EDTC Learning Project

Kick that ASL in the class!

So this week I decided to take some common words used in school and learn them in ASL. I started out by researching online some common words used in schools. The first website that came up is quite a popular and common one. It is called “Signing Savvy.” I have definitely used this website before because it is so great. One thing that I LOVE about this website is that you can type in any word that you are wanting to sign, and it will come showing you a video of how to sign that word. I was essentially able to just search my words and copy the signing from the video. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!

Here is my cool video that I actually created from a different video editor this week. The video editor that I used was called Videorama. This is so cool because I just downloaded it to my phone and it was super easy to maneuver. I took the videos of myself on my phone, transfered them to the app, and added text, filters, and music to the video that are all included on the app! Might I just say that this app is FREE! Who doesnt love free stuff really?

You will notice in the video that I have been able to add text to this video which is something that I havent been able to do before… always trying to improve! Incase you missed it, here are the words that I used in the order of them presented:

  1. Teacher
  2. Teach
  3. Chair
  4. Try
  5. Write
  6. Book
  7. Read
  8. Finish
  9. School
  10. Student
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Skitch

So I decided to do a review of the app “Skitch.” I have never heard of it before and so I wanted to check it out! I actually found this app super cool. It is NOT a chrome extension so I was able to just download it to Safari with no problems. It took maybe 20 seconds to download and then I just clicked the download and it popped up right away.

It seriously took me like five minutes to realize that this was a cool app. This is the description for this app from the link above. It is an easy document that you can use for a variety of different things.

I found this quite easy to use and its very accessible. I was able to create any image or idea that I wanted to. I would suggest you play around with it a bit for sure and just familiarize yourself with it. As far as saving it goes, I airdropped it to my phone and the images just saved directly to my camera role. I then emailed them to myself and opened up that email on my computer. I then saved those images to my desktop and just put the images into this document. Seems like a lot of work but Im sure theres an easier method. Im probably just not techy enough!

Strengths:

  • able to adjust any size of font or pictures
  • able to adjust the colouring
  • adding images is easily accessible
  • awesome for teaching!
  • Easy to use
  • Understandable
  • can create it anyway that you want
  • Fun to use

Weaknesses:

  • a bit hard to send/save- I typically use gmail to save things and it didnt have that as an option. I was able to airdrop it to my phone instead. It does have lots of different options to send/save it though.

Using it in a classroom:

  • can use it to have kids create their own ideas and images
  • Can be used for presentations
  • Can be used as just a simple time filler
  • For projects
  • Can use with partners, groups, individual
  • Book Talks
  • Literacy
  • Any subject – as an art project

Theres so many different things you can use this app for and so I really only listed a couple!

Here are some of the things I created with it~

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Roads to ReconciliACTION

So let me first start this post by saying a huge thank you to all my classmates and to Audrey for putting all the hard work into making this event so awesome. I can truly say that I had a really positive experience by doing this.

I came into this event really excited and I was not dissapointed. I am really happy that I got the oppertunity to educate others today and to give people some resources that they can use in the future. We had about a total of 20ish people come to our table which doesnt seem like a lot to me but we actually had a ton of meaningful conversations with almost all of them. When people came to our table, our main focus was to explain to them what our table was about. We would tell them that we are education students in the class ECCU and that we are here to educate people on Indigenous and Treaty education (mostly through Residential Schools). We would show people the books and ask them if they would like to take our online survey to see what they know about Residential Schools. Almost all the people that came to our table took the survey which was fantastic. I noticed that some people really knew their facts while others didnt as much which I believe to be okay. I think that just by coming to our table and taking the time out of your day, is a small step in the right direction towards reconciliation. Tons of people that came to our table actually told us that they were so happy we are doing this and that this is such a great step towards reconciliation. A lot of people genuinly seemed interested in our table and wanted to learn more which is such an incredible experience. It makes me feel so good that people want to learn about these topics and educate themselves.

