Making The Work Load Easier

This week, I decided to give Perplexity a try, as one of the AI tools given to use in the weekly plans. I found this AI tool very easy to navigate as someone who immensely struggles with using new apps and technology. I simply asked a question, “Why is digital literacy important?” and it gave me a few different reasons and explained them. It then showed me the sources/links at the top above my original question asked, so I could go back and research or fact check these articles. At the bottom of the answer it gave me three more related questions to my original question, allowing for furthering my knowledge around this topic.

Perplexity AI Tool digital literacy question screenshot

The three different options on the right hand screen the only one you have to pay for is too generate an image. I am assuming the generator image would be about the question or thread you have started. Now when I turned on co-pilot and regenerated the question, I got a more in-depth answer to the exact same question, as well as about fifteen more sources to consider. On Perplexity, you are able to search related images and videos without paying as well.

I think this tool could be used in the classroom by the teacher to search up a topic and gain starting points and facts about said topic. It would help with lesson plans and overall quality of the topic. All the teacher would have to do is fact check and add to their lesson if some details are missed. This would be a great starting point for any lesson. This tool might be able to be used by students to gain some knowledge around certain topics discussed in class and then we can teach older students how to check if this AI is using factual evidence. This would be a great tool to help students learn fact checking and to do research for projects with.

Ethic issues with this AI tool is not being able to generate the exact same answer twice or at least it could take awhile. Which would mean that students could use this tool without properly citing the articles or even using it as their own work but just changing the wording. A practical challenge might be students not being able to understand how to use this tool or having the correct technology at home to use this for an assignment. As well not being able to have access to technology as much as needed to use tools such as this in the school.

One way to engage students with this tool would be allowing them to go through the discover category, and picking their own thread to learn about and teach the class about. They would have a good start pointing with Perplexity and they could work to disprove some of the AI facts or continue based off of these facts after they are checked. Giving them full creativity of the project and allowing them to learn about something they are interested in would help engage students.

I am in the middle of believing AI tools are good to intergrade into the classroom and that they are not good tools to add. I think I am a little scared of the unknown with AI technology as it is so new. I also do not want students believing everything that AI spits out at them. As well, it would be harder for teachers to know if this is truly their own students work or the work of AI. However, I think it is a great tool to help students explore topics they are passionate about and learn more around these topics. I think it would be fun to try and disprove AI and it gives students a really good base for researching topics.

I think something like Perplexity is a good tool for anyone to get started with that does not know much about AI. I actually really enjoying using this and think I will continue to use this for my future classroom, but I will be playing around with it more!

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And With That, The EDTC 300 Season Comes to an End

Well here we are, wrapping up the end of the course. I feel so sad when I finish courses because I do really enjoy learning and obtaining more knowledge to help me in the future with not just becoming a teacher. But even just in general for life. This courses has really taught me a lot about social media and the problems revolving around it. However it has also showed me so many skills to add to my computer and help me with teaching when I finish my degree or go into my internship.

I sincerely apologize, as I have been very sick and just found out I have pneumonia. So my talking and loud breath sounds I was not able to control and it sounds like I am very sad. I do send my deepest apologies as this was not what I was expecting to sound like. However life happens and we get sick, so I did my best! But I really enjoyed making this poem, and getting to use what I learnt to make it.

Also here is were I found the overview of the course if anyone is interested who might be looking at my blog and thinking about taking it. Or for even anyone who wants to look at it just because. This slide is at the beginning of my video as well! Below is the poem that I wrote in case you don’t want to listen to the audio or want to read it instead!

From the beginning to the end 

Of a scary digital world 

From children being bullied 

To children being taken advantage of 

Sextoriton and adults exploiting children

Fake profiles showing what you want to see

To only belonging on social media 

Needing the dopamine rush of likes 

Without thinking about what is posted 

To false news reports hitting us in the head 

Why can’t social media be a safe place? 

Children keep safe out there

We want you here as your teachers 

Digital citizenship is a priority 

Curriculum’s have holes

Especially when it comes to digital literacy 

Sharing knowledge about the other world

Informing parents and getting ahead of the digital footprints

Lessing the cycle before it’s to late 

Social media has its problems and its perks

Extensions; one tab, stay focused, movie editors and AI tools

To Makerspaces that help support students and teachers

Learning how to engage with high tech tools

Is something to look forward too in the never ending media

Be curious about the realm of social media 

Coding is the future, coding can get creative minds working

Jobs around the world, social media and not

Coding is here, from Slack to other services

To engaging students with technological skills for different levels of learning

Here we are, in a world unknown

Is it scary?

Is it promising? 

We decide, of what the future holds

You and me teachers alike

Social media through and through 

One day it’ll be you

Teachers, jobs to inform you

To help continue and grow your digital literacy skills 

Spreading our wings to a brighter safer media world 

EDTC 300, here we are with all the knowledge 

As much as we have right now

It is everyones jobs to continue to grow and keep our schools community safe

To continue to support our students 

In an unknown world.

