Learning Project Conclusion

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Over the course of the semester, I have learned so much about making bread and working with yeast!  Whats even better, is that I got to eat a lot of delicious bread while doing it!  If it wasn’t for ECMP 355, I never would have been able to complete a project like this.  Being able to pass off something you actually enjoy as homework – now that’s something I could get on board with!

I started out with some basics: white bread, buns, etc.  I found that recipes differ very much from each other and it is important which recipe you chose.  Then I moved into recipes that required a bit more difficulty.  Then, nearing the end of the semester, when I circled back to the beginning of my journey and remade some of the basics, I was way more successful.  I think this for 2 reasons.  Number one, the recipes I used definitely had an impact on how my baking turned out.  Number two, I took more time and also had more practice when doing things such as shaping my buns.  I also got more comfortable with manipulating recipes and making changes based on what I desired.

This learning project has benefited me greatly.  I am the kind of person who thinks most things that are bought in the grocery store can be made at home.  I like having the freedom to do this because I know exactly what is going into it and in turn, what is going into my body.  In the past, I have made things like homemade granola, granola bars, pizza pops, etc.  This has allowed me to expand what I can do at home.  I also learned that real, homemade bread does not last nearly as long on the counter as store bought bread does!

This newly acquired skill is something I am going to use throughout the rest of my life.  I am happy I had the opportunity to expand my learning in this area.  I didn’t even realize what a valuable tool the internet could be for learning a new skill.  I learned it only takes a few minutes to Google what you are looking for, a few minutes to read it, however, it may take me a little longer than that to master it.

Thanks ECMP 355 for the opportunity!

Thanks for reading; it’s been a slice!

2833701232_68d92f7b3aIn the future I hope to get a stand mixer than will knead the bread for me. Sigh. Maybe after I job…

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Summary of Learning by Kourtney and Taylor

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Ms. Gorham's ABCs of Teaching

Please take a moment to review our Summary of Learning for ECMP 355: 

We used Youtube, Compfight, Screenshots, Paint, Preview, Flipagram. Screenomatic, imovie, and our blogs to make this magic happen. Magic… that took over 3 hours to make! I now have mad respect for people who make high quality videos and the time and effort they must put into these creations (see Kid President’s video below, for an example). We thought that we would have a lot of trouble editing the video and putting 3 videos together but it ended up being the easiest part of the project. Screenomatic, however, was the hardest part and took us 4 takes to make the initial pep talk. Each take got a bit better and easier, so that was a benefit.

I think the making of this video relates to the class… hard work but worthwhile in the end. Among the struggles…

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Do Your Part – Social Justice in the Classroom and Online

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This week in class, we discussed social justice in regards to educational technology.  Throughout my four years at university, we have talked about social justices issues over and over and over again.  However, never have we talked about social justice as it relates to educational technology.  I think this needs to change.  With the digital age we live in, technology needs to be addressed as it pertains to these pertinent issues.

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So how can we address social justice in our classrooms?

Positive Digital Citizens: we need to teach students to be positive digital citizens.  As teachers we need to encourage and model to students what it looks like to be a positive digital citizen.  Talk about things in class and get them on the track towards beginning their online identity.  We can teach students by showing them examples of negative digital citizenship, such as cyberbullying, and tweets gone wrong, (#hasshelandedyet).

Raise Awareness: make sure that students understand what it means to be unjust to others online.  For example, the recent situation at Dalhousie University.  There are tons of examples that we can share with students in order for them to understand consequences for actions on social media.  We can also use the story of Rehtaeh Parsons to help students understand.

Have Consequences in Place: schools have huge problems with bullying – especially with the rise of social media in our society.  Students who cyberbully, need to face consequences.  One school, got on board with the RCMP and implemented fines and jail time for bullying.  This is one way we can work to combat bullying and our social justice issue.

I think it all comes down to education; we need to educate our students to positive citizens, especially in the digital world.  We can’t change the attitudes of all internet users out there – but we need to start small and implement the change in our own classrooms.  If everyone educates their students on social justice and how to be positive digital citizens, we can go a long way.

Ooey-Gooey Goodness

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This week for my learning project, I made homemade cinnamon buns.  I chose this recipe because it was a no knead recipe, which I was really excited to try.  After reading the comments, I also read up about tips for making these cinnamon buns – I found these tips very helpful!  First of all, I mixed oil, milk and sugar in my large stockpot and then let it cool for an hour.  After an hour, I added flour and yeast and put the lid on to let the yeast work for an hour.

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This is what my dough looked like after rising for one hour – very moist dough.  I added another half a cup of flour and some other ingredients, stirred, and the dough was ready to go!  I loved how easy the making of the dough was!  Certainly the easiest this far!  I rolled out the dough in a large rectangle, and covered in the one cup of melted butter.

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After putting the butter on, I mixed the white sugar and a lot of cinnamon and incorporated it with the butter.

