3 Reasons: Facebook should be integrated into High School Classrooms

High school students procrastinate more than six hours a day on Facebook (Tsukayama, 2015). For some students, it ends up costly toward their final grades. Facebook has become part of their daily life. It is almost impossible to stop them from using it. High schools can change the use of Facebook for these students by making it part of the curriculum- make it more positive. Therefore, Facebook should be integrated into the high school classroom because of following reasonable reasons; first, it is an effective way to connect students around the world. Second, students can use it for educational purposes.Third, it is a tool to engage students in the learning process.

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1. Facebook is a great way to connect students around the world.

Facebook creates an effective platform for students to build International communication between each other. Students in a various way can share their ideas by posting on their Facebook wall and comment on each other’s posts. For example, they can create a short survey research with five to ten questions. They can collect data from all over the world, by sharing it in their Facebook walls. Moreover, Facebook makes Group collaboration easily accessible for students internationally. They can work in a singular assignment or a group project by connecting and collaborating with each other through Facebook. Recently, in 2016, Finland ranked as a top education system in the world by the world economic Forum. Let’s say students are assigned to do a group project about “high school education system in Finland”. They can create a Facebook group chat and add students from Finland for collecting raw data from students. Most important of all, Facebook is a free online social network. Usually, other websites need a bank account or other information to have access to their data. Facebook is a network that most of the students are already a member of it, so they do not need to start everything all over again.

2. Students will learn to use facebook for educational purposes.

Since most of the high school students are already a member of Facebook and they know how to use it. They only thing can be school’s responsibility is to teach them how to use it for education purposes. In Facebook, students can create groups for each of their classes. For example; They can have a separate Facebook group pages for mathematics. They can share all of the related documents and discusses the related topic in separated pages so that they don’t get messed up with their school work. Another interesting way to use Facebook for education purpose is to follow academically informative pages on Facebook. For example, I am following a Facebook page that regularly posts mathematics formula including funny memes about math. All of the posts of these page appears first in my newsfeed. To be honest, I have learned and have always been refreshed about mathematics topic by following these particulate academically informative pages. Students can easily find related pages to their own subjects of interest in Facebook and follow them for gaining further information. Once of my favorite way of using Facebook for education, the purpose is to post school related blog on Facebook with my friends. I took social media for entrepreneur online class this semester. Most of our Assignments was to post blogs in word press. And most of our grades were based on those blogs. If students get used to posting blogs on Facebook with their friends by using Facebook, they basically learn new skills.

3. Facebook is a tool to engage students in the learning process.

 

Facebook encourages students to improve their writing skills. For example, Facebook has improved my writing skills. Every time I want to post something on Facebook –I want it to be grammatically correct –Because my friends are going to see it. Same with other students, they can express their ideas in Facebook. It might not be as academic as school teachers, but at least they get motivated to write and get creative with it. This leads to another crucial point, Facebook makes learning more fun. For example, students can make memes about what they learn in class and share it with friends on Facebook. Memes make learning more fun. Most important of all, students who use Facebook regularly, they have a great knowledge of computer. They get to explore computers themselves. Then there will be no need for computer class.

All in All, Facebook provides the opportunity for students to connect with other students globally. Students will learn that what they are using for procrastinating can be used for learning too. In addition to that Facebook is an exciting tool that can encourage students in learning process. With considering the above reasons Facebook should become part of high school classroom curriculum. Integration of Facebook in High school classrooms will bring a massive change in the traditional learning system. The high school will become a fun learning institution.

 

References

 

Obrien, A. (2014, September 23). Edutopia. Creating a Dynamic Facebook Page for Your School. Retrieved March 20, 2017.

Schelten, K. (2009, December 21). Do You Spend Too Much Time on Facebook. Retrieved March 20, 2017.

Tsukayama, H. (2015, November 3). Teens spend nearly nine hours every day consuming media. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2017.

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COM0014 – Blog #2 Telling My Story

I have been telling a story my entire life, looking at me from the outside people saw a strong, confident woman who had it all together.  Only I knew what was on the inside and it was everything my outside wasn’t.  I had no idea what “Your Special” meant, did I have super powers that I hadn’t even discovered yet.   I was adopted when I was only 3 months old, at 10 I learned that I was “Special”.  Unfortunate the only super power I had was putting up a shield to let no one in so they wouldn’t see the real me, and it worked for awhile.

