• EDTC 300

    Contributing to the Learning of Others (with some obstacles….)

    Join me on a journey through a tale of unseen connections, those that have intertwined the learning experiences of my peers and myself. This is a tale not of visible weaves but of the intangible ways in which we support each other’s growth, a tale characterized by moments of knowledge exchange, despite navigating personal challenges and technological mishaps.

    Determined to support a community of learners, I’ve made it my mission to actively engage in the educational growth of my peers. This commitment held strong even as I managed the difficult period surrounding my cherished dog’s surgical procedure and rehabilitation. I’ve consistently contributed to our collective wisdom through knowledge sharing, and even though I lack tangible proof due to a mishap with my phone, the impact of these actions is very much alive and real.

    Consistent Engagement Throughout the Semester: 

    My contribution to our learning network began with a pledge to maintain regular engagement with my peers’ blogs. I committed to commenting on 3-5 posts weekly, carving out time to read, reflect upon, and provide thoughtful feedback on each piece. Every comment was tailored to not just offer support but to challenge and inspire my classmates to dive deeper into their endeavors.

    Discord has been the virtual gathering space where I’ve joined the symphony of collaborative learning. This platform allowed me to delve into rich discussions, field questions, and spontaneously create screencasts to demystify complex tasks for my classmates. My intention has always been to transmute confusion into clarity and to convert obstacles into learning opportunities for others.

    discord convodiscord convo

    Beyond Surface-Level Interaction

    Whenever a blog post resonated with me on a deeper level, I felt compelled to respond with more than just a comment. I composed detailed posts that not only reflected on the original content but also expanded the conversation. By employing pingbacks and engaging with the initial post, I fostered an ongoing, deeper exchange of ideas, ensuring that our learning was interconnected and dynamic.

    The Loss of Tangible Evidence

    In the midst of these rich interactions, my focus had to shift when my dog required surgery. I devoted myself to his care, particularly during his post-surgery rehabilitation on the water treadmill. It was during one of these physical therapy sessions that my phone, unfortunately, met its demise. This accident erased the photos and documented evidence of my active participation and the resources I had so diligently created.

    Yet, the true measure of my involvement isn’t lessened by the absence of this evidence. My aim was always to support and uplift the learning experiences of my peers. The true value of my efforts is crystallized in the enhanced understanding and self-assurance that blossomed within my classmates.

    Our paths through education are often paved with support that doesn’t leave a trace. The advice shared in brief encounters, the encouragement in the face of daunting tasks, and the silent provision of resources are what truly underpin communal learning. I’ve added my thread to this fabric of collective growth, and though the pattern may not be shown, its strength and vibrancy remain. May this story serve as a testament that the most significant contributions we make are often invisible, measured not in saved images but in the flourishing confidence of the learners we’ve touched.

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    The Finale: Summary of Learning

    Embarking on a new skill can be challenging, but with determination and a meaningful cause, the journey can lead to unexpected success. This summary dives into my fascinating adventure of learning macramé, a craft of knotting string in patterns to make decorative articles. Initially driven by the need to raise funds for a beloved dog’s surgery, this exploration of macramé transcended simple craftwork, becoming a medium for artistic expression, personal growth, and even educational utility.

    Week 1: Tying” My Way to Success: An Introduction to My Macramé Learning Project

    • Received a macramé kit during Christmas vacation, but initial attempts were frustrating and led to abandoning the project.
      Motivated to restart macramé journey due to the need to raise funds for dog’s double ACL surgery.
    • Researched different macramé styles and decided to start with making keychains to build skills and comfort with knots and patterns.
    • Purchased supplies from Michaels and completed three keychains in different styles, enjoying the process and finding it destressing.
    • Plan to create six keychains of varying styles before moving on to a small wall-hanging piece.
    • Intend to progress to more complex designs gradually, utilizing blog resources for inspiration and guidance.
    • Goal is to sell macramé products to raise funds for dog’s surgery, combining learning with a meaningful cause.

    Week 2: Leveling Up: From Doubt to Delight! 

