Basic Car Maintenance


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By: Christina Jones and Leigha Nevay

When you need to get something specific done, you go see a professional with expertise in that area. Basic car maintenance is one of those things most people pay for, yet is surprisingly easy to take care of yourself. There is a large amount of knowledge on the internet with step by step instructions on how to take care of basic car maintenance. Searching “DIY Car Maintenance” resulted in 23.9 million sources of information. When searching “DIY Car Maintenance for Mazda CX-5”, 1.19 million sources were revealed. A further, more defined search of, “2018 Mazda CX-5 Oil Change”, resulted in 5.02 million results. When scrolling through these results, the content provided is relevant to what was searched. There are maintenance schedules, discussion forums, videos, as well as articles and journals all relating to the oil change service for a Mazda CX-5.

Due to there being an abundant amount of content and variation related to this topic, we found that defined searches were the most relevant format of research and created the best content results. This will provide information that is more directly correlated to what task you are completing. It is important to find the type of resource of information that best suits your learning capabilities. For the purposes of this exercise, we defined basic car maintenance as: checking and changing your fluids, changing your air filter, changing your wiper blades, taking care of battery maintenance, and changing your tires. There are many great articles outlining the steps required in completing basic car maintenance, some even specific to your make and model of car. These articles outline the amount of time required to complete the activity, tools required to complete the task, materials needed, and the money that you will save completing this yourself versus going into an auto service shop. The number of videos walking you through the steps far outweighs the written article content available for this topic and also varies from generic material to make and model specific material. There are also plenty of online discussion forums with resources on how to do certain maintenance on vehicles, as well as, the issues that people have run into while completing such tasks. 

“This scale and range of learning related content at least raises the question of whether we have developed the appropriate teaching and learning approaches to make best use of it” (Weller, 2011, p. 226). With there being so many different sources of information, as a learner, you can pick and choose what type of information will work best for you. Educators would need to attempt to complete the task with the resource that was provided to ensure that the information is accurate. As an educator, you would need to find the content that speaks to the majority of your audience, perhaps using a combination of information sources. Starting with written material, then following with a video instruction, could have a stronger impact on the retention for students. Opening discussion forums for students to use while in practice is a great way of ensuring that the students were able to comprehend the information that was presented to them. This would also provide additional material and content back into the system, possibly helping others in the future. 


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Melissa Sariffodeen – Canada Learning Code

In 2011, Melissa Sariffodeen had quit a job in accounting and had set out on a path to learn some digital skills in order to be competitive in the current job market.  She was surprised by the limited avenues for accessing this education.  In hopes of addressing this issue, Melissa and three of her friends hosted a brainstorming session to explore this idea.  What was supposed to be a few people chatting in a coffee shop turned into an 80-person session.  That session also highlighted the gender gap in the technology sector in their hometown of Toronto as well as the lack of introductory-level opportunities to learn to code.  Melissa and her friends took what they had learned and set forth to create a path for women who wanted to explore this industry.  Ladies Learning Code was born and the team launched their first workshop in the spring of 2011, it sold out in a day.  The hunger for this type of programming was obvious.

Melissa launched Ladies Learning Code chapters all over the country and now in 2019, there are 36 chapters cities.  Since that first workshop in 2011, Canada Learning Code, no a nationally registered charity and has hosted over 2800 educational events, reaching in excess of 106,950 learning across Canada.

“At Canada learning Code we believe that digital skills are tools of empowerment. The world is changing com and we want Canada to be ready. We’re here to make sure that all Canadians – Particularly women, girls, people with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and newcomers to Canada have access to the knowledge they need to prosper in our digital world.” (Canada Learning Code, 2019)

Melissa’s vision has also expanded.  The organization began as Ladies Learning Code with a goal to get more women into the tech sector but it has evolved over the years to a place where all Canadians are included.   Creating a space for “all Canadians to have the knowledge to create not just consume technology.”  Canada Learning Code now has programs designed for women, girls, kids, teens and teachers.  They even have a mobile computer lab that travels coast to coast bring tech education to rural communities without access to a chapter, called the CodeMobile.

Over the years, Melissa’s passion for the integration of technology and education has resulted in partnerships with the Google, Microsoft and Government of Canada.   Melissa has met with education officials across Canada to bring awareness to the need for the inclusion of digital literacy into the k-12 curriculum.

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The edtech revolution that hasn’t happened…yet!

Everyone seems to have a different starting point to judge when technology first began to be applied to education.  Was it cave paintings, the chalkboard, or was it the advent of radio what really signalled the integration of technology and education?  Regardless of where the line is painted, the reactions to new technology and the actual effects of that technology over time diverge quite drastically.  For example, in 1913 Thomas Edison famously predicted that the books were soon to be obsolete in schools as “It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture.”  A 100 years later textbooks are still a staple in most classrooms.

So, is “technology doing the same things in a more shiny way”? (Grey, 2012. 5:34).  Over the last hundred years numerous studies have been done to answer questions about; is video more impactful or a live lecture, is an animation superior to pictures and text.  The results do not always fall in favour of technology.  We as educators have learned useful tips from these studies that have improved learner engagement but there has yet to be a complete overhaul of the class of students, with one teacher model of education.

The integration of technology and education has been a personal and professional obsession of mine for most of the last decade.  It is immensely exciting to be part of this field at a time when we are reaching such a deep level of technological integration.  We are very close to where VR and simulators can create digital visualizations almost indistinguishable from reality, machine learning and AI can provide customizable and meaningful learner analytics and student feedback.

However, it remains to be seen if we are finally at the precipice of education technology revolution or if in 100 years our descendants will still be staring at a chalkboard while a teacher lectures.


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