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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Storytelling with Five Card Story

Five Card Story: Day with the Triplets

a Five Card Flickr story created by Rose Couture

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by tuchodi

flickr photo by Intrepidteacher

It was a beautiful Sunday morning for the triplets Jack, John and Jorge.

“It’s nice out” said Jack.

“Yes! Let’s go on an adventure!!” said John.

Leaving all their dishes on the table, along with the new kitten in a cup, where it could not escape, the triplets ran out the door to go on their wonderful adventure. The sun was shining and it gave the woods this mysterious look, as if it was magical. As they walked through the woods and explored the little creek, something in the air changed.

“Did you guys feel that?” said Jorge.

“Nope?’ responded John and Jack.

“It seems to me that the sun just disappeared and look guys! The leaves are changing colors very fast!” said Jorge.

They all turned around to see the leaves on the trees slowly changing from green to red, yellow and orange.

“This is crazy guys, the leaves were just so green when we got here two hours ago!” said Jack.

“Maybe this forest is actually magical, lets get out of here” said John.

As they were making their way out of this mysterious forest, the sun was now covered by thick gray clouds and the leaves started falling off the trees.

“Guys, I’m really scared now, can we just get back home already? This is not normal, the leaves should not be falling off the trees” said John.

So the triplets started running out of the woods to get home to safety. Once they got home, they all sat on the couch together where Jorge read his brothers the story of the Northern Voice. The boys laughter filled the house and made the gloomy day a little warmer.