EDTC 300

Digital Citizens of the next generation

I strongly believe that digital citizenship is going to be a crucial part of my future students and classroom’s learning environment, hence why I am taking this class so I can learn, grow, and teach about this evolving information.  I think all of my students will have an online profile in which they are going to have to learn about and learn about the safety aspects that they need to be aware of.

What do you see as the major challenges around teaching digital citizenship in the classroom?

I think teaching about digital citizenship is going to be challenging because of the always evolving network that the students are going to be exposed to, and the always changing access to sites that they have.  As a teacher who is teaching this topic you always have to be “with the times” and I struggle being “with the times” enough when it comes to my peers, let alone a younger generation.  Another challenge I see arising is the every changing personalities that come with the over exposure to the online world, and I feel like the students whom I teach are going to be far different then the who the students were when I was a child or even the students now.

How do you see digital citizenship fitting into the curriculum? 

I think that teaching about the safeties of digital citizenship is going to be included in the curriculum and the many windows that are open within the apps.  I also strongly believe that creating a digital citizenship for the students online is also going to be included in the curriculum whether it be the hidden curriculum or the written up Saskatchewan curriculum.  Let’s face is in today’s society knowing about technology and what it has to offer is crucial to getting jobs.

What topics that we discussed were particularly interesting to you and why? 

There are so many things that we have discussed that have been interesting to myself.  I think even learning about the different blogs, screen casting, and app blockers have changed my life already and have been interesting to myself.  I also enjoyed learning about the Nine elements of digital citizenship was interesting, and learning how quickly things can travel over cyberspace.

One beneficial thing that has truly changed my life is the twitter world and all that it has to offer – especially the twitter chats that are available to anyone!

 

The world of technology is a crucial part to teaching and learning in today’s world and teaching about the safety behind all of it is very important to students, peers, and the older generation (my mom in particular).

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ECS 210

Am I the Person they had wished to create?

I honestly have been thinking long and hard and I am not quite sure what types of citizenship education I received… maybe none?  I don’t ever remember doing food drives or donations within my school and definitely don’t remember EVER talking about the struggles that so many other people faced.  I guess my best bet to get to the bottom of my citizenship education is to potentially break it down by each type I read about.

The personally responsible citizen:

  • I mean as many schools, my school had laws and rules and if we didn’t follow them we got detention, suspension or expulsion. Also, when bad things happened we were always guaranteed to have an assembly with the police ESPECIALLY around Halloween.
  • We did the annual garbage pick up around town – basically we walked around town and picked up the odd piece of garbage but mainly did it for the fresh air and not having to do school work.
  • We learnt about recycling and had to recycle but that’s where it ended nothing happened we it.
  • We were definitely expected to be the best person that we could be and had to follow the “golden rule” which was of course posted in every classroom!

The participatory citizen/The justice oriented citizen.:

  • Nothing really for this one we really didn’t go above and beyond the call of duty on being a good person – we weren’t encouraged to be amazing.  We did the bare minimum and that’s about all…

Maybe it’s because reading week is around the corner, or maybe it’s because I am just drawing a blank, OR maybe just maybe it had nothing to do with curriculum.  I feel like everything about being a good person had to do with the hidden curriculum and wasn’t necessarily something my teachers had to do.  I honestly don’t really know what to say to ” Explore what this approach to the curriculum made (im)possible in regards to citizenship” maybe you can help me out, get my brain going for one last thing before reading week where I will be sleeping A LOT and doing some homework.

EDTC 300

Technology is opening many doors – but also has many open doors.

Not that I think I am like really old or anything but as a young(ish) adult I have experienced many changes within the internet craze.  I was around with the good ol’ dial up internet and the glory days of MSN, I was the naïve teenager messaging randoms on yahoo chat not knowing the dangers that potentially lurked behind the other screen.  I didn’t understand how quickly things could spread until I was older – I guess I didn’t know how truly fast things could spread until this present day!

I think it is crucial for students and teachers to understand the importance safe internet and teaching this to our students on how to be safe – and knowing for ourselves.  Understanding the dangers that could potentially occur when we are not responsible or not aware of what is happening.  I think technology is important and crucial for teaching in today’s society and it could teach a lot of people the many things you have to offer your students and your community but in one wrong move you could also show that one wrong mistake could be looked at more times then the positives.

