QR codes

a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.


QR codes are 2 dimension versions of a barcodes. Standing for quick response is a quick access to information that is hidden behind the code. They are better then conventional bar codes because they have the ability to hold more information.

Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality in a Classroom

Although many people may think that augmented reality and virtual reality are the same, they have very distinct differences.

Augmented Reality

Using a camera augmented reality adds digital elements to the world around you. Using snapchat filters is a prime example of augmented reality being used in everyday life. The potential to use this augmented reality in a classroom is huge. Augmented reality can help to keep students focused and engaged. In turn this will help in learning and memory of the material. 3 dimensional models can also be used in a classroom setting for interactive learning or supporting of a main concept. Elements 4D is a great example of an application using augmented reality to support learning. This allows students the ability to interact with and combine different elements to see how they are effected in real time.

Virtual Reality

Is a complete immersion into another world that shut of outside stimulus. Users have the ability to be transferred to a completely realistic virtual world. The potential to use virtual reality in a classroom endless. There is a company called ClassVR which bridges the gap between the classroom and virtual reality. The site has great reading n how VR can be used in classroom management and independent learning. It also has lesson plans and an informative blog. Click here to do more research into the world of VR in the classroom.

EDCI 306A Final Reflection

My Music Growth plan goal by the midterm point of the semester was to be able to play a song that is the equivalent to a grade 2 level of the Royal Conservatory music book. The song I ended up choosing was the Pink Panther. I had a few assets and some liabilities that have helped me while trying to reach my music education goals. I think that using my previous music knowledge from my childhood helped me to reach my goals quicker and to a higher standard. I also think I was able to reach my goals faster in the second half of the semester because I had already re-learned a lot of the basics like reading sheet music. Having previously learned songs acted as a “warm-up” to learn my second song. This helped to counteract the fact that I had not played piano in at least 6-8 years and could not remember the basics. I also found it very difficult to practice at certain times because I did not have a piano at home. This meant that I would have to practice at school; however, I got kicked out of the piano rooms multiple times which was frustrating and slowed my learning process.

For my final growth plan, I decided to learn the baby shark song on piano first. I thought it would be a valuable experience to learn this song on the piano because it is a very well known song that is used widely in schools. I would be able to actually implement this song into an early elementary school lesson plan. I believed this would be a great way to also warm up my skills before jumping right back into learning another more difficult piece of music. I then started my final learning goal: learn a song that is equivalent to a grade 2 level of the Royal Conservatory music book. I think that the “Pink Panther” was a good level piece of music for my skills. It was still challenging for me to learn this piece but not to difficult where I lost motivation due to frustration. This song was fast compared to any other piece I had played before. This made it difficult for me to get Pink Panther fully up to speed. Nevertheless, with determination and muscle memory I was able to. I am glad I was able to create muscle memory because I firmly believe that this will allow me to remember how to play the song better in the future.

Memory is a very important aspect of a classroom setting. It can be used to improve student’s decision-making, memory, empathy, and social connections. Lowering stress through music is something I would use in my own classroom as an educator. The experience of navigating through my Musical Growth Plan was greatly beneficial to my learning. This taught me skills that are actually applicable and that can be used in my own classroom. Furthermore, this gave me confidence in my ability and has helped me feel comfortable playing in front of others. EDCI 306A in general showed me just how important music implementation and integration is.

EDCI 306A Reflection 9, 10, 11

My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is… I can use this strength to…

I played piano for 6 years when I was younger and I have a great base knowledge of music theory after taking Music in the Elementary classroom. This is important because piano and theory can help significantly when implementing music in a classroom. I still have a vast amount of resources that I will be able to use when teaching my own students. This gives me a base knowledge into the world of music and the confidence to play music in front of other people. I will also be able to use my knowledge to teach my students the basics of theory, an important start to becoming musically literate.

I find another strength I have is the enjoyment I get when playing music. My love for the piano was ingrained in me at a young age. This love will be translated into my own classroom. Due to this I will be able to stay genuine and not only implement music into a lesson because it is part of the BC curriculum. I think this will translate into learners who are generally more interested in music.

When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music, I…

When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music I think about how I learned music as a child. The teachers that I had as a child made music fun for the entire class. Singing songs during circle time was usually the highlight of the day for me. I still remember many of the songs and books we would sing to this day. That is why I think music is such a valuable learning experience in classrooms.

