Connecting through the World Wide Web

Picture this:

You’re a teacher and it’s a Monday morning. You are just walking into your classroom and your students start to roll in one by one. There’s a weird buzz in the air. The kids have a new, vibrating, energy to them, on a Monday morning, what the heck. “It must be a full moon,” you think to yourself. Then they start to line up at the door for the morning assembly, as they stand in line you see them doing a strange motion with their arms and hips. “Now this is a new one,” you silently whisper.  You ask your line leader what this new move is and where they learnt it. She replies with, “it’s flossing! I learned it from my sister who saw it on SNL on Youtube!” Apparently this move is common knowledge and you must be out of the loop. You go home after school and search this ‘flossing backpack kid’ and low and behold, there he is, with over 4 million views (this is just on this particular video).

Now if you type the word ‘flossing’ into a Google search, this is what comes up:

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The very first thing that comes up is the Flossing dance!! This shocked me! Not until you scroll further down do you see results actually relating to teeth flossing. Youtube is full of How To Floss videos, it’s insane. All because one kid, wearing a backpack, stole Katy Perry’s spotlight and flossed his way to become a viral hit.

“The web is not just about information, it’s actually about linking people and it’s about linking people in ways that we’ve never have been linked before.” – Michael Wesch from An anthropological introduction to YouTubeThis quote really made everything in that Youtube video make sense to me. The internet allows people from all over the world to connect with each other, every minute of every day. People are connected and linked to one another through Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, podcasts, news websites (CTV, CBC, Global, etc.) and so much more. Just look at the way that the Crank That Soulja Boy dance spread that’s mentioned in Wesch’s video. People from all over were recreating this dance and uploading their videos to the internet. A few years later, this trend happened again with the Harlem Shake and The Mannequin Challenge. My Facebook feed was FULL of Harlem Shake’s and Mannequin Challenges! I’m sure there’s a video of me participating in a Harlem Shake somewhere, whether it’s posted online or not. It was the in-thing! When you search these dances there’s even entire schools and classes participating and posting their videos online, connecting their school to the world wide web.

I think that technology and its uses are constantly changing. I also believe that in the classroom, technology can be an incredible useful tool to have in our ever growing toolbox of resources. I have seen on Twitter that some teachers use Skype to connect with other classrooms around the world. I know that when I am a teacher, I will be wanting to do the Global Read Aloud and there are so many great ways to use the internet and apps to connect to other classrooms. When I was in Internship, a teacher used Flipgrid and Skype to connect with another classroom during the Global Read Aloud. I think that by using tech in schools we can help to meet the different learning needs and styles of our students. There are apps for typing, text-to-speech, speech-to-text and everything in-between. I love the idea of using videos online to learn new skills and to teach new skills. Student’s can also benefit from making and creating videos to explain new concepts/skills because then they become the teachers and can show what they know through a new medium besides good ol’ pen and paper.

A problem I see with tech is the cost. There are so many schools, both rural and urban, that simply cannot afford to have tech in every classroom. There is also always the problem of slow and poor Wi-Fi connection. Then there is the issue of becoming too reliant on technology just to have the tech not work or the power go out (welcome to rural Southeast Saskatchewan).

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Let’s attempt some colour

Hello friends.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked up my paint brushes and blogged for my #LearningProject. I was at home in Carievale, SK all of last week, which is 3 hours Southeast of Regina and an hour and a half South of where I live during the school week. My dad came and picked me up from Broadview (where I live during the week) at 5am, and drove me to the hospital and then home to Carievale because I was sicker than all hell and just wanted my own bed. Turns out that I should’ve gotten the flu shot this year. But here I am, back and healthier than I was last week!

Tonight I dug out my acrylic paints, brushes, paper and tile. I say tile because I needed something to put the paint on and to mix paint on so my dad let me use one of our left over kitchen floor tiles. I took some felt pads, these things, and stuck one under each corner of the tile so it could slide around on the table/counter.

My next step was to search the ol’ Google machine to see what I could find to paint. I wanted to first play around and experiment with some colour and the different brushes. So I went to this website to give me an idea of different techniques and things to try out when just beginning to paint with acrylics. 51398907_309815006338888_6730756623813312512_nSide note: I used those metallic paints I bought by accident (click here to read that blog post if you missed it) and they actually worked pretty good!

This is what I ended up painting, a whole page of nonsense. I mixed water in with the blue paint to get a more faded effect. I mixed a darker blue and red to make a purple colour and continued to add either more red or blue to change the overall hue of the purple. On the bottom where the green blobs are, well, those are my attempts at mixing paints to make green to create bushes. I mixed a neon metallic yellow, a turquoise, a metallic blue and a touch of red in different amounts to create the green.

