Trying Out Screencastify

Confession: When this blog post was introduced, I knew right away that I wanted to look into Screencastify because I have a few final projects coming up that I knew would benefit from my knowledge of it!

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As for downloading, it was super easy to get! I Googled it on chrome, pressed the “add extension” button, selected by Gmail account and I was ready to go!

I decided to make a Screencastify of my blog, showing some of my posts and some of the features of Screencastify!

My favourite features:

  • Focus mouse- darkens the rest of the screen and focusses on the area that your mouse is on. Could be used in videos when giving directions and instructions, showing how to access something, etc!
  • The pen with different colors- circle, draw, outline things in the video. So many uses!!
  • Microphone- talk and explain while sharing your screen.
  • Webcam- Embed your webcam and beautiful face in the presentation while you are giving directions or instructing through Screencastify.

Please enjoy this super cool (and not at all boring) video of my super cool blog posts.

I can think of SO many ways you could use this in all different grades! Younger kids: showing them how to access things on the iPad or computers while getting them to follow along (SeeSaw, Mathletics, etc).

The nice thing about Screencastify is that you can show students step by step instructions while being able to walk around the classroom and help at the same time- almost like being in 2 places at once!

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Cyberbullying: Something we cannot afford to ignore

Cy-ber-bul-ly-ing: The use of information and communication technology to cause harm to another person.

In Monica Lewinsky’s Ted Talk about her experience in 1998 with the President of the United States, she says:
“It was easy to forget that, that woman was dimensional, had a soul, and was once unbroken”.

She was a victim of cyberbullying and online harassment and she was not aware of it because it was before a time that cyberbullying and online harassment were prevalent. The people who spread her story and shared her personal information without even knowing her did not treat her as a human, but rather an inanimate object that was there for their entertainment. Cyberbullies and internet trolls seem to be unaware of the damage they are causing to living, breathing, human souls- this seemed to be the case in Amanda Todd’s situation with the humiliation and horror that an anonymous troll caused her.
Listening to Monica Lewinsky’s story I immediately made connections to what happened to Amanda Todd. They both were victims of online harassment that made life unbearable. Things that they thought were private were made public without compassion or consent.

As Monica pointed out in her speech, “every day online, people, especially young people who are not developmentally equipt to handle this, are so abused and humiliated that they can’t imagine living to the next day- and some tragically don’t- and there is nothing virtual about that.” A lot of people online do not understand that their harassment online translates to real life. It does not just go away when the computer is shut off and their phones are put away. Online harassment and cyberbullying have the power to publicly humiliate someone and it can all be done anonymously which puts the power in the hands of the person at the other end of the computer. Cyberbullies and internet trolls have the power of being anonymous and thinking that they are invincible or untouchable, “keyboard warriors”.

I found this visual about cyberbullying in Canada, and I thought it was a powerful way to represent not only the victims of cyberbullying but also the people that do the bullying. Retrieved from here.

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As an educator, I want no one’s parents, families, friends, and other loved ones to have to hear the words “suicide”, “online harassment”, or “cyberbullying” again. By being an advocate for teaching students to be responsible digital citizens and compassionate online users, we can create a ripple that turns into a wave.

My heart goes out to anyone who has been a victim of online harassment. or has lost someone due to online harassment. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out to Kids Help Phone online or call them at 1-800-668-6868.

You are never alone, there is always someone there- do not be afraid to reach out.

–  Julia ❤

I’ll Be Up in the Gym Just Working on my Fitness

This week I was super lazy in the kitchen! My fridge contents currently: Diet pepsi, cheese, mayo, and 1 million other sauces and condiments (I have an obsession with sauces).

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There was nothing post worthy food wise, but I do have some exciting news to share on another subject!

I recently gained the confidence to go and sign up for a gym membership! I have always been an active person but the last year or so I fell off the fitness wagon, which was really hard for me to admit to myself honestly! I knew I needed to add some exercise into my routine but I wasn’t sure where to turn.

In the past, I have had a membership at California Fitness (now closed), GoodLife Fitness, and I also went to the U of R fitness center! Although I loved working out, I never felt like I belonged in those gyms so I needed to make sure that this time when I went back to the gym I was confident about my decision and knew it was the right gym for me- especially when I was just getting back into the groove.

Before this learning project, I probably would have just gone out and got a membership at the place nearest my house- but not this time!

I turned to the internet to look at prices, reviews, etc.

