Innovation

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This course has given me great insight on using online sources properly. I wasn’t ever a fan of Twitter, but Twitter can be used in a positive way with reaching out and finding our own personal learning networks. On Twitter I found teachers, organizations, and technology tools to help for my future classroom. Innovation doesn’t always have to be about technology and it doesn’t necessarily lead to innovation. Technology can often allow for finding new ways of how to teach and new ways of learning.

The way you approach teaching is often noticed by many followers. I want to keep everything at eye level for my students and also try to stick with a color scheme that is not distracting. It’s important for my students to feel comfortable within the classroom environment.

Before starting this classroom I had a really hard justifying how technology is a great way for students to be using, but now that I’ve read and researched my knowledge on using technology I think it’s a great idea. Encouraging teachers to incorporate technology into the classroom has motivated and empowered them to seek it out. There are many great apps out there for students to be successfully using.

What has innovated me this semester is time management and organization. In the beginning I was good about keeping track on my assignments, and than the semester felt like a tornado and I lost a lot of organization and was always pressed on time to finish my assignments. I learned this semester that I can’t do that and that I need to stay up on keeping organized and aware of deadlines.

Another thing that has changed for me this semester is my views on technology. I need to keep an open mind on the positive of using technology in the classroom. This course has been positive in finding different paths to building a network of supporters and role models.

Learning will always be a process and it’s never set in stone. We never stop learning. Throughout our life journey we will have better knowledge day by day, and we will use this knowledge to make our decisions. We learn from others as well as ourselves every day. I think it’s important to always remember that learning is continuous and never over. The path we take now may not be the same path we end up 5 years from now on. Our journey starts today.

From the article “The Unlearning Curve” here are 10 things that I think we need to unlearn:

“We need to unlearn the idea that we are the sole content experts in the classroom, because we can now connect our kids to people who know far more than we do about the material we’re teaching.

We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well.

We need to unlearn the idea that learning itself is an event. In this day and age, it is a continual process.

We need to unlearn the strategy that collaborative work inside the classroom is enough and understand that cooperating with students from around the globe can teach relevant and powerful negotiation and team-building skills.

We need to unlearn the idea that every student needs to learn the same content when really what they need to learn is how to self-direct their own learning.

We need to unlearn the notion that our students don’t need to see and understand how we ourselves learn.

We need to unlearn our fear of putting ourselves and our students out there for we’ve proven we can do it in safe, relevant and effective ways.

We need to unlearn the practice that teaches all students at the same pace. Is it any wonder why so many of our students love to play online games where they move forward at their own pace?

We need to unlearn the idea that we can teach our students to be literate in this world by continually blocking and filtering access to the sites and experiences they need our help to navigate.

We need to unlearn the premise that real change can happen just by rethinking what happens inside the school walls and understand that education is now a community undertaking on many different levels.”

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Attention Log

I didn’t know how consumed I am in social media until I completed my attention log. I am mostly on Facebook and Snapchat. If I’m not working on homework I am scrolling through social media seeing what all of my friends post. I found this to be a waste of my time. Instead of seeing how much fun everyone else is having outside I should’ve been outside doing the things I love.

I’ve always tried to multitask with my everyday life. But when it comes to doing homework and sitting down to write a blog I become easily distracted. My phone goes off every time I try to finish a sentence, and I usually do finish the sentence and then I check my phone, respond, and go back to the blog post. This for me needs to stop. I feel like I could make more progress without having my phone in my hand all the time. I know I’d be more focused on the task.

  • 4/29/2017
    • Phone, while laying in bed early in the morning, my TV was on low playing some country music
    • About 20 minutes by the time I was done scrolling through social media
    • I didn’t have a goal for this session. I just woke up at 2 am and thought I’d check out social media so see what everyone was up to during the hours I was sleeping.
    • I felt relaxed at this time while I was waiting to fall back asleep. I enjoyed listening to my music on low. I feel this does help me sleep as well as if I do wake up it would be easy for me to go back to sleep.
  • 4/29/2017
    • Laptop, while I was working on homework for this week before being due on Sunday
    • About 2 – 3 hours in my room with the door closed, family out in the living room
    • During the time I was working on homework I had my Facebook open on my computer as well as Spotify going. Sometimes music helps me think better, but today it was distracting as well as Facebook.
    • It’s not productive for me to have Facebook open as it just becomes a distraction. I caught myself sitting to think about what I write next as I clicked on my Facebook tab and browsed and replied to others. I would come back to my blog post and not be able to remember where I left off.
    • If I didn’t have the distraction of social media during my homework time I believe my blog post would’ve only taken an hour at most to write instead of 2 hours.
  • 4/30/2017
    • Phone, while I was on break at work, sitting in my car
    • About 25 minutes, the length of my break is 30 minutes long
    • I felt pretty tired and I needed to get out of the work setting for just a few so I went to my car and got on my phone. I replied to text messages and also checked my Facebook.
    • I wanted to be going home instead of going back to work but I had a couple more hours of my shift left and Sundays is the restaurants busiest day out of the week.
  • 5/1/2017
    • Laptop, sitting on the couch with my computer and phone on my lap
    • About 2 hours, I had CSC, Facebook, and Snapchat open on my computer and phone
    • I went through my assignments for this weeks ENG 361 class. Making a written list of everything I needed to get done.
    • I felt stressed as I’m trying to make sure all of my classes are completed proficiently and on time.
    • I had to keep reminding myself to stay on task and finish my homework. I did catch myself looking on social media throughout trying to complete my assignments.
  • 5/2/2017
    • Phone, sitting in my car after work
    • About 15 minutes
    • I was tired when I got off work and I felt down. The weather really affects my moods. I’m more of a sunny kind of gal. During the time of sitting in my car it was raining and I was on social media.
    • I scrolled through Facebook, checked on my Instagram, and responded to my Snapchat.
    • Instead of heading home I decided to browse through my social media, which was a waste of time when I could’ve been home doing more important things with my time.

