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If I Made You Feel Second Best, Cellphone I’m Sorry I Was Blind, You Were Always on My Mind

Debate #6: Cellphones Should Be Banned in the Classroom(Week #5: Post #2) Looking Forward to Hearing from YOU! This is an especially interesting topic to me, and I think that most people fall on one side or the other, and only a few fall right down the middle. I am[Read more]

Show Me the Meaning of Digital Citizenship… Is this the Feeling of Good Teaching?

Teaching Digital Citizenship: The Role of Schools & Educators The Role of Schools & Educators This week I was lucky enough to present on this topic with Durston, Gerry, and Gunpreesh. If you’re interested in how each of us summarized the articles we discussed, you can check out our video[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!

You’ve Got a Way to Keep Me On Your Side, You Give Me Cause for OER That I Can’t Hide…

A Deeper Look Into OER Commons First Thoughts on OER Commons Similar to a lot of my course peers, I too researched more into the OER Commons (OER means Open Educational Resources). Why did I choose this one you ask? Well, for starters Alec showed it to us in class[Read more]

EC&I 831 – Learning Project 4.0

This weekend I went full throttle with the practical side of completing my major project. Below are the videos that I gathered in the past two weeks that were quite insightful to fully determining my plan of action, materials, and execution of my steps to get full return for more free time that I had in this longer weekend. I will make a few comments on each video and how it helped my design procedure each time.

This video is extremely long for a typical YouTube Tutorial, but it was most insightful on the process of utilizing PL as a resource for installing the treads and risers for my stairs. And it helps to decrease the squeaky-ness in stairs when properly placed in position.

This video aided in my decision to simply replace my treads instead of trying to sand them down, or cover them based on the video’s depiction of knowing when to fix certain things, or start again. This was a long process for me to finally determine how I would redo these stairs, but I am glad with my decision to buy new treads using 2″ x 10″ x 14′ maple boards and cut to size to fit my context.

Although, this video’s design of the treads does not line up with my concept, I wanted to share it because I was more intrigued with their use of hardboard for their risers. I loved this idea, because hardboard is cheap, and they made it look amazing, so I had to give it a go for sure!!

Alas, here are some photos of my process thus far this weekend. There is still much too be done, but I am pretty proud of how far its come. I had a little help with my little shop teacher at my school with the use of a router, jointer, and planer to save myself some time. In case anyone was wondering, no injuries were had this weekend and no blood shed, so not bad.

Here we go!!

Maple 2″ x 10″ x 14′ and 1 sheet of hardboard
The hardboard needs to be sanded down on one side because it had a shine. This makes it easier to paint later.
The old steps looking for a face lift.. or to simply be lifted because they will no longer exist.
Yes, it was a messy process and it hurt my heart to not instantly clean it up.
I had some help from the shop teacher at my school to plane, joint, and router each of the board to give it a more finished looking so it was ready for install.
Everything goes perfectly until the final step… classic. Needed some far superior tools such a reciprocating saw and elbow grease to finally get to one out.

Well that was enough for one day!!

Day Two required some patience, finesse, and extreme flexibility that none of the Youtube videos revealed as I had to scale up the stairs as I began to stain the steps from the bottom upwards, so I was not trapped in the basement for the next 24 hours.

I choose to utilize a red mohagany finish for the stairs to give it a dark look that will complement with the mosaic floors below. As well, I have used this stain previously on a bench in the mudroom so I wanted to keep the colors consistent in the house.
Painting the hardboard white that will be used as my risers… Side note: Please measure each risers and do not assume they are all the same… or a 8×4 sheet of hardboard will be wasted very fast.. I learned this.. 😦

Well, I would love to hear your feedback, and maybe any tips or tricks or ideas you have moving forward.

I still need to coat the risers with multiple coats of polyurethane… and I need to find some that may be a bit grippy so I do not have any yard sales as I race down to the basement to do laundry. The above statement has partial truths in it, I will let you decide what it is.

Also, I need to finally install the risers after the treads are fully coated, but until then if you see anything that might need some tweaking, please let me know!

Until next time!

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.