    • Chose a simple macramé plant hanger pattern found on a crafting blog despite initial doubts, inspired by the challenge.
    • Focused on the square knot technique, a fundamental aspect of macramé art, and followed step-by-step photos for guidance.
    • Set up workspace meticulously, using a 3M hook to secure cords and ensuring a smooth working environment.
    • Measured, cut, and attached cords to a wooden loop before commencing knotting, finding confidence and flow in the process.
    • Learned to trust creativity and embrace challenges, adding personal flair to the project while ensuring attention to crucial details.
    • Overcame initial nervousness and anxiety during knotting, witnessing the plant hanger take shape and feeling rewarded by the transformation.
    • Successfully completed the project, comparing the end result to the tutorial image, and testing the hanger with a pot, experiencing delight and satisfaction.
    • Reflecting on the project as an exciting and fulfilling endeavor, expressing eagerness to further enhance macramé skills and creativity.

    Week 3: Knotty Adventures….A Whimsical Week in Macramé 

    • Took on a new macramé project involving a plant hanger without tassels and a charming macramé owl, aiming to elevate skills and creativity.
    • Discovered a captivating plant hanger pattern and felt drawn to the modern twist of omitting tassels, embracing the challenge of crafting a unique owl design.
    • Prepared workspace diligently, securing cords to a stable anchor in the familiar window area, and embarked on knotting with newfound confidence and independence.
    • Embraced personal creativity while following instructions, adding unique touches to the designs and finding macramé as a new method for destressing.
    • Found joy in the transformation of cords into whimsical creations, reveling in the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction upon completing functional pieces of art.
    • Each project viewed as an opportunity to infuse magic into daily life, with challenges and triumphs contributing to a more fulfilling creative experience.

    Week 4: “Leveling Up in Macramé with WeVideo Magic” 

    • Explored the video editing tool WeVideo for Macramé projects, detailing pros like user-friendly interface and seamless classroom integration.
    • Noted cons such as limited free features and glitches, encouraging educators to navigate premium options for full creative freedom.
    • Provided educational integration ideas for WeVideo, focusing on creative storytelling, collaborative projects, and dynamic presentations.
    • Documented the personal experience of creating a macramé bottle holder, encountering measurement challenges and finding satisfaction in crafting a unique piece.

    Week 5: “A Dog Toy Tale – Strength in Knots” 

    • Diverged from decorative macramé to practical pet accessories, crafting a durable macramé dog toy for a young puppy.
    • Focused on knot strength and durability, appreciating the functional aspect of macramé and the joy of creating a handmade toy.
    • Experienced pride in observing the toy withstand playtime and the pet’s enthusiasm, recognizing the resilience of macramé creations.
    • Highlighted cost-effectiveness, washability, and personalization in making the dog toy, fostering excitement for future functional creations.

    Week 6: “Fiber to Function: My First Wall-Hanging Macramé Piece”

    • Transitioned from small decorative items to a larger, functional wall-hanging macramé piece, experimenting with a thicker cord.
    • Found excitement in creating each knot and strand, despite the final design not fully aligning with initial expectations.
    • Realized the beauty of the macramé creation journey, acknowledging imperfections as part of the learning process.
    • Emphasized cost-effectiveness and customization in crafting the wall hanging, sparking a passion for more complex macramé projects.

    Week 7: “Crafting My Own Teacher’s Lanyard for Roadways Literacy Academy” 

    • Initiated a new job teaching grade 3 at Roadways Literacy Academy in Saskatoon, creating a custom lanyard as a symbol of the new journey.
    • Choose a durable nylon cord in white, focusing on both style and function with a square knot pattern.
    • Viewed the lanyard-making process as a lesson in patience and detailed planning, finding significance in imperfections.
    • Reflected on the personal and professional meaning behind the lanyard, emphasizing its value beyond a practical item.

    Week 8: “Knot Your Average Week…” 

    • Explored macramé artistry by creating a stunning wall hanging piece, focusing on deliberate knot-making and intricate designs.
    • Approached the project with renewed determination, emphasizing patience, precision, and savoring the creative process.
    • Marveled at the emerging beauty from patient hands, recognizing the wall hanging as a reflection of dedication and passion for the craft.
    • Learned the profound beauty in slowing down, observing each knot with care, and savoring the creative journey, encouraging readers to embark on their own macramé adventures.