Social media really takes a lot of my time away from the important things. I want to try to work on not being dependent on logging in to my accounts. It’s kind of a habit for me to do this. My goals for this summer is to not be on social media as much and to actually go out and go hiking or fishing. Spend quality time with my friends and family, and not be so consumed by missing out on what everyone is saying.

Tech Learning

For my independent learning project this week I decided to find a drawing on Pinterest that I liked and thought I’d try to draw it myself. This is different from all of the projects I’ve done so far and I thought I’d try my drawing skills out. The picture I chose from Pinterest to draw was a lily.

The one on the left is a picture of the one I was looking at, while the one on the right was my actual drawing. I found this project to be very difficult because of trying to make the flower look 3D. The picture on the left looks like the peddles actually curl under. My drawing on the right looks like the peddles are flat.

I’m still very happy with my drawing and I took awhile for me to be happy with the outcome.

The two articles for this week were “Tech Review: Online Creation Tools Piktochart and Canva” and “Take 5: Comic Book/Strip Creation Tools”. Both of this articles were interesting to read and also gave me some great resources to use if I want to create a comic book/strip or use an app to create.

The sources that were listed on “Take 5: Comic Book/ Strip Creation Tools” can be used with my students in a creative way. Some of them are apps while others go into a web browser. The one I explored on was ToonDoo .

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On ToonDoo you can create a comic book/strip and use some of the tools they provide to you. Like characters, backgrounds, speech bubbles, etc. The process was pretty easy. I didn’t use any of the tools they provided besides the shrink and zoom in. I used pictures I took from the Internet and also my own pictures for this comic strip.

I would use comic books/strips in the classroom if my students were writing. I would have them tell their story with a comic. This could be very creative and fun for students, and not every student will have the exact story or drawing. There are many more apps and websites that can be explored. The ones on these articles are just the tip of the iceberg, and I think students would have a fun way in presenting their comic books/strips to the classroom.

The comic strip I used for my independent learning project included the Pinterest logo, in the middle is art supplies, and lastly is my drawing.

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The Power of Technology

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After watching the video of Paul Miller’s TED Talk,  and reading both of the articles for this week I’ve realized that I’m on social media a lot. Every morning I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. These are the three main sites I use to stay connected with friends, family, and news.

When doing this weeks homework I did catch myself on social media when I was trying to listen to the TED Talk video and when I was trying to read. My phone kept going off with snapchats and I would reach for my phone, answer them, and try to continue where I left off. Just like the article “What Happens When Teens Try To Disconnect From Tech For Three Days” and “Simplify the Internet” I had a hard time concentrating on homework while my phone kept buzzing. Even right now it’s going off and the temptations are there to pick my phone up and respond.

I don’t believe we use technology mindfully at times. If that’s searching the web or being on social media. For instance, instead of getting this blog done I have Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat open and responding and checking when I finish a sentence or hear a buzz. From the time it takes me to finish this blog I could’ve probably written two.

When it comes to dinner and sitting down at a restaurant though I do not have my phone out checking texts or social media. I have noticed that my grandmother is the one to be on her phone responding to text messages. It gets really awkward when I’m trying to sit there and have a conversation with her and there is a wall there. She’s nodding but not fully involved in the conversation. It drives my sister and I crazy when she does that.

There are a lot of accidents when it comes to texting while driving. I think when you’re driving that your phone should be in your pocket and not taken out until you’ve reached your destination. I’ve had one experience where I was changing my music on my phone and I almost hit another vehicle, so my believe has formed from that one scary experience. Which it’s a good thing to be fully aware of traffic, stop lights, and pedestrians.

