Being my helpful self in EDTC 300… most of the time.

It’s finally time… for my networked learning post from EDTC 300…

This semester, I really focussed on building up my Professional Learning Network (PLN), and that started with my classmates in EDTC 300!

I connected with everyone on Twitter,

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Replied to and retweeted my classmate’s Tweets:

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Tweeted out resources, articles, and other things using the EDTC300 Hashtag for my classmates to check out:

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I also took part in #EDCHATS on Twitter! I used Tweet Deck to help me along the way and connected with SO many educators from outside of the class. 

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Find more on Twitter @missjuliapapic and look for #EDTC300

I read blogs from my classmates and commented my thoughts and offered advice: 

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PSA: Make sure when you are commenting throughout the semester you create a folder for the screenshots of your comments to go into so they do not get lost like mine… I commented on so many posts and thought I was being so on my game by screenshotting AND NOW I CANNOT FIND THEM…

Through comments, I connected with so many people from the class and was able to follow along from beginning to end with their learning projects and journey through EDTC 300.

I watched Sarah Reimer become a Mennonite Cooking Master. I even did my due diligence and tried out several of her delicious baked goods throughout the semester… such a hardship I was faced with!
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I followed Madisson Shearer’s journey to becoming a knitting queen. I felt her pride and happiness when she discovered the zippy loom and created her very first scarf! You go, girl!

I watched Melissa Kazymyra kick butt with her HIIT program. Those workouts are no joke, I tried a couple of them and it was NOT easy. Melissa is my idol because she SLAYS those workouts.

At one point or another in the semester, I headed onto the EDTC300 website and checked out all of my classmates learning projects to find inspiration on anything from French and sign language to cooking. Of course, I had to check on my fellow keto-dieter Jessi to see how she was doing!

One of my favorite things this semester was finding places for Laura Bieber and I to connect our blogs. On top of completing some of our required blog posts together, we also saw so many awesome ways to integrate our learning projects! Laura could use her Instant Pot madness to help me create low carb meals for my ketogenic diet- we were a match made in heaven throughout our learning project journey! My life will never be the same after having Instant Pot hardboiled eggs… perfection.

I feel like although a majority of this class was online, I gained so many new connections in the resource world, and being online means that they don’t have to end just because the semester has.

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I want to thank everyone for all of the resources shared and the support you all offered me this semester- you are all rock stars! I only hope that I helped you all as much as you helped me.

I hope everyone keeps blogging, Tweeting, and building their PLN’s even though the semester is over.

Have a great summer everyone!

-Julia 🙂

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PSA: An Hour of Code Does NOT Only Take an Hour

I hung out with my girl Moana and tried out An Hour of Code.

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And she built me up when I CRUSHED IT:

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When it first started I thought “this is easy peasy lemon squeezy”.

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But as I was getting higher up in levels,

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This coding thing ain’t no joke! This is such a good problem-solving activity for students. I love that it is a way to combine problem-solving with technology!

Although I gave up before receiving my certificate, I gave myself a certificate in my heart because I tried really hard!!

I will definitely use coding with my tiny humans in my future classroom.

SUPER DUPER COOL STUFF!

-Julia 🙂

The Scoop on the Ketogenic Diet

This semester for my learning project, I focussed on the Ketogenic diet.

Heres what I’ve been up to throughout the semester:

Week One: Becoming  A Ketogenic Genius 

This post I introduced my learning project and the plan I had in mind for it. I talked about the online guides I would be referencing throughout.

Week Two: Disclaimer: I Bought A LOT of Avocados to Make this Post 

This was honestly one of my favorite posts- probably because it meant I had to make some delicious food. In this post, I made chia seed pudding and avocado brownies. I had a fair amount of recipe flops throughout the semester so my successful recipes in this post reminded me that I am NOT a failure!! The avocado brownies were probably the best thing I have ever baked in my entire life. If I were you I would definitely check out this post and try them out!

Week Three: Keto Grilled Cheese? Yes Please.

If you ever wondered if you could make low carb bread in the microwave in a mug- the answer is YES! Made out of almond and coconut flour, this bread gave me just what I needed when I was having carb withdrawals.

Week Four: Gram, gram, gram.

For this post, I was trying to weigh and track everything I ate.
I’ll be honest- this did not last for as long as it should of. I was definitely a lazy keto-er and weighing everything before I ate it added way too much time before the food was in my stomach. Weighing my food for this time showed me how effective it is to weigh food though- ugh, why am I a quitter??

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Week Five: Why is there a while head of lettuce on my plate?

