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(re)Creating a virtual educator.

What will an online class look like with Mr. Petlak?  What will an online Biology class look like with Mr. Petlak? Are labs done in person? Do students gather their own supplies? What balance of instructional strategies maximizes distance learning? Is content more important than relationships?

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How do we replicate the left to be delivered like the right? – Computer Screen via FreeGreatPicture

If you don’t know me, relationships make my classroom work (I think). It’s my foundation for learning, but how do I make that happen online, through a screen? Historically, I would argue I entertain to engage, but I think there is the potential to get caught up in engagement and miss out on more content, is content the priority online?

Researching Online Learning

In my digging, I found an article detailing best practices which provides great reminders when planning for distance learning:

  1. Visibility – students may get caught up in text and forget the teacher is a presence in the digital classroom. Be sure to maintain visibility.
  2. Organization and Analysis – plan out course well in advance of offering it, provide timely feedback and be open to constructive criticism of your course.
  3. Compassionate – understanding the requirements of a teacher may actual be more personal than in a traditional classroom because some voiceless students may now have one.
  4. Leader-by-example – model proper behaviour and foster connections with students.

The same article then provides a list of strategies that are critical to online teaching:

“ Student Led Discussions  Students Find and Discuss Web Resources  Students Help Each Other Learn (Peer Assistance)  Students Grade Their Own Homework Assignments  Case Study Analysis”
Bill Pelz, (My) Three Principles of Online Pedagogy , 2008

“ Group problem-solving and collaborative tasks;  Problem-based learning;  Discussion;  Case-based strategies;  Simulations or role play;  Student-generated content;  Coaching or mentoring;  Guided learning;  Exploratory or discovery;  Lecturing or teacher-directed activities;  Modeling of the solution process; and  Socratic questioning.”

– “Best Practices in Online Teaching Strategies“, Hanover Research Council, 2009

How similar do the above sound to an Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt course?

My course

Upon reading plans of Adam and co., perhaps my plan here is a bit too detailed at this point, I normally share Aimee’s approach of crushing it all at once later on (I definitely overdid this post, so if you’ve stuck it out this long, congratulations). With this information in mind, what are my initial thoughts and rationale for an online course?

  • I am going to use Zoom to record videos and screen-share in the recorded videos for any sort of drawing I will draw on the touchscreen (I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab) and deliver the content asynchronously. Additional modules would place an emphasis on discussion.
  • I intend to use my website for students to follow along with content, post notes and presentations as well as class plan.
    My rationale behind this is to open up learning opportunities for any students interested. I have background in Office 365 and Google classroom but intend to make the work as available as possible for students, educators, and parents – Office 365 and Google classroom would require a student login. 
  • The audience will be grade twelve (ages sixteen to eighteen), and the students should have access to all content assuming they have a WiFi connection and a device to utilize it with.
  • Assessment will be completed using Socrativeformatively and summatively. Due to the asynchronous session, the Socrative will be made available for the week and close at the week’s conclusion so that outside learners may still observe content, but weekly work, attendance and accountability for in-class learners will therefore be mandatory.
  • Communication will be completed via email. Or via synchronous sessions when available.
  • Course content/learning objectives will be from the AP Biology© curriculum so that I can use it in my class!
  • Activities will include: brief video lecture for content (~3-5mins), hands-on activity to enhance understanding (~2-4 mins), and subsequent sharing of videos using an open Flipgrid discussion thread or typed discussion through commenting on the YouTube post, teacher access with mobile device should allow for consistent and quick response times.
    Potential concern: sharing video responses online and making this public, students may be susceptible to online risks/harassment. As such, they will be informed beforehand, however, use of Flipgrid seeks to eliminate ease of harassment through simply YouTube commenting. 
  • Students will require device-access (that has a camera) and a strong enough bandwidth for videos to be watched and shared (YouTube).
  • Subtitles will be provided in informative videos, allowing EAL students to observe spelling of terms. The asynchronous nature of the course will also allow students of different ability (technological or learning-wise), will be able to pause on important points. (Important points in the video will also be provided in the information location of the post so that students can go to specific learning points in the video.
  • The content will attempt to include different cultural perspectives in the context of the work. Ie. different explanations for natural phenomena beyond western science.