There has to be a balance between internet use and life in general. When my cousins come up to visit they’re always on their phones. It’s sometimes very hard to even have a conversation with them. I know the temptation is there because right at our hands we have a device that can do anything and everything. I think sometimes it’s best if we disconnect ourselves from our devices and go do something outdoors or try new things. There’s so many opportunities out in our world that we sometimes lose sight of because our heads are down looking at our phone screens.

So I challenge everyone to put our phones away for a day or maybe even 4 hours and go do something we’ve been missing out on or that we love doing! Our phones will still be there and nothing will have changed. Maybe a few new posts here and there on Facebook but that’s it. We shouldn’t be caught up in checking what everyone posts. We should be first doing what we love to do.

 

Mosaic Art

For this weeks independent learning project I decided to get out the old blank CD’s. I found this project once again on Pinterest. The project on Pinterest is an idea for gift wrapping, but I decided to try the same idea only on a canvas. My supply list included: old CD’s, a canvas, scissors, Mod Podge, paint brush, hairdryer, hot glue gun, and glitter. The Pinterest project didn’t include Mod Podge or glitter, but I added glitter to the background and I needed the Mod Podge to help the glitter stick to the canvas.

The first thing I did was I found an old canvas that I started using but never finished the painting. Since I was using black glitter I didn’t think it would be an issue. I used my paint brush to dip into the Mod Podge and I put a hefty amount onto the canvas to get a good stick. I was doing this on the counter space but I decided to take it over to the sink because I know how glitter can get everywhere. I sprinkled on the black glitter first and than went back over it with the pink.

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I went ahead and blended the glitter with the Mod Podge with my paint brush. I was using my fingers but that got quite messy. I know Mod Podge takes a day to dry so I went ahead and took a hairdryer and went over the canvas to quick dry before placing the cut CD pieces.

I had 5 old CD’s that were laying around. I’m sure I could’ve used more. The great thing about this project is I can go back and add more CD pieces if I don’t think the 5 CD pieces will be enough. Cutting the CD’s was hard work, so I decided to get that out of the way and cut all 5 CD’s and put the pieces in a storage container.

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The next step to this project was trying to figure out the best placement for the cut pieces. Then my sister gave me the idea to just abstractly place the CD pieces so it’s not just in a straight line down the canvas. I was only going to do a straight line because I was worried I might not have enough pieces to do the whole canvas. Once I started laying the pieces down it came easy. I would put some hot glue on the bottom and than stick the CD piece where I thought it would look the best at. IMG_4173

The picture to the right is not the final piece, but I thought I’d include the steps and the process. I used the big pieces of CD as the bottom and then I went back in with smaller pieces to get the 3D look.

I decided to do this project because I love that when you put a CD up to the light there is a rainbow across the wall. I’m excited to see how the different pieces work with the light hitting on them. I didn’t want to have a straight line so I made the pieces be in different directions and also coming off the canvas. I thought the picture above looked really amazing with the rainbow colors showing exactly what I wanted. The black background really makes the colors pop too.

The final project turned out amazing and I’m very happy with the results. Like I said previously I may come back in and add more CD’s. What I like about this project is how the light hits the CD’s and the color reflections. This is going to be a great piece to add to my wall of art projects.

Digital Activism

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People are hoping to change the world through technology. With 2.4 billion people in 2012 having access to the Internet there is an advantage for activist to take to technology. Activist use digital technology (blogs, micro-blogs, SMS, websites, social networks, video, etc.) to: shape the public opinion, plan an action, protect other activists, share a call to action, take action digitally, and to transfer resources.

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“The 6 Activist Functions of Digital Tech” article says, “Anyone with an Internet connection can start a blog. Anyone with a smartphone can record and upload a video of police abuse. Not only can people act as citizen journalists, creating their own news stories, they can also educate and raise awareness of injustice by curating and re-broadcasting news stories to their friends using whatever social media platform they prefer, or even an old-fashioned technology like email.”

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When I thought of researching activists I thought of a crowd of people sitting outside a building with picket signs and starting riots, but today we don’t see much of this scenario. All todays activist have to do is click the mouse or press enter and it quickly soars through technology for millions of internet users to see. “The New Face of Teen Activism” article says, “With an estimated two in five young adults engaging with social issues online, we’ve entered into the age of digital activism, where grassroots movements are created through tweets, reblogs, likes, and status updates. Though some critics derisively refer to it as “slacktivism,”this new wave is proving how logging on can seriously impact your community—and the world.” With Twitter all you have to write is 140 characters and it can reach thousands of users across the globe.

