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Yeah, But Now I’m Chasing Text Messages with My Sunburnt iPhone8, like a Heart-Broke Desperado, Headed Right Back to My Roots

A Day in the Life Related to Technology Welcome Back Y’All! Welcome back Y’All! I am glad to be here and to be finishing up my last course for the Master’s Certificate of Educational Technology and Media. For some reason, I feel like I have written a post similar to[Read more]

EC&I 831 – Analysis of Internet Archive

Internet Archive… What is it?

The Internet Archive is a digital space that is a non-profit platform that functions as a library for data that may consist of websites, videos, books, audio, software, and images. As the Internet Archive’s mission states their goal is to “…provide Universal Access to All Knowledge”. The Internet Archive was created in 1996 similar to other newspaper resources, but these resources were slowly being saved online as a way to store and access this information at a later date. The online platform utilizes a program called the Way Back Machine to sort, organize, and access 25 years of web history.

https://archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry

Anyone can sign up for a free account at Archive.org, and with that free account you have access to all resources on the platform, the ability to upload, and potentially revise articles or content. Therefore, this space meets the needs the requirements of the 5 R’s of Open Resources. However, I want to provide a bit of an analysis of platform from a teacher’s perspective.

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  • Internet Archive provides multi-medium types of information and content that any teache could find useful in any subject that they teach.
  • The website is broken down into broad categories to easily select your desired type of medium to access the content.
  • The platform provides an “about” page to educate their users on what their program is about and why it is important in the world of OER’s. This is especially helpful as a classroom teacher in the education process with your students about the “WHY” of OER’s.

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  • There is sooo much data and content on this page, and eve though it is broken into broad categories to sort it, it is still tricky to find exactly what you are looking for.
  • Having students access this website will be a teacher process to effectively understand how to find exactly what they are looking for without spending wasted time in this process.
  • Often a teacher needs very specific data or content that is connected to an outcome, so it can be dangerous to justify certain resources as evidence of that outcome, if it is not already linked to meeting that learning objective. This requires time on the teacher to explore this platform for its uses and connection to the desired learning outcome.

Here are a couple videos below that will visually depict a deeper understanding of Internet Archive and why it is an OER.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post, please let me know what OER’s you have been using or researched this week and what their use may look like in your life/career.

Thanks!

EC&I 831 – The Openness of Open Education

This week in EC&I 831, we discussed the topic of Open Education. In its very definition of the concept, open education can be simply put is an open door for anyone to access, walk through, and utilize at their leisure. However, most people would think that education, information, and access to it is technically “open” and free, so how does Open Education change any of this process or concept? This is where my understanding of Open Ed has changed and expanded this week with introductions to certain topics such as Creative Commons, Common Core Standards, and Online Sharing Laws are a few things that restrict, limit, and encroach on the concept of sharing, participating, and engaging with learning in online spaces.

A quote that resonated with me this week about Open Ed stems from Michael Wesch’s Anthropolical Introduction to YouTube where he states, “… the web is not about just information, but about linking people… linking people together in ways we have never done before”. Certain words that he brings to mind that connect the above concepts about the openness of Open Education start with: copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetic, rhetoric, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves. Now there are a various words there that are connected deeply to what it means to share and link to one another, but the words that stand out the most revolve around authorship, ethics, and identity. I love the concept of sharing and being able to be connected to one another through our similarity and conversely through out differences.

Therefore, Open Education Resources for me should be centered about that idea of sharing with connections to authorship of knowing where it comes from, ethics about how the sharing process should look, and how your identity is shaped, molded, or changed as this activity of growth and learning occurs. As Dean Shareski referenced in his Talk, the more we are concerned about rights and privacy the further we steer away from the basic premise of education which is sharing! Those words hit deeply in my core because I detest when legalities and formalities disrupt and encroach on true authentic learning, and growth. Thus, I have compiled three main points from different Open Education Resources that I want to explore more as a teach with reference to some of the core values or authorship, ethics, and identity.

1.) Creative Commons:

Creative Commons is a platform that I want to utilize more with myself and my students as a data base to upload, share, and utilize content. A big part of this process requires understanding what creative commons is and why it exists and how that is uniquely connected to authorship, and ethics.

