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My Contribution to Learning

Over the course of this semester, I have done so much learning! Whether it was through class lectures, assignments and blog posts, or through my classmates and the PLN that I have created, I have learned more about educational technologies than I thought I would have been able to in two short months. It is my hope that I have contributed to the learning of others in my class as well.

Blog Commenting

Through blog comenting, I strived to give my classmates unique feedback that was specific to them and the post they made. As simple as that sounds, it can be easy to fall into the trap of giving everyone the same generic comment for the sake of reaching your commenting goal for the week. I wanted my classmates to really feel like I had read and absorbed what they spoke about in their post and respond to it with my own knowledge in return.

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This was one of my favourite interaction/conversation I had with a classmate. It just so happened that Raegyn was looking for some different perspectives on her post and she asked some great questions for readers to respond to. And, I had a lot to say. Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 6.13.52 PM








Twitter was another place that I found it really easy to interact with my classmates and build my PLN! Twitter has made it so easy to actually build a PLN and I made connections with teachers all over the world and made some meaningful relationships with some across Canada and the United States. I tried to follow the same philosophy that I had with blog commenting and post useful and unique resources and feedback for my PLN.

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One of the most memorable relationships that I was able to create was with a first-year teacher from Illinois! Although she was not a classmate of mine, I wanted to include a summary of interactions as I believe they have been mutually beneficial. Throughout my time on twitter, we have participated in each other’s Twitter Chats and have found ways to connect over resources!

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After a busy two months of edtc300 Aurora and myself have decided to come together and form our summary of learning project together! Being that we are both going into our second year of education, we had very limited knowledge of many of the topics discussed throughout edtc300. But, now at the end of the course, Sydney and I are happy to say we have learned many valuable resources, and knowledge that we will carry with us for the rest of our careers. For our summary of learning we wanted to do something creative and out of the ordinary that incorporated not just our thoughts but our classmates as well. We thought about it, and Aurora came up with the amazing idea to do a one time Twitter chat! We organized our questions, date and time. #edtc300sum took place on Thursday, June 21st at 9:00 pm. We were a little nervous we weren’t going to get much of a turnout, but we were wrong. We are so happy how the chat turned out!

We decided our five key takeaways were:

  1. The benefits of having a PLN
  2. Incorporating technology in the classroom and what you want your technology to do in the classroom (SAMR/TPACK) 
  3. Positive and safe digital identities
  4. Coding and the importance of learning how to code
  5. Digital citizenship and if we will ever have one set of laws and regulations  

The video below is our Tweetdeck with us having a conversation about memorable tweets given throughout the chat! Enjoy! If you want to read all of the awesome answers from our participants here is the link to the chat

We are so happy with how this project turned out and would just like to thank everyone who helped us make it happen. We have both had a great experience throughout edtc300 and have learned so many valuable lessons that can’t all be recognized in our summary! Hope you all enjoyed our video and this class as much as we did! Good luck with the rest of your studies and hope to see you guys around the University and maybe in future classes!  

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The Learning Project: Wrapping It Up

Wow! This Learning Project has been a whirlwind of new learning experiences and rediscovered feelings! While I had fun with the learning process, I now remember why I quit playing the guitar the first time. So, this was a learning experience in more ways than one!

Week One

The Learning Project: Let’s Begin!

Week One of my Learning Project began with an outline of the direction I hoped my project would go in and some preliminary resources that I hoped to use!

Guitareo proved to be a very helpful resource, especially with the videos on Youtube and then the blogs on their website.

Another resource that I relied on throughout my whole project was my book “Absolute Beginners Guitar” which I found very helpful the first and second times around.

Week Two

Before Anything Else

This week was all about re-familiarizing myself with the parts of the guitar and holding everything properly. I looked to Guitareo for my learning this week.

Week Three

And Now, Strumming

This week was all about strumming! I taught myself five basic strumming techniques using a blog post from Guitareo and this resource on the mechanics of strumming from Guitar Lesson Lounge.

This was my progress from this week!

Screenshots in the video are from this post: “5 Essential Strumming Patterns: Essential Strumming Patterns for Electric or Acoustic Guitar

Week Four

We’re Getting There! Time for some Chords!

