• EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Leveling Up in Macramé with WeVideo Magic

    Hey there, fellow educators and learners! Today, we’re diving into the world of Macramé and the editing tool WeVideo. This is a video editing platform I found on the recommended list for this class. Hold onto your hats because we’ve got some pros, some cons, and a whole lot of fun facts to uncover about this tool.

    Pros:

    • User-Friendly Interface: This tool offers a friendly platform that makes it easy for both beginners and seasoned pros to video edit with relative ease. Everything is labeled well, easy to find and has a variety of options for all users.
    • Seamless Classroom Integration: Specifically for educators, this tool provides the ability for student/educator creativity, allowing you to engage with the SAMR model through basic video projects and collaborative storytelling.

    Cons:

    • Not-So-Free Fun….: Here’s the kicker….while the basic controls are free, most templates and advanced features come with a price tag. Yep, you read that right. If you’re hoping for a plethora of freebies, you might have to rethink your strategy.
    • Continuous glitching: Unfortunately during my editing experience, I struggled with an extreme amount of glitches, which did not allow me to explore the tool to the extent I wish I could. Due to this, my video was forced to be quite simple.

    Educators, Are You Ready for the SAMR Adventure?

    For educators seeking to integrate WeVideo into their classroom, I do believe the platform offers a compelling approach for student engagement, allowing them to explore the SAMR model. But beware, my fellow educators, for the path to full creative freedom may require navigating through a forest of premium features.

    SAMR diagram
    Image from: https://www.powerschool.com/blog/samr-model-a-practical-guide-for-k-12-classroom-technology-integration/

    Here are a few ways to add this video editing platform into your educational adventures:

    • Creative Storytelling Opportunities: Encourage students to embark on creative storytelling journeys with WeVideo. The platform offers students the ability to bring their stories to life through video projects.
    • Collaborative Creations: Unite your students in collaborative video projects.
    • Digital Presentations and Projects: Elevate traditional presentations by allowing students to create dynamic digital presentations using WeVideo.

    Now for my favorite part…..

    Ah, the art of macramé – Join me as I take you through this week’s personal experience of creating a macramé bottle holder before I dove into the world of WeVideo to capture this journey.

    Another enchanting week has passed in my macramé odyssey, and I am thrilled to share the latest chapter in my knotty adventures. This time, I ventured to create a macramé bottle holder, aiming to level up from my previous projects and infuse a touch of creativity into my space.

    Before diving into this endeavor, I prepared my creative space (as usual), ensuring that the cords were securely fastened to a stable anchor, much like my previous projects. As I progressed into this next project, I encountered a delightful blend of lessons and unexpected surprises. This time every challenge I encountered was measurement related…. Next week I think I am going to try a measuring app to see if that will be more accurate. Despite my measurement twists and turns, the cords turned into a whimsical bottle holder and filled me with a profound sense of accomplishment. Testing my creation with an empty bottle, I reveled in the satisfaction of crafting something different!

    A Personal and Whimsical WeVideo Adventure
    Crafting a macramé bottle holder became more than a creative task: it became a personal expression in the form of a magical video journey. WeVideo, with its enchanting features, transformed my personal experience into a visual tale, capturing the artistry and tranquility of my macramé.

    Here’s to another week of crafting and creative discoveries in the art of macramé! Until we meet again, may your own creative endeavors be filled with joy, and inspiration..

    Happy crafting!

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Knotty Adventures….A Whimsical Week in Macramé

    Ah, another exciting week is complete in my macramé journey, and I’m eager to share the latest mission in my knotty endeavors. This time around, I embarked on a delightful project, crafting a macramé plant hanger with a whimsical twist—no tassels at the bottom—and even dared to create a charming macramé owl to adorn my space. I wanted to take the things I learned last week and try leveling them up to something bigger and better!

    As I searched through various crafting resources, I stumbled upon a captivating macramé plant hanger pattern that immediately piqued my interest. I felt the absence of tassels at the bottom lent a modern touch to the design, and the prospect of fashioning a macramé owl filled me with a sense of anticipation. With a burst of enthusiasm, I decided to dive headfirst into this new challenge.

    Before commencing my first endeavor, I ensured that my workspace was primed for creativity, meticulously securing the cords to a stable anchor (same window area as last week). Armed with cords and a vision of a charming owl, I began the knotting process, feeling less reliant on external tutorials and more at home with the rhythmic dance of the square knot. Honestly, I am impressed with my end product, even though it does not look identical to the reference in the video… It makes a super cute, different wall-hanging piece!

