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What is normal?


My project for EC&I 832 is going to be social awareness piece based on Normative Center and the unconscious biases that form it. The first time I was introduced to the idea of Normative Center (NC), was through this article by Graham and Slee. It was in a curriculum class and how NC relates to First Nations (FN) culture and FN education. I have discussed this article and its ideas with a lot of friends and colleagues since then as I find the idea thought provoking and believe that it needs talked about more openly.

Normative Center is an interesting concept that can be applied to many different areas of our lives. NC is based on individual and cultural biases, so it can be a sensitive subject and a conversation that you cannot force someone into. A person must understand their own biases to reflect on how they may have influenced past decisions, or the way you talk to and treat other people.

To better understand my own biases and hopefully open the floor to some discussion about it I am going to talk to some people that can offer unique perspectives on aspects of Normative Centers in Canadian culture. These talks will look at but not be limited to: physical/mental disabilities, First Nations culture, race and gender.

I am excited about the response to this idea and have been able to line up several experts willing to be interviewed. These interviews will discuss the Normative Center and how it relates to them personally, professionally, culturally, and what this means in an increasingly digitally world.

I hope these conversations will further my understanding of bias and NC. I also hope that this will help others to identify the need to discuss this and become more aware of the deep reaching impacts of unconscious bias.

EC&I 832

Good day fellow EC&I students! My name is Brad Raes, I grew up on a cattle ranch on the edge of the Grasslands National Park near the village of Wood Mountain. I am looking forward to this term as I have found the other Ed. Tech classes extremely useful in my daily teaching. I hope to be able to continue my journey in Ed. Tech and hope there is an opportunity to help you out with some of the tips and lessons I have picked up from colleagues along the way!

Anyone that has spent much time with me understands that I typically enjoy taking a lighthearted approach. I believe that there is a time and a place for being serious and I will let you know when I find it!

Project Proposal

Did this idea come to me in the middle of the night? Yes. Does it need a lot of fine tuning? Also yes.
I’ve kind of combined the suggestions from Option #1 and Option #2 into my project proposal. I was torn between the two and wanted to find a way to explore them both and see what I can produce through this project.

Wise words are always helpful when getting started…

I want to develop a “Curriculum-Supported Digital Citizenship/Literacy Resource” while also venturing through “My Personal Journey into Media”. I like what others have said in terms of using categories for the apps, I think this will help keep my project organized.

  • Educational Apps: I am hoping to find curricular connections for these apps (I’ll be more specific about what these are after some more research) to be used in the classroom, specifically through English Language Arts.
  • Social Apps: I think it’s imperative that I am informed and knowledgeable about the apps that my students are interested in, using consistently, and sharing their lives through. In order to talk about Digital Citizenship with my students, it’s important that I have a basic foundation for these conversations.
  • Educational/Social Apps: I may be wrong, however I’m also feeling that these two categories are going to overlap and I’m looking forward to what I can do with that.

Educational Apps
— Google Classroom: I use Google Classroom a lot and our students are have a 1-1 device with the Chromebooks. Google Classroom is so much more than just having assignments online and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with this resource.  A while ago I bought “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom” by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller (sample PDF here) and I’ll be using this as a starting point.

— Literacy App??
— Writing Process App??

Social Apps
— Snapchat?
— Vsco?
— Fitness Apps?
**Obviously, I’ll be looking into this more and very much using the suggestions of my students to help me better frame this section.