I Googled “Gyms in Regina” and got a plethora of options, to say the least…

Since Planet Fitness was the first one that popped up, I decided to look further into it first and it ended up being the only one I looked at because I was sold!

Here is what I discovered about planet fitness:

Their memberships:

Their location and hours:

Reviews:

After doing my research on Planet Fitness, I decided that the price, perks, hours, and reviews couldn’t be beat so I decided to head down to the Regina location and sign up for a membership! I decided to go with the $21.99/ Month membership because of all the awesome perks that come with it such as the massage chairs, hydro bed massages, and red light therapy!

I was really excited when the staff member told me that if I said I was referred by a friend we both got a free month, and being a poor student, the rule is to never say no to free things!!!

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My first workout at Planet Fitness I did the 30 Minute workout and thought it was SO cool! There is a stoplight that tells you when to start and when to stop and rotate through the stations at 1 minute intervals. 1 minute doing step ups (cardio) and 1 minute doing the different weight machines (strength training). I really like it because you can get a full body workout in 30 minutes. It is awesome for people that are in a rush and need to get a quick workout in!

The gym has so many cardio machines which is great so you don’t find yourself unable to do the workout that you were planning!

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There is also a decent sized weight training area with free weights and assisted racks, as well as another HUGE area with strength machines.

Planet Fitness has a general belief throughout all their centers and that is “Judgement Free Zone”. They have that posted around the gym along with other motivational signs such as “No Critics”. These signs and beliefs have the power to help people feel comfortable, and it definitely helped me to settle into the gym.

I have been doing the 30 Minute Workout’s this week, and will be starting a personalized gym program next week targeting different areas of my body each workout.

I am so looking forward to seeing myself progress and getting back into shape.

I am heading to get groceries so my fridge has more than cheese and sauces.

Meal prepping will be the topic of next weeks blog post! 1 week of low carb breakfasts and lunches in 1 prep session! If you have any suggestions for recipes I should make, tweet me @juliapapic !

See y’all next week!

Insta- Famous Jealousy

This week, I wanted to talk about some Instagram accounts that I LOVE!

When I started on my ketogenic journey, one of the first things I did was find some Instagram pages to follow for some support, motivation, recipes, tips, and grocery ideas!

I have a secret obsession (don’t judge me) : one of my favorite things to do is watch YouTube videos of Keto Costco Hauls when I am making grocery lists for myself. I like to find new and exciting foods and snacks! My favorite keto Instagrammer @ketoincanada posts Costco grocery hauls often! You can check out one of her keto grocery hauls here!

Here are some of my favorite accounts:

First and foremost, my fav, @ketoincanada! She is CANADIAN, which is super awesome because she has access to the same grocery stores as I do, which makes it easy to recreate any of the recipes she makes or find the items that she buys and reviews on her page! She posts a lot of recipes, product reviews, and workouts. She also has a cute dog and cat which put her at the top of my list, because who doesn’t love animals?

@keto.shrinkingjenna_ posts super hilarious and honest stories about her journey, and is really relatable! She posts a lot of workout posts, supplement reviews, and food posts. She also fights diet coke haters and that puts her close to my heart. Diet coke is life, to be honest.

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@my_keto_diary is all food and food-related products! I have got some recipe inspiration from this account on multiple occasions!

@ketofridge is a little bit different because it is a company and not a personal account.  But, I included it because one day when I am not a poor student I am looking forward to ordering food from them because everything looks DELICIOUS. It would be great for people who don’t like cooking or are too busy to cook and want to make sure that their meals are keto-friendly!

One thing I wanted to point out is that these accounts are great for everyone to follow for some fitness/healthy eating inspiration! Yes, they are all keto, but they are also all seriously committed and honest about their journeys! It is real people sharing their real-life experiences. I don’t know about anything else,  but seeing other people succeed and stick to their journey’s to be healthier really helps me and inspires me to stay on the wagon and keep working towards my goals!

I would encourage everyone to find some accounts to follow that match your journeys, whatever they are! Building a support circle for any aspect of your life can be made easy online and can be super beneficial! Technology and social media give us the opportunity to connect with people that never would have been possible before.

Check out the accounts and toss them a follow! They are super entertaining and funny- I spend more time than I would like to admit looking through all of their posts and Instagram stories!

 

Zoodles ARE the New Noodles

When trolling the internet, specifically Pinterest, for Ketogenic recipes (follow my Pinterest here, cough cough). I constantly see recipes for ZOOOODLES!