    Owl Macrame hanging

    My next project unfolded with lessons and surprises. As I followed the pattern’s instructions, I couldn’t resist injecting a touch of my creativity, adorning the design with a dash of personal flair. Throughout this learning project, I have found I use this as a new destressing method. When I knot I can forget about all the negative things around me! Amidst the playful twists and turns, the transformation of cords into a whimsical plant hanger filled me with a sense of achievement. Testing my creation with an empty pot, I reveled in the satisfaction of my new functional piece of art.

    plant hanger hanging on the window Plant hanger bottom

    As I reflect on this whimsical week in my macramé journey, I’m reminded that each project is an opportunity to infuse a bit of magic into everyday life. The challenges and triumphs along the way create a more satisfying feeling once I am finished.

  • EDTC 300

    Technology in the classroom…A balancing act!

    In the dynamic landscape of our digital age, the interactions among teens/young adults with digital platforms have undergone a profound shift. The latest study from the Pew Research Center reveals that apps such as TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram are becoming staples in the lives of younger generations. In Wesch’s video, we are offered a glimpse into the profound impact of online communities, particularly focusing on YouTube. Wesch’s exploration sheds light on the transformation of human connections in the digital age, emphasizing the creation of relationships across the globe. This video encourages us all to consider the implications for the future of education and the imperative role of educators in guiding students. This ever-growing trend shows the urgency for educators to evolve alongside the digital world to shape the future of education effectively.

    As a former student, I recall a time when the art of building connections and friendships was entirely an in-person affair. The rise of technology had just begun, yet the personal touch of face-to-face communication remained my preferred approach. Back then, technology’s role in school was confined to the computer lab or at home; our interactions were direct and actively engaged, highlighting how traditional education models were firmly rooted in physical presence, with online relationships left on the periphery. But now, technology has unleashed an unmatched potential for global connections. It’s become increasingly important to model/guide our students toward forging meaningful online relationships but also how to navigate the digital world.

    list of 20 Tech tips for teacher
    Image is from: https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/top-20-tech-tips-for-teachers/

    During our class discussions, one solution proposed was the creation of a monitored online space for young students to interact. Such a space could create digital friendships and serve as a platform for teaching crucial lessons on responsible online behavior. However, there’s a potential downside: the risk of superficial connections under the watchful eye of teachers. Reflecting on my junior high years at a private school where laptops were provided and monitored, I witnessed how some students would push boundaries, seek attention, or resort to insincerity, sometimes resulting in negative online interactions off school grounds. I hope that a well-designed space for student interaction will promote healthy digital relationships, as opposed to becoming a battleground for testing limits.

    The Pew Research Center’s findings point to a pressing need for digital literacy and responsible online engagement, placing educators in the role of mentors. Introducing mediated online connection platforms in early education could instill the value of a positive online presence well before the teen years. Yet, educators face challenges, such as managing screen time and guiding students through the vast, unregulated online world. Balancing screen time with physical movement, an element I’m passionate about as a graduate in Health and Physical Education is essential. A moderated approach could offer insights into student digital habits and help integrate physical activity into learning.

    This responsibility extends to educators and parents alike, tasked with the balance of integrating technology, teaching online skills, managing screen time, and maintaining physical activity levels. The solution is not straightforward and requires a willingness to embrace change and stay attuned to students’ needs. As technology advances, the best strategy is to remain adaptable, continuously seeking what’s best for our students. After all, as they learn and grow, so do we as educators in this ever-evolving educational landscape.

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Leveling Up: From Doubt to Delight!

    For this week of my macramé learning journey, I wanted to start with a project that I felt was manageable for a beginner, however after reading the comments on my last post, I wanted to try something a little bigger! So I chose a simple macramé plant hanger pattern I found on a crafting blog titled Jenny Lemons DIY Macramé Plant Hangers. The pattern was labeled as easy, which honestly gave me confidence that I could take it on. I quickly glanced over the instructions before I started, only to begin doubting my decisions, it seemed complex yet simple and I truly was a little worried about if it would work out. The main technique was called the square knot, which seemed to be a basic yet essential part of most macramé art. This article showed step-by-step photos to help teach the pattern. Last week I relied on videos to help teach me, however, this resource required me to give a little more attention to the task. This experience is all about learning new things and stepping outside of my comfort zone to create something beautiful. So rather than sitting and worrying about if I was good enough to try something more advanced I decided to go for it!

    Before I began to knot, I set up my workspace. The guide suggested attaching the cords to a stable anchor or taping it down. With the length of these strings, I was not able to simply tape it down on my desk, I spent close to 20 minutes trying to find the perfect spot to hang the strings. I noticed a 3M hook on our front window that we use for holiday décor and that it would be perfect, and I was right! I remembered from last week how important it is to have a good setup before starting a macramé project to avoid a tangled mess, so I am thankful I found a perfect spot. I then measured and cut out all the cords I needed, following the guide, and attached them to a 2-inch wooden loop with a gathering knot. From here I began knotting. Once I began I noticed I did not look or need further instruction! I started knotting and just kept going until it was complete.