    Week 9: “Crafting Resilience” 

    • Shared the rekindling of passion for crafting keychains following a pause due to a dog’s double knee surgery, symbolizing resilience and fresh starts.
    • Resumed making custom keychains as a personal touch in daily routine, representing determination and passion.
    • Acknowledged the slower progress due to caregiving responsibilities and mental health prioritization, highlighting the importance of self-care during challenges.
    • Invited readers to celebrate creativity, resilience, and crafting a brighter future through keychain making endeavors.

    Week 10: “Coasters, Macramé, and Digital Delights” 

    • Ventured into a new artistic realm by creating coasters and utilizing the latest Google phone update for photo editing of macramé pieces.
    • Embraced coasters as functional decor pieces and artistic expressions, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation.
    • Harnessed technology to enhance the visual appeal of macramé artistry, capturing the essence of intricate knots and weaves with precision and creativity.
    • Invited fellow creatives to embrace the intersection of artistry and innovation through coaster crafting and photo editing, encouraging inspiration and discovery.

    Five Main Takeaways from the Macramé Learning Project

    1. Starting with Simplicity Enhances Skills:
      Beginning with simple keychain designs, the learner gained familiarity with various knots and patterns, setting a strong foundation for more complicated projects. This approach was not only manageable but also provided the initial confidence boost necessary to continue with the craft.
    2. Challenges Can Spark Creativity:
      Facing and overcoming challenges, such as the initial frustration with knotting and the complexities of new patterns, were integral to the learning process. Each hurdle crossed led to a better understanding of the craft, fostering a sense of creativity and achievement.
    3. Preparation and Environment Matter:
      Setting up a conducive workspace and meticulously preparing materials (like cutting cords and securing them properly) proved to be pivotal in the successful completion of projects. A stable and comfortable environment allowed for smooth crafting sessions.
    4. Functional Art Can Be Therapeutic:
      As the projects advanced from keychains to plant hangers and even a teacher’s lanyard, macramé became a source of stress relief and personal expression. Crafting functional art pieces proved to be rewarding both emotionally and practically.
    5. Integrating Technology Enhances Presentation and Utility:
      Utilizing digital tools like WeVideo for editing macramé project videos and exploring the latest smartphone features for photo editing helped showcase the art. This integration of technology and craft elevated the presentation and offered new avenues for creativity and functionality.

    The macramé learning project is a testament to the idea that with passion and purpose, one can master a new skill. Through the act of tying knots, the creator not only crafted beautiful, functional art but also wove a story of personal growth, resilience, and creativity. From the initial frustration to the joy of crafting a custom dog toy, each knot tied was a step toward a noble goal, funding my pet’s surgery. This journey illustrates the power of combining art with cause, and technology with tradition, to create something truly meaningful. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a curious beginner, this story inspires us to pursue our passions and find joy in the learning process itself.

  • Teaching Philosophy

    Assessment Philosophy

    My approach to assessment in elementary education is grounded in the firm
    belief that our methods of evaluation should expand beyond traditional exam styles, to focus on student’s educational and personal advancement. This view is informed by information I have learned throughout my education thus far and many of the scholarly arguments discussed, like those presented by Simpson (n.d.), who highlights the need for a variety of assessment techniques that challenge students to grow intellectually and personally. To ensure that these techniques have an impact on students, it is critical that they are closely aligned with well-established educational philosophies and theories. In line with the holistic framework proposed by the Fraser Institute (2018), I strive to fully capture each student’s journey, taking into account their cognitive, emotional, and social development as major components of a complete education.

    I have come to understand that recognizing personal biases is critical, as these
    can shape the way assessments are designed and implemented. Schnepel (n.d.) has emphasized the importance of educators being aware of their own perspectives to ensure fair and unbiased evaluations. Through ongoing self-reflection and a commitment to objective standards, I work to preserve the fairness and credibility of the assessment process. Critical thinking plays a pivotal role in the selection and evaluation of assessment practices, ensuring that the chosen methods are  adjusted to the diverse learning styles and needs of all students. The evidence-based approach supported by Patterson (2013) and Lee (2016) informs my practice, guiding me to adapt assessment strategies that are both accurate and relevant.