Full disclosure, I bought a spiralizer a few months ago and have been searching for bomb recipes to be able to use it, but have been experimenting with different ways to cook zoodles, and different recipes to try with them. For those of you that don’t know, zoodles are just spiralized zucchini’s that are often compared to noodles- but carb free!

So, I have tried zoodles a few different ways including boiled, sauteed, and made in Laura Bieber’s INSTANT POT!
When I boiled them they were too mushy, when I sauteed them they were too crunchy- so this week I asked myself, why not do both?

First things first, I bought my spiralizer from Winners! It was around $20 and is an investment I’ll never regret. I make my own Zoodles with my spiralizer but you can also buy them already spiralized at Costco and Sobeys! They are a little bit more pricey when you buy them pre-spiralized, but they allow you to skip a step of making them. If you’re more interested in convenience than price, they are definitely something to check out!

I spiralized three zucchinis, and I had A LOT of leftovers. One little zucchini goes a long way- but, they do shrink a lot when you cook them!

The spiralizing- cut off both ends of the zucchini and pop it into the spiralizer!

This is what 3 zucchini’s spiralized looks like.

Next, cooking!

First, I put 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt in the bottom of a large frying pan. I boiled the water, added the zuchinni noodles, and cooked for 2 MINUTES! This is important! DO NOT over boil them or they will be mush!

Next, I dumped out the water, added about a teaspoon of oil, garlic (fresh or powder), seasoning salt, pepper, and onion powder. and sauteed for 2 MINUTES! (ALSO important unless you want burnt zoodles).

I added some ground beef and voila! The finished product! They weren’t mushy or crunchy, and tasted great! Zucchini’s are awesome to spiralize and make into noodles because they take on whatever flavor you want them to!

 

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That’s all for next week, folks!

Julia

Texting in Classrooms- A Constantly Controversial Subject

Fun Fact: 5 (I think) years ago, when I was applying to the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, I chose to write my entrance essay on why technology, particularly cell phones, should be allowed in classrooms. So, writing this blog post this week I felt like things were really coming full circle. I thought it was cool to see that even after 4 years of being a part of the education program, my opinion remained the same as when I was just a baby at 17 starting my journey to becoming an educator. My opinion then and now is that the technology that is in the palm of your hand when you have access to a cellphone holds an endless potential for opportunities in the classroom.

Being an educator, technology is very often a topic of controversy. Parents, and sometimes fellow teachers, can have concerns about the amount of “screen time” children are given access to. It is important to have a solid answer for those concerned why you are incorporating technology in the classroom. This relates to pointing out the difference between “screen time” and “educational screen time”.  What this means, is that there is a difference between spending an hour playing video games shooting zombies, and spending an hour on an educational app or website such as Mathletics.

This week, Laura and I had a conversation about the inclusion of cell phones in the classroom. We created a script that related closely to a conversation that would be had between a parent and teacher. We decided to have the conversation over text, to show how texting can be used in positive ways. You can check out Laura’s blog about our texting adventure here!

When integrating technology into the classroom, it is important to have research and proof to defend your choices in the classroom and help to calm parents concerns. As you can see in my conversation with Laura above, who was acting as a concerned parent, I almost immediately offered the opportunity to send her research showing the reasons why I made the decision to include cell phones/texting in my classroom. You can find the article I referenced in our conversations here! It is an absolutely amazing article that includes 7 ways to use texting to your advantage in classrooms. If you can’t beat them- join them! If students are going to be using their phones in classes by sneaking around you anyway, you might as well find positive ways to use them!

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That’s it, that’s all!

Julia

CAUTION: FREE Digital Citizenship Resources Inside

For the purposes of this blog, I will be diving into the world of digital citizenship and how it relates to the little people with little feet that come through the doors of my classroom.

You may be thinking, how are students from prekindergarten to grade 5 going to be digital citizens?

Let this sink it: most children have a digital presence before they are even born.

That is why it is important for tiny humans with little feet to learn how to be responsible digital citizens and use those little feet to create a positive digital footprint. They have to move into a world that is already created for them.

A lot of parents upload prenatal ultrasounds and pictures from mere seconds after their children are born to social media. The second a photo of a child is online, they are beginning to build their online presence.

Being a teacher in a classroom that is in a world that revolves around the internet, I am responsible to teach students how to be a responsible digital citizen before it is too late. The internet is not a forgiving place, “once something is on the internet, it is there forever” is something we hear all too often.

