We’re Never Done Learning…

My learning project may be over, but the learning itself is not. This semester, I learned tips and tricks to cooking and I even learned to make different dishes! For this project, I mainly used online resources such as videos and blogs, but I did enlist the help of my significant other for some of the dishes! He helped me with spicing the food and finding a combination of spices that taste good together.

This project was a lot of fun for me, but it was also a bit difficult. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to make that would challenge me. A lot of recipes that are found online can be done by anyone because the language is very easy to follow and not a lot of jargon is used. Part of my original goal was to learn some of the cooking jargon, however, I don’t think I learned very much of it. I wish I would have spent more time researching this part or even finding recipes that used it. Although I did not learn much cooking jargon, I did learn a lot from this project!

Here is a recap of the project and what I learned:

Learning to Cook: Introduction!

  • Introduction to the project, what I hope to learn, and idea for the first recipe

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Overview of some resources (videos)
  • Basic overview of how I made it

Making Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry!

  • Overview of more resources
  • Basic overview of how I made it

Meatball Making and New Tool?

  • Overview of the new tool I learned how to use (Adobe Premiere Rush)
  • Link to the video I created
  • Recipe review!

Pizza Party!

  • Overview of preparation and process
  • Reflection and review of the final product

Baked Parmesan Chicken!

  • Overview of recipe
  • Suggestions for next time I make this

Assessment Of Learning:

It is hard to explain how much I have learned. I think the best way to do so would be to compare what I knew before vs now.

Before:

I had no idea what a chef’s knife actually was, I thought it was just a big knife!

Whenever I cut vegetables, I always did it the same way and I never knew the name for how I cut them. I never thought to google it, I just guessed how to cut them. 

I was very limited in the dishes I knew how to make and what spices to use.

Now:

I own my own chef’s knife and it was honestly such a good investment! Some chef’s knives can get really expensive, but because I was just learning to use it, I bought a really cheap one from Canadian Tire.

I know that there are so many different ways to cut vegetables and other ingredients. I learned how to dice, mince, julienne, and batonnet!

I learned the names for different types of cuts.

I have started to use seasonings that I have never used before! I am also becoming more and more comfortable making dishes that I have never tried before.

Reflection:

I am very glad that I chose cooking for my learning project. It is something I do almost every day! I think that working on my ability to cook will help me start eating at home more rather than eating out. I also will be able to start working on making healthier dishes because I know what is going in them.

Throughout my project, I had received feedback from classmates. This feedback was very reassuring as it was all positive! I loved having a support system that kept me wanting to continue learning. I also got some recipe suggestions in comments and on Twitter!

I am very excited to continue this journey! Thank you to everyone who supported me in my learning and followed along on this experience!

Networked Learning

Early in the semester, we learned about PLNs (Professional Learning Networks). It is very important to create a PLN to help support you in your learning and teaching. It is also important to contribute to the network yourself. Share that great resource you found! Comment on that blog post that had great ideas! It is very important to connect with others to grow your PLN.

When we were told at the beginning of the semester that we would be creating a blog post that showed how we contributed to other peoples learning, I knew I was going to struggle with this. I have never been very good at willingly commenting on other people’s posts because I never thought I would contribute very much to the conversation, however, I have now realized that even a simple “This is so great, thanks for sharing” can help you connect to others. Reflecting back on my contribution to others learning, I think I could have dedicated more time to ensure I was creating quality comments and asking questions that made others think more in-depth. Below are some of the comments I have made on other blogs and tweets:

This is a comment I had made on Meegan Svedahl’s blog post “My Second Piano Journey”

This is a comment I made on Cassie McCallum’s blog post “Setting down the knitting needles and using my hands…?”

