Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kindergarten Letter and Sound Recognition Lesson

Subject - Language

Grade - Kindergarten


Examples of online tools to help students achieve at grade level competency.


To support student learning of letter and sound recognition of Kindergarten curriculum.


Below are three technology tools to help students comprehend letters of the Alphabet.


  1. Have the students watch and sing along to Phonics Song 2.
  2. Have the students play on the Smart board the game Cloud Catcher
  3. Have the students play on the Smart board or make a paper document of Preschool ABC Recognition.


Students should be able to identify and say the sound of the letters of the Alphabet

1. Phonics Song 2

2. Lowercase Letters - Cloud Catcher Game

3. Preschool ABC Recognition Questions

Preschool ABC Recognition 

Live link for 10 Questions if necessary.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Education and Technology

In addition to the explosion of apps, software and screen time in the past decade there has been an opportunity to support student learning through the use of technology.

The TPACK Model successfully supports the use and integration of technology into the classroom. As Education Professionals it is essential that students are taught to understand the way they learn. It is undeniable that students are learning from technology.

A strong movement towards social constructivism has included the philosophy of self-regulation. The ability to self-regulate learning often translates into higher student learning and achievement.

The learned ability to proactively take control of learning environments, set goals, implement strategies and monitor progress is achievable with recent software technology.

As an Education Professional it is essential to be cognitively aware that even though a student may be in grade three, their learning ability maybe be somewhat lower or higher than the norm. With the recent movement for all inclusive learning, we know that all students are unique in their ability to learn.

With a deep understanding of Universal Design for Learning, it is a joyful experience to help students scaffold from one learning level to the next. Through the application of UDL an Education Professional will be able to offer a diversified lesson plan that responds to individual differences.

A software website such as has given students first hand accessibility to perceive, store and transform language, learning, and information in a stimulating way that motivates and engages students.

Raz-Kids takes students through four phases of self-regulated learning, such as defining the task, setting goals, enacting tasks and utilizing metacognition. The student engages and takes action on this learning all in the form of experience and gamification with out even realizing it.

Learning A-Z

Raz-Kids is a great example of how an Education Professional could help a student self-regulate their learning and achieve success with motivation and scaffold themselves to a next level.

The Raz-Kids website is geared towards K-5 students in the area of Language Arts. It is an excellent software website for Elementary students of all levels regardless of specific placed grade.

Raz-Kids takes a young student from the initial stage of speech to internalizing language which is key for mental cognition, affects and behaviours.

Another technology tool available to support learning is YouTube has revolutionized our world by providing instant accessibility to knowledge in the form of Video. It is well documented that humans are, by nature, impacted by visual and audio technology. When combined these communication tools are able to entice emotional reaction, reach the inner core and create or change behaviours of the viewer.

This is an example of a YouTube video that supports Language Arts learning and helps to scaffold learning in a division one Elementary student.
As an Education Professional it is essential to understand that students are able to learn at an incredible rate. If a student is able to have their inner core sparked in a safe environment, be willing to learn, take risks and be vulnerable, it is at times astonishing to an adult at the level of rapid success and achievement.

This is why Formative Assessment on a regular basis is so vital. Some software such as Raz-Kids Quiz have this built into the program and use it to scaffold the student. As an Education Professional it is an integral part of the mission to know the effect of the teaching tools and strategies. Therefore a cognitive approach to diversify assessment is able to bring a clear understanding of the students progression and metacognition of lessons.

Formative Assessment can be as dynamic as the student you are working with in. This website has a number of ideas for teaching, learning and assessment. This Edutopia PDF explains the many ways in which a student maybe Formatively Assessed with non traditional testing. This can provide an Education Professional insight into the students understanding and learning of the lesson.

Modern Education Professionals are keenly aware of anxiety and the negative affect on the student. Being mindful of this knowledge is key when assessing and levelling learners.

The model used along with diversified teaching and learning strategies will support a student as they progress through the Education System, building the foundation for later learning that includes the ability to plan, sequence and set goals. It will give them the tools that motivate them towards taking action, self reflect and even modify strategies.

The ultimate goal of Education is create critical thinkers that have a passion for life long learning. For a young student to mature into a social human capable of contributing to their community.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Blogging and the Education Professional

Blogging is a great way to present a lesson!

There are many ways a Blog can support Student learning. Listed below are some of the ways an app like Blogger can help an Education Professional and a Student participate in an Universal Design Learning experience.

We know technology is a part of modern education and the use of it is second nature to the modern Student and their generation. As Educators it is imperative that Teachers connect with Students in a way that speaks to the Students inner core and spark imagination.

There are many ways a Blog can support the UDL movement, here are a few;

Students can subscribe to a Blog, so they will get the latest lesson without having to look for it.
Blogging may be used by most Education Professionals to bring forth a lesson.
With a blog you can give directions for the work to be done for the lesson.
With a blog you can live link a website and integrate a video that supports the lesson.