2.) Flickr:

Flickr is one of the largest image hosting websites. The goal of utilizing Flickr more would focus on how many images are not properly shared with google images, and why that is important when it comes to building a digital identity online with different platforms and designs.

3.Open Learn:

This is another platform that I would love to access with my students as independent studies or self learning projects to build more metacognitive processes in their growth. This space allows for choice to build, develop, and mold identity as student have access to a variety or topics and passions that they have invest their time in.

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In closing, OER are great and accessible platforms and spaces for students and teachers to begin to expand their learning and continue to build their digital citizenship. However, conceptual understanding and deeper meaning of why these spaces exist are fundamental to its usability and effectiveness. Therefore, I will continue to share my thoughts and learning with reference to Open Education as it is at the core of learning in our education system.

Trello!! Let’s Find Out More.

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I am looking the media app called Trello. It is an online organizational platform to connect, manage, and share plans with a large network…. You can find them on Twitter if you would like to see what they are up to.

Here is a quick overview of Trello.

Here are a couple of short observations I have, and I will share more in the video below:

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  • Trello is very user friendly and creative.
  • The visual appeal of the design of each board attracts the eye and the user.
  • The use of colours and designs brings to life how you organize projects and establish roles.
  • Lists are customizable to fit your needs and structure of your plans.

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  • Similar to other calendar and scheduling tool, so it might be difficult to align everyone in the same place.
  • The desired audience is geared to high school and beyond. Therefore, it would not be as effective for younger years, but still possible. However, administration and groups within a school would greatly benefit from its use.
  • Slightly limited controls over the various boards and how they can be implemented for your needs.
  • Challenging to manage several boards at once to within the main page.

Educational Opportunities:

This app is geared towards a more adult audience, and would be great for administration and organizing events, meetings, roles, and groups, but does not reach the audience of students to engage in a way to develop learning patterns and organizational skills. However, I do believe this app could be utilized in a classroom setting with the proper instruction and modelling of its effective to capture its use even though it may not feel relevant to students at that age group. Therefore, if it was implemented in a school, I would love to see staff utilize it with a strong understanding its effectiveness to then allow their students to connect this program within their own learning.

Here is my screen cast below reviewing the app and its feature within an educational context.

**Please let me kow your thoughts on the app, and if it may be relevant in your life, or in your classroom.

Is It Too Late to Say Sorry? Cause I’m Missing Doing More Than I Should Be…

Exploring a ‘New’ Social Media Tool A Little Taste of Honesty Okay, I was five seconds away from giving into signing up for an account that just weeks ago I was adamant about not embarking on. Yes… when given this blog prompt the only thing I could think of was[Read more]

So We Keep Waiting, Waiting, Waiting to Enhance Learning with Tech.

“Technology is not just a tool. It can give learners a voice that they may not have have had before.” -George Couros Learning Theories, Perspectives, and Transformations Reading this week’s blog prompt, sent me through a flashback of writing my thesis (what feels like 100 years ago) and trying to[Read more]

MSN, Facebook, Vine, OH MY!

Have you ever thought back to your very first email address?

Were you one of those people who were all business and just had “firstname.lastname”? Or were you one of those people, like me, who are still embarrassed to bring it up to this day? I still shudder when I think back to how cool I felt when I created the email “mandi_muffin1”.

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Since I’d rather not sit in that embarrassment alone, I decided to ask some other people what their first email address was. Here are some good ones:

  • “spiderman85”
  • “pet_luver10”
  • “regis_philbin”(not to be confused with the real Regis Philbin, just a big fan)
  • and my personal favourite… “cutiepatootie94”

For me, my first email address was like a key to the digital world. I used it to get my very first social networking platform- MSN Messenger. I remember when MSN first became popular. There was such excitement of meeting your friends in a vastly different way- on the computer instead of face to face. The new platform grew like wild-fire and soon all my friends were a part of this new community. This was often the case with online trends. First a few people would get hooked, and then soon it would be the only thing people talked about or took part in. Some social network trends only lasted for a little while, but some are still thriving to this day.

