Learning Project Post #5

This week I decided to take my blending skills that I have been practicing for quite some time now and put it to the test on a canvas to create a sky with a sunset (yes that’s what it’s suppose to be). I also decided to learn how to add clouds in this time and overall, I was satisfied with the result.

Below is the picture I was aiming for but I have to admit, towards the end I began to free style and made it my own… I also included the YouTube video I used to learn how to paint in the clouds and again, It was more of a free style for me after I watched his video.

As you can see it is not exactly similar to the photo I chose but my intent was to focus more on my blending and adding clouds rather than trying to make mine look identical to the example.

This week coming up I look forward to painting on the lines for the power poles for my end result! Stay tuned…



Ending Public Shaming

Monica Lewinsky’s in depth presentation “The Price of Shame” shows us her background and struggles with online public shaming while giving us her advice on how society can begin to approach and solve these online issues positively. As Lewinsky stated in her presentation “We need to return to a long-held value of compassion- compassion and empathy”. I couldn’t agree more with her and as an educator, I not only plan to teach my students about how we can protect ourselves from the negativity on the internet, but also how we can display compassion and show empathy towards others.

Digital identities can be easily searched and viewed on the internet now, even if the correct privacy settings are properly changed to private (scary I know). It is important for students to come to the realization how easy it is to access certain material on the internet. I would implement this lesson into my classroom by showing the students how simple it is to search someone or something on google and what can be found during internet searches.

As an educator, it is also important to teach students that as soon as you hit that “Post” or “Share” button, it is made public potentially forever…Always think twice before posting!

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Showing the students examples of people who have suffered negative consequences because they made a wrong choice on the internet at some point in their life, would be an effective lesson for students because witnessing these consequences first hand might allow them to proceed on the internet with more caution. Students need to be taught and always reminded that even though you may think it is something “Small” or “Not a big deal” at the time, it can change your life just like Monica Lewinsky’s story.

Cyber Sleuthing… We’ve all done it… Right?!

Yes, i’ll be the first to admit I AM guilty of cyber sleuthing a time or two which is normal considering people put their information and pictures out there on the internet to be viewed by other people right??

Today I chose to do a little sleuthing or what I like to call “research” on my classmate Crystal Keshane (yes, she was aware she was about to be stocked… I mean sleuthed).

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I began my sleuthing experience by searching Crystal’s Facebook page and I immediately noticed a lot of her pictures and Facebook status’ revolved around her family so that told me she is very close with her family members. A variety of her pictures and comments were also about children and how much she loves spending time with them which is a great aspect to have as a future teacher! After a few minutes of scrolling through her profile it was easy to notice Crystal has a funny but also appropriate sense of humor by the photos and videos she has shared.

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Next, I decided to search Crystal’s twitter account where I noticed it was more educational based rather than displaying more personal information like her Facebook account. I scrolled through Crystal’s recent tweets and I noticed a lot of them included articles about education which tells us she is motivated to read and educate herself on numerous topics related to teaching! Crystal includes her blog URL on her twitter profile which was easy for me to click on and view her blog directly from her twitter. I love that Crystal’s home page on her blog includes an “About me” page where she shows aspects of her personal life and interests that are not included on her Facebook or Twitter profile. We can learn about Crystal’s interests more in depth on her blog and also her journey through education including elementary, high school, university and her experiences leading up to wanting to become a teacher and why she chose that career.

I ended my “research” with simply typing in Crystal Keshane’s name into google to see if I missed anything about her… Crystal’s Facebook, Twitter and blog popped up which was expected, but also a website she made about her wedding which included numerous pictures which I found was super cute! After viewing Crystal’s Facebook, Twitter and her blog, it was easy to notice how passionate she is for children, teaching and also continuing to learn which tells us she is on the right track for her future!



The Struggle is Real- Learning Project Post #4

This week I decided to practice a skill that I have been struggling with the most throughout my learning project… My last painting took me over three hours to paint the background because being a perfectionist, I couldn’t seem to get the blending right! After my previous painting, I decided to break down each part to the painting and practice more before putting everything together… I am hoping by practicing this skill it will speed the start process up on my next painting while keeping in mind that nothing is perfect…

I found a video via Pintrest that gave me some tips on how I can blend my background better and the steps I can to create a beautiful sky!


