discussing current topics in the news or conversing with others! I have made so many connections throughout this course with not only peers in the class but other educators across the province that I look forward to working with again!

This class also showed me the importance of having a professional digital identity and what a powerful tool it can be to show your stuff and separate yourself from all the other educators around you!

I hope you enjoy mine and Sarah Bahr’s summary of learning, we had SOO much fun filming it and are excited to share with you all!

Enjoying the Sun Salutation

Since the weather has been incredibly amazing, I decided to take it outside to enjoy the sun while doing a sun salutation. A sun salutation is a series of yoga poses performed in a continuous flowing sequence and intended to improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles. These are only a few of the moves that I completed throughout my series.

I came across some benefits of practicing yoga outside. Since yoga is about being in touch with ourselves and our surroundings, what better way to do that than with having physical touch with the Earth itself?

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I took “why do outside yoga” to google and came across some benefits from source as Shape Magazine and Do you Yoga

Some include

  • Feeling connected to your neighbours
  • Being one with nature
  • Dose of Vitamin D

This was my favourite way to practice so far. I love being outside especially in the springtime. Hearing the birds chirping and the smile on Maddox’s face for finally being able to escape the indoors (shown).

Coding and all its wonders

This week we were prompted to try a coding activity online so I chose to do Hour of Code.

If you are unfamiliar with coding let me tell you a bit about it and why it is important.

By definition coding is the process of assigning a code to something for classification or identification. Okay so why should you care and what’s its importance?

Coding allows us to create many things technology such as websites, apps and software (Code Conquest).

 

Looking through Hour of Code’s many activities, they have multiple activities that can spark interest in the student at their level. I would like to do some more research and try to find coding activities that relate to the science outcomes for all grades.

Overall, I enjoyed it and through our class discussion there are many benefits to using coding in the classroom such as:

  • Information processing
  • Learning directions and planes
  • Problem solving
  • Determination and persistence

This is a short list of the many benefits!

Teach me how to Yogi, teach me teach me how to Yogi

Learning yoga for my #learningproject has been a challenge to say the least, being a student and working finding time for myself has been a struggle. But from what I have learned this semester is that yoga can be as challenging or as easy as you would like it to be. If I were to call myself a Yogi, I would be lying but I do appreciate those who practice yoga consistently because it is both mentally and physically challenging.

Today I decided to help you relieve that stress in your neck and back from what we call “text neck”. Text neck is from looking down at a screen all day and creating stress on your spine. These moves in the video are quick and easy allowing you to complete them separately or completing the 12 minute video created with Splice!

I hope this video relieved neck and back tension for you and hopefully you incorporate this into your daily routine!

This video was inspired by Yoga with Adriene 

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Water we going to do about dihydrogen monoxide?

How can we help students become more digital literate?

“Digital literacy refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms” (Wikipedia).

With the technology driven world we live in now, teaching student digital literacy is important especially when faced with fake news. Fake news is becoming more difficult to find and decipher through what is real and what is not.

But how can we teach this is the science classroom?

SCI10-CR2: Name and write formulas for common ionic and molecular chemical compounds, including acids and bases

For this outcome student would be learning about writing chemical formulas such as CO2 (carbon dioxide). Prior to doing this I would get my students to read an article called Dihydrogen monoxide: Unrecognized killer.

If you are unfamiliar with dihydrogen monoxide here is some information about it.

Photo Credit: google images

Yes if you are unaware, dihydrogen monoxide is in fact the deadly… water.

Let’s take a look at this article to see how difficult fake news can be to distinguish using the 5 C’s identified by John Spencer in The Problem with Fake News with using the article before if were to only read half of the article.

Context: October 21,1997, The Washington Post

Credibility: Lock symbol in URL

Construction: Bias against banning the substance

Corroboration: At this step you would hopefully look up dihydrogen monoxide

Compare: Once compared to other sources you would be able to tell.

This directly shows students that because you read it on the internet doesn’t make it true. Although this information about how water is used isn’t necessarily false but the delivery persuades you in a certain direction.

This ties directly into the NCTE Framework goals of critiquing, analyzing and evaluating text.

As students get older and use multiple forms of media, they constantly need to ask themselves “Is this a reliable source?” or “How can I trust this information is true?”

As the article Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online discusses, there are multiple forms of how people get false information into the minds of others. For dihydrogen monoxide it originally started as a science fair project by a 14 year old and his whole goal was to see how easily he could convince other to ban this substance with presenting them information that is true but present in a scary way. Now there is a website and posters that have this information and if you are someone who didn’t pay attention in Chemistry class you could be fooled.

This continued on to go viral on social media sites but if you were not careful in reading the full article and not just the headline you would have wanted to ban water too.

Due to the evidence this student provided with all the things H2O is in that is deadly, one would think yes we should obviously ban this substance BUT without further detail about the substance it is easier to assume that you are doing the right thing by agreeing.

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