There were about seven or eight groups of people that came to our table that really resonated with me. The first lady that visited us was actually a refugee. She seemed so happy to come and talk to us and she really just shared her experience to us about her life as a refugee. She was seriously the sweetest lady! Another group came and talked to us and even took the time to specifically ask us about how we would teach this content in a specific class. We really tried to reiterate that this content NEEDS to be taught from an early age. Almost every person that came to our table probably got the same speel about teaching this as early as you can and what was great was that a ton of people agreed with us. I specfically talked to another girl who said she didnt know a lot about Residential Schools so I took her through the basics and she seemed to really enjoy it. I showed her books and resources and she seemed really happy to have the resources!

I also feel like I had the oppertunity to actually teach people throughout the morning. A couple of girls came to our table and the one asked, “so they dont want to be called Indians anymore?” It actually took me by surprise but she was completely serious. We taught her that calling Indigenous people “Indians” was a negative and derogitory way of talking about someone. So even just letting her know is great because she can now use the appropriate language and that even is a step in the right direction towards reconciliation. A man even came to our table and we talked about the Colten Boushie case. I was quite taken aback when he started talking about our justice system being great and how Colten Boushie and his friends were there to hurt and steal and that they should be punished. In that situation where I didnt necessarily agree with him, I found that I wanted to really get my point across to him to try and change his mind. I realized though that he didnt want his mind to be changed. So the only thing that I felt that I could do was provide him with resources and my ideas and thoughts on the topic. Lacy and Kate did a great job of talking to him as well even though we didnt agree with him. I really took this experience as a way to try and educate others instead of getting all upset about it. I took it as a learning experience and I now know what I can do for next time.

I just wanted to talk a bit more about another few people that I met. There was an indigenous family that came to our booth and the mother explained to us how she was so happy and excited that we are doing this. She genuinly really was really happy that us as educators were taking the time create this event and take the step towards reconciliation. She even asked us to take a picture with her and when we met in the hallway later, she waved to me! So just her reaction to this all gave me such a warm feeling. Not because I was part of creating this event, but because it truly is a step towards bridging the divide between people. I am so grateful that I got to share my knowledge with other people and they genuinly were excited and wanted to learn.

 

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Trip to Fort Quappelle

Our field Trip to Fort QuAppelle and Lebret were so awesome. Like many others, I wasnt sure what to first expect when heading to Fort QuAppelle but shortly after we arrived, I realized that being there was such an amazing experience for me. I am typically a very anxious person and so to do these field trips has never been something that I look foward to. I get so worried about forgetting something or not having something that I may need. In our circle talk at the end of the day at the Governance Center Tipi, I explained that I am such an organized person, so that when things didnt go as perfectly planned during the day, it made me a bit uneasy. I am definitely trying to work on that but I also realized that things dont need to be set in stone for it to be an awesome experience. In teaching, I have definitely realized that things DO NOT go as planned all the time and to be prepared for that and to realize that it’s okay. I feel like as an educator, I have to be willing to accept change and I am definitely working on that!

Arriving at the museum was really cool. Im not typically into museums but I genuinly found it really interesting! The man and woman that worked there were so helpful in telling us stories and describing things to us. The women (sorry I am blanking on her name), and a group of us talked about the wedding dresses that the women used to wear at that time. This to me was a really cool thing to learn about. I guess because I have always been interested in the fashion aspect of history. I learned that the dresses were quite tiny and talking about them and their significance was something that really intreagued me! The next thing that I did was the treaty walk. Ive never got to experience anything like this before so I am glad I got the oppertunity to do it. I think it really just made me think of my own miskasowin. I also didnt realize that we would have a script for the treaty walk but I rather enjoyed it. It gave me information and great ideas if I was to do a treaty walk myself. I think my favourite part was stopping at the flags first and taking a look into why they are so significant. I really think that by doing that, it gave me a jump start into the entire treaty walk.

Next we had lunch at the school which was really delicious! I thought the idea of bringing your own plates and cutlery to the school was a great idea. I loved the logic behind it and the idea that we are guests in this town and that we need to be respectful towards the town.

