My Philosophy of teaching with technology… a descriptive collection of my expertise with learning technology tools..

My philosophy of teaching with technology comes from the many web tools we learned in class. Based on The Manitoba Education Guide to ICT, the use of varied technologies will be used daily in the classroom, such as computers, laptops, digital cameras, video cameras, digital microscopes, scanners, cell phones, electronic games, digital audio devices, global positioning systems, electronic whiteboards, the Internet, which will continue to evolve as new technologies emerge over time.

A Pinterest account created at It is a social network that allows users to visually share and discover new interests by posting (pinning) images or videos to their own or others’ boards while browsing what other users have pinned.

A Canva account created, makes design simple for everyone, designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters and invitations et cetera.

A Twitter account created at and a hashtag (#EDU4030_17) for the class to use on social media sites such as twitter, which is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short messages called tweets.

A Blog account created at There are many other hosts specific to teachers, students, parents and other educators. Questions to consider when we create the blog such as: Name of the Blog? Purpose of the Blog? Audience? The schools Divisions policies on blogs? Privacy issues? Students, parents, institutions and our own. Many other web tools were explored.

Podcasting, a digital media file stream form of hosting which is usually an audio file but can be a video file. Provided with instructions on how to create one through 4 easy steps.

QR Codes, used for webpages, video, posters, links for parents to student’s digital work. Presentation software, PowerPoint, keynote, google docs and Prezi. Online/Cloud Storage, storage on the internet. Word Processing Software, word, docs and PageMaker. Spreadsheet software, excel, numbers and google sheets.

Video, the use of video in classrooms, why it’s ideal, which is a form of storytelling, images and audio used. Its purpose in class, tips, the different areas of study, types of video files, other types of video technology like real time streaming, virtual reality and other video editing software, like movie maker.

Smart Whiteboard, the use of it and how it can be used in classroom.

Conferencing software, live connection between people in separate locations for the purpose of communication, involving audio, text and video, like Skype and google hangouts. It’s also backup planning for technology-based courses.

Online quiz tools, software that creates and manages online quizzes. Quiz tools provided on

Gamification, learning and educational approach to motivate students to learn by using video game design, used in classroom to capture interest of learners and inspire students to continue learning. Badges

Wikis Software, a website that allows users to create and collaborate and edit web pages. Its where students can do group projects, individual projects, collect thoughts, and teacher staff that can develop and share curriculum to be updated on news and training.

Electronic grade books, software application with records of student’s progress.

We learned about Internet safety in the classroom, keeping students safe online, cyber bullying through the use of mind maps, to surf the Internet and how webpages are built from codes stored inside a file called HTML and what an URL is, which is the page address you see in the long bar at the top of your web browser.


Philosophy of Teaching… My perspective on the Kenanow Model in relation to my perspective as a teacher..

The Kenanow Model Bachelor of Education program at UCN is a unique program specific to Aboriginal students that really caught my attention because I believe in implementing Aboriginal perspectives in all that is developed from the teacher I will become.

The Kenanow Model is a Bachelor of Education program that is northern-based and Aboriginal focused teacher education program, which is encompassed by the wisdom provided by Elders in Northern Manitoba.  The Kenanow program philosophy reflects the mission statement of UCN with the incorporation of the Seven Sacred Teachings:  wisdom, respect, truth, humility, honesty, bravery and love, which are all embedded in the design and delivery of the program.

Kenanow stems from the Aboriginal traditional Cree. The word Kenanow means “all of us” or “all of us who are here” and it emphasizes the relationship between and among people.  The Kenanow learning model was adopted by the elders as the Framework for the UCN teacher education program. As a learning model, Kenanow has served Aboriginal people for generations. Kenanow connects identity, place, community history, roles and responsibilities and the process of handing down knowledge. The Elders believe that the Kenanow model provides a foundation that encompasses the past, the present and the future in education for northern and Aboriginal students. The model and the program seek to reclaim and rekindle the connectedness for students to the community and to enhance the students’ sense of identity as learners, family and community members.

The Kenanow Program Goals are to:

  1. Enable prospective teachers to become caring and effective teachers for our children and youth.
  2. Increase emphasis on Aboriginal education and inclusion of Aboriginal knowledge in the curriculum.
  3. Expand access to appropriate educational support services.
  4. Establish a collaborative approach among educators and educational partners.
  5. Provide leadership in teacher education and teacher research.
  6. Increase the graduation rate of Aboriginal and northern students in northern Manitoba.

How to use Smart-boards in the Classroom

Using Smart Boards in the Classroom

  • Use it as a tool for note-taking. Students can come and write important points on the board. Alternately,  you can  appoint a student to type out notes on the computer while you talk, so that the other students can view and take them down.
  • Brainstorming in the classroom can be fun with a Smart Board. You can not only put together text/ ideas but also images, diagrams or videos.
  • Classroom games can be played with ease on the board. Board games in particular can be played on the board itself.
  • All forms of media– videos, photographs, graphs, maps, illustrations, games, etc. – can be used on the board, making it incredibly dynamic in nature. This expands the range of content that you can use for teaching or presenting new information.1

Why I could/would use Video in the Classroom

Video is a form of storytelling which uses a combination of video, audio and images.

