The End

The end is near and I can now taste it.  This has been the fastest four years of my life and some of the best times I have ever had.  I graduated with 8 other kids and I was the only one to decide to go to the University of Regina, needless to say I was a little worried.  Who would have thought that this would have been one of the best choices of my entire life.  I have made some great friends and built relationships with people who will be in the same profession as me.  I know if I need help with any thing I experience in school there are many people I could turn to and I hope that all of these people know that I will be there for them.

I am a little nervous that school is over though, I guess it is time to as my dad says ‘grow up and support myself,’ and I just don’t know if I am ready to do that.  I can’t believe that it is now up to me to get a ‘real job’ in a field that I want to make a career out of.  The idea of a career is frightening.  I can’t imagine doing the same thing for that many years, but looking back on my experiences in the classroom I know that if there is something that I am going to have to do for that many years teaching was the right choice.  I have loved every minute of being in the classroom and if I keep this same passion and drive I know that every day will be a new and interesting day.  There will always be different challenges and a classroom filled with different students to change up the pace of the usual.

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Tech Task #10

I have always been amazed by the attention and fame that follows some of these YouTube sensations.  This fame has improved some peoples lives and ruined other peoples.  As a teacher I believe it will be extremely important to show children how these small things can change their life.  In this class I have learned how important my digital identity and I believe that this is something that I need to pass on to my students.

Although we would all like to post a video on YouTube and become the next big sensation like Justin Bieber, there is also the chance that the video you post could turn you into the next UCLA Racist Girl.  There are pros and that may be all that your students see, it is important to highlight the cons too.  Hopefully with this knowledge our students can make a greater effort to create a positive digital identity.

Even on the smaller side of things it is important to show students how their image on the internet can be seen by everyone.  Growing up I was never really concerned about what I was doing on the internet because I never knew the implications it could have, showing students what people can see and what people can do with that information is really important.  I believe that this is not something you would specifically set aside part of the year to teach but cover all year long especially when things happen in the media that emphasize this importance.

Looking at other blogs I know there are many people who feel the same way.  I liked Aaron’s point of how a negative identity will stick with you and it is very hard to overcome.  I also enjoyed the Red Rover Blog and the learning outcomes it highlighted for teaching students about technology.  I guess in the end it is a all chance and we have to be aware of that, would you rather be famous for something you intended to be famous for or be famous for something that you never thought anyone would see?

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I doubt I have to point this out because by now I will assume that everyone can see my lack of blogging.  It has been something I have struggled with all term.  When it came to doing tech tasks I was all over it and found no trouble in completing the task but the idea of just writing whatever I felt like writing about was not all that intriguing to me.  I think about this experience to me and then I think about being in a classroom and asking my students to complete these same assignments.

I understand the importance of blogging or journaling (something I am not a big fan of either) and its usefulness in the class.  I also understand how some students benefit from the structured type of writing where they are given a question, task or topic and how some students need the freedom to write about whatever strikes their interest.  As a teacher I wonder how I can balance these two opposites and still get the results I am looking for.  Although it is necessary to give students the option to write in a way they feel the most comfortable it is also important to try and broaden their comfort level and ask them to try new things.  There are importances both in writing about an assigned topics and free writing and both need to be practiced.  I guess that as a teacher I will need to find a balance and make sure that I will offer both opportunities for my students.

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Looking Back …

As I looked through my portfolio trying to find pieces to include in this blog I came across some quotes that I had added to it originally.  My portfolio was broken up into four sections:  learning to plan, learning to teach, learning to review, reflect and self-evaluate and learning to relate professionally.  For these four sections I found different quotes that I included and I thought where quite relevant to the teaching profession.

‘He who fails to plan … plans to fail’ – proverb

‘Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised.’ -Dennis Waitley

‘I hear, and I forget.  I see, and I remember.  I do, and I understand.’ -proverb

‘Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil doesn’t know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.’ -Albert Einstein

‘Teaching is not a profession; it is a passion!’ -unknown

‘Learn from you mistakes, always self-evaluate.  Great leaders are thinking, evolving.’ -Jeremy Foley

‘A moral being is one who is capable of reflection on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others.’ -Charles Darwin

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Troubles with Technology

So I got a little cocky, I was feeling pretty good about my ability to use different types of technology to complete different tasks.  With this added comfort I decided that instead of writing a paper for my Modern Dance Research Project in KHS 232 I would make a video.  I thought that a video would offer me more flexibility and would suit my assignment better.  This idea was coming across perfectly, I had to research a dancer who I thought had shaped modern dance and I chose Michael Jackson.  I thought that if I mixed a Prezi, music videos, videos of people imitating his dance moves and a screencast of different articles talking about his importance to dance that I would best be able to emphasize the point I wanted to.  Everything was going very smoothly the pieces were coming together although it was taking a lot longer than I expected.  I created a Prezi and screencasted it into the different sections of my presentation.  After I cut different music videos and added them into the different areas, I took a screen shot of the articles that fit with the dance moves happening and added them in.  To finish it off I added titles and music throughout.  I will admit I was quite happy with the final project.

Next came the easy part, or so I thought.  All I had to do was upload and then send the project to my professor.  It turns out my video was too big to upload to Youtube, I was okay with this and decided to go with plan b.  Plan B was to download the video into movie format, turns out this takes about two hours, a whole lot longer than I expected.  I continued on doing other things while I waited for this to happen.  After it had finished I tried to email it, the file was too big to attach to and email so my email suggested attaching it as an online file.  I followed the steps to attach this online file and it turns out the file was too big to do this as well.  Back to plan A I decided I would cut the video in half and upload it to Youtube in two parts.  This didn’t go as planned either, I thought it would be as simple as copying the video and and deleting the first half in part 1 and then deleting the second half in part 2.  Well this didn’t work either.  Every way I tried to cut it it messed up the timing and the transitions, this project was just not going as planned.  Needless to say after all other methods failed I just ended up burning a it to a DVD and sending it to my professor.  Overall this experience has definitely set back how good I thought I was doing with technology.

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Class Opportunities …

I am in the process of renovating a house and I did not realize how long it would take until I was right in the middle of it.  There are many tasks that I don’t have any idea about, like installing a suspended ceiling, but there are also things that I have been able to like baseboards and door frames.  I have an understanding of measuring and cutting using a saw because of my high school shop class.  I went to school in a very small K-12 school and one of the specialized subjects that was offered was industrial arts along with home ec.  There were not many other ones offered but I took what was available and never thought much about it.  Now looking back on my experience in these classes I realize how many skills I have picked up that I use in everyday life.  I wonder how many other classes that I or anybody else in my school would have benefited from.

In school I was always quite certain that I would go on to some form of secondary schooling, but I know there are many people who don’t plan to.  I would not trade a single thing about growing up on my farm and going to my small school, except I wonder if some of my classmates would have benefited from more of a choice.  Being a small rural school with a small student body you cannot expect the school to be able to offer all the same classes that a city school could.  I wonder if there is a way to get around this so you could offer more opportunities for students who are interested.

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Summary of Personal Learning

I chose to map out my learning over the semester in a stop motion video.  Once again it took a lot longer than I expected it to, but I am quite happy with the finished product.

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