Real or Fake?

This past week in class we talked a lot about digital literacy as well as learning about fake websites/accounts online. As we did the activity in class trying to figure out if the account was real or fake I came to realize that I really cannot tell %100 of the time if the account is real or not. I made my own thoughts and opinions about the certain account and thought they were valid enough however, that was not true. It made me re-think about how I view other accounts online and as well as informational websites. Through my whole life with doing research, and projects for school and using google for information I thought I was being cautious and aware of the sites I was using. But now, this is making me change my mindset and to think about all the possibilities of the websites out there and conduct a reasonable response as to whether or not I can trust the information given to me. It is just very crazy to me that websites could be controlled by someone who knows absolutely nothing about what they are talking about and that they could be anyone, anywhere. As I read through Fake news: It’s complicated it allowed me to think about the certain aspects there are into finding out if the content, or account given is real and trustworthy. Just as we discussed in class, there are certain tips and tricks to follow and check off while looking at an account if you are unsure they are real or not. Checking their profile, pictures, what they have posted or tweeted about in the past, there likes, and retweets, the list goes on. Having this understanding of what to look for as you are searching something or someone up is important to know. Below is a picture from the article explaining certain details to consider while looking at a article, or the news, etc. I think teaching our students about finding the difference between a real website or a fake one should be considered in the classroom. With students doing projects and research for multiple classes it is possible that they will just use the first site that is made available for them because they do not fully understand the difference. This should be introduced to the students to better educate themselves on discovering whether a account/website is real or fake. This can also help them in the future if they ever come into a crossroads and are in a difficult position. In How do we teach students to identify fake new? there are multiple ways in which we the teachers can explain and make aware the strategies for students to comprehend and learn about to better their lives. very simple ways to include into our teachings to make available for our students and to protect them from the horrible things on the internet. There is a lot of fake news and information around us all the time. As I viewed the little article named You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you it actually taught me a few things and I was a little surprised while I was reading it. This goes to show that we are told a variety of different facts and information throughout our lives that may not be coming from very reliable resources but we are never aware of that possibility. It is just something we do not think about. In the comic, there were a lot of facts stated given the truth behind all of them and it really did shock me because I had no idea what to believe. Online can be very helpful when using reliable resources and understanding how to tell the difference between a real and fake account/news. This is something I will have to work on and learn more about for the future and to present to my future students!

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Garlic-Parmesan Wings

I am very excited for this weeks meal and cannot wait to show you guys what it is! This week I was thinking chicken but I wanted to spice it up a little and try something different. So, I went onto Pinterest (you can never go wrong with Pinterest) and found a really tasty garlic-parmesan chicken wing recipe that I thought I could try! Now, I’ve had garlic-parmesan wings before but in a restaurant and really liked them, so I wanted to give these a try on my own. There were tons of recipes on these wings but with the one I found I already had everything at home with me. The recipe is from TheKitchn that I found from Pinterest. This blog was simple to read and use which was helpful as I was making the wings. They have pictures and easy to follow directions which was great! Also listed were the ingredients which I will have at the end of my blog! Now, lets get right into the wings!! I first started off with washing my chicken wings and then patting them dry with a paper towel. Added my spices consisting of salt, black pepper and garlic powder. I did not follow the right measurements for the spices as I wanted to add however much I wanted. I wanted to make sure these were full of flavour. I then tossed them into the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour. As that was cooking I prepped my parmesan, butter and garlic mixture so it was ready when the chicken wings were done! Once the wings were done cooking and looking nice and crispy I threw them into a big bowl with our parmesan mixture and gave them a good toss. Then there ya go! Homemade garlic-parmesan chicken wings made right at home with only a few simple ingredients. I also made a side salad to go with the wings but that was nothing too special. Overall, I really enjoyed these wings and thought they were very delicious. I would have added more parmesan if I had some but unfortunately, I used it all up 🙁 I would definitely be making thse again in the future for sure! They were so good and had so much flavour. I enjoyed switching it up with making different kinds of chicken wings rather then just simple breaded, or salt and pepper. Ingredients: 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds chicken wings 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup), plus more for serving 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves 3 cloves garlic 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

