Rose Couture

Aspiring teacher. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward


My Summary of Personal Learning, A Learning Experience

For the past week, I have been debating what I would do for my final summary of personal learning in the course of ECMP355. I saw that many students decided to list the medias and programs they used or discovered during the semester, and described them, while other chose to do a screen cast type of project. I thought I would be original and draw a concept map, but it did not really touch everything I learnt this semester and I was a little nervous that I barely used any technology for my summary of personal learning. So I went on the hunt to find a program with which I could build beautiful concept maps and I fell upon iMindMap 7. I found the presentation video beautiful and I wanted to give it a try (they offer a FREE 7 day trial). I was a little discouraged at first because I did not know how to work the program and there was not too many tutorial videos for the iMindMap 7, but I was able to find one for iMindMap 6, which is basically the same as the new version, minus a few features. With this program, I was able to make a very appealing concept map and it gave me the option to turn it into a presentation. In presentation mode, you can delete the slides you do not want, you can move slides from left to right to change the order, and you can even switch from 2D to 3D! I had a lot of fun with it and I am considering buying the program as it is a nice presentation tool that is different from Prezi and PowerPoint.


My Original Concept Map Idea

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My Final Concept Map

Since I have been using QuickTime to record my screen for different purposes this semester, I thought I would give Camtasia or Screenr a try, but it did not work so well. Every time it would tell me that I needed a Java plug-in and that it would not work with Google Chrome. So I downloaded the plug-in and tried it with my Safari browser without any success, I then opted for QuickTime. I also noticed that with Screenr I could only record for 5 minutes and I do not think it would have been enough time to cover everything I wanted to say (it took me a good 10 minutes).

I made a few mistakes during my presentation, but nobody is perfect. I would like to specify that Coursera does not only offer education classes, but rather a wide variety of classes, from English to Science. I noticed that I say “sweet” and “cool” a lot, nervous habit that I need to work on. I also froze when it came to the financial…. MEANS or just the money in general that some schools do not possess to go on constructive field trips. Overall I had a great semester and I have learnt things in ECMP355 that will follow me for the rest of my life, including a personal learning network!


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Clipping, Saving, Reading and Sharing with Evernote

I was introduced to Evernote for the first time in my ECMP355 class and I could tell that my teacher really enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a try. Indeed, Evernote is awesome! With this program, you can clip web pages, pictures, articles or just text that you want from a page, and organize it in different notebooks. Clip now, read and organize later. I find it is a great tool when I am doing research for a paper, as I can do all my research first and find information, then go through the information I gathered and select the ones I really want to use for my project at the time. I have also downloaded the Evernote Web Clipper for Google Chrome, which allows me to clip on the little elephant icon and pops up the clipping menu.
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With the Web Clipper I can save an article, a simplified article, the full web page, bookmark a web page or a screenshot of the page. There are tools that also allow me to “doodle” or highlight directly on the document I am clipping, so that when I am reading over it again in Evernote, I can easily find what I was previously looking at.
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I can crop, zoom in, zoom out, tag, anything I could not really do with a simple paper notebook. The Web Clipper also gives you the option to share whatever you are clipping on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or by email, as it provides you with a URL you can simply copy and paste. When you open your “note” in the program, the information tab gives you the date the note was created/retrieved, the URL, the size, as well as the location (if you have the app turned on). You can therefore clip now and read later, which is very useful for individuals who love to multitask, people who are organized/disorganized, it really is good for everyone to use.
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I highly recommend it for all types of learners as it is a free program and browser “widget” and you can also download the free app on your smart phone. The information from your account will sync with all your devices (laptop, web clipper, smart phone) which allows you to gather information on the go and to always have the data you need at the tip of your finger, literally. On the smart phone app, you can add reminders and sync information with your calendar. I imagine you can do the same with the computer program, but I have yet to try it. Evernote also gives you the freedom to snap pictures or take audio notes and save them on the program as well, although I have not tried it yet, it might be something I would consider using for outdoor or home projects that require more “hands on” than written information (this could be useful for those who are doing artsy learning projects #ecmp355). Overall, I believe Evernote is a great platform to keep organized and have everything you might need all in the same place! 🙂