Tweet with a Purpose

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This week, we were able to work with a partner to create a blog post of a conversation about an online tool, the pros and cons, and the purpose of using it in the classroom. This week, I was partnered with Samantha and we talked about Twitter. We decided to take the stand of a concerned parent and a teacher.

We found an app to create a text message conversation, but we first wrote out our conversation on a Google Doc. This helped us be able to have a conversation and have it saved. This helped work out how and what each person wanted to say.

The app used was called Texting Story. The messages were created, and then the app records and creates the video.

 

Personally, I think Twitter is something that helps within the classroom. We have learned so much about Twitter in EDTC 300 that I wouldn’t want to not have it when I have my own classroom. I took the role of the teacher in the conversation and I was able to find reasons, but also found an article online that explains more in depth as to why these things and reasons help in the classroom.

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Week Five: Out in the Field

This week I was able to get back out there and take some photos. My cousin graduated this past Friday and I was able to learn how it was to take photos indoors, and with flash. This also allowed me to learn how to take photos without posing and being quick with a camera. I think I got genuine moments.

 

 

This week I also stopped by my local library just to see if there were any books that could help me with my project because I do know we are learning using the internet. I found a book that provided ideas for what types of photos I could take. A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. This book helped me find different ideas and how to do it.

This week was a pretty interesting one. I am glad I had the opportunity to go out and take photos in real time, although many were blurry, I still think I was able to capture the emotion. I will take the photos that are blurry and edit them, to make them look like they are supposed to be blurry (which I will show in the next blog)

This week, in Estevan, we had a couple of days of rain. Every night it seemed there was a thunderstorm, which I am not complaining because I absolutely love storms. I took my brother outside just as the sun was setting and was able to get some pretty great shots, not particularly of him, but of the sky. These also helped me figure out how to get the camera in a good position for natural light. I found when I was lower to the ground the lighting was better, as well as when I faced the sunset. My brother wasn’t too happy about it, but in the end he’s a natural.

On my last week, I plan on going out and getting photos inspired by the book and really get more into a different type of edit for the photos.

 

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, each day can end beautifully
-Kristen Butler

 

 

 

 

 

Digitally, Who am I?


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This week, we talked about digital identity. We talked about different examples of when posting things that you maybe shouldn’t have is circulated and will come back and bite your bottom. We see different ways the internet goes about dealing with situations. For example, we talked about Justine Sacco and the girls who tweeted about picking cotton. Both of these examples were new to me. I hadn’t heard about these before. They are both recent topics, but I do find that, even though I am on social media a lot, I was not on it enough to see these.

I was giving the opportunity to watch some Ted Talks. I watched Monica Lewinsky’s The Price of Shame. In the video, she talked a little about who she is and her experiences with online shaming. She shared personal feelings and in the video, you can see she is really hitting good points, by the faces of the viewers. In her talk, she speaks about how she wanted to turn her story into a learning opportunity for others.  She said a few things that stood out to me. She said that she was the one who received hate, not the story. This means, she was being called the names, but the story itself wasn’t receiving any hate.

“Seen by many. Known by few”

-Monica Lewinsky

I found an article online that talks about how a professor at the University of Arkansas was mistakenly misidentified as someone in a video from a rally because of a shirt the man was wearing. This caused him to be attacked online and threatened when people had managed to find his home address. Later, after so much damage was done, the actual guy in the video speaks out, stating it was him. On the site I found the article, there is a video which has the professor, Kyle Quinn, talk about the experience. The article and video then go on and talk about other cases where they were shamed online. The video also has someone from Twitter-speak about the steps they are taking in order to stop shaming online from happening.

How is digital identity dealt with in school? Growing up in a small town in Southeast Saskatchewan, I would say it isn’t. I was never taught in school about digital identity.  We were always told to avoid social media because it was simply a bad thing. We only used the same online agents all the time, Google or word docs./powerpoints. What should we as teachers be doing about teaching digital identity? We should be talking about what it is and how it will all affect us in the future. We need to make our student aware of what is being posted online and how it will affect them in their future. Personal stories that the teacher has gone through, or sharing the stories, like Justine Sacco, will help the students understand what we mean. As a teacher, I will be open to talking about the consequences and have different speakers talk to the class. Sometimes, in order to get a message across, someone else needs to share the message. I think when I become a teacher I will also be more willing to use different online agents in the classroom to allow for different levels of learning

“Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people”
-Dave Willis

 

Being a Cyber-Sleuthing Spy


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This week I partnered up with Samantha Johnson in my EDTC 300 class to do some cyber-sleuthing on one another. The task was to search one another up and see what information we could find on one another. I found not a lot on her, other then there is a Samantha Johnson who is a singer on America’s Got Talent. The information I found was very little, but after talking and showing her what I had found, she informed me her Facebook had two a’s in her first name. I tried that and found her instantly. I also found two twitter accounts, one that seemed like a personal account that hasn’t been used since 2010. Her other account was made this year, specifically for our class.

I found that Samantha is a 3rd-year student in the Elementary program at the University of Regina. She also works at Save-On-Foods. She was born February 11 and is from Regina, Saskatchewan. On her Facebook, I found that she is engaged to Eric and that her father’s name is Tracey. I think her twitter that she uses is more of a professional look at her life, rather than sharing more about her journey and who she is outside of the classroom. Her Facebook is very much the opposite. It seemed to have more of a personal feel, I didn’t see much of anything regarding education or profession topic of conversations happening. So I said she was neither an oversharer nor an under share. My suggestion for her would be to merge the two sides together, have a good personal and professional mix.

