Stop, One At A Time Please!

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It is now the end of my learning project and I can successfully say that I know how to knit. I have found that I have become addicted to knitting and that Michaels is not a safe place for me unsupervised. Have you SEEN the yarn isles (yes multipul isles)? It’s memorizing. If anyone needs to go yarn shopping please contact me!

Now, since I have learned how to knit exclusively through the web, I have a few things I would like to share with you if you are wanting to start your own knitting journey just as I have.

  1. The best place to figure out how to start to knit is YouTube! This is where I found it was the easiest to see how knitting is done. I am very much a visual learner, so a video was the best way to go for me. I highly reccomend. Please check out my blog post to see which videos I used.
  2. Start with something small. During my learning project I set some BIG goals for me to knit. Not that any of these goals were unreachable for me, but the time commitment became and issue as I got further along in my school semester. I suggest start by making a tea towel then a scarf. If you know you will have a lot of time on your hands then get crazy and make a blanket. Just know that time is the hardest part about knitting.
  3. Don’t be afraid to look at websites and other blogs for advise and information! I have found some amazing websites such as Wool and the Gang that provide great information for people who are learning how to knit. Sometime typed out instructions are awesome to follow too.
  4. Finally, my biggest mistake, finish your knitting projects before jumping into the next! I was really good at this at the beginning of my journey, but I would get so excited about the next thing that I did not finish what I was workink on. If you love your family/roomates/whoever you are living with please stop and complete your projects one at a time. Everyone will be happier.
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Socializing & Learning Online

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During EDTC 300 there were many opportunities to interact with my classmates online through Twitter, Slack and all of our blogs. If I ever had a question I turned to my peers to seek answers and help from them. I also was very active in helping my classmates too when I knew ways to solve their problems and pointed them into the right direction. I believe that through these actions I eventialy and activly contributed to the learning of others throughtout this course.

Below I will go through these three platforms mentioned above to explain further my actions in contributing to the learning of others.

TWITTER

I have found Twitter the easiest place to interact with others. I most often would look to Twitter to post resources and to get my peers opinions. I also liked to comment on other’s tweets to support them and to give them my own opinions too.

In the pictures below you can see how I have used Twitter throughout this class. I liked to use polls which were a great visual for myself and others to quickly see what the majority thought of my question. I also liked to join in on Twitter chats. Most of these were with Sask Ed Chat. I had always have had a great time on there sharing my ideas and sources from time to time and learning from others during the chat. A hashtag I enjoyed using a lot was #QuestionOfTheDay. This was great to use because it got people to think and share their ideas in the comment section of my tweet. I can say this was my favorite thing to do that I will keep doing.

I loved to see what my classmates were up to on Twitter. I would often like, comment and retweet their posts to show my support and give my own opinions too! I think that it was nice to know I had my classmates on Twitter who were for the most part navigating through just as I was too.

SLACK

Slack was a bit of a different story for me. I liked Slack because it was a safe place to turn to ask questions. I did not ask too many questions on Slack because by the time I had a question to post, it would have been previously answerd. I guess it was nice to have the history of our chat there and have it organized so you know where to go when you needed something.

On Slack I usually tried to help my peers with questions they had if I knew I could help support them in some way. When I was able to provide help I liked to check in with them too if they have fixed the problem or not.

Only at the beginning and the end of EDTC 300 I had some questions to ask on Slack. I never had to wait long for responces from my classmates which was awesome! They all helped me to solve my problems quick and be on my way! I definatly enjoyed this.

BLOGS

I really liked connecting on the blogs and commenting on others blogs. I often was so amazed by what I was seeing all of our classmates accomplish and wanted to praise them for what they were doing. While on other people’s blogs, I kept an eye out for what worked for them and how I can incorperate what they did into my own posts. I often commented postive feedback when I found things I liked.

