Posted in EDTC300, Learning Project

The Learning Project: Let’s Begin!

For my learning project, I have decided to re-teach myself how to play the guitar!

I already tried to learn the guitar once and was taking lessons, however, I stopped playing a couple years ago and have completely lost any skill I had. Now that I have to teach myself a skill for this class, I thought what better to teach myself than something I know I will be able to learn.

In order to focus my learning, I will be using a couple of online and physical resources. One of the online resources that I have found so far is Guitareo on YouTube. The physical resource that I will be using, mainly to help section off ‘lessons’ is the Absolute Beginners Guitar book that I received from my old instructor. Although I will probably look to other resources as I get further into my learning project these are the two resources that I will start with to base my ‘Lesson Plan’ on.

Week 1: Getting familiar with the guitar

Holding the guitar and pick, frets, strings, and tuning

Week 2: Strumming

Learn basic strumming patterns

Week 3: Chords

Learn the first three chords A, E, and D

Week 4: Chords pt. 2

Learn the nest two chords, practice switching between cords

Week 5: TABS

Learning how to read guitar tabs so that I can actually play music on my own

Week 6: Picking

Explore beginner picking


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Posted in EDTC300

An Introduction: Me and My Thoughts on EdTech

Who Am I?

Well, I am a student at the University of Regina studying to receive a Bachelor of Elementary Education. So that means that I love being around young people and teaching them. I also love being in school myself. I love learning something new every day and I hope that I never feel like I have learned enough.

I am also an employee. My job is very important to me and I always strive to be the hardest worker in the room. It makes it easier for me however since I work as an announcer and summer events coordinator at a radio station. I love talking and that is the biggest requirement for my line of work. I get to talk to the audience that listens to my show and then, when I go out to events in the community, I am then able to interact with those same people, just now in person. 

I am a daughter and a sister. I am the oldest child out of three (even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes). Being a part of my family means a lot of different things to me. It means that I have a support group always ready to listen to my problems and frustrations and that I, in turn, will do the same. And, it also means that I am a farm kid. We have pigs, chickens, a couple of lambs, a dog, three cats, and various aquatic pets in the house. We have to work hard to take care of all of them and chores take up some time in our day.

There are also little things about me that make me the person that I am. I love photography and music, just art in general (even though I am no good at it myself). I have alopecia. I am, what I like to call, an emotional hoarder. I insist on keeping everything that has the slightest personal meaning to me or something with a memory behind it. But all of these things make me, me. They have made me successful and they have made me fail, but they are me none the less.

All of these things that describe also play a part in where I am right now, taking EDTC 300 and learning about Educational Technologies. I have had a few experiences with educational technologies before this class but I didn’t know it. My experiences vary from my information processing class in high school using Kahn Academy to learn how to code, to me learning about photography and filmmaking from watching YouTube videos, to trying to learn a language online. And now, as part of this class, we are using Twitter to connect with a whole community of people also interested in educational technologies. Blogging is something that I immediately associate with my learning so far in university. In my first semester during ECS 110 I made a blog and have used it every semester since then. I have become quite comfortable with how it works and am excited to learn even more.