THE END OF IT ALL-EDTC 300

 

This semester is officially over and it’s time to say goodbye to EDTC 300. I want to thank everyone who made this class so much fun. It was a great experience and I wish I could take this class all over again (EDTC 400 I’m coming for you… eventually). Morgan and I had so much fun creating this video of our summary of learning. Yes it should only be 8-10 minutes long but we left all of our errors in the video for your enjoyment. For instance, I said “learned” a lot of new people.. good job Kylie…. good job. Thank you to everyone who followed along with my blogs. Good luck to all my EDTC 300 classmates!

-Kylie Lorenz

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Learning With Others!!

This blog will be one of my last blogs in EDTC 300. I’ll be chatting about how I contributed with other people and how I learned things through communication with my classmates. The two main resources I’ve used to communicate with others is my WordPress and my Twitter.

Twitter

Not only have I communicated with my classmates but I also communicated with other people by using TweetDeck. I joined a #edtechchat chat. It was overwhelming but also a great experience. I gained followers and got to hear feedback on my ideas from other people.

I also used Twitter to share my blogs on another source. This way people who don’t have a WordPress account but have a Twitter account can view my blogs!

In one of my learning project posts I was trying to edit my progress video so I can post it on YouTube. I have never used iMovies and was having a hard time. I posted a tweet asking for help and Professor Hildebrandt retweeted it so her followers could also view my tweet and almost instantly I had someone helping me.

The picture below is of my one classmate, Kendall Schneider, retweeting my tweet and telling people to go check my blog out. It was super nice of her and gives her followers access to view my blog as well!

WordPress

Blogging is a great way for people to share their thoughts or just write anything they want to share with the blogging community. I like how people are allowed to comment on other people’s blogs. It’s a great way to get feedback from other bloggers. I also found it very helpful considering I’m new at blogging. When I commented on people’s blogs I just left comments. I’m not an expert on blogs so I wasn’t able to give any critiques.

On my Flappy Bird blog I noticed this:

I’m still unsure of what this means but when I clicked it, it went to a blog post written by Rebecca Roney. In the post she mentions how my blog post helped her out and gave her the idea to create a game as well! 🙂

Seeing this and other people’s comments on my blog made me feel more confident in blogs and I hope my comments did the same for my other classmates!

Week One: Top Rock – Jizelle Lauagan 

Part One Complete, Part Two Progressing – Brooklynn Seck

Select And Speak… Say What?! – Morgan Peters 

This class has been such a great experience and I’m sad that it has come to an end. I wish I did more of giving out suggestions or even asking questions to help improve my own blog. I have realized that even something really great always can be improved which leads to another thing I’ve learned. It’s okay to be criticized, it’s what makes a person better. I no longer feel fear of negativity through social media because no one is perfect and people learn from each other.

#LearningProject: My Knitting Finale!

I have reached the end of the semester!! It went by so quickly and there was so much more I wanted to do with knitting. Did I learn as much as I wanted to? Umm not even close! Definitely underestimated knitting! But overall I think that this learning project was a success! I started off with not knowing a thing about knitting. I didn’t even know there was a thing called “the knit stitch” and that’s the most basic stitch :P. Now I can easily win a knit stitch battle if that was ever a thing hahaha. I also learned other stitches that contained the knit and purl stitch! Not only did I learn these things but I also developed a liking for knitting!

At the start of the semester I thought knitting would be a good idea because my one Aunt had all the supplies and it was also something that crossed my mind. I told my Aunt that by November 29th I was going to have an entire sweater knitted. She thought I was crazy and I thought she was crazy for thinking I was crazy!! But it turns out I was the crazy one (did you get that? :P).  Although I didn’t actually start to follow a pattern of a blanket, scarf, or even a sweater, what I did accomplish is something I’m still proud of!

Stitches Learned

Skills Learned

Resources

I could not have done this without YouTube! I used a few websites but it was easier for me to follow on with videos! A big thank you to the channels purllinknitting, GillysCraftWorld, and Studio Knit for making it super easy and fun for people like me to get into knitting. Although I preferred using YouTube the following websites were super helpful:

There are more videos and websites that I used but these were the resources that helped me out the most!!

Extra Knowledge

  1. Organization: it is good to understand the importance of organization when it comes to knitting. From my experience of knitting only blocks of stitches, I’ve learned that you need some sort of set-up to keep things moving on the right track. I was always getting confused as to where I was when knitting. There are always ways to keep yourself organized and focused.
  2. YouTube is my best friend: as I said above, I found it very easy to learn how to knit through YouTube. I didn’t get as far into this project as I hoped but I can’t even imagine where I’d be if I didn’t have YouTube for this project.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t give up: there were times in this project that I just wanted to stop and give up. Things got difficult and I got frustrated. It’s good to know that it’s okay to have breaks! People can’t succeed at things in one go. Practice makes perfect! I never thought I’d be able to knit and look at me now!
  4. I want to do more: even though this project has came to an end, my knitting won’t! I still want to knit a scarf, a blanket, and maybe… just maybe a sweater at some point! The list goes on and all I know is I just scratched the surface of knitting!

