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 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.

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.

Things to decide before starting your classroom blog

As a teacher starting a classroom blog it is important to have a solid idea of what the blog will look like before actually creating it. Having a good plan and sticking to it can mean the difference between failure and success for your classroom blog.

First off as a teacher you should think about who your audience will be. What is the purpose of the blog and who are you trying to reach are great questions to ask yourself. This could include parents, students, the school or just the general community. Dependent on this the creation of the classroom blog will take on different forms.

Secondly, the teacher must decide the name of the classroom blog. This can tend to be more challenging then you would first think. This is because the domain has to be unique and with the sheer quantity of people on the Internet the teacher may have to be creative with the name they choose. A tip for finding a domain name that has not been used is to choose something that is obscure and unique to the classroom or school. That way it is less likely that someone else will have already taken the name.

Arguably most importantly, what will the students be blogging about? The blog can take on whatever form the teacher can imagine and has no limitations to what it can be used for. The most obvious way a classroom blog can be used is to build on information that is touched upon in class. The teacher could also ask questions on a particular article or video and have students respond with their thoughts.

Who will be blogging and how often is another important question a teacher can ask themselves. Will all the students’ blogs be posted every week or will only the best students blog be posted? It is important to set up a routine for the students to follow so they can be prepared and know what is expected of them.


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