Stronger Together

EDTC 300, Uncategorized

 

Hi friends!

This is my personal learning network post where I will map out and demonstrate the means in which I connected to other educators through different technology platforms. Using Google Community, Twitter, and WordPress blogs, I was able tointeract with my peers and other educators throughout the world to create a community of growth through technology.

Google Community:

Through this platform I was able to have all of my peers within my edtc300 class right at my finger tips. We all utilized this tool to ask any questions dealing with assignments and technology we may have needed assistance with. Take a look at an example of a problem I presented to the community and a few responses I received very quickly:

Having this tool was extremely useful and quite a stress relief. This could be really useful within a classroom when it comes to any assignments for students. No matter the subject or topic, students would be able to turn to their peers for resources and help. As teachers, we have too many different things to worry about, and if the students can figure out a solution before coming to me, it is not only productive but helpful. It also gives the chance for student who might have the same question to not even have to ask it!

Twitter:

Oh Twitter! How I have grown to both love and not enjoy you! Twitter was my biggest challenge this semester in creating a developing my personal learning network. I have never been the biggest fan of this platform as I talk too much and the characters it allows me is simply not enough to get my point across. However, it has been a wild ride and has allowed me to understand the importance in not only being clear and concise when making a point, but has allowed me to connect with educators locally and around the world.

My following and followers elevated in numbers with those whom I have class with, those whom I am motivated and inspired by, and those that care about the same goals in education that I do:

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I made sure to tweet out every blog post I made. This connection between my blog and twitter definitely increased my reader count and produced a lot more replies left on my posts:

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I retweeted and replied to my classmates posts throughout the week, hopefully letting them know that I not only agreed with what they were saying, but I supported their intent behind the tweet:

I even got to be a fan girl when I followed Mr. Alfie Kohn! I retweeted his tweets one to many times as I couldn’t help showing my devoted support of his theories and strategies:

Although he never replied, I will continue to keep retweeting and replying to him, haha!

I also used twitter as a means to showcase some articles about personal matters, but matters that my colleagues and even students could relate to. Things such as anxiety, what I was learning in other classes, as well as procrastination were some of the different topics I shared:

Finally, I was able to contribute to an #edchat earlier on in the semester. This was a phenomenal experience. Although hard to follow because it goes so darn quickly, I found I got the hang of it about half way through and began having conversations with educators from around the world. The conversations I was having were both meaningful and motivating as I realized so many educators hold the same beliefs I do. I wrote a blog post about this, but Ill post some photos down below as well! I interacted with many educators, but my most memorable was with Tamara Excell, whom is an educator located in Seattle! Isn’t that amazing! Mark E. Weston, who was facilitating the #edchat also joined our conversation. His twitter is the infamous Shift Paradigm. I felt oh so special! Our conversation was based around grades being detrimental to students learning (inspired to Alfie Kohn). Take a peak:

Although I have had the challenge of keeping up with posting on twitter, this was still a great experience overall. I was able to connect with people that confirmed why I wanted to become a teacher. I also just felt really cool when people retweeted or replied to me lol!

My Blog:

As part of themy edtc300 course we were to create two blog posts a week, as well as comment on three of our classmates posts each week. I actually really enjoyed this task each week as it allowed me to stay connected with my classmates, learn more about each, and it gave me some ideas on how to organize my blog and posts.

I kept a comments log throughout the semester on a simple word document in order to make sure I was on track each week. I contributed to a variety of my classmates blogs and posted comments of both support and some that had some extra resources within.

Daniel’s blog is one I followed consistently. I really enjoyed his learning project and class posts. His “Privilege” and “Burnt Out” posts really motivated me to share some resources:

 

Loved following some of my peers on their learning projects as well. I commented on many of my peers blogs, some more in depth, and many supportive comments in general. Olivia Jensen presented some great blog posts on her fetching skills with her Frisbee and her dog that were hilarious to read so I made a few comments on her posts:

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Carol Todd’s visit was extremely powerful and many of my peers blog posts for that week were empowering to read. Laura Bieber had one post that really stuck out to me regarding Carol’s visit:

 

 

If you would like to take a peak at my comments log from all of the posts I left a comment on, click this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J81AwGcV6_QAxFR6_8ydiYXpr-04c1vm-QuGAQ9EUbQ/edit

I also responded to the comments left on my own blog. I was amazed by all the amazing resources my peers  had left me; not to mention the support and encouragement I received :

 

 

So there it is my friends! This is my summary of how my personal learning network came to develop throughout this semester. Through all of the platforms listed above I had both successes and struggles, but I made it through and feel much more knowledgeable on how to connect with others through technology, how to create a digital citizenship and how to feel comfortable with doing so.

