Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I may be heard repeating the following mantra over the next few weeks....Clean it up......Get it done.
If repeating the words doesn't help, I may have to resort to some more conventional ideas:
- Use a good daily organization tool daily.
- Avoid leaving tasks half done.
- Don't squander scheduled time.
- Be realistic about what can be done.
Thanks to Elliot for this list of benefits:
- Have more time to relax. When you are looking for something in a pile of your belongings but there is just so much stuff you can’t find it, your blood pressure goes up and that causes health problems.
- Have a lot more time for your self. By being more efficient, like getting your stuff done faster, wasting less time looking for things, you’ll spend less time working and have more time to do what you like to do.
- Have more time for family, friends and dogs. An organized person is able to have time for family, friends and dogs. You will also have more time to help out in charities or your church if you’d like.
- Feel good about your environment. You may feel concerned when people drop by your home and see that your house is very unorganized or “messy”. Being unorganized usually results in embarrassment, but don’t be organized just for others, do it for yourself too.
- Be healthier. When you are organized you’ll have more time to take care of your self like exercise and have more time to cook better meals for yourself.
- Do better at your profession. An organized person gives a much better impression than an unorganized person.
- Have more money because you’re organized. When you’re organized you’ll always know what you have before you go and buy something.
- Achieve more. When you are unorganized, there are usually things that stop you from reaching your goals. Organized people can find ways to take out unnecessary tasks that are taking too much time and this gives them a lot more time to spend on their necessary goals on their daily plan.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I noticed a link today and checked it out. It reminded me of a book I ordered from the Scholastic Book Club when I was in school. It is call "Canadian Free Stuff" and they now have a link. Check it out for free stuff and links to online contests.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
We talked about how to improve the distance learning experience for everyone and how we can work together to share ideas, resources and inspiration. A common thread in the conversation was about respecting and valuing each learner. To accomplish this, it means some sort of introduction and conversation that opens the doors to understanding.
One of the really great aspects about meeting people face to face is that you get to connect with who they are and develop a better sense of how you can learn together. In the online world, we often don't get to meet face to face and when we do I think it changes our perspective somewhat.
This year each member of the edcentre.ca team has committed to visiting two school sites each semester. When we are able to meet learners face to face and talk with the people who are supporting their learning it makes a big difference in the potential for success. Something magical takes place that transforms and changes the ways that people learn from one another when there is some understanding of who the other person is and how they communicate.
I am beginning to understand how important it is to recognize that we learn best from one another and that the more we expand our personal learning networks, the richer our experience becomes. When we take our personal learning network online, suddenly the learning possibilities change to a global learning environment where we can access thousands of people who can help us learn what we need to know. Our learning connections with people we have met with face to face can now move beyond the time and space of brief meetings to a fluid communication process.
As we begin to make the connection with how we are all leveraging the Internet to communicate and learn together we are changing the world.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sometimes it's the small things in life that are worth exploring. I stopped along the road yesterday and found these plants bathed in afternoon light. I think they are some variety of thistle. If you know what they are, please post a comment.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
If you are taking a senior science course, you might find that these teachers have an entertaining way of presenting lectures. You can go to their web site, find related subjects and lessons to find full lessons.
I believe there are some interesting parallels between the "flipped" classroom and distance learning. I am wondering if the student centred learning approach used by teachers in the edcentre.ca online courses approximates a flipped model of learning. What are your thoughts?
Feel free to post a comment.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Give it a try and it just might help you achieve your goals.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Air Ronge Elks Hall
ONLINE LIVE: CLICK HERE
(Log in as a guest)
Main Door Prize draw: Digital Camera
Thursday, June 16, 2011
It is hard to number the ways.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
For each completed course the student’s name is entered into a prize draw at the end of each semester.
The prizes at the end of this semester include a netbook computer, an iPod touch and a camera. With every course completion, students earn one more opportunity to win a prize.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
When we started the blog we were looking for ways to encourage more interaction and thought we might get lots of comments or offers to post from students. Although we do get the odd comment, it is more often from a teacher with the ability to add posts. Now we are thinking that linking to the school Facebook page is a better way to reach more students from the edcentre.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The June 1st "Live Talk" session was about Free Money, otherwise know as scholarships, bursaries and awards. You can watch the 20 minute recording of the online assembly by clicking here.
The door prize winners were Tara, James and Diane. The each won a prize package from edcentre.ca.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Renee Carriere, a teacher at the Charlebois Community School, in Cumberland House came up with an idea from the CBC television show Community on a diet that our community should try getting active together. Each week the group of people, all members of the community came together to do a weigh in. They had six weeks to lose 200lbs collectively. Each week at the weigh in they would do a workout or walk together to help motivate each other and then get weighed in to see how much the group lost. By having that extra support of other people from the community there together it helped everyone stay positive and lose weight.
As the weeks went by the pounds came off. Not only were the people out walking in their community together, but some also made lifestyle changes. One man in the group lost 13lbs in total because he cut down on his coffee intake, which was at a un-healthy level and he worked out. This community came together to help each other become healthier and continue on even after the six weeks are up. At the end of the six weeks the group lost their goal weight of 200lbs and were rewarded with three new elliptical trainers, which are being kept at the school easy access to any member of the community.
With all the positivity the people gained from this experience the community wants to try it again and are starting up again with a new weigh in in May!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We entered the forest at approximately 1:30 pm and proceeded cautiously to our objective. The destination was Muskrat Delight; a secluded area along the Montreal River that was perfect for an ambush. After encountering dangerous Pelicans(one almost looked at us!) and the extremely unpredictable squirrel, we finally were able to locate the objective and set up for the broadcast.
