EDTC 300

Summary of learning video

Hey guys, I created this video using powtoon. It was a really fun project to do and I would highly reccommend it.  I did find that this project took a while to create but it was really awesome and fun!

So check out my video and watch my summary of learning project that sums up what I and my fellow classmates have done this semester!

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EDTC 300

Final Networked Learning Post

This course for this semester was so great! I came into this class not reallying having a large knowledge of technology and what a digital identity was. After this class, I feel like I have such a larger idea of what digital identity is and how to be a proffessional online. This semester I was also able to work with a bunch of other awesome coworkers and fellow students. It was really great to learn online and still have awesome communication with everyone in the class.

So this post talks about “how I have contributed to the learning of others.”

Via Giphy 

Throughout this semester, I have tried to really keep an open mind about technology and my own online identity. I really want to help others and help with making their digital identity the best one yet! Below is some of the ways that I have contributed to the learning of other students and even teachers.

Commenting on blogs: 

Here is a word document with some of the screenshots that I have taken for when I comment on other peoples blog in this class. At the beginning of the semester, I definitely slacked at commenting on other peoples blogs. I think as the semester has gone on, I have tried to comment more and more. Like my twitter, I like to comment a few times in a day every few days. I find it easier and more managable for my schedule!

I think that commenting on other peoples blogs is such an important way to communicate with other students and fellow coworkers. It gives me the chance to understand different methods of learning and ideas for my teaching career. I really like that I got so many nice and helpful comments on my blog posts and so I really tried to comment on other peoples posts with kind and genuine thoughts.

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Twitter: 

When it comes to twitter, I have really tried to tweet lots. I typically dont tweet every single day. My routine is that I would take a day every few days or so and tweet several times in that day. It is really the only way that worked for me because I found that I was super busy this semester.

Check out my twitter @HailieLogan to see all the different resources I have shared. There are so many that I have gotten from facebook and then reposted to twitter. I love to have conversations with other students about the resources they find. I have also participated in a couple ed chats which I found to be super helpful and resourceful. My favourite resources that I have shared lot’s of times is called @WeAreTeachers. They have such great ideas! Ps. check out @WeAreTeachers on facbeook for lots of cool resources as well.

Google Plus: 

I really liked using Google Plus this semester to keep in contact with others. I have commented lots of times making sure my fellow classmates have an answer. I have definitely made posts on there myself a lot of times asking questions. I find it is so helpful and useful as I can ask any question or post something for everyone to see.

Thanks so much to all my fellow classmates and Katia for this awesome course! I truly have learned so from Katia, and all my classmates and about the world of technology!

Via Giphy 

EDTC Learning Project

Learning ASL- Final Assignment Post

Hey everyone!

I cant believe we are at the end of this semester and finalizing up some assignments and the courses! This semester learning ASL as my learning project has been really incredible. I feel like I have really expanded my knowledege as a teacher and learner from this class. Coming into this class, I had a basic knowledge of technology and even ASL. I have learned a few ASL words from when I worked in a daycare. I was able to learn a few basic words and teach them to my daycare toddlers so that we could mainly communicate during meal times.

I have used a variety of websites, apps and twitter followers to get all my information for my learning project.

Week 1: Lets Get to Learning

  • In this weeks blog post, I really just explain what project I am going to do.

I came to the conclusion that I wanted to learn ASL for two reasons:

1) I think learning this may be useful in my next years of teaching and 2) ASL is a special form of communication for a wide range of people around the world.

I started with downloading a variety of apps, as well as setting goals for each week. Some of these goals were met, and some were not!

Week 2: Watch me Struggle to Remember the Alphabet 

In this weeks learning post, I did actually learn the full alphabet in ASL.

My video was posted to youtube.

Week 3: Hi my name is H-A-I-L-I-E 

In this weeks video, I learned how to finger spell my name. Here is my video so you guys can rewatch it if you want to. I also just used Photobooth on my mac to create this video and then I uploaded it to youtube.

I also explained a bit about the process, saying that it was harder than I thought to learn a phrase.

Week 4: Colours Galore

This week I learned how to sign some different colours. My video link is here to watch it again.

Wow was this post difficult because I had to memorize all the different colours and the different signs to go with them!

Week 5: the importance of deal culture 

This week, I wont lie to you, I was feeling a bit sluggish and didnt feel like creating a video so I learned a bit about deaf culture instead. Which I still believe is important because I dont think its appropriate to just want to use sign language without knowing its importance. I used Healthy Hearing to research the importance of deaf culture. I also used Start ASL- deaf culture to learn about Signing and deaf culture.

In this post, I then gave some facts about deaf culture.

Week 6: Surprise! 