For this week I really started to get into playing! I started off with three chords, A, E, and D! I looked toward a new video resource, Justin Guitar, to learn these chords this week.

Week Five

Yay! More Chords

This week is mostly a continuation of last weeks learning, adding two more chords to my repertoire. For continuity purposes I stuck with the same video tutorials from Justin Guitar to learn the G and C chords.

Week Six

TAB’s: The Language of Chords

For my sixth and final week I decided to learn how to read Tablature! TABs are essential to playing the guitar and this was a very confusing and rewarding week for me! I went through a bit of a spiral in my lerning this week, moving from my first resource onto more clarrifying videos and websites!

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An Hour of Code

Yesterday evening in my EDTC 300 class our professor introduced‘s Hour of Code tutorials. The Hour of Code tutorials are short coding activities used to teach basic coding skills and I tried one of them out for myself!

I have a little bit of coding experience, specifically with As part of an information processing class, I was required to use the Plants vs Zombies Lesson Plan, among other coding tasks, to learn some beginner coding. Although I was familiar with the bock the coding used for some of the Hour of Code tutorials it was so much fun to rediscover all the combinations that you can make with them!  
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The Hour of Code tutorial that I decided to start with today was Flappy Code! Many of us will remember the widely popular Flappy Bird game and this code tutorial is based on the exact same idea. Once you get a feel for how the block coding system works, you can move on to customizing your very own Flappy Game.

The tutorials started off very simple, asking you to add only one or two blocks/commands at a time.

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Starting with the flapping, and then moving on to speeds, obstacles, and aesthetics.


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By the end of all the lessons, I was then able to customize my very own Flappy Game! And, while my wi-fi connection was unstable at best and sadly meant that my codes didn’t always play the right way, it was super cool!

Check out this video of my final piece!

I think that coding is a very useful tool to bring into the classroom for a couple of important reasons. It is obviously very fun but it also introduces students to new career opportunities and helps teach them valuable lessons about logic, strategy, problem-solving, and computational thinking!

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TAB’s: The Language of Chords

Now it’s time for some Tablature! I couldn’t remember for the life of me how to read TAB’s, and they are fairly essential to learning how to play! This week I looked towards Simplifying Theory to teach me how to read them.

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 12.30.21 PMIt started off really basic with an explanation of what each part of the TAB represents on the guitar, and then moved on to some examples!

*I really like this resource in particular because it also showed how some of the different techniques would look like on the guitar.

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This is just one example of a technique that you can use on the guitar and how it is represented using TAB.


As easy as the instructions were on this how-to article, I still felt confused about how TAB’s worked. Were TAB’s only used for plucking? What did it look like if you were strumming? In order to answer these questions, I figured that looking towards a video resource might be a better bet for me!

After having looked at the video, my questioned still hadn’t been answered! While the video itself was a great tool for explaining how to read TABs, it still didn’t really answer my question.

The Hunt Continues

Now I had to rely on some very basic google searching!

And, through this site (which I could only find an html version of), my question was finally answered.

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So, maybe not the answer that I was hoping to see but my question was answered nonetheless. This resource did a lot to help me clear up some of my confusion, however!

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According to this is what it would look like if you were supposed to be strumming. Each note is placed slightly after the one before it and if the space were any bigger, you might pluck each note instead and this is where you get into timing.

Pros and Cons of TABs

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These are just the things that I felt were the pros and cons of using TABs and they will be different for everyone.

Next Week

This is the final blog post for my Learning Project and I have come so far since May! Look forward to my wrap up post next week!

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Twitter in the Classroom: The Great Debate

This is a collaborative work completed by Lauren Sauser, Sydney McGrath, and Aurora Lay-Street.

This week, we teamed up to stage a parent-teacher email conversation around the topic of using Twitter in a grade 4 classroom.

Ms. Johnson: A 4th-grade teacher who is hoping to introduce the use of Twitter in her classroom.

Caroline Mitchell: An enraged, newly-divorced mother who is reluctant to allow her young daughter to participate in this new form of digital education.