This post was all about my keto-vacay! I went to the mountains and tried to eat keto the whole time. I highlighted my experience with a fancy caesar salad which still confuses me to this day.

Week Six: Keto Tortilla’s- Low Carb and Low in Flavour.

RECIPE FLOP. I was so excited to try out these low carb tortillas for tacos… probably could have wrapped my tacos in cardboard and it would have had the same effect.
I challenge all of you to try them out and figure out what I did wrong!

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Week Seven: Zoodles ARE the new Noodles.

My forever loves- zoodles. SO GOOOOOOD. Keto friendly and delicious- yes, please!
I found the perfect way to cook them! Check out my post to find out the secret.

Week Eight: Insta- Famous Jealousy.

In this post I highlighted all of my favorite Instagram accounts for Keto- inspo!
I aspire to be all of them- definitely jealous!! So much motivation!

Week Nine: I’ll be Up in the Gym Just Working on my Fitness 

I ventured down to the local Planet Fitness and got a membership. Before I got my membership, I did research on which gym would be best for me and why! I have tried out quite a few gyms and none of them made me feel comfortable- until Planet Fitness! Check out my post to find out more about the memberships and the gym!

Week Ten: I’m an Instant Pot Believer because of Bieber!

I GOT AN INSTANT POT!!!! I obviously had to make a Pinterest page with all the recipes I can’t wait to try. I also made chicken and it was juicy, flavourful, and delicious. Check out the post to see what I think of my new Instant Pot and find the link to my Pinterest!

The Final Verdict: 

I loved my time doing the ketogenic diet. It is an amazing diet that has been proven to work. There are thousands of AMAZING transformations that can’t help but make you want to try the diet. I did the keto-diet for a majority of the learning project.  I loved it for most of the time before I hated it. Okay- maybe hate is a strong word but I love fruit and fresh food. For those of you that don’t know, most fruits other than berries are very high in carbs. The hardest part about sticking to the ketogenic diet was not being able to have apples, bananas, watermelon AND ANY OTHER FRUIT OTHER THAN BERRIES.
No word of a lie, I cried when I ate a banana after being on the keto diet for a few months… Literally cried of joy.

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If you are someone that does not like fruit, the keto diet would be PERFECT for you. If you don’t like fruit and like to eat meat and cheese (Like a nuts amount of meat and cheese) the keto- diet would be PERFECT for you!

Although I did not stick to the ketogenic diet for ALL of the learning project, I learned more than I could have ever asked for.
10 Things I Learned from my Learning Project

  1. I love fruit and fresh food way more than I ever thought.
  2. Smoothies in the morning are my kryptonite- also not very possible on keto.
  3.  The keto diet involves a lot of cheese and meat.
  4. Salads are a staple item in keto- diets!
  5. Recipes for things that are “low carb” that are not usually “low carb” are not as good as they sound about 85% of the time.
  6. Exercise is a crucial part of success with ANY diet or lifestyle.
  7. Research is important before beginning a new way of eating. Starting a diet without research is asking for difficulties.
  8. Pinterest is your BFF when looking for recipes so you don’t get bored. Just make sure to read the comments first to make sure those that have tried the recipes like it!
  9. Find Instagram accounts of people who are on the same journey as you to hold you up from afar and keep you motivated throughout your journey! Personally, people who are successful and honest with what they are doing keeps me motivated to stick to what I am doing!
  10. It is OKAY to take a break from something if it is not working for you! When I started to miss fruit, I struggled for weeks before I admitted to myself that I wanted to be done with keto. It wasn’t for the junk food, it was for the fruit and clean foods that I SO missed when I was on the ketogenic diet. There are THOUSANDS of diets and lifestyles out there- each one promising a different thing with a different plan! 
  11. An extra one because I could not post this and not say it- pick a way of eating a living that will serve as a lifestyle change and not just a “diet”. Before starting a new plan, think to yourself, “could I eat this way for the rest of my life?” That is something I wish I would have thought about before beginning the ketogenic diet because what I did not know when beginning is that after stopping the diet and returning back to a healthy way of eating, most people gain the weight they lost on the ketogenic diet back.

I encourage all U of R education students to check out EDTC 300 if given the opportunity. The learning project was an awesome way to get online, and filled my mind with so many great ideas for my future classroom!

If you have any questions or comments about my learning project, comment below or tweet me @juliapapic on Twitter!

-Julia 🙂

We’re All in this Together!

Melissa Kazymyra, Laura Bieber, and I teamed up to create our summary of learning for EDTC 300.

In our video, you will find what we have learned from EDTC 300, some of our favorite resources and tools, and some Twitter accounts we have come across throughout the semester!

