Well it’s been a slice. It’s time that we are all wrapping up our learning projects, but mine is still a work in progress! Obviously there was no way I was going to finish an entire language on Duolingo in 6 weeks. Well, I guess I could have if I really wanted to.
I got about halfway through all the lessons, and hit the 41% fluency mark.
(Screenshot or it didn’t happen)
For those of you interested in Duolingo, I also recently made a runthrough video HERE.
Here is also a little treat for you to showcase my French skills. Yes I had to google translate a few words to get the meaning across. I’m only 41% fluent after all.
How have I contributed to the learning of others? I feel that I have networked fairly well with my classmates, and aided in their learning throughout this semester. I wouldn’t say that I did an amazing “over the top” job, but I feel it was adequate. It is always tough to jump in and socialize with strangers, whether it is in person or online. Having an immense workload also makes the day to day things a little more difficult. However here are some areas where I helped my new friends:
Google Plus Community: I found that networking in the community was a little bit of a struggle, and came as a secondary priority for me. I didn’t receive notifications, or ever have thoughts to check it out more than a few times. I did, however aid in some discussion.
Blogging: I blogged pretty frequently, and read other people’s blogs when I had time, but not as much as I would have liked to. I also didn’t get around to commenting on as many posts as I would have liked to. Commenting on each others blogs helps us find a purpose in this whole blogging thing. It keeps us sane, so we aren’t just talking to ourselves.
Twitter was by far the easiest way to network with my classmates. Simply following them had my feed blowing up with interesting posts and articles. Having the twitter app on my phone meant that I could respond, and network with them wherever I went, as long as I had a minute or two. I did a lot of of tweeting with my classmates, especially at the beginning of the semester. It was a lot easier for me to jump into, because it wasn’t “out of my way” to go a read, and it didn’t require a lot of extensive reading. Twitter was by far the greatest tool to network with, and we all made a friend from overseas!
Finally, I also tried to be very engaging and interactive throughout our online web conferences. I like to joke around and lighten the mood, because I feel it makes a class full of strangers more fun. I frequently like to make jokes based on “Friends” references.
Overall, I felt I adequately engaged and networked with my other classmates. This class definitely pushed us to socialize and form our PLN, and I am excited to now watch that PLN grow, as we all hopefully become teachers.
Okay so as promised here are the links that I have been going through and working with. The first article I found was Learning to Weld. What attracted me to this article was that it appeared to be very personalized. This person was writing it to help one of their friends with welding. I could relate to this post because the person writing it uses the same kind of welder that I use at home and that is a stick welder. Unlike this person though I have been doing a lot of small projects and art work with my welder. Something that I found I really enjoyed about this article was that the author brought up many terms and then later defined those terms in case people where unfamiliar with them (like myself). I also really enjoyed how this article included different diagrams of weld (See picture below). From this picture I was able to compare to my own welds and I have learned that I tend to weld a lot of C’s and F’s so I do still have a lot of practicing to do!
The next article I found was Learning TIG. Now you are probably wondering what TIG is but it is just the type of welder. TIG are more complicated then MIG welders, and MIG welders are consumable which means the rod you are using melts into the metal you are welding. TIG on the other hand are non-consumable. I use a Stick TIG welder and from this article I learned that I am on the right track as this welder is best for artist projects and working with lighter metals. One thing I dislike about this article was that it said that a person should never teach themselves how to TIG weld. I was pretty offended when I read that because guess what? I DID!! What I enjoyed most about this article was that it gives the read/learner a list of things to do in preparation for welding.
The last article/website I managed to fin was Welding 101. I loved this website because it gave me a number of comparable visual representations of welding.
This article was filled with these kinds of pictures. It also included graphs and then explained them so that was helpful to understand what was going on. Beside every picture was a description saying what it was and how it helps with welding. It also broke down types of metals and rods. It was very helpful and I was able to practice my electrode extensions and the direction I was welding.
Moving forward my goal is to keep working on projects and just keep practicing everything that I have learned online. Keep an eye out for more blog posts!! I have been pinteresting away and have plenty of projects in mind.
When looking at how I contributed to the learning of others, I get quite frustrated with myself. I believe that, compared to others in the class, I didn’t contribute as much. I have always been someone who doesn’t tweet, comment, or blog. For the amount of tweeting, blogging and commenting on other people’s questions and work that I had done before ECMP, I am proud of what I did. Before coming into ECMP, I was someone who went on Facebook quite often, but that was the extent of my presence on social media. Even then, I have never been someone to constantly post and comment on other people’s posts.