Here are some comments I have made on Twitter:

At the beginning of the semester, I was reluctant to use Twitter. I first downloaded Twitter back in 2014 for a StudentFirst conference. Using it during the event was fun, however, after it was over, I stopped using it. I found it difficult and frustrating to share thoughts with a limited amount of characters. Now I have a new outlook on Twitter! I had the opportunity to participate in the Sasked Chat. This was a very fun experience and I am excited to participate again in the future. Here are a few of the answers I contributed to the chat:

Not only is Twitter is a great platform to interact with others. It is also a great platform to share resources for others to use. You can retweet resources that others have shared, or share ones that you found online! Here are some of the resources I have shared on Twitter:

For class, we also used an app called Slack. This allowed us to create a classroom community and interact with each other. My contribution to Slack was very small because I often found that I couldn’t answer some questions and the ones I could, were already answered when I saw them. I did get the chance to answer one or two questions and I shared something that I learned to help create this blog post:

This has been a very great class and I am very happy I took it! I learned so much about interacting with others and the importance of having a positive online presence. Thank you to all my fellow classmates who commented on my posts and tweets and challenged me to think beyond my initial thoughts. I hope to keep in touch through Twitter or our blogs in the future!

Baked Parmesan Chicken!

Hello everyone! This week I have made Baked Parmesan Chicken! This particular recipe did not require many techniques that I have learned in the past recipes, and I think I should have read through it in more detail before I decided to make it. I wanted to practice the skills I have learned, but I did not get the chance to this time around.

That being said, I am still glad I made this recipe! It was very tasty! The recipe came from Cakescottage.com. The steps were very easy to follow. I also learned that if you wet the chicken with water before cooking, it will help keep the chicken moist during cooking.

The first step to this recipe was to mix the mayo, cheese, and garlic powder. This is the topping of the chicken. The recipe says to spread it on the top of the chicken, however, I suggest spreading it on the sides and maybe even the bottom. After the chicken was cooked, I found that in order to get the flavour, you needed to make sure the topping was on the fork with the chicken. This wasn’t always easy because of how much chicken there was compared to the topping.

Next, we put salt, pepper, and a bit of lemon pepper on the tops of the chicken. Then it was time to start cooking! I put it in the oven for 15 minutes to start. While it was cooking, I made the Italian bread crumbs. I did not buy them from the store because I thought I had some, however, I only had an original shake and bake. In the image below, I lined up all the spices that I used. (Disclaimer: it may not be quite the same as most Italian seasoned things, but it sure tasted good!)

After the first 15 minutes, I took the chicken out of the oven and sprinkled the shake and bake on top. I then put the chicken back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

After the 20 minutes, I cut into the thickest one to see if it was cooked fully through, and it was! That meant time to eat!

This recipe was delicious! I am definitely going to be making it again, but with the topping spread over the whole piece of chicken. I really enjoy finding recipes on blogs because I can read the comments to find out how it turned out for others and see if they have any suggestions!

Coding Fun!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Today I am going to be talking a bit about my experience using Hour of Code! I have done some coding before, so this is not completely new to me. I have done a bit of block coding with a Sphero SPRK and I have tried to use Scratch before. I have some experience doing another type of coding when I was a young teenager. I can not remember what type of coding it was, but I do know that it was not block coding.

Hour of Code is a great resource to use with students! There are many themes that they can choose from. This alone will help with student engagement because they can choose to interact with something they enjoy!

For my coding project, I chose to do an animation drawing walkthrough. Lately, I have been using Photoshop a lot in another class, so I thought it would be cool to see what I could do with coding to create images. This process was not what I was expecting, but it was still very enjoyable. Below are some screenshots of a few of the block codes I learned:

After I had finished all the tasks, I tried to create my own! I created an image with a black background and the circle changed colour and drew with the movement of my mouse. Each circle had a line connected to the center of it that disappeared into the black background towards the top left corner. This is what it looked like:

This was a lot of fun to do! I really enjoyed reconnecting with coding using a resource that I had never tried before. I have always found coding very fun and interesting! I think it is a very good thing to teach in schools, especially for young children. Coding using logic to create the sequences, therefore, it can help students improve their skills of thinking logically. As mentioned earlier, I got to code with the Sphere SPRK, which is a ball that you control by coding. This ball belongs to my Mom, who is a grade 3/4 teacher. I think students that age would be fascinated by the idea of using coding to control how the ball moves! You could make mazes on the ground and then code the ball to go through the maze! It is amazing what you can do with coding!

