ECI 834 – Post 9  – Have I got a deal for all of you!

     This is my last post for the course ECI 834 – Online and Blended Learning.  I was very thankful for this course as we transitioned to remote learning in the midst of designing my online course for the class.  Luckily I had chosen a course to design online in January that I would be teaching in March and April, Pre-Calculus 30.  This really set me up to try new methods and design the course for online and blended learning, then get to implement and use much of […]

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ECI 834 – Post 8 – My attempt at PC30 as a Hyflex!

     Well my online course is complete.  I tried my best to design a Pre-Calculus 30 course as a hyflex model where students could learn in-person or online, asynchronously or synchronously.  The most rewarding part of the whole process was getting to teach the course at my school since the beginning of March.  Now I was not allowed to teach it online live, because of the “double duty” ban by the STF, but I was able to implement many of my ideas in person and now a […]

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ECI 834 – Post 7 – Online Interaction for an Online Class

     For my online course, Pre-Calculus 30 with Mr. Johns, which is hosted on a Google Site, I have decided to use Google Classroom for students handing in assignments and having the ability to comment, Google Chat for students to discuss any math topics and to get specific help from myself or peers, and through Chat having students interact on Jamboard to receive help from me or students on specific math problems and graphing.  Students may also choose to talk to me in pers […]

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ECI 834 – Post 6 – Meaningful Assessment of Online Learning

 The pandemic hit…We were forced to teach / learn online but marks didn’t really matter…Now we are teaching online (and in person or both or alternating) and marks matter, but how does one assess and evaluate well when teaching online (especially in High School Math)?  This was the focus of my quest for knowledge regarding online learning this week.  One of the best articles I found was put out by Andrew Miller in April of 2020 through Edutopia.org and titled “Summative […]

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ECI 834 – Post 5 – Better Together

     For our ECI 834 zoom class this week, I had the privilege of working with 3 other colleagues to preview each others’ online courses, and present my course in its current state.  It was a wonderfully diverse experience, with Google Classroom and Moodle LMS’s used as well as, High School, Elementary and Radio Broadcasting classes all covered.  The largest value for me was in seeing other’s courses and how they approach online learning and using the LMS’s to organize […]

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Post 4 – ECI 834 – Analyzing a Unit of Study (Option 2)

     I chose to analyze a unit of study through the YouTube Video “How the Economic Machine Works” by Ray Dalio.  But before I discuss this video, its content, merits, and production methodology and effectiveness.  I just wanted to give a little context as to how I made this choice.  I had fully intended on looking at a teaching tool or app, and scoured the list diligently.  Some of the tools I knew and had used, but I wanted something new.  What I […]

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ECI 834 – Post 3 – PC30 with Johns Course Profile

Overview    I have chosen to teach Pre-Calculus 30 as a blended learning model, leaning more towards a hyflex model, as opposed to 50% f2f and 50% online that is being prescribed in our division.  The course will be taught both in-person and live stream, but with asynchronous options to view lessons taught or comparable online video lessons being used.  I will be using Google Classroom as my LMS, in conjunction with Docs, Slides, Meet, Chat and Jamboard.  My main motiv […]

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ECI 834 – Post 2 – Caught in the Interweb of Teaching

     This is my 13th year teaching in Saskatchewan after teaching 2 years in British Columbia post graduation in 2005 from the Univ. of Regina.  I have had a website for most my classes since I started with my own classroom.  Originally, it was hosted by the division, but I quickly learned that none of the material could transfer from school to school, so being transferred meant starting all over again.  Furthermore, the division asked each teacher to post their sy […]

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ECI 834 – Post 1 – Introduction and Thr3e Goals

     Hello my name is Dylan Johns and I live just outside Lumsden, with my wife, son, daughter, 2 dogs and 3 cats in a straw bale house that I built on an acreage on my family’s farmland (as you can see in the photo).  When not enjoying building or outdoor pursuits, I am quite interested in technology, especially to do with teaching.  I have played with many online platforms and flipped classroom methods over the years and am excited to learn more.    &n […]

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EDL 820 – Major Project Blog – 4 of 4 – After Presenting

     After a good five weeks of research and preparation, I was able to present to the school, once to the Grade 9 and 10 students on Monday, April 1st and then to the Grade 11 and 12’s on Tuesday, April 2nd during the 15 minute Advisory period in the school auditorium about using smartphones responsibly.  The presentations lasted right around the 15 minutes I had planned for them and were well received, for the most part. I will discuss changes from the first presenta […]

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