Check out my summary of learning this semester with Jessi Gaja. In this video we go through our experience with building our personal learning network on top of gaining knowledge about different platforms through technology:

 

That’s a wrap!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Encore

EDTC 300, Learning Project, Uncategorized

 

Hi friends!

This is my final #learningproject post for my #edtc300 class.

I had chose to learn how to play the guitar as I have always wanted to, yet never seemed to jump on the band wagon. A.K.A I want to become a rock star. Before I go a bit more in depth as to how my project has gone, I want to give you an overview of each week. I would like to think the process was as graceful as this dog skipping along:

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But it was not quite as elegant.

Overview of posts:

Week 1Learning to Play Guitar

This week explains how I came about my decision to learn how to play guitar and my motivations behind this choice.

Weeks 2 and 3 – How Do Rockstars make it Look so Easy

These two weeks were focused on getting comfortable with my positioning of my hands on the guitar strings. Using the videos and website “GuitarJams” I was able to learn the following chords:E Minor, C Major, A Minor, A Major, and D Major. I noticed some struggle with pain in my hands as they are quite small and not very flexible. My goal was to loosen this up so I was not focusing on my pain, but  more so the chords and connecting transitions to begin strumming notes chords together.

Weeks 4 and 5 – Guitar Chords Don’t Have to Be Tough

Having a job where I travel, some weeks there was such little progress that combining two weeks would contribute to creating more meaningful blog posts, so here was another two week combination for my readers. These weeks I had discovered that shorter videos were the ones that benefited me the most. They allowed me to sit down for a short amount of time and get my practicing in while I was on the road or stationed in a hotel room. It also allowed my anxiety that homework often gives me, to get my sessions done quickly and effectively. I discovered Yousician where chords were taught within one to two minute YouTube videos to create an ease in learning guitar. This was the first week where I filmed myself playing a few chords to create a visual for my viewers as to how far along I was coming. In this post I also introduce my pluses and deltas system as well as a summarizing question for my readers to contribute to a discussion that related to that particular post. I will explain these tactics later on in this post.

Week 6 – Smoke on The Water

This week was the first week I was able t introduce a video of myself playing an entire chorus of a song. Although simple. this was the first week where I felt an overwhelming success! I played “Smoke on the Water” in which it took a lot of practice and attention in order to switch from chord to chord. This week I found strumming to be the most difficult, however my transitions really came together.

Week 7 – Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar

This week was yet another successful week of learning another new song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, otherwise known as a children’s classic, haha! I really enjoyed learning this as my boyfriend had mentioned if I learned this song, that I would be able to learn any song. The Chords in this song are the base of many others, so I felt amazing when I was able to get this down. I specifically learned the song from this YouTube video from Quail Guitar Studios. This video was very calm and clear in the instructions, so it was quite easy for me to follow along. After this week I had decided to discover the WHY behind people playing guitar, and I visit that within the next post down below.

Week 8 –  Strumming Some Love

After wanting to learn more about WHY people decide to play guitar or why they have a certain joy behind it, I focused this weeks post just on that. I link to an article as well as some videos of American Idol Auditions that have inspired me and continue to motivate me throughout this journey (mainly because I want to be them).

Week 9 – Back to the Basics

This week was simply a refresher of the past three learning project posts. I became unfamiliar with what I had learned. I thought this was really important to document as the struggles are what creates a learning opportunity and makes it meaningful. I re learned “Smoke on the Water” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and was successful in doing so. I felt a little unmotivated I had forgot, but hey, it happens! All part of the learning.