When I look at specific ways that I have contributed to other peoples learning, I have taken screenshots of examples and posted them below.
After I found a variety of comments and posts that I have made to help others in their learning and posting them here, I am very proud of how far I’ve come from the beginning of the semester. Since I still have a long way to come when looking at my activity online, I hope to continue to add to my learning online throughout my career as a teacher.
Please let me know if you have any ideas on how I can continue to learn and grow with social media in my teaching career!
I think that goal setting in every aspect of life is important – career, personal, as a citizen, friend and family member. Before I begin every semester or any kind of journey such as pre-internship or internship, I always make sure to set my goals ahead of time so that i can gauge myself based on what I had anticipated for myself and myself alone. In doing this, I try not to compare myself to others but only to the progress that I have made thus far.
So! With that being said, I am going to set 5 goals for myself for my next big journey – internship! I am beyond excited to get into the classroom again and connect with a whole new set of learners this fall and with a grade that I haven’t had any personal experience with yet. Grade five is right about where I want to be in the future, so I am eager to get in there!
Be prepared…no, be OVER-prepared.
Maintain a healthy diet, don’t eat junk because it’s easier. Pack a lunch or go home for lunch.
Get plenty of exercise. It’s good for your brain and your body.
Make time for myself. I am bad for this, so I need to remember that I cannot pour from an empty cup. I need to put myself first sometimes.
Connect with others! Keep building your PLN, within the school and online.
Keep playing the guitar! Which in turns, means get better at it! Maybe by Christmas time, you can play a song for your students!
This week I found myself in a slump with my guitar and not feeling like I was making any real progress. I think I expected learning the guitar to be a little easier than it has been for me, just because learning new things in my life typically come fairly easily to me. With that being said, I am really good at learning to fix things and applying practical skills. As I mentioned in my first few posts, I have always been musically challenged and this fact really hasn’t changed.
I was also faced with the issue of how exactly I wanted to learn the guitar. Do I want to learn the skills? Or do I just want to learn how to play songs and not know the chords I’m playing? So, I thought about this for several minutes and came to the conclusion that I am learning to play the guitar for myself. Something that (hopefully) one day I can play around a camp fire and maybe even for my kids, and with that being said, I would rather learn how to play songs. Even though the semester is coming to and end, I still plan to spend time practicing and getting better at playing. While I can’t play a full song (or even close) I am setting a goal for myself to have a song mastered by the end of the summer. Stay tuned!
With the last day of class in ECMP355, I created a “mindmap” of all the we learned in the class. With a busy schedule, I decided against some super elaborate final assignment, and instead wanted to just keep it simple. Here is the quick video of me walking us through that mind map:
The big idea that I gained from this course, was not all the fun tools to use to aid teaching, but the sense of confidence in teaching toward a digital citizenship. Yes, there were negatives that were highlighted along the way, but this course was all about rising above those challenges, in order to embrace the future of teaching.
Hi guys. I’m surprised at how fast the semester went by. I really enjoyed ECMP 355, especially having it online. To summarize what we learned throughout the semester, we had to make a Summary of Learning Project. I decided to use Moovly to make my video. It was not easy learning a new video editing program, but I really liked many of the features Moovly had. Well, I’ll stop talking now and let you watch my video! Enjoy
Hi everyone! Here is my Summary of Learning! I decided to focus on bullying since that is something I am extremely passionate about advocating. Throughout this term, I was introduced with so many amazing tools and gadgets and I was always thinking of ways to integrate them into my classroom. My learning project is of me teaching my very populated classroom the basics of bullying and cyber bullying.
I used a smartboard, a camera, Zoom, Prezi, Screencastify, Kahoot (super excited to try this!) and iMovie to compile everything together. Initially, i had over 25 minutes of video (I got a little excited), so there are parts that aren’t so much in depth because I decided to take out a few points. I’ve also sped the video I included within my Prezi.
I tried making sure I used software that I wasn’t familiar with and I think I did a pretty good job I’m so excited to share this with all of you and even more excited to take what i’ve learned and apply it to my teaching!
Welcome to my presentation of the Summary of Learning of ECMP355. I would like to share with you that my first great idea was to create an interactive timeline using an online tool. Unfortunately, after many efforts and hours of trying to find a great application, I changed my mind and decided to do something that will represent more who I am and where I am at with technology. So, I created my own timeline using a whiteboard, dry erase markers and pictures. Here is what it looks like. I hope you will enjoy the presentation.