So, I am rambling on about being a digital citizen, and you may be wondering what it means to be a digital citizen.

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I found this on a Prezi when I was looking for helpful definitions of a good digital citizen, and I thought this summed it up perfectly.

So, in classrooms today, we need to help students to be good digital citizens and show them how to demonstrate and practice safe, responsible, and legal use of technology. Having access to the internet is something that comes with so many rights and responsibilities.

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Look no further, I found some AMAZING resources on how to teach students of all ages to become responsible digital citizens! (Side note- they’re all  free!!)

Here is a page of FREE online graphics to display how to be a good digital citizen. This resource is great for all ages but especially amazing for young students who might think that digital citizenship might be a not so fun subject!

This is a list of 30+ books about technology and being a digital citizen for kids! Yay for mixing literature and technology! Just a tip: to buy books in hardcopy is not free but there are amazing free websites that upload online read-aloud books! Websites such as TumbleBooks   which a lot of schools and public libraries have subscriptions too. YouTube is also a great resource to find books online!

The Techie Teacher is AMAZING for putting together this list of 5 super amazing techie activities for teaching digital citizenship.

I put together a Pinterest board with these resources and more. One of the things I found out from diving into Pinterest about teaching digital citizenship was that it can be taught through SO MANY other subjects. As we all know, the word cross-curricular is like music to any teacher’s ears. Go check out my digital citizenship board here, and follow my Pinterest! I pin a lot of awesome teacher stuff that I (hope) will try one day!

Let me know if there is anything else you want to know about digital citizenship, or if reading my post brought up any thoughts- drop them below!

Chao!

Julia 🙂

Education Student Turned Sleuthing Spy

This week, I picked a target to cyber sleuth. Ms. Laura Bieber became the topic of my sleuthing as I immediately turned to Google to start off my hunt.

I had already been warned by Laura to watch out for “Bieber wanna-be’s”. When I typed her name into google, this is what it looked like.

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So, the only result that came up that is the right Laura Bieber is her Twitter! So, there are A LOT of Laura Bieber’s, to say the least. But, even Laura’s Twitter bio that appears right on Google shares a lot about Laura and show’s a lot of professionalism.

Social media was a little bit different because I have known Laura for almost a year so we are friends on all social media!

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But, I do remember when we first met and were making our way through becoming friends on multiple social media platforms, she had high-security settings on her Facebook and Instagram! This is CRUCIAL when you are a teacher because kids LOVE to find their teachers or authority figures on social media. I discovered this really early on working with children- they think it is SO fun to find people on Facebook.

The one thing that came to mind when I was sleuthing Laura was that when you have a common name, (thanks, Justin, hey Laura?) you have to work even harder to build an online existence. especially a positive one. A positive online existence is especially difficult when you get buried under millions of other people with the same name, or an unhealthy obsession with Justin Bieber that causes them to change their last names on social media.

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I loved sleuthing you, but unfortunately for me, fortunately for you, I did not find any juicy details… this time!

Thanks for letting me creep you on social media!

Keep building your online presence!

Keto Tortilla’s- Low Carb and Low in Flavour

This week I had a RECIPE FLOP.

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Eating keto, I knew I was signing up to throw away bread, wraps, and tortillas from my diet. I was scrolling through the world of keto on Pinterest- you can find my Keto board here! I found this recipe for  Keto Tortillas and immediately thought YAASS because this lady has been craving a chicken quesadilla since I started this shin dig.

Now, let me preface this by saying that I am not a big egg person (unless they’re hardboiled), so making these tortillas, I was hoping that the egg in the recipe would not be overpowering- THUS, MY HOPES WERE CRUSHED. Stay tuned to find out more about the process and result…

I mixed the ingredients together, put a small portion (about 1/4 cup) of the batter into the greased frying pan. The recipe said to spread the batter as thin as possible by rotating and tilting the pan. Tortilla 1: spread it too thin and broke holes in it. Tortilla 2: Tried to flip it too early and destroyed it. Tortilla 3 (pictured below): CRUSHED IT.

Now, this looks like a class act quesadilla, but all it took was one bite to confirm: this was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It tasted like a crispy EGG.

I made extra tortillas because the recipe said that they can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Safe to say these tortilla’s stayed in the fridge untouched for those 3-4 days before finding their rightful place in the garbage.

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Next week I am going to (hopefully) be able to post a recipe SUCCESS for y’all.

Stay tuned! Drop me a line on Twitter for thoughts, comments or post suggestions @missjuliapapic