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I think this is somewhat scary information to wrap your head around because no matter what you post on social media someone will see it. Just as quickly as you delete what you just wrote someone can screenshot it and use it against you. Social media can be used negatively. I’ve seen this in the high school setting quite a bit and there’s been a lot of suicides based on what was shared on social media.

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Once I’m a teacher it will be important to teach my students what an incredible tool technology can be if used in a positive way. Marc Prensky wrote, “Technology gives kids power that people their age have never had. Let’s help them use it wisely.” Student can be shown how to stand up against bullying, bring awareness to those who suffer from mental illnesses, or they can inspire others to believe in themselves by using Twitter, Facebook, or blogs.

I’ve never participated as a digital activist and when on my social media accounts I don’t see many users participating as an activist. I think activism is effective in both positive and negative scenarios. If I was an activist I would like to bring more attention to bullying and what just a few words can do to a person that end up in suicide. I’m very passionate about suicide prevention.

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Digital Citizenship

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Digital Citizenship helps teachers and parents understand what technology is appropriate for their students and children. This helps prepare our student and children for a world full of growing technology. Digital Citizenship can cover “cyberbullying, technology access, and the digital divide, online safety and privacy, copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more”.

For future reference I thought the article “The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit” was great to read and keep handy. Here are some of the items in the kit: padlock, toothbrush, toothpaste, and permanent marker. ” The padlock is to remind students to set strong passwords and to set up passcode locks on all of their digital devices. “Lock ’em down”  as we like to say in our Digital Citizenship lessons. I tell students to think that passwords and toothbrushes are very similar in the fact that you NEVER want to share passwords. (I do highly encourage/recommend that students to share passwords with parents). Everything that you put online is permanent… even if you hit the delete button after posting. Odds are someone has retweeted, favorited, or taken a screenshot of the material if it was questionable. Imagine the information that you are putting online is like the toothpaste coming out of the tube. Once it is out, it is almost impossible to get it all back in the tube! The survival kit is very simple. It has been a very effective prop in getting students to think about their online behavior.” (Mr. Badura)

The video by Juan Enriquez “Your online life, permanent as a tattoo” really spoke a lot of volumes to me that made me think “You know this is kind of interesting and I’ve never thought about that.” There is a lot of permeant effects that being on social media or digitally sharing our own personal privacy with the world. It’s both fascinating and scary how I could look up a clothing store online right now and then go onto my Facebook account and there will be ads that are for that store. This is insane!

When I was in school social media sky rocketed in high school. In junior high it was Myspace that everyone used. What’s Myspace? Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.. have made a huge increase in today’s society and in a school setting it’s not normal if you don’t have one of these. Constantly I hear stories about suicides from cyberbullying. It makes me wonder if these social media platforms are actually positive. I think students these days are constantly on their phones and on social media that they lose some of the general things of learning. Like learning manners or the change of conversation. For example, you wouldn’t want to talk to your teacher like how you talk to your friends. I think so many things aren’t learned because we’re consumed in social media and technology. What if we took a step back and had some hands-on experiences? We use to have that in the Elementary schools but since I’ve done some observations there’s not much left for discovery. Kindergarteners have their own iPads!! Compared to when I was in kindergarten this is a huge increase in the use of technology. But, there are pros and cons between these two arguments.

So I Googled myself and the first three results that came up were Shania Twain – YouTube,  Shania Channel – YouTube (a French women who trains on a motorcycle, and a Shania Channel Facebook account (not mine). I scrolled down a little and found my Twitter account that I use for this class along with some other Twitter accounts that aren’t mine. I decided to click on the image tab to see if anything popped up. An image for Global Recipes popped up, which is a recipe from my Pinterest account that I pinned. I clicked on this image and in the suggested image area was a picture that I have of me on my Pinterest account. Which I’m not sure how I feel about having my picture on there because I have seen the show Catfish before. Some other social media images that popped up was my FlipSnack account, my Twitter account,  and more Pinterest things I’ve saved.

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The social media I’m most active on is Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. I try to keep up on Twitter for this class. Every morning before I get up I usually log into Facebook, then go to Instagram, and Snapchat is last for me to check.

A potential employer could be able to see the things I’m interested in by seeing the google images of my Pinterest account. They could go check out my Twitter account that I have for this class as well as see the different projects I did using my Flipsnack account.

What I post on social media tends to be about myself, my family, or things I’m interested in such as puppies. Since starting my path into teaching I’ve been cautious of the things I post on my accounts because I know a potential employer could see that and I know that just because someone hits the delete button it is still there.

Some advice I have about this is make sure your friends circle knows that you’re serious about your career path and to either ask your permission to post something about you or a tagged photo first or possibly to just not post it. This is important for social media users. Another helpful tip is what I mentioned previously is to keep The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit handy. It’s a good reference.

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