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Month: June 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

It’s a Wrap

As my spring semester comes to an end, so does EDTC 300 and my learning project. Looking back on the last few weeks I realize I have come a long way since the beginning. To some it may not seem like much, but gaining the patience to figure out the measurements for the backing of my signs was a big struggle for me. I know that this is still something I will have to work on as I continue making and then hopefully selling when I’m confident! 

Each week in the learning project was not only an opportunity to learn something new with my project but also with myself. Here is a recap of my learning project;

Week one – Am I doing this DIY Right?

  • Decided I’m going to learn more about making frames to hopefully sell one day
  • I took a chance and bought some new tools, this being a brad air nailer as well as a used mitre saw.
  • Asked my husband if he could help me figure out my speed and depth of the nailer as it intimidated me a bit.
  • Used Pinterest ( for some tips and tricks 

Week two – Try, Try, Try again

Week two was completing my Mother’s Day signs and having a few mix ups with that but still rolling with the punches. This week also taught me to not worry so much about the mistakes as I am still learning and I will still make them down the road

Week 3 – Thankful for Canva

This week I found an app that would work for me for editing my pictures when it’s time to sell them. I also learned that I could make a logo with the app if I chose to do so!

  • Did a trial and error on many apps 
  • Learned about Canva
  • Designed a possible logo *insert pictures*
  • Made a comparison in Canva of my first and third frame to remind myself how far I’ve come *insert picture*

Week 4 – Just Keep Pushing Through

This week wasn’t much of a creative week for me. I cleaned my work space so that I could have a clear mind and space for when I began working on my frame! I did learn a few things though;

  • A clear space = a clear mind
  • I’m not as messy as I thought
  • Just because I had a creative funk, doesn’t mean I won’t start again

Week 5 – The Hinge Method

This week I learned a new technique for when I put the writing on my new frame I was planning to make. I used these tips and tricks while finishing up my sign and I think it worked pretty well, check out the pictures in my last post (*link) to see how it turned out! What I thought about while reading and learning about this technique;

  • What works for her may not work for me
  • It doesn’t hurt to try in case it becomes a good method
  • Just because it says to use transfer tape you don’t have to and can use painters’ tape instead; this is also way cheaper!

Week 6 – Today I Struggled to Make a Frame

I think out of all the learning I did up to this week, this one was by far the most enjoyable one I’ve done! Although I struggled and made some mistakes, I was able to laugh at myself along the way and that’s all that matters

  • Found a video for setting up my Ryobi for when I forget 
  • Found an article for how to size my frames and backing easier
  • Used my mitre saw for the second time!
  • Finally finished a frame that I’m so proud of 

Week 7 – The Final Touch

This learning project has come to an end but I have learned so much from just a short time! I am glad I chose the DIY framing and Cricut combo as this is something I have always been interested in learning more about but I have just never had an opportunity to just sit down and learn. This final post is what my frame looks like with the quote on it! Although still not perfect, I am still happy with the results and I cannot wait to continue to make more as time goes on! With putting all my tips and tricks together here is my finally project. I now know as you might notice from the video that I struggled with the Hinge Method and soon realized it was either not for me or it was just an awkward size of frame and I couldn’t deal with it correctly. Either way I will try again for my next project and see how that goes. 

I had taken a video of me doing the hinge method but the video was not uploading regardless of what I did or it was going to take way too long. So here are some snap shots from the video of me attempting the hinge method. Like I said above, I am not sure if it was how I was doing it, I just need more practice or that it just simply isn’t the way I should go, but I struggled with it more than I expected.

All in all my sing turned out good I believe although there are some flaws but that is to be expected and I cannot wait to continue my crafting journey and learn from my mistakes as I go!

Here is the finished product! 🙂

A Reflection of My Personal Learning

This course has encouraged me to explore more of my Digital identity as well as keep some things more private than they are. It has also taught me just how beneficial social media platforms can be when used in different ways!

Below is a google slide to show what I have learned throughout this course!

I hope everyone has a great summer and good luck in your future wherever it may take you!

Contributing to Others Learning

As this semester in EDTC300 comes to an end way faster than I pictured it would! I am happy to have learned what I have and had great classmates along the way that were so helpful along the journey! I cannot wait to use more online resources for myself and in my future classroom as well!

Here is the link to my Contribution of others learning!

Flabby Bird and Coding

What do I know about coding? Honestly not a thing, but when it was explained in class, it was soon known that we rely on coding whenever we are online! To me, I thought coding was something you had to understand to know how to do it and you have to get into that computer tech learning as well. So, when we were told that our task was to make our own code and show the process, all I thought was, this will be very interesting and gave it a go! I chose the website Hour of Code and after scrolling through some games, I found the one I thought looked fun, easy, and reminded me of Mario Bros! It was called Make a Flappy Game 

Going into this I was bracing myself because I had no clue what I was doing, but through every level there were instructions at the top of the page that helped explain what to do and made the coding process that much easier.

In the beginning few levels, 1-5, it explained to me how to set up the game and I could choose how to make the bird fly, what sound it would make when flying and if it would get points when it went through an object. If the bird hit the object or the ground, the game would be over. 

Level 6 had me choose the number of times the bird flapped its wings and to see if I could get a point when doing that. Level 7 I was able to change the background and there were a few options for that as well. I made it so when the bird went between the pipes, the background changed. I thought that was pretty cool! 

Level 8 had me stumped for a bit, I thought I was following the instructions but I was definitely missing something small and I had a struggle getting through the objects, but none the less, I still made the code happen.

Level 9 simply suggested me putting the score back to zero instead of ending the game if the bird hit the ground or an object. This was easy as it allowed me to continue the game and not start over if I had made it farther than before although I did end up losing all my points which sucked! 

Level 10, which was the last level, allowed me to make my own game from scratch, I wasn’t the best at getting through the obstacles but it was still fun to play around and learn how to do that.

Overall, coding is a lot of fun when it’s looked at in a game type of way. I’m sure there are a bunch of other types of coding but I think I would stick with this one as it is something that is fun and you learn while you do it and it isn’t too complicated. I believe coding to be important because we are in the technology world and we need coding to do basic things on the internet. Without coding, most of the interactions on the computer would not be able to happen. 

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