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.

ECCU 400

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!


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.

EDTC Learning Project


Learning ASL is WAY harder than I ever thought it would be. This week I did some online searching. I wanted to see if there were only certain ASL phrases or if if you have your own phrase do you finger spell it? FYI, I never did find this out yet. Still trying to research it and see.

So this is how I feel about learning ASL right now……

Also here is my video for this. It is a bit different than the others so I hope you enjoy!

Here are the words that I signed in the video:

  1. Cool
  2. Oh I see
  3. Thank You
  4. Yes
  5. Hello

PS. The app that I used to create my video was called Adobe Clip and I found it so easy to use and best of all…. ITS FREE!

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Multiple Online Identities

What really strikes me is the fact that it seems odd if someone isn’t online. But in the world that we live in, it is odd because we have technology that surrounds us. We have talked a lot in class about how technology is a great resource for teachers (and others in general) to explore their digital identity. Theres Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and so on. I was reading the second article that was assigned to us. It was called “Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think,” by Nicole Lee. This article for me really hit the nail on the head about technology and the online identity world. She explains that each social media account is used for different things. “Twitter is for goofing around.” Well not for me but you get the point. “Facebook is for keeping in touch with family and friends.” This really made me realize that I 100% do this as well. I use my Facebook to mostly keep in contact with family.

She also goes on on to talk about people have different identities for different accounts. Instagram especially is made to share photos of what your ‘ideal’ life would look like. I also read the first article called “Split Image,” by Kate Fagan. In one section of the article it explains that Madison Hollerand had created a world just from Instagram. I don’t think that people realize that these pictures that we post on Instagram aren’t what our real lives look like. Would anyone really want to see a picture of me crying today from stress over a class? Probably not. But thats my point. People don’t typically post real life authentic photos. Like the second article said, they post photos that they think people want and what people will like. People want those likes on Instagram. Im not afraid to admit that I am one of those people. But from reading these articles, I now know that the pictures that I post aren’t my real life. I want to be a more honest digital citizen and share things from my life that are real and authentic. I feel sad that Madison Hollerand took her own life. I feel sad that our world is so absorbed in the negatives of social media.

As a teacher, I think it is so important to recognize my place on social media and as a digital citizen. My digital identity is important to show in an authentic way. Even on things like twitter, I can be more conscious and real about what I am posting. My digital identity is important as I am a part of this world.


ECCU 400

Structural Racism in Canada

As I was listening to the presentation on Structural Racism, I realized that racism is happening all around us. From small things to large things it still happens. As I look back on my life growing up, I cant really remember a time that I witnessed or experienced racism. To me this seems odd considering racism happens on a daily basis in Saskatchewan and Canada. I have heard of different racism events that have happened in Canada, but I have never actually experienced on myself. When I write this, I know that I never experience racism or probably never will because of my colour and my background. I am a white settler and so therefor the chances of me experiencing being discriminated against are slim to none.

As the group was presenting about Ken Cheveldayoff, It made me think of our leaders in this country. We need leaders who are willing to address the structural racism in Saskatchewan and Canada. We need leaders who won’t shy away from tough topics because they are afraid. This has been said many times before, but I strongly believe that education is the key to success and change. We as teachers need to educate our students at critically young ages about our country and province that we live in.