Closing Thoughts

Plans and reality may deviate slightly, but hopefully this delivering of course content will not only allow for a larger audience to become informed on the content, but also interact with the instructor and others through commenting and sharing. Links can be made available on the YouTube video shared, but also link to my webpage. Ideally, once background content is established, students can take this personalized learning and make it more personal, allowing it to grow form there in a direction of their choosing through inquiry and questions evolving from content discussion.

The ongoing question I intend to ask in the delivery/creation of this content is “am I happy with the decisions I’ve made”, and “are there times I can avoid making a video of myself or simply use open resources”? A great example of the type of video I would hope to create for the content delivery is included.

 

Thoughts, comments, critiques? Let me know!

– Logan Petlak


A Reflection on an Old Dog and it’s New Tricks

"Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?"

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This semester has come to an end and I have definitely surprised myself with how much I have actually learned and been able to do using the power of the internet.  Prior to this class, I was definitely a skeptic when it came to social media.  I mean, I definitely used social media and means of open education, but I do not think I was using it in a critical or creative way.  Now that my professors Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt have helped this old dog to the computer, I can truly say I now have the skills to use means of open education & social media to better the lives of my students and myself.

Check out my Summary of Learning to take a look at some of the tools we used within class.  You can make your own white board video using an online tool called VideoScribe.

Our class was given the means to choose one’s own direction of learning.  Thus, I choose to get in touch with my inner Baba and carry on the traditions of my Eastern European Grandmothers.

I have compiled a short list of a few things I have learned through open education & social media.

  1. I built and learned to use a blog called #BabaRevolution (www.bababritthies.wordpress.com).  If I needed help with my blog along the way I used Google or Twitter to connect with technology addicts to help me through the process.
  2. Began to learn the native language my maternal grandmother spoke.  Now, ich spreche ein bisschen deutsch (I can speak a little German).  I used free tools like GermanPod101.com, Duolingo, Mango, MindSnacks, and HelloTalk to help me with mein Deutsch (my german).  Check out my counting video that I posted to Youtube.com.
  3.  Babas like to save money, time, and save the earth too!  In turn, I learned to give hair cuts to my male family and friends.  This saves us about $300 dollars a year in our house hold.  Check out the finished learning process and finished product here.
  4. Babas love to feed their family so I used open education to practice cooking techniques, learn new recipes, and document the process with time lapse videos.  The Greek Baba Bowl and Cranberry Pesto Chicken Sandwiches were my most liked recipes on Instagram.
  5. Finding a balance, spending time outside, and being a self sustaining human is important to Babas.  In this case, I entered myself in a fishing derby and connected with Pro fisher people like Jason and Jeff Matity and Roger and Sue Geres on line to learn more about the art of the fishing derby.  Check out my McBride Lake fishing learning and adventure here.
  6. Babas do love to share and collaborate because sharing knowledge is true happiness.  So, I worked together with my friend to up-cycle old clothing to make it new again.  We even made a fashion reel that will probably be shown on the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model.  Find our in fashion knee cut jeans here.
  7. I developed a Queen B Creative tab to help with learn to make chalk boards and eventually helped to start my own little chalk board art business.
  8. The number one lesson or development that has been internalized throughout this semester is that social media and open education creates the means to be connect and stay connected!
    Jeff and Jason Matity

    Jeff and Jason Matity (who can solve my fishing problems at anytime).  

    Mr. Matity

    Mr. Matity

     

I think I have come a long way since the days of my first blog post!  Thanks to my classmates and teachers for this beautiful experience.  #IthinkIamgettingthehangofthis


Baba’s Summary of Learning for #eci831

Well it has been a jam packed, content filled semester and I feel like my eyes are going to fall out of my head from learning everything from the internet.  Although, I have to admit because our class was encouraged to guide our own learning, use open education, and make connections I feel like I have learned more in this class then any other.

I even surprised myself with by creating my own whiteboard animation video, you can make own to through the powers of the internet (they have templates and a 7 day free trial, just click here).

So, here she is folks my summary of learning:

Questions, comments, and concerns are welcomed.

Thank you to Alec & Katia for putting up with my technology illiterate mind.  Also, good luck to my classmates, go enjoy your summer!


Italian 101: il grande finale

I’ve seen the last few months trying to learn Italian using online resources and technology. I definitely learned some of the language, but more importantly, I learned A LOT about learning online. Here’s what I learned.

