Digital citizenship is the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use (from digitalcitizenship.net).
Before Amanda Brace gave a lecture on digital citizenship I had a hard time wrapping my head around why we would want to encourage students to get online faster than their peers are already pressuring them to. And then through the discussion in #EDTC300 I realized that that is why. As teachers, we are in a lot of cases the second educators (first being guardians) of students and we need to be the first exposure so that students can learn the positives and not the negatives from their peers.
I have created a shortlist of ways that I would implement digital citizenship education into my class curriculum. Before I start I want to list the 9 elements of digital citizenship. Digital Access, Digital Commerce, Digital Communication and Collaboration, Digital Etiquette, Digital Fluency, Digital Health and Welfare, Digital Law, Digital Rights, and Responsibility, and Digital Security and Privacy. I will reference these explaining how each grade and class will teach students about digital citizenship.
Grade 3 English Language arts
Outcome: CC3.2 Communicate ideas and information pertaining to topics, problems, questions, or issues by creating easy-to follow representations with a clear purpose.
Indicator: Demonstrate understanding of the topic, problem, question, or issue in a variety of ways (e.g., dance pieces, visual representations, drama in context, diagram, demonstration, chart).
Digital Citizenship Relation: Digital Communication will give students the understanding on how to properly express themselves and how they now have a platform to share questions, issues that interest them, information, etc. in a proper way.
Grade 4 Health education
Outcome: USC4.3 Examine healthy interpersonal skills and determine strategies to effectively develop new relationships and/or negotiate disagreements in relationships.
Indicator: Practice the ability to calm self and discuss how it is important to remain calm in disagreements.
Digital Citizenship Relation: Digital Etiquette will be discussed in this class to help students to help them navigate how to socialize and communicate online when oftentimes people can blow up, rant, and bully so much more online. So teaching the students that we need to be in control at all times so that we are respecting everyone.
Grade 8 Health Education
Outcome: USC 8.2 Analyze how personal prejudices/biases, and habits of mind shape assumptions about family identities, structures, roles, and responsibilities.
Indicator: Question examples of injustice towards families in own communities
Digital Citizenship Relation: Digital Access will teach the students in this lesson that there are students and families that do not have access to technology that many take for granted. As well at this point they will hopefully understand all the benefits of technology and help fight for technology access for all their peers.
I do believe that adding digital Citizenship education into the curriculum I think that any earlier than grade 3 should be done in fun ways where you integrate it into games, and class dances, and fun music, and maybe having class blogs, podcasts, and social media. Other than that students lower than grade 3 normally do not have their own technology and therefore it would be harder to incorporate much more into teaching them about it.
An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube by Michael Wesch blew my mind.
After watching this video made back in 2008 I was shocked to see how much the internet has changed since then. I currently do not remember a time when my class did not have a smart board, and kahoot, and watched YouTube videos. So for me technology in the classroom seems so second nature. I also went to a private High School where we were paper free and everything was done on an individual tablet that we were given. As well as, I am currently in the main age demographic for a lot of content that is put on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, etc.
Knowing this I believe that I may have an upper hand because I grew up with technology. So in my classroom, I see it as being a very tech-inclusive environment where we use the fun and beneficial parts of technology on a daily basis. (I really want to make TikToks with the students in my class, but that is just a funny dream of mine). Also by just taking a look at a few teachers who are on social media and use technology well in their class there students seem to be more engaged. It makes sense to me that if you use language that is relevant to them that they will pay attention.
For schools as a whole I think that they need to start having a class that talks about technology education. It can talk about the benefits but as we discussed in class it also needs to educate students on the not great parts of technology in a way that isn’t “the scare method” as Katia would put it.
I think that we need to stop taking technology away from students and finally have them engage with it in a healthy way.
In this week’s learning project I created my very own GIFs. I was excited to take on this challenge because who doesn’t want to be able to make their own GIFs for their personal use. I think that it is so fun to be able to create engaging GIFs that can spice up any power point, post, picture, or presentation.
In EDTC300 we have discussed having engaging content. I recently read a tweet about how teachers should have more engaging content. In the tweet it talked about using Minecraft to captivate students and help them understand math better. So what I am thinking is lets pull in as many fun things that students enjoy like, minecraft, TikTok, GIFs, etc.
Now actually putting this great idea of having fun GIFs into practice. I am still getting used to how all the different features work, how to make different motions, and move things around but I am getting the hang of it and playing with different movements. To start you have to create your design and then with layers you at motion to your image. Seems easy yet it is a little more tricky then that. When creating different layers you have to copy and then add the changes or the motion. It becomes tricky when you delete the wrong layer, or cannot figure out how to create the right motion that you are going for.