Week 10 – Breaking the Routine

This week I explained my struggles with anxiety and depression and breaking my routine of progressing my learning project. I felt as though I had been doing so well and then it suddenly came to a halt when homework began piling up (as it does near the end of every semester) and I had a break down. Again, this was an important struggle to document as it contributes the my learning experience. I was able to continue to practice the things I have learned up until this point as well as take a break form learning anything new in relation to guitar. Instead I switched my gears to learning about how to be productive when anxiety hits and I gained comes resources I could use for my students when it comes to dealing with anxiety and depression. Although this week was rocky, I was able to turn it into something positive.

Pluses and Deltas

Each week I used my system of Pluses and Deltas to discover what I had accomplished and where some areas of opportunity arose that I could focus on for the next week. This was a great tool I used as it allowed me to keep track of what I wanted to work on as I could reference back to it when I needed to understand what to work on. I found this kept me motivated throughout. This idea derived from my part time job at Sephora where I train a group of employees and each day we go through pluses and deltas to see what needs to be addressed the next day. Here are my main Pluses and Deltas for the end of this experience for now.

Main Pluses:

  • I learned more than I had expected to! Two songs is a huge accomplishment.
  • My hand positioning continues to improve and does not hurt anymore.
  • I really enjoyed this experience and am motivated to continue.

Main Deltas:

  • Confidence in strumming without lucking where my hand placement is
  • Remembering individual notes
  • Don’t let struggles effect my learning journey, they are part of it!

Summary Questions

At the end of each learning project post I posed a question to my readers so they could join me in my learning journey. These questions could be asking advice for the following week, to simply starting a conversation about their own learning projects. I figured keeping my readers involved with reading and motivating them to leave a comment with a question would be the best way to entertain readers and keep them reading. Here are some questions I asked:

  • So my question for my readers is, do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety? If so, what are your or their best practices to staying productive during the hard times?
  • WHAT is something you do that you love and WHY do you practice or do something that you love?
  • Are you finding a sense of calm in your learning journeys?
  • Any tips on gaining confidence of feeling the chords as opposed to looking at them?

As you can see they can be quite open prompts, or really specific questions. My motivation was simply to have my readers involved. I found that the more broad the question, the more intense and critical responses I received.

Online/ Tech Resources

The following resources are the ones I used during my experience with learning guitar. Learning through technology platforms is not easy until you find the right one. That’s why I went the route with trial and error to find what worked best for me, and when I did, it worked out perfectly. This is important for teachers to think about as students have many different ways in which they learn. Many options for learning resources online should be given to the students so they can explore what works best for them.

  • Guitar Jamz: This was extremely helpful to begin. Slow and steady pace for learning, and great explanations. I found as I went on, the shorter the videos the more helpful. So as this was great to start with, I did not keep with it throughout the semester.
  • Yousician: This is the program/ videos that really guided me through my experience. The videos are clear and concise and having a busy schedule, it allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge in a short amount of time.
  • GuitarSix : is a blog that focuses on strategies to help recall the knowledge and skills while in the process of learning guitar. After losing recollection of how to play the two songs I learned, this was extremely helpful moving forward and avoid forgetting again.
  • Quail Studios Guitar: Again, another video platform, this one specifically taught me how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Great easy to follow video, that is calming and rather nice to watch. Great teacher within the video and clear instruction. This channel provides many different songs to learn, categorized from easy to more difficult.
  • Others Comments/ Support: It truly was the #edc300 community that allowed me to thrive and stay motivated during this whole process. Without the support, feedback, conversation and critical questions they asked me, I could not have done it without them. It really helped to know my peers were working on the same assignment as me and having successes and struggles just as I was. If I was stumped with what to write about, or how to format a particular blog post I simply looked to them or asked them for inspiration and they always gave it. Students could really benefit from an assignment where a community like this develops.

Where Am I Now/ Assessment of Learning

I am still practicing guitar as I have found a new found love for it during this journey. I mentioned anxiety and depression that is stress related within my last post. This new skill has given me a resource to find serenity in times of panic.

So have I truly developed my skills? Yes! I am so proud of how far I have come in this learning journey, and what I have learned. I did not have a computer until about two years ago so my tech knowledge was slim to none. Knowing I took my learning into my own hands and used the internet to teach myself something new is extremely rewarding. I am so proud of myself!