Well my learning project has officially come to an end. It has been a great semester, I had so much fun in EDTC 300 and I’ve learned a lot!

Thanks for following along!! 🙂

-Kylie

 

 

Merging It Up A Bit!

This week I’ve decided to merge two different colours of yarn into one knitting sample. Before I got into it I was quite intimidated. I already underestimated knitting in general let alone using two types of yarn.

I watched a tutorial created by Studio Knit. This tutorial was very help and made everything seem so easy and it calmed my nerves big time. Getting into it was weird using the other colour of yarn. It felt so much more different than the light blue yarn I’ve been using for this class. It took some time getting used to. When I first added the second colour of yarn I was flustered. As you see in the tutorial you have to hold on to three tails of yarn so it was a lot to handle but I eventually got it! Not to knit my own yarn (toot my own horn haha see what I did there?!)  but I did good for my first go! 😛

Right Side
Wrong Side

I also learned that there is a wrong side to knitting and a right side to knitting. The wrong side shows where I combined the two colours.

I made my own Flappy Bird game: Just Keep Swimming!!

I went on Code.org to use codes to recreate the game, Flappy Bird. Before I started creating my game (which is called Just Keep Swimming) I watched this introduction video, I inserted above, on how to code your own flappy game. It gave me a basic idea of drag and drop coding. Before I got to create my own game I had to do different puzzles. These puzzles were on the basics like what sound the character in the game would make when you click your mouse to make the character flap. Or you can set it to when you hit an obstacle you can keep playing but your score would reduce back to 0 or just simply end the game.

Puzzle 1
Puzzle 9

I created my own game that all of you can play!! It was really fun and neat to do. I learned that whenever a person uses something through technology it’s called an event. These events are built from codes. Without codes we wouldn’t be able to achieve anything online and that’s what makes codes so important. Considering that today’s society is so dependent on technology it’s important to improve on digital literacy. A person will become more comfortable with their computer if they learn to code. People will explore more tools and applications than they would as an average technologic user.

Whether you are learning to code for personal growth, career advancement, career change, etc., this knowledge of how software really works and the ability to join in on the development of new software has no limit to the impact that you can have within your classroom.

In the past year I was an educational assistant at a few schools. When I worked in a grade 4 classroom, the teacher taught a lesson using Scratch. Scratch is an  application on coding. It is used by students, teachers, and more to create stories, animations, games, etc. It was very entertaining and the kids loved it! It was awesome to see this in a grade 4 classroom. It was great for the students to learn the background of software at a young age since using technology for almost everything has became the norm.

 

 

Do you know what is REAL?

Today’s world is based on technology. If you look around everyone is on their phone. Everything is just a click of a button away. Banking, socializing, shopping, news, education, it’s endless!! We are constantly building up our digital identity.. seems awesome right? The answer: Yes! But how do you know what you’re viewing online is real or not?

In the Stanford Study, it explains the importance of teaching students to check  posts for credibility to confirm what students are viewing are actually real or fake. The study includes the difficulty some individuals face when it comes to knowing what is fake and what is real. Now a days websites steal information from other studies and even change it up a bit. It is important for everyone to know what they are engaging in is real.

In the article, “Fake News: It’s Complicated”, it explains different types of problematic content that sit within our online world. The articles also touches base on why all this content is being created and posted.

As a teacher it is important to teach your students that everything you find on the internet is actually in fact false information. It’s also good to let students know that some websites can actually be edited and anyone can change the information that is supplied on websites. My past teachers have told me to try to stay away from Wikipedia because that is one of the websites that can be edited by others. My teachers also told me that there can also be helpful information found within Wikipedia. One way to check if information on a website is valid or not is the references the websites include. I thank my high school teachers for that tip and I’ll be carrying down that information to my future students!!

The SEED Knit Stitch..!!!

This week I had no idea what I was going to do for my #LearningProject. I knew that I wanted to continue to learn different stitches instead of jumping into a project. It’s intimidating to be honest! I found a website that listed a lot of basic knitting stitches and that’s where I found the seed stitch! This stitch is called the seed stitch because the purl stitches resembles the look of seeds. Last week I did the ribbing stitch which was when I would knit, then purl, then knit, then purl. The seed stitch is almost the same except on the odd rows you start with the knit stitch and then go into the pattern of knit then purl. The even rows you start with a purl stitch and go into the pattern of purl then knit.

I found a website that contained all the basic information I need to know about the seed stitch. It has knitting techniques and abbreviations to follow. It also has a tutorial for the seed stitch. This was all super helpful. It’s nice to know how to do something but it’s also nice to have an understanding of whatever you’re doing just to give you some extra knowledge.