You can make people believe just about anything if they feel your story.  Not knowing who I was let me create different facades, window dressing helped a lot too.  Being able to sell myself made me who and what I am today, strong and confident.

As time moves forward being able to tell a story will require new methods but the same framework will remain.  With anything we create, we first plan it, then we create it and finish it off with a cherry on top.

What do you believe is the best way to tell your story and why would I read it?

Shedding Light on Dark Social

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This is a topic I’ve only very recently become aware of, and it’s impact on reporting on digital marketing campaigns. I thought it was pretty interesting and would make an excellent subject for my very first social media post.

Before I get started though, let me just put your mind at ease: Dark social is not nearly as ominous and evil as it sounds.

In this post I’ll give you a quick glimpse into what Dark social is, why it’s important and some of the tools that can be leveraged to report on it.

With that, let’s dig in.

What exactly is Dark Social?

The term ‘Dark Social’ was first coined back in 2012 by Alexis C. Madrigal in her article for The Atlantic titled Dark: Social: We Have the Whole History of the Web Wrong.

It refers to the sharing of content via typical social channels that can’t be tracked via analytics suites such as Google Analytics.  Dark social shares can occur on just about any platform you would normally share your content on, but seems to mostly occur via email, texting and instant messaging platforms.

In learning about it, I realized it’s something I do very frequently.

To further explain, let me give you some examples of how I (and many of us) are contributing to Dark Social sharing:

Example #1:
Sometimes when I’m at work and I have a spare minute, I’ll take a break and read an article online. I’ll come across an article of particular interest that for whatever reason I want to read or re-read later. As I’m at work and I don’t like to peruse my social media feeds while I’m there, sharing to any of them is out of the question.  I also use a work computer so bookmarking won’t work either. What do I do? I copy/paste the URL and email it to myself.

Example #2:
I use my iPhone to surf a lot when I’m bored and I often come across articles that are an interesting read. As some of them can be pretty lengthy, or related to coding or something that for me is better suited to me reading on a bigger screen, I decide to copy/paste the URL and email it to myself.

Example #3:
I’m online, I see something that I know a friend of mine has been looking to buy, and it’s a good deal. I immediately copy the URL and I send it to them via text message or another social messaging service (Slack, Facebook messenger etc.).

In each of the above examples I’m sharing an article with either myself or someone else by copy/pasting the pages URL and sending to it’s desired destination. This is a little different than if I were to use the social sharing icons that are most often found on any page of ye olde interweb. This is a Dark Social interaction.

How is it different?

When you set up a campaign for social media, email, display advertising or any other digital marketing medium the simplest method of tracking your campaign is in how you tag the links from your campaign to it’s destination. I’m sure all of us have clicked a URL in an email or from a Facebook ad and are taken to a website where we then see a URL with values attached to the end of it that look very similar to this:

https://www.example.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Learning-about-Dark-Social

These UTM values are called query string parameters, and if you have Google Analytics implemented on your website, this is how campaign data gets passed into Google Analytics from your campaign. This is crucial to campaign tracking. This is the data that tells me how you came to my website. And there’s lots of other data tied in to that session that if we know where a user has come from can be EXTREMELY impactful and actionable.

To help explain this last point let’s go back to my above example where I have just copy/pasted a product URL to my friend via text message. My friend now clicks that URL, sees the product, loves it, loves the price and buys it. No big deal right? The company still wins, and makes a sale. But… how did that user come to find that product? By copy/pasting that URL, chances are high that there are no tracking parameters attached to it. So what this means is that when my friend clicks the URL I sent them, they get grouped in with what’s called Direct traffic in Google Analytics. Put simply, Google Analytics recognizes this as “they didn’t come via search engine, they didn’t come via any campaigns that we know of, so they must have typed the product page into the address bar, and come directly to that page.”  That means this sale – that entire session – cannot be tied back to a share or a campaign. Attribution values cannot be assigned for this conversion to any campaign, and it skews your reporting results against Direct traffic.

Is this really a big deal?

If you’re brand building and trying to engage audiences, absolutely! Especially when you start looking at the numbers surrounding Dark Social shares. I was shocked! I realized I did this very often, but I didn’t realize that with all the shareable content and the amount of sharing that we do on a regular basis that Dark Social sharing would account for such a large piece of the pie.