  1.  You simply cannot expect to learn online without doing some work offline. You would think this should be a no brainer, and for you maybe it is. But for myself, I had some weird thought that I would be able to learn everything I needed to learn online without using a pen a paper for example. I thought I would be able to learn it without practicing the language away from the computer. I was wrong. Yes you can find a lot of information online and yes a lot of it is helpful in teaching you something. However, you cannot forget about other methods that help us learn such as writing, underlining text, labelling pictures and reading. You need to use the offline learning skills you have to enhance your online learning experience. For my project I found that if I was struggling to remember a term that it helped to write the term down a few times so that I actually learned the spelling and what the term meant. I know other classmates have used post-it notes to label items around their house to help them learn. These are great examples of how offline strategies can help reinforce your online learning.
  2. There are hundreds of resources available online. Which ones work best? Well, that’s up to you to decide. I would recommend doing some simple searches online to try and find some resources that others recommend. Search for things like “best way to learn a language online for free“, “learn a language online” or “best apps to learn foreign language”. In order to find out what works best for you or which you like most you have to simply try them out. You can read reviews from other people but they might not feel the same way about a site that you will. For example, Vanessa found that she wasn’t too impressed with Duolingo and although I see where she is coming from, I think that it can be a valuable tool. It’a a matter of trial and error for you to find some resources that work for you.
  3. Connect with others and create a PLNThere are so many ways to connect with others online. For myself I used Twitter, Instagram and blogging to follow and connect with others. By sharing my blog I was able to connect with people who read my blog and commented on it. Through comments on my blog I was given suggestions for additional resources to check out for my learning project. I was able to connect with others on Twitter and practice some of my language skills as well. There are some great websites that allow you to chat or talk with others who can help you learn the language you are working on. Depending on what you are learning about your PLN might look different. You might connect with others by sharing step by step videos for cooking, or following an online Twitter chat. Everyone’s PLN will be different, but it’s important that you reach out and try to connect with people.
  4. Step out of your comfort zone.  There are so many beneficial things that can come from stepping out of your comfort zone. In my learning journey there were two things I did that really made me step out of my comfort zone. The first was reading a book in Italian. It was only a children’s book, but it was difficult to put myself out there and read it online knowing that I probably mispronounced a number of words. I practiced over and over but never felt confident enough that I was reading it perfectly. I decided to just record it and post it. It was a good opportunity for me to hear how I sounds when I speak and reflect on it. The second thing I wanted to do was have a conversation with someone online. I was hoping to have a Skype meeting with someone but I didn’t feel confident enough in my speaking skills, so I opted for the next best option and had an online chat with a couple of people through WeSpeke. This was truly a great learning experience for me as it gave me an opportunity to have an unscripted conversation with someone. I had to think about what I wanted to say and try to put the words together in a sentence. I found that I had to use a translator to help me complete my sentences but it was nice to connect with someone and practice what I had learned. Both of these situations caused me to step out of my comfort zone and I think I learned a lot from each experience. Had I not pushed myself to step out of my comfort zone I would have missed out on these great opportunities.
  5. Practice, practice, practice…and then practice some more. Regardless of what you are learning, you must keep at it. Learning a new skill does not happen over night. It’s important to practice and be consistent. Learning takes time. Even practicing for 15-20 minutes a day is better than nothing. Use the people in your network to connect and practice or ask for help. Watch a video while waiting for a bus, listen to a podcast in your car. Whatever you do to connect, try to do it every day. If you are involved in a MOOC, do the work that is required, check in when you are supposed to…participate. You get out what you put in, so if you are serious about learning, you’ll find the time.

In follow up to one of my first blogs showing the beginning of my learning journey here is some evidence of the progress I made. I’m happy to say that I reached 37% fluency and level 11 on Duolingo. On my placement test at the end of my learning journey I was able to place out of 4 categories so that was also great. Below are some photos of my progress and a video showing my final placement test.

Duolingo Progress

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Duolingo Placement Test – Post

Babbel Progress

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Itlaian 101: And the award goes to…

This semester I was given the opportunity to learn something – just like I am given the opportunity in any other class. However the opportunity was presented much different than it has been presented in any other class. I was given the opportunity to pick something that I was interested in and learn about it using technology and online connections to help me along the way.

Obviously when you are given the opportunity to learn about anything a lot of possibilities run through your head. I wanted to choose something that I would enjoy learning about. I wanted to learn something that I could use at some point in the future. I would have loved to pick something creative like sewing or knitting, but I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money purchasing materials along the way (especially with my limited income on maternity leave). So I decided I would learn a language.