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This is No Kraft Dinner

Alright, for this weeks meal I was a little stumped and did not know what to make. So, I asked my family for some ideas and my brother reallyyy wanted Mac and Cheese. So, I gave him mac and cheese haha. This meal had me bring out my inner child and remembering eating good old Kraft dinner when I was younger (well maybe occasionally now too lol). I did my research and watched a few videos and read a few websites in order to find the perfect mac and cheese recipe to recreate. And I think I found a pretty good one. I used a YouTube video this week from The Cooking Foodie and got the delicious recipe! The video was not long to watch at all and gave me step by step instructions on how to make the dish. I was able to follow along nicely without getting confused or flustered at all. It was very simple to watch and cook at the same time. I started off with prepping my cheese and grating each one of them. There were 3 different types of cheese needed for this recipe, cheddar, mozzarella and gruyere (which I have never had before… not too bad). I then put a pot on and filled it with water and added salt of course. Added in my elbow shaped pasta then began working on my sauce. For the sauce I used another pot and added in the ingredients needed. Butter, flour, and milk. As well as the different types of seasoning to add flavour. Once this was all mixed I slowly added the cheese and continually mixed until it was all combined. I drained my noodles and mixed it into the sauce and got it all covered with the sauce. Then was my favourite part. I poured the macaroni into a baking dish and sprinkled some left over cheese as well as Panko bread crumbs on top for a little crunch factor. And let me tell ya, it was soo good! This recipe turned out really good! And my brother was a huge fan of it which made me happy!! However, time management is still a work in process for me. I may have over cooked the macaroni just a tad but it still turned out fine! I just get so focused on one thing at a time I tend to forget other things are cooking too.. lol. Overall, I would make this recipe again as it did not take me very long and was a simple one.

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Digital Identity and Cyber Sleuthing

This week we talked about our digital identity as well as cyber sleuthing (which I have never heard of before this class). I knew that having a digital footprint online can be very useful but also scary. Putting yourself on the internet, making multiple accounts and interacting with people from all around the world can be dangerous if not used correctly. I personally have a lot of social networks. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook (which I never ever use), Pinterest, Snapchat, and a few others. I understand that having these accounts I am putting myself out into the world for anyone to find me. However, I make smart decisions and think about my digital footprint before anything is posted. Taking the time to think and process what you do online is very important, especially when we think about our futures. As well as understanding that because what people post online does not mean that is how they feel or act in person. As I read Split Image, an article about a young girl named Madison Holleran who online seemed fine but really was not. We are under the impression that what we see online is what is portrayed in real life. This article was eye opening because we never ask questions about how people really are we just assume they are fine because of what their social media looks like this week. But we never realize that it is just a cover up. Our digital identity can be shown however we want it to be, we have to make sure we are using it in a positive way. Now, with all of this digital identity and cyber sleuthing talk we had to pair up with someone, and my partner was Emily Patchin. The task was to do a little snooping of my own to understand their digital identity and who they are. I began with doing a quick google search and seeing what sites came up. I got an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and a few others such as Pinterest but were not her. I began to look at her Instagram which was not private so I was able to see a bit more into her posts. Her feed is clean and has a lot of photos of herself and friends as well as a boyfriend I noticed. Looking at her Facebook, it tells me that she works at a child care centre, lives in Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan and went to Porcupine Plain Comprehensive school. Switching again to her WordPress she has an all about me page which helped me understand her just a little more. She is the second oldest of three siblings, her mom is a teacher and that she never imagined another career besides teaching! She also likes painting, travelling, beading and spending time with her family. Finally I went through her Twitter and is was all very clean. She has some casual tweets posted throughout the semester, nothing out of the ordinary! Overall, her digital platform was very clean and nothing popped out at me. She keeps her profiles on the low and does not post a whole bunch online. Great digital identity Emily!

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Digital Citizenship and the Curriculum

This past week in class, we talked about digital citizenship. According to Digital Citizenship– “Digital citizenship is the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use.” This is made up of 9 elements that can be used in multiple different subject areas. The elements are listed below: Digital Access Digital Commerce Digital Communication and Collaboration Digital Etiquette Digital Fluency Digital Health and Welfare Digital Law Digital Rights and Responsibility Digital Security and Privacy Here is a fun, short video explaining it a little more: While taking a look at the Saskatchewan Curriculum, I am able to find connections made to different subject areas that can connect to using digital citizenship in the classroom. From the English Language Arts grade 8 curriculum: CR8.4 View critically and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of visual and multimedia texts including videos, television broadcasts, informational presentations, dramatic presentations, websites, and news programs to locate and interpret key messages and details, to develop conclusions, opinions, and understanding, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the text. b. Demonstrate ability to navigate and process informationwhen viewing websites, films, videos, and presentations. d. Identify creative uses of language in visual and multimediatexts including those associated with popular culture (e.g.,animation, video, computer games). f. Compare various styles of data displays for clarity andeffectiveness. g. Evaluate the overall effectiveness and impact of a rangeof individual visual and multimedia texts (including digitaltexts). Within English class, we can teach our students how to be respectable and responsible with technology and teach them the skills they need but with also being safe online. From the Health Education grade 8 Curriculum: USC 8.7 Assess the social, cultural, and environmental influences on and supports for sexual health knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and decisions. f. Examine how the social, cultural, and environmentalinfluences may determine people’s knowledge and access tosexual health information. In health class we can assess our students and teach them what they need to know in class instead of allowing them to do research by themselves. As educators we need to educate our students on a subject matter such as this one and be there for them with any questions or concerns that may come come up. With integrating digital citizenship in the classroom, my hopes and goals are to teach students about the use of technology and why we should not take it for granted. Technology is a privilege to have and students should understand that concept in their everyday lives. With allowing students to do projects and their own research we need to trust that they will be using their time and online properly and for the right reasons. I will be using technology in my classroom as it is a great concept for students to learn and understand different medias and information in a unique way.