Play this short video below for an introduction to Blogging.

Also so important to remember that students themselves can build their own Blog as a way of Formative or Summative Assessment. Blogging is may also be used for collaborative communications and group work. Blogging may gain the Students attention while encouraging independence and creativity to think outside of the box.

While researching Blogs I also came across 2 educational sites that support and explain all the ways Blogs may be used in the classroom, by both Teachers and Students.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Educators have for some time now seen the value of this format as an effective way to educate and help support a creative and self-regulated learner.

Click the links below to discover all the ways Blogs support learning.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

eLearning Industry 

Blogging is dynamic and would be suitable for most areas of the curriculum from Math to Language, Science and even used to present a lesson in Movement.

The use of Blogging is an App that most Students would benefit from as a learning tool. A Blog may be simple or complex, making it suitable for communicating to all ages.

With all of its capabilities when used to its fullest potential Blogs are a wonderful example of how to bring a UDL lesson to the class.

In communications it is important to know your audience, in this case the Student. A Blog can speak to them with the written word, images, audio and video. Helping a Student to be motivated and engaging them.

The best thing about Blogging is once a Student has discovered and learned how to create or learn from a Blog, it will become a tool they may use throughout their entire Educational experience and beyond. Once familiar with this valuable tool the life long learner, as a participant in society may then integrate Blogging into their personal and professional lives, then use it as a powerful communication tool with their passions and in their community.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Social Presser "The Other Side" Live Investigation Oct 25, 2016

Social Presser "THE OTHER SIDE" Live Investigation Oct 25, 2016

7:00 p.m. (MT)


Ghostly sightings of a woman in the window, loud stomping from the third floor, a balcony window that swings open without explanation. Are these the ghosts of Anthony Prince, the wealthy entrepreneur who owned the house or one of his three wives who all passed away in the house?

The Other Side is thrilled to be working with the production company Bamboo Shoots as they livestream a paranormal investigation of ghostly occurrences.
Be part of the energy of this first time event at the Prince house.  

Tune in on Thursday, October 27, 2016
For the season premiere of THE OTHER SIDE

Jeff Richards, Tom Charles, Michaella Shannon
Rob King & Trevor Mack

Canadian ghost hunters with an Indigenous twist

Spirits walk among us. Indigenous people know and accept this. But whether they are playful or shy, or angry and violent, they are here for a reason.  

Intuitive Jeff Richards, researcher Michaella Shannon and elder and spirit guide Tom Charles are on a mission to find out why.

Using intuition, ceremony, technology, and sheer nerves, the team engages spirits and humans alike with the hope that both will find peace.

Check Out the Trailer for Season 3
Season Premiere
October 27th on APTN


THE OTHER SIDE is currently booking Media for Print and Television interviews over the next week to discuss the upcoming Livestream and Season 3. THE OTHER SIDE'S story is perfect content for HALLOWEEN. Set visits for the October 25th Livestream are also being arranged, please RSVP. Connect with Cara Azevedo immediately @ +1.403.771.2529 or email






Monday, January 4, 2016

Social Presser ~ CannesReel Screening in Calgary

It's headed this way and in a hurry #YYC!

The Calgary screening of the Cannes Lions will now anchor Ad Week in 2016.
The 2016 Cannes Lions Screening in support of NABS
 Presented by the Globe and Mail.

#ADWeekYYC runs the Last week of January 2016 in Calgary with many Events in Celebration and Support of the Advertising Industry and the Creatives that bring us the Brands we know and love.

The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) is a dynamic support system for all Canadian professionals in the marketing and communications industry facing personal, career and family challenges due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties.

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Reel is a compilation of the world zaniest Commercials this past year. It's is always a shocker of an evening seeing what Creatives from around the world put to Screen in the name of Brand messaging. Absolutely love it! Such a treat for the Imagination.

Cannes Lions Screening at ACAD
Alberta College of Art and Design 
1407 14 Ave NW 
Calgary, AB T2N 4R3

January 26th, 2016
Reception at 5:30 PM
Screening at 7:00PM

This is a trailer from a previous year at Cannes. I liked how it spoke to the importance of creative messaging and the place it has in our everyday lives. We all know the power of images, how to master it is what makes a great Advertiser. Just like every industry, raw talent is the start, training and experience leads to the excellence that is paramount for success.

Get your creative juices flowing with this energetic look at the Commercials that have rocked the world this past year. Be part of the energy Calgary, come, celebrate, you are Calgary's most colourful Creatives.
Follow along, be part of the conversation and connect on twitter for more information with #CannesYYC and more on other events with #ADWeekYYC.
I will also be engaging conversation @CaraAzevedo and @Carazcom

We look forward to seeing you there. Some will come fancy, many will come flirty, all will come for the fun and festivities!

Resources and relative copy credits to Cara Azevedo is a member of the Volunteer Committee that is bringing this Fundraising Event in support of NABS to Southern Alberta as an official event of Ad Week 2016.