According to RadiumOne, “84% of consumers’ outbound sharing from publishers’ and marketers’ websites now takes place via private, Dark Social channels such as email and instant messaging.” 84%!!! That’s a lot of missed opportunity. Especially when you consider the follow up stat: “And yet 90% of social marketing ad budgets goes directly to social networks”. Of this traffic, 62% of clickbacks from Dark Social shares are attributed to mobile devices, and 38% desktop devices.

So what do we do?

Since I learned about this, I’ve wanted to know if there was a way to bucket Dark Social interactions as their own campaigns. If there is, this opens up huge marketing opportunities to interact and engage with another key audience.

Joao Romao over at socialmediatoday.com wrote this great article outlining 5 tools that can be used to track Dark Social.  These five tools can be broken down in to two simpler categories, which I will do here so as not to bore you to much with a breakdown and assessment of each individual tool:

  1. Google Analytics
    Using Google Analytics, you can create a Dark Social advanced segment where you basically filter out Dark Social traffic from the rest of your traffic.  The way you do this is by excluding sessions where the landing page was your home page, and traffic source is Direct. The logic is that chances are someone isn’t going to be typing https://www.example.com/my-first-blog-post?rid=12345&cid=99090&type=xyz directly in to their address bar, so they must’ve copy/pasted this from somewhere. While this is a fairly strong solution the OCD in me doesn’t like the fact that I could potentially be grouping Non-Dark Social shared traffic in with my Dark Social shared traffic.
  2. Social Sharing Plugins
    GetSocial.io, AddThis, ShareThis, and Po.st are all fundamentally the same type of fix. Each is a plugin or set of social media tools that are either free or pay to play. By signing up for an account and adding the plugin or necessary scripts to your page you’ll have access to tools that can help track Dark Social interactions. From what I was able to learn from reading up on each, they all primarily look for the same thing: interactions with the address bar. AddThis especially caught my eye as it’s a mobile first solution. Given the previously mentioned stat surrounding mobile devices contributing 62% of clickbacks on Dark Social, this is a pretty good selling feature.

Besides these methods, there are two other things that I can think of at the moment that you can do onsite to better your user experience to help reduce the amount of Dark Social interactions on your content.

  1. Make sure to provide an Email button along with your other social media buttons. This is an excellent way to try and get users to email that link through your website instead of copy/pasting from the address bar and doing it through their own email or instant messaging apps. By doing this you can add custom UTM parameters for the email share which will allow for reporting on all emailed links from those buttons in your analytics suite.
  2. Ensure you have an optimal user experience that’s mobile friendly, and where your share buttons are easily viewable, and easily clickable.  This can go a long way to reducing the amount of copy/paste instances that occur by making it super easy for users to find your share buttons and use them to share your content.

All-in-all this was a pretty interesting topic to dig in to and a pretty important one as well if you’re a marketer or interested in marketing. It’s definitely a subject I’ll be keeping an eye on and exploring more in the future.

If this article has piqued your interest about Dark Social and you would like to learn more about it, this article by Sydney Parker at Hootsuite explains in greater detail Why Your Business Can’t Ignore Dark Social.

COM0014: Blog 2 – The stories we tell are all about the sell

This week’s readings really reinforced the fact that style, format, and attention to detail are key to effective digital communications. Without these, your time and efforts to reach your audience are wasted, because their limited attention will wander elsewhere, and you may have lost an important engagement opportunity.

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What struck me the most, though, was that what you’ve ultimately lost is a sales opportunity. To me, when we write for an audience, no matter the audience, what we are really doing is trying to sell something. Storytelling and selling are, I think, inextricably linked.

 

Let me walk you through it

The way companies describe their products rarely involves simple statement of fact. No matter how natural it may sound, the language and tone describing the product are deliberately chosen to support the company’s overarching brand narrative. And that narrative aims to impress upon consumers what the company stands for, and to sell the consumer on a vision of who he or she is – or could be – by purchasing that product. If the company tells their story well, their customers will engage and continue to tell it for them on social media, by retweeting company content or creating their own content (e.g. Instagram posts featuring the product) that allows the customer to participate in the company’s storyline. If, for example, I buy an environmentally friendly baby wash and share that fact on social media, I am selling people on not only the product, but on the idea of me as a responsible consumer and earth-friendly person.

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I buy natural, therefore, I am

Over to you

What do you think of the link between storytelling and sales? If your digital content is personal, or inwardly focused, what are you selling?

