Contributing To Others Online

Hello everyone!

This is my final post for my EDTC300 course.

For this post, we are supposed to outline multiple times that we have contributed to the learning of others in our class and the teaching community. I found that I contributed the most through Twitter and commenting on my peers blog posts. To keep track of the ways I have helped others learning, I took screenshots of my interactions. I will now go through a few examples of my contributions.

Blog Posts:

I tried to comment on my classmates blogs multiple times a week. I usually liked to point out statements that I agreed with and add a little bit more insight that I could bring. I also find that I was very encouraging when contributing to me classmates blog posts. I think encouraging my  peers to continue to write their blogs, continue their learning projects, or continuing to share their opinions helps them grow. Here are a few ways that I contributed from commenting on blog posts:

 

Twitter:

On Twitter I tried to participate in multiple chats including #saskedchat and #4thchat. I thought this was where I made the biggest impact to others learnings online because I was able to answer questions that people had. Some examples of how I contributed include:

Overall, I feel like my EDTC300 class has contributed to a lot of growth about my knowledge of using technology in the classroom, and I hope that I was able to contribute to the growth of others as well!

Coding My Way Through Class

Well I did it!

I spent a little less than an hour on Hour Of Code this morning working my way through Dragon Blast. I have very little coding experience. During my Pre-Internship, my cooperating teacher was the coding club leader. My partner and I would stay back after school and help her, we were not very good helpers though. The students knew A LOT more about coding then we did! We were using the program Scratch in that club. So for today’s video and post I decided to try the program Hour of Code. I found this program incredibly helpful for not having much knowledge about coding. It included very simple step by step levels that I would progress through.

Take a look at my video below to see more of my thoughts on how my coding went!

Final Learning Project Post

Hello everyone!

Welcome back for my final learning project video!

Wow, what a journey of guitar playing I have been on! Over the past 5 weeks I have learned so much about playing the guitar and my frustration levels when trying to record the perfect video haha. This week I will take you back through the weeks about what my focus was and what websites I had used.

Week 1: Strumming Through The Semester

This week, I wrote about some of my previous experience with the guitar. This was very limited, but I did play the guitar briefly in High School when I got one for Christmas. This was very short lived as I was a busy teenager and once I moved for University, four years ago, I forgot all about it. I decided on learning the Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley. I chose this song because I know it well, it has limited chords, and it is a slower song.

Week 2: Progress With A Side Of Sore Fingers

During my second week, I focused on learning the chords to the song. I had switched my song from the Jeff Buckley of Hallelujah to the Alexandra Burke version. I did this because of the difficulty of chords and key of the Jeff Buckley version. This song has 5 different chords that I practiced: C, Am, F, G, and Em. I really tried to focus on my transitions when switching from chord to chord. Once I found it easy to switch chords I practiced speeding up my playing. This week I used Ultimate Guitar Com as my primary resource to learn my chords for Hallelujah. I really enjoy this website because it is also an app that I could play on my phone.

Week 3: “Hallelujah” I’m Getting Better

During my third week I started to feel like I was making a lot of progress! I continued to work on my chord transitions. They were much faster than the previous week! This week I was also able to memorize the whole song! I was working on my strumming for the week. I used this YouTube video to help me out. This song has a very easy strum pattern which really made it easier for me to learn!

Week 4: Strumming and Singing

This week was pretty basic. I was trying to play the chords without looking down at my hands and sing at the same time. This was not an easy task I soon found out. I was especially struggling with not looking at the chords. I worked hard and by the end of the week I could play the song without looking down as long as I wasn’t singing. Once I added in the singing I was unable to do it. However, this allowed me to set goals for my next few weeks!

Week 5: The Basics Of Hallelujah By Alexandra Burke

Last week was a little bit different. I was asked to make an instructional video about something that I have learned. I decided to make a video of how to play the chords of Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke. Besides this video, my guitar learning for this week was not based on this particular song. For my summary of learning for this class I created a song parody of Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars and playing the guitar and singing to it. So this meant I had to learn the whole song very fast and put new words to it. I found this very very difficult, particularly trying to sing parodied lyrics and strum at the same time. However, by the end of the week I did it! I was very frustrated at time but glad I persevered.

Week 6: My Final Week

Well this week I refocused on the song Hallelujah. I had filmed my final video on Tuesday. I filmed my entire song and was very frustrated trying to get it all nicely in one take because it is so long, but I think it turned out pretty good! For the last part of the week I decided to experiment with a few more online resources about learning how to play guitar. I found this difficult to do because my main website, Ultimate Guitar Com, was the only website I could find the same chords I was practicing playing. So, for this last part of the week I tried playing the song with different chords. I tried AZChords  which was a good site, however I find that to figure out the chords I would have to click on them, they weren’t just at the top of the page like some sites. I do like how this website shows all of the lyrics of the whole song. E-Chords was a great website because it allowed my to change the key of the song and it will automatically transpose the chords for me! It also has auto scroll which is very convenient with a long song like this! The last website I looked at was Guitar Tab!. This website was similar to AZChords. It has an auto scroll which was very helpful, however it does not show what the chords look like, which I find very helpful when learning a song.

 

To finish this post off, I thought I would upload a video of me my first week and my final video! I hope you can notice the progress I have made. I am very proud!

 

The Basics Of Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke

Hello everyone!

This week I took a break from continuing my guitar learning to create a “How To” video about playing the song Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke on the acoustic guitar! I made my video in three steps.