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I have learned a lot during this experience. First off being my new love for learning through online resources and technology. This has opened my eyes to a new world of teaching through what our world is becoming ruled by. Our students are so dependent on technology and this class has given me hopes that I can use their obsession to guide their education. This will create an innovative and interactive classroom that will spark students interest and allow them to enjoy learning.

I have learned patience is key in a learning project. I found through this experience that I was not only looking up resources for how to play guitar, but also how to stay organized, how to have patience with learning something new, and how to handle stress and anxiety alongside of learning a new skill. Without these tools I would not have been successful. I think its important to incorporate these for students as well so they have a set of resources for motivation.

Finally I have learned to keep up! Especially with having weekly blog posts, commenting and doing my learning project, it is important to stay on track. I found myself flustered if I didn’t. Creating a schedule for practicing and writing these posts became a must during this process. Students would need an organizer for an assignment such as this so they could feel confident in keeping up too.

Overall, this assignment was a fun an innovative practice that I really enjoyed. I love that I found a passion for a new skill, but also learned some new techniques to finding resources online, potentially gaining some new material for a future classroom of my own.

In the classroom this could be a useful idea for students within many different subjects. Its an interactive way for students to take responsibility of their own learning through online platforms. They are not only learning to have confidence in learning a new skill, but gaining skill in technology and creating relationships through online resources.

I will leave you with one final question: Are you continuing on with your learning project? If so, why are you choosing to?

Thanks,

Alyssa

 

 

A Long Reflection Finally Surfaced

EDTC 300, Uncategorized

Hi friends.

This post has taken me awhile to build up the courage to post as I have been reflecting.

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of listening to Carol Todd speak about digital citizenship, the importance of teaching our students the safety measures along with utilizing technology, and her daughter Amanda.

Check out Amanda’s story here:

After hearing Carol speak about her daughter’s story and the struggles she went through, my mind opened to new possibilities and the importance of technology in the classroom. Not only is it important for technology to be used within the classroom for an interactive and progressive experience for the students, but teaching the safety behind using these platforms (specifically social media).

My very close friend has been negatively effected by social media platforms and the misuse of them. She now has trouble finding a job because of a “promiscuous” photo once posted. A truly great human is now affected by depression and social anxiety because of a horrific experience that she now reflects upon. She once said to me: “I wish someone would have told me how negatively the internet can effect someone. If I had been warned, this would not have happened.”

Carol spoke about the platforms often used within the classroom such as social media tools like Twitter and Instagram. Students these days, use these as well as Snapchat to gain acceptance and connect with new faces and stay in contact with old. Although extremely useful and progressive, these application can become a tool to essentially create a negative image upon someone. Digital citizenship and identity is something that we need to be speaking to with students so they understand that even their actions and decisions with these platforms at a young age can affect their futures.

This makes me think to back when I digitally sleuthed my colleague Jessi Gaja. I was not able to find anything that could reflect negatively upon her digital identity, however that is because we have has the training to practice creating a safe and positive digital citizenship for many years. Students in elementary, high school and even other faculties of post secondary are not exposed to the importance of safety on the internet.

In classrooms, not only exposing the safety precautions needed to take place, but showing the consequences or using examples of the negative effects that can happen is so crucial. To get you started, I did some research on finding some lesson plans on internet safety. Although catered towards younger grades, these plans could easily be manipulated to benefit older students in coherence with social media apps. Check this out:

https://educators.brainpop.com/bp-jr-topic/internet-safety/

Carol Todd’s visit was extremely heart felt and educational. I truly appreciate her taking the time to speak to us about the importance of technology as well as the needed training of why digital identity and the safety measures needed, has to be taught within the classroom.

To Carol Todd:

Thank you Carol, so very much, for all that you do and being fearless in sharing your own story along with Amanda’s. The work that you do to make educators and everyone around the world more knowledgeable about digital citizenship, internet safety and the importance behind each is truly inspiring. Not only are you so very appreciated, but creating an environment around the world that will truly help others.

Alyssa

Breaking The Routine

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

This is my week ten #learningproject post. I know I’m posting this quite late, but I have been recording my notes each week so I could sit down later on and finish up my blog posts as it has been way to hectic the past two weeks to get any small assignments done as the big ones were standing in the way.