Fake News?

“Fake News is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically.” – TRU Libraries 

“Wordle of my Ed.D. thesis” by dougbelshaw is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Fake news is very popular in today’s society and it is sometimes very hard to distinguish from real news. When you look at the news, you control what sources you look at! In Damon Brown’s TedEd talk, he talks about how you can choose your news. He talks about how, in some countries, the government controls the media. This means that you will only see what the government wants you to see. In countries that allow the media to freely write, you need to make sure to check the sources of a website and make sure that you are reading from a credible source.

Why do people fall for fake news? That is a great question! TRU Libraries goes over why it is so easy for people to believe what they see in magazines and online. They say that people believe fake news so easily because people have a growing distrust in the government and media. On top of that, with the internet, it is so much easier to post any information without it being fact-checked. Due to this, it is important to check multiple sources for information and even use fact-checkers. 

It is important to teach your students digital literacy so that they can tell when the news is fake. According to John Spencer, there are 5 c’s of critical consumption that can help students identify fake news. These 5 c’s are Context, Credibility, Construction, Corroboration, and Compare. Students should learn to look at the contexts of the articles they read and check to see if any information could have changed since the article was written. They should always check the credibility of the website they are on. You can check the credibility of a source by using a fact-checker. There are many different ones you can find online such as PolitiFact, factcheck.org, Canada fact check, and reverse image search. The next ‘c’ in the 5 c’s is to look at the construction of the website. Read to see if there is a clear bias in the article and if it is possible to distinguish fact and opinion. Students should also learn to corroborate the info on the website with other websites. If it is the only website with specific information, then there is a good chance it is not real. Lastly, it is important to compare sources to get the most information possible and gain a better perspective. 

Being an Art major, teaching digital literacy could lead to many opportunities for students. I could teach students how to identify photoshopped photos and from there, they could explore photoshop and learn to do photo manipulation. This can be connected to the curriculum in the creative/productive outcomes for Visual Art 10,11,12.

Pizza Party!

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week! Mine has been a bit crazy! For this learning post, I will be going over my experience making Pizza! For this meal, I used many of the techniques I previously learned about cutting different ingredients! For this week’s meal, I decided to make up my own recipe! Well, for the pizza toppings and sauce, however, for the dough, I used a recipe from Ricardo Cuisine. This was an easy recipe to follow! I always thought making the dough was hard because I have seen my Mom struggle with it, however, I had never tried myself.

For this recipe, I had planned out my toppings in advance. I decided on using bacon and pepperoni as the meat, cheddar, mozzarella, and provolone as the cheeses, and green pepper and pineapple for the toppings. I also decided that I was going to make my own tomato sauce using tomatoes, garlic, and red onion.

The first step was to prepare the dough. I followed the recipe mentioned above. It took a lot of time to knead the dough, and I had to add more water and a little bit of oil to make the dough less sticky. This seemed to work well, so I left it and allowed it to rise.

While I let the dough rise, I began making the sauce and frying up the bacon. For the sauce, I diced half a red onion and minced 6 cloves of garlic. I fried these in the pan and allowed them to brown before adding the tomatoes. I crushed the tomatoes and added them to the pan. Next, I added some spices. The spices I included were rosemary, basil, bay leaves, oregano, salt, and pepper.

While I was waiting for the sauce to thicken, I spread out the dough in the pan.