    My foundational experiences with students with learning disabilities have
    significantly influenced my philosophy. Interacting with these students has reinforced my belief in flexible and inclusive assessment methods. Witnessing the limitations of one-size-fits-all tests has highlighted the importance of alternative strategies, such as portfolios and formative assessments, which allows for many ways to demonstrate learning and skills. These practices are in line with inclusive education principles that advocate for adjustments to ensure fair assessments for all students, a concept mentioned by Salend (2011). In crafting my assessment philosophy, I ensure that each statement is clear and logically structured, reflecting my deliberate consideration of how assessment is intertwined with broader educational objectives. By doing so, I aim to communicate a philosophy that is easily understood by all. My dedication to using clear and precise language strengthens my professional practice. It enables me to effectively communicate all assessment concepts, ensuring that these ideas are explained clearly and understood by others.

    References
    Fraser Institute. (2018). Why educational testing is necessary. Fraser Institute.
    https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/why-educational-testing-is-necessary.pdf
    Lee, J. (2016). How alternative assessment replaces or complements traditional methods.
    InTechOpen. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1101956.pdf
    Patterson, J. (2013). Why avoidance coping is the most important factor in anxiety. Psychology
    Today.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-practice/201303/why-avoidance-coping-is-themost-important-factor-in-anxiety
    Schnepel, K. (n.d.). Assessment and bias. DePaul University.
    https://resources.depaul.edu/teaching-commons/teaching-guides/feedback-grading/Pages/a
    ssessment-and-bias.aspx
    Simpson, B. (n.d.). Alternative assessment. ITI Education.
    https://iti.cscc.edu/deis2/ati_AlternativeAssessment_Main.html

  • EDTC 300

    The Exciting World of MagicSchool AI

    Hello, curious minds and future innovators!

    I’ve just dived into the amazing world of MagicSchool AI, and let me tell you, it’s like stepping into a future where learning is supercharged with fun and smarts! This AI isn’t just another tool; it’s like having a friendly wizard in the classroom, making sure every student gets a learning experience that’s just right for them.

    Picture this: a classroom where every kid feels like the lessons are made just for them. MagicSchool AI is like a teaching sidekick, helping to create a learning path that’s as unique as each student’s favorite ice cream flavor. It keeps an eye on how well everyone’s doing and helps teachers understand what each student needs to thrive.

    And guess what? Teachers are going to love this. MagicSchool AI takes care of the time-eating stuff like grading tests and planning lessons. This means teachers have more time to do what they do best—lighting up young minds with cool projects and discussions that make the whole classroom buzz with ideas.

    As I explored more, I saw that MagicSchool AI isn’t just about making learning personalized. It’s also about making it interactive and fun. Kids get feedback right away, so they know what they’re rocking at and what they need to work on. It’s like having a game that grows with you, throwing new challenges your way to make you a learning superstar.

    Magic School logo
    Image from: https://www.magicschool.ai/

    Sure, there are some big questions to answer, like keeping everyone’s info safe and making sure the AI is as fair as a coin flip. We’ve got to think about these things to make sure MagicSchool AI is the best it can be for everyone.

    I truly believe that with MagicSchool AI, we’re on the brink of something special in education. It’s a chance to make learning as exciting as a day at the amusement park, where every ride is just your size.

    So, let’s get ready for a thrilling ride into the future of learning, where MagicSchool AI is our ticket to a world where every student can shine.

    Keep learning and stay awesome!

  • EDTC 300

    A Journey of Reflection and Discovery in the Digital World

    Hello, lovely readers!

    As we journey through the intricate landscape of our digital world, let us pause to reflect on the thought-provoking topics that have ignited our curiosity and sparked meaningful conversations in our class. From cyber-vigilantism and cyber-shaming to the nuances of digital footprints and the right to be forgotten, each theme unravels the complexities that shape our online interactions and digital identities.