I also commented a lot back to people who viewed my blog posts. I enjoyed interacting and seeing what people thought of my learning project. Seeing the comments made me feel like I actually knew how to knit and that it was turning out well. I also had a lot of positive feedback on my kitties, Alfredo and Fifi, who contributed to a lot of stress during the project.

I received a lot of really good constructive criticism about my blog post and my knitting which have helped me figure out what to do and how to make things better. I really appreciated all of the people who commented to help me out!

Overall I had a great time learning with my EDTC 300 family online. It was a great experience to have to get introduced to how technology is being used in useful ways. I will definatly not silently lurk on the web anymore as I have found out it is more fun and is okay to interact and talk to people online!

Summary of Learning

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Twitter was something I was never interested in. I had an account but never used it and never saw the point of using twitter for myself. If I ever found myself of there, I would lurk and see what other people would be saying but never interact with them.

From this class I have learned how to use Twitter in a way that benefits me and my career. Now I see Twitter as a place to share my ideas and experiences, as well as to seek help with in my PLN’s and learn through others online.

Some of the things I do on twitter now is connect with other teachers and see how they run their own classes and connect and share ideas on twitter chats, which I would not be able to do without the lovely tweetdeck we all learned about.

Before this class, I knew I wanted to incorporate some tech into my classroom and I would do this by using Google Classroom to organize my information for the class. Besides this, I was familiar with using Google tools and YouTube in the classroom.

EDTC 300 has taught me so many awesome tech tools to use that I never thought would be a benefit for me as a classroom teacher or my students. I have learned about distraction free YouTube to help rid of the extra things going on on the screen that is not useful for my lesson. As well as ad-blocker to avoid those awkward adds and wait time for them to go away. I have also learned about awesome tech tools that will enhance my students learning in the classroom. A few of these are:

In EDTC 300, I have definitely changed my thinking about the digital world and what it offers. Previously, I thought that the internet was a cool place for students to go and learn AND that there were some cool and different ways students can use the internet to make presentations.

NOW, I know that I need to teach my students about the digital world before sending them out into it. I must teach them about being a digital citizen and to be aware of what they are putting out there into the web. Along with this come the issues of safety and how to act properly on the internet, or in other words: digital etiquette. I also think that it is important to teach your students about what is fake news and how to find it, Just like we did in one of our classes. I have learned that a lot of responsibility comes with using the internet and we need to be educating and sharing this information to our students too.

Beyond being critical about digital media, I have definitely have found some amazing tools to use to enhance learning beyond different ways to make a powerpoint presentation and that is very valuable information that will change how I create lessons.

Some new things I would like to try in the classroom is having students blog like we did. I think it was a wonderful way to express your feelings and ideas and learn new things. Maybe it could be a way to help with a final project for the students and to reflect on their learnings.

I will also remember that there are tech tools out there that can help aid students in their learning process. Things like different ways to take notes online, or even having a place for all of the students to put their notes and share them.

Lastly, I want to try to branch out of the prezi/powerpoint relm and find cool ways for students to interact with technology in different ways. I would like to consider using flipgrid, hour of code and civic mirror.

Genius Knitting!

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I’ve got to be totally honest… Lately I have had no motivation to knit. Like at all. Over it. UNTIL TODAY and I’m going to fill you in as to why!

So, have you have had this problem when you are in the kitchen and your hands get wet or dirty so you need to wipe them off. You turned to your well loved tea towel and reach out. You pause right before you use it and think: “man this looks pretty dirty” and continue to use the dirty towel anyway. OR you go to the kitchen and grab a lovely apple, rinse it off and turn to the good ole tea towel. You pause and contemplate drying your wet apple on the potenitally too dirty tea towel. You resort to using a paper towel instead.

I have this problem, and what makes it a larger problem is that I can never find my other clean tea towels when its convienent AND hello, tea towels are more eco-friendly than paper towel.