It provides a common experience for students; generate interest and stimulates imagination on the topic; offers a different perspective on or another approach to a topic; connects students with faraway place or time period; demonstrate abstract ideas; stimulates the development of critical thinking skills and promote critical viewing skills and media awareness.

Video is useful in classroom because it helps students retain what they learn by being involved; helps students express their deepest understanding of topic; promotes creativity and technical skills; encourages planning and improves organizing skills and students will be engaged in their learning on a media they are familiar with.

How we could use Presentation Software in the classroom

The Impact of Spreadsheets in Education

Spreadsheet programs are in widespread use in classrooms at all levels of education. Teachers use them primarily to keep budgets and gradebooks and to help teach mathematical topics. They offer teachers and students several kinds of unique benefits.

  • Save time — Spreadsheets save valuable time by allowing teachers and students to complete essential calculations quickly. They save time not only by making initial calculations faster and more accurate, but their automatic recalculation features also make it easy to update products such as grades and budgets. Entries also can be changed, added, or deleted easily, with formulas that automatically recalculate final grades.
  • Organize displays of information — Although spreadsheet programs are intended for numerical data, their capability to store information in columns makes them ideal tools for designing informational charts such as schedules and attendance lists that may contain few numbers and no calculations at all.
  • Support asking “what if” questions — Spreadsheets help people visualize the impact of changes in numbers. Since values are automatically recalculated when changes are made in a worksheet, a user can play with numbers and immediately see the result. This capability makes it feasible to pose “what if” questions and to answer them quickly and easily.
  • Increase motivation to work with mathematics — Many teachers feel that spreadsheets make working with numbers more fun. Students sometimes perceive mathematical concepts as dry and boring; spreadsheets can make these concepts so graphic that students express real delight with seeing how they work.

Internet Safety in the Classroom and Resources



The Teacher’s Guide to Keeping Students Safe Online – eLearning Industry

  1. Get parents involved
    Studies have shown that the main reason many kids do not use drugs is because they do not want to disappoint their parents. Educating parents on the dangers of inappropriate usage and encouraging them to talk to their children about it is an effective way to ensure that students are safe online, both at school and at home. Direct parents to infographics or other sources of readily available information like the following. Internet Safety: Tips for Kids & Teens
  2. Provide resources to students
    It’s unlikely that your students want to listen to an hour-long lecture on the dangers of the internet. Odds are, they would probably tune you out within the first 5 minutes. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get them to listen… you just have to change your angle.Provide them with resources like these two YouTube videos from Google Family Safety and Watch Well Cast:Playing and Staying Safe Online
  3. Create scenarios
    Everyone likes to feel as if they are “right.” That sentiment is probably more accurate with your students than anyone else. Create fake scenarios about possible dangerous internet usage and pass them out to the class.  The scenario could read something like this: “Anna is a 15 year-old girl with a Facebook account. She tries to keep her account as private as possible but has forgotten that her address is located under the information on her profile. One day she receives a message from a boy named ‘Matt.’ Matt has very few pictures and friends on his profile and seems very interested in meeting up with Anna.”  After students read the scenario ask them questions such as: “Are there any issues with this situation? What would you do if you were Anna?”The goal is to allow students to arrive at their own conclusion (with your guidance) of the inherent danger in situations like these. By encouraging students to figure out the answer themselves, you not only empower them but educate them as well. Make it a point to encourage students to respect themselves and to remove themselves from any situation where they are uncomfortable, being bullied, or being attacked. Use these scenarios to teach students how to handle hurtful, uncomfortable, or dangerous situations.

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How you could use a blog in the classroom

Using a blog is a classroom could be very useful. Some ways you could use a blog:

  • Provide further assignments for students to work on
  • Get students to do their writing assignments in the form of blog posts
  • Encourage students to post comments on each others postings
  • Use blogs for classroom projects where students can include videos, clips, audio,, text and images
  • Use activities, games, puzzles to enrich students learning experiences
  • Use blogs to conduct an online survey in relation to your students learning needs. You can also include parents in the surveys.
  • Post  your classroom guidelines and code of conduct on your classroom blog for students to review
  • Publish a list of the objectives ( general as well as specific goals).
  • Use a section in your blog for classroom news where to communicate the general classroom news. Work with students to identify the kinds of information they would like to share with their parents, then engage them in writing and posting daily or weekly news updates
  • Post weekly challenges such as a riddle or brainteaser that requires your students to think creatively and critically.  Ask students to post their answers on the blog then discuss the solutions with the whole class at the end of the week. This will tremendously improve their problem-solving skills
  • Use your blog as a communicative tool both with your students and their parents.