“People have diverse, rich lives that aren’t contained within a single idea or persona”

-Nicole Reed

I also read the article Having Multiple Online Identities is More Normal Than You Think by Nicole Reed, gives me more of an insight into why having different accounts isn’t always a bad thing. I personally have 3 Instagram accounts, 2 Twitter accounts, and 2 Facebook accounts. My Instagram accounts are used for my own personal photos (selfies and all), one for my Synchronized Swimming videos and photos and one for a class project in my first year of University. My twitter was used for personal interests, mainly because everyone had one, but I also have one for EDTC 300. My Facebook is for family and friends, but I also made a page for my EDTC 300 Learning Project.


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If I was an employer, I would consider hiring her. I find there isn’t a lot of information on her online and the future employer might find that suspicious. I think she should try and be more active online and share more. My advice in total would be to share more of you, rather than just material for class. Share your journey, whether that be through pictures or writing of the blogs.

“Different sites, different audience, different purpose”

– Nicole Reed

For myself, when I search me up, all of my social media accounts come up. After that, it is news articles from when I was a competitive swimmer. I think that all of these are okay because I don’t share things online that I wouldn’t want my future employer to see. In EDTC 300, we talked about why it would be a good idea to be online and that sharing things can be a good thing. This has made me think about who I am friends with online and in life. I think what they might post and whether I would want me to be associated with that online.

Just Be Funky!

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This week I was able to figure out how to upload the videos I made with ScreenCast, thanks to YouTube. At first, I had asked in the Google+ community for EDTC 300 (Thank you everyone who helped!), but I was unable to find what was being suggested, so I took to YouTube and was able to find a video that walks you through the process of downloading the videos to your computer.

  

 

This week I also learned how to put text on top of an image. I tried following a video on YouTube and using Pixlr but found that it wasn’t working the way the video said it would. So instead I went back to BeFunky.

I find myself using BeFunky because it is easier to use and is self-explanatory. The free version of BeFunky has a lot of options to use, to begin with, but if I was to pursue photography in a more professional way, I could pay and get more filters. I find that BeFunky’s free version gives me everything that I need in order to edit the pictures perfectly.

When I first started to do the text, I found a video on youtube that showed one way to do it, like I had previously stated above, on Pixlr.  I was able to get to get to one part of the process and then the program stopped working the way it was supposed to. I got frustrated and basically stopped working with Pixlr. The video itself was very difficult to follow along with.  There was no talking in it and went way too fast. So after I stopped using Pixlr, I went to BeFunky and found the tab for adding text. I had to work at it and figure out how to create the look that I wanted, but eventually, I got it and just wanted to keep going.

 

 

Online Safety for the New Generation

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In class, we had Alec Couros come and talk about the Internet, all sides of the internet. The good, like how it can be a resource for people to use, and the bad, like what is being posted for everyone to see. We learned about how generations now will have more photos of themselves posted online and how by the age of three, they know how to use electronics. In Michael Wesch’s An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, he talks about how YouTube came to be and why it is as big as it is today. In the first Fifteen minutes of the video, he talks about how Youtube didn’t just have people reacting. It had people re-creating and sharing. For example, Wesch shows how the “Charlie Bit Me” video had become so big that people started to re-create the video and make their own versions of the video.

I think of what my classroom might be like when I become a teacher in a few years and I just sit and think, “What will the internet be like by then?” I know it is in 3 years, but a lot can change by then. Even now, I think back to when I was a kid and think of what it was like for me growing up. The way the kids would act and what they would do is so different from the kids now. I didn’t get my first phone until grade 8, kids have phones when they are 8. I wasn’t allowed a social media account until grade 8, kids have 3 social media accounts by the time they are 10. I think the internet has so much impact on kids lives that knowing how to use it and have it incorporated into the classroom is essential.

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I think this means for schools is that they are going to start going more tech-dependant. This means the funding for schools will have to go up. I think that having tech in schools opens up the students to different future job options. It opens a whole new world and allows for new oppertunities in learning. I think this is the way forward, whether we want it to be or not. The dissadvantages are that we are opening up a whole new world to everyone. How will they react? The internet is already used so much for bullying, how will it be used when we depend on the internet for everything? I believe that with every negatove reason, there is a positive. With the negative that could be uploading innappropriate things, but with the positive that could be teaching the studnets about internet safety.

 

Editing Like a Pro

This week I ended up having surgery on my foot so I was not able to go out and take photos. I ended up focusing more on the editing aspect of things. I was able to try out a new editing program and used youtube to find a video to follow. I tried Screencastify out as well this week and was able to make a video showing a step by step video on how to do this particular edit.

Below is the video I used to follow along with. I had issues uploading my version of the video, so I will attach it to my next Learning Project post.

 

I tried with different photos, just to see what I liked and what worked. In the video above, you can see what happens, but basically, I had to duplicate the photos so they were layered then put the saturation down all the way. I then used the eraser to get rid of the grey of where I wanted the color to come through. Some turned out great, like the first three. Thet last photo is something I did not like. I think if I had left her in color and had everything else in the grey it would have been better.

        

I had posted some of these photos on my facebook page. Check it out!