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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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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 

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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.

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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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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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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:

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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!

 

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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.

 

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Our World Is Tech Based

I have come to the realization that technology is a part of our world and it will continue to be. We all know that in the past, technology hasn’t been as prominent as it is now. There was cellphones and computers but what we can do with them now, is completely different from what they could do in the past. Before this class, I was aware that people have a digital citizenship. I am definitely more aware of what it is now, especially from taking this class.

As I was reading the “Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools” article, I understood what it means to have a digital citizenship in the classroom. It really helped me to realize my part as a teacher in teaching digital citizenship and my own part as a digital citizen. There was a quote from this article that really displays the concept of digital citizenship is someone wasn’t sure about it. I really like it because it informs the readers about moving forward in a world based on digital citizenship.

“Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool, it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology,” by Dr. Mike Ribble.

Reading this quote as made me think about the challenges of teaching digital citizenship in schools. We all know that technology is becoming more evident in schools these days. The thing that I have trouble understanding, is how can we allow our students to develop their own identity through technology. My first thought took me to blog posts because a student can develop their own ideas and thoughts from this. Now that I think about it, students can create their own digital identities in multiple different forms. Blog posts, youtube videos, assignments, and so on. The tough part that I find, is trying to teach this to the younger students. While in my internship, all the students from K-5 had their own chrome book to use. I noticed that the younger students had a harder time logging in and getting on to the chrome books. It took them a significant amount of time to do this. It required a lot of assistance. I do understand that children won’t and don’t always have to create their digital identity through certain technology alone. When working with he younger students, how can we get them to develop their digital citizenship when it is so time consuming. This something that I plan to research and to find out information as it is something that intrigues me.

I seen this picture online and I think it really gives an awesome idea to teaching digital citizenship in the classroom. One thing that I really plan to teach my students are these concepts. I feel that with this world being so technology based, students need to learn the importance of protecting themselves on the internet.

Retrieved from: https://www.heathwood.org/academics/digital-citizenship

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youtube is scary….yet amazing

As I was watching the video on youtube, I came to the realization that the world of youtube is scary but also amazing. If you think in a broad sense about what has came from youtube it’s incredible. People have been discovered as amazing talented singers (aka. Justin Bieber). Some have created very negative videos, while others have made people feel amazing and beautiful.

when I first turned to youtube, I was quite young and impressionable. What I first started to watch was makeup artists create tutorials on how to do makeup. This really intrigued me. I started to follow more and more people in the beauty world. This made me really enjoy the world of makeup and aesthetics. I enjoyed it so much that I would go out and get makeup and practice putting it on like the people in the videos. It made me fall in love with youtube because it was the only thing that I typically watched.

On the other hand, youtube has had an immense impact on my life as well. I remember watching the Amanda Todd videos shortly after she killed herself and the media was in a scramble. I remember thinking that her story was so incredibly terrifying and painful. Now to bring it back to the video, I am sure that Amanda Todd’s story got millions of views in a short amount of time. I think its just incredible to realize how our world uses the advances that we have.

We talked in class about how people become famous from youtube or how people can make youtube a place to cry out for help. I remember just recently when Logan Paul put a video on youtube about going to the “suicide forest” in Japan and seeing a man who had just recently committed suicide. The internet was in an absolute frenzy because Logan decided to make this video and not take the fact seriously that a man lost his life and a family lost their child. It just really measures me that our world has changed so much, even since I was a child. Youtube only came out when I was fairly young. There was nothing like this before.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that technology is an amazing thing that we have in todays society. I also believe that what we do with it and how we use it is another story. I believe that technology such as youtube is being integrated into society more and more. As a teacher, I personally think it is my job to help students prepare for the future ahead, and to do this, I think that technology plays a huge role.

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#5thchat

So this week I participated in a education chat called #5thchat. When I seen this I assumed it would be content based for grade five (or the upper elementary) but it was actually quite different than I thought. The chat was very centred around student engagement. I really enjoy this topic so I was really excited to do this chat.

Since this was my first chat, I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone started out by introducing themselves on the chat. I thought this was nice because I was able to get to know lots of other fellow educators. After the introductions, we started out with the first question. Typically when answering each of the questions, I liked to wait for others to respond first, but I didn’t want to get behind so I tried to answer right away. I also found myself, looking at other peoples answers as well, because I was worried my answers wouldn’t be that good as all the other educators were full time teachers. Once I got through the first couple questions, I started to become more comfortable and just gave my honest answers. I even found some people retweeting my answers which was nice.

I found that I actually gained a lot of awesome resources from this ed chat. Since the topic was on engagement, a lot of the questions focused on some ideas of engagement in the classroom. Many of the other educators gave lots of resources and ideas which was really nice. I felt that I was able to give some ideas but not a ton as I haven’t been in the classroom as long. I would definitely do another chat again. I really enjoyed the topic of this chat and did feel comfortable with writing about it.