COM0014-Blog #2: Coming to Terms with The Inverted Triangle Approach

It makes sense that The Inverted Triangle Approach is the best way to organize and write your content, act as a method to ensure that future readers can easily find what they are looking for online and us as creators don’t ramble on halfway through forgetting what we wanted to say messing up the intended message. It also makes a lot of sense in the online world where every content creator is in a rush to get their latest post or video out in order to keep up with everyone else and sometimes where content quality is over-ruled by the quantity put out there.

As a blogger I have experienced this myself and am aware that there will always be that pressure to generate content or alternatively keeping up with others shortened attentions spans. As a writer I believe that writing clearly and concisely is equally important because even with the fanciest vernacular and messages we believe to be clear and concise for us; they can easily get lost, misunderstood, or forgotten amongst the content’s clutter. Which that isn’t the point of writing in the first place. To me, the point is in sharing our experiences, messages, connecting with others, communicating ideas clearly and sharing them so that others can understand or learn from what we write. With that being said, maybe The Inverted Triangle Approach isn’t so bad after all. In fact, it’s a pretty neat way to be mindful  of how we write and not that far off from my own version of it which is: Keep It Simple Kylie.

-Kylie

Towards Reconciliation

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Picture courtesy of Free Archive of Native American Indian Pictures

The Love Affair Begins

When I was in high school I wrote a fictional story about Chief Sitting Bull.  To my surprise I discovered there really is a Chief Sitting Bull and he is famous for defeating General George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.  It was the beginning of a life long curiosity about North American First Nations People.

The Curiosity Grows

When our children were small, we used to go camping every summer at Bon Echo Provincial Park.  It is a beautiful place, and though the park provided some details about the history of the land, I wanted to know more.  A college history course seemed to be the next logical step and though it was interesting, I was always dissatisfied with the results.  It took many years to discover why.  Eventually I figured it out – the history “began” with colonization and there was no mention made of the people who lived there before the loggers and the farmers moved in.

Life Provides an Opportunity

The years continued on and then I was given the opportunity to host an art show entitled “The Creator’s Sacrifice” by Cree artist Ovide Bighetty.  The Creator’s Sacrifice tells the story of Jesus, in the Woodland style created by Norval Morriseau. This series of paintings travelled across the country of Canada from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island.

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Painted by Ovid Bighetty for the Indian Metis Christian Fellowship.                   http://www.imcf.ca/the-creator-s-sacrifice.html

Hosting this art show led to the opportunity to attend a Truth and Reconciliation Hearing in Toronto.  This event broke my heart as I listened to the stories of abuse in the Residential Schools perpetrated on young children by people professing to be doing God’s will.  What further broke me was the grace and forgiveness displayed by those who suffered the abuse.  As I wept helplessly, I was approached several times and offered comfort and help.

Looking for What Comes Next

Recently while on a long road trip I listened to a CBC’s Ideas, Decolonization: The Next 150 on Indigenous Lands.  Keri Cheechoo, a Cree woman, and one of the people interviewed on this show suggested that the real issue behind the missing and murdered Indigenous women is colonialism, which was a new thought for me.  The lack of respect and the refusal to treat our First Nations people with dignity is not a history problem, it is still something we are working through today.  As I think about that, I wonder where all this passion and learning will take me.  Maybe it will forever be something that belongs to my private life and I will do what I can as a volunteer, or maybe it will lead somewhere completely new.

Do you have a passion in your life that might take you in new directions other than the one you are currently on?  Are you interested in seeing reconciliation between nations?  What do you think it will take to reconcile with our First Nation people?

WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR PRECIOUS TIME ON LINE TODAY? 

WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR PRECIOUS TIME ON LINE TODAY? 

FACEBOOK – Passing the TIME!

TWITTER – Catching up on the NEWS?

INSTAGRAMPICTURE surfing?

LINKEDIN – Looking for EMPLOYMENT?

The list goes on and on, so many social media platforms to choose from and share ideas, thoughts, feelings, photos, frustrations, recipes, sayings and more.

An article by the Canadian Press published in March of this year stated “on average, anglophone Canadians who were surveyed spent 24.5 hours online per week in 2016, up about two hours from the previous year. Canadians between the ages of 18 to 34 spent even more time on the Internet — an average of 34 hours per week in 2016, or nearly five hours per day (Thomson, A, 2017).” The article goes on to say that use of the internet is up among seniors stating “74 per cent of people aged 65 and older were using the Internet regularly in 2016, up from about 54 per cent 10 years ago. That made it the highest growth in any age category (Thomson, A. 2017).”  Click here to read the full article.