I look forward to watching everyone’s videos!

Digital Literacy in Elementary Education

Digital literacy as we all know is an important skill for everyone to have. It can save people lots of human hardships or even save their lives and their families. Being digitally aware can help take stress away from people knowing that their posts or photos will not be taken for other purposes. It is our job as future teachers to educate ourselves properly on this topic, to help keep our students and their parents out of harms way in the social media world.

While reading It’s Easier to Call A Fact, A Fact When It’s One You Like   I was learning how a study was conducted, to see if people would agree with the facts (that were all true) if they liked the fact or if they would use their own beliefs to disprove the fact. This reminded me of the Gabby Petito case. Many people through social media had their own beliefs regarding where Gabby’s missing finance was or what had happened to Gabby before the police released any news. There were multiple videos posted online when Gabby’s fiancé Brain went missing, that someone had found him in the woods, even though it really was not him. Sometimes people no matter the fact believe what they want to believe, especially if they like the fact no matter how “wrong” it is.

I think that as future teachers we need to take students beliefs into account, as it might harm factual points in our teaching about digital literacy, or anything within that matter. Which brings me to fake news… During class when we were trying to spot fake news, I realized how incredibly bad I was at it. Even though I have been on social media since I was 13, I am not a pro at spotting fake news. But by showing students how to fact check properly, and do the fake news quizzes we are one step closer to teaching good digital literacy skills.

Teaching digital literacy can be scary or daunting especially with the younger students. I am in the elementary years program, which consists of Pre-K to Grade 5. I believe starting off small in grade two or three would be the best option. I think showing cute videos aimed at for students with tiny facts, such as not talking to strangers and being mindful of what people are posting on social media would be the best start. Having more freedom, leads to having to be more careful and mindful of what you are posting. This would also be something to remind older students, and to not be constantly on your phone checking news articles to get false information.

I think we can make this world a safer place for students on social media as long as we work together. I think creating something that the older students could present to the younger students would encourage all ages to participate in being safe online. It is cool to be safe!

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Completed Third Project :)

Well, well, well, here we are! I finished my son’s toque! Now let me just say that I didn’t think I could do it. At some points I was like maybe, this is too hard for me. But, here we are, I DID IT! Now by any means it isn’t perfect, because lets be honest my other projects were not perfect either. I know I have lots of work to do, to continue to grow my crocheting skills. But I am incredibly overjoyed with my progress throughout this semester.

Boy wearing a hat

Now I was so overjoyed but my son was not. He has a specific Carhartt toque that he loves and never wants to wear anything else. So I bribed him to put it on and take a picture in it with a sucker, that you can see in the picture. I had about five seconds to take the picture before he was upset, so that is the best photo I got. I think maybe I convince him to wear it if I send it with him to daycare. Beckham seems to listen at daycare a little bit more than home.

Now, I had this realization that after the first two learning posts I regretted my decision of learning how to crochet. I was at first like, well I can knit so it can not be much different. Well I was very humbled and I was like maybe I should switch skills. But I kept going and trying my best and I can confidently say that I can somewhat crochet.

I think I would have done better this semester if I did not give myself such a harsh timeline. I wanted to complete a project every week which was not a reachable goal for myself. I realized that if it took me a couple weeks, then I wouldn’t die or get a bad grade. It has always been about the process! Now I have not started my baby blanket, which I do not know if I will have finished by the end of this semester. However I have started to stitch my mom’s coasters together to make a bag. I did not overly like my coasters, so I will remake them for my mom before Christmas but thought maybe I could give her a bag to take with her to work for lunch or something.


Just in Time for Cold Weather

This week has been a good week for me in my learning project! I started to make my son’s new toque and it is going so great! I will was a little intimidated at first, as I saw it as a daunting task. However, I really haven’t run into any issues in making this. Which is quite shocking if you have followed along with my journey of learning how to crochet.

Red Crochet stitch line

Half of the red toque

This is the same colour and toque I am making however I got really bad lighting in this photo. My son really liked this colour as I let him pick it himself. He really likes reds, blues and oranges. I thought it was best to let him pick it, hoping he would be more inclined to wear it. However, he is two, and two year olds do not do anything unless they want too.

I watched this video as my inspiration, expect I did not follow it exactly. I did not use the same amount of chains as she did, since my son has a smaller head than an adult. As of right now I am about halfway done and I am hoping to finish it up early this week and get started on my final project, which is a baby blanket! Unless I change my mind!



Coding… I am going to admit that without the helping videos I do not think I would have been able to get through this NASA’s Space Jam program. I am really struggling with this blog at this point. I have screen captured off of my laptop and go to upload the photos but it keeps giving me an error that the file is too big. So I crop it where you can barley see anything and it’s still too big. Please if anyone can help me out after I post this so I can go back and upload the photos I would appreciate it!