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Olive Garden’s Famous Fettuccine Alfredo But at Home

Alright, I am pretty excited about this weeks dish for many reasons. 1. I love pasta. 2. I love Olive Garden. 3. I love fettuccine alfredo. So I thought why not make it myself? And that is exactly what I did! I was really excited to try and make my own alfredo sauce from scratch this week as I have never done so before. I always wanted to try making it myself instead of using the store bought version. And let me tell ya… it was worth it. I got the recipe from The Cozy Cook just online and this was my first time using this specific website. I really enjoyed this blog and what she had to offer. The website was easy to function and everything was easy to find. It gave you step-by-step instructions as well as photos of the process. I also enjoyed that there was a portion of the site where she gave you tips and tricks on making the sauce and what you can add to make it the best. Overall, the blog was simple and easy to use and the directions were very simple to follow. I started off with boiling a pot of water and added salt to it (this is a must!!!). Then on a non-stick pan is where I created my sauce. Here I added 6 tablespoons of butter, minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of flour and stirred. After all was combined I slowly added in heavy whipping cream and milk(you can use which ever kind you prefer). Then comes the best part… the cheese! There were two types of cheese in this recipe, parmesan and romano. I added in the cheese and whisked it until combined, creating a thick, yummy sauce. I then added in my fettuccine once it was al dente into the alfredo sauce and gave it a good stir until it was fully covered. I also added salt and pepper to taste, do not want to forget about that! We do not want a bland meal here, no thank you. Overall, was it better than Olive Garden’s? Unfortunately no. But, it was still super good!! I found that my sauce was a little too thick towards the end which I was not a huge fan of but I made it work. I might of added a little too much cheese and that is why it was a little on the thicker side. If I were to do this again I would add less cheese and really focus on stirring and making sure it’s not as thick. I would give this a solid 8/10. It was very tasty and I had a lot of fun making it. Plus this only took me about 20 mins to make, not long at all. I would definitely give this another shot in the future! Ingredients: 6 Tablespoons butter, high quality 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 1.5 cups heavy cream 1.5 cups milk, any kind ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated and at room temperature ½ cup Romano cheese, grated and at room temperature Salt and black pepper, to taste 1 lb. Fettuccine Parsley, to garnish (I left this part out)

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The Success of The Internet

Looking back As I take a look back to when I was younger and growing up, the changes made to technology is huge. I grew up in the early 2000’s so things were just starting to pick up and be more advanced. I remember having VHS tapes and one of those big computers and a t.v. with a big box on the back… haha. But when I look at today’s technology it is insane to think of how far we have come to get to this place. Flat screen t.v’s, iPhones, very thin laptops, doorbell cameras and much, much more. Kids nowadays are exposed to technology like no other. This is all what this generation is about. There are children as young as 8 years old that have their own cellphones. Like what?? When I was 8 I was playing with real toys not an iPhone. With high speed internet and being able to connect with people from all around using the internet wisely and in a smart manner it can be an amazing thing to have. As I watched the video An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube it was interesting and entertaining to see how the first viral video occurred. As an avid YouTube watcher I did not realize all the changes and how YouTube really became a huge hit. It was interesting to see how the Numa Numa dance went viral and how people across the world made it their own! In his presentation, Wesch presented the rates of videos uploaded and how many there. This was shocking to hear about. It is crazy to see how much of our lives were involved with the internet back then and even more now. Technology in the classroom As I think about the use of technology in my future classroom there are some issues that frighten me. Kids these days are exposed to a tremendous amount of different things because of the internet and this has great effects on the way they see the world and live their lives. The use of technology has increased over the last few years and all students rely on is the internet and phones. The amount of likes, and retweets are the focus of kids lives. They are too involved with their virtual life that they are missing out on their real life. I fear for these kids who are just involved with their technology and not involved in the real world. Now, do not get me wrong there are a lot of advantages for the use of technology in the classroom but there are also disadvantages as well. This article that I came across (Top 5 Benefits of Technology in the Classroom) lists advantages technology has in the classroom. The use of technology can be very successful when used properly!! As future educators we must provide smart resources and reasons about the internet and how kids can be smart with their choices online. The internet can be a scary place but when used appropriately and safely we can use it in a positive way. Moving forward with including technology into the classroom, as a future educator I would take precautions when involving different forms of technology in order for my students to perform at their best and educate them in a safe manner. There are a lot of kids out there that do not understand the use of technology fully and could be heading down the wrong path. To ensure that does not happen including the rights and wrong of technology could be put in place to further educate. Accepting that technology is a big part of our lives now is a must. And that it can create a space where teachers and students can connect and allow for other mediums of participation in the classroom. Good choices Technology is one of the greatest things to have ever been invented. There are many ways in which we benefit from the use of technology in our everyday lives. When using technology in any forms you like, we must remember to make smart, safe choices as the internet can also be a scary cyber world. With cyber bullying occurring it is important to be aware of what students are doing on the internet and to prevent such things from happening. Showing the positives of instead of the negatives of the internet can have an impact of how kids view certain things. It is truly crazy to see what we can do with technology in our lives!