The location looked promising; there was Easter Bunny droppings all over the place. We quickly set up a perimeter and connected with the staff and students in the assembly room, all of whom were safe and sound at their computer screens. While a good discussion on Geo-caching was happening, Kelly and Jason maintained a vigilant watch for any surprise attacks.
The broadcast ended and we quickly packed up and made our way to the safety of edcentre. Then it happened............to find out more click here.
Entire Adventure Album
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
People with a child shouldn't get drunk too often.When both parents get drunk,they are unable to look after their child.Some parents put aside their responsibilities for their own fun and pleasure.When parents get drunk, they could end up saying something to hurt their child,and if the child were to tell his/her parents,the parents would probably deny it. The child could keep on hurting.Some people expect everything will go back to normal.What if someone else hurt their child and the child was too scared to tell.The child could grow up not trusting anyone and not know where he/she belongs.
Being sober is great!Some families may have their ups and downs,but they remember their bad and good moments.Some become to understand one another and where they are coming from.A child with sober parents usually have a safe house to come to after along day of playing.
There is no such thing as being too over protective,there is danger lurking behind every corner.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
An Aboriginal Canadian
A different breed some would say.
We may have different traditions but
You'd think by now the discrimination would wash away.
Throughout the years
We've faced a hard time.
Even today, in the year 2011
We still have to climb.
The fact is, in this country we're all Canadian
In a perfect world we'd work as one.
Not worrying about race, religion, gender or age
Don't you think that could be kinda fun?
I'm proud to be Aboriginal and Canadian
I be the best I can be.
I am not the only one who is proud
There were others who paved the way, there were others before me.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Jeri's Tar Sands Paper
Sunday, March 13, 2011
But what do the numbers mean? How can we compare the magnitude of the two earthquakes?
The Richter magnitude scale assigns a number to quantify the amount of energy released by an earthquake. For example, an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 is 10 times stronger than an earthquake of 4.0. This is done using a base 10 logarithmic scale.
If we compare the two earthquakes from above, we see that one was 0.3 larger than the other. That means that it was 10 ^ 0.3 (10 to the power of 0.3) times stronger, which is very close to two times stronger.
Enroll yourself in Math B30 at edcentre.ca to learn more about logarithms.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
During the first week of January I set a dream goal of skiing 55 km in the Saskaloppet. My realistic goal was to ski 35 km and I did it! There were obstacles during the day including frostbite (-30 at the start), a blister and really slow conditions.
I had a lot of time to think while I was skiing (almost 6 hours). I thought about the accomplishments of my students and the obstacles that they overcome along the way.
Make sure you celebrate all that you have done so far this year and push to finish strong in your remaining classes.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Sometimes you just need to step away from the computer screen and get on the road.
The most important benefit of connecting with learners face to face is that the reality of the person behind the screen shifts the nature of our communication.
Rose LaPrise, (left) is now working on GED preparation after completing Literacy program requirements with Rita.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here is the recording of the Live Talk session from Feb 16th. There seems to be some dead air at the 11 minute mark, but you can fast forward if you like. Congratulations to all students who completed courses in the first semester. Prize winners include:
- Netbook: Melissa R. Sanderson
- Camera: Vanessa Searson
- Door Prizes: Brittney, Dorthy and Virginia
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Check it out. Jade Roberts Canadian Aboriginal Peoples webpage
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Two quick examples of how Twitter can not only function in a school setting, but thrive, are explained in the presentation by Samantha Morra below.
Firstly, the ability to rapidly disseminate information. The reality is more students are carrying cell phones and the trend seems to be cell phones becoming the main web connecting tool. Instantly, information such as meetings, dates, reminders, or emergencies can be sent and digested in a fraction of the time it took previously. Teachers can post a topic and instantly have a class brainstorming session OUTSIDE of the classroom, with students contributing from ANYWHERE in the world.
Secondly, the efficiency of collaboration with colleagues and other professionals. Professional Learning Communities are present in many schools and the ability to use a social networking tool like Twitter to collaborate anytime, anywhere makes for a continuing collaboration; as opposed to meeting within a confined space and time. Wouldn't you like to instantly get feedback on a problem you are experiencing, reflect on a great lesson, showcase a student's talent, or just see how a person's day went. Together we are better.
Fortunately, we have books, film, music and the Internet that allow us to access ideas that others beyond our immediate network have decided to share with the world. We are more connected than now than any previous time in human existence. So what?
In this age of digital communication, we can have access to huge learning networks, but it is up to us to create and develop the kind of learning network that suits us. We have the ability to select pieces of information that help us make sense of the world. We can aggregate news, automatically follow what others have written in blogs, establish connections with people through social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter but the thing that connects is our own contribution. We have to interact in some way to make our personal learning network meaningful. We must be citizens of a larger learning community.
Expanding personal personal learning networks requires commitment and time. The time we take to develop a personal learning network will be reflected in the ways we access and share ideas. The tools for learning are all around us. It is up to us to make it happen.
Friday, January 7, 2011
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Everyone needs to get out and see another part of the world. This Christmas I was fortunate to travel to Veradero, Cuba. The experience opened my eyes to the differences in the language, history and culture of the Cuban society. It made me appreciate Canada and helped me to "slow" down and enjoy the moment by practicing patience.
This "sandman" was made by a group from Montreal. They are improvising and keeping up with their winter traditions. Many Canadians travel to Cuba in the winter. In fact our tour guide told us that there are usually 55,000 Canadians in Cuba during the cold season!