I am a Tech Filled Girl, in a Tech Filled World

Required Post – reflect on our changed world and the new culture of participation as described in lecture and by Wesch – what does this mean for your future classroom? What does it mean for schools in general? As I asked in lecture, “How do we capture the spirit of open, networked & participatory communities in our learning environments?”

Everywhere you look, every person you see, every aspect of your day is connected to technology.  It is everywhere, and intertwined with every aspect of our lives.  Technology  is equal parts innovating and fantastic, as it is terrifying and intrusive.  Technology pulls our society forward towards new things but we also lose old parts of society as we climb, some of these parts, perhaps we should have held on to a little harder.

I place myself in an interesting sect of technology web.  I grew up almost 50/50.  With half of my life not really using technology and half of my life, using technology daily.  This position places me in a space where I can see both the benefits and the hardships.  The video we watched makes an interesting point because this man posted a video he meant for 100 people to see and ended up being viewed by millions.  He placed it on the world wide web and watched it take off.  How often do we place things on the world wide web and not intend for many people to see them? I know myself I would have a few choice words for my 16 year old self about  over sharing on twitter and that probably I could have done without tweeting lil wane lyrics once a week.  I think this serves as a good lesson to both myself as a citizen and as a educator that is good to be cautious of what we post, especially to sites such as youtube.

In classrooms we are bound to see online trends like bottle flipping, dabbing, Charlie bit my finger to name a few.  In my time in the classroom I have seen students are obsessed with youtube, children as young as 6 are watching videos constantly.  I think we should harness that interest and have our learners creating their own videos to explain topics and ideas they learn.  Adobe Spark is a great program that is very user friendly.  I am wary of posting these videos because like I said and like we saw, you never know what’s going to take off!

 

 

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A Little Late Just Like My Knitting Skills

Life is crazy, and I fell behind on my blogging but I am back with exciting news!

Behind the screen I have been practicing to become the next greatest knitter.  I have hit a break through. Pause, for suspense.  If you are like myself and have been born with the preference to use your left hand, then knitting is COMPLETELY BACKWARDS from most videos featuring people who knit right handed.  This is life changing for me, here I thought my hands were betraying me and I was not as crafty as I once through, but alas, just your classic scenario of the world not being made for left handed people.

As much as I would like to take credit for this discovery myself, I really should be thanking my mother.  In one of my daily calls I was whining as per usual about how knitting is so hard and I actually do not know how the elderly knit and carry on full conversations ( I need complete silence and full concentration) when she made the comment, “I wonder if knitting is different if you are left handed?” and it was like light bulbs going off in my head.  As soon as our conversation ended I flipped open my computer and researched ‘left handed knitting’ and what do you know, videos came up just for the world’s left handed knitters.  I have included the video that helped me actually understand.

As well as the second video that also helped me stay on the course.

 

Moving forward I feel I need to set goals for myself to be accountable.  As of now I have just been practicing making small squares, but I think it is time I begin my first actual project.  I often search through Pinterest in search of help, advice and ideas. While there are many projects I would love to make, I think it is important to be realistic and begin with a simple easy knit dish cloth easy knit dishcloths  This way I can make my own dish clothes instead of subtlety dropping hints to my grandmother that I need more dish cloths and patiently awaiting for the present of beautifully knitted dish clothes.

I am asking everyone reading this blog to keep my accountable for my dish cloth, bother my about my dish cloth until my dish cloth making skills doesn’t bother me anymore.

Knitters Gonna Knit.. unless stitches keep falling apart.

This is my second post about knitting, and I wish I had something to show you but the truth is none of knitting is worthy of the internet yet.  I have been watching an exceptional amount of youtube videos and have found this video to be one of the easier ones to follow along with because lets be real, I am clueless about knitting.

I have also downloaded an app called “Knitting and Crocheting Patterns” but haven’t really had the chance to explore the app very much yet.

As for myself and knitting, I am learning I am not a patient woman and find knitting exceptionally challenging because I hate that I am not good at it yet, I also am finding it difficult to set time aside to knit and only knit.  With applying for jobs, going to class and trying to be a human it seems most of my knitting is done in the dead of night.  I will strive on to become the Pinterest knitter of my dreams but for right now I look a bit more like the girl below, as all my stitches fall out, yet again.

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Sadness when my knitting keeps falling apart. Image VIA. Compfight

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3: What’s up with Feebly?

This week we were asked to explore the blogging site Feebly.  As a blogging newbie, I was excited at the opportunity to see so many great blogs in one site.  The prospect of going to many blogging sites seemed time consuming, which is why the premise of Feebly is great!

I found in actuality the website confused me initially.  Early on I ran into issues with adding too many blogs and the site asking me to pay to add any more blog.  I waited a few days and tried again and found it worked much better!  Based on my interests I created a few categories.  Indg content, feminism and education.  I found the most blogs for education and have seemed to be reading mostly education blogs.

I found sources by searching key terms and cruising through lists of different blogs.  Using what I learned in our last Zoom lesson, I looked at the pictures and looking to see how interesting the blogs looked.

Here is a screenshot of my Feebly feed. Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 9.30.46 PM.png

Week One: Who am I?

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This is a picture of my face. 

Hi!

For any of those who do not know me, my name is Madi and I am in my final semester of my undergrad degree in elementary education.  I love yoga, being outside and shopping.  My experience with technology in the classroom has been limited thus far.   I am very intrigued by the idea and in an ‘ideal’ classroom I would love to be able to meaningfully incorporate it everyday.  My experience has been limited as I have felt the limitations of access to technology.  Access to chrome books, apps and iPads can all be quite tricky when working within the constraints both budget and rules implemented within the division (copyright, confidentiality).  It is my hope with time and experience I will be met with more open spaces that encourage technology and that have devices for us to use as a class!

My thoughts about blogging; I love it! I love blogs and read quite a few different blogs, both education related and fashion related.  I find them to be a good source for new idea, whether that be education or personal.  One blog I follow is Holly’s blog called Teach Me Style .