With no finals this semester all of my semester projects were due, therefore they needed my attention.

My title “Breaking the Routine” is simply because week ten I had to take a break from my learning project. I did not quit all together as I had been picking up the guitar to continue practicing my “twinkle twinkle little star“, and “smoke on the water“.  But in general, I put learning anything new to a halt. Not only because of my assignments, but because of my mental health, which I think is important to share.

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Dealing with anxiety and depression for many years, I notice that as soon as school becomes extremely stressful I tend to have a bit of a break down and separate myself from the tasks that need to get done. I did a little research on finding some articles and blogs that could help me stay on task. The blog/article: 7 Ways to Turn Anxiety into Productivity, was the most motivating I have found in years. If you suffer from, or know someone who does (and teachers you will certainly have students who do) please take a look.

So for this week in my learning project, I read a book. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with learning about guitar, but more so about how to cope with anxiety and depression to stay on track and work through the struggles. So all in all this week was actually quite productive because reading this book pushed me through the hard times to pick up that guitar and at least practice what I has already previously learned. This read allowed me to have enough strength to preserve my knowledge.

I read What You Must Think of Me by Emily Ford. The novel What You Must Think of Me by Emily Ford is an emotionally heart breaking and refreshingly honest retelling of life experiences, while dealing with social anxiety and depression. Outlining her struggles to get help, readers gain insight into the strategies that can lead to a happier and healthier life. The sub headings within each chapter switch back and forth from her narratives in experiencing social anxiety, to outlining exactly what the disability is by definition and showcasing studies to support why certain treatments may or may not be successful. Ford gives clear and concise advice for specific situations that can cause social anxiety, giving readers preventative measures so they might not have to go through as many struggles as she did. Alongside of preventing a life of trauma, she proposes many strategies of how to gain control of already possessing social anxiety. Each section connects to the next as if she were telling her story chronologically and what advice she could have used at each stage in dealing with her troubles.

I think it is extremely important to outline the struggles and opportunities that come along with the learning project. How can one truly learn if there is no room for improvement or not set backs?

In true fashion of my learning project posts, here are my pluses (accomplishments or things that went well this week) and deltas (room for improvement or areas of opportunity).

Pluses:

  • I was still productive even though it was a tough week mentally.
  • I was able to harness my anxiety into something positive.
  • I kept up my practice with the songs and notes I know and have already learned.
  • I feel better!

Deltas:

  • I did not build upon my prior knowledge towards learning guitar.
  • I am going to have to work extra hard in my final week of learning.

So my question for my readers is, do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety? If so, what are your or their best practices to staying productive during the hard times?

Thanks for reading,

 

Alyssa

What I Now Know About Technology

EDTC 300

This is is Jessi Gaja and myself’s Final Summary of Learning Project for our EDTC300 class! Take a peak:

In this video we outline each of the platforms we used throughout this semester, our thoughts on them, the changes and successes we had, as well as how our learning projects went.

I think the video summarizes what I learned this semester very well. Going into this semester of very little knowledge within the technology world, I feel as if I have no become an expert.

The tools we learned about are something we could easily use within the classroom to keep students entertained, intrigued and curious.

Please watch and enjoy!

 

Alyssa

Better Than Kahoot!?

EDTC 300

Hello friends,

In today’s post, I am going to break down an overview of the program/ website known as “Quizizz“. This website is a game like program that allows students (or whomever is playing) to answer questions about specific topics through their cellular or electronic devices. Now you may be thinking to yourself “Wow! This sounds an awful lot like Kahoot!” and you my friend, are correct. The only difference, is it is better!

Quizizz is a tool that creates an online interactive quiz where students have the ability to either create or view another quiz and test their knowledge on a particular content they are learning in class. Students LOVE THIS. Not only do they get to use their phones, but it gets their minds stimulated as they are looking at an interactive and visually appealing quiz rather than a white piece of paper with black words printed on it. And the music that plays along creates such an enjoyable atmosphere.

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Rather then explaining how to use each tool on the website, I found a video from the Quizizz team’s YouTube that had a fantastic walkthrough. Check it out:

5 Main Benefits to Quizizz:

  1. Students can create there own games just like Kahoot!; however they are able to take previously constructed quizzes and either add their own questions to them or pluck a few away and add it into their own. This is all done by the ease of clicking a few buttons as opposed to copying and pasting.