The language I decided on was Italian. Why? Well I didn’t want to do French because I already have some experience with speaking French having gradated with a French 30 credit (even though that credit is from way back in 2004). I wanted to start with a clean slate. In my travels I have spent some time in Italy and I just love everything about the country. The food, the culture, the scenery, the cities and of course the language. I have always thought that it would be great to learn a language and be able to travel and use it someday. Now that I have been learning some of the language maybe it’s time to go back.

Throughout the semester I found a lot of resources that are very useful in learning a language online and found even more that seemed to be of little help. If you want to check out all of the resources I  reviewed in detail look back at some of my previous posts. But here is a quick list of my top resources for learning Italian online broken down into categories.

To practice site words, memory work and phrases.

WINNER: Duolingo – great tool for rote memorization and practicing words & phrases. Uses audio, text, written and spoken language. The biggest negative is the sentences that are used to practice sometimes – they don’t make a lot of sense and you wouldn’t use them in daily conversations very often.

RUNNER UP: Babbel – similar to Duolingo but is a paid service. This focuses on themes for each lesson and can be helpful in learning phrases for basic conversation or travel. Uses mostly writing and listening to complete the lessons.

Honorable Mention: Mango – A free online service provided by the library in Regina. Similar to Babbel in the sense that you practice basic phrases and conversation by listening and repeating the audio.

To listen to audio.

WINNER: News in Slow Italian  – provides slower audio with text to read along. The text is also translated into English to help with further comprehension.

RUNNER UP: The Italian Experiment – this site is good but provides limited resources. There are three audio books you can listen to and follow along with text. The text is also translated into english. It is a great site but would be nice if new material would be added.

Videos

WINNER: Learn Italian with Lucrezia  – most of her videos are fairly short and very informative which make them really nice to watch. The lessons range from beginner to advanced. She also has an instagram and twitter account that I would suggest following.

RUNNER UP: Learn Italian Words App – this app works offline and has a large variety of video lessons ranging from beginner to advance.

Social Media

WINNER: Twitter – @italianlanguage Instagram – italianwordoftheday – both accounts provide you with one word a day to practice and learn. The Twitter account gives you a word and a sentence most days to learn. The Instagram account gives you a word with a picture each day, but no sentence.

RUNNER UP: Twitter @ItalianLearn this account also gives you a word a day and you can click on a link that will take you to a sentence that uses the word and audio for the pronunciation.

Speaking with Others

WINNER: WeSpeke – a great tool to connect and chat with others online.

 

 


Stress Coping Strategies for Teachers

So, teaching is tough and it’s these strategies that have helped me and my fellow teachers make it through the first five years (I just about checked myself into the Timberline Lodge several times).  Many times you feel like you have the world on your shoulders because you are so emotionally invested in this type of job. One thing I have come to terms with is the reality that I will be stressed.  Sometimes, you can’t fight the stress; all you can do is simply accept it and be stressed.  This too shall pass. 

Stress Managing Tips for Teachers: 

  1. Coffee: It’s better for you than alcohol and more potent than water, but you didn’t hear this from me – I don’t even drink it.
  2. Take a Boxing Class: Or any form of physical activity will do.  This is a healthy way to physically release frustration rather than punching your pillow or screaming in your car.
  3. Dry Shampoo:  It will make you look like you are Carrie Underwood when in fact you probably stank like Smelly Cat.  I love No Drought Dry Shampoo by LUSH.
  4. Jam Out: Get Pumped Up for the School Day like you would get pumped up for next years hockey try outs like you are Happy Gilmore.  Seriously, before you pull into the school parking lot make sure you listen to your favorite jam.
  5. You Can Cry if You Want: Have yourself a good 5 – 10 minute cry then channel your inner Sasha Fierce.
  6. Eat Your Emotions: Hammer down on those Roulette Doritos once in a blue moon if it makes you feel better.  Just don’t go crazy on the emotional eating thing, Lord knows you need your energy.
  7. Shake it Off: Yep, just like Taylor Swift.  Grab your friends and hit the nearest 80s night dance floor.  Dance and sweat (perhaps this will force you to pencil in a shower) your heart out.
  8. Not Your Circus Not Your MonkeysMany teachers have Type A personalities, but I will be the first to say don’t try and control things that are uncontrollable.
  9. Laugh: One must laugh at themselves to truly enjoy life.  Even when you teach for a full day with your jean fly down.  Why does this happen to me and why don’t my teacher friends tell me that my fly is down?  Did you know my favourite teacher friends are the biggest Arschlochs to me.  We laugh at ourselves and at each other.
  10. Be Yourself: If you don’t know who you are yet, then just work on developing yourself.  Hell, I don’t even know completely who I am yet.  Does anyone?  I digress, you don’t pretend to be a different person everyday so why would you pretend to be a different teacher everyday.  I mean – always try to improve your practice, but make sure you are being you throughout your practice.  Sure, at times you have to sway your words and thoughts, but when you can incorporate your personality into your classroom (appropriately) then do it.  Students see that their teacher is comfortable with who they are and this is such a great life lesson for them to learn.