This week I decided to take things in a new direction and surprise my roommates with some ASL phrases that I have been learning. Here is the video for it. I found this weeks post probably the most fun out of them all because I was able to do the learning with my friends and have fun with it.

week 7: Get your ASL in Gear 

This week, I learned some new ASL sign but in phrases. I must say that this weeks was a tough one because I learned multiple different phrases and so I had to remember each phrase and each sign to go with them. I also created a fun video this week using I-movie so I found this weeks to be a fun week also. Video.

Week 8: Mid Semester Blues 

So I think my heading says it all because during this week, I was so run down and exhausted. Even though this was the case, I was still able to create another video using Screen Castify. The video talks about different resources you can find for learning ASL along with all the different websites and videos I used in the video.

Week 9: Kick that ASL in the Class. 

In this weeks learning post, I learned a ton of different classroom signs. I really enjoyed this one because I was able to play around with the video editing portion and create a cool video using Videorama. Here is the link to this video. 

Week 10: A story about my family 

This is the last learning post for the semester. I wanted to end the semester with a nice video on family signs because I feel like I have had so much support from my family these last four years of my degree. so here is my video link where you will see me sign some cool family signs in a cool video used on Adobe Clip.

Here is a list of all the apps that I used to create my videos: 

As I was going through each of my posts for this project post, I realized that my first few blog posts were very boring and lame! As the weeks went by I tried to experiement more with my videos and making my blog posts a fun and exciting place. I want people to read them so I had to make them interesting.

I also would say that this learning project is such a fantastic idea for students in university and students in a classroom in elementary, middle school or high school. I will definitely be taking this idea and transfering it to my own classroom some day. I also think that the process of doing this learning project is really great to show students. I was able to look back at all my posts and realize how far I have come and all the different things that I have learned!

So here we have it! The final assignment is almost done. Thank you to all my fellow classmates and Katia for making this semester such a cool and exciting one. I have learned so much about some seriously cool apps and websites. I also felt like I learned a lot about cyberbullying with Carol Todd and about myself as a online educator.

 

 

 

EDTC Learning Project

A story about my family!

This week is something new as per usual. I decided to learn signs this week about family. This weeks learning post was pretty easy. I basically just watched a video on youtube, learned those signs, created my story and recorded it. Bing Bang Boom Done!

I decided to do family signs this week with it being the last week of school left. I feel like I have been so supported lately by my family and so I wanted to learn some signs about the most important people in my life.

The video that I used to memeorize the signs was called “Family Signs in ASL,” on youtube. I found that this was an awesome video because he goes over the signs multiple times nice and slowly. I would highly reccomend anyone follow his youtube channel.

I used the app “Adobe Clip” to create the videos. I basically recorded each clip by itself and then put them together in the correct order on the app. It is such an easy app to use and super user friendly. I also added music to my video right from the app. You click the Music icon at the top and it will give you a bunch of different options. Pick your choice and it will insert it into the video wherever you want. You can also choose how loud you want it on your video. Mine has talking so I didnt want to drown out my talking with the music!

So here is my video

Ps. Ive been having trouble lately with getting my video directly onto the post so you will just have to go watch it on youtube. Sorry guys!

 

 

EDTC 300

I have an Itch for Coding!

So I will be completely honest, before even talking about Coding in class, I seriously had no idea what that even was about. I think Im still not 100% sure what it is but I feel like I have a way better understanding of it for sure.

So I tried Scratch! When I first tried this program, I really wasnt sure what to expect. I tried a couple games  but still wasnt totally conviced at why coding was important. The first game that I tried was called “Banana Time.”

I first tried this game and thought it was decently fun and easy. You move the monkey around and try to catch the bananas. You must watch out for the pineapples though or its game over.

The second game that I tried was called Snowflake Galaxy. To be completely honest, I still do not get the point of this game, so if someone knows, please let me know and we can maybe figure it out together!

So I tried some games on scratch and Im still not convinced as to what coding is all about. I went to the “This is why kids need to learn to code,” website and it gave me a small understanding of what coding is. It basically told me that “coding is the ability to read and write a machine language as well as to think computationally.” Okay so Im starting to understand a bit more about coding. I also really enjoyed that this website gave three awesome reasons as to why kids should learn to code. The three reasons were:

  1. Problem Solving
  2. (Digital) confidence
  3. Understanding the world

Im totally one of those learners that need to know the “why” of things and so I think this website really helped me to understand the importance of coding. At this point, Im understanding a bit more but I still have some questions about coding and how its used in daily life.

I finally found my answer on “Computer Science Education Week.” I first got onto this website and watched a short 5 minute video that I felt explained coding so perfectly! It gave so many real life examples of how people use coding to create things for our world. For example, one woman talked about fashion. You wouldnt think that creating clothing and brands and websites would involve coding but it does. All the websites you go on and find clothes are created by coding. Mark Zuckerberg created facebook by using coding strategies. This gave me such a better understanding of coding and why/how its used in our world today. I can now take this information and pass it onto my students.

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
EDTC 300

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~

ECCU 400

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.

 

ECCU 400

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.