You know what time it is! Tutorial Time

Finally, I made a tutorial video for the Zippy Loom.  I hope it helps anyone looking to use a loom!

Enjoy

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Grammarly​ Saves Lives

 

For my app, I chose to install Grammarly on my MacBook, and let’s just say… It changed my life.

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Grammerly is an app designed to help you have better spelling and grammer when using any platform on our computer.  It helps me when I email, write blog posts, and anything else I do online.  This app is life changing if you are a tired University student like your girl is.  I am the human version of a snail crawling to the end of the finish line that is my degree.

Because I am all about miracles, I am here to give you step by step instructions how to download Grammerly for Macbook.

 

Step 1:  Open Google for Safari.

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Step 2: Google “Grammarly”

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Step 3: Click on the first link ( The purple link)

 

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Step 4:  When you search Grammarly and pull up this page.  You just follow everything that happens once you click the big green button!

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Step 5: Enjoy your beautiful new app that saves tired people like me.

The stengths of this app are that this app works well with every safari extension, which is great! The strenghs of this app are pretty obvious being that it helps with spelling and grammer.  The downside that I see is that that knowing its going to correct, I don’t try as a hard to spell everything correctly.  In a school setting this could be problomatic because students no longer have to practice proof reading.  It would eliminate alot of really good pratice that students typically get.

Update: knitting scarves is easy. Knitting hats are​ not

So as many of you know I have been knitting for my learning project, I have so far been successful in knitting a scarf.  This surged my confidence and I felt like the knitting queen I had been dreaming of.  I may have been feeling a bit ambitious when I took on the project of knitting a toque for a bun.

This is the project I wanted to create.

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DYI Messy Bun Hat | Loom Knitter Pattern for Beginners 

This seemed easy enough.  It says right on the cover ‘Beginner’, and I still was very much a beginner.  But I guess her version of beginner was much different than my kind of a beginner.

For starters, as a beginner, I only know 1 kind of stitch.  This knitting wizard knows much more than 1 stitch.  It took me at least 2 hours just to figure out all the different stitches she was using. Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 5.51.34 PM.png

What exactly is a purl you ask? To that, I say, NO IDEA.  Something to do with the cool line down the middle.  But other than that I am not too sure.

I know for sure I don’t know how to make it.

I thought I would be able to finish this toque in one day like I had with the scarf.  I was wrong.  This proved to be much more difficult.  Emphasis on the much more difficult.

Below, you will see my attempt:

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What it was supposed to look like:

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#FAIL

Who’s Who in the Knitting world

Part of my learning project has been looking at different blogs for sources of inspiration.  I have found it super useful to look at these different blogs to help me find different ideas, to help me figure out different stitching techniques amongst other things.

Here are the top 5 knitting blogs!

  1. Mama In A Stitch 

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This blog was great for sources of inspiration and for free patterns.  I loved the vibe of the blog and always really related to what she posted about.

2. Megmade With Love 

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Even though this blog was for crocheting I still found it inspirational to look at because one day I hope to be able to crochet too.

 

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I like this blog because of the emphasis she places on natural products and how she talks about using yarn she colours herself using natural dyes.

4.  GG Made It 

 

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I love this blog because the writer is someone who came to knitting later in life (Like me!) I find her relatable and funny.

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I love this blog because she modifies her instructions and I also love that she includes more than just knitting on her blog.

 

A Post is Forever

“The worst thing that happened to Justine was that no one supported her, everyone was against her.  That is profoundly traumatizing.” – Jon Ronson 

I am about the same age as Amanda Todd would be now.

I remember where I was and who I was when her ‘story’  played out for the world to see.

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Me @ 15 

Actually,  I remember quite a bit about who I was when I was 15, but there is plenty more I have chosen to ‘block’ or forgot to remember because I am embarrassed by the choices I made, and some of the things I chose to do or say.   The choices I regret have not had any lasting impact on my life.  (other than my fried hair because I thought I needed pink and purple hair), but my facebook memories are a constant reminder of how terrible of a digital citizen I was as a teen.  I think I am not alone when I say that I am horrified by some of the selfies and song lyrics I chose to share on social media, and am regularly deleting posts I find from my previous self.

 

 

Carol Todd talked quite a bit about her desire for us to educate our students about digital citizenship.  Educating students about digital citizenship isn’t meant to push them to not use social media, but rather it is about helping them to understand that there are implications to what you post and the settings you use, etc.  One thing I didn’t understand as a teen was how permanent the internet was.  I am guilty of believing deleting something gets rid of it forever.  I know now that isn’t the case.

Monica Lewinsky, talked at length in her TED talk about the price of shame.  How shame and humiliation is a feeling like no other.  As educators, we need to understand how powerful the feeling of shame and humiliation is so that we understand the magnitude how much our students can be feeling when they feel they have been shamed, especially when social media is involved.

