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!

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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.

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!

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!

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shalaynemcd.wordpress.com

teachhub.com

teachthought.com

chrome.google.com

Everything At Your Finger Tips!

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Only a few years ago the best way to learn something was through going to classes or learning from someone who has experience. It would take time out of your day to plan to learn or even to set time aside to do so. Flash forward to today, anything you want to learn is only a press of a button away. Online resources such as blogs, Youtube, and websites on the internet have given us the opportunity to assess almost anything we want!

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With the web, we are able to share our ideas to millions of people to see through social media. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and many more sites have been created with the idea of creating an online community and different ways to share their lives and stories to everyone. In the video we were to watch, An anthropological introduction to YouTube, it showed how fast that Crank That Soulja Boy danced spread across the world. Everyone was able to view it, as well as create a response/remake to the videos being made about it as well. Today information travels in seconds from one place to another, leaving us with unlimited information at our fingertips!

As a teacher myself, I depend on the digital world to bring my students content and experiences that help to further their understandings of the world around them. Teachers often use the internet to help create connections and examples for the content we must teach our students. This helps make teaching and learning fun and interesting in new ways.

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From the youtube video, ” An anthropological introduction to YouTube, ” Michael Wesch said that “the web is not just about information, it’s actually about linking people in ways that we’ve never have been linked before” and this is exactly true. This brings me to how the digital world can be utilised more to help student’s education in schools. We can begin to bring people who are experts in the subjects we are teaching to talk to our kids, we can have students make a change or impact through participation in the digital world too! I believe that schools will be taking a more active approach to use the web in ways that bring students experiences outside of the classroom without even leaving.

I am very excited for the next few years to be able to see what the digital world combined with the classroom will look like! What do you think will happen?

And Thats All Folks!

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I chose to join the #Saskedchat this past Thursday. I had no idea what I was in for. I set an alarm for five minutes before eight-o-clock to set up my TweetDeck on my laptop. I put Kelly Christopherson’s tweets and all of #Saskedchats’s tweets on my deck. By the time I did this the Twitter chat was about to start… GOOD TIMING!

This is what my TweetDeck looked like:

I was initially a little nervous because Kelly was saying that we were going to try something new this week. I had NO IDEA what this meant, I didn’t even know what a normal Twitter chat was like!

The first question was posted. It sort of was set up as a word association game. A word was posted and we responded with whatever came to mind first! It was kind of fun and I feel like because of this format there was less pressure to tweet the “right” answers.

Time went by so fast! Within a hour we did ten questions all together. At first it was a little bit slow and it seemed like there were only a handful of us on there and most of us were from EDTC 300. By the second to third question more people joined and there were a lot more tweets to read. At this time the Twitter chat became really fun for me! There were some really funny relatable teacher tweets that made me giggle as well as classroom stories too! It was great to share our experiences and thoughts on these topics.

In the end I really enjoyed this experience and will defiantly try to tune into next weeks #Saskedchat. I think that the value in this is that I was able to connect with other professionals, engage in conversation and learn from others too!

Expectation VS Reality

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To be completely honest, I thought I would have competed a beautiful scarf by now and going onto creating a hat. Boy, I was wrong. I am not a pro yet.

Right now I am sitting here with a fail of a scarf and 2 little trial pieces… Defiantly expectation vs reality right here.

I have realized that knitting takes a lot of planning an preparation and I can’t just wing it. So, lets set some visual goals for my knitting journey:

The first project is an infinity scarf. This is something I would actually wear and get more use out of than a regular scarf. The next is s multi-color tiled blanket. I feel this is an easier take on creating a knitted blanket in sections. Lastly, this is something I wanted for a long time: a chunky knit blanket. I love how these look and it would be so cool to say that I made this myself.

Now that I have set some goals, I will begin with the infinity scarf and work my way down the list. Off to the internet in search of ways to make one. Wish me luck.

Figuring Out Feedly!

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This week I downloaded Feedly and made an account. The type of content I am interested in viewing and reading about is mainly centred towards interest of a social studies teacher.

I first started to add a few from the education category on the app. I mostly only added the sources that I knew or have used such as TED-Ed and TED Blog. I added a few that revolved around educational technology as that’s what this class is about and I would love to see how other people are using tech in their classrooms. Lastly, I explored over into the politics category and added Huff Post, Politico, and CBC Canada.

Specifically I think that the source called “Free Technology For Teachers” will be helpful. It is a site that shares information about free resources that we can use in our classrooms. The person who runs the blog is a former high school social studies teacher. It seems to have really interesting post about cool new technology that can help me and my future students. It also sometimes posts about google classroom which is something that I am considering incorporating into my classroom one day.

Im not too sure why but I have a fear of adding too many resources that I am unfamiliar with….. Oh well, I think I should eventually go back to add more. Feedly is kinda fun to use and super awesome app to share information on other media platforms.