If you didn’t smile at anytime throughout that list, perhaps you can laugh a little at this:

Anything else my fellow educators?  I speak from the heart.  Share your knowledge, ideas, and perspectives – that’s what the internet is about after all.  No?


Creating a Teacher Work-Life Balance

Fellow teachers, I am having a small discussion with an undergraduate class (along with some colleagues) about teacher work-life balance.  Here is a quick and painless list I have compiled:

Quick Ways to Create a Teacher’s Work-Life Balance:

  • Make Your Life Your Life: Don’t make your work your life. Yes, it can be a passion, but remember your full life comes first.  Your passion or job is one part of you.  You are made of many parts that make you one, whole, awesome human being.  You can’t be an awesome educator unless you are happy and provide balance within your own life.
  • Support Circle: Whether it is a spouse, best friend, or mother. You need great outside support.  Remember balance because you can’t be the best for your spouse or loved ones unless you are at your best.
  • Exercise & Healthy Eating: Healthy teachers are happy teachers. Grab a teacher and start a workout club or bootcamp.  Your students are learning (from you) as to how to be a healthy human being.  Make sure you are fueling your temple.  You are a role model.
  • Request a Mentorship From Your School Division: We provide our learners with smooth transitions and you deserve one too.
  • Prioritize: Download the Balanced App on I-tunes. It is free!
  • Savour the Hidden Curriculum Learning: I feel as though my favorite and most effective lessons are the ones where the students are learning life lessons. Savour these and remember them on bad days.
  • Socialize: We all need to have a blast once a week (that is why the weekends were invited).
  • Continue Learning for Yourself: Make time to develop your own brain. Smart teachers develop smart students.
  • Internalize the Serenity Prayer: Regardless of your beliefs, internalize these words. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.  The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.  Tackle the issues you can take on for your situation at the time.
Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Is there anything I am forgetting?  What would you add?


Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

 

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

My whole life I have had a problem with slacktivism, even before the internet got a hold of the term.  In my life, I have been less of a thinker and more of a let’s get’er done kinda gal because with to me with physical action comes change.  Perhaps, it comes from too many meetings (not mentioning which organizations) where people discuss the same issues every single meeting and no conclusion ever resulted.

Now, it really gets my goat when people join a cause on-line because it is #trending at the moment or because it may garner them some kind of personal attention by supporting the cause.

Another issue I have when it comes to slacktivism is that most people don’t do the research.  Let me talk about the ALS ice bucket challenge for a second.  I bet you more than a quarter of people who participated in the ice bucket challenge can not tell you what ALS actually is.  I know many people who actually refer to the disease as ASL.  What?!  It seems, at times, slacktivism produces misinformed or “under”informed populations.  Maclean’s magazine highlights some of these downfalls in their article: The Problem with #Slacktivism.  I have to say I love the following quote:

Don’t embarrass yourself by demonstrating you need a gimmick to give. If you want to help, just give money or time. Anything else is only about you.

So, I am going to be the devil advocate and say to all you slacktivists, ” put your money where your mouth is.” Pull up your socks, get out there, and take some action.  Go beyond simply tweeting the message and start taking awareness to the next level around your community – volunteer or start a group.  After all, actions speak louder than words.

BUT, I do have to agree with Abby Rosmarin (who is both intelligent and beautiful I may add) in her blog article “I Get It: You Don’t Like Slacktivism. Now Shut Up. Only Don’t.” Even with the all the attention seeking social media goers awareness, movements, and changes have been made for those who need it.  So, I say go ahead hit share and join the slackivist movement!  Just be sure to do it for the right reasons and while using critical thinking skills.