Social media use is fine, if a limit is set and individuals remember that human interaction is of utmost importance and that we humans can’t survive without it. Having said that I think internet use among seniors is great, it allows them to travel the world virtually if they so desire and are unable to do so physically. My own mother, well into her 70’s learned how to use a computer and surf the news sites, she loved it and loved to read, she also mastered the use of Skype and was able to chat with grandchildren whom did not live close by. Social media and internet use among seniors is a great way to fend off loneliness and isolation; it can keep them connected to family and friends who may have moved away. BUT, we still need to reach out to our elders and each other.

The article states some individuals spend 34 hours per week on line; I am hoping this is work related and not use of their spare time. I spend this much time in a work week at my computer and /or online, but ensure on a daily basis that I get some form of physical activity. Whether it be walking my dog, or a trip to the gym. Getting out in nature and socializing are very important for all.

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Me & my dog Shadow! (Keeshond)

Social media is fun, informative, current, instant and the opportunity to learn new things is endless, for this reason I embrace it. From this course I hope to learn how to expand on my current social media knowledge. I do work in the field, but learning and expanding our minds is a life long journey to be embraced, just remember to get outside and enjoy nature.

WHO HAVE YOU REACHED OUT TO TODAY?

DID YOU STEP AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE/TABLE/COMPUTER?

REFERENCES

Thomson, A. (March 21, 2017). Canadians spend more time online at expense of face-to-face time. Retrieved from http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/canadians-spend-more-time-online-at-expense-of-face-to-face-time-1.3333902

 

COMM0012 – Reflections on Education

Hi all.  I am hoping to use my website as a repository of information.  I teach and I am always interested in knowing how to becoming a better teacher.  How exactly do I do that?  How do I retain the attention of my students?  What is the best way to deliver material that is relevant to them and to the work force they will be entering?  I am sure other professors feel the same way.

I want to use social media, via a blog, to direct other professors to sites and articles that I believe have value to the current educator.  There is a great deal of information out there – some information makes senses and other articles were evidently written by people who have never set foot in a classroom.  I like things that are all in one place – I am sure others feel the same way.   My initial thought is to read the article, and provide a summary of the article including why I think it is relevant.  A link will also be provided to the article.

A number of educational facilities have professional development money available that never seems to get used.  I think part of the reason for that is professors don’t know what is available.  I hoping to provide a link somewhere on the blog to current conferences that should be of value.

COM0014 Blog #2- Own your story

Take a moment to think about your favourite blog. Now, think about some of the reasons why it’s your favourite. Most blogs go beyond the visual, right? Surely, you are reading some kind of content. And since this is your go-to blog, the content resonates with you. I think it is important for bloggers to not only establish their voice/communication style as part of their strategy before beginning their blogger journey, but to also maintain that voice and allow it to compliment whatever story they are trying to tell. Having a consistent, active voice will captivate the readers and increase the chances of them returning to your blog at a later date. As we know, social media allows for two-way communication and developing a story that can both encourage and allow easy interaction from readers is how you will make or break the success of your online presence.

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Award winning, Ottawa based blog Apt 613 is a collaboration of Ottawa influencers (everyone from food editors to photographers) telling a story about their city. The communication style is direct, to the point and also inclusive (asking the reader to post opinions/comments/ even news and event tips) and they make sharing content very easy. In fact, they encourage readers to “start the discussion” rather than just posting comments, which warrants more diverse, two-way communication. Although contributors to the blog could be labeled as ‘experts’ in their craft, their voice style is humbling and relatable to their readers. They successfully adopt a clear and concise communication style by using keywords, appropriate hashtags, catchy headlines and clean grammar. The content itself is based on both facts and opinions and the distinction to the reader is very clear.

I think it’s important for blogger stories to be linear (you would never skip to the last page of a book and then start back at the beginning) – and for a blog such as Apt 613, they take you on a Ottawa calendar journey, always keeping you up to date on the up and coming, having the most recent comment at the top of the blog. The theme of their story is transparent: Community. And, in turn, they are creating a sense of community in our city. As long as they stick to their story, Apt 613 will secure a long, successful online presence.

-Caroline

COM0014 – Blog No. 1 – Summer Escapade of a Homebody.

COM0014 – Blog No. 1 – Summer Escapade of a Homebody.

Blog Post# 1

 

Summer a season of warm sun, laughing children, fewer clothes, and long days with short nights.