    The dynamic realm of cyber-vigilantism and cyber-shaming raises profound questions about online accountability, ethics, and the power of collective action in the digital sphere. How do we navigate the fine line between holding individuals accountable for their actions and succumbing to the perils of online vigilantism? As we delve deeper into these discussions, let us strive to foster a culture of empathy, understanding, and responsible digital citizenship.

    Exploring the concept of digital footprints unveils the traces we leave behind in the vast expanse of the internet. Every click, post, and interaction contributes to the mosaic of our online presence, shaping how others perceive us and impacting our digital reputation. As we contemplate the implications of our digital footprints, let us tread mindfully, mindful of the lasting impact of our online actions.

    The notion of the right to be forgotten invites us to ponder the delicate balance between privacy rights and digital memory. How do we reconcile the permanence of online information with the desire to control and erase elements of our digital past? In this evolving landscape of data protection and privacy, let us advocate for a nuanced approach that respects individuals’ rights while upholding the principles of transparency and accountability.

    Digital footprint photo
    Image from: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/432627107940927996/

    As we navigate these thought-provoking topics, let us embrace the diversity of perspectives, insights, and reflections that enrich our understanding of the digital world. Let our interests and thoughts lead us on a journey of discovery, where each conversation, debate, and revelation deepens our appreciation for the complexities of digital life.

    Together, let us continue to engage with these compelling subjects, fostering a culture of open dialogue, mutual respect, and intellectual curiosity. May our reflections guide us towards a deeper understanding of the digital realm and empower us to navigate its intricacies with wisdom and compassion.

    Thank you for joining me on this reflective journey. Here’s to embracing the wonders of the digital world with open hearts and curious minds.

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Coasters, Macramé, and Digital Delights

    Hello, creative people! Today, I am thrilled to share that I am venturing into a new artistic realm by trying with a fresh style, creating coasters. Additionally, I have dived into the latest update on my Google phone to edit photos of my macramé pieces, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation. Embracing the fact that coasters are both functional decor pieces and artistic expressions, I have embarked on a journey to infuse my living space with unique flair.

    Macrame Coasters

    Simultaneously, I have harnessed the power of technology to elevate my macramé artistry. Using the newest features on my Google phone for photo editing, I have enhanced the visual appeal of my intricate knots and weaves, capturing the essence of each piece with precision and creativity. The process of crafting coasters demands attention to detail and a keen eye for design. Each coaster and macramé creation tells a story of passion, dedication, and a deep-seated love for the art of crafting.

    To my fellow creatives and tech enthusiasts, I extend an invitation to embrace the intersection of artistry and innovation. Here’s to weaving a tapestry of art, tradition, and modernity, one coaster and edited photo at a time. May your artistic endeavors be filled with inspiration and discovery!

  • EDTC 300

    Nurturing Digital Literacy

    Hello, dear readers!

    In a world filled with misinformation and fake news, the importance of digital literacy has never been more apparent. By equipping individuals with the skills to navigate the digital landscape effectively, we empower them to decide fact from fiction and make informed decisions. I have opted to touch on a few different links provided in class to touch on this subject.

    But what does teaching digital literacy look like in various subject areas and grade ranges? How can we integrate the principles of the NCTE framework into our curriculum? Let’s dive into this topic by drawing insights from a selection of valuable resources.

    Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, a resource by Mike Caulfield, emphasizes the significance of teaching students how to evaluate online information critically. By incorporating strategies such as lateral reading and the SIFT method (Stop, Investigate, Find trusted sources, Trace claims back to the original context), educators can guide students in verifying sources and uncovering the truth behind the headlines.

    SIFT photo

    The article “Why do people fall for fake news?” sheds light on the psychological factors that contribute to the spread of misinformation. Understanding these cognitive biases and emotional triggers is essential in developing a curriculum that addresses the root causes of misinformation and cultivates a skeptical mindset among students.

    The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and Infolit Standards for Teacher Education from the American Library Association offer a comprehensive guide to integrating information literacy skills across disciplines. By aligning curriculum goals with these standards, educators can create a cohesive approach to teaching digital literacy that transcends subject boundaries. Incorporating KQED lesson plans and the NewseumED unit on media literacy provides hands-on activities and resources to engage students in critical thinking and media analysis. These interactive lessons empower students to evaluate sources, identify bias, and develop a discerning eye for misleading information.