Anyways, enough with the complaining for now. I have a certificate for completing the NASA’S Space Jam that I can not upload. But throughout this experience I do not see the point of coding. I do not really think that I learned anything besides moving certain actions to get to a certain event or point in the coding system. I got to play around with it for a long time, and I did enjoy making music with the planets and creating stars. Maybe I am just bias because I hate technology and I am not good at it.

Anyways, I can see students having fun with this because they are usually more technologically advanced then some teachers (myself). I also think it would be great for students to use their minds and get creative. It would be a good activity to do individually and as a group to create something special to themselves and represent their group. I think maybe the more I play with coding and different applications, I can learn to enjoy it and find a good use for my classroom!

Sorry about not being able to upload my ccreencaptures. Please Please, let me know any suggestions to help crop the photos or other ways to get around the size!

Completed Second Project

Well, I have just completed my second project, the Christmas gift of coasters for my mother. I feel like my first project looks a little better than this one. I was not paying too much attention to how different the coasters looked. Some are bigger than others, and I ran out of green yarn to make the last two. They may not all look the same, but they all do the same thing, which was the point I was going for.

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  • Green and Brown crocheted coaster
  • Green and Brown crocheted coasters
  • Crocheted coasters with glasses on top of them in the colours green and brown


Before I start my baby blanket, I will try to make my son a toque. I went to Micheals and told him to pick out a colour he would like for a toque. He initially picked a light blue colour, but for some reason, when he touched the yarn, he said no. I do not think he liked the texture of the yarn, and thus, he ended up picking a red chilli pepper colour. This yarn is thinner than the blue yarn, and if he is happy with it, I am happy with it.

My goal for this next project is to start and complete this in two weeks and get started right away on the baby blanket. I have not started the toque yet, but I hope to start tonight and see how much I can get through. I am feeling confident and hope when I am done, my little guy will like it!!

Gifting Coasters

Since Christmas is approaching, I decided to give my mom coasters as a gift. She always complains that she doesn’t have enough for the holidays, and everyone puts their drinks on her table. I could’ve bought her some coasters, but I thought, why not make them?

Green coaster with a glass on top

I would say this week went very well. This coaster took me twenty minutes for one, as that is all I have made. This week I became super busy, so my plan for this coming week is to make a set for my mom. I think with time the more glasses that are put on the coaster the sides will level out. Like I have said in my previous posts videos have been my best friend but with getting more confident I am finding it easier to read patterns and follow them. Using friendly websites with easy steps has really helped me!

Also, a side note, crocheting while watching TV has been really helping me. I find I am not nitpicking the certain stitches I am making. Sometimes I become unfocused and really into the certain show I am watching but otherwise it has been working well for me 🙂

Shoot For The Stars…

Well… I might have shot for the stars and fell back onto Earth. You are probably wondering what I mean and what this has to do with me learning how to crochet. Let me explain…

I think I overestimated my ability to make a pumpkin. I was so confident about finally finishing a project that I thought I could do anything now. I got a pattern online, watched numerous videos, and spent many hours on this over the past two weeks, and I have nothing. This picture below is probably the best representation I have of my pumpkin-making process.

. Tangled yarn for knitting.

So, I was pretty discouraged because I thought my newfound skill would continue to progress, and after this week, I hit a halt. I think I might have overestimated myself, so now I am going to take on a smaller project with less complicated steps. I am going to make a coaster. I have yet to decide about the shape, whether it is going to be a circle or a square. I have been watching multiple videos and reading multiple articles. I just started crocheting randomly this week to remind myself of the steps and gain back confidence while doing this. I had been looking for tips to gain back confidence, and I have found some. However, if you have any tips to gain back confidence, I would appreciate them.

Lack of Cyber Safety

Digital citizenship and cyber safety were rarely addressed in elementary school and middle school. However, they were touched on a little more regularly in high school. Most of the time, when these topics were mentioned, teachers showed videos to try and scare students. Sometimes, in high school, we would have lectures about how what we put online can affect us in the future, for example, if an employer were to look at your social media. Videos such as the one below were shown in my high school;

Also it was shown in my school how technology can be used for good purposes… Like this example:

I do not think this was the most beneficial way to get anything across about digital citizenship and cyber safety. Personally; I know some of my classmates did not believe these videos. That something like this would never happen to them by oversharing on social media. I think some ways to teach these topics are videos. But I think having videos of real people who have gone through it would show students it can happen. I also think showing younger students light-hearted videos would help set a foundation, such as this one:

I also think having parents come into the classroom for teachers to discuss digital citizenship and cyber safety with and without their kids would enable students to listen more as both parents and the students are learning at the same time and could help parents reevaluate their digital footprint as well as what they are creating for their children. Starting with small tips for both parents and students, as well as including activities, I think would help educate both parties!

have a safe journey sign