Saturday, 25 July 2015

Blogging Change

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All blogging will now be posted here as well as as to a website change.

Thank You!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

This Year: Grade 7

My first, and only, Grade 7 year was amazing. I'm sure everybody in my class this year would agree with me too.

I was taught so many things, that I never knew existed.

I was taught coding, I was taught how to use a compass, I was taught how to do so much this year!

And I wouldn't have been able to do it without my amazing teacher, Mrs. Aspinall.

She has always been there for me, she has listened to me, she has helped me, she has taught me.

She has done everything for me.

Thank You, Mrs. A, for everything you did for me this year.

You are such an amazing person and I will miss you.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Lambton Kent - Education Week

Education Week starts today, and I would like to thank a few people for the opportunities I have been given this year and what I have learned from these people.

 1: Brian Aspinall - @mraspinall Thank You for giving me the opportunity to be part of LKStudentVoice this year, helping me with coding, participating every week at #csforstudents, encouraging me and giving me awesome tips.

 2: Mrs. S. Aspinall - @mrsaspinall Thank You for giving me the opportunity as well to be part of LKStudentVoice, teaching me coding, participating at #csforstudents, encouraging me, always taking risks (I follow your steps), and being a great teacher for my year of grade 7.

 3: Colin Pattison - @colinjpattison Thank You for helping to organize LKStudentVoice this year, it was an amazing event! You have helped me with LKDSB EdTech, Clash of Clans in Education, and many other events. You have helped out with #csforstudents by spreading the word and participating. 4: Jim Costello - @LKDSB Thank You for being our director of Education, our board has provided many opportunities for me this year. I am pleased to hear that our board will be putting a device in every student's hands at the end of 5 years. I am very pleased to know that our board is keeping up with growing technologies.

 5: Avery N - @taughtaton Thank You, Avery for being such a great person. You continue to collaborate with me and always ask if I need help. We are such a great pair to collaborate with. We are a busy pair, but we find time to collaborate with each other. The collaboration we've had together is amazing, we founded #lkdsbedtech! That was a huge milestone for me.

 6: Jenn Kranenburg - @JennKranenburg Thank You, Jenn for teaching me from your TED Talk that helping your community is important. It was an amazing experience for me to hear about your class helping out the local food bank, and you and your class took the initiative to help out the community. That is amazing!

 Thanks to all of you! Austin

Friday, 24 April 2015

An Interview with Ainsley Wilcox – Minecraft is beneficial in Education

“Always Learning – Always Collaborating”

Ainsley is a Grade 8 student with the Lambton-Kent Board who believes Minecraft has more benefits than you might think.

What are the benefits of Minecraft in Education?

Collaboration is a huge part of Minecraft. Minecraft can be an activity that you do by yourself or with as many people as you would like. You could make a server for your classmates to work on a project together. Minecraft is not platform specific. I use minecraft on my Windows 7 laptop as well as my iPad. I know people using Minecraft on intense gaming computers and even the old school computers that no one uses any more. Not everyone has to have the greatest technology to play the game, which makes it easier to collaborate.

Minecraft can be  a great tool for math class. Make a pattern to resemble the algebra question you are answering. Minecraft is all about patterning. Say you're building the golden gate bridge, patterning is important otherwise your bridge will not turn out.

Using Minecraft in education will make lots of students be more engaged in their work. Game based learning provides motivation for kids as most love video games to begin with. One of the rewards of Minecraft is just seeing what you have accomplished when you have finished a project. Kids will be able to learn at their own pace.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

How Technology affected Me - An Interview with Rebecca O'Phee

Rebecca is a Grade 8 student with the Lambton-Kent board that uses technology in her classroom each and every day.

Q1: When did you start using technology?
I started back in grade five when we got school iPads but in grade eight I used laptops and different ways of using tech in class besides for games.

Q2: How do you use technology during class time?
We use it for storing information, as our text book and paper, we use It for research, we use it for different class activities such as kahoot.

Q3: Has the technology teacher used this year affected you more?
Yes it has affected me by giving me more freedom to do work how I want to, Mr. A is a tech freak so everything we do with him is online or done with some form of technology.