    A lesson I learned from this macramé project was that I need to trust my own creativity and continue to challenge myself. Instructions tend to include very specific, crucial details that are easy to overlook, but I took the time to review them at the start and this led to a successful plant hanger. For instance, the pattern started with instructions to tie a gathering knot to secure the cords. Then, it said to start the square knots, which I did, but I added some extra flair. I found spare wooden loops and decided to get a little extra creative this week. Thankfully, this did not ruin the overall project, but I can imagine that adding such a detail could be problematic in more intricate designs.

    I was slightly nervous as I continued tying knots, worried that I might have missed an important step. This anxiety faded when I saw the plant hanger taking shape. My room was slowly being transformed by this new creation, which felt incredibly rewarding. I was honestly ecstatic when I finished; it looked exactly like the picture in the tutorial! I hung an empty pot in it to test my creation, and it fit just right. I was thrilled with the outcome of this first week of my macramé project, and I am eager to continue improving my skills.

    P.S. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a homework assignment before.

    Macramé plant hanger with a pot in it Macramé plant hanger without a pot in it

  • EDTC 300

    Cracking the Code: Navigating the World of Technology

    We live in an age where technology intertwines with every part of our lives (at least in my life..), Although I feel it is essential to evaluate my tech habits, I have not taken the time to do so. This could be because I rely so heavily on different forms of technology and I do not want to have to ‘take a break’ from them. With that being said, I invite you to join me as I dive into the subtle art of balancing my digital life while discovering how my tech habits impact my daily routines and personal well-being.

     

    My Digital Hangouts: Unveiling My Most Frequently Used Platforms

    Whether it be academic or social in nature, I have found that I have my personal social media ‘go-tos’, as I feel we all do. In my daily life, I have three different technology categories: 

    1. School, 
    1. Work, 
    • I have found that in my professional work routine as an exercise therapist/personal trainer, I spend a lot of my time with Excel, Google Docs, Instagram, Simple Set (exercise program development site), and Practice Perfect (booking for patients). As well as many different music sites during any class I may teach.
    1. Personal 
    • When I shift my focus to my personal life, I rely heavily on Instagram, Spotify, Crave/Netflix (etc.), Tiktok and so many more. Honestly, I use these resources way too frequently, commonly playing a movie/show or music in the background of anything I do at home.
    Photo of phone with apps
    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-right-productivity-app-every-time-simple-system/

    Tools for Success: Navigating the Sea of Productivity Apps

    Staying organized and productive amid the chaos of my life is no small task. For organization, I have a more ‘old school’ approach, by having physical calendars, to-do lists, weekly schedules, and handwritten/printed notes. I’m not sure what it is, but the act of physically writing things down, checking them off, or highlighting them increased my likelihood of remembering it! I want to begin trying new apps/techniques for productivity, I believe this course is the perfect tool to help me find beneficial technology sources for productivity. 

     

    Student on phone instead of studying
    https://www.apa.org/ed/schools/primer/inattention

    Distraction Dilemmas….

    Acknowledging my tech-related distractions is a crucial step towards finding solutions to benefit my productivity. As I previously mentioned, a lot of my habits I do not want to ‘fix’, but…. For the sake of properly evaluating my tech habits, I took the time to notice the impact of all the resources I use! Personally, social media often lures me into what feels like a time-consuming vortex. To be honest, I am guilty of not having proper plans/resources that help to avoid forms of distraction, but that is what I am hoping to find in this journey. As a woman with ADHD, (that was not diagnosed until recently, and unmedicated) some of these habits I have developed throughout my entire life. One of these behaviors is my unintentional avoidance of tasks, also commonly known as procrastination. Which ultimately results in me dedicating every ounce of myself to this task as I complete it last minute. Another example is my need for background noise while I cook, clean, or complete work. I feel extremely uncomfortable with silence while I work, and because of this, I have developed the habit of playing music, podcasts, movies, etc. while I am working on something. 

    To combat this, I have researched many strategies (that I have recently tried), like using timers during dedicated working hours and creating priority lists of tasks that require my attention first. I have also begun using educational resources as my ‘background noise’, an example would be anything I need to watch or read for classes. These may seem simple, but they have been critical in reclaiming control over my time and attention. 

    P.S. If you’re looking for details on student inattention and distractibility in a world of technology take a look at American Psychological Association’s take on it. They provide information on behaviors to watch for, things to do as teachers, and elaborate on when to act as an educator!

    Striking a Balance: Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Technology

    I have discovered that maintaining a healthy balance between screen time for academic purposes and personal well-being demands intentional efforts. Implementing new, simple tasks has helped prevent burnout and dedicate my attention to relevant tasks for a reasonable time. Additionally, I have tried to establish designated tech-free time during mealtimes and before bedtime to try and create a healthier relationship with technology and promote overall well-being. (honestly, it has been extremely difficult…)

    Overall, understanding and reflecting on our daily tech habits is crucial. By identifying the platforms that dominate our lives, utilizing productivity tools, addressing distractions, and establishing boundaries, we can cultivate a better relationship with technology. This journey has allowed me to harness (some…) the power of technology for academic success while ensuring that my personal well-being remains a top priority.

