Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We have a new video channel !

We have started a channel on Youtube called edcentreTV where we are hosting numerous videos organized into classes. Here you will find tutorials and video resources uploaded by the edcentre staff that will assist you in your studies. Check it out by clicking the Youtube button on the right-side of this blog. You will also see a Facebook button underneath, make sure to "like us" if you haven't already.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Is Time Managing YOU?

Is time managing you, or are YOU managing you? This is the topic of discussion today in a LiveTalk session hosted by edcentre.ca staff, Kona Guest and Jason Murfin. This is a question that I have a little difficulty wrapping my head around. I would like to think I am managing my time wisely, but I know that distractions suck away time that I had envisioned would be productive. If you suffer from post-procrastination stress, this session might be of interest. Tune in at 2:30.  If you can't make the session, we will post an archived link.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Like us on Facebook

edcentre.ca is using Facebook to share stories and announcements. All you have to do is like us on Facebook and you will have a chance to win some fabulous edcentre.ca gear. The draw will be made at our next LiveTalk session January 18.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another New Online Course

New online course "Career & Work Exploration 10" is fully completed and ready for students.
This course is an opportunity to access career development information in school/online (40-60 hours) and in the work place (40-60 hours). Students are introduced to career development and focus on career awareness. They participate in a variety of of self-awareness activities and instruments and gain valuable experiences both in and out of the classroom.
Coming very soon Career & Work Exploration 20 & 30.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Buffalo Narrows Students

Recently, I have been instructing a Chemistry 30 course to a group of students from Buffalo Narrows, Sk. What's unique about the course is that it has been presented using a hybrid instructional approach in which several of the units are teacher-instructed using web conferencing tools and java applications, while the remainder was student self-directed. The course has proven that distance education not only can be a highly effective alternative in student learning, but can effectively support a variety of student needs in all locations regardless of culture, location, etcetera. Way to go guys!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Edcentre.ca has a new course ready for you! Yes.... you!

Workplace and Apprenticeship 20 is now being offered at edcentre.ca! It is the second course of the Workplace and Apprenticeship math pathway and builds on the applied math concepts from the 10 level.

The topics explored are slope, graphical representation, surface area/volume, trigonometry, scaling, financial services, and personal budgets.

The topics and activities apply to everyday life situations and careers. People interested in a career in the trades industry or just want to get better at consumer math may want to explore this route.

Contact Jason at the edcentre for more details.

How I motivate myself to finish things

Hi edcentrites,
I want to help you kick start the new year and finish your online courses. One little thing that I do is recognize what motivates me. I enjoy doing carpentry and improving my home. I like "seeing" the changes, improvements and the "before and after." Now how I get that to work when I am "building" my online classrooms is I have a print out of all the modules that I need to develop. Each time I finish a section I color it in. I keep that on my desk in front of me at all times to keep me focused and moving. I often tell myself, "Today I am going to get two sections done before I go home." I make it my number one priority. You can do the same thing with your online courses. Just click on "My Grades" and print it out. Then simply highlight as you complete each one. Keep it by your work area as a motivator. Don't forget to give yourself little deadlines and rewards.