How do you know when the sauce is done? Easy, I was told by my significant other that it should “part like the red sea”. I am not sure where he learned that, but it is easy to remember! Here is what it should look like:

For this next part, I was so caught up in making it that I forgot to take pictures of each layer! So I will explain the steps and then show the photo I did take. The first layer was the sauce. I spread this out over the dough. The next layer was the pepperoni with green peppers on top, then the provolone cheese. After that, the bacon was spread out all over and then the next two layers of cheese added. First the mozzarella and then the cheddar! Lastly, the pineapple on the top!

Next, the pizza went into the oven! About half an hour later…

I may have left it in the oven a little too long, however, it was a very thick pizza and I wanted to make sure it was cooked fully through.

This was a very interesting process for me. I have only ever watched pizza get made and I have eaten a fair amount, so I had an idea of what the process is before I started. It turned out pretty good, however, I was kinda disappointed that I didn’t put more meat in the pizza. Other than that, it was very good and enjoyable to eat! I didn’t expect the pizza dough to rise as much as it did for the short amount of time it was in the pan without any toppings. It also might have risen in the oven? It was a very, very thick crust.

My favourite thing about cooking is that you decide what to put into the food! You control the taste! Throughout all my cooking experiences, this one was probably my favourite to make. I got to choose all the ingredients and spices, except for the dough of course. I really enjoy cooking without a recipe, it is much more freeing, however, there is more chance of messing up the flavours. When following a recipe, I have to constantly check to make sure that I am following it properly.

Cyber Sleuth and Digital Identity

“Puzzle” by MissMessie is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   (This image has not been modified)

Digital identity is like a puzzle. Everything we share online contributes to the puzzle that others put together. This puzzle consists of photos, articles, life events, and other content shared through social media platforms, websites, and magazines. Even though you may have your accounts locked down for privacy, random people can still see that you have accounts on websites or they can see profile photos and things others shared of you. Although everyone can put together the puzzle, it will never be complete. As individuals, we decide what is shared online and we choose what the world gets to see. Oftentimes we show the parts of our lives that are the best and we end up creating what seems like a perfect life, according to what is shared. 

There is an article called Split Image by Kate Fagan. This article is a story about a young lady who committed suicide and not many people could understand why. The people close to her knew some of the struggles she was having, but nobody will ever know the whole story. In the article, it talks a lot about how her Instagram made her life look ideal. Her digital identity was positive and exciting! It also mentioned that sometimes she would share an image on Instagram that later would get deleted because it didn’t portray the ideal life. This is an example of the puzzle simile I mentioned above. You can put together all the pieces you want, but at the end of the day, you never truly know everything about a person. 

A person’s digital identity is very important in today’s society. The internet is never a private place because it is very easy to screenshot or send any information that is shared about you or that you share. In a TED talk, How one tweet can ruin your life: Jon Ronson, it goes through the story of Justine Sacco and a tweet that was posted. It explains how quickly something can escalate, even if you don’t have that many followers. One person will share with another, and so on until so many people have seen it and deleting it won’t help. At this point, it is best to own up to what you said or shared and apologize for it. This goes to show how important it is to think before you post! 

For class, we were given the prompt to pair up and cybersleuth each other. I found this activity to be surprisingly hard! When sleuthing Raylin, I found some personal information, such as her birthday and where she went to High School. Most of the information I found was on Twitter, Facebook, or her WordPress Blog. When I googled her name, not very much information popped up. I believe much of this information was possible for me to find because we have connections on social media and know each other beyond it. Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places? I found that when I did a google search, other articles and websites popped up that are not even connected to her! They featured someone with the same first or last name, which makes it harder to find information. 

Digital identity is important for everyone in today’s age because everything online can be accessed one way or another. Sure, there are privacy settings, but some things online aren’t as private. This activity was very interesting because I thought I would be able to find much more information, especially since we know each other, but I had difficulty. This is definitely an assignment I would have my students do in the future!

Social Justice in Media

“Social Justice Education” by Leonard J Matthews is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   (This image was not modified in any way)

Do teachers have a responsibility to model active citizenship online?