I think that it is super important to remember two specific points:

  1. In class when Katia mentioned that there aren’t two lives in young people’s life – their online and offline lives are joint. That we need to remember that who they are in in the online life.
  2. In the video when Wesch mentions that technology joints many aspects of our lives and other’s.

Participatory communities is a very important aspect to bring everyone closer.  I feel honestly hidden behind a computer helps people open up – I mean for 3 out of 5 classes I am blogging all of my thoughts some personal – some not so much.  But I, myself can be who I want to be hidden behind the computer sitting in my lap then I would sitting in a classroom with my peers.  I think too this is what also makes people fighting on the internet so easy!

 

ESCI 302

Braiding to become eco-literate

When thinking of what it means to be eco-literate there are various ways we can go about it, to describe it, and how to live it or who lives it.  Two pieces that I found very interesting when readings them were Kaylee’s and Rebecca’s.  Both pieces took a different role at describing how people/animals are eco-literate and what it means to be eco-literate.  Kimmerer (2013) says “It is an intertwining of science, spirit, and story – old stories and new ones …  that allow us to imagine a different relationship, in which people and land are good medicine for each other.” (pg.X), these different relationships that I read about opened my eyes to noticing that various ways it means to be eco-literate and who all can be eco-literate.

I really enjoyed the impact that Kaylee and I found in people mine definition of eco-literacy being found in the lives of indigenous people and Kaylee’s being found in her parents.  The people who have shaped who we are and who have taught us many things also have taught us how and what it means to be eco-literate.  One crucial question that I thought of was “Eco literate or Indigenous?” – I feel like the definition of being eco-literate is living in the indigenous way of life before the settlers came and interrupted their ways of life and traditions.  I also found it interesting how Kaylee learnt how to be eco-literate from her parents who have taught her appreciation for the land and its beauty, “The snow, the wind, the rain and the sun; All apart of everything all in unison to one an ever changing and intertwined environment It’s no wonder how you embrace and love this beautiful planet.” (Kaylee).  I also really enjoy how she mentions that everything is in unison and intertwined with the environment.  That although many weather patterns are taken for granted there is beauty behind them and they offer our plant so many possibilities.

Another perspective that I enjoyed was the one through the eyes of Rebecca’s dog, Tucker.  I really found this interesting on how a dog can offer ways to be eco-literate and through the eyes of a dog you can learn these ways.  Dogs offer advice more then people realize and like many other things people miss from the animals of the earth we can learn from all living things.  I really found it interesting when Rebecca said “You never take more than they give and only once it had fallen to the ground as if to not let it go to waste.” (Rebecca), this quote made me think of the circle of life and how the earth offers things to our animals and they can only take so much.  That although there are ways for these animals to eat they still rely on mother earth to live, breathe, and eat from.  I think it is so important to remember not to take more then what you need because in today’s world the resources are becoming limited and what mother earth had to offered has been ripped from her and the human population has taken all she can give from her.

 

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions

EDTC 300, Learning Projects

Alphabet is harder then sayings!

Ok, so I thought by the end of this week I would have mastered the alphabet on both hands… I obviously didn’t know what I was in for even though I worked on my letters all last week and this week.  But I give up and I am moving on to simple phrases I thought I would do numbers but I find the sayings were a lot easier and I would like to do a video and would like to show skill not struggle through it.

I don’t really understand why it is so hard for my hands to make the letters but it is.  I can do the video (doesn’t matter which one they all show me the 26 letters) only 2 times then my hands start cramping so much!  So I do the suggestion and stretch them and massage them and try again but they just don’t want to move the way they have to for the letters.  I also find that the transition between letters isn’t as easy as I thought – I get it though because it would be hard to notice the difference between letters that look similar.

So sorry folks but I promise my blog post will be a lot more interesting next week when I have a video and I promise you a video (if i can figure it out how to post it haha)

 

See ya next week when I have something to show for myself.

ECS 210

How the curriculum is built:

Before reading the article I thought that curriculum was based off of policies that were put into place through the Saskatchewan Teacher Federation, building off of prior years to plan for higher years.  I believed it was scaffolded off of what was required each year to lay out what needed to be taught.