After lunch was the talk with Wendell. I will be completely honest, I think that being outside and standing for over an hour made my experience a bit hindered. I really enjoyed listening to Wendell but many times I couldnt hear him so I wasnt able to hear all of his ideas. The offering through the fire was a great experience though. I loved that Wendell got us all the say our own heritage and culture because it made me feel like he was acknowledging me as a person. Lastly, was the circle talk at the Governance Center Tipi which by the way is WOW! What an amazing place to be in! The beauty of the tipi took my breath away. I know that in class, we have done a lot of debreafing circles in the past. I really got a sense of why a debreafing circle at the end of the day is such a great idea. Everyone was able to share their experiences and give eachother (as colleagues and classmates) and understanding of what they learned. I think to me, its so important because we can all share together in a safe environment where we support eachother. I love to hear other peoples thoughts and I think that part of being a teacher is to listen to your colleagues. Doing the debreafing is doing that and sharing ideas.

Overall, the entire day was so awesome. I really wish we could have gone to the healing center but I do understand that things happen. It just means that I will have to go back and see it myself! Overall, this experience really gave me a understanding of the importance of Treaty education! I am going to be a teacher and this stuff is so incredibly important. I can take this information and use it in my classroom for my students to discover their miskasowin.

EDTC Learning Project

Mid Semester Blues!

Hi friends! This week (like stated in my video) was a long and tough one. I have felt pretty burnt out this last week and decided to do another video but differently than I typically do. I didnt actually learn any ASL signs but, I did gather lot’s of different sources and ideas for others to use when learning ASL. I think that as part of a learning project, I shouldnt confine myself to only learning new signs. I think it is just as important to learn sources and other aspects of ASL. So this week, I gathered a ton of sources and ideas (like mentioned before) to create my learning project. Lots of others can use these cites as well when learning ASL or learning how to teach it to children.

I used “Screencastify” to create this video which I found was super cool! I really enjoyed using it but it did take some time to figure out. So if you are having trouble too, I created my video, downloaded it to my desktop and then put it on youtube.

For some reason, I copy and paste the link for my video on here but another video shows up in its place, so not sure why that is happening. You may notice this weird line below this sentence….. click on it to watch my video because not sure why the other way wont work. Classic technology hey! Oh well!

Here are all the website links from my video:

  1. School Health – benefits of using sign language in your classroom 
  2. Education Week Teacher- solving common classroom problems 
  3. Start signing- why kids should learn sign language 
  4. The best apps for learning sign language
  5. Youtube- 25 basic ASL signs for beginners 
  6. Youtube- Sign language 101-lesson 1 
  7. Twitter- AmericanSignLanguage- @learn_a_s_l 
  8. Twitter- Gallaudet University- @GallaudetU 
  9. Facebook- Ai-Media 

                                                      9:40 Mar 21, 2018 3 14 PM hailie logan •                                                                                                    

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Cyberbullying is NOT okay!

I first wanted to begin this post by thanking Carol Todd for taking the time out of her schedule to talk to our class and many others about Amanda’s story! I definitely recommend you go follow Carol on twitter if you aren’t yet. Her twitter handle is @c_todd.

I can actually remember when Amanda’s story came out at the time. I specifically remember watching her video on youtube called “My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide and self-harm,”  right before her passing. It actually disturbed me as a younger teenager and hearing all the horrible things that people were saying about her and her family. Since taking this class and growing up in the digital world, I have come to the realization that these things like cyberbullying are more and more common than I ever thought. I never participated in a chat room as a teenager but I was online all the time looking at Facebook. I have seen back then and now how hurtful and painful it is for someone to say negative things online because, in reality, I feel like there’s nothing you can do about someone online.  Especially if it is people you don’t know, it’s not like you can go confront that person. There were a few things that stood out to me that Carol talked about in our class discussion.