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

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

    Over my Christmas vacation, I was given a macramé kit in a gift exchange with my family. This was a form of art that I always enjoyed looking at and wished that I could do! However, I never seemed to dive into trying it. My first-ever macramé trial was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had. The knots wouldn’t tie, the photos were confusing, and it just didn’t look right. There were multiple times I had to put it away and take a break to not get irritated with a bunch of strings. Since then I have not touched the kit… Although this is something I have always wanted to learn, I found myself extremely irritated with how it would not cooperate with me! 

    This learning project came along at what I believe is a perfect time. One of my dogs suffered a double ACL tear at the age of five months old, this went undiagnosed for over a year. He has now been getting physical therapy for a couple of months in an attempt to avoid surgery, but that does not seem to be an option. The cost here in Saskatoon is just over $10,000 to fix both legs, but I was able to find someone in Edmonton who will Go Fund me QR code for help for dogs knee surgeryfix both for around $6,000. All of this veterinary research was occurring at the time we were discussing our learning projects. At this time I convinced myself to restart my macramé journey! With the goal of becoming skilled enough to sell products to raise funds for my dog’s surgery! I know that with this motivation I will be able to dedicate time and significant effort to learning how to excel at a skill I have wanted to learn for a long time.

    To get started I did some research on different styles of macramé and what supplies are required for each style. As I learned more I decided to start with the most simple approach I could find, making keychains. This will hopefully help me get comfortable with different styled knots, patterns, and designs before diving into more complex things. I ordered some supplies My Michaels haul of suppliesfrom Michaels and began to complete my first couple of keychain styles. With the help of a fantastic blog I found, I was able to watch videos, look at photos, and view inspirational designs! I was able to create three keychains in different styles! (not my best work, but it was my first attempt and it shows me where I am in my learning journey). This time around I truly enjoyed the process, I got to destress and focus on this one task.

     

     

     

    Beginning of a macramé keychainCompleted macramé keychain

    I plan to complete around six keychains of different styles to teach myself different patterns. Once I complete those, (only if I feel comfortable) I will begin working on a small wall-hanging piece. I hope that after each project I can progress into a slightly more complicated design. I have found a few blog resources to help with designs, such as this one. I am looking forward to progressing the difficulty as I learn more, and work into more complicated designs! 

    Wish me luck on this new journey!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • EDTC 300,  Who am I?

    The Making of an Educator: A Story All About Me and My Life

    Hello! I’m Kendra Saworski, and I am a first-year Bachelor of Elementary Education After Degree Student. I completed my first degree this past year in a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, where I majored in Physical Literacy. I originally had intended to become a Physiotherapist. As a child I found myself captivated by the world of physical rehabilitation. It was during my degree, where I took the vast majority of my courses in the education program (all with a physical education focus) that my plans for my life had shifted. During that time I found I had become deeply passionate about teaching. I found I had completely changed every plan or idea I had arranged in my mind. I now find myself beginning this new journey and I truly am excited to learn new things, expand on my current knowledge, and dive into the world of Elementary Education! Husband and wife smiling at eachother

    I am a recent newlywed and I love the ability to live life with my person! I am also a dog mom to two amazing Pitbull puppies who are almost 2 (Apollo) and 7 months old (Zeus), and they keep my life crazy busy. The more you get to know me, the more I talk about my dogs. My life consists of training for competitive rally obedience with my youngest dog, physical therapy for my oldest (for double ACL tears in his back legs), school, and work! I currently work as an Exercise Therapist at a physiotherapy clinic, and a Personal Trainer for F45 Lakewood in Saskatoon, while I complete my schooling. I have loved working at F45 (it’s been 4 years), the group fitness setting has infectious levels of energy, and I find being able to help people develop a love for personal wellness is inspiring. Although I would love to start working in a school setting!

    Photo of my dog
    ZEUS
    Photo of my dog
    APOLLO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My current passions still surround physical rehabilitation, health, well-being, and inclusiveness, but are now combined with a drive to develop the students of today. It is my goal to incorporate my knowledge of fundamental skills and movement into my teaching to help students become active, confident individuals! Especially, with the hope of developing their love for learning.Girl in mountains

    In regards to my blogging and educational technology background, I am entirely new to this experience. I am beyond grateful for all the guidance I have received to help prepare my blog. I look forward to building my online presence, and to also share this journey with all of you! 

    Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I cannot wait for the opportunity to connect with others who share a passion for education and personal growth as an educator!