After I was pretty comfortable with holding a paintbrush in my hand and mixing the colours I went back to Google and searched ‘How to draw a flower in acrylic paint‘. After looking at the results that popped up, I decided I needed to add ‘for beginners’ at the end because the flowers that popped up were way to complex and intense for my liking. So with that changed, this Birch and Button creative blog page popped up. With a few clicks I was scrolling and reading through how to paint a pretty purple flower. 51336966_774217446291605_4444694494503239680_nI have to admit, I was expecting a video, not a blog post, on how to paint a flower so this was, at first, an unpleasant surprise. But you know what? I actually found that I enjoyed reading on how to do something instead of watching it. By reading the how-to, I had to trust the words to guide me in painting, I couldn’t just mirror the motions of an artist from a video recording. Normally, I am a visual learner so watching videos and reading instructions makes sense to me. I think by reading instructions and only being shown the final result, the process was a bit more explorative.  So here’s my attempt at a little purple flower!51790057_2486288971384794_2485223770030080000_n

I really like the layout of Birch and Button’s blog page, and I was able to find another post about how to paint simple leaves. The title is misleading (or I am just a beginner with no patience) and these leaves were hard! I definitely know that I need to practice more with different brush strokes, mostly the flicking, twisting and turning motions of the paint brush. I also painted a fun little cactus for the hell of it.

And here’s an overall panorama of what my painting station looked like!

Twitter Chats – connecting with other book lovers!

This weekend I went to on a mission to find a Twitter chat I could participate in that interested me. Now, if you aren’t 100% what a Twitter chat is, check out this link. It gives a pretty good run down of what a Twitter chat is, and how they work.

I knew I wanted to participate in some type of Education related chat, and I knew it needed to be either on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Originally, I hoped I could participate in the #saskedchat Twitter chat, but I unfortunately have a class during the time in which that chat runs. So I went to trusty rusty ol’ Google and plugged in the following:

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The very first link that popped up looked promising, so one click later and I was welcomed to a wonderful website that listed the day and time of a TON of Education Twitter Chats. Jackpot! So I started going through the list. I found one called #Read4Fun. I love reading and I love books, so I thought this would be a good pick for me. I did some searching of it on Twitter and found out that it runs every first and third Sunday every month. I also found out that because of the Superbowl (I’m assuming here, but you know what happens when you assume) it was off for this Sunday night (Feb. 3rd) but they had a ‘slow-chat’ going in it’s placed. The question for the slow-chat was “What are some books in your TBR pile that you’ll be tackling soon?”.

This is what I replied with:
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I also learned how to do a ‘scroll capture’ on my Samsung Galaxy S8 (yay for smart tech!).

I plan on joining the next #Read4Fun Twitter chat that’s to take place on Feb. 17th, this way I can get a real experience with this Twitter chat to connect to more people who share my love for books!

What are some of the books you are reading right now or ones that are in your TBR (to be read) pile?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feedly? What’s that?

Okay, so I definitely left this blog post to the last minute possibly. But in my excuse I’ve been in an out of the hospital since Monday with the damn flu. Turns out I should’ve gotten my flu shot this year. Anyways, today is the first day where I have actually gotten out of bed and have been awake for longer than an hour (small achievements are still achievements!). So I figured I’d return to Feedly and explore it some more. I created a Feedly during out last EDTC 300 Zoom class, but I hadn’t created any feeds yet.

So today I created an Education feed, and added The Cult of Pedagogy, Free Technology for Teachers, TED-Ed and Edutopia.

The first thing I typed into the search bar for sources was Education, and TED-Ed and Free Technology for Teachers were two of the first things to pop up so I decided to follow both of those.  I have followed Edutopia on Twitter for a few years now and I knew that I wanted to follow them on my Feedly as well, so a click click click later and Edutopia was added to my Education feed. I really enjoy and find the video’s that Edutopia posts to be very informational and informing. One video I watched recently that I really enjoyed was this one. During my internship, I always tried my hardest to be in the classroom to say good morning to each and everyone of my grade 7 and 9 students. And every morning those grade 7 and 9’s said good morning right back and we would have a conversation about what they did last night and how their sports went or what they did on weekend. Some times they would try to come early to class just so they could talk to me for a few extra minutes, it really was heartwarming.