The first thing that stood out to me was Carol talking about how teenagers are always going to be online no matter what. I watched a documentary called “Stalking Amanda Todd,” where it said that Amanda continued to go online even after the cyberbullying began. When I first read this, I wondered to myself, “why would she continue to go online after she was being bullied?” I realized that it’s WAY more complicated than just ignoring the trolls online. An article I read called “The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers,” from earlier in the semester outlines a bit about why this could happen. It specifies that people can get quickly caught up in the feedback and comments of these things and it draws them in. Even I find myself addicted to social media somedays and really wanting those “likes” on Instagram. The video on youtube called “How one tweet can ruin your life,” made me think about Amanda’s situation. I say this because the man in the video created one tweet that got a lot of negative feedback. He then decided that his tweet was wrong and wanted to publicly apologize. With Amanda’s situation, she made one wrong choice and instantly regretted it. With social media and the internet, nothing goes away or disappears which is the extremely tough part. We have to be so careful about what we do online.

The other thing that stood out to me while watching all the documentaries and videos on Amanda’s story was the police involvement. I find it astonishing how much I hear about the police involvement these days. It makes me think about the Gerald Stanley case where the police bombarded Colten’s home without telling his mother why they were there and what happened. I understand these are two different situations completely, but the police were both involved. It hurt my heart to hear Carol Todd talk about the police’s involvement being quite minimal. I think it bothers me so much because police, in my eyes, is meant to represent safety, comfort, and protection.

I also really liked that Carol gave us some awesome and valuable advice for teachers who have students in these situations. Monica Lewinsky from the “Price of Shame” Ted Talk talks about how she felt and how her situation took her into a downward spiral of depression. Even just listening to her talk makes me aware of what I can or should or want to do as a teacher. I ultimately want to protect all my students from the cruel online world but that is unrealistic. Like mentioned before, kids will always be on the internet. I think an important aspect of moving forward will be to educate others and students about the dangers of online and how to stay safe.

I researched some bullying resources for teachers and kids and here are some that came up:

  1. Bullying Canada 
  2. Anti-cyberbullying toolkit
  3. Cyberbullying: What teachers and schools can do
  4. Cyberbullying- Kids Health 

I also found these two very interesting Cyberbullying posters online via Google images. They would be great to hang up in the classroom or talk to students about.

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Guess what I did for Canada’s 150th Celebration!

Okay so I have never heard of the app “plickers” before and I will most definitely be using it in the future! Thanks to group eight for sharing that awesome teaching tidbit with everyone!

Before this presentation, I really had no understanding of how Canada’s 150th celebration could have been considered as controversial! I just thought that celebrating Canada was such a wonderful idea. I find that I am way more aware of my surroundings and the racism that happens in this country from taking this class. For example, after the cultural appropriation presentation, I seen this EVERYWHERE! I was hyper aware of my surroundings and what was going on. The thing about this presentation that really resonated with me was the question, “Who’s story is being told.” This really made me think about the “western” viewpoint of Canada’s 150th Celebration.

From listening to this presentation, I have come to the realization and acceptance that I can celebrate Canada day while still being culturally responsive. I think a big part of this is to be aware of my white settler background and the part that I play as an educator. I also realize now that it is more than just being ‘aware.’ I think it is about ‘doing’ as well. I need to take the time in my classroom and in my everyday life to understand these ideas such as why Canada Day could be considered controversial!

The 150 Acts of Reconciliation website is something that I have never actually seen before. I think it is an awesome resource for anyone to look at and understand what you (as a Canadian) can do to be an active citizen! As I was looking through it, there was so many different options to chose from. What I gathered from the document is that anyone can do these things! Take the time to educate yourself and to be a critical citizen.

Ps. I went to a parade and a street dance for Canada’s 150th Celebration. Next year, I will be more critical of myself as a culturally responsive educator!

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What do you do if a parent doesn’t agree with your teaching?

Okay so going off of my title here, I actually had the experience of dealing with parents that didn’t necessarily agree with something you did in the classroom. I did my internship in a small town where everyone knew everyone! When this situation came up, my cooperating teacher was with me at the time. If I had any advice for a new teacher who is talking to a parent or guardian, is to keep it calm and friendly. With my situation (I don’t want to go into too much detail), the parents expressed their concern and my coop teacher and I expressed our feelings to the parents. It was a great thing for me to see as it was a really awesome learning opportunity for me! In the end, all was well and the parents and I (with my coop as well) worked together to come up with a plan together.