This summer vacation I was in school, well part-time anyway. However, once the last classes were dealt with and exams were done, I had three whole weeks of nothing except, my siblings had other plans. While I was consumed with studying, they were all planning away all of my alone time. You might say “why do a young person like you need alone time, go have fun outside?” but let me just tell you, I’m the biggest homebody in my family, everyone from my parents to my youngest siblings are excited to be out. Well, I was roped into their “master plan” as one of them said. (PS: I’m one of the two siblings’ that have a driving license).

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The first week was mostly local; we primarily did things that the little kids would enjoy. We want to the movies four to five times, watched all the kid movies that were playing like the Legos movie, Despicable Me 3, Emoji movie, the Power Rangers and obviously Spider-Man. In downtown Ottawa, we went to the kontinuum night walk, it was long but the images and the music were well worth it.

The second week was all about moving around Ottawa, so we packed our picnic baskets with loads of food and we went to the Ottawa’s botanical garden, it was a beautiful but hot day. The plant-based sculptures were really amazing; such hard work was done for their upkeep.

The same week we had family over and had old style desi barbeque. It was interesting to see all the little toddlers running around the yard, it was also very exhausting to catch them all for dinner.

We, and when I say “we” I mean my sibling’s because now I had become the designated driver for the whole end of summer trips, they wanted to visit the Children Museum, mind you I have been there six times before but not in the same summer but throughout growing up. And so we hit the road again. My favorite part was the totem poles.

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The last week was spent in Montréal. We celebrated Eid with Family. Then we went to the Parc Safari Zoo, oh! was it an experience. The animals were great to feed and interact with. I had camel slobber and teeth marks all over my hand from feeding them.

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One of the young ostriches bit my dad’s thumb; he probably thought it was a nugget!!! Oh man, I couldn’t stop laughing but only after he said he was fine and it didn’t hurt. Oh! one of the camels was just lying on the driving path and everyone was going around him!!!

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Anyway, due to my siblings wanting me to drive everywhere, I had an amazing summer, best vacation for this homebody! So what did you do this summer?

 

 

 

 

http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/kontinuum/

https://www.parcsafari.com/en/

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/giant-plant-sculptures-in-gatineau-expected-to-be-major-canada-150-attraction

http://www.historymuseum.ca/visit/childrens-museum/

 

COM0014 – Blog #1 – A Rainy Weekend by the Lake

My birthday falls at the end of April, so this year my Mom and Sister decided it would be fun to book a celebratory road trip with my family to a secluded little cottage in the woods where we could all bond and be as weird and loud as our hearts desired. Booking the trip in mid-May seemed like our best bet if we were hoping for some nice weather. My sister picked out this really nice waterfront cottage on Airbnb, we were approved by the host for the weekend we had decided on, and everything seemed to be going swimmingly.

In the weeks leading up to our highly anticipated cottage retreat, The Weather Network’s predictions became more and more ominous. Eventually we had to come to terms with the fact that it was more than likely going to be chilly and raining the entire weekend. We were all justifiably a little bummed out by this realization, but the idea of the trip was to spend time with family, and what better way to force quality bonding time than to be stuck in a cottage in the middle of nowhere, with no wifi or cell reception, for a whole weekend together?

We ended up having an amazing time which included a very entertaining drive up where my directionally challenged Mother (I’m allowed to say that because I inherited the trait from her) got lost about five times, and my Stepdad made hilariously cringey dad jokes about almost every road sign we passed. Upon arrival we actually ended up getting a few hours of sun, which we took advantage of by taking the kayaks out on the lake. My Sister and I found a little island that we were curious about, but opted not to explore, after discovering a really creepy shed and “danger, risk of electrocution” sign.

It ended up being as rainy and cold as we’d expected for the rest of the trip, so we mostly played board games and cards, and my parents found an old gaming system that had the original asteroids game, so they proceeded to battle over the high score for a good part of the weekend. While we were driving around one day we stopped at this eclectic little antique shop, with a sign up that said “open whenever I feel like coming in” which made me a little envious of the people that live out there, but also gave us all a good laugh.18278749_10210644989493755_1519066868880201760_o

This rainy cottage getaway turned out to be really special, and not having to worry about planning outings and activities was actually a huge relief. I got to spend lots of quality time with my family whom I love very much, so I’m really grateful that everything turned out the way it did. 

 

What would you do for fun if you were rained in all weekend? With my luck I could definitely see this happening to me again and could use some suggestions for future rainy day activities.