2. Students are not timed in their responses to the quizzes. Students do not have any amount of pressure put upon them for answering a question as the clock ticks down. This allows for critical thinking and offers the option of eliminating potential answers successfully.

3. You can track the progress in which each student answers correctly or incorrectly. Individually you can see what students missed what answers.

4. You can track the progress as a group. With statistic sent to you through the form of charts, the facilitator can visually see where the gap of knowledge lies and can then move forward in paying attention to that area.

5. Therefore, this tool can be used for both summative and formative assessment! With spreadsheets that are printable for individuals or a group as a whole, teachers are able to really narrow down where the gap of knowledge is, or can print out the quizzes and use them for marks afterwards (what an amazing tool to give yourself some breaks from marking).

Weaknesses:

  1. Can be hard to navigate for first time users. If you are using this tool as a resource for students to create a quiz for a presentation or an assignment, you absolutely need to conduct a class on HOW to use this tool.
  2. Depending on the class, they may not feed into this idea of being quizzed through an online format.
  3. This tool can only be used to quiz through multiple choice answers. No supporting facts or evidence can be made. It doesn’t give a chance for students to explain their answers.

 

Please give Quizizz a shot if you have or have not tried Kahoot! The benefits outweigh Kahoot! by extreme lengths and this is such a useful took within the classroom!

Let me know how your experience goes, or if you have tried this within the classroom already!

Thanks,

Alyssa

Week 9 and Back to the Basics

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

Are we all stressed out of our minds?! It is really winding down to the last few weeks of school and EVERYTHING is due! All I want to do is sleep, procrastinate and eat. And by eating, I mean stuffing my face with all the greasiness I possibly can #comfortfood

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From my title you may think this post will be quite ironic, and in a sense it is. However, just like any learner, sometimes you get ahead of yourself or your focus leaves what you have been paying attention to. So this past week my recollection of many of the things I had learnt, seemed to just diminish. This is exactly why practice and consistency is key!

However, I don’t think having to go back to the basics is a bad thing. Sometimes a refresher is what will make your learning experience that much more heightened. And as educators we know repetition can be so very beneficial for anyone.

You’re probably wondering what basics I needed to revisit; that is chords and hand position. My hands have seemed to not remember how to switch from chord to chord with a comfort level that avoids any pain, and my memory of chords is slim to none.

So this week was simply a refresher of everything I have done. So this week I found myself looking for a resource that could help me to memorize chords effectively so I don’t run into this issue again. I really enjoyed visiting Guitar Six, which is a website that focuses on strategies to recalling skills you have learned previously and strategies to avoid forgetting. The article I read was specific to both of these aspects.

Not as exciting of a post, but I think its important to outline our “fails” within our learning journeys. I heard and acronym once that “fail” means “first attempt in learning” and that is exactly what I had experienced and the mindset I held this week!

Question for my readers: What fails have you been having?! And how are you overcoming them or overcoming the feeling of defeat?

 

Thanks,

Alyssa

 

Strumming Some Love

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

For this weeks #LearningProject, I am going to speak to a different side of my learning journey that has arrived from many weeks of practicing guitar.

Although I have been practicing this week and have an exciting video and post brewing for next week, I would like to focus on the WHY behind people playin guitar and how it has become a tool for me to relax. It is crazy to think that homework relaxes me, haha! It almost makes me uncomfortable because it does not seem like an actual real life thing, however learning to strum and compose chords together has  create a real serenity for me in time of stress (a.k.a the last couple weeks of school). So I am going to talk about the inspiration behind me having motivation to play guitar weekly.

Now, I am OBSESSED with American Idol audition videos on YouTube. Is anyone else with me? Anyways, it is specifically the auditions that have to do with guitar playing as well as singing that are giving me some serious motivation to become a rock star. There were two videos in particular that I have been playing on repeat. The first being a more soul – bluesy type of feel. This type of guitar playing is what I have listened to growing up, so the chords and rifts and the transitions between just give me goosebumps, take a listen:

 

And this video really captures the connection and relationships that music can make. I dare you to watch this and not tear up:

Other than videos, I was trying to find some articles as to why music is soothing to some and not as effective for others, but instead found a great blog about why people play guitar. It outlines the effects of playing guitars and the benefits. This blog post is clear and concise which I love, so I highly recommend you take a quick peek if you have any interest in music. I understand the WHY so much more now.