EC&I 831 – Social Activism and Teacher Responsibility

In preparation for this topic, I read the following post this week that begs to ask the question what is the role of educators in online spaces with reference to social justice and anti-oppressive content. Now, this is a very challenging question to begin with, but perhaps breaking down what online spaces are and how they are included in this context will be helpful. Online spaces include things such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, Emails, Forums, etc. The above post is to suggest that silence speaks as seemingly loud as words therefore, it is vital that as educators to speak out and communicate about thoughts and ideas surrounding these topics. And, I agree with this statement 100%, but how this is carried out is very different from person to person. However, it is very difficult to know when a silence in one online platform speaks louder than words utilized in another platform.

I found an interesting perspective from Curtis Norman’s post that shared about defining the moment, or how a moment can define you. And to this extent, how silence in a moment can be defining. I really found this thought intriguing because as a teacher there have been plenty of times where my silence or lack of action has caused a challenging situation to arise because it had not been addressed properly beforehand. So this thought has resonated with me uin how I navigate the intricacies of social activism while not being labeled, defined, or viewed as unsupportive by my silence.

However, I draw back to the original post that discusses the agency of our privilege and how being about to make the choice allows us to better address and educate others on the topic in an online world. Thus, learning how to understand our own privilege and how to speak against oppressive or seek social justice is important to have a deeper perspective on these topics. I really like this idea of being able to utilize the privileges’ we have for the learning, sharing, and challenging of others, but I am perplexed by perhaps the various different types of digital citizens, and how they manifest in these situations. That is, I resonate with the comment the original post that states:

I believe that I connect the most with this comment because it is a tall task to be present on all online forms advocating and communicating anti-oppressive education and supporting social justice movements. That is to say, I think it does reveal how our own privilege to speak and communicate about these topics allows for variability and uniqueness. However, it is very challenging then to not to view a silence in one form as a a direct communication on how we truly feel/think on that topic.

I really value one on one, direct communication, face to face to engage in topics with social justice and anti-oppressive education, and sometimes it is very difficult to put words into writing as opposed to a connected conversation in the presence of others. I would love to learn how to branch these two worlds, but I think what comes up for me is if I’m not doing enough in an online world to advocate and and communicate my thoughts, then it reflects poorly on my character and thoughts on the issue.

In closing, I think it is possible for educators to model what it means to be an active responsible engaged citizens online, but it is trickier world to navigate and sometimes over-communication in this process is better than under communication, which I do believe is better than silence on hard topics.

EC&I 831 – Learning Project 3.0

So, I made a pretty lofty goal of renovating my basement stairs in my home for my learning project, and if you wanted to check out what they look like, give my previous post a read. However, this week I began by doing some more inquiry into what this project might entail and require of me… both physically and financially. Therefore, I did not realize the future challenge that arose in the wake of this great idea to give my stairs a face light. As evidence in the video and website below, to provides your stairs with a rebirth of colur and aesthetic appeal, it is going to really depend on the condition on the stairs prior. I have not had the time to extensively look over my stairs yet, but my house is old and my stairs are original to the house… so there might be some potential challenges and financial decisions with how I will provide with the project.

However, I did learn new vocabulary on this topic as the vertical boards on stairs are called the risers, and the horizontal boards are called treads. This was helpful when I began talking to my colleague who works in the shop department and he has no idea what I was conceiving to do with my stairs until I utilized the correct terminology… 🙂

Upon chatting with the shop teacher at school, sanding down all the stairs seems like a do-able task to complete, but it will entirely depend on the condition of the stairs and how much maintenance they require.. and the time that I have available to work on them. Although, I watched the video below that provided a new way to possibly paint the treads and replace the risers. This provided hope on my original design, but still I will need to investifate more moving forward with the conditions of my stairs.

I have tried to find a couple of video on how to create different designs on the risers with parallel lines or triangles, but the most helpful one was this video that was posted on an instagram account that provided multiples visuals, and a step by step video story on the process which was very helpful. I will continue to investigate what it might require moving forward, but I hope to make it look like the photo below, however, the second photo may be a bit more realistic.

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/75153887517520836/
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Please let me know your thoughts below and if you might have any pointers or area of interests/ideas moving forward!

Many Thanks! 🙂

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.