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Video Conferencing/Multi-Access Learning

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Should we allow flexibility in modality accessibility? What are the implications within a classroom context? How is this a human rights and a social justice issue? These are all questions that we discussed in EdTech on Friday.

I think that sometimes, as teachers, we can get locked into our own preferences and biases. The binary that exists in high school and most universities is courses are either taught face-to-face, or online. In online learning, there is not usually a set time and dates for the class and the professor to meet online, even though the resources to have “face-to-face” learning online very much exist, and are actually becoming more accessible and affordable. Students have to self-regulate, deciding what times they are going to go online to do coursework, so their self-accountability is huge.

Another method includes blended learning: a mix of face-to-face time and online learning. There are benefits to this method, but the learning is not increased in this scenario. It does not meet mobility needs.

Multi-access learning is seemingly the best solution. It includes video-conferencing, face-to-face, and online learning. It is inclusive rather than exclusive because everyone’s preferred method is addressed.

There are so many different needs that learners have, including many different physical and mental health needs that some learning styles obstruct. Using multi-access learning can help learners that are normally barred from traditional classroom settings learn like the rest of their community.

Cinnamon Buns

This week I wanted to make cinnamon buns. I have never attempted to make cinnamon buns before, or actually anything bread-based. I used this recipe from joyfoodsunshine, which I would definitely recommend. The author gives a bunch of tips and tricks for people making the recipe for the first time.

The recipe says it should take about 2 hours 40 minutes total including rise time, but since it was my first time making them it took me a lot longer!!! I figured out very quickly to use the recipe’s trick to make bread rise by putting a bowl of boiling water underneath the same towel as everything else.

Another one of the hardest parts was spreading the sugar-butter-cinnamon mixture onto the dough. I chose to use the harder method that the recipe suggests because it prevents leakage, but it definitely is really hard to spread the filling on the dough without ripping the dough.

However, I was able to spread everything pretty evenly and get a decent roll. Next time I would spread the dough a lot thinner and try and get more spirals in the buns.

This icing is possibly the most delicious cream cheese icing I’ve ever tried, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cream cheese icing.

Once they were done, I packed them all up to take to our Wednesday school visits, and my feedback was pretty good! Til next time.



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