Reasons why you should do this:

  • eco-friendly
  • make how many you want
  • lose one? make another
  • chose your own color
  • towel falls off your stove handel? knit a solution

Anyway…. My boyfriends grandma knits us these little dish clothes which work great and made me think that having cute tea towels that I have knitted myself.

I found this video to help me get started on my journey:

I liked this video because it had a great visual and it was very detailed. This woman showed me exactly what kind of yarn she used and as well as all of the tools that you would need to complete that same cloth as she has. I think I will definatly refer to this video as a reminder of how to get the shape I want.

A few things I think that I would adjust are the knitting needles she uses. I like the size but I do not think that I need the kid that are connected. I would personally just use longer knitting needles as thats what I perfer. I like the feeling better. Also, I would not follow her pattern. I looks really nice but at the end of the day I just need a cloth to wipe my hands and clean my fruit on. I would keep it simple with a nice purl pattern.

Photo Credit: Canadian Living

Before I ended my search, I stumbled upon a post from Canadian Living where they have provided detailed intrustions on how to make a “pretty vintage hand towel”. I thought this was pretty cool because it showed a different design element to creating the towel. I kind of like it and it was a reminder of a simple way to amp-up this tea towel.

Hour of Code…. More like 10 Minutes

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Hey all! Today I messed around some more on Hour of Code. For those of you that may not know what this website is, I’ll explain.

Hour of Code is a kid-friendly space on the internet that teaches them how to code! The site provides step-by-step instuction for the student and teacher to help them learn. This website is great to get students to dapple in the computer science world in a fun way! There are so many fun things for students to code such a “Frozen” themed games and as well as “Minecraft” too! This website has content for a child anywhere from Kindergarten to grade 12, anywhere from super easy to really hard!

Today I spent some time playing around some more on my own to see what else coding can provide. Here is a video of me playing!

I find that I like the process of coding. It is very organized and logical for my brain. Honestly, it feel soothing and relaxing to do because of this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I did play on a pretty easy coding game, but some get plenty hard. If I have to use my brain too hard to figure this thing out, it becomes no longer any fun.

Overall, I defiantly think that I would consider to use coding in my classroom in the future, but I think I would use it outside of a computer science class. In EDTC 300, we were talking about what this can teach our students. Something that was mentioned that really stuck with me was that it can teach student how to follow instructions! Wow! Great idea! Coding really was a great way to practice how to follow instructions in a fun way without it being boring! I think this is a great tool for all students to get behind.

Here are the links to some coding websites for students:

How To Bind Off

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I decided to show you guys how to bind off and complete your kitting project. I found this awesome website called canva.com!

Canva.com is a graphic design tool to help you make things such as posters! What I thought was cool is that you could instert fun things like videos and gifs too! You can use this website to create things to print or to share online too!

Here I created my own poster filled with all the information you need to learn how to bind off! I have included reading instructions, as well as visuals such as pictures and videos to help you along the way! Check it out!

Beginners Guide to Make a Blanket

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Today I wanted to show you how I search online of how to create a chunky knitted blanket. I used an awesome app for my Mac called QuickTime Player. The basic explaination of what this does is it can let your view pictures and video. I also found out that it is able to screen record. I thought this was great because it was already installed in my computer and I didn’t have to search around for a better extension for this on Safari.

Initially, I had no idea that the QuickTime Player could do this until I did a google search! Once I found this out I followed the quick and easy steps and BOOM! You have a screen recording.

Here are the steps for my Mac user friends:

  1. Open the QuickTime Player app (this is already installed usually)
  2. Press “File” on the top left hand corner
  3. Select “New Screen Recording”
  4. If you want to use a mic, press the down arrow beside the now available record button.
  5. Hit record, select where you would like to record by clicking and draging the box.

This was super easy to follow and set up. I really liked how I was able to only select certain parts of the screen that I wanted to show. This allowed me to only record Safari while I had other things opened to see myself on the side.