DISCLAIMER: WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL SINGERS WHICH WE MAKE OBVIOUS IN OUR VIDEO. E for effort am I right?

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I had so much fun this semester and LOVE how many resources and tools I got that I plan on carrying into my teaching career. This project was a great way to wrap up this class, and I had so much fun with Laura and Melissa creating it!

The main point of our video is the song that we changed the lyrics to. If you want to talk a closer look at them, here they are:

Song Lyrics

Now, this is a story all about how

Ed-tech flipped my life upside down

And I’d like to take a minute

Just sit right there

I’ll tell you how I became an expert of ed-tech this year.

At the University of Regina, raised and trained,

In the classroom was where I spent most of my days

Stressed out, maxed out, but still so cool

When we realized that ed-tech took place outside of the school.

Students, teachers, together everyone

Parents, families, come on let’s get online.

Together, responsible digital citizens!

Together, together, come on let’s do this right

Here and now it’s time to fight off trolls

We finally figured it out (yeah yeah).

That all the trolls have no limitations

That’s what they’re all about (yeah yeah).

Everyone is responsible for their actions.

We should build each other up (when we are online).

We’re all in a way

Connected to each other.

Together’s where we belong

We’re all techy teachers

We all know

That we have

All the apps  

And resources.

We’re all techy teachers

And it shows

When we teach

Human beings

With technology.

Together, together, together everyone

Together, together, come on, let’s have some fun

Together, we’re there for each other every time

Together, together, come on, let’s do this right.

We’re all here

Tweeting out with hashtags

We’re learning twitter chats (YEAH YEAH!)

The chat is on, TweetDeck makes it easy.

Come on tweet it out!

Feedly helped to find ed-tech articles.

We hashtaged and tweeted them out.

We’re all techy teachers

We all know

That we have

All the apps  

And resources.

We’re all techy teachers

And it shows

When we teach

Human beings

With technology.

We’re all techy teachers

When we teach

We can show

That pencils

Aren’t the only way.

We’re all techy teachers

Once we learn

Of the apps

that redefine

Technology.

Teachers sing along

Yeah, you got it goin’ on

Educators in the house

Everybody say it now

Teachers everywhere

Wave your hands up in the air

That’s the way we do it

Let’s get to it

Time to show the world

We’re all techy teachers

We all know

That we have

All the apps  

And resources.

We’re all techy teachers

And it shows

When we teach

Human beings

With technology.

We’re all techy teachers

When we teach

We can show

That pencils

Aren’t the only way.

We’re all techy teachers

Once we learn

Of the apps

That redefine

Technology.

Teachers everywhere

Wave your hands up in the air

That’s the way we do it

Let’s get to it

Come on everyone!

Music credit 

I’m an Instant Pot Believer because of Bieber!

Let’s just say that I am a convert!!
I am so sorry to Laura Bieber and her mom that I ever doubted them and their love of the Instant Pot.
Laura’s family got me an Instant Pot for an early graduation present, and I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED!

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I have tried quite a few of Laura and her mom’s Instant Pot creations- anywhere from hardboiled eggs, cheesecake, chicken, soup, and spinach dip to quiche! Chicken breast is one of my favorite foods because it can be added to SO many meals and I love salad’s with chicken breast on it!
It was suiting that the very first thing I wanted to try to make was chicken.
In the bottom of the Instant Pot, I put 2 cups of chicken broth with 3 chicken breast. I decided to season them with lemon pepper and garlic salt because YUM!

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I put on the lid and turned it on high pressure for 15 minutes.
While the Instant Pot is coming to pressure, it says “On”. This confused me at first and I thought I broke something but I remembered Laura telling me earlier that this happened! Crisis AVERTED!

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Once it came to pressure, the timer came on and the Instant Pot worked it’s magic!

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After it was done, I let it sit for 5 minutes to let the pressure release on its own.
After 5 minutes I did a “quick release” of the rest of the pressure.

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When I lifted off the lid- PURE GOLD.
The chicken was tender and delicious- no dry chicken here!
My first Instant Pot creation was a success- itt was also boyfriend approved!

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I created a Pinterest page for all of the Instant Pot recipes I find that I want to (eventually) make! Check it out here!

My main goal in the next little while is to join Facebook groups and get more comfortable with my Instant Pot! There is a lot of crazy lingo that comes along with an Instant Pot so I plan on doing some research so I know what they are talking about in all the recipes I plan on making!

SO MANY INSTANT POT POSSIBILITIES!

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-Julia 🙂