The first photo was my first attempt but did not work very well…

The second photo I tried mixing a little water with my paint and found that it blended the paint better! I chose to practice a sky and also a sunset because those are two backgrounds I will be using in my future paintings. I also used green tape for my horizon…



Linking People Together

Does technology link people together?

I believe Wesch’s statement is becoming more and more plausible everyday. New technology and programs are being developed every week on the web for people to put themselves out there and form relationships while being able to stay connected. YouTube was the very first tool created for people to post their own videos for the rest of the world to view. https://www.youtube.com/ Yes, relationships have and continue to form as people post videos for the world to relate to or simply find entertaining.

The internet has now developed numerous tools and different ways for society to keep in touch while forming new relationships. I believe it is my job as an educator to teach my students how to use technology in a positive way that might benefit themselves socially and academically. As new tools are forming for ways to communicate with people around the world, it is also my duty to teach my students about internet safety and why it is important. Using the internet to form relationships is not necessarily a bad idea but taking the proper steps to ensure safety is top priority.



Educating Students on Internet Safety

I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure our students in today’s society are properly educated on how they can remain safe while using the internet and other apps! As I reviewed Alec Couros presentation it continuously reminded me of how important this is and it also reminded me of a lesson I taught in the past.

During one of my 3 week placements in a grade 6 classroom, I remember teaching a lesson on how to stay safe and make sure we have our security settings set the proper way so strangers out there cannot easily access our information, our pictures and now there are certain apps that can show people our location at all times!

I began my lesson by making a web on the board of all the websites and apps the students are “into” these days then of course added in some extra ones that I felt were appropriate. I played two short videos that included a reenactment of people that did not have their privacy settings set properly and ended up being followed home one day by a stranger. Yes, this video might have been somewhat frightening to them, but that’s okay! I wanted students to visualize what could happen if their Snapchat, https://www.snapchat.com/, Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ privacy settings are open to the public because with these apps now, you can include a location (Snapmap or “checking in”).

I also explained to the students that being apart of these social media apps and “checking in” is not necessarily a bad thing but we need to make sure our privacy setting are set properly and also by adding someone on our social media or trying to communicate with people we do not know is also not safe. I ended my lesson by going through the steps on how to properly set our privacy settings to ensure our safety for Facebook, Instagram and Snap chat.

Here are some resources I find very helpful when learning step by step how to set our privacy settings the proper and safe way:

Here it is!

Hey guys! I finished my first painting while watching this YouTube video…

This Gal is amazing her name is Jane and she has different kinds of paintings and videos for people to learn how to paint on canvases!

As I began my painting I realized I did not have the correct tools I needed which is why my painting is not as blended but I found some tools around the house and did the best I could…

Here it is! Hopefully I can challenge myself in the future and choose a more difficult photo to paint for my next one.


Today I learned about the tool Evernote https://evernote.com/  and how it can be used for organizing tasks and setting reminders for yourself! I set it up to allow myself to remember the things I need to complete in this class each week and when I am suppose to have them done by! What a great way to organize my courses and assignments to be completed!

Evernote allows you to add notebooks and also add notes to those notebooks as reminders of what needs to be completed! You can also set reminders with days and times that certain tasks need to be completed by. My intent is to create a notebook for each course I am currently in and include notes for the notebooks to remind me of the assignments that need my attention.

When I have my own classroom, I can use Evernote to create a notebook for each subject I teach and notes to go along with each one for things to do in each subject or assignments the students still need to complete.

On the left hand side it shows me the notes I already made about this class and if you click on each one it shows the reminders I made for myself!

My thoughts about Twitter…

Before creating my Twitter account at the beginning of this course, I was very nervous and did not know what to expect. I did not know how to use the tool and I thought Twitter was only used as a way to inform other people about what they were doing, I had no idea it was also used for sharing pictures, articles, thoughts and ideas. The reason I did not have a Twitter account prior to this class was because I always thought to myself “Why would anyone care about what I am doing or interested in following me?” After creating my account, I quickly realized it was so much more than that.

I learned that Twitter can be used as a tool for sharing ideas and communicating. I am starting to become more intrigued with it and started following numerous educators and other students who provide useful articles and quotes about teaching.

I also look forward to using my twitter account once I begin teaching students in my own classroom. I look forward to posting my own experiences and how I grow as a teacher while also continuing to learn from other educators out there in the Twitter world.


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