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Stuffed Bell Peppers… Yum

This week I decided I wanted to try and make stuffed bell peppers. I have had stuffed bell peppers in the past but they were always store bought and I wanted to give it a shot and try making it myself! I loove bell peppers they are probably one of my favourite vegetables they are good either cooked, or not cooked. The process of making the bell peppers went pretty smooth and efficient. I feel like I am getting the hang of this cooking thing haha. The only thing I have a struggle with is my time management butttt I am still working on it!! Anyways, to make the stuffed bell peppers all I did was go on YouTube and search ‘how to make stuffed bell peppers’ and boom lots of options came up. Now, with making stuffed bell peppers there are many ways to make them and what to put in them. It is really up to you. However, I came across a video and they looked so good I had to give them a try! Below is the video I used to make the bell peppers. Here are the ingredients: 6 bell peppers 3/4 to 1 pound of lean ground beef 1 white onion diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (15) ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained 1 cup cooked white rice 1 cup frozen corn 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese ( I used mozzarella) I ended up using a little more rice and cheese for my bell peppers but you can use as much or as little as you want! Overall, the bell peppers turned out alright. I don’t know if I would use this recipe again as I felt it was missing something. If I were to make stuffed peppers again I might try a different recipe and see how that one works. I would rate this like a 7/10, wasn’t my best but not my worst! It was definitely something different to make and I really enjoyed making it!

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Video Making and Cooking All in One?!

For this weeks blog, we had to choose a tool/app that we have not used before in order to document our progress on our learning project. I was a little nervous at first because I am not super tech savvy and thought I would struggle to come up with something. However, when I came across Adobe Spark, it was smooth sailing. I’ve heard of Adobe Spark before but have never used it. I didn’t know what it all consisted of until I did a little research on the tool and explored what it had to offer. It was very simple and easy to use, which is what I like! I was able to create an account through school which was awesome and quick. They had multiple videos and pop ups on the screen telling you information about the app and tips to guide you! They had many options for things you may want to create, not just videos. They had collages, web pages, and flyers to name a few. While editing my video I was able to add music which they provided and it was very easy to add. (They had more than just 2 songs also) There was also an option to add a voice over as well, with just a tap of a button! They had lots of templates for video making as well! They even provide mini tutorials on how to create a video, collage and much more! Which I think is very helpful, especially for first timers on the app. The only issue I had was uploading a video of mine to include into the video. I could not figure out how to insert the clip as it was too big. That was the only speed bump I hit while using this tool. Overall the site was very easy to use and not confusing at all!! I would most definitely use this app again as well as recommend it to others. 10/10 In the future, I would most likely use this tool in my classroom for teaching lessons, or projects for my students. It is a very easy tool to use and there are easy steps to follow on the app to help guide you through the process. This lets you be as creative as you want and have fun with your assignments! For my learning project this week I made chicken cutlets and smashed potatoes! You can watch the video below to see how I made them! For my chicken cutlets I did not use a recipe online, I used my moms. Here is what I used: -Chicken cutlets -Salt, pepper, and seasoning salt to season the cutlets (before dipping) -About 1 1/2 cup of flour -5 eggs, beaten -2 cups of Panko bread crumbs As for the smashed potatoes those I found online and always wanted to try them out! I absolutely love potatoes in any way… they are the superior vegetable. Here is the link for the smashed potatoes: Overall they both turned out really well. I may have put too much pepper on the cutlets though.. but hey, it gave them a bit of a kick haha. Stay tuned for next weeks post!

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