I have also now followed TED (uploads on Youtube) and I have made an Entertainment feed as well. This is what my Feedly looks like so far:

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Read the labels BEFORE you buy the paint

To sum up last week in two sentences: I went out and bought some paints, some brushes and some paper. I got home, opened everything up and then I said a few choice words. *insert face palm emoji here*

Now I’ll give you some more details. I went to the acrylic paint isle at Michaels and grabbed this awesome looking 20 pack of acrylic paints that I saw. In that same isle there were acrylic paintbrushes so I grabbed two packs of those as well. I cheaped out and got all-purpose paper instead of acrylic paper or canvases because hey, I’m a broke university student. So I go to the check-out and I pay for my haul, I even had found a cute mint-green tote to store all my wonderful painting supplies in. I get home from the city, close to 11:30pm and I crack open my goodies. As I am opening the paints, I see a tiny, shiny, little word on the front of the box: Metallics and Neon Acrylics. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Sigh. Well what can you do? Things happen. Of course I’m still a little bitter that I didn’t read the darn box before buying it but I’ll find a way to make those shiny and bright paints work some how!

Instead of calling it a night like I should of, since it was midnight, I opened the pack of paint brushes that had the fan brush in it and I started using the Bob Ross tree technique to try to make an evergreen tree.

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As you can see in the above photo, my first tree (if you can even call it that) was a “happy little accident” (Thanks Bob).  Tree #2 has a much more tree shape but still kind of just like a blob with upward strokes. Finally, my third tree actually looked like a tree!! Bob Ross makes painting trees so easy! I am so glad I tried some practice trees with the fan brush. Working with a fan brush is definitely more tricky than I expected, the bristles kept bunching together and not staying as a nice fan. I am going to need much more practice I think, but I’m not defeated!! The fourth and fifth try were ‘meh’ but they still look are tree-like blobs. And just to point it out, the fourth tree was actually painted by my boyfriend, he wanted to attempt it.

The metallic paint really isn’t that bad, I was kind of worried that it would look like the tin man from Wizard of Oz. I probably won’t use the metallic or neon paints for full paintings, but I might use them for certain aspects within those paintings. I could use the metallics and neons to highlight the bright points in a painting.

So with that, I went to Walmart and purchased some *classic* finish, acrylic paints. And yes, I read the box this time. I wasn’t making that “happy little accident” again.

 

Wait, how do you pronounce your name?

Hey! My name is Maytlind Mallo (Maytlind is pronounced like Katelyn, but instead of a K its an M). I am currently finishing up my fourth (and last) year of my Bachelor of Middle-Years Education Degree at the U of R! I had an open education elective class as one of my class options for this semester and so I chose to take EDTC 300 with Katia Hildebrandt. Before I registered for this course, I asked some friends who have taken ECMP 300(?) in the past to find out what this class might be all about. I heard nothing but wonderful and fantastic things about this class! Every person I talked to recommended that I take it because they learned so much about using technology and how to use it effectively in the classroom. I was sold. But truth be told, I love tech, so it really didn’t take much convincing for me to sign up for this class.

I have had this wonderful WordPress blog since my first year of university. I remember I created it for my ECS 100 class to do weekly blog posts about my field experience in a grade 3 classroom. I did not understand this website one bit. Frankly, I hated it. But I’m stubborn and refused to throw in the towel so soon. I sat down one day and went to the wonderful world of Youtube and watched tutorials on how to use menus, categories and pages. I googled like crazy to find other blog posts that explained WordPress in a not-so-scary way. I even asked around on how to use WordPress to see if people could show me what needed to be clicked and what needed to be left as-is. Turns out it was actually pretty simple, well once you got the hang of it. My WordPress blog has gone through some changes over the years: the colour scheme, the menu appearance, the categories, the widgets, you name it and I’ve probably changed it. It keeps things interesting and it’s always a nice brain refresh to go back onto the blog and remember how to move things around in the settings.

Throughout my internship at Oxbow Prairie Horizons School (OPHS) in Oxbow, SK I used Kahoot and IXL when I taught Math 7, Math 8 and Math 9. The students really enjoyed using the laptops for Math as it was something different than pen and paper. They especially loved when I created or found Kahoots for them to do. Whenever I had the laptop cart in the classroom they instantly were hyped. There was one time that they told me they didn’t like a certain Kahoot because they weren’t rewarded points after they got a correct answer, little did they know that I did this on purpose to see what their reaction would be ha ha ha.

I actually really like blogging. Well, now that I’ve gotten used to it. I blogged weekly throughout my pre-internship and I also blogged weekly throughout my internship. I found that blogging during my internship was really stress relieving. Because I blogged during that experience, it now helps me to reflect back to the things that I did throughout those four months at OPHS. During my Internship I also created a ‘teacher twitter’ and a ‘teacher IG’. That’s what my grade 7 students called my Twitter and Instagram accounts I used for school, and I definitely dig it. Feel free to follow one (or both)!

My teacher Twitter is here.

My teacher Instagram is here.