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.

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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.

A Very Sassy Report

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So, I cannot tell you how much time I have spent knitting these darn squares. If for some reason this blanket DOES NOT WORK OUT……….. well, lets just say I’ll be the opposite of “pleased”.

About one hundred knitting hours have gone by (me being very dramatic), and I am left with five squares of each of the four colors that I chose for this blanket. NOW you would think that 20 squares would be plenty for a nice sized blanket but I am over the top and want a HUGE ass blanket. I hate my self for this and I am finding my slogan for this #learningproject is “go big or go home”, unfortunately.

So, the plan is to knit 10 more squares and I think I will include the color white too. Cool, I found a problem, decided how to fix it, and now I am done stressing out about this blanket. WRONG. Below I will list my problems I have not yet mentioned.

  • I sewed squares together and have to undo it because as we discovered I wanted a big ass blanket
  • No, I could not leave them together because that would mess up the color pattern
  • The color pattern is very important to me!
  • I keep losing my yarn sewing needle
  • The only place large enough to assemble this blanket is the living room floor
  • I have two cats that love sitting on and taking my squares

Yes, Alfredo is really cute and all but y’all haven’t met him. He turns into a different cat when yarn is around.

So, you may be a little frazzled as I am after reading this post, so I will leave some links to meditation music to help you come to a simmer.

Hopefully this will help all of us with issues/cat issues.

Beginners Guide To A Patchwork Blanket!

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Today I am going to start my long journey on knitting a blanket. I have done some research and the easiest way I think I can accomplish this is by making a patchwork blanket. This is a blanket created from a bunch of smaller knitted squares that you eventually sew together!

I originally got this idea from a company called Wool and the Gang. This company is awesome! They are all about being sustainable and sourced with care. They refer to knitting as “the new yoga” and I kinda agree! Check out more about their story here!

Besides this, their yarn literally looks amazing and so soft. I have been watching a lot of knitting videos lately and every time I am like “that yarn looks BEAUTIFUL” it is always Wool and the Gang. I think that the next big knitting project I do I will definitely shop their collection of yarns.

On their website, they have a step by step guide on how to go about creating this blanket. For me personally, I learn better by watching than reading so I decided to watch the video that they have provided.

*Not yarn I was raving about earlier.

So… I defiantly did not follow these steps to the “T”. I would say I was inspired by it and went off in my own direction. I chose my own color pallet which includes gray earthy tones. Some of the differences between my knitting project and theirs are that I opted for 10mm needles while they had 15mm. As well, since my needles were smaller, my yarn was not as chunky.

This time around I got all of my items for this project from Michaels. They had many and many walls of different yarn selections. I can definitely say that I have gotten lost looking and deciding which yarn to use for about an hour…. oops!

As of right now, my plan is to knit as many squares as possible with what I have. While starting my first square I have already have hit some problems. The video I am using as a reference says they cast-on 14 stitches and that you want a 20cm long square. Well, I had a HAY DAY trying to figure out how many stitches to start with and a measurement to stick to but holy man… It is hard!

I finally settled for 20 stitches which became 8 inches for the measurement. I don’t know if this is right or wrong but this is what I am sticking to. If someone doesn’t like it they are welcomed to come on over and try for themselves. I think as soon as I get the first square knitted I will use it as a template to measure agaisnt for the rest.

WISH ME LUCK! I’ll need it.

To Infinity & Beyond!

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This is the final step of my infinity scarf quest. I have binded off the last end of the scarf and I am ready to stitch them together.

I needed to go out and get a needle that is used to finish knitting projects and that was going to be big enough for the chunky yarn I have used. I picked up these three yarn needles from Love Knitting. They have tons of useful things on their website such as different yarn, patterns and tools!

I’ve included this video below which has a very clear demonstration of how to connect the two ends of the scarf together to complete the project.

If you want to check it out and learn how to sew the two ends together, start watching at 10:25. This is where she shows how she starts off and how to wrap the yarn around the ends.

Here is my finish product. I thought that everyone would appreciate my cat Alfredo to be the model of my knitted infinity scarf. I have also added picutes of the seam that I sewed together…. A little rusty but not too bad. There is a lot of that in the next knitting project so I’ll eventually get better at it. But overall I am pretty proud of the scarf and would defiantly wear it out!

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.

Hey All!

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Alfredo & Fifi

I am Hanna-Marie! Currently, I am in my fourth year of University studying Secondary Education, major in social studies and minor in visual arts. Right now I live in Regina with my boyfriend and 2 cats. While taking classes I also work at a daycare and a before and after school program.

In terms of my experience with educational technology, I have not had much experience with it and would love to learn more! In my internship I used technology for notes, research, Kahoots….. typical things like that. I would live to incorporate technology a lot more when I get to have my own classroom!

I am also excited to use Twitter and start creating my own PLN group. Here is my Twitter, check it out, I’ve been re-tweeting some articles/posts about Indigenous people in Canada.