This got me thinking- what social networks actually impacted me? How was I affected by them? I decided to give a brief timeline called:

“Social Media & Me- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

1. Facebook:

I was in grade 7 when I first signed up for Facebook. It was a different world than it is now. “Food fights”, writing on “walls”, “Amanda is…” status updates. It was a fun way for me to connect with friends, show pictures, and update the world on what was new with my life. It was also a way for me to gain “friends” online. I felt a strange sense of accomplishment when I had a friend request or if I had another post on my “wall”. With this new territory came this new idea that I needed my life to look a certain way. This is still often the case with social media. A subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) competition on who has the most likes, and in turn, who has the most exciting life. The need for online validation through likes and comments, which started soon after the Facebook world made an appearance, is still something that many people battle with today, including myself.

2. Twitter:

Sometimes I wish I didn’t sign up for Twitter until I had more mature things to say, but we all have regrets in life. In order to give you context, I searched back to my old tweets from 2013 to show you some of the brilliant things I had to say about life.

For example: “I love fireworks” and “Jake Owen marry me”. Clearly I didn’t have any troubles fitting my riveting content into 140 characters.

After soon realizing there was more of a purpose for Twitter, I started using it for educational reasons and connected with other educators online. I soon grew my PLN (Personal Learning Network) through twitter chats, blogging, and “Tweet Ups”. I felt like I had a teaching community outside of my school, and it helped me feel less alone in my teaching woes and endeavours. However, with every good social networking platform, there comes concerns. With me, I had (and still have) a hard time not comparing myself to other teachers. When I see all of the creative, thought provoking, and engaging things that other teachers are doing in their classroom, it’s hard not to compare myself to them. I’m sure that there are several of you out there who struggle with the same thing. How do we get past comparing and move to confidence? That’s still the journey I find myself on and work towards to this day.

3. Instagram:

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Instagram is still one of my favourite social media platforms to this day. I am a visual learner, so I love seeing quick snap shots of other people’s lives. When I first got Instagram, I would post any picture, write a short caption, and think it was Instagram gold.

There came a point though, when Instagram became about gaining followers and likes, which was difficult to keep up with. I’m embarrassed to say, but there used to be times when I would take down a photo if I didn’t get at least 100 likes. I know. Don’t judge me. It’s a crazy standard to set for oneself. A couple of years ago I had a change of heart. I turned my account to private, stopped following people who were not “giving me joy”, and set a new standard for myself. My continued desire is that it would be less about likes and followers for me, and more about connecting with my community through photos. And not to mention, tagging my friends in endless memes.

4. Vine & Tik Tok:

Oh how I loved Vine. A creative outlet to make people laugh through short 7 second videos. As Rebecca Jennings says in the article “Tiktok, Explained”, Vine was “brutally murdered before its time”. The app truly died too soon. If I ever wanted a “pick-me-up”, I would search through the feed of Vine and find the latest, laughable video by the newest Vine sensation. The app didn’t last nearly long enough, but there is something that is seen as, according to Rebecca Jennings, the “joyful, spiritual successor to Vine”. Tiktok- the latest fad in the online world. An app that, similarly to Vine, allows users to upload short clips of themselves dancing, singing, or following the latest viral trends. Seems like all fun and games, right? Unfortunately, every social media platform has its downfalls. Even though I’m not on Tiktok enough to know every latest trend, I do know that the youth who use this app encounter similar issues as I did as a teen, and still do today.

Comparison. The need for validation. Fear of rejection.

Are there enough benefits to outweigh the negative impacts of social media though? In my opinion, yes.

Social media has brought me a lot of positivity in my years of using it. Laughter, connectivity, knowledge, community, encouragement, and support. The list goes on. Yes, there have been many regrets and disappointments through the years of using these social networking platforms, but the same goes with my life outside of social media. So will I continue to interact with others online through social media? Absolutely.

Besides, everyone is in need of a good laugh every now and then by looking back at posts from the early days, browsing the latest memes, and of course, reminiscing on our first cringe-worthy email addresses.