SO my question for you is actually not a question. But if you so choose to comment (if not, simply think about my prompt): WHAT is something you do that you love and WHY do you practice or do something that you love?

I think we often forget about the why behind committing actions or practices within our lives. Once the reason is understood behind doing something, I believe the experience is enjoyed at a higher level because the understanding is there.

Thanks for reading, can’t wait to hear your responses,

Alyssa

 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

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Time for my Learning project post for week eight of my journey. I mentioned last week that my goal was to be able to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, as my boyfriend had mentioned to me that if I had learned to play that I could essentially learn most songs a little easier.

Before  show you my absolutely amazing skills of playing the nursery rhyme we all know and love I quickly want to share my better half’s YouTube channel of his covers. he plays all the guitar within and sings as well. I KNOW, I KNOW, shameless plug…. hahah! Here is my favorite cover he has done, and perhaps the reason why I was inspired to learn to play:

There aren’t a ton of covers, as he doesn’t practice as much anymore, but I’m sure a few comments on his video might inspire him to do so 😉

Alright so, the video I found myself referring to in order to learn how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was from the user Quail Studios Guitar. Check out the video I used:

I really enjoyed listening to Hal as he not only seems humble and patient, but he has a kind tone to his voice, which is what honestly attracted me to using this video as my guide. The shorter length of the video makes learning the song a little less intimidating and he has a means to convey his teaching in a clear and concise matter.

I know this post has an abundance of video, but take a peak at my “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Cover:

 

In the tradition of my Learning Project posts, I am going to outline the pluses (something I did well on, am feeling motivated by, or improved upon from last week) and the deltas (areas of opportunities for the next week to come).

 

Pluses:

  • my hands are able to grip the neck a little better without any pain
  • I am able to transition from chord to chord
  • I have been staying motivated with achieving my goals each week

 

Deltas:

  • I am not utilizing much of a strumming motion (perhaps I need more challenging songs to try for this)
  • I am having trouble with confidence of not looking what I am strumming (I know this will come with time, but I am a perfectionist haha)
  • Would like to understand the WHY behind how a guitar works and perhaps learn about why some people play

 

So until the next week, I will leave you with a note and a question: I am noticing I feel more relaxed all around or “mellow” as you will because of my journey in learning to play guitar. Are you finding a sense of calm in your learning journeys?

Thanks,

Alyssa

InstaClass

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Jessi Gaja and I created a scenario to outline both perspectives that would be shared within a classroom when it comes to using a technology or social media platform within the classroom. We decided to take the roles of an “anti tech teacher” vs. a “pro tech teacher” in order to use some defense mechanisms and provide some articles so both perspectives could be evaluated. I took on the anti role, while Jessi took on the pro tech role.

Our scenario was about myself overhearing that Jessi (pro tech teacher) was planning on creating a classroom Instagram. Being an “anti tech teacher” I immediately texted Jessi with my opposing ideas in mind hoping I could change hers. We did this through recording our screen as we texted through our scenario and linked some resources to back up our opinions. Take a peek here at our text convo:

(If you would like to know how we screen recorded our iPhones using iOS 11, click here to a video that can show you.)

I found many great resources to back up the opinion of an “anti tech teacher” when it comes to Instagram, however this is the one I linked Jessi to in our text conversation.

Here was another one by Amanda Macmillan that I found super useful as well.

There is so many more valid points that each side could have made as to why Instagram would be beneficial or not within a classroom, ultimately it is up to the school board, administration and comfort of parents a students. It takes a unified agreement to make using any social media platform useful, meaningful an successful inside the classroom.

Here is Jessi’s post from this experience we created and shared together as well. She used this meme and I think I have died laughing over and over cause I feel like she says this to me all the time:

How would you go about defending utilizing Instagram or any social media platform within your classroom? Do you think many platforms could use very similar arguments to support their use?

 

Thanks for reading,

Alyssa