    By leveraging the TED Ed playlist on media literacy, educators can hone students’ skills in analyzing media messages, spotting misinformation, and understanding the nuances of digital communication. Lessons on evaluating sources in a ‘post-truth’ world and identifying misleading statistics equip students with the tools to navigate the complexities of the digital age.

    Integrating digital literacy into the curriculum requires a multidisciplinary approach that draws on the expertise of educators across subject areas. By fostering critical thinking, media analysis, and information evaluation skills, we not only combat fake news but also equip students with the tools to thrive in an era of digital information overload.

    Let us embark on this journey of digital literacy together, empowering the next generation to navigate the digital landscape with confidence and discernment.

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Crafting Resilience

    Greetings, fellow creators! I am excited to share a chapter of my journey as I prepare to rekindle my passion for crafting keychains this week. (which is where I started) Following a pause prompted by my dog’s much-needed double knee surgery, I am embracing the opportunity to dive back into this creative pursuit, despite facing time constraints.

    In hope of adding more of a personal touch into my daily routine, I have decided to resume making custom keychains. Beyond their practical use for holding keys, each keychain symbolizes a fresh start, resilience, and a return to a beloved craft.

    Macrame Keychain

    As I navigate the limited time at hand, balancing caregiving responsibilities, this re-entry into keychain making represents a blend of determination and passion. Much like the intricate knots and weaves of my designs, I felt that this process served as a metaphor for the patience and excitement required to navigate life’s twists and turns.

    Acknowledging that progress may be slower than anticipated due to prioritizing my dog’s well-being and my mental health, I embrace this journey with a renewed sense of purpose. Understanding the importance of self-care during challenging times, I am committed to finding a way to prioritize myself at this time.

    my dog after surgerymy dog after surgery

    To my fellow pet lovers, remember that among life’s trials and tribulations, our creative pursuits serve as a symbol of hope and resilience. As I embark on this renewed chapter of keychain making, I invite you to join me in celebrating the power of creativity, and resilience. Here’s to crafting a brighter tomorrow, one keychain at a time. Best wishes on your own creative endeavors and endeavors of the heart!

  • EDTC 300

    Embracing the Learning Curve: Exploring Scratch for Educational Adventures

    Hello, wonderful readers!

    Today, I ventured into the world of coding with a Scratch project, and I must admit, it was quite a journey of discovery. As I navigated through the colorful blocks and sprites, I found myself facing the initial challenge of not fully understanding how to bring my ideas to life. Despite this, I realized that every stumbling block is a stepping stone towards growth and learning.

    Scratch, with its intuitive interface and creative possibilities, initially left me feeling a bit overwhelmed and unsure. However, as I delved deeper and sought out resources for guidance, I began to see the potential it holds for educational use. Scratch serves as a valuable tool for fostering creativity, problem-solving skills, and logical thinking in learners of all ages.

    Even in moments of uncertainty and not knowing where to start, Scratch proved to be a platform that encourages exploration and experimentation. It allows users to engage in hands-on learning experiences, where mistakes are part of the learning process and perseverance is key to unlocking new possibilities.

    While my journey with Scratch may have started with uncertainty, I soon realized that it offers a remarkable opportunity for educators to engage students in interactive and engaging activities. By incorporating Scratch into educational settings, teachers can inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking among their students, nurturing a love for learning through coding.

    Despite the initial challenges I encountered, I see Scratch not as a barrier but as a gateway to a world of educational adventures. It is a tool that has the potential to spark curiosity, ignite imaginations, and empower learners to explore the boundless opportunities that coding has to offer.

    So, to all those who may find themselves in a similar position of uncertainty with Scratch, I encourage you to embrace the learning curve, seek support when needed, and discover the endless educational possibilities that await. Together, let us embark on this coding journey with an open mind and a spirit of curiosity.

    Until next time, keep exploring, keep learning, and remember that every challenge is an opportunity for growth.

    You can view my attempt here:……

    https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/1000352062/