Social media is such a grey area in schools.  Social media is like air, it is all around us, you can’t always see it but you know its there, its apart of everything we.  How often do we stop whatever we are doing to capture something for social media, we edit this post to reflect the type of person we want to be seen as.  Social media in many senses is not reality, but what is said and shared on social media can become very real when it is laced with shame, humiliation and hurt.

Recently I watched Audrie and Daisy.  This is a documentary rooted in the shame and relates all too closely with Amanda’s story and countless others.  For me, it put it into perspective just how common this scenario is, how easily this could have happened to me, someone I know or someone I will teach.  I would implore you all to take the time to watch this, I found it incredibly sad but also very eye-opening.

 

 

Be kind to one another.

-Madi

Digital Teacher Vibe

My digital identity as a teacher is on going because I am new to the profession and still building my presence.  My digital identity as a teacher differs from my digital identity as a non- teacher.  In our lecture we talked about what comes up when we google our self and when I googled myself I was surprised to see just what came up;

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What I did not realize is how many other Madisson Shearer’s exist on the internet.  I was surprised to see how little of myself came up.  As was mentioned in class I think I will begin to start taking control of my digital identity.  I have already began this process by tweeting using a public account and by blogging regularly.

 

 

It’s Me… Your Knitting Queen

BREAKING NEWS

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I Madisson, knitted an entire scarf.
It doesn’t fall apart, it looks like an actual scarf and works like an actual scarf.

This is a miracle.

What do I owe my newfound glory as a knitting queen to?

This little plastic piece of joy.

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This is a Zippy Loom  you can buy your very own at your local Micheals store and bask in its greatness.  I found the Zippy on a whim while on one of my many Micheal store trips.  To be quite frank I was feeling pretty defeated when it came to knitting because nothing I tried was working out so I thought why not try out this little plastic thing.  Initially I was VERY confused.  The instructions were quite vague and left out several important details needed for success.  My next stop was to check out youtube on the ‘tube’ I found a couple of videos I watched obsessively.  Here are a couple I found:

The first one I watched was this Crafting with Claudie video;

This video was a good jumping off point and allowed me to understand a bit more about how to set up the yarn and using the hook.  Still after watching this video more times than I care to admit I was finding my scarf wasn’t getting longer like Claudie’s was.  Confused, discouraged and wishing I would have picked french as a learning project, I asked my dear friend Hailie to assist me.  She figured out the reason why my scarf wasn’t working was I was wrapping the yarn around each beg 2 times when in fact I was supposed to be wrapping it around only once.  Once we figured this out it was life changing.

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Things started flying once I figured out how to work this magic plastic.

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This is your knitting queen threading through the yarn.

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This is your knitting queen using the hook to pull the thread over the pegs.

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Finally, this is your knitting queen when she realized she had actually knitted an entire scarf in one sitting.

Stay tuned for a Zippy Knitting tutorial coming your way!

-Madi

Let’s chat with the world #EdChat

The term #edchat is a term I have shy-ed away from for the simple fact I am intimidated by the idea of a fast moving thread of educators taking about education.  I feel like I live in an awkward space of not being a student and not being a teacher and am not sure I am ready to be participating in a chat with so many great educators!

This being said I jumped right into the idea of ed chats, cruising through the list of possible chats, I chose several chats  I felt were a good fit for me to be apart of.  I was disappointed when I realized I could not take part in #saskedchat due because I was in night class, but was excited at the possibility to be apart of several other chats.

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I decided to participate in the #kinderchat that took place on Monday night at 8pm.  Before the chat started, I trolled though previous chats looking to see what others had written and what kinds of questions had been asked in the past.  I looked to see who the moderator was and waited until she begun tweeting.  People were very nice to me as the chat started, with more then one taking the time to welcome me to the chat and to make sure and ask if I had any questions.  The questions were interesting and thought provoking.

In the future I will be participating in more #edchats.  I love talking about education and  I love connecting with others via twitter.  Educators have so much to share and learn from one another I can’t wait to be apart of it!

 

What’s this about Composting? ESCI Reflective Journal

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As  I entered the classroom knowing we were having a presenter talking about composting, I was filled with excitement.  I love the idea of composting and am thrilled at the idea of learning more.  I want to begin my journey in composting by first having my own verma composting bin in my apartment.  I was and still am a bit uneasy about having something that potentially could smell terrible, in a space I live in everyday.

I loved learning about the red wiggler worms and how awesome this hungry little worms are.  I found it so fascinating how easy composting can be as long as you understand the basics.

As a nature interpreter for Sask Parks I am constantly looking for new ideas I can use at the lake to help our campers lessen their footprint on our earth.  Of course we have programs like leave no trace and I talk everyday about the importance of having a healthy earth but composting seems like a really good concrete idea I can bring to the lake.  In theory it will not only help the earth and fertilize the garden I plan on planting this summer (indigenous prairie plants) but it will also reduce the amount of scented food that is going into our trash that attracts bears to the campgrounds.