EDTC 300 has come to an end, which also means my learning project is also over. Being able to learn a skill that I have been wanting to understand and master and be able to share the journey online in a way that I never knew of. All photos were posted to my Facebook Page.
I had chosen to learn photography and editing because it has always been something that interested me. I wanted to get better at taking photos and start taking better-executed photos.
Prior to starting the learning project, I had very little knowledge of photography. In high school, I took a class to learn, but this time around, I was using a different camera. I have always been interested in taking photos, but I have never been into it as a hobby. I also could not edit photos at all.
Over the 7 weeks, I had gotten to do different photoshoots. I took photos at my cousin’s graduation, took night time photos, took real time/ in the moment photos. I tried camera hacks and tried out different editing studios online.
Some of the editing studios I used were Be Funky, Pixlr, Luminar, Lightroom, and Pic Monkey. The ones I used the most and liked the best were BeFunky and Pixlr. I took a look at PicMonkey, but didn’t want to have to pay to use. The other two were very confusing.
Over the last 7 weeks, I have learned and became better at my skill of taking photos and editing the photos. I had people following my page and shared with everyone my progress. I don’t plan on stopping now that this class has ended. Photography is something that I feel like I could have a hobby in.
For my final blog post, I am going to look back on what the others in EDTC 300 have helped me learn throughout the class.
Google+ Community: On the group, I had asked questions and was given answers to help me. I also replied to different posts that other students posted when I had the answers. Posting my questions, I was glad that there were different people that I could go to when I needed help. This helped because I was also able to gain knowledge from them.
WordPress: On WordPress, I was able to share my thoughts on prompts, giving to us in class. We would talk about different digital topics. Over the weeks, other students commented on the posts. The comments posted were advice given and what the reader thoughts were on my post. To every comment, I would reply, thanking them for their comment and answering any questions they asked.
Twitter: On Twitter, I was able to connect with different people to talk about the different topics. I had followed everyone in EDTC 300 and I even followed a couple of people I met from #SaskEdChat and #EDTC300Sum (that two of my fellow classmates hosted). These people posted great resources that I was able to then have. On Twitter, I also replied to other peoples tweets, and retweeting the ones I thought were useful.
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This week in EDTC 300, we learned how to code. We were then challenged to take some time to code a game, I used Hour of Code and created a Flappy Bird game. Learning to code was something interesting. At first, I was confused on why we learned how to, but after doing it, I saw the positives.
During my time, learning how to code the flappy game, it taught me how to make the bird fly, how to make the game end when the bird hits the ground, how to create what happens when the bird hits the tubes and add points. I learned also how to create a different background, icon, and tube. We then created the different combinations for the game to play.
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So why is coding important? It teaches a different skill and allows for a different experience. This also allows for the students to be opened up to new job opportunities that students may not have known about.
Coding allows students to learn critical thinking, problem-solving and how to be creative. These are all different skills that students can learn through other forms, but coding allows for our students to have a different learning experience. Growing up, coding wasn’t something that was talked about or taught in schools, but in today’s society, technology is an important part of students lives. Coding in the classroom allows for variety in the learning.
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Week Six. After six strong weeks of taking a leap into photography, I have come across some interesting photo ideas on my Instagram feed. It showed using your iPhone and using the Panorama effect to take photos. I decided to try it out, my best friend Aurora volunteering to be my model.
The first effect was to use it to make it look like there were multiple people in the photos, but in reality, it was just her.
I think this idea is cool because it allows you to get a different shot and you can really play around and have fun with this idea. I think having 5 is too much for one person, maybe if there were more people in the photo, it could be more interesting.
The next idea was to hold the camera sideways and move the pano up towards the sky. This would have worked better if we had a building behind her to create the look of a taller building.
I think these photos worked and it gave the photo a different look. It became more interesting. I liked the way it turned out. I plan on using this idea again, but with different scenery.
This week, I also got out and tried some photos based on the knowledge I gained from the book I borrowed from the library A Beautiful Mess: Photo Idea Book. I took some photos of my grandparents and my mom.
This week I also took a try at getting photos of my dog. Let me tell you, this is not an easy job. My dog doesn’t like to sit, or stay, or listen to me when I say to sit or stay. I got some good ones, after a few minutes.
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EDTC 300 is coming to an end, which is very upsetting. This class has taught me so much. From how to teach in a tech-forward classroom and what resources to use all the way to what Digital Identity is and why it is important to understand and teach our students. I learned how to create an E-Portfolio and how to blog. Twitter has become more of a professional resource for me through the duration of this class.
Thank you to all of my EDTC 300 classmates for bringing my learning to a whole new level and learning alongside me for the past few weeks. We are all in the same boat when it comes to bringing tech into our classrooms and gaining an LPN is something that will help all of us in our futures as educators.
(Photo Credit: Kelsey Potoma)
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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.
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