Q4: What is your favorite memory about technology?
There's no favorite memory of technology, there's nothing that really stands out.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

How Technology affects Education - An Interview with Avery Norris

Avery is a Grade 8 Student that is very interested in Educational Technology, I interviewed her and asked her 4 questions. She answered all four questions with plenty of details.

How Technology affects Education

Q1: What do you think about Technology, Avery?

Technology is being integrated into schools at very high speeds these days.  iPads and chromeb
ooks and makey makey keyboards are becoming so popular.  From my experience it has been great.  I just got my first iPad this September and my iPod 5 this Christmas.  The things I can do with them surprised me so much.  I typed very badly along with some other kids in my class a year, which you need for later in life because we were really never given the chance to use computers a lot.  Now our hands are flying across the keys.  I am also very skilled with 3D modelling tools, scratch and a bunch of iPad programs.  I have been asked to do tutorials with classes at my school, and make videos for assemblies.

Q2: How has Technology affected you?
Technology was never a big thing in my life until this year.  I would use my laptop rarely and I would play on my brothers iPad sometimes.  Last year I would bring in my play book or my iPod and we would do research on them or Kahoot, that was really it.  Now we are making graphic novels using two apps, 3D modelling, coding, making movies, stop motion, twine, and much more.  I use Twitter a lot and connect with people that I would never met if I was not on Twitter.  People ask me for tech advice that I never knew how to do until we used technology 24/7 in class.  I have discovered near pod, abode voice, Lego movie creator and many other apps.  Technology has really made me a different person.

Q3: Has Technology given you a voice?
Definitely, technology has given me a huge voice.  I have been using Twitter a lot and have been sharing my ideas through tweets.  I also have many other ideas that would include technology that I have been working on.  With technology I have been able to share my ideas and thoughts.  I have been able to be creative with it, and have found talents I never knew I had.

Q4: What have you done with technology and How have you used Technology in the classroom?
I have made multiple videos for assemblies at our school, and have run workshops with classes, showing them how to use apps to their fullest potential.  I have used google sketchup to 3D model, scratch to make math tutorials, made a movie, made a twine story, made many abode voice videos (my personal favourite), math stopmotion videos, educreations screenshot videos, nearpod presentations, canva posters, layer, even Vine for drama.  All these apps have been used for school, and have made every lesson more engaging.  I have used each one for a class assignment, so I have learned to use them very well.  So my plan now is to share my knowledge, and make videos showing how to use them to their fullest potential.  

Technology has really changed the way I think, and has made me a different person.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Great Classroom Code

The Great Classroom Code 

 Classes code and get to share their experiences, have fun and think critically. Lets go through and break it down.


Students will constantly think about what they should code. This allows them to open their world of opportunities, and allows for creativity. Creativity and Experiences is something that you don't what your students to lose, creativity allows other students to learn new things. For Example, I learned how to change your profile picture on GMail (experience) and I shared it with my class and they changed their profile pictures to something they loved (creativity). That is great because it is showing Leadership as a student as well. 


Students love to code because it is entertaining, they are always happy when they get their code to work and it is always fun to listen to other people's coding experiences. The keyword here is "Fun", we don't want students to forget that word, fun. 

Think Critically

Debugging the code to find errors or mistakes is the time that students get to think critically. Thinking critically is a skill that students will need when they get a job, have a family, learn to drive, and all those life milestones that students will have learned information about when they were in school, for example, when they get a job it could involve computers and/or computer science. If that student, now an adult, learned to code and debug when they were in school, they will have experience from school and will now know more about how to do their job.

The Coding Process

   Generate Ideas

As students think, they always generate new ideas. As they generate ideas, they keep those thoughts. They then share their ideas on Media and other students. When they share ideas, the people that the ideas got shared with now have an idea of what to code, generating ideas and creativity.

Code It!

After students have picked their idea, they will begin to code, the most exciting part of the "operation". They will think about how to code the program and then they will code it with the application of their choice. 


After the code is complete, students will have to run the program. If the program has a bug in it, students will "Debug" their program by running it again to find the program and fix the bugs that are in the program script.