Music can also be used to reduce stress and pain in students. During these times playing music can have a relaxing effect, lowering blood pressure and stress hormones while slowing heart and pulse. Because of these facts i think using calming music as a classroom management tool is important.

I think any educator should consider implementing music into lesson plans to create cross-curricular connections. Being confident in music can help students understand and remember information learned in class. I find it hard to implement First Nations culture into my lesson plans. I believe this is an important part of the curriculum and integration is necessary. Music can be a great tool to help introduce students to First Nations cultures. In my own classroom, I will use my musical strengths to integrate First Nations culture and music into my pre-existing lesson plans to further my student’s knowledge of culture.

My greatest area of growth during this course has been the area of…

I think that my greatest area of growth is my ability to re-learn the piano and gain confidence in my abilities. Before the semester had started I had not played the piano in many years. I had basically forgotten all my skills and had to re-learn the piano from scratch. With determination and help from YouTube and a friend that is a piano major, my piano skills increased drastically.

At the beginning of the semester, I was not able to read sheet music, play scales or remember any basics of piano. After a lot of practice, I learned a variety of songs and scales. I also saw that the amount of time it took to learn new pieces became quicker as my confidence developed. I think this could be attributed to the development of my coordination and the ability to use both my left and right hands at once. With confidence, my abilities to be comfortable playing in front of others also grew. I think this is an important skill to develop as a teacher. It is pointless to be learning music if you are not able to play in front of others.

Beam Robot

Beam is a robotic telepresence tool that allows anyone to collaborate and participate in activities virtually at any time anywhere. These robots can be a great tool that helps to encourage distributed learning within a classroom setting. The ability to still be able to collaborate productively while located anywhere is a very valuable tool.

Distributed learning

an instructional model that allows instructor, students, and content to be located in different, noncentralized locations so that instruction and learning can occur independent of time and place.


This model of distributed learning can take on an model of online classrooms and learning. Distributed learning can be combined with a traditional classroom and take on a blended learning approach.

Some Advantages may include:

  1. Opportunities to study
  2. Selection of Professors
  3. Numerous choices for schools
  4. No classroom setting
  5. Effective
  6. Learning while working
  7. Flexibility
  8. International Networking

What is my experience with distributed learning?

As a student growing up in a formal classroom setting I had very little experience with distributed learning. Due to this fact the concept of learning outside the classroom setting in a fairly new one for me. As a student myself playing hockey at a high level as a child I had to miss a lot of school for practices and tournaments. My experience was if I was out of town there was no the ability for me to attend class through technology. Instead I would have to hurry my learning to catch up with my classmates when I returned to school days later. I think the lack of distributed learning is partly due to the small amount of mainstream technology at the time of my schooling; however, in today’s educational society I think distributed learning can be a valuable tool for students.

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

GAFE is a service that was created by google specifically for use by educators and students. These apps include include GmailHangoutsGoogle CalendarDriveDocsSheetsSlidesGroupsNewsPlay, and Sites.

Google Classroom

This is a tool that was created by google in collaboration with educators to manage and distribute course work, assignments, grades, and feedback to students. The process of making and being the administrator of a google classroom is streamlined. It is a free easy to use tool that allows teachers to use their time in more constructive ways.

Google Docs

Is a way for students to collaboratively work on an assignment simultaneously from different locations. I personally use google docs for everything I do in school and personally think it is one of the most important applications while doing collaborative group work. It allows us to utilize our time more efficiently and gives us the ability to fit group work into our busy schedules easier.


Sketchnoting is a process that allows students to take lecture content at lower levels therefore remembering less content. This is done through active summarization that helps to transfer things from short term memory to long term memory easier. This way of note taking that incorporates the use of not only text but visual pictures. Studies have shown that taking notes on a computer opposed to using pen an paper effects a students efficiency when recalling the information. This coupled with the fact that drawing even as short as a 4 second sketch will also help with memory recall, means sketchnoting is the most effective way to take notes. Sketchnoting engages the whole mind, helps with concentration, crates a visual map, taps into visual imagining and can be fun/ fulfilling. Every student learns in different fashions and it is the teachers duty to give students different tools to see what works best for them. As a student I find the visual aspect of learning has always helped with my memory. Writing on a laptop has never given me the same effect as it seems very similar to mindless copying. when trying out sketchnoting I found it helped me stay engaged and overall retain the information better. With a little bit of practice I think that sketchnoting could become a viable way for me to take notes.