Let Them Teach… And YOU Shall Learn

Getting into my major project has been like prepping for a major paint job…  I have changed paint colors so many times, and there are so many little things that I have needed to do to get this project off of the ground… but each little job needed to be completed before I could actually get things started. Alas, it’s happening and we are ready for take off!!!



For those of you who have followed my major project journey so far, you can keep on keeping’ on and read on ahead. For those of you who are just stopping in, you may want to deviate over here first, to catch up on my latest plan!

This week we have been encouraged to take some time to reflect on our projects and their connections to Ribble’s Nine Elements. When I think about my project, 3 main elements come to mind.

First, Digital Literacy. This is the process of teaching and learning about technology and its uses. I have now got my “coding club” established. I sent out an email to the teaching staff looking for techy students or ones that were familiar and possibly interested in code.  What did I get? 7 staff identified students who either have a passion for technology or whom have tinkered with coding in the past. YES!!! Step one… check. Step two… the meeting. We had our initial meeting where I explained my purpose for the club to the students. I shared with them that I know nothing about coding, but that I think it is an important area within the digital world that I “should” know about. I explained that my goal would be to learn from them and to collaborate together by coding, to see what they could teach me and to see what we could create when given the green light to go for it! I believe that by working with this group, we will all advance quickly and appropriately in the ever evolving world of coding,

While embarking on this project, we will also address Ribble’s fifth element, Digital Etiquette. While I may not know all of the processes of coding at this point, I am confident that through the exploration that I will do alongside my Coding Club, we will encounter opportunities to reinforce how technology is to be used and what qualifies as appropriate. I intend on working with these students, demonstrating confidence in them,  that they know what is appropriate, allowing them to be trusted that they will code with caution and within the parameters that we will set out together.

Finally, I am curious about Ribble’s ninth element, Digital Security. We’ve all watched the movies as heroins save the world by putting the right code, into the right computer, at the last second, saving the world… and usually saving the girl too. Well, I don’t anticipate that this will be the case with my kiddos, however, I am looking forward to understanding further connections between coding and digital security. I believe that some pretty amazing things can be done through code, and I look forward to being exposed to what this includes.  I am looking forward to making connections on a very elementary level between coding and digital security. For us, this may simply include understanding how to keep our projects safe, how to back up data, and ensure that projects are stored appropriately when using school devices on a public server.



And that is where I am at. I am enjoying this project as it unravels. I meet with my coders Tuesday at lunch for an hour. I can’t wait to see how Day 1 goes! In the mean time, I’m off to Youtube, to find a video or two on the simpler side of coding…. so that I start to wrap my head around what’s coming Tuesday!

I’ll leave you with this question. Have you used coding in your classroom / school? If so, how did you incorporate it, and what words of advice would you leave me with! Thanks for popping by!



Talk {code} to Me!


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After much thought and deliberation I have decided to jump ship on both of my previous major project ideas…. something about both just wasn’t doing it for me. For the “Teen Apps for Parent Dummies” proposal, I started to jump in, and I came across two hurdles. First, I wasn’t comfortable having these apps on my phone at all… and secondly, I felt like a creeper just downloading the app onto my phone. What would it look like if I used it (even though it was professional growth and development)… it just wasn’t sitting right. I knew that I could still achieve a digital awareness of these apps youth today are using, but I didn’t feel that learning about them, just through research, would give me the understanding I was looking for. So, final verdict. NOT HAPPENING.

Second up….. Alexa in the classroom. Well this one was just plain and simple. I’m already using Alexa in the classroom…. and although I’m likely not using it to it’s full potential, I felt that I would be cheating myself of the “full experience” by tackling this one…. So, second verdict. NOT HAPPENING.

Alas, after many hours of thinking, rethinking, and a bit more thinking, I came up with something I have been curious about for ages. Coding. What is it? I don’t really know. Can it be used personally as well as educationally? From what I understand yes… but again, I really don’t know much! What better time and place to tackle figuring out coding, then now! So here it is. I’m on a mission to code! What does that mean? Not sure! Where will I end up? Dunno. But I’m excited! Like really excited!

My journey? Hmmm ….I am going to kick off this project by researching what coding is. Once I have a better understanding of it, I plan to research a few ways that I can begin to code, and I am going to try to code something, or create something by code…. or do whatever it is that one does when they are coding. Like I said, I am shooting in the dark here into unchartered waters…… oh it excites me!!! For those of you who know me, I’m sure you can picture that look I get… (insert it here!! )

How will I document this journey? I will use the 832 Major Project category to document the progress I am making in this area. I plan to share this growth through Vlogs, blog posts, and maybe even a few Screencastifies. The final product will be a documentation of my growth along with whatever I learn about coding. I also understand that the school division that I work for has some neat “coding” resources to use with kids. I plan to get in the know enough that I can begin to use this coding for future learning in the classroom or for an extra-curricular learning opportunity with students!

Here’s to heading out in a boat that I have no idea how to sail! I kind of feel like Moana at the moment… Hopefully I have better luck!

Major Project Indecisiveness

So this post is intended to be my announcement to everyone about what I am going to do for my major project…. and well, until a post was made about the use of Alexa and its privacy risks, I was gung ho on my initial plan. Now I’m stuck trying to commit…. and I just can’t decide.


So I am going to allow myself one more week to get my hands a bit dirty by looking into both projects…

Project 1 Option:

Through our class and talking with teenage offspring of friends, I would like to collect a list of the sneakiest, riskiest apps that are being used today. With this info, I’d like to create a top 5 or 10 list (unsure on the number depending on how deep I look into each) of Apps to be aware of… “Teen Apps for Parent Dummies” type of deal. However, rather than warning parents against letting their children use these Apps, I’d like to find ways to help teens navigate apps more cautiously (maybe having them create their own criteria for when they choose to use the app or not) and then also provide parents some tips for how to help their children to utilize the apps on their phones safely while understanding the risks.
I would create a reflective blog trail of my findings as I moved forward with this, with my final project being a newscast that demonstrates the apps and educates users/parents.
Project Option 2:
After sharing that I use Alexa in my classroom at a basic educational level, colleagues encouraged my to delve deeper into 2 areas. 1- “the privacy/ security factors to consider when using Alexa in the classroom”. 2 – “What the top educational uses for Alexa are”. with student participation permission, I would prepare mini videos of how these Ed. Apps are used effectively in the classroom. I would create a mini interactive online notebook that lists and demonstrates what the best different apps are, as well as a document providing safety and privacy support for classrooms when they use Alexa.
I would love your feedback! I will try to sleep on this a bit longer and will update everyone about my decision!
I am loving what everyone else has decided to do for their major projects! I can’t wait to get mine started as well!
See you tomorrow in Zoom!