For this week’s blog post we have been asked to address three questions:
Can online social media activism be meaningful and worthwhile?
Is it possible to have productive conversations about social justice online?
What is our responsibility as educators to model active citizenship online?
The easy answer to these questions are yes, yes, and to some degree, I think? However, like many of the other students in this class have already mentioned, these questions are actually not as easy as that to answer. Having said that I do stand by my original answers. Yes I do believe that social media activism can be meaningful and worthwhile. Is it always? Absolutely not, but the question asks can it be – so yes I believe it can. Is it possible to have productive conversations about social justice online? Yes it is possible, does it always happen? No, but again it can happen. Lastly, what is our responsibility as educators to model active citizenship online? I think it is our responsibility to some degree, however, as Curtis mentioned in his blog there need to be some personal rules around posting, and critical thought needs to go into the post.
In the video above I talk about my knitting journey to date. Please have a watch and let me know what you think.
One thing I have learned about myself is that I am not a good visual learner when it comes to something intricate like knitting. I found it very difficult to figure out what they were doing in the videos until I had a knitting project in my hands.
With my newest project I am not really knitting anything, I am trying to get through the whole ball of yarn so I can learn how to add another ball of yarn to an existing project. This endeavor has taken me forever, but it has been pretty cool to see the progress as this piece of knitting gets longer.
I made a few posts on Twitter – including the author of “Fish Out of Water” Joanne Levy. Not only did she respond but she retweeted with a response. I thought that was pretty awesome.
For the rest of this project, I think I will continue with creating my “thought” videos, and will start to write reflections on my learning. My biggest worry about the project is how long it actually takes to knit, but I am determined to stick with it.
What do you think I should try next? I’ve been looking at knitting a toque and learning the long tail cast on using the video below. Any thoughts? Advice?