So……… my first attempt actually did not work out. I could no figure out how to get the stars to move. I had 7 different layers to make it look like they were moving and sparkling but then when I exported it the stars did not want to have any movement in them. So this is my failed first attempt but I did learn from it!
And this is my final GIF. Nothing too special however just figuring this out took a lot of time and do-overs. Looking back it was hard but I was much more overwhelmed before I just started the project. I thought that there was no way I would ever be able to figure this out but I actually did and it turned out really well!
I am in deep! This week I took on the challenge of what I think is one of the hardest things to do on procreate. Flower arrangements. Like I said last week I find flowers and leaves really hard to draw because they are so naturally imperfect and to recreate that imperfection perfectly is a challenge.
I used a couple of different strategies this week. First I just followed a youtube video tutorial other than a little bit of shade difference in the colour I tried to follow this one as perfectly as I could. When looking at the differences I realized that part of learning is being uniquely yourself. Using the skills that someone else can teach you and then using those skills to express yourself.
Strategy two, I looked at a picture and I used it as a reference for my second piece! I tried my best to replicate what the original artist did but then adding my own spice! At this point in my journey, I still felt more comfortable looking at a reference piece as I am not totally comfortable coming up with ideas on my own. However, by adding more or fewer flowers in areas, and using some different colours, I am starting to feel more comfortable at making my own piece in the future!
Reflecting back on this week I realize how amazing it is to have other people online who are working at growing a skill that you are also working on. It is interesting to feel instantly bounded to someone through a shared hobby or skill. Whenever I find people now who use procreate online I instantly follow them because I want to see how they are learning and growing and what skills they may have that I do not. The beauty of online education is that people are so open and willing to share. People want you to be successful so they are willing to put out videos, tutorials, step by steps, so that you can learn as well. And that is why I appreciate EDTC so much!
This week I worked on creating a plant piece. This is one of my favourite plants! A Monstera! I believed once again that this piece was going to be fairly easy. Like always it was not. The biggest struggle with this piece was drawing the leaves perfectly imperfect. Because plants are so organic it is hard to recreate that in cartoon form. After spending over an hour on the first leaf I decided that I needed to not be such a perfectionist as getting the organic shape and colour of a real Monstera was almost impossible. After giving myself this freedom the leaves took a lot less time. This week I learned how to shade, how to use a reference picture, how to use different dimensions by placing leaves behind and in front of one another. I loved that I was able to use last week tool of lettering by adding a little touch on the final product.
To show my progress this week I decided to make a WeVideo . Being a visual learning I find videos one of the best way to learn skills online. I love in this video editing software you are able to layer videos, music, and audio. It was surprisingly easy to create this video and for me it would be very beneficial to be able to see time-lapse with audio behind explaining what is happening at the same time. I will absolutely being using this tool in the future to help students, to make fun brain breaks with the students, and to help them have another option other than PowerPoint to share their ideas! WeVideo is now my favourite way to presents anything from a lesson, to a book review, to an about me on the first day of class in my future classroom. The simplicity and the capability of using it completely blew me away! My rating on WeVideo is a 10/10!
Week 3! When looking at what I wanted to do each week I thought lettering was going to be easy so I put it near the beginning of my journey so that I could use it along the way in future pieces. In my head, I thought that this calligraphy style of artistic writing seemed so easy. I have seen so many Tiktoks of people writing all pretty and it was so fast so I just assumed that it would be easy! (like this one)
Was I ever wrong. When I realized how hard this week was going to be I realized that I was going to need to practice a lot. So I found some free templates online and I got to work practicing. I remember doing sheets like this in elementary school when we started learning cursive but these were so much harder.
I decided that I wanted to put all of my hard work to the test and try to create a couple of little pieces. I followed one of the YouTube videos from the same person whose website I found the brush on (video linked here). Here video was really easy to follow along with and she actually also taught me how to download colours and create colour palettes. I FELT SO TECHY DOING THIS!
What I learned this week!
-I realized that I am not going to be like this amazing Tiktoker who can whip up a beautiful piece in one go.
Before coming into this class I thought that Twitter was for old people who did not have Instagram, or for people who had a lot to say but no one to say it to so they would put it on Twitter. So when Katia (My Prof) said that we all needed to download Twitter I was a bit skeptical. I have never heard of anything good that came from Twitter. However, in exploring Twitter over the past couple of weeks I have come to realize that Twitter is what you make it. If you want to follow people who only talk drama then you can do that, BUT if you want to use it as an educational platform that supports others in learning and developing then that is also an option.
My first big accomplishment with Twitter would be the #saskedchat that our class participated in. Going in I had no idea what to expect. It really blew my mind to think that a group of people was discussing education from anywhere in Saskatchewan. As well to think that this conversation was not limited to Saskatchewan and if someone from Germany wanted to see what we were doing they could. I thought that this was so cool!