Knitting the seed stitch was very easy for me. I’m getting very comfortable with the knit and purl stitch. I find it interesting the different looks knitting can create. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished and ready to get into the more complex side of things. Next week I want to try to knit two different colours of yarn together into one little sample.

 

Ribbing!! A stitch that contains BOTH Purl and Knit stitches!!!

Ribbing… a stitch within stitches. To accomplish ribbing you do a knit stitch, then a purl stitch, back to a knit stitch, back to a purl stitch, etc. It took me a few thousand attempts to finish my little sample of it. I always got confused on what stitch I just did. I started saying “Knit then purl then knit then purl” in my head to help me remember what I was going to do next. But of course I couldn’t get started without watching this tutorial…

I thought that ribbing would help me see the differences between the purl and the knit stitch.. but I still couldn’t see the difference. So I decided to knit a few rows of the knit stitch and then knit a few rows of the purl stitch. Then I noticed the differences!! In the picture below I drew a red line next to the purl stitches and a green line next to the knit stitches (CHRISTMAS COLORS!). I did find the overall look of the ribbing very cool. I love the way it looks and now I truly believe that practice makes perfect (even though it isn’t perfect.. YET).

My Ribbing sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication is key…!!

This week for edtc 300 I paired up with a classmate to create a conversation that responds to possible opposition to an use of a particular online resource. Morgan Peters and I created a conversation with me as a concerned parent and Morgan as a teacher that was there to teach me everything I needed to know, as a parent, about my child using Twitter and the benefits of it. We used texting as our way of communicating. Although some teachers don’t give their number out to parents we thought it was a quick and easy way to communicate with each other.

Morgan and I think that it is very important to listen and respect any parent’s concerns that they would have on their child. In this conversation we are showing a parent that is concerned with having her child on Twitter because the parent is unfamiliar with this tool. Miss. Q did a great job at explaining the meaning of Twitter and she even sent Nancy links that would help her understand Twitter in a more clearer way. As a parent I’d feel a lot more calm with the way Miss. Q explained herself. It’s also very reassuring to have the teacher invite the parent to join the class on Twitter. Overall it’s a good idea to take some time to communicate with a concerning parent right away instead of sending an email a few days later on things that might not have even been the reason why the parent was concerned. What a fun blog this week!! 🙂 (And yes Morgan and I changed each other’s contact names to make it more realistic haha)

Digital Identity- It can make or break you..

Lately in the EDTC 300 class we’ve been talking about the complexities of digital identity, digital citizenship, and our culture of constant documentation. Although it’s good to have a digital identity for professional reasons, you have no control on what else could be put up on the internet of you. It can ruin your life. I took a look at TedTalk, The Price of Shame. It was on Monica Lewinsky speaking on cyberbullying. She talked about her own experience and how things escalate so quickly on the internet and how she had no control over how she was being represented online. Lewinsky was being called name like a slut, whore, bimbo, etc. Her private life went completely public and ruined her life. Lewinsky says, “I was seen by many, but actually known by few.” This quote really stood out to me. When people see someone online they won’t try to know their real story, they will create whatever they want on that person. Now a days whatever people see on the internet, they will believe it’s the reality and support the people that are doing the cyberbullying.

I highly recommend take a look at this website that is on a bunch of stories of cyberbullying that sadly led to suicide. This is happening to adults, teens, and children. This is something that needs to be taken more seriously. Just because the bullying happens online doesn’t make it okay. This website includes a girl named Amanda Todd. She posted a video of her experience of bullying and how it drove her to end her own life..

 

In the article “The IRL Fetish” written by Nathan Jurgenson, he talks about how the online life is consuming our real life. Texts, calls, pictures, emails… they are all just a few taps away. When you look around everyone is on their cellphones.  While eating, resting in their beds, or doing homework. Things like thoughts, ideas, identities, friendships, relationships, and much more are hitting the internet. In “The IRL Fetish” Jurgenson says, “Twitter lips and Instagram eyes… the Facebook source code becomes our own code.” I really enjoy this line because of how true it is. Society has become so caught up in social media that they are starting to become it. From my own personal experience I’ve heard “Oh this will be a good Insta” or “That’s funny, I’m going to tweet that” about 176,218,267 times… yeah that many times. Technology is occurring all the time and growing everyday and constantly connecting to our culture.

Preach!! This is from “The IRL Fresh” article

I took a look at another TedTalk, How Social Media Shapes Identity with Ulrike Schultze. She speaks on how us humans construct technology and how technology constructs us.

I find this subject to be very important to teach future students. Students should know how to use online safely. They need to understand that once something is sent out it will always be out. Nothing is truly gone once you send it out in the technology world. It’s important to teach students that not only should they watch their own reputation online, but also teach them how to treat others online. When your cyberbullying you can never tell how it truly effects the other person because you cannot see them through the screen.