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I grabbed the edge of the long side and rolled the dough into a log.  Now this was a real struggle.  There was way to much butter and so they dough was too heavy for me to be able to pull up and wrap.  Next time, I would cut the amount of butter in half.  Not that we don’t all love butter, but this is what was left on my counter after I got the cinnamon rolls cut and into my pan.

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The recipe made 15 rolls, I made one pan and a small pan with just a few.

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The cinnamon buns were so simple!  I forgot to take a picture before I iced them, so this is all I have for the finished product.  They turned out very light, fluffy and delicious.  I have a new favourite cinnamon roll recipe!

Thanks for reading! Its been a slice!

A Little Slice of Heaven

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For my learning project this week, I decided to expand my learning of bread and made cinnamon raisin bread!  I used this recipe and of course, made a few of my own modifications.  The first thing I did was do some research on the internet about what kind of raisins would work best in my bread.  I found this website, which indicated that raisins were my best option for baking.  Since it also had golden raisins listed below, I decided by just saying ‘raisins,’ they meant sultana raisins.  So after stocking up on raisins, I also found a tip that said if you soak your raisins, they will be juicier, so I did this the night before and then stored them in a Tupperware container.

Once thing I did differently from the recipe, was add the raisins into my liquid batter before I added any flour.  The recipe called for the raisins to put in after rolling out the dough, but I thought they would distribute more evenly if I mixed them in ahead of time.  I also wanted to add the cinnamon at this stage, but I forgot, so I swirled it in after rolling out the dough.  I brushed the top of the loaf with egg wash – the recipe called for oil, but I thought that would be really greasy.

As usual, I cooked my bread on the lowest rack.  This bread however, after a bit, I started smelling something burnt.  I took the bread out 13 minutes before the cooking time was up and the half of the bottom that was at the back of the oven had started to get a little dark.  I didn’t even notice this when eating the bread, so no big deal.

The bread turned out delicious.

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ELA Resources

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A few technological resources that could assist in the ELA classroom!

Turnitin

Is a writing lab where students can produce multiple drafts of their works and teachers can see this. As well, teachers can use this an evaluation tool for grading assignments.  This eliminates paper.

Livebinder

Is an online binder that allows for the compilation of resources.  Your students can add to this as well as you.  Could save time when looking for websites to research.  You chose who the binder is accessible to.

Grammar Guides

Of course there are all sorts of online grammar guides that can be useful for references for your students or for teaching them a specific skill.  Try a few and pick one or two that work for you – may be different then other people around you

Ex.Owl @ Purdue

Citing Guides

This can be lifesavers for your students.  Again, find a website that you like, and teach your students to use it.  There are many that cite really weird, so let the students know which ones are approved by you.

Ex. Owl @ Purdue

ROVER

Is Recommended Online Video Education Resource that streams videos for teachers and students in the education system.  It is managed and maintained by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

Collaborize Classroom

Free collaborative education platform for students and teachers.  Allows for student participation, eliminates photocopying, receive detailed reports about student’s participation online.

Edmodo

Is a social learning platform for teachers, students, parents.  It is FB for schools.  Allows for online private discussion but allows the teacher to be completely in control of the discussion.

Google Classrooms

Is a learning management system that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way.  It is a feature of google apps.  You school should subscribe to this in order for use?

Concept Board

Allows for online collaboration.  Ability to communicate in real time.  Manage ideas in a safe place.  Can have teams of any size.  Do not have to be in the same place to make work.

Google Maps

Helps students visualize and understand the world around them.  Allows for exploration, creativity, and collaboration with mapping tools.  It is important for students to be taught geographically as well.

WebQuest

Inquiry oriented lesson format in which the information comes from the web.  Teachers can find webquests or have the ability to make their own.

DropBox

Is an online storage so you can access it from wherever you are.  You can use any mobile device that has internet. You can also chose to share with whomever you like.
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Practice Makes Perfect

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So after my redo on dinner buns went so well, I wanted to re try my hand at making plain white bread in hopes that I could improve it as well!  First of all, I chose a recipe that was for a simple butter crust bread.  I mean, ‘butter crust’ bread – what could be better?!  After choosing this as my recipe, I decided I needed to research a bit about making the perfect loaf of white bread.  I found some helpful tips for baking on Epicure’s website.  I also found a tip that said to cook on the lowest rack of your oven.  So I set off on the challenge of beating myself for the first time.

After mixing, proofing, shaping, and proofing my dough I put it in the oven to bake.  I liked the recipes tips for covering with tin foil halfway through so the top does not brown to much – this was a great tip and something I certainly needed.  After baking, I brushed the tops of the loaves with butter.

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The bread came out of the oven looking much more ‘loafy’ than the first ones I created.  I’m not sure if this has to do with the recipe I used, or if I’ve gotten better with working with yeast.  One thing I did learn, after brushing the tops with butter and letting them cool, the tops deflated in spots.  After reading a bit, this is due to over-rising.  So I am now aware that I need to watch my bread as it rises to stop it when it is ready, instead of just leaving it and walking away.

Thanks for reading, its been a slice!