The following link is where I copy and pasted some screen shots of the blogs I’ve posted on.
I would reply to blogs either when I felt I had something to contribute, or if I thought they were really interesting. I commented as often as I feel that I could. I really enjoy blogging and would love to have a blog in my classroom for my parents to follow. We could show so much on it. There are so many more options now since learning from the other classes presentations.
Here is one of my responds to Kerrie’s post on our Google plus community. I felt I could answer her question because it pertained to parents. I have also posted a video (Brad Paisley) that I thought connected to our class that week on digital identity.
I have always tried add lots of hyperlinks to my blogs. I think this is super helpful if you are mentioning things or using words people may not be familiar with. I would consider this a contribution to their learning.
I have not taken screen shots of tweets but my twitter is connected to my blog now. Yay me!! So you can see what you have been doing. I kind of love twitter.
I was trying to find a picture to reflect my feelings about Carol Todd’s talk in our class last week and the beautiful nickname that she had for her daughter, Amanda Todd. She told our class the story about the day Amanda was born and the unusual snowy weather that day, which is where Amanda’s nickname came from. I thought the snowflake/ snowball analogy was very inspiring. A single snow flake can melt easily and thought it is beautiful and unique it is not nearly as string as a snowball which is made up lots of snowflakes. I thought this was a great way to show us how we are much stronger when we are surrounded by our loved ones.
The picture below is one I found when searching for princess snowflake images. I thought this was very powerful. I saw Amanda as the snow princess, very beautiful but not quite happy. I saw the dragon behind her which I associated with the bullies and her perpetrator. This picture just stood out to me.
Photo credit: http://annemaria48.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Winter-578319515
Carol gave another analogy that I really liked. Being a parent of a son who is currently taking his defensive drivers ed class, the car/ computer analogy really hit home for me. I have a ten year old daughter that I need to teach about computer safety and I am making sure my son is going to be safe in a vehicle, by having enrolled him in drivers ed. I still talk to my son about computer safety and he is 15 years old. But she had a point, would a parent give their teenager keys and just say there you go, go for it. If not then why give them a computer without teaching them how to use it safely, so as not to have them get hurt while online. She just seems so wise on the topic and the reason she has educated herself is just so sad.
Carol is such an aspiring woman. Being a teacher, she knows how important teaching technology is to her students. And despite what a negative impact technology has had on her life, she seems to have a passion for it. Or maybe a passion for educating parents and teachers on how to educate their students and children to safely utilize technology. I don’t know if I would have her strength in the same situation. She is utterly amazing. I hope she continues to advocate and educate.
Please excuse the audio. This was done during our ECMP class and Carol Todd is talking in while I am knitting. That will be my next blog…. amazing speaker.
I just wanted to add this video to show the progress I am making with my knitting. Looking back at my Barbie blankets, the patterns really looked awful. This is supposed to be a scarf, but I’ve changed my mind. It is quite long now as you can see. I want to get yarn the same thickness and just keep making pieces like this and then use the darning needle my mom showed me how to use and put all of the pieces together. This thing is really heavy and I think it would make an even better knitted blanket than a scarf. So that is my newest idea!!
It will certainly not be finished by the end of this #ECMP355 class but I will keep blogging about my progress. It takes a long time, my mom zips through patterns like she is moving in fast forward, though I am not there I am quite enjoying how relaxing it becomes once you get into a rhythm. I am also getting a bit quicker.
I have not really had struggles through this process. It was frustrating of course, just beginning to learn, but it has been ok. One thing was that because of the time difference between here and Nova Scotia, my mom wasn’t always available to Skype. It was also sometimes hard to see the way her hands were moving over the video chat. This is where all of the YouTube videos came in handy. There are so many tutorials online as well. You can basically find a website that offers free knitting patterns like, Love Knitting.com and print off patterns and then go onto YouTube and find a tutorial to answer any of the questions you have. I have not attempted any crazy patterns yet. I will work on my blanket and when I finish that, I will blog about trying new patterns.
So far so good I think!!
For my summary of learning I was going to sing a song I wrote. I tried a few times and each time I felt I sounded worse than the last. So, I decided to use my new favourite power point creator Google Slides to create a presentation. I used the words I wrote to go with the music to Hedley’s song “Anything”. I wrote them on the top of the slides and then I found, or took pictures to go along with the words. Next I found a Karaoke version of the song and played it to the corresponding slides. I used screencastify to record my screen while I clicked through the slides, with the microphone on, using my phone to play the music.
I hope you enjoy some of the things I show that I learned during this class…
If you cannot hear the video please follow the link and watch directly from YouTube.
Hear is part 2 which is some audio I recorded after I realized that my artifact was not quite as long as it should have been and that audio or video was required.