The big question! What place does Twitter along with other social media have in the classroom? To put it plainly I am not sure. Twitter is still so new to me that at the moment I cannot see a huge benefit for students to use it in education until maybe High School. I am not a fan of social media in general. My concerns with social media are the following: teenagers are already spending so much time on social media so why should we introduce it in the schools encouraging students who do not have it to get it and for students that do have it to spend more time on it. What you post lasts forever and I do not think that students understand that at this age. Finally, many students have back experiences with social media, and to bring that into the classroom when a student may get bullied on social media that may make the student feel uncomfortable in this class.
That all being said, I am totally up for having my mind being changed. So am I just over thinking? Do you think Twitter and social media in the classroom is a wave of the future? Do I need to jump on this ship? Let me know!
This week we were asked to get an RSS reader. I chose to use Feedly because this is the one that seemed easiest for me to figure out. I began by searching education, EDtech, inclusive education, math teachers, mathematics, high school ED, etc. However, I actually struggle to find sites I wanted to follow. Lots of sites did not come up with searches or they did not spark my attention. After some digging and looking into articles, and followers that they had I think I started to get the hang of how it works and what I was looking for.
These are the top two education sites that I followed.
I followed them because they actually looked very interesting. Love that the first site, Free Technology for Teachers, says “Just trying to be helpful”. This makes me so excited about being in the teaching community because we all want to help each other learn! The second site I followed was Dangerously Irrelevant. What stood out to me was “why most schools won’t reinvent themselves after the pandemic”. When thinking about it, it sparked me to think about how I plan on changing things because of the Pandemic.
I then searched for leadership.
I think that many people do not recognize teachers as leaders. When they think of leaders they think of principals, managers, CEOs, business people, etc. I think that as a teacher I need to work to grow in my leadership skills, so I followed some leadership sites. Mindtools looks really interesting from looking into it a little bit because I love steps, or 5 point lessons it helps me to learn better and they have so many 5 steps to…. articles that I am excited to look at!
Things that I struggled with in this activity are that I am still not completely sure how Feedly works. I am working to understand how the sites work and the relationship to twitter. If anyone has any tips or help for me on this please let me know! As well, does anyone know any high school, or math sites to follow on Feedly?
Week #1. Wow all I have to say is that this was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Who would have thought that colouring on an Ipad would be so hard? So this week I dived headfirst into learning how to use Procreate on my Ipad. I thought that I was going to be able to watch at least 5 videos with 5 different art pieces at the end of this week but that was not the case at all. I started following along with one youtube video that was only about 30 minutes and it turned out to take me over 2 hours to get all the way through this video.
This was about half way through the video. And at this point I was starting to really doubt myself and what I could do because my drawing did not look as good as the lady in the video.
However, this is how my drawing turned out. Not horrible for my first ever art piece on Procreate. How do you think I did?
What I learned from this first week:
I learnt soooooo many terms that I had never heard of until opening up my Procreate app such as; Alpha lock, clipping mask, transformations, colour dropper, etc. As well as I learned different ways to use brushes, smudging, colours and colour palettes, layers, etc. I also learned that not all videos are easy to follow. This lady took it through nice and slow and showed where everything was. I watched another video that was very fast and she jumped by steps assuming that I knew what she was talking about.
Goals for this week
I am starting lettering! So my goal is to find another good channel to watch a video, find some templates online to help practice my consistency in letters, and maybe find an app or a class to take! Any advise from any artists out there?
For my learning project I was having trouble of thinking what I wanted to invest so much time into this semester. After thinking long and hard about it I realized that I had purchased the Procreate app for my Ipad a while ago and have never had the time to sit down and spend a good amount of time learning different techniques, projects, and how to use it in general. So I am so excited to say that for my learning project you are going to get to watch my journey from absolutely horrible to hopefully something that someone might say is nice.
So far this is all I have done in an attempt to just get a good feel of how the app works.
Throughout my journey, I will have a mix of videos of myself doing a project, a timelapse of the art coming together, as well as some final pieces if they are spent over a couple of days. How I intend on learning this skill of using procreate is through the many Youtube videos that are available to anyone.
I have created some categories to guide what I will be attempting each week. Although I have a good idea how hard each task will be, this is not a final layout as some projects may take longer than expected and others I may pick up very fast and get to move on from. I have about 2-5 videos (depending on length) that I will follow along with for each category hopefully making a few pictures/ art pieces each week.
First, will be just general beginner, how to use the app, tips and tricks, and such.
The second category will be lettering!
Next I will attempt doing some flowers and plants!
There are these very beautiful sky lines that I am going to try and recreate!
And finally, the reason why I wanted to get Procreate in the first place is to do these really cool cartoon portraits!
I am so excited to start this journey and I cannot wait to share it will all of you! Does anyone have any types for me and I have no idea what I am getting myself into?