Mike Mitchell: Newly-divorced, and technologically illiterate father who is curious and willing to be educated on this new form of digital education.

Please follow this link to view our email conversation between the three parties and how the issue was addressed.

Here is a little preview!


In this situation, the teacher was able to successfully diffuse the situation by listening to the parent’s concerns and providing adequate resources to support her reasoning and give them a better understanding of her motives.  

Although this story may have ended without a huge controversy, not every situation in every school will turn out this way. Teachers must be willing and prepared to adapt to these different opinions and understand that not all parents will be so understanding. There will come days where you have a student who for some reason cannot participate in these forms of technological education and you sensitive to this fact.

We feel that creating and promoting positive digital citizenship in the classroom is something that all teachers should work to achieve. This is something that we will keep in mind as we pursue our degrees in education and can embrace in classrooms of our own one day.

Here are the links that were used throughout our email conversation. We encourage you to check out some of these sources, as they are extremely informative and provide various points of view!

“What is Twitter?”

“The Dangers of Using Twitter”

Twitter Security Risk

“Why Children Should be Taught to Build a Positive Online Presence”

“Ribbles Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship”

“13 Reasons to Use Twitter in the Classroom”

“Sixty Inspiring Uses of Twitter in the Classroom”


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The On- and Off-Line World

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As a first-year education student, the young ones that I will be teaching in the future will never know a world without the internet and social media. They will have digital identities before they step foot in my classroom, and in some cases before they are even born. In some cases, I don’t think it would be a stretch to assume that some of our students will know more about technology, social media, and the internet in general than we will. So, how do we, as teachers, educate them on the importance of creating and maintaining a digital identity, when it is already intrinsically woven into their existence long before we are?

Drawing Lines

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We have to think about where the line between what should be taught by a teacher and what should be taught by a parent lies. Growing up, my parents had neither the resources or know-how to teach myself and my siblings about digital identities. They had grown up in a time where no such thing existed and even when I was born in 1999, there wasn’t the same culture surrounding the online world. (For those of you who may have had the chance to explore the early internet days, I think it would have been hard to imagine a day where we could go from this to what we have now). Because of this lack of knowledge and resources, they were not equipped to teach myself, my siblings, and my peers about the permanence of the internet, and I don’t even think they knew the word digital identity. The education system recognized this lack of knowledge that students were receiving and took it upon themselves to try and teach it to us from an institutional level. Classes were dedicated to learning about sexting as part of the health curriculum; presentation skills taught in English classes; even the creation of classes dedicated to educating students on social media management. And, those are just examples I could see in my very small K-12 school. Now that students have younger parents who do have that knowledge and access to resources, how much time should be dedicated to the same type of education? At the same time, is it responsible of us to assume they will receive this crucial knowledge elsewhere?

The Consequences of Permanence

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We are often told that what goes up on the internet stays there forever. For younger kids, this can be a hard concept to wrap their head around. With apps like Snapchat that boast disappearing messages, young people may become misinformed. Of course, as teachers, it should be our goal to make sure that our students are knowledgeable about this fact, and help them learn how to be safe. It is impossible to monitor their every move online, not to mention an over-stepping of boundaries, but it is more effective to teach them to be safe. As stated in Nathan Jurgenson’s article, “The IRL Fetish,” many kids today are still forced to sit through “abstinence-only smartphone education.” An approach that is proven not to be helpful in almost any circumstance.

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Not only are interactions solidified on the world wide web for the rest of time, lack of education on the connectedness of the on- and the off-line world often lead to cyberbullying. Bullying is an issue among students in the physical sense, and now with new technology and social networking sites, it has been brought onto the web as well. Teachers should always be looking out for their students and protecting/educating them on bullying, policing the internet is not possible, however, so we must figure out a way to protect our students online as well as we do off. We must also recognize that our students may never learn better and continue their life as a bully. In both “The Price of Shame” and “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life“, Ted Talks by Monica Lewinsky and Jon Ronson respectively, we are able to see cyberbullying among situations involving adults (something we often forget is that adults are not immune to bullying.) Do we really want our students to grow up to be adults that mindlessly participate in the culture of humiliation and “getting someone”?