What I did not like about this is that there aren’t at first clear instruction on how to end the recording. I was pressing an clicking a lot of different things until I eventually figured it out myself.

To end the recording you must right click the QuickTime Player and select “stop screen recording”. After I discovered this, it was so easy to use.

I highly recomend this app for Mac users because it pairs nicely with the divice. When you are done recording, you can easily save it and upload it to alsomst anything you need. I uploaded mine to YouTube and it worked seamlessly.

Here is the screen recording I made showing my process of figuring out the right way for me to create this blanket. Check it out!

So far, this blanket is taking a lot of time and space to do. This yarn I have is not too kitty friendly as when they put their claws in it the yarn tends to pull apart. Fifi is really enjoying it though so its hard to take her off it it, Haha. Look at her little big paws!!!

Anyway… Here is my progress so far. I’m excited about it, but hopefully I have the patience to make it.

The Trendy Knit Blanket

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So, of course, I wanted to make this blanket. We have all seen this everywhere online, but have you ever seen anyone actually have one in real life? Not I! So this is me setting out to make my own.

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I have looked online to see how much It would be for me to buy this blanket. The cost can be anywhere from $100 at Wayfair, to $200 on Etsy (These sizes are not big enough to put on a bed)! I don’t know about you but that’s WAY TOO MUCH for me to just be trendy. That was a huge reason why I wanted to see if I could tackle making this blanket.

Knowing that this blanket is so expensive to buy, I started to look and how much it would cost me to make it myself. I found some awesome jumbo yarn that looked like it would do the job. It was pretty expensive only for a small amount ($35) and I would definitely need a few. I bought one a while ago because I knew I was going to use it and couldn’t afford to buy all of the supplies at once. Unfortunately, I have recently have gone back and they are out of stock of the colors I need. I have opted for a slightly smaller yarn called the “Indie” from Loops & Threads and guess what? This yarn was now on sale for $20! And even though it was thinner yarn, it contained more length which was great. (All supplies for the #LearningProject has been purchased at Michaels.)

Below I have included a list of items, their cost and how many I will need:

So this is so far a total of about $68. Yes I know this is still a lot for a blanket but look, it is a trendy blanket, I’ve wanted it for a long time, its 3x as big and the ones in the store and I can say I have made it. I think that’s worth it!

Now, some of you may have noticed that I have listed a crochet hook in the list of items. I have done a lot of research on the best way to tackle this project. So many people have opted for the table knit or the arm knit but girl I’m not about that life. I’ll leave videos for you to skim over if you are interested to see what that might entail……

Table Knitting Example
Arm Knitting Example

Luckily I came across this video that showed me that it is actually easier to create this blanket with a crochet hook rather than the above methods. (I agree with this method the most, you might like they others. Check them out!) This is the video I will begin my “trendy knit blanket” journey with. Hopefully, things work out as well as they did for her.

Cybersleuth Activity

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My partner for this activity was Courtney. The first thing I did was type her first and last name I knew her by into Google. For my first search I did not find anything at all on the first page that connected to her. If I did not know Courtney and only knew of her name, my search would pretty much have ended there.

I headed over to Facebook since we are connected on this platform. I see that her Facebook name does not include her lastname so maybe this is why I could not find her from a Google search. I headed back over there and typed in this new name and still nothing for Courtney showed up. From this, I have came to the concusion that Courtney must have very good security on her accounts to keep her social media profiles private. Good job!

I looked for Courtney on these socail media platforms:

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  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

I could not find her on any other platforms without knowing that she uses them and being connected with her on them.

This is what I found about Courtney from just looking at her online profiles:

  • Lives in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Graduated high school from Winston Knoll
  • Born June 19, 1995
  • In a relationship
  • She is a Dance teacher at Martins School of Dance
  • She is a student at the U of R for Education, major English, minor Social Studies
  • Likes dance
  • On the U of R Dance Team

Overall, Courtney’s online presence is good. She expresses a lot of positives about her life and interests online. There is nothing that stands out that I believe a potential employer would be concerned with. I think that to anyone that doesn’t know Courtney but saw her online profiles would think that she seems like a nice woman that has an interest in dance and educating youth.

