Small Accomplishments!

Over the past few weeks I have accomplished a few small things that I am proud of and I thought I would share them with you.

1. I have added categories to my blog!  I don’t know why I haven’t taken the time to do this before.  It was pretty simple to figure out and I feel so much better now that it is done!

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2. I participated in a Twitter chat. It was #cdnedchat and the topic was Professional Learning Networks.   I thought that it would be harder to keep up but it wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought.  There were lots of friendly people with great ideas.  The questions they asked were:

  • How do you build and use your PLN (outside of Twitter)?
  • How has your PLN improved your teaching?
  • What proportion of your professional development is online?
  • Have online PLNs replaced traditional PD?
  • For those new to PLNs, which educators/educationalists would recommend they follow on twitter?

I tried to find the archive but I couldn’t find it.  The link to the page is http://www.cdnedchat.com/welcome.  If you haven’t participated in a chat you should try it!

3. It seems that the more I tweet the more followers I get.  There have been a few times where the number of my tweets has matched my followers.  Right now I have more followers than tweets but by the end of this class I want to have more tweets than followers! I know this isn’t an accomplishment but it’s neat for me to see!  The number of people I follow has also increased.  It is interesting for me to be reading something and come across a name and decide to look them up on Twitter only to realize that I already follow them already.  Building my PLN on Twitter has been one of my favourite things about EC&1 831!

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Right now I am working on creating an Aurasma.  I  decided to download the app and play before reading the instructions which is always fun and frustrating at the same time!  I have also ordered a MaKey Makey and I can’t wait to get that so I can try to figure it out!  My daughter is also teaching me how to play Minecraft.  I even have my own world. I will post about these experiences later.

What small things have you accomplished during this class?

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Tubechop

A few weeks ago Alec Couros was presenting to our EC & I 831 class.  He had us watch a few videos that he had shortened using TubeChop.  I decided that I needed to try this out it and it is so easy.  All you do is take a video from Youtube and past the URL into Tubechop.  You mark the time that you want the video to start and stop. Simple!

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I used a video of my daughter singing  We’re All In This Together.

I will definitely use this tool in my classroom!  It is a great editing tool.  I think sometimes I turn the video off because I don’t know where things are going.  Now I can capture more moments knowing I can chop out what I don’t want or need.

Have you used Tubechop? 

What tools do you use to edit videos?