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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 45 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 23rd with 78 views. The most popular post that day was New inspiration and ways of learning.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, digg.com, facebook.com, jordanmcfarlen.com, and thephysicaleducator.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jordan mcfarlen, mcfarljo, jordanmcfarlen, wordpress blogfolio with vimeo, and karie shiels.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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New inspiration and ways of learning February 2010
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About Me May 2008
1 comment

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Images & Videos June 2008
1 comment

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My Work April 2009

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Resume/CV March 2010

All About Me – An ECMP 455 Introduction

Below is an introductory video I have created for my ECMP 455 class. Check it out and let me know what you think. I tried to add a little humour to the video but I’m not sure if I was successful.

Writ Large

Recently I was asked to write an article for the U of R Report’s Writ Large column. I was asked to write about the CIS experience and what university sport brings to campus and the local community. Specifically I was asked…

for something that captures the excitement Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) brings to campus…. what participation means to students, to you, why thousands come to watch etc. etc.

Below I have embedded a pdf version of the March 9th, 2009 U of R Report. My article is on the second page and can also be viewed on the University of Regina website by clicking here. You may need to use the Zoom feature to read the article below. Let me know what you think.

U of R Report – March 9th, 2009

March 6th, 2009

Today was a work period for our Computer Applications Multimedia Production 10 class. Many of the students are getting fairly close to finishing their still photo music videos. The videos are looking really good and we plan to have students present to the rest of the class on Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m really enjoying teaching this class, I feel very comfortable with the students and like interacting with them.

During lunch in the staff room I had a really good talk with a substitute teacher who I believe was actually a retired teacher. We talked a lot about different things going on in high schools around the city and what subbing is like. He really enjoys subbing and told me a lot of the positive things. I should also note that I ran into a recent grad from our Business Ed program who was subbing for the class next to ours. She seems to be enjoying it, she told me that she was recently at Winston Knoll and ran into Amy and Andrea.

In the afternoon I met with one of the physical education teachers (who I happen to know very well) and decided that on Tuesday I will get to teach a grade 9 all boys physical education class. I’m really looking forward to this as teaching in the gymnasium is a lot different than the classroom. Next week should be fairly busy as I will also be picking up an Accounting 20 class on Wednesday.

My high for the day – All of the positive interactions and conversations that I had with students today. I’m getting to know many of the students quite well and really enjoy talking with them and hearing what they have to say.

My low for the day – Forgetting to bring a water bottle. I tend to drink a lot of water during the day to stay hydrated but today I did not have one and got very thirsty throughout the day.

There isn’t anything major that stands out in my mind when thinking about what I would change. I’m looking forward to next week as Kayla and I will continue to team-teach CAMP 10 but we will both also be teaching individually in Accounting 10 and 20. I’m hoping to continue learning even more next week.

Tech Task #4 – Critique the design of a slide presentation

Tech Task #4 – Find a presentation on slide share that you think incorporates some good design principles. Embed it on your blog and write a critique outlining the effective design principles.

I feel that the slide show “What is Design?” does an excellent job of using effective design principles. Being that this slide show is about design it is obvious that one of the main objectives was to incorporate good design principles. As Dean Shareski mentioned in his presentation to our class, negative space and the use of black and white can be very effective. To me this slide does a great job of using the black and white theme . The text really jumps off the page and the slides look clean, creative and effective. Another well used design principle is the different sizes of font. For the most part the font is very big but at times it changes size and that adds to the effect. There are also pictures on some of the slides which help to create a visual of the message that is being parlayed to the viewer. The message is clear, the slides are bold and it is visually pleasing.

It wasn’t until Dean Shareski presented to my class on the importance of Design that I realized how poorly designed some of my old slide shows are. I was/am guilty of all the crimes that you can commit in a power point presentation. Thinking back to the idea of black and white and the use of negative space, these are all things I learned about in art class back in high school but I had sadly never transfered that to my work. I am now very conscious of effective design principles in all of the work that I do. I would like to thank Dean for waking me up from the “lack of effective design” sleep that I was in.

Jing-a-ling

Recently I was testing out the program Jing as part of my ECMP 355 course. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Jing, it is a free tool you can download from the internet that allows you to capture both still photos and video of your desktop. In the past I had always wondered how people created video tutorials of exactly what was on their desktop and now I know. With Jing you are also able to share these desktop videos or screen shots with others as Jing gives you a URL when you finish capturing your content. After playing around with this I began to think about how effective this tool could be in an educational setting. As a teacher, if you noticed that in one of your classes (let’s use Information Processing as an example because I am a business education major) students were continually having the same problems with assignments or activities on spreadsheets. Rather than having to explain the same thing over and over, you could just create a Jing of a spreadsheet showing students what they need to do and post it on the class website, blog or wiki. This is an excellent tool for teaching, tutoring and creating how-to videos. It can also allow for students to create their own Jing teaching their classmates how to do a certain task. I imagine it could also be very effective in distance learning courses or online classes. There seem to be many possibilities for the use of Jing in an educational setting.

I found Jing to be very user friendly and simple to use. Anyone out there dislike Jing or know of a better software program that does the same thing? Can you think of examples in other subject areas where Jing would be very useful? Do you know of an example where Jing has been used for a secondary or elementary class? Let me know what you think.

I have embedded a video created by the people over at macapper.com explaining and demonstrating how to use Jing. There is also a good instructional video on the Jing website.

"Txt is gr8"

Recently I began following Ewan McIntosh on del.icio.us. I came across an interesting article that he bookmarked, “Expert says txt is gr8 for 4 language.” In the article, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, David Crystal states that text does not hamper language rather it “enriches language.” Crystal also states that in his research he has found that students don’t tend to use a lot of abbreviations in their work. This article is from Wales and I am curious as to whether research done in North America would be similar. It also makes me wonder if abbreviations will be/are ever accepted in schools as part of assignments? Are abbreviations such a bad thing? Does it depend on the context in which they are used?

I have to apologize to anyone viewing my blog using mozilla firefox as there appears to be some formatting errors that I have not figured out how to fix yet.