 

The reading explained how curricula is developed through government and academic scholars who lay out the importance of subjects and content.  It concerns me that non-educators have an influence and impact on the curriculum that teachers teach their students.  I think it is important that the top six scholars don’t have the final say on curriculum and having non-educated people probably level out the votes and content of the curriculum.  I also feel like it is very important for specific areas to outline the curriculum that is taught and influence the region.

  • This was very interesting in the aspects of how curriculum is actually built and influences.
ESCI 302

Eco-literate poem – No judgement zone

Indigenous people – as eco-literate people

It was not that long ago that Indigenous people were here

Whom walked on and served our mother earth.

 

The people lived off of this land and praised this land.

 

These people utilized the animals for everything they had to offer

And in return respected every animal.

 

Mother earth has so much to offer

Herbs, food, animals, and shelter.

 

However, the only ones to use all of these resources

Were the Indigenous people.

 

Respecting, all that earth has to offer

Utilizing every natural element for every aspect of life.

 

Eco-literate or Indigenous?

 

When I think of being eco literate

I think of living like the indigenous people.

 

Living and breathing in all of earth’s beauty

Offering and protecting everything it has to offer.

 

Their carbon footprint?

Was their even such a thing?

They lived so eco friendly and didn’t waste anything.

 

Animal fur?

More like clothing and shelter.

 

Herbs?

More like medicine and remedies for many things.

 

Trees?

More like housing and transportation

  • But not the kind that left a black mark on our mother earth.

 

What has civilization done to this beauty?

What can we do to go back to these ways?

EDTC 300, Learning Projects

Not exactly sure what’s harder ASL or French!

This is better late then never… right?

I have been waiting to post because I was hoping that I would have perfected the Alphabet by now, which unfortunately I have not.  I don’t know why but I am struggling with the hand, and finger placements.  I am researching to find tips on exactly how it should look, and trying videos but so far no such luck on perfection.  I really enjoyed this video because of the music, maybe if it gets stuck in my head the signs will as well!

Also after seeing the title of this blog pop on my news feed, I decided that I too maybe should take it back to the basics and learn the alphabet.  I actually took the time tonight to read the blog and downloaded some of the apps that she suggested – maybe they will help more for the perfection of the alphabet signs that I am going to practice.  (Also once I remember how to link her blog to this post I will be doing that as well).  She’s onto something definitely!

I found one site that gave me tips on sign language, and found it very useful my hands were sore after trying the alphabet just once! So I am taking this website’s advice and going to perfect the alphabet – as for perfecting it on both hands, I don’t think my left hand moves that way!  If I perfect it by next week I will try to upload a video – possibly trying to do it with both hands!

Also if the perfection happens sooner rather then later I will try and work on numbers… I’ll let you know what one I get too next week!

I will keep you all update, but I think struggling through French 100 was easier then this!

Have a great week everyone,

See you next week… REGAN (below are the signs for each letter).

        

EDTC 300

What just happened?…

Well I just took part, or well observed for the most part my first ever twitter chat.  I am in a daze and don’t really know what just happened other then to say information was thrown in every direction possible.  I learnt a few things, and they are as followed:

  1. When there is a glowing blue line at the top of the chat that means your scrolling is still clicked off so you are not getting the most up to date tweets as they come in, and it takes awhile to catch up again.
  2. I don’t really care for “Open Mic” nights I think it would have been better if we were all talking about a specific topic not all just throwing ideas around and advice around.
  3. Be aware of who the people are replying to, and try to mentally keep track of who’s saying what.
  4. Don’t plan to do an ed chat on Super Bowl Sunday!

I honestly maybe got a few tips and tricks but since so much was happening I don’t think I necessarily got information that is going to transform my blog into something amazing anytime soon.  I am interested to see what a chat is like with specific topics or questions.

ECS 210

Is commonsense teaching really the best way? Not likely!

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense?

  • sitting and behaving
  • listening and following the rules
  • doing EXACTLY what the instructions say
  • Not being your own person
  • Learning and absorbing all of the knowledge the teacher throws at you

Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student?

  • the academic scholar
  • the successful student with no disabilities or delays
  • the student who is good at notes and good at absorbing knowledge quickly

What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?

  • It is impossible to see every child’s full potential
  • It is hard to understand what the child does actually know
  • It is difficult to believe that every child can be successful