This activity has defiantly made me evaluate how I look online as well as how I impact others online. This video has reminded me that a little post contributing to a negative thing/topic is not good and can have a large impact on the person/thing it is against or even negativly impact how people view you.

As well, from reading this article talking about having different identities online and off made me think if I have witnessed this in my life. Personally I feel that my online identity mirrors my offline life and I want that to happen. I could not imagine creating a different idea of my own life online compared to what actually happens. I know that a lot of influencers do this which knocks down the confidence of anyone who sees this. I believe this highly impacts people and makes them want to make their life online look ‘better’ than it actually is. Overall, I do not think I would ever create a different online idenity for myself and do not see a use for it. I think that it is important to display your real life and your highs and lows (to an extent) during it.

YouTube in the Classroom

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YouTube contains so much valuable content that can be used in the classroom. It brings stories, information, experiences, etc to you that you would not have without this platform. Myself and a classmate have created a converstaion between a parent and a teacher about the concerns and advantages of Youtube.

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Teacher = pro YouTube

Parent = against YouTube

PARENT: I do not want my child being exposed to YouTube.

TEACHER: How come?

PARENT: YouTube is a site that anyone can upload videos to. A lot of videos are used to promote/sell products or promote someone’s own agenda. How do I know that my child is getting accurate information and not being exposed to “fake news”? Since they are learning, it is hard for them to tell what information is accurate vs. what is made up.

TEACHER: I can assure you that when I introduce my students to YouTube I teach them how to use it efficiently. I teach them what to look for and what to stay away from. I only expose my students to reliable and informational content made for people to learn from. YouTube has many wonderful sources that provide opportunities to learn from the thoughts, experiences, and demonstrations of others that we would not have without YouTube.

PARENT: I am worried about my child using YouTube on their own at school, weather it be in free time or for research/homework. It is possible that they could come across inappropriate videos such as the Momo Challenge and many more. There is no filter or supervision for these types of things. Therefore I want it to stay out.

TEACHER: I understand your concerns. It is very important that we educate our students and children on the dangers of using any online media such as Youtube. I do not leave the students in the dark about the potential dangers of Youtube so they know what to look out for and what to stay away from. I like to teach our students about digital citizenship and what habits to have and how to consume digital communities/media.

PARENT: I have banned the use of YouTube in my home, however my child keeps on saying that they need access to YouTube at home for school. Why is this? Not to mention, my family does not always have access to internet.

TEACHER: The benefits of students accessing YouTube at home is so they can continue to learn about the topics in class and prepare for what we will be learning in the next class. Too often there is not enough time in a class to provide students all the information to help create rich and deep connections to the content which helps to promote learning. If you are more so concerned about your child browsing the YouTube space unoccupied, I can send you the direct links to the videos you child needs to watch.

I also understand that not all students have access to internet outside of school. For students who I know have this issue, I offer times during recess, lunch or if they have a spare moment in class to use our technology and still have an opportunity to watch them.

PARENT: I allowed my child to go on YouTube last night to watch some of the videos assigned for homework, but when I checked in, they were scrolling through the comments. These comments consisted of hateful and offensive language that my child does not need to be exposed to. When I looked into the site more to see if I could hide the comment section, it was not an option. Then, I looked closer at the screen and there were multiple videos on the side of the screen that were not even related to the topic they were researching, but was a huge distraction.

TEACHER: There is an awesome extension on Google Chrome that you can download that actually hides all comments and video suggestions. It is called DF Tube and I highly recommend it for this issue!

RESOURCES:

brandongaille.com

shalaynemcd.wordpress.com

teachhub.com

teachthought.com

chrome.google.com