  1. Setting up the context (tuning, song choice, capo placement)
  2. Learning the positioning of the chords used
  3. Learning when to strum the chords in time with the lyrics

I hope you enjoy my video!

Fake News in Grade 3

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to be talking about teaching students how to determine what is factual and fake news! I am going to be basing this off a Grade 3 classroom, because that will be the grade I will be teaching in the Fall.

While some people may think teaching Grade 3 students to distinguish whether a news article is factual or fake may be too young, I completely disagree. The technology that students have access to today continues to grow, which means they will have more access to different sources of news stories as they grow older. We need to start to educate students at a young age what is real information and strategies that they can use to distinguish this.

How To Choose Your News TED Talk tells us that we need to read various sources and find information that is consistently repeated without any opinions in order to find factual information. This is because the majority of sources skew their information through opinion based articles. In order to help students, practice this skill we must use rich examples with students according to the article, “Developing Critical Literacies: What We Need to know in a “Fake News” World,” by Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt. Giving students a variety of examples of reliable and unreliable news articles allows them to notice the similarities that factual articles have in common. Alec and Katia also believe that we must nurture a critical disposition within our students. This again comes with actually teaching and practicing what it is like to be a critical thinker with our students. This is something that must be learned young and continue developing as students’ grow older.

Finding a curriculum connection for interpreting “fake news” in Grade 3 was rather easy. I could connect this to the Saskatchewan Curriculum English Language Arts outcome CR3.2 indicator F which says, “describe perspectives or messages promoted by particular visual depictions in a film/video/DVD or magazine article. I think this would be a very good time to show a video/commercial about “fake news,” such as the House Hippo (which I definitely thought was true when I was younger haha). You can also connect this to the Saskatchewan Curriculum Health outcome DM3.1 indicator C, which says, “examine sources of information/misinformation in the community.” This indicator could have you and your students scrolling through popular news articles and websites that give people information. While educating Grade 3 students about “fake news” you could incorporate the NTCE Framework that has students, “manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneously presented information” by having students look at a variety of sources and synthesis the information found in each one.

 

A great tool that allows students to determine whether a news story is fake or factual news is Factitious. It has three different levels – middle years, high school, and college – which makes it an incredible resource for many different people.

Overall, the importance of educating our youth about what is real and fake news is growing more and more each day. We must start teaching them at a young age so that they have strategies to use when they do start becoming influenced by these sources.

 

Cyber Sleuthing and Digital Citizenship

Hello everyone! It has been a very busy week for me so I am a bit late with this post! But better late than never!

Over the last few weeks my Educational Technology class has been talking a lot about digital citizenship. Before this class, I never thought much about my online presence. I knew not to post inappropriate pictures of myself on my social network sites, but that was about the extent of my knowledge on how to be a good digital citizen. After listening to Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk called The Price of Shame , I realized how quickly one decision in your past can change your whole future because of the power of the online community. I have been very fortunate that growing up, when I didn’t worry about my digital identity, I never had anything negative posted on the internet about me. Not everyone is as lucky. Monica, has luckily been able to overcome the massive amounts of online shaming that she endured because of her past mistakes.

In the article “Having Multiple Online Identities is More Normal Than You Think,” by Nicole Lee, I related a lot to the idea of having multiple social media accounts and having different groups of people looking at them. My Facebook account, along with Nicole’s is meant for keeping in contact with many of my family members, where my Instagram account is more for my friends and acquaintances. Unlike Nicole, I would not be embarrassed if any of the other groups saw my other accounts, as I do post similar content on each one. I know this is not true for many of my friends though. I have seen lots of inappropriate posts on my friends Instagram accounts because you are able to make them completely private, therefore no one who you don’t want to see your pictures are able to see them.

Compared to lots of young people, I do not have very many accounts. I have my Twitter account, Instagram – which is completely private, Facebook, and a Pinterest account. I do know people that have multiple Instagram accounts called “finstagrams” however, I have never felt the need for that as I do not like to post much about my life anyways.

I think one of the important things to remember when you have different accounts for different purposes and people is the “what if my employer, grandma, brother, etc. saw this account” question. While I understand the different audience targets, I think we need to be careful that everything on these accounts are appropriate to an extent. As a digital citizen, we need to remember Monica Lewinsky’s story and how quickly her life changed because of how rapidly the internet can spread information around. We must make sure we have a positive image both personally and professionally, especially as a teacher.

This past week I spent some time cyber sleuthing Sona Christian, and she was a tough girl to get a lot of information on! I did see that she had multiple accounts including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and a blog/website. By searching Sona’s blog, I learned a lot about her professional side. Sona is currently a teacher at a Catholic School Board as an I.A. Sona has a Bachelor and Masters of Art, as well as a Bachelor of Education Degree – obviously she is very talented.

When I looked into Sona’s Facebook profile, I was able to find a little bit more personal information. I found out she was born and raised in India, specifically Ahmedabad. Once Sona got married she moved to Canada. She currently lives in Regina with her husband. I am able to see that Sona has an Instagram account, however, it is very secure and I am not able to see any personal posts about her since I do not “follow” her.

One thing that I did learn about Sona is that she is a beautiful self-taught artist. She loves to paint and even experiments with acrylic art. On Facebook I was able to see multiple pieces of art that Sona had created – all beautifully colored and detailed. Some of them were even posted for sale. She also talks about her love of art on her blog. Sona was a very interesting person to cyber sleuth. She has a very professional online presence with a little bit of personal life splashed into the mix. Online, Sona shows off her artistic talents – which she definitely should!