This is a question that has been on many people’s minds lately. I think that it is important for teachers to voice their opinions and show support for those who need it, however, there is a right and wrong way to go about this. I think that along with showing support, teachers need to make sure they provide resources for people to access in order to educate themselves. I truly believe that teachers are responsible to educate their students on social issues to help destigmatize them. I shared an article on twitter, Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the George Floyd Protests, that provides resources for students to explore and questions for them to think about. Sharing resources like this on social platforms will not only help students but help other people all over the world become educated.

On the other side, some teachers may stay silent online when it comes to social justice issues. There are benefits to this approach, however, there are also risks. The benefits are that, by staying silent, you are not subjecting yourself to online arguments with people who have different opinions on a subject. Also, social issues can be hard to discuss because of differences in opinions and people not having open minds. Also, when talking about something that you have not had first-hand experiences with, such as a white person talking about racism and its effects, there is a fear of messing up and offending the people who experience racism directed at them. The risks of staying silent online are that people may think you do not support a cause when you really do. This does not only apply to educators but also businesses. Lately, some businesses have been getting backlash from online communities about not posting a black square on Instagram for #blackouttuesday. I think that it is more important to share resources and donate than to post a photo on Instagram. Staying silent on social media is not the worst thing, but you still should be active with anti-oppressive education.

Meatball Making and New Tool?

Hey Everyone! I hope y’all are having a great day! This blog post is coming a little later than it was supposed to. A lot has been going on in my life lately and I have fallen behind!

For this entry of my learning project, I have decided to document the process of making meatballs through a video. We were given a prompt that asked us to use a tool or app that we haven’t used before. I chose to use the app DaVinci Resolve, however, after spending a few hours trying to use it without it crashing, I switched to Adobe Premiere Rush. These are both video editors and I have never used either of these apps, but I was very excited to learn! While I was going through the editing process, it completely slipped my mind that I should have been taking screenshots of how the app works, so I went back and created a video to show the basic instructions. Here is a link to that video!

First thing’s first, making the meatballs and filming the video! I had asked my mom for her meatball recipe, but she couldn’t find it, so I used a sweet and sour meatball recipe from The Kitchen Magpie. I found this resource easy to use, the instructions were very easy to follow, which is great for a beginner chef like myself. Before I started cooking, I noticed that it would be hard to do this all on my own without burning anything, so I enlisted the help of my significant other. He was in charge of making sure that nothing burns, and helping make the spaghetti. Since I wanted to learn how to cook, I couldn’t rely on him too much, I made sure that I did the cutting of the ingredients and the basic preparation of the food. In the video, posted below, you will be able to see the quality change after a few minutes. This is due to my camera battery dying and switching to my computer camera to record.

At the start, I had great difficulty with DaVinci Resolve. I could not run it without it crashing when I tried to put my videos in. Due to this, I decided to use Adobe. I had very little issues with Adobe Premiere Rush at the beginning, however, halfway through, I started to notice the audio was not lined up with the video. This only happened with the recordings that were from my computer, the ones from my camera were great! I tried to align the audio with the video, but I couldn’t get it quite right. I could not figure out why it was not lined up and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. I think that it has something to do with my computer and not the software. Either way, I got the video edited and exported with that being the only issue.

This is the video I created:

I really enjoyed using Adobe Premiere Rush for this project. It was a bit of a learning curve for me as I have never edited a video before. The basics were quite simple and I am sure that there is much more to the app than what I used. I want to continue learning how to edit videos, but I am going to try to find a better app to use. I recently got an iPhone so I will be giving iMovie a try one of these days.

Recipe Review:

This was amazing! The sauce turned out really good, we added a little extra brown sugar because we thought it wasn’t sweet enough. We made spaghetti with an Italian sauce, we bought this from the store. We were surprised to find that the two sauces tasted really good together! I highly recommend this recipe!