And for those slacktivists who didn’t do anything, but simply put a smile on our faces – we salute you.

What slacktivist movements have you joined and for what reasons?  Have you joined a movement and second guessed yourself after about what the cause really was?


Collaboration, Confidence, & Ripped Jeans

So, there is such beauty in the internet – we can connect, create, collaborate, or gain outside perspectives.  Like I have mentioned in posts before the options are limitless. This trend seems especially true when it comes to fashion.  As of late, social media has seemed to be flooded with accounts of fashionistas inspiring one another with their creative abilities and of course, their outfits of the day (#ootd).  Many of these accounts show clothing items that are a bit out of Baba’s price range, but are beautiful nonetheless.  As such, I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a fashionable friend to bring an affordable way to raise the bar when it comes to your revamping a pair of pants.

Put your hands together for my fashionable and funny, son of a gun friend, Jess Clarke (find her on Instagram @jesclarke07).

@jesclarke07

@jesclarke07

Jess’s inspiration came from this pair of jeans at Aritzia that are retailing for $218.

Aritzia $300 Pair of Jeans

Aritzia $218 Pair of Jeans

Pretty sure, that price is much beyond our budgets (not to mention we would probably have to pinch and sell about 500 perogies to buy one pair of jeans to share between the both of us).   So, Jess consulted with the good old youtube.com and found this DIY Black Knee Cut Skinny Jeans Tutorial (perfect).

Jess then took an old pair of Forever 21 black jeans that cost approximately $10.90 and turned them into this:

Better than $300 Jeans

Better than $300 Jeans

Ripped Black Skinnies by Jess & Forever 21

Ripped Black Skinnies by Jess & Forever 21

After that I used the magic of the internet and technology to make a kick butt video of Jess and her new pair of jeans.

You can make a top model video like this too by using the Flow App from I-tunes.

Jess’s Steps to Jean Cutting:

  1. Confidence is Key.  This project wouldn’t have worked if she wasn’t sure of her self (see #babarevolution post on Doing It).
  2. Find Inspiration
  3. Gather Resources & Materials
  4. Share Your Resources, Materials, and Successes with Friends (Social Media the Shit Outta it).

And that is the beauty of the internet.   What have you created with your friends using resources from the internet?  Tell us what you and your Baba friends have done together.


Thor is Gone, James Oliver is Here.

So, it may be our extensive exposure to John Oliver, but I think he is my new crush.  No more Thor, Bon Jovi, Hugh Jackman, Erik Karlsson, or Gabriel Landeskog.  Nope – John Oliver is so witty and this lady can not resist witty.  As well, the guy seems to truly care about women’s rights and the obvious issue of  harassment against women on the internet.

PS: I don’t know if I missed something this semester, but why does every video we watch about the depths of the internet include Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up Video?  Hey, I don’t mind listening to it, in the 80’s the Mini Pops created a great cover of the tune!.  John Oliver used it again in his Online Harassment segment and so did Mike in his Experience with Being Trolled segment.  Why? Does Rick Astley get everyone’s goat?

Anyway, James Oliver touches of the subject of revenge porn and highlights how absurd our society is being by blaming those who take the pictures in the first place.  To be the devil’s advocate – yes, all individuals should be mindful when taking personal pictures, but the issue is so double sided when it comes to males and females.  I have tried to find instances of men losing their jobs (life) because a woman posted intimate pictures of him on the internet, but there were no articles that came about.  On the flip side, instances of woman losing their jobs etc. because of revenge porn is abundant.  Why is this even a thing and why isn’t it a crime in every state?

Not to mention, personal photos shared with someone you love and trust is an expression of intimacy, which by choice, should only be shared amongst those two people.  It is no wonder why trends like boudoir photoshoots are on the rise.  For many women, boudoir photoshoots stir up a sense of self confidence or intimacy they have never felt before.  Every lady deserves to feel a sense of self confidence and if intimate pictures to your loved one makes you feel that way, then do it!  One shouldn’t have to worry that their trusted man (at the time) will post them on the internet.  This harassment has got to stop.

Feeling Sexy is a Side Effect of Feeling Powerful  

– the girlfriend experience boudoir

Fast forward to 1:17 to hear this clients account of her reasoning for participating in a boudoir shoot.

Do you know if revenge porn is a crime in Canada?  I didn’t want to google it because after this week in our course the internet has lead itself to some interesting places.  Yikes.