Seriously though, the best piece of advice I could give anyone in a situation similar to that (and my coop would agree because she told me these) is:

  1. Stay calm and be friendly- it does NOT help the situation if you get defensive or upset
  2. Talk through the situation together- ask another teacher for advice if need be.
  3. Make sure the parents or guardians know you want to help in any way that you can
  4. Keep the contact open- never make the parent/guardian feel like they cant contact you
  5. Create a plan of action if possible- I think this just shows that you are willing to help the child

A lot of these ideas I also got from “How Teachers Can work With 5 Difficult Types of Parents”

So Amy, Madi and I created a dialogue together where a parent has concerns for the teacher regarding her son using the app Mathletics.  Here is our dialogue that we created:

EDTC CONVERSATION (note: I put it on a word document so it wouldn’t take up my entire post)

Also, I used Mathletics in my classroom for internship and the students L-O-V-E-D it! If your not sure why mathletics is so awesome then check out this link to a website where it explains it all!

 

EDTC Learning Project

Get Your ASL in Gear!

Reflection:

The process of learning ASL has been a lot more complicated than I actually expected. I find it difficult to know what to learn each week in an organized way. I almost wish their was an app or website that tells you exactly what to learn week by week to make you fluent in ASL. I have definitely learned that for a person to learn ASL, it takes a considerable amount of time. I don’t even think I have cracked 0.0002% of ASL culture! This “Fluent in 3 months” website actually gives an awesome insight into all the different things that people need to take into consideration when learning ASL. I think as a teacher, I even find it hard to organize the content and figure out what to learn first and then what comes next etc. I definitely plan on keeping learning ASL and trying new things!

Here are 5 reasons from the website “eLearning Industry” that describes why Learning Sign Language is so important! Check it out!

This week:

As my video states, this week I did something a bit new and different than the previous weeks. I try and keep things a bit interesting for my readers! Like teaching, no one wants to learn something the same exact way every time… Boring! So this week to create my learning project, I researched some common ASL phrases. The first website that came up was called, “Signing Savvy.” It was an awesome website that gave me several different phrases and a video to go with each phrase which I found very helpful. I then picked a phrase, learned it and took pictures of myself creating that sign. When I put the pictures all together in IMovie, it made one long video! Ps. I use I-movie for most of my videos and I love it! So easy to add your own music and create videos!

I created three total ASL phrases in the video! The first one was from Signing Savvy and it says, “I am learning Sign Language.” The second one was from the website “Start ASL” and I signed “My name is  Hailie.” The third one was from the website “Life Print” and I signed, “Today is Sunday.” So all those signs are in the order of the video in case you wanted to follow along! Hope you enjoy!

Ps. I am in no way an expert when it comes to signing so I may do something wrong unintentionally! After all, this is a “learning” project!

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When should you promote Indigenous Youth? ALWAYS

As I was listening to the presentation in class on Indigenous leaders, I realized that promoting all Indigenous peoples is so very important to creating a positive society. Considering I will be working in schools with younger children, promoting Indigenous Youth is very important to me. Like the presentation pointed out, I believe its important to have all students voice their individual power. People are awesome in general, because no one is the same. We are all unique human beings with similarities and differences. This is what I love about our world! This is also what I love about children. How honest, raw and unique each and every one of them are.

Speaking from my internship, the classrooms (and entire school) was based on white children. If I am being honest, there wasn’t a ton of cultural differences. So when it comes to promoting Indigenous youth in the classroom, it’s tough if theres no students who represent that culture. But that doesn’t mean we (as teachers) shouldn’t teach Indigenous content in the classroom. I think it makes it just as important to teach in the classroom when you don’t have Indigenous youth.

In class, we created a short action plan to promote Indigenous youth. The action plan that was talked about at our table group was focused a lot around representing Indigenous youth in the classroom through books, lessons, decorations and so on. I think it would be awesome to also teach students about youth leaders! This would give them a good chance to understand the importance of youth leaders. So in other words, an action plan that I would implement in my classroom is to teach all students about Indigenous youth and their importance. Students would learn that in order to move forward, we need to become human beings that advocate for the Indigenous communities (and all communities/cultures) and work together with all cultures to have reconciliation.